On the Night Table [33]: March Reads


Hello, March!

I’m playing catch up again. These books are February releases that I didn’t get to, but after these three books, I’m home free! Until May, that is. I can finally tackle some of the books on my TBR shelves and maybe keep listening to the audio books that are left unlistened to as well.

Here are the Goodreads summaries for these books:


A lifetime ago, every year Carole Shipley looked forward to her wedding anniversary. But then a celebratory trip to Mexico for the occasion with her husband and friends ended in the unsolved kidnapping of her infant daughter, Samantha. Now, fifteen years after that horrific time, divorced and isolated, Carole is forced to relive the kidnapping by reporters who call every year on the anniversary of Samantha’s disappearance. However, this year when the phone rings, Carole hears the sweet voice of a girl claiming to be her long-lost daughter. Plunged back into the world of heartbreak, suspicion and questions that led the case to run cold so many years ago, Carole doesn’t know what or who to believe. But when she starts to figure it out, she finds the answers dangerously close to home.



The city sleeps. Selene DiSilva walks her dog along the banks of the Hudson. She is alone-just the way she likes it. She doesn’t believe in friends, and she doesn’t speak to her family. Most of them are simply too dangerous.

In the predawn calm, Selene finds the body of a young woman washed ashore, gruesomely mutilated and wreathed in laurel. Her ancient rage returns. And so does the memory of a promise she made long ago. To protect the innocent-and to punish those who stand in her way.

With the NYPD out of its depth, Selene vows to hunt the killer on her own. But when classics professor Theo Schultz decodes the ancient myth behind the crime, the solitary Huntress finds herself working with a man who’s her opposite in every way. Together, they face a long-forgotten cult that lies behind a string of murders, and they’ll need help from the one source Selene distrusts most of all: the city’s other Immortals.


Winter, a cemetery, Shylock. In this provocative and profound interpretation of “The Merchant of Venice,” Shylock is juxtaposed against his present-day counterpart in the character of art dealer and conflicted father Simon Strulovitch. With characteristic irony, Jacobson presents Shylock as a man of incisive wit and passion, concerned still with questions of identity, parenthood, anti-Semitism and revenge. While Strulovich struggles to reconcile himself to his daughter Beatrice’s “betrayal” of her family and heritage – as she is carried away by the excitement of Manchester high society, and into the arms of a footballer notorious for giving a Nazi salute on the field – Shylock alternates grief for his beloved wife with rage against his own daughter’s rejection of her Jewish upbringing. Culminating in a shocking twist on Shylock’s demand for the infamous pound of flesh, Jacobson’s insightful retelling examines contemporary, acutely relevant questions of Jewish identity while maintaining a poignant sympathy for its characters and a genuine spiritual kinship with its antecedent—a drama which Jacobson himself considers to be “the most troubling of Shakespeare’s plays for anyone, but, for an English novelist who happens to be Jewish, also the most challenging.”

I’m especially excited for the last book because it’s the latest installment to The Hogarth Shakespeare series. What about you? What’s on your night table this month?

  • I hope they are good reads… glad to see you’ll get through them and have some time for your personal reads Joy!

  • Ooooh, that Immortals book sounds really intriguing. Sounds like a mystery/thriller with a twist, which seems to be right up my alley lately.

  • Woo, best of luck reading these books Joy 😀 I hope you will end up loving them all. <3 Not for me, but they do sound interesting 😀 Happy reading sweetie. <3 I hope you are having a great week. *Hugs* <3

  • Ooh, The Immortals looks incredible! I haven’t seen that one around so really looking forward to seeing what you think of it Joy <3

  • Jazmen

    The Immortals sounds really intriguing. I look forward to your review for it!

  • Melliane

    I heard great things about the Immortal one. happy reading!

  • I’m reading the Immortals now and enjoying it for the most part. I can’t wait to see your thoughts as well!! 🙂

  • I really want to read that Immortals book!

  • Anytime I see Shylock mentioned, I’m sold! I studied The Merchant of Venice several times, and it’s such a fascinating play–and Shylock is the best part of it, to me. I love the sound of this! I’ll definitely be around to read your review!

  • I like the Shylock book. I just hope it loves up to expectations

  • Ahh I so badly want to read The Immortals – it sounds amazing!

  • I’ve been seeing that Joy Fielding book everywhere – will be interested to see what you think! The blurb is pretty darn intriguing.

  • kindlemom1

    Yay for almost being caught up, love that feeling!

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I can’t wait to see what you think of The Immortals Joy! I have that one on my shelf and can’t wait to give it a try. I love Greek mythology:) Hope the last book is everything you want it to be!

  • Immortals looks really interesting. I hope that you enjoy all of your books.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • She’s Not There sounds intense! I’ll be looking forward to your review! Immortals too I’ve been seeing around the blogosphere, so I’m curious. 🙂
    Hope you love all of these, Joy!
    I’m currently listening to Caroline Kepnes’ YOU and it’s fascinating!

  • I’m a big fan of Joy Fielding books. Can’t wait to see what you think of it. That one is on my list to read, hopefully soon. Enjoy!

  • Yay Immortals

  • The Joy Fielding book sounds awesome and The Immortals does as well for me. I usually don’t have books on my night table-just my Kindles, but I did get two today from the library-Rachel Caine’s, Last Breath, and Rainbow Rowell’s, Eleanor and Park. Enjoy your books!

  • It would be good to be completely free until May and able to read whatever you want to! I’ve started SIMN and I am hoping to have my review up this month as well because it’s a little bit overdue. I am so going to finish Emma this month >> I have about 200 pages left to go now…