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This Week in Books (April 11)

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

Now that I’ve read all the millions of books which were being published on 5 April 2018, I hoping to squeeze some of my own books into April’s schedule as well as some exciting upcoming publications.

I am currently reading Property: A Collection by Lionel Shriver, a mixture of short stories and novellas centred around property, as in houses or possessions. Property will be published on 19 April 2018


First ever story collection from the inimitable Lionel Shriver

This landmark publication, the first collection of stories from a master of the form, explores the idea of “property” in both senses of the word: real estate, and stuff. These sharp, brilliantly imaginative pieces illustrate how our possessions act as proxies for ourselves, and how tussles over ownership articulate the power dynamics of our relationships. In Shriver’s world, we may possess people and objects and places, but in turn they possess us.

In the stunning novella “The Standing Chandelier” (‘a brutal treat’: Daily Mail), a woman with a history of attracting other women’s antagonism creates a deeply personal wedding present for her best friend and his wife-to-be. In “Domestic Terrorism,” a thirty-something son refuses to leave home, resulting in a standoff that renders him a Millennial cause célèbre. In “The ChapStick,” a middle-aged man subjugated by service to his elderly father discovers that the last place you should finally assert yourself is airport security. In “Vermin,” an artistic Brooklyn couple’s purchase of a ramshackle house destroys their once passionate relationship. In “The Subletter,” two women, both foreign conflict junkies, fight over claim to a territory that doesn’t belong to either.

This immensely readable collection showcases the biting insight that has made Lionel Shriver one of the most acclaimed authors of our time, described by the Sunday Times as ‘a brilliant writer’ with ‘a strong, clear and strangely seductive voice’.Amazon

The last book I finished was Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall, a truly compulsive read, my review for this book which will be published on 3 May 2018 will be up soon.


Most of us spend our whole lives searching for the person who’ll make us feel complete.

But Mike and Verity know they’re different. They’ve found their soulmate, and nothing can tear them apart.

Not even the man Verity is marrying.

Because they play a secret game, one they call ‘the Crave’, to demonstrate what they both know: that Verity needs Mike, and Mike alone. But Mike knows that Verity’s impending marriage will raise the stakes of their game higher than ever before.

Because this time, for Mike and Verity to stay together, someone has to die… Amazon

Next up is the third book in the Nathan Cody series written by David Jackson Don’t Make a Sound, also to be published on 3 May 2018.


You can’t choose your family. Or can you?

Meet the Bensons. They’re an ordinary couple. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy.

There’s just one problem.


D. S. Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet . . .Amazon

So what do you think? Have you read any of these? Would you like to?


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

51 thoughts on “This Week in Books (April 11)

  1. I still have the first two Nathan Cody books to read – looking forward to reading them. I’m not at all sure I’d like Our Kind of Cruelty – it sounds very disturbing, but Lionel Shriver’s book does interest me.


  2. I love the Nathan Cody series so I’m very much looking forward to Don’t Make A Sound, which is patiently waiting on my Netgalley shelf. I have Our Kind of Cruelty to read as well for somewhere around the US publication day but that’s not on my list this week yet.


  3. It looks as though you’re having a good week, Cleo. I’m especially interested in the David Jackson. Sounds as though that’s got all sorts of layers of interest and psychological tension. I’ll be interested in what you think of it when you’ve finished it.


  4. I’ve read a Lionel Shriver novel that I loved and another that I’ve hated which is weird for the same author with me! I’m interested in the short stories, especially the theme they explore – thanks for showing me this book 🙂


    1. I can’t say I’ve had a straightforward ‘love’ of any of her books, they all make me feel uncomfortable but her insight is amazing – the novella that starts this collection had the same effect.


  5. I remember your recommendation of David Jackson’s books last year. And now there is another. Will be on the lookout, but don’t think my library has them. I’m trying not to buy books (wonder where I got that idea?).


  6. The Lionel Shriver would be my pick this week. I’ve still never read anything by her, mind, but her stuff always appeals to me and a couple of them are on my TBR…


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