Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 22/04/18

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Me this weekend. Made the bloody mistake of reading Angela Marsons’ latest book Dying Truth didn’t I? Oh. My, God. I knew it would be good but I wasn’t prepared for that. When people mention book hangovers I’m usually like – meh – I loved it but I move on. This … Gutted, devastated, wounded … just some of the words I could use. Alongside ‘loved it’. 😀 Top stuff.

Anyhow. How have you all been? I’ve been working hard (for a change) doing my coursework. Three courses on the go now which seemed like a good idea at the time. Didn’t bank on being quite to busy at work and still having so many books to read but hey ho. You live, you learn, you move on, I’m actually quite impressed that I’ve managed to maintain sanity, keep up to date with my reading and restart my diet and exercise regime in spite of it all. Good hey? I’m not one to brag but hey … Remember this next week when I’m a crying snivelling mess gorging on chocolate and crisps as I slowly rock and forward in a corner somewhere.

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Don’t think I did anything exciting this week. I’m honestly trying to remember. Well other than reading of course. To be honest, I spent two days in Dublin on an audit and that pretty well dominated my week. Oooh. I did meet up with Abbie Osborne so we could both work on our respective manuscripts. We did get some work done around dinner and chatting over ideas. Abbie also murdered a cream scone. Wasn’t sure whether to let her eat it or set up crime scene tape around it …

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No book post other than one I had preordered from Goldsboro Books, my signed first edition of The Woman in the Woods. Not going mad, don’t worry. This was deliberate. My dedicated copy was 4th edition. Special obviously but there are strict rules when it comes to my collection 😉 I’m not even sure if this counts as book post anyway.

I did succumb to a new title from Netgalley though, namely Mark Hill’s It Was Her, the follow up to his first Ray Drake novel, His First Lie. Then there was the copy of Dying Truth by Angela Marsons from the lovely Bookouture. And that was it.

 

Purchase wise I’ve made a few. Mystery Man by Bateman following a recommendation from Tracy Fenton; Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman; The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland and two audible books – Hangman by Daniel Cole and Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh.

 

Reading wise I’m happy with four books all things considered.

Books I have read

cyhCross your Heart – Kierney Scott

Blinking her eyes open, she looks around the room, taking in the bed and the wardrobe full of clothes she’s never seen before. This isn’t her bedroom. Those aren’t her clothes. She begins to cry as she wonders if she’ll ever see her own home again.

Three young girls are missing. All of them cold cases. All of them forgotten. But when Detective Jess Bishop identifies a disturbing link between them, she’s determined to find out what happened, and fights to re-open their cases. 

At the scene of each abduction the kidnapper left a clue – a small bag of candy – in place of the missing child.

And then a fourth child is taken. Eight-year-old Ava is snatched from her hospital bed and when a bag of candy is found in her room, Jessica knows it’s the same kidnapper.

As the pressure to solve the case pushes Jess and her team to breaking point, Jess takes a personal risk she fears she’ll live to regret. But she has no choice.

Out of hospital, Ava can only get sicker: Jess is running out of time. Can she find Ava before it’s too late?

An explosive case for Jess Bishop and the team and one which will definitely affect readers in different ways as the victims in this book are children. Taut, thrilling and with some heart stopping moments my review will be up later this week but you can preorder the book here.

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Do you want a thriller where nothing is as it seems?

Twenty years ago, Tatia was adopted into a well-off home where she seemed happy, settled. Then the youngest boy in the family dies in an accident, and she gets the blame.

Did she do it?

Tatia is cast out, away from her remaining adopted siblings Joel and Sarah. Now she yearns for a home to call her own. So when she see families going on holiday, leaving their beautiful homes empty, there seems no harm in living their lives while they are gone. But somehow, people keep ending up dead.

Did she kill them?

As bodies start to appear in supposedly safe neighbourhoods, DI Ray Drake and DS Flick Crowley race to find the thinnest of links between the victims. But Drake’s secret past is threatening to destroy everything.

I shouldn’t have read this really – it wasn’t in my list – but I couldn’t resist the lure of a new Ray Drake novel. Pitted against some violent characters who have been murdering during home invasions, Drake is still very much on edge as his partnership with Flick Crowley hangs in the balance. Loving this series, you’ll be able to read my thoughts closer to publication day. Meanwhile you can order a copy here.

owoaOne Way Or Another – Colleen Coleman

Twenty-nine-year-old Katie Kelly is at an all-time low. The love of her life, gorgeous Ben Cole, took a job abroad and broke her heart, the restaurant she’d put her all into went bust, and now she works in a retirement home, cooking beige mush for the residents.

Not exactly the life Katie had dreamed of…

So when the opportunity comes up to work for one of the best chefs in the country – Katie’s idol – she is determined to get the job, no matter what. But then she discovers who she’s competing against: Ben.

As the competition heats up, Katie and Ben spend more and more time together, and it’s clear the old spark is still there… But only one person can win their perfect job, and Katie is going to make sure it’s her. She knows she can’t let Ben back in – or can she find a way to have it all?

A fun foray into the world of food with a side helping of comedy jus and a Michelin star romance. I’ll be reviewing this later in the week as part of the tour but in the meantime you can order a copy here.

dtDying Truth – Angela Marsons

How far would you go to protect your darkest secrets?

When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents.

As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead. 

With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable – whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne – the sociopath who has made it her life’s work to destroy Kim. 

Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between the recent murders and an initiation prank that happened at the school decades earlier. But saving these innocent lives comes at a cost – and one of Kim’s own might pay the ultimate price.

The utterly addictive new crime thriller from the Number One bestselling author – you will be gripped until the final shocking twist.

I have been waiting on this book for ages, counting down the days until it was going to be available for review. I was given the heads up by a little ‘editor-shaped’ birdy as to when that would be, but what said birdy didn’t tell me as that this book was going to break me. Major book hangover and if you want to know why then preorder here and we’ll have a chat after the 18th May when it’s released and you’ve read it.

That was it but believe me, after Dying Truth, that was enough. I am in major meltdown and no mistake. Blog wise, despite being on a ‘slow down’ (yeah right) I managed quite a busy week with four posts on Thursday in the end. Four!!! Recap below …

Blue: A Memoir by John Sutherland

Review: Got Ghosts by Fiona Glass

Extract: Dying Truth by Angela Marsons

The Ice Swimmer by Kjell Ola Dahl

The Dark Web by Christopher Lowery

Bloody Scotland 2018: McIlvanney Prize Judges Announced

Cover Reveal: Shalini Boland

Raise the Blade by Tess Makovesky

Body and Soul by John Harvey

East of India by Erica Brown

The Girl Who Got Revenge by Marnie Riches

The week ahead is a little less manic with just a few tours and some reviews. I may even take the weekend off … First up is the tour for The Picture by Roger Bray on Tuesday. Wednesday I have a double header with Guilt by Amanda Robson and Cross Your Heart by Kierney Scott. Thursday sees me review One Way Or Another by Colleen Coleman, and Friday I have a guest post from Julie Newman, author of The Kindness of StrangersWish me luck.

 

On a personal and professional level I have plenty to keep me amused this week. My next week’s courses start today – no pressure – and I’m off to The Commercial Vehicle Show tomorrow (yes it’s as thrilling as it sounds …), Warrington on Wednesday and Basildon on Thursday. Plenty of audio book time right there then. Tidy. Reading target this week is three or four books, depending on audio success. I am on a roll.

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Sorry – it’s been a long week.

Have a good one y’all.

Jen

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