My Week in Books – 20th May ’18


New arrivals  

SnapSnap by Belinda Bauer (review copy courtesy of Transworld)

On a stifling summer’s day, eleven-year-old Jack and his two sisters sit in their broken-down car, waiting for their mother to come back and rescue them. Jack’s in charge, she said. I won’t be long.

But she doesn’t come back. She never comes back. And life as the children know it is changed for ever.

Three years later, mum-to-be Catherine wakes to find a knife beside her bed, and a note that says: I could have killed you.

Meanwhile Jack is still in charge – of his sisters, of supporting them all, of making sure nobody knows they’re alone in the house, and – quite suddenly – of finding out the truth about what happened to his mother.

But the truth can be a dangerous thing . . .

BlacklandsBlacklands (Exmoor Trilogy #1) by Belinda Bauer (prize, courtesy of Transworld)

Twelve-year-old Steven Lamb digs holes on Exmoor, hoping to find a body. Every day after school, while his classmates swap football stickers, Steven goes digging to lay to rest the ghost of the uncle he never knew, who disappeared aged eleven and is assumed to have fallen victim to the notorious serial killer Arnold Avery.

Only Steven’s Nan is not convinced her son is dead. She still waits for him to come home, standing bitter guard at the front window while her family fragments around her. Steven is determined to heal the widening cracks between them before it’s too late. And if that means presenting his grandmother with the bones of her murdered son, he’ll do it.

So the boy takes the next logical step, carefully crafting a letter to Arnold Avery in prison. And there begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game between a desperate child and a bored serial killer…

On What Cathy Read Next last week

Blog posts

Tuesday – I took part in the blog tour for The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl, posting my review of this intriguing crime thriller set in Norway.

WednesdayWWW Wednesday is the opportunity to share what I’ve just finished reading, what I’m reading now and what I’ll be reading next.   I also participated in the blog tour for The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw, sharing my review of this quirky, fun read as well as my Q&A with Charlie which included some quick fire questions designed to appeal to those who’ve read the book.

Thursday –My Throwback Thursday book was The Biographies of Ordinary People, Volume 1 by Nicole Dieker.  I’m currently reading Volume 2 which is due to be published on 22nd May.  I was also thrilled to take part in the blog tour for The Dome Press’s latest release, Juliet & Romeo by David Hewson, sharing my review and a Q&A with the author.  Described as a ‘novel retelling’ of the story immortalised in Shakespeare’s play, I was lucky enough to be invited to the book launch and to meet David in person, along with other book bloggers and some of the lovely people at The Dome Press.

Friday – I featured a wonderful guest post from Katherine Stansfield, author of The Magpie Tree.  I’ve just finished reading The Magpie Tree, the second in the author’s Cornish Mysteries series (review coming soon).  Since I haven’t yet read the first in the series, Falling Creatures, the subject of the post, about whether sequels look forward or look back, was particularly relevant to me.

Sunday – I shared my review of The Cliff House by Amanda Jennings, a powerful story of obsession set in Cornwall.

Challenge updates

  • Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge – 76 out of 156 books read, 4 more than last week
  • Classics Club Challenge – 14 out of 50 books read, same as last week
  • NetGalley/Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2018 (Silver) – 25 ARCs read and reviewed out of 25, 2 more than last week
  • From Page to Screen– 10 book/film comparisons out of 15 completed, same as last week
  • 2018 TBR Pile Challenge – 5 out of 12 books read, same as last week
  • Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2018 – 37 books out of 50 read, 1 more than last week
  • When Are You Reading? Challenge 2018 – 7 out of 12 books read, same as last week
  • What’s In A Name Reading Challenge – 1 out of 6 books read, 1 more than last week
  • Buchan of the Month – 4 out of 12 books read, same as last week

On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Blog Tour/Review: I Will Find You by Daniela Sacerdoti
  • Book Review: Mr Peacock’s Possessions by Lydia Syson
  • Book Review: The Magpie Tree by Katherine Stansfield
  • Book Review: The Biographies of Ordinary People, Vol.2 by Nicole Dieker
  • Blog Tour/Review: That Summer in Puglia by Valeria Vescina
  • Buchan of the Month: A Lost Lady of Old Years by John Buchan
  • Book Review: The Last Day by Claire Dyer
  • Book Review: War Girl Ursula (War Girl #1) by Marion Kummerow

4 thoughts on “My Week in Books – 20th May ’18

  1. I see you got that final challenge up and running! Hurrah! I don’t know how you manage all of these, I have to say. I find it rather stressful, which I am sure is a bit odd coming from the person with the blog tour addiction 😄

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    1. Haha, I thought you’d be the one to spot that! I cheated (sort of) by replacing a book I’ve just read that fitted one of the categories for the book I’d originally put down that I haven’t read yet (and is way down my TBR pile). However, it feels good to get off the mark 😀

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