Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 12/05/19

This weeks brief will be brief … based on the fact I have done nowt of note since last week. Due to the fact I have nothing to say, here is an impromptu cat picture to make you smile …

Photo by Jari Hytönen on Unsplash

In case you think I am solely biased towards cats, here are some puppies too. They’re so cute …

Photo by Judi Neumeyer on Unsplash

No, seriously. Downloading these pictures is the most exciting thing I’ve done all week. I’ve been pants at reading, hardly bought any books (none for my Kindle at all!!!), and haven’t been anywhere remotely interesting. I am super dull gal.

I did pre-order some signed first edition books from Goldsboro Books though. I’m not completely broken. Never Be Broken by Sarah Hilary (no pun intended earlier) and Black Summer by M.W. Craven. Very smiley about both of those and they will look lovely on my shelves with their siblings. When I’ve bought new shelves that is as I’ve run out of room right now …

Some lovely book post in the week this week. First up was The Partisan Heart by Gordon Kerr courtesy of Muswell Press. I also got a book, pen and choccy bar from the lovely LJ Ross, her latest DCI Ryan novel, The Moor.

Some Netgalley downloads this week, only for tours. Now You See Me by Chris McGeorge and The Whisper Man by Alex North.

Books I Have Read

Stolen – Paul Finch

How do you find the missing when there’s no trail to follow?

DC Lucy Clayburn is having a tough time of it. Not only is her estranged father one of the North West’s toughest gangsters, but she is in the midst of one of the biggest police operations of her life.

Members of the public have started to disappear, taken from the streets as they’re going about their every day lives. But no bodies are appearing – it’s almost as if the victims never existed.

Lucy must chase a trail of dead ends and false starts as the disappearances mount up. But when her father gets caught in the crossfire, the investigation suddenly becomes a whole lot more bloody…

The Sunday Times bestseller returns with his latest nail-shredding thriller – a must for all fans of Happy Valley and M.J. Arlidge.

The next instalment in the Lucy Clayburn series, this will have you on the edge of your seat and (if you are a dog lover) crying into your tea. Exciting, tense and neatly plotted I loved the interplay between the characters, the way in which Lucy’s personal life started to invade her professional one once again and, most importantly, Sister Cassie. What a character. I’ll be reviewing this weekend as part of the tour, where you can also read an extract, but in the meantime why not pre-order here.

Never Be Broken – Sarah Hilary

Children are dying on London’s streets. Frankie Reece, stabbed through the heart, outside a corner shop. Others recruited from care homes, picked up and exploited; passed like gifts between gangs. They are London’s lost. 

Then Raphaela Belsham is killed. She’s thirteen years old, her father is a man of influence, from a smart part of town. And she’s white. Suddenly, the establishment is taking notice.
DS Noah Jake is determined to handle

Raphaela’s case and Frankie’s too. But he’s facing his own turmoil, and it’s becoming an obsession. DI Marnie Rome is worried, and she needs Noah on side. Because more children are disappearing, more are being killed by the day and the swelling tide of violence needs to be stemmed before it’s too late.

NEVER BE BROKEN is a stunning, intelligent and gripping novel which explores how the act of witness alters us, and reveals what lies beneath the veneer of a glittering city.

Love Marnie Rome and Noah Jake? The you are going to eat this one up. Highly topical and full of highly emotional drama, this will have a lump in your throat before you turn the last page. My heart absolutely broke for poor Noah. And that opening … dang it. Sarah Hilary knows how to pack a punch. You can preorder a copy here and I’ll be reviewing at the weekend. Make the most of it though as I believe there will be a short break before Marnie is back on our shelves … Sad times.

Yep. That was it. Two books. Only slightly busier week review wise though – recap below:

Hunting Evil – Chris Carter

Deadly Secrets – OMJ Ryan

The Markham Mysteries – Catherine Moloney


Dead Inside – Noelle Holten


Capital Crime Preview


Their Final Moments – Jane Adams

The week ahead is quite busy with tours for Turbulent Wake by Paul Hardisty, Breakers by Doug Johnstone, This Stolen Life by Jeevani Charika; Worst Case Scenario by Helen Fitzgerald; Your Deepest Fear by David Jackson; A Perfect Cornish Summer by Phillipa Ashley; Stolen by Paul Finch and Never Be Broken by Sarah Hilary. The by-product of slowing down as always …

Have a brilliant week all. I have a day off this week so, who knows, I may actually have something to say next week. See you soon.

Jen