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This Week in Books (March 2)

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 finished  reading Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf which had me absolutely gripped!

Missing Pieces

To read the synopsis and some excerpts please see yesterday’s post

and now I’m reading Castles in the Air by Alison Ripley Cubitt and Molly Cubitt, a memoir and portrait of a mother.

Castles in the Air


An eight-year-old child witnesses her mother’s secret and knows that from that moment life will never be the same.
After Molly, her mother dies, Alison uses her legacy to make a film about Molly’s relationship with a man she had known since she was a teenager. What hold did this man have over her mother? And what other secrets was her mother hiding?
Castles in the Air follows the life of Molly Ripley through the eyes of her daughter Alison. From Molly’s childhood in colonial Hong Kong and Malaya; wartime adventures as a rookie office girl in the far east outpost of Bletchley Park then as a young nurse in the city; tangled romance and marriage… to her challenging middle-age when demons from the past seem set to overwhelm her.
The writer in Alison can’t stop until she reveals the story of Molly’s past. But as a daughter, does she have the courage to face up to the uncomfortable truths of Molly’s seemingly ordinary life?
As she unravels the private self that Molly kept secret, Alison realises that she is trying to find herself through her mother’s story. By trying to make sense of the past, can she move on with her future?
Honest yet unsentimental and told with abundant love and compassion, this is a profoundly moving portrait of a woman’s life, hopes and dreams. We learn not only about Molly, but about mothers and daughters, secrets and love. A story for readers struggling to come to terms with the trauma of losing loved ones. NetGalley

Next I am planning on finally getting around to reading In Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward, previously known to me through her blog Crimepieces

In Bitter Chill


Bampton, Derbyshire, January 1978. Two girls go missing: Rachel Jones returns, Sophie Jenkins is never found. Thirty years later: Sophie Jenkins’s mother commits suicide.
Rachel Jones has tried to put the past behind her and move on with her life. But news of the suicide re-opens old wounds and Rachel realises that the only way she can have a future is to finally discover what really happened all those years ago.
This is a story about loss and family secrets, and how often the very darkest secrets are those that are closest to you. Amazon

What have you chosen to read this week? Have you read any of these?


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

31 thoughts on “This Week in Books (March 2)

  1. I’m still reading the books I was reading last week – they are both long! I’ve read In Bitter Chill -it’s very good. I’m sure it will be on my list of favourites at the end of the year. I hope you enjoy it too. And there is to be a sequel, A Fragile Spring, which will be published later this year.


  2. Another two books I haven’t heard of, sigh! But I have read and did enjoy In Bitter Chill.
    As for my own reading (I am too lazy to bother to write a full blog post, as you can see, which is why I always comment on yours instead, apologies): I’ve just finished ‘Six Four’, a Japanese police procedural (more police politics than mystery, to my mind). I am currently engrossed in Pascal Garnier’s Too Close to the Edge. And I very much look forward to reading and reviewing Mrs. P’s Crime Fiction in German – a massive academic tome!


    1. Oh my goodness Marina that last book sounds challenging – I’m in awe. I have one Pascal Garnier to read but I don’t think I’ve come across Too Close to the Edge… yet! I love and am honoured that you comment on my post!


  3. Oh, so glad you’re going to be reading In Bitter Chill, Cleo! I think you’re going to love it. Of course, I’m biased, I admit. But still, I really think it’s a fine novel.


  4. I keep seeing Heather Gudenkauf popping up in my recommendations and I’m fairly certain I have one lurking in the deepest darkest depths of my kindle but don’t think I’ve read any yet. I really should try one as they seem to get great reviews.


  5. I’m still read MISSING PIECES. I’m at 56% on my Kindle. Really liking it. I just haven’t had much reading time. CASTLES IN THE AIR looks good and I also have a copy of IN BITTER CHILL that I haven’t picked up yet. Look forward to hearing what you thought about all of these when you finish. 🙂


  6. Glad to hear Missing Pieces is good, as I think I’m taking part in a blog tour for it, awaiting confirmation! Castles In The Air sounds intriguing – and I think you’ll enjoy In Bitter Chill. It’s done really well, which is great news for Sarah.


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