Rewind, recap: Weekly Update W/E 14/02/21

So another week is in. the past and we are now officially in the second half of the second month of the year. I can’t help feeling that for some of the longest days in history, time is also flying by. It’s not a bad thing, and as long as all are safe, I’ll be very glad to see the back of lockdown, but am coping. My reading is on the up, helped by reading some most excellent books, and I will take that as a win. I’m blinking freezing and looking forward to the onset of spring, but its a good excuse to cuddle up with the kitties, so it’s not all bad. Did nothing, been nowhere, but did enjoy my four day week and am looking forward to this one as well.

So this week has been quite quiet on the book front. One piece of book post in the shape of The Night Gate by Peter May, courtesy of MIdas PR and Quercus Books. I had no new Netgalley books (shocker) but cleared two off my shelf. I made three pre-orders – Twisted Lies by Angela Marsons; The Doll by Yrsa Sigurdardottir and Rabbit Hole by Mark Billingham.

Books I have read

Watch Her Fall by Erin Kelly

Swan Lake is divided into the black acts and the white acts. The Prince is on stage for most of the ballet, but it’s the swans audiences flock to see. In early productions, Odette and Odile were performed by two different dancers. These days, it is usual for the same dancer to play both roles. Because of the faultless ballet technique required to master the steps, and the emotional range needed to perform both the virginal Odette and the dark, seductive Odile, this challenging dual role is one of the most coveted in all ballet. Dancers would kill for the part.

Ava Kirilova has reached the very top of her profession. After years and years of hard graft, pain and sacrifice as part of the London Russian Ballet Company, allowing nothing else to distract her, she is finally the poster girl for Swan Lake. Even Mr K – her father, and the intense, terrifying director of the company – can find no fault. Ava has pushed herself ahead of countless other talented, hardworking girls, and they are all watching her now.

But there is someone who really wants to see Ava fall . . .

The Death Knock by Elodie Harper

Three women have been found dead in East Anglia. The police deny a connection. TV news reporter Frankie smells a story.

Ava knows the threat is real. She’s been kidnapped by a stranger who seems to know everything about her. Now she must fight both to stay alive and to stay sane.

As Frankie follows the case, she enters a terrifying online world where men’s rage against women has turned murderous – and where her persistence will make her a target.

The Death Knock is a compelling story of the hunt for the truth – at all costs.

Future Perfect by Felicia Yap

What if today was your last day…

A bomb has exploded during a fashion show, killing a beautiful model on the catwalk. The murderer is still at large… and he may strike again. Yet this is the least of Police Commissioner Christian Verger’s worries. His fiancée Viola has left him. He has to keep his tumultuous past a secret. To make things worse, his voice assistant Alexa is 99.74% sure he will die tomorrow.

Moving from snowy 1980s Montana to chic 1990s Manhattan to a drone-filled 2030s Britain, FUTURE PERFECT is an electrifying race to solve a murder before it’s too late. Yet it is also a love story, a riveting portrait of a couple torn apart by secrets, grief and guilt. A twisted tale of how the past can haunt a person’s future and be used to predict if he will die… or kill.

So that’s it. Not too bad a week. And that meant I read 7 books in 13 days so I am happy with that considering I only planned to read eight books in February. I’m now reading books for April reviews so I feel like I’m winning. Plus I’m closing in on a quite significant blog milestone that I should hit this weekend. Watch this space. A busy enough week on the blog though – recap below:

#Review – The Art Of Death – David Fennell
#Review – Deity – Matt Wesolowski (Jen’s Thoughts)
#Review – Deity – Matt Wesoloswki (Mandie’s Thoughts)
#Review – The Killing Choice – Will Shindler
#Review – Deep Blue Trouble – Steph Broadribb
#Review – Close Your Eyes – Rachel Abbott

So the week ahead is full once more. Two blog tours – Smoke Screen by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst and What Will Burn by James Oswald. Other than that, I’ll be reading, reviewing, and working. Just for a change.

Hope you all have a brilliant week and get all the books you deserve.

i’m going back to cuddling the cats. If they wake up …