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This Week in Books (November 30)

This Week In Books

Hosted by Lipsyy 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

At the moment I am reading The Silent Hours by Cesca Major, an epic tale set in wartime France. I’m loving this historical novel and having a chance to be completely involved with the wonderful characters.

The Silent Hours

You can read an excerpt and the synopsis in yesterday’s post.

I’ve gone a bit off-piste this week as I’ve just finished My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal, a touching story and compassionate tale about a nine year old boy separated from his mother and baby brother. Set in the UK in the 1980s, this book also provided a healthy dollop of nostalgia.

My Name is Leon

Blurb

A brother chosen. A brother left behind. And a family where you’d least expect to find one.
Leon is nine, and has a perfect baby brother called Jake. They have gone to live with Maureen, who has fuzzy red hair like a halo, and a belly like Father Christmas. But the adults are speaking in low voices, and wearing Pretend faces. They are threatening to give Jake to strangers. Since Jake is white and Leon is not. As Leon struggles to cope with his anger, certain things can still make him smile – like Curly Wurlys, riding his bike fast downhill, burying his hands deep in the soil, hanging out with Tufty (who reminds him of his dad), and stealing enough coins so that one day he can rescue Jake and his mum.
Evoking a Britain of the early eighties, My Name is Leon is a heart-breaking story of love, identity and learning to overcome unbearable loss. Of the fierce bond between siblings. And how – just when we least expect it – we manage to find our way home. NetGalley

Never fear though the dark side of life is never far from view, and next up I have Blood Wedding by Pierre Lemaitre

Blood Wedding

Blurb

A gripping standalone psychological thriller about marriage, manipulation and murder by the internationally bestselling author of Alex

Sophie is haunted by the things she can’t remember – and visions from the past she will never forget.

One morning, she wakes to find that the little boy in her care is dead. She has no memory of what happened. And whatever the truth, her side of the story is no match for the evidence piled against her.

Her only hiding place is in a new identity. A new life, with a man she has met online.

But Sophie is not the only one keeping secrets . . . NetGalley


What are you reading this week? Do share your links and thoughts in the comments box below.

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

33 thoughts on “This Week in Books (November 30)

    1. I knew I recognised Lesley Glaister’s name and it’s because I read Nina Todd Has Gone which was very good – thank you for reminding me of this author, I need to put one on the wishlist before she slips my mind again.

  1. I want to read all of these but somehow haven’t got around to it! I’m currently reading ‘The Beautiful Dead’ by Belinda Bauer, have just finished an anthology of short stories ‘Sex and Death’ (which is a nice mix of humour and very sad) and will probably crack open a reliable Ian Rankin next…

  2. No reason you shouldn’t go off-piste if you want to, Cleo. I think sometimes a change of scenery, so to speak, can be nice. And you’ve got a Lemaitre coming up, which should be great. I see it’s a standalone, rather than part of his series, and it sounds intriguing. I do like that varied sort of reading.

  3. I just started Good Behavior by Blake Crouch and next up is The Ice Beneath Her. I also have Blood Wedding waiting on my shelf from the library. I’ll be interested in hearing your thoughts about it:)

  4. Blood Wedding sounds right up my street but My Name is Leon has also caught my eye…having a feeling they would also be crying by the sounds of the book!

  5. Suspect I didn’t love Leon as much as you but there were sections that were beautifully done, particularly in the beginning when the boys are with their mother.

  6. Your week is quiet French! 🙂 I think I saw Pierre Lemaitre mentioned a couple of times. I can’t wait to read your thoughts on Blood Wedding. Happy reading 🙂

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