Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 07/03/21

Another one bites the dust. Another week gone, another long weekend off work almost at an end. Don’t know what I’ll do from mid-April when I have to go back to full time hours. It’s been a while 😉. I’ve made the most of my time this week though, not wasted it. Well not completely. Had a bumper reading week and even managed to find time for some exercise. Might even have nearly stuck to my diet too. Amazing.


Not really sure what kind of week I’ve had on the new book front. Okay I guess. Been quite reserved. Two new Netgalley titles – The Night Gate by Peter May and The Doll by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. One pre-order – A Corruption of Blood by Ambrose Parry. Oh and I pre-ordered the hardback of The Last House On Needless Street by Catriona Ward from Waterstones. Think that’s about it. No book post – the only book I received was one for a giveaway. Had some pre-orders dropped end up on my kindle in the week but that was about it I think. Quiet week for me. Oh yes – I can confirm that I had previously pre-ordered Awais Khan’s upcoming book with Orenda, No Honour, as it’s now had its cover reveal so there is that but that was one of the secret books from weeks ago so …

Books I have read

When I Was Ten by Fiona Cummins

Twenty-one years ago, Dr Richard Carter and his wife Pamela were killed in what has become the most infamous double murder of the modern age.

Their ten year-old daughter – nicknamed the Angel of Death – spent eight years in a children’s secure unit and is living quietly under an assumed name with a family of her own.

Now, on the anniversary of the trial, a documentary team has tracked down her older sister, compelling her to break two decades of silence.

Her explosive interview sparks national headlines and journalist Brinley Booth, a childhood friend of the Carter sisters, is tasked with covering the news story.

For the first time, the three women are forced to confront what really happened that night – with devastating consequences for them all.

When I Was Ten is the highly anticipated, stay-up-all-night next book by acclaimed crime author Fiona Cummins.

Don’t Let Him In by Howard Linskey

Eriston is a small town.

It’s the kind of place where everyone knows your name – and your secrets.

Rebecca hasn’t been back in years, but she grew up in the shadow of the dark local legend. There have always been deaths in Eriston – more than can easily be explained. People dying in their houses, behind locked doors.

Her father, Sean had always warned her of the dangers. Don’t let him in.

When Rebecca returns, she discovers that her father wasn’t willing to let the legend lie. He was on the verge of uncovering the town’s darkest truth.

He thought he was on the trail of a killer.

Sean knew too much. Now he’s dead.
And Rebecca could be next…

Her Last Holiday by CL Taylor

You come to Soul Shrink to be healed. You don’t expect to die.

Two years ago, Fran’s sister Jenna disappeared on a wellness retreat in Gozo that went terribly wrong.

Tom Wade, the now infamous man behind Soul Shrink Retreats, has just been released from prison after serving his sentence for the deaths of two people. But he has never let on what happened to the third victim: Jenna.

Determined to find out the truth, Fran books herself onto his upcoming retreat – the first since his release – and finds herself face to face with the man who might hold the key to her sister’s disappearance. The only question is, will she escape the retreat alive? Or does someone out there want Jenna’s secrets to stay hidden?

The master of suspense is back. Prepare yourself for the latest heart-in-mouth rollercoaster ride from the Sunday Times bestseller.

Twist by Mark L. Fowler

The first book in a gripping new detective crime series.

The DMT detective agency is struggling when Beth Hilary, an attractive and wealthy widow, walks into the office. Her son Simon, a philosophy student, was found dead in his university lodgings, having apparently taken his own life. She wants answers that the police appear unable to provide.

Following a recommendation from a concerned friend, she asks William Twist, one of the partners at DMT, to look into the case. Twist has good reasons not to get involved, until Beth Hilary makes an offer that he is in no position to refuse.

But soon Twist is regretting his decision … and cursing the day Beth Hilary walked into his life.

The Sound Of Her Voice by Nathan Blackwell

Detective Buchanan remembers every victim. But this one he can’t forget.

The body of a woman has been found on a pristine New Zealand beach – over a decade after she was murdered.

Detective Matt Buchanan of the Auckland Police is certain it carries all the hallmarks of an unsolved crime he investigated 12 years ago: when Samantha Coates walked out one day and never came home.

Re-opening the case, Buchanan begins to piece the terrible crimes together, setting into motion a chain of events that will force him to the darkest corners of society – and back into his deepest obsession…

Shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Best Crime Novel of the Year award, The Sound of Her Voice is a brilliantly gripping crime thriller for fans of Sirens by Joe Knox, Streets of Darkness by A.A. Dhand, Stuart Macbride and Ian Rankin.

Yes. Five books. Yes. I am feeling smug. And it means I’ve actually read my first May review book too so I am feeling super smug. Oh yes. And all my April reviews are prepped. Smuggity smug arse over here. 😋 Full enough week on the blog too. Recap below.

#Review – Longstone – LJ Ross
#Review – Blue Night – Simone Buchholz
#Review – Two Wrongs – Mel McGrath
#Review – The Woman In The Wood – M.K. Hill
#Review – The Cut – Chris Brookmyre

Next week is pretty full with Mandie and I both spilling the beans on Bound by Vanda Symon and Mandie sharing a blog tour review of The Devil’s Mark by W.D. Jackson Smart.

Hope you all have a brilliant week. I’m back to the books today because I have a full days training on Teams tomorrow and I don’t think I’m going to want to do anything after all that ‘active listening’. Wish me luck

Jen x

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