Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 17/02/19

Do you like my new pen? It’s a Unicorn. If you squeeze its middle it poops out a pink glitter ball. Well, it amused me.

This week seems to have flow by. Monday and Tuesday saw me take two long awaited days off and it was fabulous. Monday Mandie and I went walkies around Attingham Park, followed by a quick trip into Shrewsbury where I found the aforementioned pen. Was quite a nice and relaxed day actually and we both enjoyed it. Nice to see the field of Snowdrops throughout the woodland walk.

Tuesday was an early start for the pair of us as we took a train into London. the plan was to attend the launch party for Tony Kent’s Marked For Death later that evening, but before that we had a whole day ahead of us and did much much walking. Give or take a few additional stop offs, we took a very scenic walk up and down the Thames. 10-12 miles or so. Nothing major. Well, the weather was nice.

Took a few snaps throughout the day too. I do love a good trip to the Capital. If you ignore the pollution and the noise, it’s a lovely place on a sunny day. And the launch party was fab too.

I’m a lucky bunny as while in Waterstones Piccadilly I found a signed copy of Wicked Game by Matt Johnson, the only Robert Finlay book I didn’t have signed. I also picked up a copy of Marked for Death by Tony Kent while at the party. Would be rude not to, and as I already had Killer Intent, it’s nice to have a full set. I’m sure you’ll agree that both books look very pretty with their partners at home on my shelves.

I’m not a greedy book blogger, but I have been quite lucky with regard to book post of late, and arrived home from London to three more parcels in my porch. First up was Hold by Michael Donkor which I am reading for a special tour. I also received One More Lie by Amy Lloyd, courtesy of Cornerstone Digital and The Guilty Party by Mel McGrath, from the lovely folk at HQ. Good times.

Only one book from Netgalley but it’s a bloody good one. The Absolution by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. No new orders from Amazon though. I must be slipping lol.

Books I have read

Killer Intent – Tony Kent

An assassin’s bullet. A deadly conspiracy. But who is calling the shots?

When an attempted assassination sparks a chain reaction of explosive events across London, Britain’s elite security forces seem powerless to stop the chaos threatening to overwhelm the government.

As the dark and deadly conspiracy unfolds, three strangers find their fates entwined: Joe Dempsey, a deadly military intelligence officer; Sarah Truman, a CNN reporter determined to get her headline; and Michael Devlin, a Belfast-born criminal barrister with a secret past.

As the circle of those they can trust grows ever smaller, Dempsey, Devlin and Truman are forced to work in the shadows, caught in a life-or-death race against the clock, before the terrible plot can consume them all.

How have I not read this before? I love and good thriller and this book is a bloody good thriller. High action, political intrigue, and with two central characters, Joe Dempsey and Michael Devlin, that I absolutely adore. I was pulled in from the start and Kept on the edge of my seat right to the end of the book. Some absolutely brilliant and tense action segments make this a must read for thriller fans, and I can see how it ended up being a Zoe Ball Book Club pick last year. Top stuff. Now to read Marked for Death. Cannot wait. You can order a copy of Killer Intent here.

The Guilty Party – Mel McGrath

You did nothing. That doesn’t mean you’re innocent.

On a night out, four friends witness a stranger in trouble. They decide to do nothing to help.

Later, a body washes up on the banks of the Thames – and the group realises that ignoring the woman has left blood on their hands.

But why did each of them refuse to step in? Why did none of them want to be noticed that night? Who is really responsible?

And is it possible that the victim was not really a stranger at all?

This book is absolutely brilliant. Obsessive, dark and completely twisted I loved it. It features some pretty dark and almost taboo subjects, but ones which need to be discussed as they are all too real in modern life. How far would you go to protect a friendship, and how dark do secrets need to be before it becomes a step too far? I’ll be reviewing the book as part of the blog tour, but it is definitely a top read for me and one which will make you think, shock you and make your skin crawl in equal measure. It’s out on 7th March but you can preorder here for publication day.

So that’s one book better than last week, but I have started a third and I did attend a blogger/author meet up on Saturday too so it’s not like I’ve been idle. My latest read is a book book though so I’m having to be all good and wear my glasses. Might take me longer to read as I can’t do it in bed quite so easily … Busy old week on the blog front. Go us …

The Shape of Lies – Rachel Abbott

The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides

Bollywood Wives – Alex Khan

Apple Island Wife – Fiona Stocker

All The Little Lies – Chris Curran

Beton Rouge – Simone Buchholz

The Taking Of Annie Thorne – CJ Tudor

The week ahead is pretty full on too, probably our last week as we wind down slowly in March and onward. Not stopping, just taking time to read some of our personal TBR piles rather than just tour books, meaning we might not be posting as often. For now though, expect posts for A Version of the Truth by BP Walter; Death Comes to Call by Clare Chase; The Four of Us by Aine Toner; Dead Memories by Angela Marsons; Inborn by Thomas Enger and The Secretary by Renee Knight.

Have a fabulous week everyone. I actually have to do a whole week at work – what’s that all about? I might even try and get some writing done in the evenings, if I’m feeling in the zone. Who knows?

Jen

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