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This Week in Books (January 16)

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 current read is Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Story, one that has its roots in revenge! I say you can’t beat a cold hard revenge story to get the year off to a good start!


A double life with a single purpose: revenge.

Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty in her floral-print dresses and extra efficient at her low-level job. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes—meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven.

But plain Jane is hiding something. And Steven’s bringing out the worst in her.

Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. It’s time for Jane to dig out everything that matters to Steven. So she can take it all away.

Just as he did to her. Amazon

The last book I finished was a memoir, I’ve read a few of these lately all with the thread of rubbish parents of various types running through them. I’m not just interested in the parents though, what I like to see is how the ‘children’ strike out and lead successful lives. Tell Me Who I Am by Alex & Marcus Lewis fits the brief perfectly.


Imagine waking up one day to discover that you have forgotten everything about your life. Your only link with the past, your only hope for the future, is your identical twin.

Now imagine, years later, discovering that your twin had not told you the whole truth about your childhood, your family, and the forces that had shaped you. Why the secrets? Why the silences? You have no choice but to begin again.

This has been Alex’s reality: a world where memories are just the stories people tell you, where fact and fiction are impossible to distinguish. With dogged courage he has spent years hunting for the truth about his hidden past and his remarkable family. His quest to understand his true identity has revealed shocking betrayals and a secret tragedy, extraordinary triumph over crippling adversity and, above all, redemption founded on brotherly love.

Marcus his twin brother has sometimes been a reluctant companion on this journey, but for him too it has led to staggering revelations and ultimately the shedding of impossible burdens.

Their story spans continents and eras, from 1950s debutantes and high society in the Home Counties to a remote island in the Pacific and 90s raves. Disturbing, funny, heart-breaking and affirming, Alex and Marcus’s determination to rebuild their lives makes us look afresh at how we choose to tell our stories.

Next up I need to read Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote as this was the winner of the Classic Club Spin #19 which took place at the end of November and needs to be read and reviewed by 31 January 2019. I am determined to read my allotted 12 classic club reads this year so best get off on the right foot!


It’s New York in the 1940s, where the martinis flow from cocktail hour till breakfast at Tiffany’s. And nice girls don’t, except, of course, for Holly Golightly: glittering socialite traveller, generally upwards, sometimes sideways and once in a while – down.

Pursued by to Salvatore ‘Sally’ Tomato, the Mafia sugar-daddy doing life in Sing Sing and ‘Rusty’ Trawler, the blue-chinned, cuff-shooting millionaire man about women about town, Holly is a fragile eyeful of tawny hair and turned-up nose, a heart-breaker, a perplexer, a traveller, a tease. She is irrepressibly ‘top banana in the shock department’, and one of the shining flowers of American fiction. Amazon

So that’s my reading week – what does yours look like?


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

11 thoughts on “This Week in Books (January 16)

  1. Oh, I am excited for your review of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Cleo! And Jane Doe does sound intriguing. There are people who are that bent on revenge, and it’s interesting see how different authors handle that. I’ll be interested in what you think of that one.


  2. Wow, so many good ones! I, of course, loved Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the book and the movie. Jane Doe is one I’ve been eyeing, but had never read the blurb until today. It is definitely going on my list.

    I also love the look and sound of Tell Me Who I Am. Amnesia stories are fascinating, and the twists in this one would keep me glued to the pages.

    Thanks for sharing, and here’s MY WWW POST


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