Rewind, Recap: Weekly Update W/E 28/11/21

Well … I wish I could say that I have something to tell you but this week has been spectacularly uneventful. I am really only writing this post out of habit. I could probably have rolled it over to next week and no-one would have noticed. Worked all week. Went into the office on Wednesday to deliver training – the most exciting thing to happen all week which should tell you how the week has gone. Found a new ‘breed’ of Kit Kat at B&M and bought myself a light up reindeer ornament so I can keep up the pretence of ‘doing Christmas’. That’s about it really. Oh, and as you read this I will be experiencing my first day in a new job role, so that will be nice. Lots of new, and old, tasks to get to grips with whilst simultaneously training others and handing over parts of my previous job. No pressure. Lots of us going through it, so all we can do is support each other, gee each other up when we are struggling, and we’ll be dandy. But hey – it’s a pay rise so more money for books. Bargain.

You’re impressed by the Kit Kat – I can tell …

Slow week book wise this week. No book post so no pretty pictures to share. Only one pre-order, but it was a good one so one pretty picture to share. The Stars Will Shine Again is an charity anthology of short stories, raising money in aid of Help For Heroes. So much good and so much entertainment and all for the bargain price of £5. How can you resist?

Several Netgalley books downloaded though so I can share those pictures. Well – those that have had a cover reveal anyway. They were One Bad Thing by. M.K. Hill; Outside by Ragnar Jónasson; Never Seen Again by Paul Finch; The First Day Of Spring by Nancy Tucker; The Long Weekend by Gilly Macmillan and Heartcross Castle by Christie Barlow. Yes – I do need locking up away from internet access for my own safety. In my defence, some of those were for blog tours. More weren’t but I have had a stressful few weeks. Don’t judge … 😉

That was my week in a nutshell. I’ve read 2.5 books so far, which is not a bad start as I really have been busy at work, tired and unable to focus. Roll on Christmas hey?

Books I have read

Demon by Matt Wesolowski

Scott King’s podcast investigates the 1995 cold case of a demon possession in a rural Yorkshire village, where a 12-year-old boy was murdered in cold blood by two children. Book six in the chilling, award-winning Six Stories series.

In 1995, the picture-perfect village of Ussalthwaite was the site of one of the most heinous crimes imaginable, in a case that shocked the world.

Twelve-year-old Sidney Parsons was savagely murdered by two boys his own age. No reason was ever given for this terrible crime, and the ‘Demonic Duo’ who killed him were imprisoned until their release in 2002, when they were given new identities and lifetime anonymity.

Elusive online journalist Scott King investigates the lead-up and aftermath of the killing, uncovering dark stories of demonic possession, and encountering a village torn apart by this unspeakable act.

And, as episodes of his Six Stories podcast begin to air, and King himself becomes a target of media scrutiny and the public’s ire, it becomes clear that whatever drove those two boys to kill is still there, lurking, and the campaign of horror has just begun…

Her Perfect Twin by Sarah Bonner

When Megan discovers photographs of her estranged identical twin sister on her husband’s phone, she wants answers.

Leah already has everything Megan has ever wanted. Fame, fortune, freedom to do what she wants. And when Megan confronts Leah, an argument turns to murder.

The only way Megan can get away with killing her twin is to become her.

But then lockdown hits. How can she continue living two lives? And what happens if someone else knows her secret too?


That was my lot this week, although I have started another read so who knows. November has been a really quiet month – my lowest reading tally yet. Cannot wait to see the back of it and am hoping my reading mojo and drive returns soon. Full week on the blog – recap below:

#Review – Dead Mercy – Noelle Holten
#Review – Psychopaths Anonymous – Will Carver
#Review – No Way To Die – Tony Kent
#Review – The Midnight Lock – Jeffery Deaver
#Review – The Beresford – Will Carver

Just the one tour this week – The Cold Killer by Ross Greenwood, but as it is December on Wednesday, #Bookvent is back and every day Iup to Christmas I will be sharing one of my top reads for 2021. Who will be my number one for the year? Well … I’m pretty confident I know as my banners are all ready, but you will just have to tune in each day to find out, won’t you. Really happy with this year’s list. Had to be super strict on qualifying criteria and even then I wish there were more days to share books with you, so you may find a bonus post or two before the year ends. Who knows.

Well – I am back to the reviewing and bookventing, so I hope you have a wonderful (and slightly warmer week). All being well, got Newcastle Noir to look forward to next weekend so at least I might have something more interesting to share than Kit Kat pictures in next week’s post.

Happy reading all.

Jen x