After the excess of last week, this week has been characterised by, if not total abstinence, then relative self-control.
The Existence of Pity by Jeannie Zokan (ebook, review copy courtesy of the author)
Growing up in a lush valley in the Andes Mountains, sixteen-year-old Josie Wales is mostly isolated from the turbulence brewing in 1976 Colombia. As the daughter of missionaries, Josie feels torn between their beliefs and the need to choose for herself. She soon begins to hide things from her parents, like her new boyfriend, her trips into the city, and her explorations into different religions. Josie eventually discovers her parents’ secrets are far more insidious. When she attempts to unravel the web of lies surrounding her family, each thread stretches to its breaking point. Josie tries to save her family, but what happens if they don’t want to be saved? The Existence of Pity is a story of flawed characters told with heart and depth against the beautiful backdrop of Colombia.
In Shadowland by Timothy Ashby (ebook, review copy courtesy of the author)
Teddy Roosevelt’s son Quentin was killed in WWI. So why is another man’s corpse in his grave? J. Edgar Hoover summons reluctant Special Agent Seth Armitage back to the Bureau to investigate the shocking revelation. Armitage must travel the world to probe the mystery, and quickly becomes targeted himself by powerful and ruthless forces on both sides of the Atlantic who are committed to keeping the scandal secret—at any cost. The line between enemy and ally blurs perilously as Seth becomes enmeshed with a WWI vet turned assassin with whom he shares a strange bond, a beautiful double agent with a personal agenda, and the political madmen building the Nazi party. The complex web reaches ever deeper, until Seth finds himself forced to make the terrifying choice to protect or destroy the soon-to-be Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler.
On What Cathy Read Next last week
On Friday I published my review of Sanctuary by T. M. Brown, just in time for the book launch of this debut novel.
On Monday, I published an excerpt from the historical mystery, The Virgin of the Wind Rose by Glen Craney and Tuesday saw me take part in the cover reveal for Widdershins by Helen Steadman. I’m really intrigued by the blurb of this novel and will be looking forward to reading it. On Wednesday, I wrote about this year’s shortlist for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. The prize is awarded on 17th June and I’ve set myself the objective of reading all the short-listed titles before then. I only have a head start on one of them – The Good People by Hannah Kent. If the rest are anything like that I’m in for a treat.
On Thursday I posted my next From Page to Screen review, this time comparing the book with the screen adaptation of A Monster Calls. (To save you looking, the book won!) On Friday, I published an excerpt from Letting Go by Maria Thompson Corley. Maria is also a gifted pianist and provided a sample of her own performance of music chosen to accompany the book. Finally, yesterday saw another excerpt, this time from Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman.
- Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge – 45 out of 78 books read (3 more than last week)
- Classics Club – 2 out of 50 books reviewed (same as last week)
- NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2017 – 20 ARCs reviewed out of 25 (same as last week)
- From Page to Screen – 6 book/film comparisons completed (1 more than last week)
On What Cathy Read Next this week
- Blog Tour: Faithless by Kjell Ola Dahl
- Blog Tour: Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey
- Review: Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves by Rachel Malik
Reviews to be added to NetGalley
- The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer
- These Dividing Walls by Fran Cooper
- Feast of Sorrow by Crystal King
How was your week in books? Page-turning bestseller or snooze-fest tome?