My Week in Books – 21st April ‘19


New arrivals

Cultivating a FujiCultivating a Fuji by Miriam Drori (ebook, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources)

Convinced that his imperfect, solitary existence is the best it will ever be, Martin unexpectedly finds himself being sent to represent his company in Japan. His colleagues think it’s a joke; his bosses are certain he will fail. What does Martin think? He simply does what he’s told. That’s how he’s survived up to now – by hiding his feelings.

Amazingly, in the land of strange rituals, sweet and juicy apples, and too much saké, Martin flourishes and achieves the impossible. But that’s only the beginning. Keeping up the momentum for change proves futile. So, too, is a return to what he had before. Is there a way forward, or should he put an end to the search now?

Gradually, as you’ll see when Martin looks back from near the end of his journey, life improves. There’s even a woman, Fiona, who brings her own baggage to the relationship, but brightens Martin’s days. And just when you think there can be no more surprises, another one pops up.

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Motive XMotive X by Stefan Ahnhem (hardcover, advance review copy courtesy of Head of Zeus)

He strikes at random. His motive unknown. No one is safe…

Helsingborg police must solve the unsolvable. A wave of apparently random homicides is sweeping through their idyllic seaside town. The murders have no pattern, no order, no reason. The perpetrator is immune to psychological profiling; forensically untraceable; utterly invulnerable to modern police techniques.

The body count is growing. But lead investigator Fabian Risk is distracted by his mission to expose a corrupt colleague, and his boss Astrid is spiralling back into addiction. As the hunt for the solution becoming ever more desperate, their tight-knit team begins to unravel…

Motive X is both an explosive, multi-layered thriller and a fearless exploration of the darkest side of human nature. To enter Stefan Ahnhem’s world, with its interwoven plotlines and sprawling cast of characters, is to put yourself in the hands of a master storyteller.

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On What Cathy Read Next last week

Blog posts

Monday – I shared an update on progress with one of my reading challenges for 2019, What’s In A Name?

Tuesday –This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic  was Rainy Day Reads and I chose to highlight some hidden gems that could do with more book love whatever the weather.

WednesdayWWW Wednesday is the opportunity to share what I’ve just read, what I’m currently reading and what I plan to read next…and have a good nose around to see what other bloggers are reading.   I also joined the blog tour for Pilgrim by Louise Hall, sharing my review.

Thursday – I published my review of Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps: A Life of John Buchan by Ursula Buchan, a new biography of the author by his granddaughter.

Friday – I shared my review of action-packed historical fiction novel The New Achilles by Christian Cameron as part of the blog tour.  I also published my list for the next Classics Club Spin.

Saturday – I published my introduction to this month’s Buchan of the Month, Midwinter by John Buchan.

As always, thanks to everyone who has liked, commented on or shared my blog posts on social media this week.

On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Event Review: Henley Literary Festival Pop-Up Event with Antony Beevor
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: Dark Sky Island by Lara Dearman
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: A Clean Canvas by Elizabeth Mundy
  • Top Ten Tuesday: (First Ten) Books I Reviewed
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech
  • Book Review: Where the Hornbeam Grows by Beth Lynch