Hello all. How has your week been? Mine’s been pretty fluffing good, all things considered. A few nice long walks, a second trip to the air museum, a surprise or two by way of the book fairies, exploding cooker (yeah – that wasn’t so much fun) and, best of all, a new member of the family. Meet Aurora, or Rory for short, my new itty bitty kitten who has come to keep Luna company.
Okay … so the picture is a bit blurry, but she’s still dang cute. Luna is slowly getting used to her space being invaded and Rory has already learned how to jump/climb onto the sofa to curl up by my side. She doesn’t do a lot apart from eat sleep and poop now, so a bit like having a baby only a teeny bit more self sufficient and someone else has already potty trained her so – win! So my little family is once more a three. We (I) are (am) very happy.
Why Aurora? Well, as Luna is the Goddess of the Moon, if felt right to give her a majestic name and Aurora is the Goddess of the Dawn. Plus Rory really suits her beautiful tiger stripes. I like it anyway.
Aside from expanding the family, I had my first post-starting-diet weigh in. Lost three pounds so that was nice. Probably helped that I went on a five kilometre walk on Monday and another five mile walk on Wednesday to be fair. Wednesday saw me walking around town and up by the canal. Never expected to be greeted with this sight but there you go …
Yep. Swan butts. They did eventually turn the right way up but it made for a memorable walk. Surpassed myself yesterday though, pushing the walk past the eight mile mark as Mandie and I took a long walk to the supermarket, walking for two and half hours before we took a break and then making the last thirty minute walk back to her house with very achy and groaning limbs. A sure sign we are getting old. If I haven’t lost at least an ounce this week I’ll be miffed.
Fabulous book week this week. First up was a proof copy of Hush Hush by Mel Sherratt which is out later this year. I came complete with a vial of blood and one of water … I’m on the tour and really looking forward to reading it. Tuesday I received the hardback copy of the US cover version of Black Out by Ragnar Jonasson. Rather amazingly, I also won a Twitter competition courtesy of Georgina Moore aka @PublicityBooks to celebrate her reaching 18k followers. Totally unexpected but what a lovely selection it was too. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin; Love and Trouble by Claire Dederer; The Six Loves of Billy Binns by Richard Lumsden; Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates; The Dark Between Stars by Atticus; Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff; Take Nothing With You by Patrick Gale; and A Winter Beneath the Stars by Jo Thomas. And as if that wasn’t enough I received another bit of unexpected post – Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights by Carole Matthews.
I am a lucky lady this week no doubt about it.
Three new purchases this week, two of which are pre-orders so don’t count … First up was Graham Smith’s The Darling Dead, his first book with Bookouture. There was also The Forget-Me-Not Flower Shop by Tracy Corbett and The Hermitage by LJ Ross. Really looking forward to that one.
Two e-books ARCs this week, but both for tours so essential reading only. Sue Watson’s Our Little Lies and Angela Marsons’ Fatal Promise. I will admit that once again I abandoned all reading plans to read Angela’s book because, well why wouldn’t you? Sorry other authors. I caught up again, don’t worry.
Books I have read.
The boy’s body was so white it was almost transparent. But that’s not what caused the nausea to rise up her throat. He was so young. His body was unmarked, surrounded by a halo of plucked wildflowers.
One hot summer evening, eleven-year-old Mikey Driscoll is on the way home from playing with friends. Two days later, his body is discovered on a bed of wildflowers by some local teenagers.
The case is assigned to Detective Lottie Parker and this time it’s personal. The victim was a close friend of her son, Sean, from the run-down Munbally estate on the other side of town. Sean tells his mother Mikey was behaving normally before he died, but Lottie can’t help but feel that her son is keeping something from her…
Then days later, another boy is found dead, surrounded by wild flowers next to beautiful Ladystown Lake.
On the hunt for a twisted individual with a terrifying calling card, Lottie must uncover the web of secrets within Mikey’s circle of friends. Someone is hiding something but who are they protecting and can Lottie find out before it’s too late? Lottie is desperate to catch the killer before he strikes again because this time her own child could be in terrible danger…
If you love Karin Slaughter, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Abbott, you’ll love the latest heart-stopping thriller from Patricia Gibney. Tell Nobody will keep you guessing until the very last page.
It might just be me, but this book felt a little different to the others in the series. I love the Lottie Parker books and this is another fine example of why Patricia Gibney is such a successful author but it felt a little faster in pace. Perhaps it was just me as I flew through it, and couldn’t wait to see what has happening to Lottie and her team. It’s a very difficult subject as it involves child murder, but it is not gratuitous in any way and it will keep you guessing right to the last. The book is out at the start of October but you can order a copy here.
Isabel’s life seemed perfect. Successful business, beautiful house, adoring husband. And then she was dead.
For four years Jessica has never doubted that her sister Isabel’s death was an accident. But when Jessica’s young daughter seems to know long-forgotten details about her aunt’s past, Jessica can’t shake the feeling that there’s a more sinister truth behind the tragedy.
As Jessica unearths disturbing revelations about her sister, and about the people she loved and trusted most, it becomes clear Isabel’s life was less than perfect and that Jessica’s might also be at risk.
Did someone murder Isabel? Are they now after Jessica and her family? The key seems to lie in the hands of a child. Can Isabel reveal the truth from beyond the grave, or is the answer closer to home?
In Her Shadow is a gripping tale of family secrets, lies and obsession from the two million copy bestselling author Mark Edwards.
Creepy to the last, this book is full of unexpected happenings, high suspicion, tales of ghostly goings on and an accidental death which may not be quite so accidental after all. Fans of Mark Edwards will love it and this is the kind of read which will keep you hooked and desperate to find out what is real and what is not. You can pre-order a copy of the book here.
Eeeny meeny, miney, moe. Who lives, who dies only I know.
When the body of a doctor is discovered brutally murdered in local woodland, Detective Kim Stone is shocked to discover the victim is Gordon Cordell – a man linked to a previous case she worked on involving the death of a young school girl. Gordon has a chequered past, but who would want him dead?
As the investigation gets underway, Gordon’s son is involved in a horrific car crash which leaves him fighting for his life. Kim’s sure this was no accident.
Then the body of a woman is found dead in suspicious circumstances and Kim makes a disturbing link between the victims and Russells Hall Hospital. The same hospital where Gordon worked.
With Kim and her team still grieving the loss of one of their own, they’re at their weakest and facing one of the most dangerous serial killers they’ve ever encountered. Everything is on the line. Can Kim keep her squad together and find the killer before he claims his next victim?
The killer is picking off his victims at a terrifying pace, and he’s not finished yet.
From multi-million copy number one bestseller Angela Marsons comes another absolutely nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat crime thriller.
God, this book is going to give me a headache. I honestly do not know how to review without including some spoilers to the last book so I am going to take my time over it and make sure I do it justice. Emotional, at times raw, the tone of this book is completely different to previous books but it needed to be. But it is still full of the tension and hard hitting case that you would expect of Kim and Co. You can preorder a copy of the book here.
And that was me. Three books, but in my defence I did have some interviews too so wasn’t just sat around all week. And Rory proved somewhat of a distraction at the weekend too ;). Busy enough week on the blog though – recap below.
You’ll probably notice a distinct lack of anything much from me this week. Two blog tours planned in but, as it stands, that is it. Real life getting in the way and interviews are a priority as I am sure you can understand. The two tours we do have are for In The Silence by MR Mackenzie and The Night She Died by Jenny Blackhurst.
Have a fab week all.