Rewind, Recap: Weekly Update w/e 26/06/22

Well another week bites the dust. We’re past the summer solstice (how???), are heading back towards shorter daylight hours and (scarily) are not officially LESS THAN SIX MONTHS AWAY FROM CHRISTMAS. What the actual fluff is that all about? I swear to god it is only a couple of weeks since I was rounding off my last bookvent countdown and it’s nearly time to think about the next one! Long week of work made the time pass too quickly I think, and although I managed to get in a few nice canal walks, and treated myself to a few nice books (I’m good that way), nothing of note has happened since last week. No shocks there then.

Bookwise it’s been a good but relatively quiet week. One new netgalley – The Drift by CJ Tudor courtesy of Penguin, an order of the soon to be released and now available to order The Redeemer by Victoria Goldman – delighted to be part of the cover reveal this week for that one – and a few other orders I can’t share yet as they are awaiting cover reveals. If you are awake, and a regular blog reader, you can likely guess the publisher and, if you are so bothered, you can probably search the titles for yourselves. I’ll share more when they are ‘officially’ out in the world. Book buy wise my Bert’s Books delivery arrived – yay – this time with Nothing Else by Louise Beech and Tasting Sunlight by Ewald Arenz (translated by Rachel Ward). I also received my pre-ordered copy of Karin Slaughter’s Girl Forgotten and The Guilty Couple by CL Taylor. Both hardbacks and check out the foil on those beauties😍

The Redeemer by Victoria Goldman and The Drift by CJ Tudor
Tasting Sunlight by Ewald Arenz and Nothing Else by Louise Beech
Girl Forgotten by Karin Slaughter
The Guilty Couple by CL Taylor

Books I have read

New Beginnings at the Old Bakehouse by Christie Barlow

‘A letter, a goodbye, and a baby girl whose name will begin with “L”…’

When Heartcross’ resident clairvoyant tells Molly McKendrick to expect a whole lot of scandal and upset to blow in with the approaching winter storm, Molly doesn’t know what to think.

With a baby on the way any week now, and Christmas not far off, the last thing Molly needs is drama, but when she crosses paths with Bree, a sixteen-year-old homeless girl, and takes her in from the cold, secrets from the past flood the present and Molly, her partner Cam, and their son George, are soon experiencing a holiday season filled with unexpected festive surprises…

The Redeemer by Victoria Goldman


Threatening plaques, vigilante killings, a Jewish community in an English town – what’s the link? The clock is ticking to the next murder.

After witnessing a racist incident in a small Hertfordshire town, journalist Shanna Regan uncovers a series of threatening fake commemorative plaques. Each plaque highlights someone’s misdemeanour rather than a good deed.

Delving deeper, Shanna discovers these plaques are linked to vigilante killings spanning several decades, with ties to the local Jewish community.

As her search for the truth becomes personal, Shanna puts her own life in danger. Can she stop the next murder in time?

The Redeemer is a compelling, thought-provoking murder mystery debut, featuring themes of prejudice and racism, identity and heritage, revenge and redemption, and secrets from the past.

The Island of Lost Girls by Alex Marwood

Sun-drenched glamour and obscene wealth hide the darkest of secrets and lost girls in this ripped-from-the-headlines thriller.


For twelve-year-old Mercedes, La Kastellana is the place she calls home. It is an island untouched by the modern world, with deep-rooted traditions – though that is all about to change with the arrival of multimillionaire Matthew Meade and his spoiled young daughter, Tatiana. The Meades bring with them unimaginable wealth, but the price they will all pay is far darker than Mercedes and the islanders could ever have imagined.

Robin is desperately searching for her seventeen-year-old daughter Gemma, who has been missing for over a year. Finding herself on La Kastellana, the island playground of the international jet set, Robin is out of her depth. Nobody wants to help and Robin fears she is running out of time to find her child.

But someone has been watching, silently waiting for their moment to expose the dark truth and reveal to the world what really happens on the island of lost girls.

Three books for the week – all full length novels – I’ll take that. It was a manic work week after all. Busy enough on the blog too – recap below:

#Review – The Blackbird – Tim Weaver
#Review – The Siege – John Sutherland
#Review – Bad For Good – Graham Bartlett
#CoverReveal – The Redeemer – Victoria Goldman
#Review – Tasting Sunlight – Ewald Arenz
#Review – River Clyde – Simon Buchholz

We’ve managed another full week this week too – a couple of tour posts, some reviews and a very exciting cover reveal coming your way. We’re so busy, we’re even leaking into the weekend for a change – a rare occurrence for us these days. Today I share my thoughts on Hostage by Clare Mackintosh as part of the paperback tour – been on my shelf for far too long that one – and on Saturday I’ll be sharing my thoughts on A Home At Cornflower Cottage by Tilly Tennant. Can’t wait.

That’s me for another week. Lofty ambitions this week. I have three July review books left to read and hope to finish at least two of them by the end of the month. Six reviews to catch up on and hopefully they will follow my completion of this post. I also have lots on at work and a cover reveal to get ready for. Aside from that, it’s all relaxation and contentment over here … 😳

Hope you all have a lovely bookish week.

Jen x