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This Week In Books (June 24)

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 have just started First One Missing by Tammy Cohen .

First One Missing


There are three things no-one can prepare you for when your daughter is murdered:
– You are haunted by her memory day and night
– Even close friends can’t understand what you are going through.
– Only in a group with mothers of other victims can you find real comfort.
But as the bereaved parents gather to offer support in the wake of another killing, a crack appears in the group that threatens to rock their lives all over again.
Welcome to the club no one wants to join. NetGalley


I have just finished reading Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff which was an unusual read and I seem to fall into the middle ground; I didn’t hate it but I have to admit to skipping some parts, which I rarely do so I didn’t love it either.

Fates and Furies

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

My review will be posted shortly

Next I plan to read My Sunshine Away by Milton O’Neal Walsh

my sunshine away


Welcome to Woodland Hills, Louisiana: a place of lush, sweltering summers, neighbourhood cookouts in every backyard and vats of chilled beer under the crepe myrtles. A terrible crime is just about to take place…
One day Lindy Simpson cycles home from school and straight into a trap: someone is lying in wait for her, a wire strung between lampposts blocking the path. She is raped just yards from her front door. No one sees a thing and the perpetrator is not caught.
Her fourteen year old neighbour has cherished a crush on Lindy, the ultimate girl next door, since they were kids. After her assault he becomes determined to solve the crime, investigating each suspect in the neighbourhood. But before this long, hot summer is out, it will become clear that the friendly community of Woodland Hills has much to hide. Behind every white picket fence in suburbia lies a tangled web of darkness. In his zeal to solve the mystery, the teenage detective stumbles across a sinister world he doesn’t recognise, drawing ever closer to a terrifying denouement. NetGalley

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

26 thoughts on “This Week In Books (June 24)

  1. First One Missing really sounds so sad, Cleo! I’ll be keen to know what you thought of if, but I’d definitely have to wait until I was ready for a book that sad in order to read it. My Sunshine Away has an interesting premise and protagonist; I hope you’ll enjoy that one, too.


  2. First One Missing is on my radar, but I’ll have to wait for bit for it. Will be interested in hearing your reactions to the other two books.


  3. The first and the last sound rather gruelling reads, Cleo, so I hope you are in a sunny mood! The 2nd one sounds like it could be potentially interesting, but would love to hear why it didn’t work for you.
    I’ve just finished (re)reading Muriel Spark’s Loitering with Intent – well, I needed a more fun, witty read after all the middle-aged men’s gloom. It’s even funnier than I remembered.
    I’m currently reading a rather quirky historical crime novel set in 1848 Paris, called ‘Fraternite’ by Margaret Pritchard Houston (will be reviewing it for Crime Fiction Lover), and have still to crack open Blood Jungle Ballet, set in Samoa, but can’t wait to do so – I just know I’ll enjoy that escapist read!


    1. Fortunately Tammy Cohen’s book has lighter observational humour to stop this one being too depressing despite the content. I’m glad Muriel Spark’s book added some lightness to your list and I will look forward to your review of Fraternite.


  4. Love the sound of First One Missing….I have My Sunshine Away and started reading it a couple of weeks ago, and then stopped. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood for it, but I kept losing focus. I am sure that I will try again.

    Enjoy your books!


  5. I like the sound of First One Missing and my Sunshine Away, the latter most I think. Sounds like it could be a bit different with a child detective.


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