Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 24/06/18

Not quite as inspiring a set of photos this week and no photobombing cows to amuse you all but hey ho. It was back to work with vengeance and it was all I could do to last out until the weekend where I got to spend a day in London. Whoop whoop. A brief (6 mile walk) from Euston to Kings Cross by way of Trafalgar Square, Westminster Bridge, The South Bank, The Millenium Bridge (apparently something to do with Dementors and Harry Potter? – I have no clue but Mandie seemed happy), and St Paul’s, and it was time to meet up with a lovely group of author’s and bloggers at The Fellow. As you can see above, I found a pub more suited to me on the way but the decision had already been made so…

Thanks to Kim Nash for arranging everything. It was lovely to catch up with friends such as Noelle Holten, Becca Burnton, Rachel Gilbey, Heide Goody and Linda Hill but will most certainly be remembered for finally getting to meet our lovely red headed book lvoer from across the pond, Meggy Roussel. She is absolutely as you expect and just as bubbly as her blog and I am looking forward to seeing her again later this week at the launch for The Old You and Fault Lines. No pictures as I don’t do selfies but there are plenty floating around the blogosphere if you are demanding evidence…

I have been rushed off my feet at work so I have no clue what I have done or achieved as I paid little or no attention. This weekly round up is going to be as much of a surprise to me as it is to you I think… One bit of book book post this week, the rather marvellous, as it happens, The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware. I am totally engrossed in this at the moment so if the posts seems rushed it is because I am trying desperately to get back to it. 70% in and I HAVE TO KNOW!!! Some rather good fortune on the e-book front too with the lovely Michele Gorman inviting me to read her latest Lilly Bartlett book, The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House. I was sent an e-copy of Do No Harm by Lucy V Hay and was approved for The Way Of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry (Chris Brookmyre and his wife Marisa Haetzman) and Rachel Abbott’s And So It Begins on Netgalley. Super awesome week for me then.

There is a small chance that due to overwhelming mental exhaustion I lost track of myself over on Amazon and Audible this past week. I deny any knowledge of middle of the night clickitis and am positive that all of the following happened during some form of black out episode …

On Kindle:

After He’s Gone – Jane Isaac; Hunger Moon & Book of Shadows – Alexandra Sokoloff; The Tatooist of Auschwitz – Heather MorrisAttendWest CamelThe Way of All FleshAmbrose Parry; The Relentless TideDenzyl Meyrick;The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House – Lilly Bartlett; Deja Vu – Emma Clapperton; This Is Going To Hurt – Adam Kay; Lost LivesRemember, Remember, Buried Secrets Mercy Killing – Lisa Cutts.

On Audible:

The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris; Huntress MoonBlood Moon, Cold Moon, Bitter Moon, Hunger MoonBook Of Shadows – Alexandra Sokoloff.

My collection is so chuffing fabulous.

Books I have read

AHGAfter He’s Gone – Jane Isaac

You think you know him. Until he’s dead.

When Cameron Swift is gunned down outside his family home, DC Beth Chamberlain is appointed Family Liaison Officer: a dual role that requires her to support the family, and also investigate them. 

As the case unfolds and the body count climbs, Beth discovers that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has secrets. 

Even the dead…

My first read of a book by this author but definitely not the last. The central protagonist is a Family Liaison Officer, tough and determined as they come and the story is gripping. The twists keep on coming and I did not want to put it down. My review is out later this week but you can bag your own copy of the book here.

Gone to Ground Cover MEDIUM WEBGone to Ground – Rachel Amphlett

The victim has been brutally cut to pieces, his identity unknown.

When more body parts start turning up in the Kentish countryside, Kay realises the disturbing truth – a serial killer is at large and must be stopped at all costs.

With no motive for the murders and a killer who has gone undetected until now, Kay and her team of detectives must work fast to calm a terrified local population and a scornful media.

When a third victim is found, her investigation grows even more complicated.

As she begins to expose a dark underbelly to the county town, Kay and her team are pulled into a web of jealousy and intrigue that, if left unchecked, will soon claim another life.

I make no bones about it – I am a huge fan of the work or Rachel Amphlett and her Kay Hunter series is superb. This latest offering is no exception. Dark, twisty and occasionally gruesome, I loved it. Out in early July I’ll be sharing my thoughts as part of the blog tour . but you can grab a copy here.

hfwf.jpgHow Far We Fall – Jane Shemilt

The perfect couple

Meeting Albie gave Beth a fresh start – a chance to leave her past behind. Now she has her new husband; an ambitious, talented young neurosurgeon.

