Rewind, recap: Weekly update W/E 02/08/20

How on earth is it August already? I mean, seriously. It is only five minutes since I declared July and that was scary enough. The year is absolutely flying by and I think it is fair to say that the ride has been more than a little perilous. Highs, lows and all there is in between. What a time to be living. On the positive side, this enforced semi-isolation is making me more determined than ever to make the best use of the quiet moments. the times when I am not at work, when i am not buried knee deep in books. Well … kindle deep, but you know what I mean. I am visiting places in my local area that I have not (consciously) been to in my life and loving every minute of it. This week’s little adventure was over to Kinver Edge for a forest walk and to see the Rock Houses that may (or may not) have been the inspiration behind Tolkien’s Hobbit homes. Take a look at the pictures and see what you think.

I’ve been keeping up with my weekly walks along the canal too. So lovely seeing the swans continue to grow. you can really see their white feathers starting to come through now so it won’t be long until they are off finding their own special canal or lake to call home. There are more ducks, coots and moorhens than I ever recall having seen before and the Heron that has been seen along the banks of the canal is certainly making himself at home. I’m loving it. There are some upsides to lockdown it seems. Nature appears to be loving it too. And the walk around Kinver Edge was lovely too, allowing us to see some beautiful Longhorn (or in some cases babyhorn) Cattle. Thankfully no adders!

I’ve had a pretty tidy week on the book front too. Finished some real crackers, just have to be able to find the words to do them justice in my reviews.It’s been quite nice as I have been able to reclaim a little of my overtime this past week, just the odd fifteen minutes here and there, so escaping on the walks and into the books has helped to keep me sane. Well, as sane as I am likely to get anyway.

Colleagues of the day

I’ve had a good week book wise. I have a few preorders in, plus one i can not confirm as it has officially been ‘revealed’. That book is Deity the next in the Six Stories series by Matt Wesolowski. I did order one more I can’t tell you about as it hasn’t had its official reveal yet either, but I’m sure if you think long and hard you can probably work out the publisher if nothing else … I also preordered Written In Bone by Professor Sue Black, author of All That Remains, and picked up The Other Girl by CD Major as my Amazon First choice for August. I had a lovely bit of book post in a hard copy of The Coral Bride by Roxanne Bouchard from Orenda Books which I am really looking forward to reading. Plus I picked up City of Spies by Mara Timon from Netgalley.

Not a bad week all things considered 😉

Books I have read

A Song of Isolation by Michael J Malone

Film star Amelie Hart is the darling of the silver screen, appearing on the front pages of every newspaper. But at the peak of her fame she throws it all away for a regular guy with an ordinary job. The gossip columns are aghast: what happened to the woman who turned heads wherever she went?

Any hope the furore will die down are crushed when Amelie’s boyfriend Dave is arrested on charges of child sexual abuse. Dave strongly asserts his innocence, and when Amelie refuses to denounce him, the press witch hunt quickly turns into physical violence, and she has to flee the country.

While Dave is locked up with the most depraved men in the country and Amelie is hiding on the continent, Damaris, the victim at the centre of the story, is isolated – a child trying to make sense of an adult world.

Breathtakingly brutal, dark and immensely moving, A Song of Isolation looks beneath the magpie glimmer of celebrity to uncover a sinister world dominated by greed and lies, and the unfathomable destruction of innocent lives … in an instant.


The Seven Doors by Agnes Ravatn

University professor Nina is at a turning point. Her work seems increasingly irrelevant, her doctor husband is never home, relations with her difficult daughter are strained, and their beautiful house is scheduled for demolition.

When her daughter decides to move into another house they own, things take a very dark turn. The young woman living there disappears, leaving her son behind, the day after Nina and her daughter pay her a visit.

With few clues, the police enquiry soon grinds to a halt, but Nina has an inexplicable sense of guilt. Unable to rest, she begins her own investigation, but as she pulls on the threads of the case, it seems her discoveries may have very grave consequences for her and her family.

Exquisitely dark and immensely powerful, The Seven Doors is a sophisticated and deeply disturbing psychological thriller from one of Norway’s most distinguished voices.


The Defenceless by Kati Hiekkapelto

When an old man is found dead on the road seemingly run over by a Hungarian au pair police investigator Anna Fekete is certain that there is more to the incident than meets the eye. As she begins to unravel an increasingly complex case, she’s led on a deadly trail where illegal immigration, drugs and, ultimately, murder threaten not only her beliefs, but her life.

Anna’s partner Esko is entrenched in a separate but equally dangerous investigation into the activities of an immigrant gang, where deportation orders and raids cause increasing tension and result in desperate measures by gang members and the police themselves.

Then a bloody knife is found in the snow, and the two cases come together in ways that no one could have predicted. As pressure mounts, it becomes clear that having the law on their side may not be enough for Anna and Esko.

Chilling, disturbing and terrifyingly believable, The Defenceless is an extraordinary, vivid and gripping thriller by one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.


Fifty-Fifty by Steve Cavanagh

Two sisters on trial for murder. They accuse each other.
Who do YOU believe?


‘911 what’s your emergency?’

‘My dad’s dead. My sister Sofia killed him. She’s still in the house. Please send help.’

‘My dad’s dead. My sister Alexandra killed him. She’s still in the house. Please send help.’

One of them is a liar and a killer.

But which one?


Yes. I will admit it. I went on a bit of an Orendafest this week and I’m not even sorry. They weren’t the most urgent reads in my list but they were the ones screaming out to be read. Can you bvelieve that this means I have just five more books to read and I will have read every title that Orenda has ever released. Well, technically right now it is three as two of them aren’t even out in e-book yet, but who’s counting? Must be time for some new Orenda shelfies though … How pretty are these bad boys? One book away from a full set. For now 😉

A full week on the blog, recap below:

#Review – While You Slept – RJ Parker
#Review – The Turn Of The Key – Ruth Ware
#Review – The Resident – David Jackson
#Review – Hinton Hollow Death Trip – Will Carver
#Review – Shed No Tears – Caz Frear

We have another full week on the blog with reviews all week, including a blog tour post for inge’s War by Svenja O’Donnell. I’ve a nice week of working and walking planned. Having never been to Kinver Edge in my life before last weekend, believe it or not I am meeting a friend there on Thursday for another nice and energy sapping walk. Her suggestion. You couldn’t make it up, huh?

Hope you all have a safe and fun filled week and I will see you on the other side.

Jen xx

2 thoughts on “Rewind, recap: Weekly update W/E 02/08/20

  1. I’d kill for the new Ravatn. I’ve not had any Orenda bookpost since Karen fell ill. 😅

    Absolutely love the pictures of what could possibly have inspired Tolkien. You live in a wonderful part of the world, Jen. I’m glad you have the opportunity to go out and about, enjoying the fresh air and the sights, and not go completely doolally 😉. I’m looking forward to more pictures from your daily walks this week. Have a great one! x

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    1. Thank you. It very strange that it has taken a global Pandemic to force me to make the most of what is right on my doorstep. You don’t realise just how much you miss because you take it for granted when it’s on your doorstep.

      Really enjoyed the latest Ravatn book: very different but still recognisably her style.

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