Rewind, Recap: Weekly update w/e 07/02/21

Another week survived and the first of ten four day weeks now over. Good news is that today I am still able to stay in my PJs for as long as i like and not feel guilty as I am not back in work until tomorrow. Yay. It’s highly unlikely I am in my PJs as I have a real aversion to sitting around in them all day and at some stage I need to do the recycling bins ready for tomorrow’s collection, but it’s a nice thought.


How have your collective weeks been? Did you manage to get much reading in? I had a pretty productive week as it happens. Four books read and nearly all reviewed as I write this post, plus I managed to prep all the basics for the posts for March. And I didn’t even have to use my second day off to do it. Go me. if all is well, by the time you read this post, I should be 100% up to date on the blog, as far as possible, with posts completely ready for the first two weeks in March. I have turned a corner it seems. The next corridor is a long and wobbly one by the looks of things, but hey. Can’t win them all.

I had a nice week as far as the books go. Book post wise I received copies of The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey from Hodder and Stoughton and The Whispers by Heidi Perks from Century. I also received a signed copy of Watching From The Dark from the lovely Gytha Lodge. I bought myself a copy of The Shadow Man by Helen Fields because it seemed a nice thing to do. No new books bought from Amazon (for a change) but I did do a preorder of Dead Ground by M.W. Craven from Goldsboro books.

Two new Netgalley titles this week, Dead Secret by Noelle Holten and one I can’t tell you about until next week as it’s hush hush until cover reveal day. Sorry.

Books I have read

The Last House On Needless Street by Catriona Ward

This is the story of a murderer. A stolen child. Revenge. This is the story of Ted, who lives with his daughter Lauren and his cat Olivia in an ordinary house at the end of an ordinary street.

All these things are true. And yet some of them are lies.

You think you know what’s inside the last house on Needless Street. You think you’ve read this story before. In the dark forest at the end of Needless Street, something lies buried. But it’s not what you think…

The Cut by Chris Brookmyre

The entertaining, moving, and unpredictable new thriller from multi-award-winning bestseller Chris Brookmyre is a wholly original masterpiece and the best crime novel of 2021.

Millie Spark can kill anyone.

A special effects make-up artist, her talent is to create realistic scenes of bloody violence.

Then, one day, she wakes to find her lover dead in her bed.

Twenty-five years later, her sentence for murder served, Millicent is ready to give up on her broken life – until she meets troubled film student and reluctant petty thief Jerry.

Together, they begin to discover that all was not what it seemed on that fateful night . . . and someone doesn’t want them to find out why.

The Embalmer by Alison Belsham

Has the ancient Egyptian cult of immortality resurfaced in Brighton?

When a freshly-mummified body is discovered at the Brighton Museum of Natural History, Detective Francis Sullivan is at a loss to identify the desiccated woman. But as Egyptian burial jars of body parts with cryptic messages attached start appearing, he realises he has a serial killer on his hands.

Revenge, obsession and an ancient religion form a potent mix, unleashing a wave of terror throughout the city. Caught in a race against time while battling his own demons, Francis must fight to uncover the true identity of the Embalmer before it’s too late…

The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

A dark and suspenseful novel of lies, betrayal, and identity – perfect for fans of Big Little Lies and Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror.

It was meant to be an evening to honour and celebrate Evelyn Caldwell’s award-winning, career-making scientific research – but Evelyn has things on her mind.

Things like Nathan, her husband, who has left her for a younger, better, newer woman. A woman who is now pregnant – but shouldn’t be – and is strikingly familiar. Too familiar to be a coincidence.

A woman who shouldn’t exist.

The Echo Wife is a propulsive new novel from an international rising star about identity, murder, and the choices society forces women to make.

Four books, in seven days, not a bad start to the month. Should definitely make my target of eight by the end of the month I reckon. A busy enough week on the blog – recap below:

#Review – An Eye For An Eye – Carol Wyer
#Review – Lethal Investments – K.O. Dahl
#Review – The Shadow Man – Helen Fields
#Review – Deep Down Dead – Steph Broadribb
#Review – Song of the Psychopath – Mark Tilbury
#Review – The Last Resort – Steph Broadribb

We’ve got a mixture of reviews out this week, including blog tours for The Art Of Death by David Fennel today and Close Your eyes by Rachel Abbott on Friday. Aside from that we will be reading and working. Just for a change.

So that is it. My reading and surviving week in a nutshell. I wish it was more interesting but when the height of excitement is a midweek trip to the dentist, you know things a little out of whack.

Hope you all have a brilliant week and I will see you all next time.

Jen x