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This Week in Books (August 9)

This Week In Books
Hosted by Lipsy 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 really need to ramp up my reading (and reviewing) to try and complete the 20 Books of Summer 2017 before the deadline – it’s going to be tight!!

At the moment I a reading Did You See Melody? by Sophie Hannah a favourite author of mine and whose books never fail to surprise me. Did You See Melody? will be published on 24 August 2017.


Pushed to breaking point, Cara Burrows abandons her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can’t afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied – by a man and a teenage girl.

A simple mistake on the part of the hotel receptionist – but Cara’s fear intensifies when she works out that the girl she saw alive and well in the hotel room is someone she can’t possibly have seen: the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa, whose parents are serving life sentences for her murder.

Cara doesn’t know what to trust: everything she’s read and heard about the case, or the evidence of her own eyes. Did she really see Melody? And is she prepared to ask herself that question and answer it honestly if it means risking her own life? Amazon

I’ve just finished The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne which was a brilliant read and one from my list of books that have been sat on the TBR for what seems like forever.

‘Some things are just sitting there, minding their own business, waiting to be discovered. Like America. And other things are probably better off left alone’

Nine-year-old Bruno has a lot of things on his mind. Who is the ‘Fury’? Why did he make them leave their nice home in Berlin to go to ‘Out-With’ ? And who are all the sad people in striped pyjamas on the other side of the fence? The grown-ups won’t explain so Bruno decides there is only one thing for it – he will have to explore this place alone. What he discovers is a new friend. A boy with the very same birthday. A boy in striped pyjamas. But why can’t they ever play together? Amazon

Next up I am going to read Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood which although I’m really looking forward to reading it, I am wondering why or how I managed to pick books with so many pages for the reading challenge – deep breath for what promises to be 560 pages of pure joy!


Sometimes I whisper it over to myself: Murderess. Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt along the floor.’
Grace Marks. Female fiend? Femme fatale? Or weak and unwilling victim?
Around the true story of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 1840s, Margaret Atwood has created an extraordinarily potent tale of sexuality, cruelty and mystery. Amazon

So that’s my reading week – What are you reading? Do share in the comments box below!


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

47 thoughts on “This Week in Books (August 9)

  1. Ooh, I love Sophie Hannah’s books, and Did You See Melody? sounds like my kind of read. I love how the characters in this author’s books are often in situations where they are seeing the impossible…and I enjoy how Hannah keeps us guessing throughout.

    Thanks for sharing, and here’s MY WWW POST


  2. I’ve wanted to read the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas for a long time; maybe now I’ll finally do it. Have You Seen Melody really appeals to me, too, although it sounds like one of those books that gets creepy but you can’t put it down. Thanks for sharing.


  3. It sounds as though you’re having a good reading week, Cleo, in terms of quality. I really need to read Alias Grace, myself, actually. I’m always amazed by the number of books out there that I really want to read and just…haven’t yet. *Sigh*


  4. Great choices indeed and nice to see some old favourites there. I’m having a great reading week, I just finished the stunning novella from Donal Ryan All We Shall Know, which was riveting and an unputdownable read for me and now in commemoration of the human tragedy around #Partition1947 I’m reading Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh.


  5. I’m looking forward to Did you see Melody too. I read The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas a few years ago now, it pretty much broke me.


  6. Oh, I’ll be interested to hear what you think of Alias Grace – one of the many books I’ve been intending to read for years, but still haven’t got around to…


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