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This Week In Books (August 19)

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 Burnt Paper Sky by Gilly Macmillan and I’m still engrossed in the public’s reaction to Rachel Jenner, mother to missing Benedict, who is judged on her performance on the televised appeal for his return.

Burnt Paper Sky

See yesterday’s post for the synopsis and a taster from this book

I have recently finished Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin – my review will follow shortly

Black-Eyed Susans

In a grave under a patch of Black-eyed Susans, in a Texas field, a serial killer buries four girls. Three die. One survives. Sixteen-year-old Tessa, after several days with the three corpses, is traumatised. Her evidence in court results in a man being sentenced to death for murder. Tessa achieves a measure of normality and becomes a single mother and an artist.
Now, nearly 20 years later, Black-eyed Susans are freshly planted outside her window and she’s approached by lawyers trying to stop the imminent execution of the convicted man who is still on death row, claiming his innocence.
The story is narrated in alternate chapters by the Tessa of 1995, soon to be a witness at the man’s trial, and today’s Tessa, tormented by the thought that if the wrong man has been convicted, the real killer is free and a danger to her and her daughter. But, we learn gradually, that Tessa has been keeping secrets too. Amazon

Next I am planning on reading is The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly, I have loved her previous two books so I’m really looking forward to seeing what this one has in store.

The Mistake I Made

We all think we know who we are.
What we’re capable of.

Roz is a single mother, a physiotherapist, a sister, a friend. She’s also desperate.
Her business has gone under, she’s crippled by debt and she’s just had to explain to her son why someone’s taken all their furniture away.
But now a stranger has made her an offer. For one night with her, he’ll pay enough to bring her back from the edge.
Roz has a choice to make. NetGalley

What are you reading 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

28 thoughts on “This Week In Books (August 19)

  1. I’ve just been up since 4:30 a.m. finishing Burnt Paper Sky (well, I only read a couple of chapters last night, so basically read the whole thing in less than 12 hours). Completely addictive reading, I just couldn’t stop, although the subject usually traumatises me. I’ve heard good things about the other two books too, so look forward to hearing your thoughts.

    So that’s my recently read. I’m currently reading something very uncharacteristic: a YA adventure fantasy called ‘The Wastelanders’. It’s written by my son’s beloved English teacher, so I just have to try it out. And I’ll be embarking on a diet of Tove Jansson ‘The True Deceiver’ and some Moomins as we go on holiday in a couple of days.


    1. I must admit I’m enthralled by Burnt Paper Sky despite my concentration not up to mammoth reading sessions at the moment, this has me gripped. Oh how fantastic that your son’s teacher has written a book and you can’t beat the Moomins. Have a great holiday 🙂


  2. Burnt Paper Sky sounds like a compelling read, Cleo. I’ll be really keen to see what you thought of it when you’ve finished. You do have some interesting reads!


  3. Black-Eyed Susans sounds like it could be great – look forwrad to your review! It reminded me just a bit of The Never List by Koethi Zan – did you ever read that one?


    1. I did read The Never List and Koethi Zan has her recommendation on the copy that I have so your comment is spot on (as usual). This one isn’t as gruesome though as all the recollections are after the crime has been committed and Tessa has no memory…

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  4. Looking forward to all 3 of these books. I recently read another Paula Daly book, Just What Kind Of Mother Are You? It was quite the story.


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