So this week was all about the walkies … Well, that and sorting out my bookshelves. Turns out that I have two six foot shelving units worth of signed books. Go me. And 170 unread books. And 708 unread ebooks, but we’ll just gloss over that quickly …
Pretty nice day for a day of work, huh? Mandie and I tool a gentle(?) stroll around Cardinmill Valley, a local National Trust site which boasts some really beautiful view and free roaming sheep and horses, as well as birds and bugs. From the top you get a great view of places like The Wrekin and The Stiperstones in the distance, and coming back down you get the extra added adrenaline caused by rocky and craggy paths and overwhelming fear of heights … Or is that just me?
No book events this week – time off for good behaviour and all that – but I did receive a couple of nice bits of book post. Mark Billingham’s Their Little Secret, courtesy of Little Brown and Laura Sherlock, and Forget Me Not by Claire Allan. I also received an advance e-copy of Margaret Kirk’s brand new DI Mahler novel, What Lies Buried. I’ve just started reading Shadow Man and it’s totally got me hooked, so I’m looking forward to this one. And the lovely Steph from Steph’s Book Blog, forwarded me a copy of Adrian McKinty’s The Chain. I’m not sure if I shouldn’t worry a little about being a part of ‘the chain’ now …
Download Tight Rope by Marnie Riches from Netgalley. Heard a bit about this at Newcastle Noir so I’m excited to read it. I also threw in a pre-order for the book, just because it’s the right thing to do. Share the love … Aside from that it was a Craig McIntyre short story from Gordon Brown, Take Care Of Your Own Business and that was my orders done and dusted.
Books I have Read
A student kidnapped from the park.
Nineteen-year-old Sophie disappears one summer afternoon. She wakes up to find herself locked inside a derelict warehouse, surrounded by five objects. If she uses them wisely, she will escape her prison. Otherwise she will die.
An investigator running out of time.
Sophie’s distraught father calls in the one man who can help find his daughter: unique investigator Colter Shaw. Raised in the wilderness by survivalist parents, he is an expert tracker with a forensic mind trained to solve the most challenging cases. But this will be a test even for him.
A killer playing a dangerous game.
Soon a blogger called Henry is abducted – left to die in the dark heart of a remote forest – and the whole case gets turned on its head. Because this killer isn’t following the rules; he’s changing them. One murder at a time…
My first ever Jeffery Deaver novel – I know, I know. A brand new series featuring Colter Shaw sees our hero tracking a cold hearted killer in the heart of Silicon Valley. Loved this book, absolutely gripped from the high stakes, , high tension opener. And Colter Shaw – he’s going to be a massive hit and no mistake. Want to know why? Well go and grab yourself a copy here.
A brand-new anthology of crime stories written by masters of the genre, including Jeffery Deaver, Val McDermid and Lee Child.
A brand-new anthology of crime stories written by masters of the genre. Featuring both original in-universe stories and rarely seen reprints, this collection of nineteen masterful short stories brings together some of the genre’s greatest living authors. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan take on a delightfully twisted killer in Val McDermid’s ‘Happy Holidays’. In Fiona Cummin’s ‘Dead Weight’, an overbearing mother resorts to desperate measures to keep control of her teenage daughter. And in Dean Koontz’s ‘Kittens’, a young girl learns the truth about how her pets have been dying, and devises a horrible revenge.
Tense, twisted and disturbing, Exit Wounds is a visceral and thrilling collection showcasing the very best modern crime fiction has to offer.
Love crime stories? Love reading some of the best crime authors in the industry? Then you definitely need Exit Wounds in your life. Featuring not only some very recognisable authors, you’ll recognise one or two of the characters as well. Plus this is a great taster for all of those authors you’ve always wondered about but not yet read. Out tomorrow, you can grab a copy here.
The Women – S.E.Lynes
The night she moves in with Peter, she’s so happy, so exhilarated, so in love. Later, she will remember a much smaller feeling, a tiny one percent in her gut. And she will remember pushing that feeling aside…
Samantha Frayn doesn’t know why Peter Bridges picks her – a nobody with bitten fingernails and a troubled childhood behind her – but she falls quickly. He’s older, charming, likes fine wine and French films, and his beautiful home has real art on its walls.
Peter transforms Samantha’s life in an instant. He sees the better version of herself – the one she’s always wanted to be. It’s only normal that there’s a little friction, when she moves in, over domestic matters like where things are kept, or the proper times to eat, sleep and shower. She’s lucky to be with someone who can help her find a new job, move on from childish friends, and speak with greater sophistication.
But as Samantha notices, more and more, Peter’s temper, she starts to wonder if there might be consequences to breaking the rules of the world he has so quickly built around her.
And then she receives an anonymous note that makes her ask: is she the first woman to feel trapped by Peter? Is she being paranoid, manipulated, or could she be in danger?
You can tell the truth about your life, but someone needs to be listening. Someone needs to trust you. And someone needs to save you from the man you thought you loved.
Sam thinks she’s found the perfect man in Peter. Wouldn’t be much of a psychological thriller of that was the case now would it. From a very intriguing opening in the middle of their honeymoon, we travel back to the early days of their whirlwind romance in a story about control, secrets and what happens when love turns bad. You can pre-order a copy right here. Fans of SE Lynes are going to love it.
Pretty average week for me in terms of number of books read but a much busier week on the blog. Recap below:
Turbulent Wake – Paul E. Hardisty
Breakers – Doug Johnstone
This Stolen Life – Jeevani Charika
Worst Case Scenario – Helen Fitzgerald
The Closer I Get – Paul Burston
Your Deepest Fear – David Jackson
A Perfect Cornish Summer – Philippa Ashley
Stolen – Paul Finch
Never Be Broken – Sarah Hilary
We’ve a pretty full on week this week too, with tour posts for Tick Tock by Mel Sherratt, The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver, The Women by S.E. Lynes, and the Detective Kate Hamblyn series by David Hodges.
Hope you all have a brilliantly bookish week. I’m off to sulk as I have to work a whole five day week for the first time since March. This is going to hurt 😉
Well it will as long as Luna shifts off my feet or I’m not going anywhere …