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Friday Finds (November 28)

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).

Well first up this week is a BIG thank you for all of you who voted in last weeks poll to choose a book for my empty(ish) December schedule

and the winner is….

The Missing One
by Lucy Atkins

The Missing One

I was particularly pleased to be offered  The Liar’s Chair by Rebecca Whitney by Amazon Vine after having seen it mentioned on ‘What Got You Hooked on Crime, Anahita Mody’ on Marina Sofia’s wonderful blog, Finding Time To Write

The Liars Chair


Rachel Teller and her husband David appear happy, prosperous and fulfilled. The big house, the successful business . . .
They have everything. However, control, not love, fuels their relationship and David has no idea his wife indulges in drunken indiscretions. When Rachel kills a man in a hit and run, the meticulously maintained veneer over their life begins to crack. Destroying all evidence of the accident, David insists they continue as normal. Rachel though is racked with guilt and as her behaviour becomes increasingly self-destructive she not only inflames David’s darker side, but also uncovers her own long-suppressed memories of shame. Can Rachel confront her past and atone for her terrible crime? Not if her husband has anything to do with it . . .
A startling, dark and audacious novel set in and around the Brighton streets, The Liar’s Chair will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the final page has been turned. A stunning psychological portrait of a woman in a toxic marriage, Rebecca Whitney’s debut will show that sometimes the darkest shadow holds the truth you have been hiding from . . . Amazon

Exercising control the next couple of books are on my Wishlist but so far I have resisted the urge to buy them… not sure how long that will last though.

My first choice was prompted by Marina Sofia about Research by Philip Kerr whose comment ‘a light-hearted holiday thriller with lots of sly digs at the publishing industry and writers’ egos’ had me rushing off to find out more.



Houston is the richest writer in the world, a book factory publishing many bestsellers a year – so many that he can’t possibly write them himself. He has a team that feeds off his talent; ghost writers, agents, publishers. So when he decides to take a year out to write something of quality, a novel that will win prizes and critical acclaim, a lot of people stand to lose their livelihoods.
Now Houston, the prime suspect in his wife’s murder, has disappeared. He owns a boat and has a pilot’s licence – he could be anywhere and there are many who’d like to find him.
First there’s the police. If he’s innocent, why did he flee? Then again, maybe he was set up by one of his enemies. The scenario reads like the plot of one of Houston’s million-copy-selling thrillers… Goodreads

And the final book to make it onto the wishlist is courtesy of another fellow book blogger Crimeworm whose review of The Amber Fury by Natalie Haynes who pitches this as for anyone who enjoys a slightly unusual crime novel, with more of a psychological aspect, would love this highly accomplished debut

The Amber Fury


When you open up, who will you let in?
Alex Morris has lost everything :her relationship, her career and her faith in the future. Moving to Edinburgh to escape her demons, Alex takes a job teaching at a Pupil Referral Unit. It’s a place for kids whose behaviour is so extreme that they cannot be taught in a normal classroom. Alex is fragile with grief and way out of her depth.
Her fourth-year students are troubled and violent. In desperation to reach them, Alex turns to the stories she knows best. Greek tragedy isn’t the most obvious way to win over such damaged children, yet these tales of fate, family and vengeance speak directly to them.
Enthralled by the bloodthirsty justice of the ancient world, the teenagers begin to weave the threads of their own tragedy – one that Alex watches, helpless to prevent. Amazon

Read Crimworm’s review to find out more.

What have you found to read this week? – please share!


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

17 thoughts on “Friday Finds (November 28)

  1. Thanks for the mention, Cleo, and I do like the sound of The Liar’s Chair. I’ll be writing a full review of Philip Kerr’s book for CFL today – expect to see it within a couple of days up on the site, so perhaps hang on and read it before you spend any money.
    Having said that, I did not practise the self-control that I preach, because I saw a review of the Tove Jansson biography on the Literary Sisters blog and straightaway ordered it for Christmas. And since I was on the Book Depository site anyway, I also ordered her memoir ‘Sculptor’s Daughter’ and the volume of the Moomin cartoon strip which I was missing. That’s Christmas sorted, I tell myself – if only my husband were as easy to buy presents for as myself!


  2. Thanks so much from me too for the mention! I’ve got Research, because I love Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther PI novels, set in Nazi Germany – it WAS on NetGalley, so do check in case it’s still there…it sounds like it’s loosely based on an American author I used to enjoy until he turned into a “book factory”! The Liar’s Chair sounds great, love all these “marriage with a secret” books! I’ll be looking for your review on that, ditto The Missing One (although I think I voted for Gillian White – I’ve heard such great things about her, and have Copycat TBR)


    1. Sadly there is no Philip Kerr left on NG but I’m delighted you prompted me to check again because The Zig Zag Girl which I’d been longing for and was going to buy is there now! Copycat is a great book, well worth a read and I read a few of Gillian White’s books years ago and enjoyed them all so I’m sure The Hallowed Ground will make an appearance soon….


  3. Cleo – It certainly sounds as though you’ve gotten some great new reads. I’m especially interested in what you’ll think of The Missing One and Research. Both sound fantastic!


    1. 🙂 I should really read them all since they’re sat waiting patiently on the TBR shelf but so are lots of others although I was hoping Hallowed Ground would win so maybe I’ll choose to read that one too.


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