Hello! Happy Saturday! Lots of sunshine around today which was rather lovely – until the sky turned a very dark shade of grey! I feel I may not have to water the plants later as nature may help out on that score! Good, more time for reading!
And it’s been another rather good week on the bookish front for me – 5 books finished, another Netgalley free week and some lovely bookish post that I’ve treated myself to, have won via Twitter and been sent for review!
Here’s a look back…
out 30th May 2019
A wonderful read!
Behind Closed Doors by Sadie Ryan – 5 stars
Thrilling, dark and twisty!!
The Heavens by Sandra Newman – 4 stars
Beautifully written and a book that makes you ponder!
The Wrong Direction by Liz Treacher – 5 stars
Loved this follow up to The Wrong Envelope!
Compelling coming of age drama
I adored this book so much that I just had to have the US hardback edition in my life! So pretty!!
LONG SHADOW by CAROLINE KINGTON – copy for review
Published by Eye/Lightning Books
‘Rural noir’ from the acclaimed author of the Summerstoke trilogy.A young farmer is found dead. Was it suicide? Was it an accident? Or was it murder?Past events, unknown, unnoticed, cast long shadows, and as his widow struggles to find answers, she suspects her life, too, is threatened. Caroline Kington’s absorbing new thriller is set at the turn of the century amid the BSE crisis.
A PERFECT EXPLANATION by ELEANOR ANSTRUTHER
published by Salt
Treated myself to this from Salt as heard so many good things!
Observer: Fiction to look out for in 2019
The i Paper’s 30 of the best new debut novels to read in 2019
Exploring themes of ownership and abandonment, Eleanor Anstruther’s debut is a fictionalised account of the true story of Enid Campbell (1892–1964), granddaughter of the 8th Duke of Argyll.
Interweaving one significant day in 1964 with a decade during the interwar period, A Perfect Explanation gets to the heart of what it is to be bound by gender, heritage and tradition, to fight, to lose, to fight again. In a world of privilege, truth remains the same; there are no heroes and villains, only people misunderstood. Here, in the pages of this extraordinary book where the unspoken is conveyed with vivid simplicity, lies a story that will leave you reeling.
THE BOY AT THE DOOR BY ALEX DAHL
Sent from Nudge Books as my latest book in the year long subscription I have with them!
This riveting psychological suspense debut by Alex Dahl asks the question, “how far would you go to hold on to what you have?”
Cecilia Wilborg has it all–a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, and a gorgeous home in an affluent Norwegian suburb. And she works hard to keep it all together. Too hard…
There is no room for mistakes in her life. Even taking home a little boy whose parents forgot to pick him up at the pool can put a crimp in Cecilia’s carefully planned schedule. Especially when she arrives at the address she was givenand finds an empty, abandoned house…
There’s nothing for Cecilia to do but to take the boy home with her, never realizing that soon his quiet presence and knowing eyes will trigger unwelcome memories from her past–and unravel her meticulously crafted life…
SNEGUROCHKA by JUDITH HENEGHAN
Lucky enough to win a copy of this via a givewaway on Twitter from the lovely @BookishChat
‘Something terrible is happening here. Something terrible has already happened.’
Kiev 1992. Rachel, a troubled young English mother, joins her journalist husband on his first foreign posting in the city. Terrified of the apartment’s balcony, she develops obsessive rituals to keep their baby safe. Her difficulties expose her to a disturbing endgame between the elderly caretaker and a local racketeer who sends a gift that surely comes with a price. Rachel is isolated yet culpable with her secrets and estrangements. As consequences bear down she seeks out Zoya, her husband’s fixer, and the boy from upstairs who watches them all.
Home is uncertain, betrayal is everywhere, but in the end there are many ways to be a mother.
ahead of the blog tour next month
How has your bookish week been? Hope you’ve had some wonderful reading adventures!!