My Week in Books – 24th October 2021

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On What Cathy Read Next last week

Blog posts

Monday – I shared my review of the atmospheric historical novel, The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Tuesday I published my review of the charming illustrated book, The Writer’s Cats by Muriel Barbery.

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 to have a good nose around what others are reading.

Thursday – I shared my publication day review of Oh William! by Eizabeth Strout. 

Friday – I published my review of historical mystery Black Drop by Leonora Nattrass.

Saturday – I revisited my review of The Gap in the Curtain by John Buchan to mark the forthcoming publication of a new edition of the book by Handheld Press. 

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


New arrivals

A quieter week, thank goodness, after last week’s frenzy of activity. 

The Lost Girl in ParisThe Lost Girl in Paris by Jina Bacarr (eARC, Boldwood)

1940, Nazi-occupied Paris. A powerful story of love, tragedy and incredible courage, about one woman whose life is ripped apart by war and risks everything to seek justice. Brand new from the bestselling author of The Resistance Girl.

As Nazis patrol the streets of the French capital, Tiena is alone, desperate and on the run. After defending herself against the force of an officer, she must find a new identity in order to survive. An accidental meeting with members of the Resistance gives her a lifeline, as she is offered the chance to reinvent herself as perfumer Angéline De Cadieux. However Angéline will never forget what happened to her, and will do everything she can to seek revenge. But vengeance can be a dangerous game, and Angeline can only hide her true identity for so long before her past catches up with her, with some devastating consequences…

Paris, 2003. When the opportunity arises for aspiring journalist Emma Keane to interview world renowned perfumer Madame De Cadieux about her life during World War Two, she is determined to take it. There are secrets from her own family history that she hopes Angéline may be able to help unlock. But nothing can prepare Emma for Angéline’s story, and one thing is for certain – it will change her own life forever…

The Marsh HouseThe Marsh House by Zoë Somerville (eARC, Apollo via NetGalley)

Part ghost story, part novel of suspense The Marsh House is the haunting second novel from the author of The Night of the Flood where two women, separated by decades, are drawn together by one, mysterious house on the North Norfolk coast.

December, 1962. Desperate to salvage something from a disastrous year, Malorie rents a remote house on the Norfolk coast for Christmas. But once there, the strained silence between her and her daughter, Franny, feels louder than ever. Digging for decorations in the attic, she comes across the notebooks of the teenaged Rosemary, who lived in the house years before. Though she knows she needs to focus on the present, Malorie finds herself inexorably drawn into the past…

July, 1930. Rosemary lives in the Marsh House with her austere father, surrounded by unspoken truths and rumours. So when the glamorous Lafferty family move to the village, she succumbs easily to their charm. Dazzled by the beautiful Hilda and her dashing brother, Franklin, Rosemary fails to see the danger that lurks beneath their bright façades…

As Malorie reads on, the boundaries between past and present begin to blur, in this haunting novel about family, obligation and deeply buried secrets.


On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Blog Tour/Book Review: Liberty Terrace by Madeleine D’Arcy
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: Born Of No Woman by Franck Bouysse
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: Sergeant Salinger by Jerome Charyn
  • Book Review: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  • NetGalley November Reading List 

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