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This Week In Books (June 17)

This Week In Books

Hosted by Lypsyy Lost & Found my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I am reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words

I am currently reading Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton.

Little Black Lies

You can read the blurb and opening paragraph in yesterday’s post

I have recently finished A Game For All The Family by Sophie Hannah which was an amazing read, one I couldn’t stop reading despite not having the foggiest what on earth it was all about until the final pages…

A Game for all the Family


After escaping London and a career that nearly destroyed her, Justine plans to spend her days doing as little as possible in her beautiful home in Devon.
But soon after the move, her daughter Ellen starts to withdraw when her new best friend, George, is unfairly expelled from school. Justine begs the head teacher to reconsider, only to be told that nobody’s been expelled – there is, and was, no George.
Then the anonymous calls start: a stranger, making threats that suggest she and Justine share a traumatic past and a guilty secret – yet Justine doesn’t recognise her voice. When the caller starts to talk about three graves – two big and one small, to fit a child – Justine fears for her family’s safety.
If the police can’t help, she’ll have to eliminate the danger herself, but first she must work out who she’s supposed to be… Amazon

My review will follow shortly

Next up for something a little lighter I am planning to read The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice

Lost Art of Keeping Secrets


Set in 1950s London, The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets centers around Penelope, the wide- eyed daughter of a legendary beauty, Talitha, who lost her husband to the war. Penelope, with her mother and brother, struggles to maintain their vast and crumbling ancestral home—while post-war London spins toward the next decade’s cultural revolution.
Penelope wants nothing more than to fall in love, and when her new best friend, Charlotte, a free spirit in the young society set, drags Penelope into London with all of its grand parties, she sets in motion great change for them all. Charlotte’s mysterious and attractive brother Harry uses Penelope to make his American ex-girlfriend jealous, with unforeseen consequences, and a dashing, wealthy American movie producer arrives with what might be the key to Penelope’s— and her family’s—future happiness. Goodreads

What have you found to read this week?

See what I’ve been reading in 2015 here


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

35 thoughts on “This Week In Books (June 17)

  1. I think Sophie Hannah has a brilliantly twisted mind when it comes to crime writing – and am glad she’s attempted a standalone, as I was getting a bit tired of the dynamic between her investigators in her crime series and more interested in the actual mystery itself.
    Some great reading there, have fun!
    I’ve just finished In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, which was a compulsive read, even if not the most original of stories (well-written though). I’ve just started the remarkably downbeat and yet funny novel ‘Pushkin Hills’ about a failed Russian writer. And next? I’m thinking of the ultimate summer escape on American Samoa in John Enright’s Blood Jungle Ballet.


    1. I agree with you on your comments about Sophie Hannah – I’ve loved most of her books but I did feel the off-the-wall characters in the Culver Valley Series had run their course to a certain extent. This is a tremendous mystery and exceptionally well-written.
      Hooray for In a Dark Dark Wood because that is coming up soon for me to read… and Blood Jungle Ballet has a fantastic title!


  2. I haven’t read any Sophie Hannah yet – have The Point of Rescue on tbr pile… hear good things!


  3. I’ve recently finished A Game For All the Family too – it looks as though you liked it more than I did. I can’t say I loved it – but not sure quite what I do think about it – I expect it will become clearer once I start to write about it, which often happens when I’ve struggled to put my thoughts on paper (as it were).

    I meant to comment of your post yesterday about the Sharon Bolton book – that opening sentence is one to make you think! I wouldn’t like to think it’s right though 🙂

    I’ve had The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets on my shelves for a few years now – never got round to reading it. It looks rather different from both the Hannah and Bolton books.I’ll be interested to see what you make of it.


    1. I think our bookshelves are twins 🙂 We share similar tastes across the range by the looks of things.

      I’m looking forward to a lighter read, the Sharon Bolton is quite an intense read so something a little fluffier should work well at this point!


  4. Well, of course, I’m going to be reading Sharon Bolton’s book. And will before long. Was wondering if this was a standalone for Sophie Hannah, but you answered that question above. I have a bunch of her books that I’ve collected, but have not read yet. Before long. This new one sounds very intriguing and I’ll likely be reading it too. Lovely list.


  5. You have some interesting reads there, Cleo. I’ll be especially interested in what you think of the Bolton when you’ve finished it.


  6. Whew! I think I’m safe! I already have Little Black Lies and I haven’t forgiven Sophie Hannah for the Poirot book yet. And you’ll have to do a hard sell to talk me into the third one… 😉


  7. I am reading a young adult/juvenile book – The 39 Clues. The cover always grabs me and I read the summary on the copy in Cupcake’s class last year. I really like it so far. I’m also reading The Cake Therapist. All of the pastries sounds yummy and it’s interesting to think of people in terms of scents or spices.


  8. Ooh I like books where it all comes together and only makes sense at the end, if you can persevere long enough that is! All of those books looks good to me. Grr! 😉


  9. I’ve never read Sophie Hannah books, from comments and your posts, seems like she is good, please recommend me her best book to start with.


    1. This is a perfect introduction as it is a stand-alone book otherwise I suggest you start with Little Face, the first in the Culver Valley series. These don’t strictly have to be read in order but as with all series it does help. All these books are very different though with A Kind of Cruel being my favourite.


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