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This Week in Books (August 23)

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 am currently reading the last in my 20 Books of Summer 2017 Challenge; The Summer House by Santa Montefiore. So I’ve just got to catch up with all the reviews after this one…

Blurb

Antoinette’s world has fallen apart: her husband, the man she has loved for as long as she can remember, has died tragically in an accident. He was her rock, the man she turned to for love and support, the man she knew better than she knew herself. Or at least so she thought…

For as she arrives at the familiar old stone church for George’s funeral, she sees a woman she has never met before.
Phaedra loved George too, and she could not bear to stay away from his funeral. But as she sits before his wife, she knows that what she is about to reveal will change all their lives forever.

This book is published in the US under the title The Girl From Paris Amazon

I have just finished Dear Mr M by Herman Koch, another book by this author which has the kind of darkness that makes you feel like you shouldn’t be reading… but I couldn’t help myself!

Blurb

Dear Mr. M,
I’d like to start by telling you that I’m doing better now. I do so because you probably have no idea that I was ever doing worse. Much worse, in fact, but I’ll get to that later on.

Mr. M is being watched. As a famous writer, he is no stranger to the limelight, although interest in his work has been dwindling of late. His print runs are smaller than they used to be, as are the crowds at his bookshop signings . . . Our narrator clearly takes a keen interest in M.’s work, and indeed in every aspect of his life. But what exactly are his intentions? And to what does Mr. M owe the honour of his undivided attention?

Our narrator seems to be no stranger to murder, while his own story appears to bear more than a passing resemblance to the plot of Mr. M’s most famous novel: a teacher has an affair with a student, only to be brutally murdered by the girl and her teenage boyfriend. The body is never found.

That’s the problem with fiction: in real life, bodies have an awkward habit of turning up. Mr. M has used some artistic licence, and our narrator is not pleased, not pleased at all. And just before he fades into obscurity, he’s prepared to give Mr. M one last review. And it’s unlikely to be a rave. Amazon

Next I am planning on reading Lost in the Lake by A.J. Waines which will be published on 7 September 2017.

Blurb

She came at first for answers…now she’s back for you

Amateur viola player Rosie Chandler is the sole survivor of a crash which sends members of a string quartet plunging into a lake. Convinced the ‘accident’ was deliberate, but unable to recall what happened, she is determined to recover her lost memories and seeks out clinical psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby.

But Rosie is hiding something…

Sam is immediately drawn to the tragic Rosie and as she helps her piece the fragments together, the police find disturbing new evidence which raises further questions. Why is Rosie so desperate to recover her worthless viola? And what happened to the violin lost in the crash, worth over £2m?

When Rosie insists they return to the lake to relive the fatal incident, the truth about Rosie finally creeps up on Sam – but by now, she’s seriously out of her depth…

A stand alone novel (and the second book in the Dr Samantha Willerby series), Lost in the Lake is a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat Psychological Thriller that will leave you glancing over your shoulder. Amazon

What do you think? Any of these take your fancy? Please do leave your thoughts in the comments box below.</strong

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

18 thoughts on “This Week in Books (August 23)

  1. Well done for the 20 books of Summer! 🙂 It looks like you’ve read some amazing ones.Good luck with catching up with the reviews!

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  2. You’ve got some nice books going there, Cleo. I do want to read Dr. Mr. M., so it’s good to see you’ve got that on your list. I’ll be interested in what you think of it. Koch’s work has that interesting blend of dark and dark wit…

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  3. These all sound so good! I still have to read Herman Koch’s previous book, The Dinner, but Mr. M sounds really intriguing!

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  4. Oh, can’t wait for your review of Dear Mr M! I fear a TBR increase is on the way! I know this sounds a bit silly but I love the name Santa Montefiore… I’m not sure I’d love the book though. I’ll wait to hear what you say about it.

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