Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 21/04/19

Well, what a week that was. Glorious weather and a four day weekend to enjoy it too. And I did try to make the most of it as far as possible. Took a trip to Trentham Gardens for a nice walk around the lake (yes those are black swans) and then a nice short, 15 mile walk on a round trip from my sister’s house to Ironbridge. Both days were absolutely stunning, sunny, not a cloud in the sky, and actually relatively quiet all things considered. Over the two days I managed a healthy 56,001 steps. Needless to say my legs are a little tired now lol.

So how has your week been? I got quite a bit of reading done over the week too, helped by the fact the books were fab and so easy to read. After last weeks mammoth buying sessions I’ve tried to be a little more sensible with my purchases but essentially failed miserably. Three Netgalley books this week – Caz Frear’s Stone Cold Heart; Little Girls Sleeping by Jennifer Chase and The Women by SE Lynes. One piece of book post from Avon – A Summer to Remember by Sue Moorcroft. One self sponsored piece of book post too – A Book of Bones by John Connolly which came with a lovely tote bag to celebrate 20 years of Charlie Parker. My collection of signed Charlie Parker books is looking pretty tidy now, huh?

Purchase wise I may have placed a couple of orders and preorders … Many do not yet have covers so I will just post the links. Catch Your Death by Kierney Scott; Child’s Play by Angela Marsons; Ruin Beach by Kate Rhodes; In The Absence of Miracles by Michael J Malone; Blood Song by Johanna Gustawsson; Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen; Cage by Lilja Sigurdardottir; Violet by SJI Holliday; and Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver.

Books I have read:

Worst Case Scenario – Helen Fitzgerald

A deliciously dark, unapologetically funny psychological thriller by the international bestselling author of The Cry

‘The harrowing plot keeps you gripped until the final, devastating revelation’ 
Sunday Mirror

‘I’ve been a fan of Helen FitzGerald’s for a long time now. She never, ever disappoints. WORST CASE SCENARIO is simply stunning. Dark, uncompromising, funny, and almost impossible to put down’ 
Luca Veste

Mary Shields is a moody, acerbic probation offer, dealing with some of Glasgow’s worst cases, and her job is on the line. Liam Macdowall was imprisoned for murdering his wife, and he’s published a series of letters to the dead woman, in a book that makes him an unlikely hero – and a poster boy for Men’s Rights activists.

Liam is released on licence into Mary’s care, but things are far from simple. Mary develops a poisonous obsession with Liam and his world, and when her son and Liam’s daughter form a relationship, Mary will stop at nothing to impose her own brand of justice … with devastating consequences.

A heart-pounding, relentless and chilling psychological thriller, rich with deliciously dark and unapologetic humour, Worst Case Scenario is also a perceptive, tragic and hugely relevant book by one of the most exciting names in crime fiction.

Oh my god, this book. So much of it should not be funny, and really, really isn’t and yet … The dark, obsessive humour which underlies the narrative is just so good, so intense, so very often wrong, that this was a truly addictive read. I tore through it, laughing so often as I recognised so many people I knew in amongst Mary’s colleagues. Serial flex-offenders beware. This book has you completely and utterly sussed. So wrong it’s perfectly right, you can preorder a copy of the book, or grab the e-copy right here.

Breakers – Dough Johnstone

A pulsatingly tense, deeply moving psychological thriller from the Number One BESTSELLING Scottish author of Fault Lines

A toxic family … a fight for survival…

Seventeen-year-old Tyler lives in one of Edinburgh’s most deprived areas. Coerced into robbing rich people’s homes by his bullying older siblings, he’s also trying to care for his little sister and his drug-addict mum.

On a job, his brother Barry stabs a homeowner and leaves her for dead, but that’s just the beginning of their nightmare, because the woman is the wife of Edinburgh’s biggest crime lord, Deke Holt.

With the police and the Holts closing in, and his shattered family in devastating danger, Tyler meets posh girl Flick in another stranger’s house, and he thinks she may just be his salvation … unless he drags her down too.

A pulsatingly tense psychological thriller, Breakers is also a breathtakingly brutal, beautiful and deeply moving story of a good kid in the wrong family, from one of Scotland’s finest crime writers.

Gritty and hard hitting, with Breakers Doug Johnstone shows the world a side of Edinburgh life that doesn’t feature on the tourist trail. I really found myself drawn to Tyler and his story. Difficult to read at times, and full of threat and menace, this book will get under your skin as it builds to its most shocking of conclusions. An absolute gem of a book and a brilliant portrayal of life in Edinburgh for the less financially sound. You can grab a copy right here.

Hunting Evil – Chris Carter

As roommates, they met for the first time in college. Two of the brightest minds ever to graduate from Stamford Psychology University.
As adversaries, they met again in Quantico, Virginia. Robert Hunter had become the head of the LAPD’s Ultra Violent Crimes Unit. Lucien Folter had become the most prolific and dangerous serial killer the FBI had ever encountered.

Now, after spending three and a half years locked in solitary confinement, Lucien has finally managed to break free. And he’s angry.

For the past three and a half years, Lucien has thought of nothing else but vengeance.
The person responsible for locking him away has to pay, he has to suffer.
That person … is Robert Hunter.
And now it is finally time to execute the plan.

I’ve been dipping in and out of this series but this latest offering from Chris Carter is as hard hitting as always. Featuring some brutal scenes and high action, high stakes tension, it sees Robert Hunter pitted against a former friend and now greatest adversary – Lucien. Watching Hunter try to out smart his former room mate and to stay one step of a man who shows no mercy was heart stopping stuff and, as always, not for the feint of heart. Full of the brilliant psychological insight you expect from this series, this will leave you wanting more. You can grab a copy here.

A Book of Bones – John Connolly

He is our best hope.

He is our last hope.

On a lonely moor in the northeast of England, the body of a young woman is discovered near the site of a vanished church. In the south, a girl lies buried beneath a Saxon mound. To the southeast, the ruins of a priory hide a human skull.

Each is a sacrifice, a summons.

And something in the shadows has heard the call.

But another is coming: Parker the hunter, the avenger. Parker’s mission takes him from Maine to the deserts of the Mexican border; from the canals of Amsterdam to the streets of London – he will track those who would cast this world into darkness.

Parker fears no evil.

But evil fears him . . .

I love this series. A brilliant blend of Detective/PI fiction and horror, it is so unique, so detailed and so completely immersive that once you lose yourself in its world, there is no letting go. Pulling together a six book arc, at 700 pages it’s one heck of a reading commitment but one you wont regret. Parker is on a quest to bring down Quayle and destroy the Fractured Atlas, but will he succeed. You’ll have to read to find out. With a story that sees Parker and co drawn away from the safety of their home turf to follow Quayle’s trail to Europe, it is another classy piece of fiction that leaves me hungry for the next book. You can order a copy here.

Pretty busy week on the blog and the recap is below:

The Ringmaster – Vanda Symon

You Die Next – Stephanie Marland

Close To The Edge – Toby Faber

The Absolution – Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Dark Sky Island – Lara Dearman

The Strawberry Thief – Joanne Harris

My Sister’s Lies – S.D. Robertson

Bit of a mixed week ahead. I’ll be taking part in tours for Carol Wyer’s The Dare, Perfect Crime by Helen Fields; The Passengers by John Marrs and Picture of Innocence by TJ Stimson.

Hope you all have a brilliant week. Only four days in work and it’s the weekend already. In the meantime there are books.

Can’t be bad, can it?

Jen

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