Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #40 - The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. 

Now for something a little different... This week I am looking forward to The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones to be released July 1, 2014 by Mulholland Books. From the description it seems like it's a thriller, but could also be considered horror because it has paranormal aspects. The mother of the family has a stack of diaries with strings tied around them that have information in them to help her against a paranormal monster of sorts. This is handed down mother to daughter in each generation. From what other reviewers have said, the story covers about 3 different time periods going back and forth between them. It sounds like it has the potential to be terribly confusing, but most of the reviews say that he pulls it off pretty well, especially considering this is his first novel. 

Here is what the publisher has to say about it: 

The String Diaries opens with Hannah frantically driving through the night—her daughter asleep in the back, her husband bleeding out in the seat beside her. In the trunk of the car rests a cache of diaries dating back 200 years, tied and retied with strings through generations. The diaries carry the rules for survival that have been handed down from mother to daughter since the 19th century. But how can Hannah escape a shapeshifter with the ability to look and sound like the people she loves?
Stephen Lloyd Jones’s debut novel is a sweeping thriller that extends from the present day, to Oxford in the 1970s, to Hungary at the turn of the 19th century, all tracing back to a man from an ancient royal family with a consuming passion—a boy who can change his shape, insert himself into the intimate lives of his victims, and destroy them.
If Hannah fails to end the chase now, her daughter is next in line. Only Hannah can decide how much she is willing to sacrifice to finally put a centuries-old curse to rest.
So, I think it sounds pretty interesting. Reviewers say it is a fast moving book that's hard to put down. I'd like to judge that for myself. 
What book are you waiting on this week?


  1. Ooh, great pick! The String Diaries is already out in the UK and I actually have a library copy at the moment which I need to start soon. Hope you enjoy it when you get to read it :)

    My WoW!

    1. Your WoW looks good too. Hope you enjoy The String Diaries too! Thanks for coming by!

  2. How intense! This one does look so good...enjoy! Here's mine: “AMERICAN BLONDE”

    1. American Blonde looks interesting. Hollywood's golden age is an interesting time period for a setting. Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for coming by!