The perfect marriage

Their marriage gives Beth the safe haven she’s always wanted – with just one catch. Albie has no idea of the secrets she’s keeping. He doesn’t know that years ago, Beth had an affair with Ted, the boss helping Albie’s star ascend. Nor that the affair’s devastating ending will have consequences for their own future.

The perfect storm

So when Ted’s generous patronage begins to sour, Beth senses everything she’s built could crumble. And she sees an opportunity. To satisfy Albie’s ambitions, and her own obsessive desire for revenge . . .

She’ll keep her marriage and her secret safe.

But how far will the fall take them?

I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect when I opened up this book. What I found was a very dark, twisted, literary and thought provoking read. Truly atmospheric parts of it made my skin crawl and nothing was quite as it seemed. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the tour but you can get your own copy here.

DVDeja Vu – Emma Clapperton

1987

Celia was found brutally murdered in a railway underpass. No one was ever charged with her murder, it was like the killer disappeared into thin air. But Celia knew her killer and after she died, she fought for her soul to re-enter her body, to carry on with life. But the force is too strong for her and her soul is cast aside. 
Celia did not want anyone to forget what happened to her.

PRESENT DAY

Alice has suffered from anxiety as far back as she can remember. With certain music causing unexpected emotional outbursts and recurring nightmares, she can’t take much more.

But when she gets the job she applies for, the future seems brighter. Soon after her first shift at the office, the recurring dreams intensify, become more detailed. They feel real.
And that’s when déjà vu sets in.

Alice begins to wonder if these of spells déjà vu, are actually memories…

A very quick read (less than an hour) this was twisted, eerie and overwhelmingly a really great read. I’ll be sharing my thoughts soon but for now grab yourself a copy here.

tdomw.jpgThe Death of Mrs Westaway – Ruth Ware

When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she’s inherited a substantial bequest from her Cornish grandmother, it seems like the answer to her prayers. She owes money to a loan shark and the threats are getting increasingly aggressive: she needs to get her hands on some cash fast.

There’s just one problem – Hal’s real grandparents died more than twenty years ago. The letter has been sent to the wrong person. But Hal knows that the cold-reading techniques she’s honed as a seaside fortune teller could help her con her way to getting the money. If anyone has the skills to turn up at a stranger’s funeral and claim a bequest they’re not entitled to, it’s her.

Hal makes a choice that will change her life for ever. But once she embarks on her deception, there is no going back. She must keep going or risk losing everything, even her life…

Okay – so we all know I’m cheating a little here as I haven’t finished … But by the time this post goes to print I’m bloody well going to have so it’s going in. There is an underlying, I don’t know, menace? sense of unease? about this book and I love it. At least so far so bloody good. I’ll be blog touring my review in the next couple of weeks but do, do, do buy your own copy here. Can you believe this is my first time of reading Ruth Ware too? I have all the books just … well you know how it goes.

Busy week on the blog too as it turns out. No wonder I’m shattered.

First to Die by Alex Caan

Murder at the Grand Raj Palace by Vaseem Khan

Guest Review: Death in the Woods by Bernie Steadman

Press Release: Bloody Scotland – The McIlvanney Prize Long List

Shores of Death by Peter Ritchie

Where the Missing Go by Emma Rowley

Guest Review: The Almost Wife by Jade Beer

Toxic by Jacqui Rose

Cover Reveal – Heide Goody & Iain Grant

The Date by Louise Jensen

The Chosen Ones by Howard Linskey

The week ahead is a little less manic. Blog tours for Bernie Steadman’s Death on Dartmoor from Mandie and Jane Isaac’s After He’s Gone and Robert Dugoni’s A Steep Price from me and maybe a couple of reviews and that (at the moment) is it.

That was it then… Better than I thought or was expecting rounding off a funny old week. I am around 70 follower away from a cool 5k on Twitter, 1 page like away from a round 500 on the blog Facebook page and have somehow risen to a relatively lofty Review Ranking of 268 on Amazon. Lord alone knows how or why but thanks to all who follow and make my dream of blogdom a reality …

Or whatever.

Seriously though, I’ve been pretty useless on Social Media this year and not been sharing as much or saying thank you for your support all that much and it is genuinely appreciated and never taken for granted. I wish I could say that things will improve but we are super busy at work and with projects and other things on the go, I am trying. Some would argue very …

Oooooh. I must be tired. Getting all deep now. I’m off to listen to the seagulls and finish reading my book. Have a fabulous week all and I’ll see you on the other side.

Jen