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This Week in Books (February 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 currently reading a non-fiction read, Last Woman Hanged by Caroline Overington

Last Woman Hanged

You can read a synopsis and an extract from this book in yesterday’s post

I have just finished The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett an interesting book about how a missed moment can change the course of lives!

The Versions of Us


What if you had said yes . . . ?
Eva and Jim are nineteen, and students at Cambridge, when their paths first cross in 1958. Jim is walking along a lane when a woman approaching him on a bicycle swerves to avoid a dog. What happens next will determine the rest of their lives. We follow three different versions of their future – together, and apart – as their love story takes on different incarnations and twists and turns to the conclusion in the present day.
The Versions of Us is an outstanding debut novel about the choices we make and the different paths that our lives might follow. What if one small decision could change the rest of your life? Amazon

Next I’m planning on reading The Shadow Hour by Kate Riordan, the author of The Girl in the Photograph

The Shadow Hour


Two generations of women, and one house that holds the terrible secrets of their pasts
1922. Grace has been sent to the stately and crumbling Fenix House to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps as a governess. But when she meets the house’s inhabitants, people who she had only previously heard of in stories, the cracks in her grandmother’s tale begin to show. Secrets appear to live in the house’s very walls and everybody is resolutely protecting their own.
Why has she been sent here? Why did her grandmother leave after just one summer? And as the past collides with the present, can Grace unravel these secrets and discover who her grandmother, and who she, really is? NetGalley

So that’s my books sorted for the week – What have you chosen?


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

30 thoughts on “This Week in Books (February 17)

  1. I am really eager to learn what you think of Last Woman Hanged, Cleo. I hear very good things about that one, and it sounds like an absolutely fascinating case, just from your other post.


  2. I think The Versions Of Us sounds quite interesting. I like books that show different pathways and what might have happened instead. And The Shadow Hour sounds like a perfect choice for my Gothic challenge. Will investigate if we will get it soon.


  3. A bit of a change from your usual crime, crime, crime – sounds like you needed a change. I’m struggling a bit with my current reads. I always have more than one on the go at the same time, but this time the combination of all four rather serious and worthy volumes is proving too much and none of them are ‘calling’ to me.


    1. You are quite right, I think I overdid it on the crime fiction last year and many of the books I own are from other genres and I am slowly chipping away at the pile – it’s good to have a change from time to time. As you know I’m incapable of reading more than one book at a time – I’ve been trying with short stories but I read one and the poor book got abandoned as once I’m in a book I want to finish it.


    1. I wanted to read The Versions of Us from the moment I first saw it – I love the sliding doors premise. Lionel Shriver did it in the Post Birthday World a few years back which is also an excellent read. Really looking forward to The Shadow Hour once I’ve seen poor Louise hanged 😉


    1. I read a book by Lionel Shriver that also used a single kiss to write two different tales back in 2007 and loved it – It’s such an interesting concept but the author has to be good not to muddle the reader up along the way!


  4. The cover of Last Woman Hanged was pretty attention grabbing so I clicked through to your teaser post about it… I like the writing style. It sounds pretty intriguing!


    1. I’m really enjoying it – there is nothing quite like a good reconstruction of a murder trial (or in this case four murder trials) and I love deciding whether I think the suspect is innocent or guilty from the distance of well over a century.

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