Books from the Backlog #218

Posted June 16, 2022 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 11 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #218Ill Will by Dan Chaon
Published by Random House Publishing Group on March 7, 2017
Genres: Fiction / Literary
Pages: 496
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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A psychologist is unwillingly embroiled in two spectacular unsolved murders, one past and one present, in this haunting suspense novel.

In 1983, Dustin Tillman’s family—his parents and his aunt and uncle—were murdered in a shocking massacre. His foster brother, Rusty, was convicted of the crime, in a trial that was steeped in the “Satanic Cult” paranoia of the 1980s.

Thirty years later, Rusty’s conviction is overturned, and suddenly Dustin, now a psychologist, must question whether his testimony that imprisoned his brother was accurate. When one of his patients, an ex-cop, gets him deeply involved in a series of unsolved murders, Dustin’s happy suburban life starts to unravel, as his uncertainties about his past and present life begin to merge.

Why did I add Ill Will to my bookshelf?

It looks like this book was added to my NetGalley shelf when the publisher granted my wish. I really need to be more careful with my wishes on NetGalley because I am finding a lot of books that have been lingering on my shelves for years are there because of a wish. This has a 3.36 average rating on Goodreads and I am hoping that I will be one of the readers that end up liking it. My plan is to try to get to this one sometime in July. I seem to be reading very slowly this month so we shall see.

In other news, I have been feeling sick all week. Mostly a sore throat and lack of energy. On Wednesday, I woke up feeling really bad so I took a test and learned that I actually have Covid. I probably won’t be around much until I start feeling better.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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11 responses to “Books from the Backlog #218

  1. Hi Carole!

    I haven’t read this one no, but it reminds me a bit of Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places. That was a harsh and creepy book, but I loved it! So maybe I must take a look at this one as well.

    Thanks for hosting Books from the Backlog, I did add my link!

    Elza Reads

  2. i have been pretty good with netgalley and have been requesting more books than ever from them, yet reviewing them close to their release dates. i am trying to be more diligent with current books, but those pesky ones lingering on the shelves deserve my attention too. this sounds like one that would be a good fit for me

  3. Well, I hope your symptoms stay mild, my friend. I swear sometimes I get wishes granted for books I didn’t wish for. It’s a scam

  4. Oh no! I’m so sorry you’ve been feeling poorly and that you have covid. I hope it passes very soon – or at least you’re able to get some reading done. This looks really good though I would need assurance that both mysteries are solved. I’m still not quite over the first book in Tana French’s series where that didn’t quite happen.