So this week has mostly been about training and silly meetings preparing for a major project I have to undertake in the second part of this year. It made my four day week pass quickly, but it was in no sense fun. This check list above… that’s pretty well as much as I feel I managed to accomplish in the four days.
On a more positive note, I am back on it as far as reading is concerned. I was aided by the fact that I had to drive to Tottenham on Thursday to deliver a short training course so I managed to sneak in a little audio book but it has still be a genuinely good week for me book wise. I completed six books and two sampler reads as well. Admittedly two of the books I had started last week, but not finished, but that still gives me four whole books in the week and two halves on Monday alongside the samplers. Go me right?
And oh my god. What a week for book post. I got home Wednesday to find a parcel waiting for me from Goldsboro Books, the signed copy of Chris Brookmyre’s Want You Gone. Then on Thursday I got home to a little bundle of books, one of which I totally wasn’t expecting. In my bundle was The Mayfly by James Hazel kindly sent to me by Emily from Bonnier Zaffre; Lucky Ghost by Matthew Blakstad, the final part from my auction win over at TBC, and, get this… a signed copy of Last Breath from Robert Bryndza himself. Complete with chocolate and black feathers. So happy. I think I love that man 🙂 Then on Saturday I came home to find another parcel, this time from Vintage, a copy of The Lying Game by Ruth Ware. I dunno. I’m starting to almost feel like a proper blogger now. Sort of. Ish.
Aren’t they pretty? I think so. Can’t stop looking at their gorgeousness… Anyhoo, on with the post or we’ll be here all day. I didn’t buy too many books this week… I ought just enough 😉 In my tbr list now are (and I make no apologies for any of these so there…) Guilty by Laura Elliot (preorder); Reported Missing by Sarah Wray (preorder); Justify Me by J. Kenner (preorder for 2018… I mean… look at the cover! And I love the Stark series); Hold Me by J. Kenner; Each Little Lie by Tom Bale (preorder); House Of Spines by Michael J. Malone (preorder); Maria In The Moon by Louise Beech (preorder) and Cragside by L.J. Ross (preorder and I have a very special reason for buying this one which will become clear in due course…). See. They’re nearly all preorders. They don’t even count…
Being a good girl I only got two arcs from Netgalley this week and one of those I need for a blog tour so I am not counting it as a failure 😉 The Betrayed by Casey Kelleher and Each Little Lie by Tom Bale.
I also succumbed to a couple or three more audio books because I have a lot of driving still to do this year and need the company. That and it’s a great way to start catching up on series I am considerably behind on. This week I purchased From the Dead and Bloodline by Mark Billingham and Burned by Thomas Enger.
Books I Have Read
For eight long years, Detective Inspector Lorne Simpkins has tracked the vicious criminal known as The Unicorn. But the killer has frustrated MI6 at every turn and remained successful at Impeding Justice.
When Lorne is targeted in a trap that results in the death of her partner, the tragedy shakes her confidence to the core. Before she has time to recoup, her teenage daughter is kidnapped. More than Lorne’s professional reputation rests on her bringing The Unicorn to justice.
I won this as an audio book which I started to listen to on my way too and from CrimeFest last weekend. Didn’t quite reach the end so I finished it on Monday, making the most of my day off. Not for the feint hearted, there are some grim, nearly extremely hard to read/listen to themes in this book, none of which are necessarily overly gratuitous but it certainly means this won’t be for everyone. My review will be posted in a few weeks as I have a full planner for June but in the meantime you can purchase a copy of the book here.
Exquisite by Sarah Stovell
Bo Luxton has it all – a loving family, a beautiful home in the Lake District, and a clutch of bestselling books to her name.
Enter Alice Dark, an aspiring writer who is drifting through life, with a series of dead-end jobs and a freeloading boyfriend. When they meet at a writers’ retreat, the chemistry is instant, and a sinister relationship develops … Or does it?
Breathlessly pacey, taut and terrifying, Exquisite is a startlingly original and unbalancing psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last page.
I am on the blog tour for this mid June so I’m not going to say too much here. I will be honest and say that I have mixed feelings about this book and I think I am going to be in the minority among my blogger friends when it comes to sharing my final verdict. I liked it, I’m just not sure I loved it and this is a first for me from an Orenda book. But don’t let me put you off as we all have different tastes and I still believe this will be a popular and successful summer read and you can bag yourself a copy here.
12 DEAD GIRLS
As dawn breaks on a snowy February morning, a refrigerated lorry is found parked in the heart of London’s Chinatown. Inside, twelve women, apparently illegal immigrants, are dead from hypothermia.
But in the cab of the abandoned death truck, DC Max Wolfe of West End Central finds thirteen passports.
