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Friday Finds (January 30)

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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).

Just one find from NetGalley this week, a book I couldn’t resist as I have waited a long time for another read by this author; When We Were Friends by Tina Seskis following on from One Step Too Far and The Serpentine Affair

When We Were Friends


It had always been the six of us.
Since we met at university twenty-five years ago, we’d faced everything together. Break-ups and marriages, motherhood and death. We were closer than sisters; the edges of our lives bled into each other.
But that was before the night of the reunion. The night of exposed secrets and jagged accusations. The night when everything changed.
And then we were five. NetGalley

My only concern is that this sounds a lot like the plot for A Serpentine Affair…

I also have a copy of Normal by Graeme Cameron courtesy of Harlequin Books, the paperback is due to be published on 9 April 2015.



The truth is I hurt people.
It’s what I do. It’s all I do. It’s all I’ve ever done.
I’m not NORMAL.’
He is the man who lives on your street. The one you see in the supermarket and nod hello to.
He’s also a serial killer. Killing is what he’s good at.
He’s the most compelling antihero since Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley.
And you’ll want him to get away with MURDER. Goodreads

From Orenda books I have a copy of The Abrupt Physics of Dying by Paul E. Hardisty to read before publication on 8 March 2015

The Abrupt Physics of Dying

Claymore Straker is trying to forget a violent past. Working as an oil company engineer in the wilds of Yemen, he is hijacked at gunpoint by Islamic terrorists. Clay has a choice: help uncover the cause of a mysterious sickness afflicting the village of Al Urush, close to the company’s oil-processing facility, or watch Abdulkader, his driver and close friend, die. As the country descends into civil war and village children start dying, Clay finds himself caught up in a ruthless struggle between opposing armies, controllers of the country’s oil wealth, Yemen’s shadowy secret service, and rival terrorist factions. As Clay scrambles to keep his friend alive, he meets Rania, a troubled journalist. Together, they try to uncover the truth about Al Urush. But nothing in this ancient, unforgiving place is as it seems. Accused of a murder he did not commit, put on the CIA’s most-wanted list, Clay must come to terms with his past and confront the powerful forces that want him dead. A stunning debut eco-thriller, The Abrupt Physics of Dying is largely based on true events – the horrific destruction of fresh water and lives by oil giants. Gritty, gripping and shocking, this book will not only open your eyes but keep them glued to the page until the final, stunning denouement is reached. Goodreads

Finally I have a copy of the latest book from Rachel Abbott, having loved her previous three books, the latest being
Sleep Tight. Stranger Child by Rachel Abbott is due for publication on kindle on 24 February 2015, paperback in May 2015.

Stranger Child


One Dark Secret. One Act of Revenge
When Emma Joseph met her husband David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the road. Just as tragically their six year old daughter mysteriously vanished from the scene of the accident.
Now six years later, Emma believes the painful years are behind them. She and David have built a new life together and have a beautiful baby son, Ollie.
Then a stranger walks into their lives, and their world tilts on its axis.
Emma’s life no longer feels secure. Does she know what really happened all those years ago? And why does she feel so frightened for herself and her baby?
When a desperate Emma reaches out to her old friend DCI Tom Douglas for help, she puts all her lives in jeopardy. Before long, a web of deceit is revealed that shocks both Tom and Emma to the core.
They say you should never trust a stranger. Maybe theyre right?


What have you found to read this week? Do share.


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

21 thoughts on “Friday Finds (January 30)

  1. Far too many temptations on Net Galley. It’s all so easy to get carried away for me, just one click and the deed is done. You have an interesting pile of books to keep you amused during these horrid dark days


  2. I have the Paul Hardisty to read too and the Rachel Abbott is on my wishlist. When We Were Friends was originally published as A Serpentine Affair – now its being published by Penguin it has been slightly re-written.


    1. Thanks Karen – I did wonder if it was the same book, as it sounded v similar. A great haul Cleo – I can see you being particularly excited about the Rachel Abbott; I think she was your no.1 book last year if I remember correctly? I’ve got a couple of overlaps with you, I’ll get to the laptop at some point and display my wares!


  3. You’ve got quite a varied lot here, Cleo – I like that! And the Seskis really looks interesting. Oh, and I think the title of the Hardisty is intriguing!


  4. When We Were Friends looks good – I’ll be watching for your review of that one. The Abrupt Physics of Dying doesn’t really sound like the kind of book I think of as being your type of thing – most intriguing…


  5. Oh, these look so tempting! Thanks for sharing…When We Were Friends is especially calling to me, since I recently read One Step Too Far. And Stranger Child gave me a chill…so I want to read it! LOL


    1. Stranger Child is my favourite of the bunch because I enjoyed Sleep Tight so much. Another blogger has confirmed that When We Were Friends is a reworking of A Serpentine Affair so I’ll be able to see what has changed.


  6. When I had read the second book’s summary, it weirdly crossed my mind that perhaps newbie, government spies could learn a thing or two from serial killers in regards to the double life.


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