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This Week in Books (December 20)

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

My last read was The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne which was a sumptuous and delightful read – so much so that there is in danger that I need to recalibrate that all important Top Ten list that will be posted at the end of the year.


Forced to flee the scandal brewing in her hometown, Catherine Goggin finds herself pregnant and alone, in search of a new life at just sixteen. She knows she has no choice but to believe that the nun she entrusts her child to will find him a better life.

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or so his parents are constantly reminding him. Adopted as a baby, he’s never quite felt at home with the family that treats him more as a curious pet than a son. But it is all he has ever known.

And so begins one man’s desperate search to find his place in the world. Unspooling and unseeing, Cyril is a misguided, heart-breaking, heartbroken fool. Buffeted by the harsh winds of circumstance towards the one thing that might save him from himself, but when opportunity knocks, will he have the courage, finally, take it? NetGalley

This was my last read for publication in 2017 and I have six books with a publication date of 11 January 2018 so I’m cracking on with them now.

At the moment I am reading Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan which I’ve been longing to read ever since I first got wind of this one back in the summer as I love a courtroom drama.


Part courtroom thriller; part portrait of a marriage; part exploration of how our memories still haunt us, Anatomy of a Scandal is a disarming and provocative psychological drama.

Sophie’s husband, James, is a loving father and a successful public figure. Yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he is innocent and desperate to protect her precious family from the lies that threaten to engulf him. She’s kept his darkest secret ever since they were first lovers, at Oxford. And if she stood by him then, she can do it now.
Kate is the barrister prosecuting his case. She’s certain that James is guilty and determined he should pay. No stranger to suffering herself, she doesn’t flinch from posing the questions few want to hear. About what happens between a man a woman when they’re alone: alone in bed, alone in an embrace, alone in a lift . . .

Is James the victim of an unfortunate misunderstanding or the perpetrator of something sinister? Who is right: Sophie or Kate? This scandal – which forces Sophie to appraise her marriage and Kate her demons – will have far-reaching consequences for them all. NetGalley

Next up is Three Things About Elise by Joanna Cannon, a stunning sounding book which has garnered some stunning early reviews.


There are three things you should know about Elsie.
The first thing is that she’s my best friend.
The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better.
And the third thing… might take a little bit more explaining.

84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly a man who died sixty years ago?

From the author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP, this book will teach you many things, but here are three of them:

1) The fine threads of humanity will connect us all forever.
2) There is so very much more to anyone than the worst thing they have ever done.
3) Even the smallest life can leave the loudest echo. NetGalley

Now of course it’s that time of year when my house fills up and reading time is few and far between so I’m fully expecting this week’s read to take longer than a week but hey, I can be sociable once a year, can’t I?

What do you think of these choices, have you read any of them? Do you want to? Please let me know in the comments box below.


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

22 thoughts on “This Week in Books (December 20)

  1. Hi Cleo,

    I used to take part in a very similar meme to this one, although that unfortunately closed down. I may take the plunge after Christmas, check out ‘Lipsy’s’ link and join in.

    The Sarah Vaughan book sounds really good, so I hope that you get time to finish enjoying it before your Christmas celebrations kick in.

    I am between books right now, although with the hectic days of Christmas retail having well and truly kicked in, that may not be such a bad thing.

    As for Christmas, we will be spending our time driving between various relatives houses, so no real rest there. New Year is always spent quietly at home, so we hope to catch up and relax a little then.

    Enjoy your Christmas 🙂



  2. They all look really good, Cleo. Like your other commenters, I’ve heard good things about Anatomy of a Scandal, ‘though I admit I’ve not read it. I’ll be interested in what you think of it.


  3. I’m currently reading Anatomy of a Scandal, I’m only about 70 pages in but think I’m going to enjoy it. I have a copy of Three Things About Elsie which I am looking forward to getting to.


  4. I love all your choices. The Heart’s Invisible Furies and Anatomy of a Scandal are both on my wishlist and I’m planning to start Three Things About Elsie soon. I know what you mean about 11 January – I have a number of books that need reading by then as well, including one for a blog tour. I took a break from blog tours in December but seem to have loaded myself up with them in January instead!

    Here’s my WWW link:


  5. I’ve had The Heart’s Invisible Furies on the TBR for what seems like forever. Maybe finally your review will push it up the list (it’s been up there a couple of times already and got shoved back down again…) And I do want to read Anatomy of a Scandal but I’m in that position with NG of being neither approved nor declined… grrr!

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