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Friday Finds (January 16)

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).

I’m still getting books from NetGalley and this week has bought a few interesting looking books, first up is The Exit by Helen FitzGerald . Helen FitzGerald is the author of The Cry which was possibly one of the most disturbing book I read in 2013, so when I realised there was a new book out….. well!

The Exit


23-year-old Catherine is mainly interested in Facebook and flirting, but she reluctantly takes a job at a local care home after her mother puts her foot down – and soon discovers that her new workplace contains many secrets.
One of the residents at the home, 82-year-old Rose, is convinced that something sinister is going on in Room 7 and that her own life is under threat. But Rose has dementia – so what does she actually know, and who would believe her anyway?
As Catherine starts investigating Rose’s allegations, terrible revelations surface about everyone involved. Can Catherine find out what’s really going on before it’s too late? NetGalley

I requested the next book based upon some wonderful reviews in the blogosphere and as St Malo is one of our favourite places to go for a weekend visit, this book had too much going for it to resist a click of that request button. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All The Light We Cannot See


Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.
In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.
Doerr’s gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is his most ambitious and dazzling work. NetGalley

I have a copy of You Belong To Me by Samantha Hayes whose last two books are Until You’re Mine and Before You Die

You Belong To Me


Fleeing the terrors of her former life, Isabel has left England, and at last is beginning to feel safe.
Then a letter shatters her world, and she returns home determined not to let fear rule her life any more.
But she’s unable to shake off the feeling that someone who knows her better than she knows herself may be following her.
Watching. Waiting.
Ready to step back into her life and take control all over again. NetGalley

Lastly from Amazon Vine I have a beautiful book, the picture really doesn’t do it justice and the story sounds just right to read on a cold and windy day: The Book of Lost and Found by Lucy Foley

The Book of Lost and Found


In many ways, my life has been rather like a record of the lost and found. Perhaps all lives are like that.
It’s when life started in earnest
The paths of Tom and Alice collide against a haze of youthful, carefree exuberance. And so begins a love story that finds its feet by a lake one silvery moonlit evening . . .
It’s when there were no happy endings
PARIS, 1939
Alice is living in the City of Light, but the pain of the last decade has already left its mark. There’s a shadow creeping across Europe when she and Thomas Stafford – now a world famous artist – find each other once more . . .
It’s when the story begins
LONDON, 1986
Bequeathed an old portrait from her grandmother, Kate Darling uncovers a legacy that takes her to Corsica, Paris and beyond. And as the secrets of time fall away, a love story as epic as it is life-changing slowly reveals itself . . . Amazon

So there are my finds! What have you found to read this week?


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

33 thoughts on “Friday Finds (January 16)

  1. Have you read Elizabeth is Missing? it’s also about a woman with dementia with suspicions no-one will listen to. My latest acquisition is “Mrs P’s Journey” by Sarah Hartley. it’s about the woman who created London’s first A-Z. I’d never heard of it but its the next month book club read


    1. I did read Elizabeth is Missing, I found it hard to read as the portrayal of the early stages of dementia were so good and as this touches on my personal life, I struggled. I do like the sound of Mrs P’s Journey!


  2. I would REALLY love to read All the Light We Cannot See – I’ll have to try the library or failing that wait until my birthday in November!! The Exit sounds great, a fab premise, can’t wait to read your review.


  3. You’ve got some good ‘uns there, Cleo! I’m especially keen to read the Fitzgerald. I thought The Cry was quite well-written and yes, disturbing. I’d love to see what her next is like. The others look good too.


  4. I’m tempted by the Fitzgerald, but still haven’t got around to reading The Cry (on the TBR though!). I’m swithering over the Samantha Hayes – I really liked her first and wasn’t too impressed by her second – I shall let you test drive it for me… 😉


  5. Oh I really, really really hope you enjoy the Doerr, Cleopatra. I fell hook, line and sinker in love with it on Vine last year, and it was one of my standout top 10 of the year.

    Hmm. I must go investigate the last one……

    And incidentally, another one i got from you on one of your memes last month, A Fifty Year Silence was an absolute CORKER. Though not one to read in a public place. It kept catching me repeatedly in the leaky eye stuff. Not so much leaking to be honest, my eyes seemed to think they were fountains! (I’ve done a pingy!)


    1. I don’t know how I missed it on Vine last year but at least that’s been rectified now! It does sound amazing. Thanks for the ping, I haven’t read it yet but at least I’m prepared for that awful leaky eye problem, not one to read in the coffee shop methinks 😉


  6. The Paris one sounds interesting. I finished my foodie mystery/female metamorphosis, so because I haven’t downloaded anything else, I grabbed a knitting mystery. I read one of the series a couple of books ago and it was good. I’m still in the introductory stages.


  7. All three sound very interesting. Ive read Helen Fitzgerald before and have really enjoyed her books. Let me go and see if I can request it too. Checking out the other two books as well.


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