Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 13/06/21

Not going to lie. I have done practically nothing in relation to the blog this week and don’t feel in the slightest bit guilty. After 16 months of disruption and putting things on hold and living in the shadow of the dreaded C-19, this month of me is paying dividends. A lot of lovely day trips, a lot of cake consumed too. Thankfully that has been supplemented by a lot of walking and so I am only anticipating a three stone weight gain instead of four 😆.

I have very little to report this week. I have no book post, only pre-ordered one book, False Witness by Karin Slaughter and have not been tempted by anything on Netgalley. And that is it really. Not been in any book shops since last weekend. Not been tempted by Amazon even though I have two audible credits (suggestions welcomed) and basically been just enjoying the none bookish life for a while.

Books I have read

Black Reed Bay by Rod Reynolds

Don’t trust ANYONE…

When a young woman makes a distressing middle-of-the-night call to 911, apparently running for her life in a quiet, exclusive beachside neighbourhood, miles from her home, everything suggests a domestic incident.

Except no one has seen her since, and something doesn’t sit right with the officers at Hampstead County PD. With multiple suspects and witnesses throwing up startling inconsistencies, and interference from the top threatening the integrity of the investigation, lead detective Casey Wray is thrust into an increasingly puzzling case that looks like it’s going to have only one ending…

And then the first body appears…

For fans of Susie Steiner, Sarah Hilary, M J Arlidge, James Lee Burke and Tana French

The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen

An insurance mathematician’s carefully ordered life is turned on its head when he unexpectedly loses his job and inherits an adventure park … with a whole host of problems. A quirky, tense and warmly funny thriller from award-winning Finnish author Antti Tuomainen.


What makes life perfect? Insurance mathematician Henri Koskinen knows the answer because he calculates everything down to the very last decimal.

And then, for the first time, Henri is faced with the incalculable. After suddenly losing his job, Henri inherits an adventure park from his brother – its peculiar employees and troubling financial problems included. The worst of the financial issues appear to originate from big loans taken from criminal quarters … and some dangerous men are very keen to get their money back.

But what Henri really can’t compute is love. In the adventure park, Henri crosses paths with Laura, an artist with a chequered past, and a joie de vivre and erratic lifestyle that bewilders him. As the criminals go to extreme lengths to collect their debts and as Henri’s relationship with Laura deepens, he finds himself faced with situations and emotions that simply cannot be pinned down on his spreadsheets…

Warmly funny, rich with quirky characters and absurd situations, The Rabbit Factor is a triumph of a dark thriller, its tension matched only by its ability to make us rejoice in the beauty and random nature of life.

The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell

“Mum, there’s some people here from college, they asked me back to theirs. Just for an hour or so. Is that OK?”

Midsummer 2017: teenage mum Tallulah heads out on a date, leaving her baby son at home with her mother, Kim.

At 11pm she sends her mum a text message. At 4.30am Kim awakens to discover that Tallulah has not come home.

Friends tell her that Tallulah was last seen heading to a pool party at a house in the woods nearby called Dark Place.

Tallulah never returns.

2018: walking in the woods behind the boarding school where her boyfriend has just started as a head-teacher, Sophie sees a sign nailed to a fence.

A sign that says: DIG HERE . . .
A cold case. An abandoned mansion. A family hiding a terrible secret.

Prepare to be hooked. Lisa Jewell’s latest thriller is her best yet.

Three books isn’t so bad, is it? Better than last week anyway. Definitely not on for a record reading month this month. I’ll settle for reaching double figures lol. Good week on the blog – recap below.

#Review – The Happy Family – Jackie Kabler
#Review – Everything Happens For A Reason – Katie Allen
#Review – The Girl Who Died – Ragnar Jonasson
#Review – Where Roses Never Die – Gunnar Staalesen
#Review – Fragile – Sarah Hilary

So there we go – that’s your lot. And mine. Three blog tours this week – Knock, Knock by Anders Roslund, This Is How We Are Human by Louise Beech, and The Maidens by Alex Michaelides.

Have a fabulous week all. More self care going on over here so don’t expect a very exciting update next week either.

Happy reading

Jen x