This Week, Next Week in Books: 26th July, 2015

Morning all. Hope you are having a good weekend? Mine has been lovely so far. Although I’m looking out the window at rain right now, yesterday the sun was shining and we went to one of my favourite places, Kenilworth Castle. Today, we’re meeting friends for lunch and a play date in the hope of tiring the kids out.

Book wise, this week I finished Hidden by Catherine McKenzie, which I loved, and Fallout by Sadie Jones which I also really enjoyed (I should be posting my review tomorrow). I’m now reading one of my favourite authors – though I’ve not been as keen on his last few books I must admit – Jo Nesbo’s Blood on Snow.


Olav lives the lonely life of a fixer.
When you ‘fix’ people for a living – terminally – it’s hard to get close to anyone.
Now he’s finally met the woman of his dreams.
But there are two problems.
She’s his boss’s wife.
And Olav’s just been hired to kill her.

This has gone to the top of my reading pile as it’s a seven day loan from the library and needs to go back tomorrow. Because, despite my determination last week to read what I had, I ended up in the library retuning books and found myself picking up more…

The Girls by Lisa Jewell


You live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbours for years and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really? Midsummer night: a thirteen-year-old girl is found unconscious in a dark corner of the garden square. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?

I also picked up The Children Act by Ian McKewan which I have wanted to read for ages.


Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court. She is fiercely intelligent, well respected, and deeply immersed in the nuances of her particular field of law. Often the outcome of a case seems simple from the outside, the course of action to ensure a child’s welfare obvious. But the law requires more rigor than mere pragmatism, and Fiona is expert in considering the sensitivities of culture and religion when handing down her verdicts.

But Fiona’s professional success belies domestic strife. Her husband, Jack, asks her to consider an open marriage and, after an argument, moves out of their house. His departure leaves her adrift, wondering whether it was not love she had lost so much as a modern form of respectability; whether it was not contempt and ostracism she really fears. She decides to throw herself into her work, especially a complex case involving a seventeen-year-old boy whose parents will not permit a lifesaving blood transfusion because it conflicts with their beliefs as Jehovah’s Witnesses. But Jack doesn’t leave her thoughts, and the pressure to resolve the case—as well as her crumbling marriage—tests Fiona in ways that will keep readers thoroughly enthralled until the last stunning page.

And that’s it for this week – what are you reading?


This week, I’m linking in with Kimberly at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and her Sunday Post. Head over to see what other bloggers have read, written about or just added to their shelves.

The Sunday Post


  1. Oh, I like the look of all of your books this week. I’ve actually only read one Jo Nesbo but they’re so popular!!!

    I’ve been meaning to read The Children Act for ages as well. Keen to hear what you think.


    • I don’t know why I didn’t read The Children Act last year. Nesbo I can’t resist and new characters will hopefully help with the slightly tired feeling I have with his Harry Hole character. Have a good week!


    • I did that thing where I started late – about four books in – then read them all. The last few were a bit too gory for me though so I’m hoping this isn’t quite so gruesome because he is a good writer.


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