Rewind, recap: Weekly update W/E 27/02/22

So this is it. The end of February. Two months of the year over and done with already, and definitely not quite what anyone was expecting. A hell of a lot going on (she says in the biggest understatement ever).

My last week passed by in a blur. The downside of taking a very long weekend is the catching up on everything I missed as soon as I get back. I forgot how much that gets amplified when you go into a management role. Bleugh. On the plus side I limped my way to Friday and, against all odds, actually managed to do some reading too. Nice to have somewhere to retreat to. Nice weather over the weekend meant a couple of long overdue walks so it’s not been a wholly unsatisfying week. And with daffodils, crocuses and the occasional snowdrop in view, spring is definitely on the way at last!

A couple of bits of unexpected book post this week. Firstly was a copy of Carol Wyer’s A Life For A Life from the author herself. I also received the brand new DSI Lorimer novel by Alex Gray, Echo Of The Dead from Sphere.

One new Netgalley books – Dark Objects by Simon Toyne, and two new preorders – The Daves Next Door by Will Carver (cover to be revealed) and The Lost Children by Michael Wood, the new Matilda Darke book (cover to be revealed).

Books I have read

First Born by Will Dean


Molly lives a quiet, contained life in London. Naturally risk averse, she gains comfort from security and structure. Every day the same.

Her identical twin Katie is her exact opposite: gregarious and spontaneous. They used to be inseparable, until Katie moved to New York a year ago. Molly still speaks to her daily without fail.

But when Molly learns that Katie has died suddenly in New York, she is thrown into unfamiliar territory. Katie is part of her DNA. As terrifying as it is, she must go there and find out what happened. As she tracks her twin’s last movements, cracks begin to emerge. Nothing is what it seems. And a web of deceit is closing around her.

Delivering the same intensity of pace and storytelling that made THE LAST THING TO BURN a word-of-mouth sensation, FIRST BORN will surprise, shock and enthral.

The Fall by Rachel Blok

The sins of the past echo in the present in the new literary thriller from crime-critic favourite, Rachael Blok.

The bigger the sin, the further the fall…

With Easter approaching, the verger of St Albans Cathedral was supposed to be readying the church. Instead he discovers a man lying dead, fallen from the famous 150-foot-high tower. Did he jump, or was he pushed?

For DCI Maarten Jansen, it’s a simple case of suspected suicide. Until a stranger, Willow, who witnessed the jump, prompts a deeper investigation into a long-buried past, involving a psychiatric hospital, a pregnant woman, and fifty years of silence. As Willow’s own family history entwines with the case, Jansen starts to wonder how everything is connected.

The Fall is a haunting literary thriller about loss, trauma, silence, and how our past shapes who we are.

Six Days by Dani Atkins

Two people. One love story. Six days.

He loves me… He loves me not… He loves me…

Gemma knows that she and Finn are destined to be together. They are soulmates. But then, on their wedding day, he never arrives at the church.

Gemma is convinced Finn wouldn’t abandon her like this, even though he has disappeared once before. But back then he had a reason. She feels sure something terrible has happened, but no one else is convinced. Even the police aren’t concerned, telling Gemma most people who disappear usually turn up in a week… assuming they want to be found, that is.

For the next six days Gemma frantically searches for Finn, even though every shocking revelation is telling her to give up on him. Before long, even she begins to doubt her own memories of their love.

How long can she hold on to her faith in Finn if everyone is telling her to let him go?

Three books – I’ll take that. I managed to start another as well so if I can finish it, that will be 14 full length books and one short story in February. Not too shabby all things considered. A full week on the blog – recap below:

#Review – The Perfect Escape – Leah Konen
#Extract – Where Blood Runs Cold – Giles Kristian
#Review – The First Day Of Spring – Nancy Tucker
#Review – The Killing Kind – Jane Casey
#Review – All That Lives – James Oswald
#Review – Broken Promises – Mel Sherratt

A busy enough week ahead with reviews all through to Saturday but not one single blog tour. Makes a change huh?

Hope you are all able to find an escape in books this week. See you on the other side.


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