Rewind, recap: Weekly roundup w/e 29/01/17

Another busy week for meetings this week – you can tell 2017 is well and truly underway. If you exclude my holidays and bank holidays, weekends etc, then 8.5% of my working year is officially over already. How crazy is that?

Well, I’m no less busy for the week ahead. A visit from a major new Public Sector customer tomorrow, then trips to Bridgend and Bracknell mid week and a meeting of the management team with my Director to close out the week and I’m going to be mighty glad of the weekend again. Do you find yourself doing that too? Wishing your life away?

Despite being busy, I managed to pretty well keep up with my reading plans, even snuck in a cheeky audio book on my trip down to Oxford. It was quite a productive week in the end.

Books I have read:

31329040The Black Path by Paul Burston

A dark tale of love and lies, obsession and betrayal, The Black Path will appeal to fans of ‘domestic noir’ and anyone who’s ever wondered about the secrets people keep.

How well do you really know those closest to you? Helen has been holding out for a hero all her life. Her father was a hero – but he was murdered when she was ten. Her husband is a hero – but he’s thousands of miles away, fighting a war people say will never be won. Sometimes Helen wonders if Owen isn’t the only one living in a war zone. She feels the violence all around her. She reads about it in the papers. It feeds her dreams and fills her days with a sense of dread. Try as she might, she can’t escape the feeling that something terrible is about to happen. Then one night on the troubled streets of her home town, Helen is rescued from a fight by a woman who will change her life forever.

Sian is everything Helen isn’t – confident, glamorous, fearless. But there’s something else about her – a connection that cements their friendship and makes Helen question everything she’s ever known. And when her husband returns home, altered in a way she can’t understand, she is forced to draw on an inner strength she never knew she had. As bitter truths are uncovered, Helen must finally face her fears and the one place which has haunted her since childhood – the Black Path.

Really enjoyed this one and it was the first big tick in my reading resolutions for 2017 – to read one book off my own TBR pile a month. My review will be posted tomorrow. In the mean time you can order The Black Path from Amazon here.

24273148Holy Island by LJ Ross

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan retreats to Holy Island seeking sanctuary when he is forced to take sabbatical leave from his duties as a homicide detective. A few days before Christmas, his peace is shattered and he is thrust back into the murky world of murder when a young woman is found dead amongst the ancient ruins of the nearby Priory.

When former local girl Dr Anna Taylor arrives back on the island as a police consultant, old memories swim to the surface making her confront her difficult past. She and Ryan struggle to work together to hunt a killer who hides in plain sight, while pagan ritual and small-town politics muddy the waters of their investigation.

My review will be out later this week and you can purchase Holy Island, the first book in the DCI Ryan series, from Amazon here.

33638884Cursed by Thomas Enger

What secret would you kill to protect? When Hedda Hellberg fails to return from a retreat in Italy, where she has been grieving for her recently dead father, her husband discovers that his wife’s life is tangled in mystery. Hedda never left Oslo, the retreat has no record of her and, what’s more, she appears to be connected to the death of an old man, gunned down on the first day of the hunting season in the depths of the Swedish forests.

Henning Juul becomes involved in the case when his ex-wife joins in the search for the missing woman, and the estranged pair find themselves enmeshed both in the murky secrets of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families, and in the painful truths surrounding the death of their own son. With the loss of his son to deal with, as well as threats to his own life and to that of his ex-wife, Juul is prepared to risk everything to uncover a sinister maze of secrets that ultimately leads to the dark heart of European history.

Taut, chilling and unputdownable, Cursed is the fourth in the internationally renowned series featuring conflicted, disillusioned by always dogged crime reporter Henning Juul, and marks the return of one of Norway’s finest crime writers.

I am absolutely stoked to be on the blog tour for this one in mid-Feb so you’ll have to wait for my review until then, but if I tell you I paused reading about half way through to go and purchase the first three books in the series from Amazon, then you’ll get a bit of an idea of what I thought about it. You can purchase the e-book of Cursed and take a look at the other books in the Henning Juul series, here.

I didn’t quite make up my three planned books this week as I subbed one out. Instead I have started to read this one.

33135273Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick

‘I’m not safe – you have to help me…’

Little Lorna Bell is from a notorious family on a rundown estate. Everyone thinks she’s a nasty piece of work. The schoolchildren call her a thief. But Lorna’s hair is matted, her shoes pinch her feet and school teacher Claire Penny can’t help herself; some kids just need a bit more support, a bit more love, than the rest.

As the bond between teacher and pupil grows stronger, Claire sees Lorna’s bruises, and digs to uncover the disturbing tale behind them. Heartbroken, Claire knows she has to act. She must make Lorna safe. Just when Claire thinks she has protected Lorna, a chance encounter brings enigmatic stranger Marianne Cairns into their lives. Marianne seems generous and kind but there is something about her story that doesn’t quite add up. Why does she feel so at home, and why is Lorna suddenly so unsettled?

Claire has risked everything to save Lorna. But what can save Claire from the shocking truth?

I’ll let you know how I get on.

Another busy week on the blog with a number of reviews, a guest blog tour post and a blog tour of my own.

Guest Review: The Girl Before by JP Delaney

Book Review: Rattle by Fiona Cummins

Blog Tour: Sister Sister by Sue Fortin

Book Review: Her Husband’s Lover by Julia Crouch

Blog Tour: Rupture by Ragnar Jonasson

My bookish plans for this week include this on Wednesday – can’t wait:

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Reading wise I’m going to be tackling a really tasty looking book in readiness for a blog tour later this month, a NetGalley gem which is from one of my favourite series of books, and diving into the next book in the DCI Ryan Series via audio on my two road trips plus whatever else I can fit in around all of that. Wish me luck.

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Have a great week of reading all.

JL

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