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Friday Finds (March 14)

Friday Finds Hosted by Should be Reading

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

This week I have just one addition from NetGalley, this is a book I’d dismissed as although I liked the author’s first two books, Getting Rid of Matthew and its sequel Got You Back I didn’t enjoy the next two…. then I saw a review and it sounded so good I couldn’t resist seeing if Jane Fallon could weave her magic once more with Skeletons.


It’s not hers to share, but is it hers to keep?
If she tells her husband Jason, he might get over the shock but will he forgive her for telling the truth? She might drive a wedge through their marriage.
If she tells someone else in Jason’s family – the family she’s come to love more than her own – she’d not only tear them apart but could also find herself on the outside: she’s never really been one of them, after all.
But if she keeps this dirty little secret to herself, how long can she pretend nothing is wrong? How long can she live a lie?
Jen knows the truth – but is she ready for the consequences? Amazon

Only one physical book made its way into my home this week, and I won it from Goodreads! So I am now the proud owner of The Boy That Never Was by Karen Perry

The Boy That Never Was


Five years ago, three-year-old Dillon disappeared. For his father Harry – who left him alone for ten crucial minutes – it was an unforgivable lapse. Yet Dillon’s mother Robyn has never blamed her husband: her own secret guilt is burden enough.
Now they’re trying to move on, returning home to Dublin to make a fresh start.
But their lives are turned upside down the day Harry sees an eight-year-old boy in the crowd. A boy Harry is convinced is Dillon. But the boy vanishes before he can do anything about it.
What Harry thought he saw quickly plunges their marriage into a spiral of crazed obsession and broken trust, uncovering deceits and shameful secrets. Everything Robyn and Harry ever believed in one another is cast into doubt.
And at the centre of it all is the boy that never was . .

The Writes of Woman wrote a fantastic review of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
which has been put on my TBR.
Click on the cover to read the review

We Are Completey Beside Ourselves


Meet the Cooke family. Our narrator is Rosemary Cooke. As a child, she never stopped talking; as a young woman, she has wrapped herself in silence: the silence of intentional forgetting, of protective cover. Something happened, something so awful she has buried it in the recesses of her mind.
Now her adored older brother is a fugitive, wanted by the FBI for domestic terrorism. And her once lively mother is a shell of her former self, her clever and imperious father now a distant, brooding man.
And Fern, Rosemary’s beloved sister, her accomplice in all their childhood mischief? Fern’s is a fate the family, in all their innocence, could never have imagined. Goodreads

I’ve also added a yet to be released book, Before You Die by Samantha Hayes as I really enjoyed this author’s last book Until You’re Mine Before You Die is due to be published on 24 April 2014.

Before You Die

Oh God, please don’t let me die.
It has taken nearly two years for the Warwickshire village of Radcote to put a spate of teenage suicides behind it.
Then a young man is killed in a freak motorbike accident, and a suicide note is found among his belongings. A second homeless boy takes his own life, this time on the railway tracks.
Is history about to repeat itself?
DI Lorraine Fisher has just arrived for a relaxing summer break with her sister. Soon she finds herself caught up in the resulting police enquiry. And when her nephew disappears she knows she must act quickly.
Are the recent deaths suicide – or murder?
And is the nightmare beginning again? Goodreads

My last find is By Blood by Ellen Ullman which sounds just so intriguing I have a feeling I might own a copy before long!

By Blood

A professor is on leave from his post a leave that may have been forced upon him. He may or may not be of sound mind. To steady himself, he rents an office in San Francisco. It is 1974, a time when free love and psychedelic ecstasy have given way to drug violence and serial killings. Through the thin office walls, the professor overhears the sessions of a therapist and a patient, and without knowing the patient s name or face he comes to know the details of her life, her family, her lovers. He inserts himself into her search for her “mysterious origins”: a deeply troubling journey through displaced-persons camps, stolen children, and hidden pasts. Goodreads

I’d love to hear what you have found this week.


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

17 thoughts on “Friday Finds (March 14)

  1. This looks like a great selection of books. I’ve also read (and reviewed) By Blood which I found to be an odd but fascinating book. Looking forward to hearing what you think.


  2. ‘The Boy That Never Was’ is going on my to-read list. This week I bought a book by my creative writing mentor, Shelley Weiner, called ‘The Audacious Mendacity of Lily Green’. Great title! SD


      1. It won’t make my blog unless it gets at least 4 star on my Amazon review, but will let you know if it doesn’t get there. I was doing very well with it but have come off the boil a little, too many longeurs at the moment!


  3. You’ll be pleased to know By Blood WILL make my blog as it JUST got the 4 star on Amazon. Its scheduled to appear on the blog in I think a week or so (I have reviews stacked like planes waiting to land over Heathrow!) but is up on the Amazons. I think her IDEAS are fascinating, and i was certainly page turning, but struggled at times with her style.


    1. Thank you for letting me know, I’ve been and read your review on Amazon… I really didn’t like the phrases you chose to illustrate the writing style but I am still interested in reading it for myself (along with the pile of books that I already own) as the idea certainly sounds fascinating! 🙂


  4. I love these selection. That book cover of “By Blood” looks amazing. And as always, I’ve added these books to my TBR list, except for We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler since it has been in my list for quite a while now (better work on that).


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