Rewind, Recap: Weekly Update w/e 24/01/21

Another week bites the dust. One step closer to whatever our next dose of freedom looks like and a whole lot closer to February, which is a pretty scary prospect. Not all bad new though – it’s only three week until pancake day. Yippee. Hit 1,000 followers on Instagram this week, which is not bad given I am pretty hopeless at it and my photos are a bit naff, but I’ll take it. Assuming I can maintain the number moving forward (I expect to be back a 998 by later today), I may even run a giveaway. Who knows. You can follow me over at Instagram if you want – but don’t feel you have to. I’m can be found at either @jenmedsbookreviews or @ramblingreviewer. Don’t ask. Infact, you can find a number of my social media links right here in case suffering me direct on the blog isn’t enough.

#lockdownjourneys – New York

So how has your week been? i’ve been buying and receiving some fabulous books, and loving my weekly reads too. It’s about all I’ve done, aside from the weekly grocery shop which is technically over by 08:10 on a Saturday morning. Cats appear to be loving my inactivity though as it seems my feet make a lovely bed for them. One day I will have something more exciting to share with you all, but for now I continue to tour my travel memories as a way to keep me motivated. Seemed fitting to do a US themed week this week.

Bookwise I had no new Netgalley books – I am being good. Apparently. I did received two rather lush bits of #bookpost from the lovely folk at Headline/Wildfire Books this week though. Firstly, Future Perfect by Felicia Yap and, one of my most anticipated reads of the year, the brand new Inspector McLean thriller, What Will Burn by James Oswald. Super happy about both of those. Book buy wise I received my signed copy of Girl A by Abigail Dean, and my first Orenda Books subscription box from Bert’s Books which contained Winterkill by Ragnar Jonasson and There’s Only One Danny Garvey by David F. Ross. I’m quoted on the cover of Danny Garvey too which is lovely. Because I still have some Christmas vouchers sitting in my Amazon account, I treated myself to a few non-fiction titles too – A History of British Serial Killing by David Wilson; How To Solve A Murder by Derek and Pauline Tremain and Crossing the Line by John Sutherland.

I made a few other purchases too this week, preorders and the like – The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse; The Mind of a Murderer (audiobook) by Dr Richard Taylor; The Rock by LJ Ross; the new Rebecca Connolly book by Douglas Skelton; Last Seen by Joy Kluver. And because they have now had their cover reveals I can tell you about some of last week’s buys, One Last Time by Helga Flatland; Black Reed Bay by Rod Reynolds and This Is How We Are Human by Louise Beech. Fewwwww.

Not too shabby a week there for books, huh?

Books I have read

The Nothing man by Catherine Ryan Howard

I was the girl who survived the Nothing Man.
Now I am the woman who is going to catch him…

You’ve just read the opening pages of The Nothing Man, the true crime memoir Eve Black has written about her obsessive search for the man who killed her family nearly two decades ago.

Supermarket security guard Jim Doyle is reading it too, and with each turn of the page his rage grows. Because Jim was – is – the Nothing Man.

The more Jim reads, the more he realises how dangerously close Eve is getting to the truth. He knows she won’t give up until she finds him. He has no choice but to stop her first…

Innocent by Erin Kinsley

The pretty market town of Sterndale seems like the perfect place for friends Izzy and Laura to raise their children. But their lives are suddenly shattered following a baffling murder at a wedding…and everyone is terrified knowing a killer walks amongst them.

Suddenly, Izzy doesn’t know who she can trust while Laura sees suspicion and paranoia spreading through the town. As the police search for answers – and relationships begin to unravel – the secrets lurking beneath the pristine surface of Sterndale come to light…and the shocking truth will finally be revealed.

A gripping and moving thriller with the emotional drama of series like BROADCHURCH and LIAR this is the perfect read for fans of Cara Hunter, Heidi Perks and Claire Douglas.

What Will Burn by James Oswald

The eleventh book in the Sunday Times-bestselling Inspector McLean series, from one of Scotland’s most celebrated crime writers.

The charred remains of an elderly woman are discovered in a burned-out game-keepers cottage, hidden away in woodland to the west of Edinburgh. Clearly no accidental fire, Detective Inspector Tony McLean suspects that neither is this simply a grim arson attack. There is far more to the victim than her humble surroundings might suggest, and something ritualistic to her horrific murder.

Nor will it be the only case of death by fire that Tony and his team will be faced with. This is only the beginning, and with such evil clouding the air, Tony begins to wonder what else will burn . . .

Three books in a week. I will take that in the current circumstances. That’s pretty much a book every couple of days, and I’ve read 12 books so far this year so I reckon I’m doing pretty well. A full enough week on the blog – recap below:

#Review – The Marlow Murder Club – Robert Thorogood
#Review – There’s Only One Danny Garvey – David F. Ross
#Review – The Burning Girls – CJ Tudor
#Review – The Home – Sarah Stovell
#Review – Before She Disappeared – Lisa Gardner

Just the one blog tour this week and it’s My Mother’s Secret by Julia Roberts. Definitely an emotional and moving reads so stop by Wednesday to hear my thoughts.

And that’s it from me for this week. My last fullish week at work before I begin a run of 10 four day weeks. Cannot wait. Think of all the reading I can get done over all of those long weekends. Bliss.

Hope you all have a fabulous week and that you can find some respite from worry in the books. I know they have been my escape of late, even if they are taking me a little longer to read than normal.

Keep reading and stay safe and I’ll see you next week.

Jen x