Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 01/11/20

Another week and another bunch of changes. First we enter Tier 2, then we prepare to go back into lock down. All for the best in the long run but makes for an especially long winter, don’t you think? At least we have books. And for once I’ve actually been able to get my head in the reading game. More on that later.

My Halloweek colleagues of the day.

Didn’t have too bad a week, aside from managing to half blind myself with foaming facewash on Friday morning. Not recommended. Had some really fab book post throughout the week though and also a lovely delivery (finally) of my Geralt Pop! figure. A big thanks to Harvill Secker for the copy of One by One by Ruth Ware and Sphere for the copy of Shadow Sands by Robert Bryndza. I also had a lovely package arrive from LJ Ross – signed copies of Seven Bridges, The Hermitage and Longstone.

Only one Net Galley book this week – The Spiral by Iain Ryan. A few orders in – the dam has well and truly broken. Dead Secret by Noelle Holten; Afraid of the Christmas Lights – short story anthology; Cuthbert’s Way by LJ Ross; and Sins of the Father by Sharon Bairden – paperback edition from Red Dog Press.

Books I have read

One by One by Ruth Ware

Snow is falling in the exclusive alpine ski resort of Saint Antoine, as the shareholders and directors of Snoop, the hottest new music app, gather for a make or break corporate retreat to decide the future of the company. At stake is a billion-dollar dot com buyout that could make them all millionaires, or leave some of them out in the cold.

The clock is ticking on the offer, and with the group irrevocably split, tensions are running high. When an avalanche cuts the chalet off from help, and one board member goes missing in the snow, the group is forced to ask – would someone resort to murder, to get what they want?


Her Final Hour by Rachel Amphlett

What if the perfect friend was hiding a deadly secret?

When a championship jockey discovers the body of a young woman during a cold morning’s training ride, the local racing community is shocked to its core.

Everyone says she was the perfect friend, the perfect daughter and the perfect fiancée.

However as Detective Mark Turpin delves into the girl’s fateful last hours, he discovers a past full of lies and mystery.

Investigating the truth behind her savage death, Mark uncovers jealousy and ambition within the tiny community, accompanied by a disturbing reluctance to help the police.

When another death takes place only days later, Mark realises he is running out of time to stop a killer who will do anything to keep a dark secret hidden…


The Open House by Sam Carrington

Everyone’s welcome. But not everyone leaves…

Nick and Amber Miller are splitting up and selling their Devon family home. But despite the desirable location, the house isn’t moving. Not a single viewing so far.

When their estate agent suggests an open house event, Amber agrees, even as she worries about their gossiping neighbours attending and snooping around their home.

But Amber has more to worry about than nosy neighbours. Because thirteen people enter her house that afternoon, and only twelve leave.

Someone doesn’t want the house to sell, and is willing to do anything to stop it…


The Last Resort by Susi Holliday

Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One perfect crime.

When Amelia is invited to an all-expenses-paid retreat on a private island, the mysterious offer is too good to refuse. Along with six other strangers, she’s told they’re here to test a brand-new product for Timeo Technologies. But the guests’ excitement soon turns to terror when the real reason for their summons becomes clear.

Each guest has a guilty secret. And when they’re all forced to wear a memory-tracking device that reveals their dark and shameful deeds to their fellow guests, there’s no hiding from the past. This is no luxury retreat—it’s a trap they can’t get out of.

As the clock counts down to the lavish end-of-day party they’ve been promised, injuries and in-fighting split the group. But with no escape from the island—or the other guests’ most shocking secrets—Amelia begins to suspect that her only hope for survival is to be the last one standing. Can she confront her own dark past to uncover the truth—before it’s too late to get out?


So that was my week. Four books finished. The most I have managed in a very long time. Hardly likely to continue, but I’m happy to have had such a good week. Busy enough week on the blog – recap below:

#Review – Fallen Angel – Chris Brookmyre
#Review – Epiphany Jones – Michael Grothaus
#Review – Survive – Tom Bale
#Review – The Christmas Killer – Alex Pine
#Review – Nowhere to Run – Rachel Amphlett
#Review – The Heatwave – Katerina Diamond

A couple of tours planned for this week, Shadow Sands by Robert Brynda and Fallen Angels by Gunnar Staalesen.

So that was it, my not so exciting but kind of productive reading week. Hope you all have a brilliant week, in spite of all the changes that may. be afoot in your lives. I’m going to take a leaf out of Luna’s book and hunker down under a snuggly blanket to read.

Have a brilliant week all.

Jen xx