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This Week in Books (December 21)

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

I have just started reading What Remains of Me by A L Gaylin, a story of a woman who when she was a teenage girl in 1980 was jailed for killing a Hollywood director. Now released she is chief suspect when her father-in-law is shot.


See yesterday’s post for an excerpt and the synopsisyesterday’s post

I have finished (my signed copy) of A Suitable Lie by Michael J Malone, which is a powerful read.



Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child, after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty, fun and beautiful, she’s his perfect match… And she loves his son, too. When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. He ignores it; a dangerous mistake that could cost him everything.
A brave, deeply moving psychological thriller which marks a stunning departure for one of Scotland’s top crime writers. Amazon

Next up I’m hoping to get to Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land which will be published on 12 January 2017 by Penguin UK



Annie’s mother is a serial killer. The only way she can make it stop is to hand her in to the police. But out of sight is not out of mind. As her mother’s trial looms, the secrets of her past won’t let Annie sleep, even with a new foster family and name – Milly. A fresh start. Now, surely, she can be whoever she wants to be. But Milly’s mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water. Good me, bad me. She is, after all, her mother’s daughter…
Translated into over 20 languages, Good Me Bad Me is a tour de force. In its narrator, Milly Barnes, we have a voice to be reckoned with, and in its author, Ali Land, an extraordinary new talent. NetGalley

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave your links, answers or any other random comments about books in the box below.


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

21 thoughts on “This Week in Books (December 21)

  1. Haven’t heard of Michael J Malone but as a fan of Scottish crime writers I’ll be adding him to my list of authors to look out for.

    Good Me, Bad Me was probably one of my favourite books of 2016 so I hope you enjoy.

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  2. Are you enjoying What Remains? I’ve been eyeing that one up myself. I read the Ali Land book a few weeks ago so looking forward to seeing what you think about that.


  3. You have an interesting group of books there, Cleo! And I really like the fact that they all seem to have the theme of people not being what they seem on the surface. When that’s done well, it can make for real tension and suspense in a novel.


  4. I’ve had my eye on Good Me Bad Me and it’s still not available for US readers on Netgalley! So disappointing, hopefully they make it available in Jan. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it


  5. I have good me, bad me to read over Christmas (a perfect holiday read?) am looking forward to it but avoiding all reviews to hopefully also avoid the hype that seems to surround it.


  6. Hi Cleo,

    I could really binge here and make my TBR volcano overflow even more than it already is.

    I am such a sucker for a good thriller that they all sound fantastic, although I do admit to having a particular liking for the Scottish Noir authors.

    I hope that they are all winners for you and thanks for sharing 🙂



  7. What Remains of Me is still the one most likely to tempt me, I think. Except, of course, that I have iron willpower… (Hehe! Just worked out how “well” I did on last year’s resolutions – off to eat a LOT of chocolate now… )

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  8. A Suitable Lie is in my top 10 reads of the year, such a brilliant story and writing. I loved that the author chose a different path than the original scenario we usually expect.


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