WHERE IS SHE?
The hunt for the missing woman will take Max Wolfe into the dark heart of the world of human smuggling, mass migration and 21st-century slave markets, as he is forced to ask the question that haunts our time.
What would you do for a home?
Max Wolfe is back! I love this series, have all the books in signed first editions and it has frustrated the beejeesus out of me that due to reading commitments I hadn’t had time to get to this book before. So I bit the bullet, used one of my audible credits and listened to this one route to Tottenham. I wasn’t disappointed. Not as energetic or perilous as some of the other books in the series, this still packs a strong enough punch, as does our hero Max, touching on a very relevant and current crisis facing the western world. People trafficking and immigration. I will be hoping to post my review soon, commitments permitting but in the meantime you can buy a copy here.
Obsessions can kill.
First, he selects them. Strips them of their identity.
Then he kills them. All for her…
DS Harri Jacobs transferred to Newcastle from the Met in the hope of leaving her past behind: the moment where her stalker turned violent. He left her alive, saying that one day he would be back. And she ran.
But a year later, she realises he has followed her from home. He’ll prove his devotion. With blood…
Man. The killer in this book is one sick puppy alright. DS Harri Jacobs has herself a stalker and he is one cruel and determined guy. I loved the darkness within this book, the first in the DS Harri Jacobs series and trust me when I say that the ending left me wanting to read more because there is a promise of so much more torment to come. It is released on June 1st and I am coincidentally on the blog tour then. In the meantime you can pre-order here.
Some summers will stay with you forever…
Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They’re going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed and breakfast.
Callie’s too busy to think about her love life, but when she catches the attention of local heartthrob Luke Sullivan, his blue eyes and easy smile make it hard to say no. He’s heir to his father’s property empire, and the papers say he’s just another playboy, but as they laugh in the ocean waves, Callie realizes there’s more to this man than money and good looks.
Just when true happiness seems within reach, Callie and Olivia find a diary full of secrets… secrets that stretch across the island, and have the power to turn lives upside down. As Callie reads, she unravels a mystery that makes her heart drop through the floor.
Will Callie and Luke be pulled apart by the storm it unleashes, or can true love save them?
No. This is not a crime story. And yes. I did mean to put it here. I can do warm and fuzzy on occasion and this book definitely ticks both of those boxes. I wonderful, often tender and very heartwarming romance this will have you smiling and quite possibly crying as Callie and Luke struggle to find their way through many misunderstandings. Not that I cried. I am tough. Or something… But I did smile and it did make me go aww at the end. 😉 It is released on 9th June, my review will be up in a couple of weeks, and you can preorder a copy right here. Go on. You know you want to. Everyone needs a millionaire in their life. (TBF – I’d prefer a real life one but you can’t win them all).
One split second can destroy your life forever
Single mother Jen Cornish is just trying to hold things together for the sake of her seven-year-old son Charlie. Until the day when she does an impulsive good deed to help a neighbour, setting off a terrifying chain of events that quickly spirals out of control…
When she is arrested for a crime she didn’t commit, Jen quickly starts to wonder if someone is playing a cruel game with her – or is she losing her mind?
Desperate to clear her name with the police, she must first untangle a chilling web of lies. But someone is watching her every move – and it isn’t just Jen who is in danger.
They’re watching her child as well.
So I only got this this week as an arc from Netgalley but sometimes you just have to go with the flow and my flowing was headed in the general direction of reading this one. The opening is very different in pacing to the last two books I read by Tom Bale, almost pedestrian in comparison in fact, there is no less tension and as the book progresses the stakes get increasingly higher for protagonist Jen. I think this will be yet another hit amongst fans of Mr Bale. My review will be up closer to publication date at the end of the month but you can preorder it here.
A full on week on the blog including 1st birthday celebrations on Tuesday. Yes. It really has only been that long. I’m doing a little giveaway if you are interested so you can follow the link below.
I am currently loving the Bank Holiday weekend mostly as it now means yet another short week at work. Will be a busy one but it is only four days and I can do it. This week marks the start of a very busy few weeks for the blog too as I have no less than 17 blog tours between now and the end of June, starting with today’s review of the stonkingly brilliant #BeMyKiller by Richard Parker. Wednesday I am hosting a special guest post and review for Rachel Amphlett’s new Kay Hunter thriller, One To Watch. Thursday sees me share my thoughts on Danielle Ramsay’s The Last Cut and Friday I will be reviewing Carol Wyer’s Secrets of the Dead. Loving being busy.
Add into the mix #booklove confessions with Sharon Bairden of Chapter In My Life blog and author Mary Grand, and a guest review from Mandie, and all is set for a fabulous week of book love.
Have a brilliant week all and keep reading!