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WWW Wednesday (December 18)

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Hosted by Miz B at Should be Reading
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favours with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media–as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents–the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behaviour. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter–but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet? Goodreads

I have just finished the enjoyable novel by Lisa Jewell, The Truth About Melody Browne

Click on the book cover to read my review
The Truth About Melody Browne

Next I am going to read something totally different Martyr by Rory Clements



England is close to war. Within days the axe could fall on the neck of Mary Queen of Scots, and Spain is already gathering a battle fleet to avenge her.
Tensions in Elizabeth I’s government are at breaking point. At the eye of the storm is John Shakespeare, chief intelligencer in the secret service of Sir Francis Walsingham. When an intercept reveals a plot to assassinate England’s ‘sea dragon’, Francis Drake, Shakespeare is ordered to protect him. With Drake on land fitting out his ships, he is frighteningly vulnerable. If he dies, England will be open to invasion.
In a London rife with rumour, Shakespeare must decide which leads to follow, which to ignore. When a high-born young woman is found mutilated and murdered at an illicit printing house, it is political gunpowder – and he has no option but to investigate.
But why is Shakespeare shadowed at every turn by the brutal Richard Topcliffe, the blood-drenched priest-hunter who claims intimacy with Queen Elizabeth herself? What is Topcliffe’s interest in a housemaid, whose baby has been stolen? And where do two fugitive Jesuit priests fit into the puzzle, one happy to die for God, the other to kill for Him?
From the splendour and intrigue of the royal court, to the sleek warships of Her Majesty’s Navy and the teeming brothels of Southwark, Shakespeare soon learns that nothing is as it seems . . .Goodreads

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The Truth About Melody Browne – Lisa Jewell

Woman's Fiction 5*'s
Woman’s Fiction

I have to start this review by saying I don’t know how I ever managed to miss reading this one, after all it was published in 2009, but better late than never!

I love Lisa Jewell’s style of writing, the way she draws you into the story is fantastic and like her more recent books, despite the girly cover this is no ordinary chick-lit. The author is able to say such a lot in just a few words, leaving the reader to fill in the gaps and imagine the emotions. This means that the story continues at a pace not slowed by dwelling on any particular event. This is a story about many different small events that build the life that Melody Browne has lost.

Melody Browne is a woman who has no memory of her life before she was 9 and rescued from a fire by her father. Then on her first date for years, something happens which means those childhood memories start floating into her consciousness.

Piece by piece along with Melody we get to hear the facts of her life, and sad doesn’t even come close to describing what the young Melody and her family went through. However whilst not chick-lit nor is this a story of misery, some of the characters that grace the pages of this book are what could accurately be described as ‘real diamonds!’

This story flits backwards and forwards from the adult Melody, living in Covent Garden with her teenage son trying to find out the truth about her early years, and excerpts from the 1970’s when she was a young child.

With plenty of twists and turns I was gripped from the first to the last page. This epitomises an enjoyable read!

The Truth About Melody Browne Amazon UK

Click on the covers to see my reviews of three of Lisa Jewell’s previous books

Before I Met YouThe House We Grew Up InThe Making of Us

Lisa Jewell Novels
• The House We Grew Up In (2013)
• Before I Met You (2012)
• The Making Of Us (2011
• After The Party (2010)
• The Truth About Melody Browne (2009)
• 31 Dream Street (2007)
• Vince and Joy (2005
• A Friend of the Family (2004)
• One Hit Wonder (2001)
• Thirtynothing (2000)
• Ralph’s Party (1999)

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Friday Finds (December 6)

Friday Finds Hosted by Should be Reading

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

Number one find this week is the winner of Fiction Fan’s Crime/Thriller award since I’ve either read or have on my TBR every one of the honourable mentions!
Laidlaw by William McIlvanney this is the first part of a trilogy and at £1.37 on kindle it has beamed its way onto my collection.



An extraordinary debut by a Scottish mystery writer, this cult classic of crime fiction presents Detective Jack Laidlaw, a policeman as complex and self-critical as you’ll ever meet. Laidlaw follows the trail of murder investigation deep into the underbelly of Glasgow, a world he knows the way Phillip Marlowe knew Los Angeles. Goodreads

and as that doesn’t actually tell you anything I suggest you read Fiction Fan’s Review
Laidlaw Amazon UK

Next up is Nearest Thing to Crazy by Elizabeth Forbes

Nearest Thing to Crazy


Dan and a group of his friends enjoy Sunday lunch together on a perfect summer’s day. They’re pleased to welcome their glamorous new neighbour and novelist, Ellie, who has rented a house in the village to work on her book. She likes to place herself in the centre of her plots, she says, although it’s hard to see what she’ll find to write about in this quiet backwater. As Ellie slots effortlessly into the village social scene, Dan’s wife begins to feel increasingly alienated from her friends and isolated from her family but, for the life of her, she can’t fathom out why …

Nearest Thing to Crazy Amazon UK

A fine sounding psychological thriller…

My lovely friend lent me The Truth About Melody Browne by Lisa Jewell

The Truth About Melody Browne

When she was nine years old, Melody Browne’s house burned down, taking every toy, every photograph, every item of clothing and old Christmas card with it. But not only did the fire destroy all her possessions, it took with it all her memories – Melody Browne can remember nothing before her ninth birthday. Now in her early thirties, Melody lives in a council flat in the middle of London with her seventeen-year-old son. She hasn’t seen her parents since she left home at fifteen, but Melody doesn’t mind, she’s better off on her own. She’s made a good life for herself and her son and she likes it that way. Until one night something extraordinary happens. Whilst attending a hypnotist show with her first date in years she faints – and when she comes round she starts to remember. At first her memories mean nothing to her but then slowly, day by day, she begins to piece together the real story of her childhood. Her journey takes her to the seaside town of Broadstairs, to oddly familiar houses in London backstreets and to meetings with strangers who love her like their own. But with every mystery she solves another one materialises, with every question she answers another appears. And Melody begins to wonder if she’ll ever know the truth about her past…Amazon

The Truth About Melody Brown Amazon UK
I love Lisa Jewell’s books, she really has the art of how to tell a story so this should be a good read.

For a lovely tomboy I have selected a book I haven’t read The Cursed Sword by Rosalind Kerven

The Cursed Sword


The first in a new series of seven books featuring a wonderfully villainous character, Grim Gruesome – a mysterious, shape-shifting, child-hating trickster, the terror of the North Lands. Bjarni needs a sword so he can join a pirate ship and win some treasure, but he can’t afford one. Then Astrid’s mysterious long-lost uncle appears out of the blue and offers to lend him one; but the strange runes carved on it are a dangerous curse. When he uses it, he and Astrid plunge into a terrifying adventure. Includes vikings. Goodreads

The Cursed Sword Amazon UK

What have you found this week?