This Week, Next Week: 17thApril, 2016

Happy Sunday everyone, hope you’re having a good week and weekend. Mine has been (surprise, surprise) busy thanks to work but – there – I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. No more travelling for a while after Tuesday and I can’t wait!  On the home front, I spent most of yesterday tidying and putting together new furniture. I now have an almost fully functioning home office for the first time since moving. More importantly we are getting a home visit to adopt a kitten. It sounds silly but I was thinking cat health and safety the whole time.

Blog wise, I posted four times this week but only one book review – The Gingerbread House by Carin Gerhardsen – which I really enjoyed. I also wrote about my inspiration for blogging (here) and my sign up post for next week’s Spring into Horror, which I’m really looking forward to as I haven’t done a read-a-thon in a while.

Book wise, I finished The Never-Open Desert Diner from Tuesday’s Intro post and was lucky enough to get sent Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner.


Edith Hind, the beautiful, earnest Cambridge post-grad living on the outskirts of the city has left nothing behind but a streak of blood and her coat hanging up for her boyfriend, Will, to find. The news spreads fast: to her parents, prestigious doctor Sir Ian and Lady Hind, and straight on to the police. And then the hours start to dissolve and reality sets in.

Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw soothes her insomnia with the din of the police radio she keeps by her bed. After another bad date, it takes the crackling voices to lull her to sleep. But one night she hears something. Something deserving of her attention. A girl is missing. For Manon the hunt for Edith Hind might be the career-defining case she has been waiting for. For the family this is the beginning of their nightmare.

As Manon sinks her teeth into the investigation and lines up those closest to Edith she starts to feel out the kinks in their stories and catch the eyes that won’t meet hers. But when disturbing facts come to light, the stakes jolt up and Manon has to manage the wave of terror that erupts from the family.

I also picked up Deliver Her by Patricia Perry Donovan.


On the night of Alex Carmody’s sixteenth birthday, she and her best friend, Cass, are victims of a terrible car accident. Alex survives; Cass doesn’t. Consumed by grief, Alex starts cutting school and partying, growing increasingly detached. The future she’d planned with her friend is now meaningless to her.

Meg Carmody is heartbroken for her daughter, even as she’s desperate to get Alex’s life back on track. The Birches, a boarding school in New Hampshire, promises to do just that, yet Alex refuses to go. But when Meg finds a bag of pills hidden in the house, she makes a fateful call to a transporter whose company specializes in shuttling troubled teens to places like The Birches, under strict supervision. Meg knows Alex will feel betrayed—as will her estranged husband, who knows nothing of Meg’s plans for their daughter.

When the transport goes wrong—and Alex goes missing—Meg must face the consequences of her decision and her deception. But the hunt for Alex reveals that Meg is not the only one keeping secrets.

Other than that I avoided book shops, libraries and amazon as the list of books I want / need to read imminently is at risk of tippling and I’m feeling overwhelmed. What about you? How has your week, reading and otherwise, been?


This week, I’m linking in with Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and her Sunday Post and with (a little early) Katherine at Book Date for It’s Monday, What Are you Reading? Head over to see what other bloggers have read, written about or just added to their shelves.

The Sunday Post


  1. It does sound like you’ve been busy Emma, but great there’s light at the end of the tunnel! Hope things quieten down a little for you.

    The Gingerbread House sounds kinda interesting so I’ll check out that review!


  2. Congrats on the home office, and the kitten if you go forward. Sounds fun. 🙂 Deliver Her looks like a good read, sounds maybe a little suspenseful or tense.


  3. Know the feeling of those books that need to be read yesterday! Why do we do it, oh yes we love books and reading! So you are getting a kitten? Oh that will be fun but disruptive, look forward to the update!


    • I just can’t resist the library. It’s too close and too easy to wander around. I hope we get the kitten. You have to apply and get approved. Not easy apparently when you have a child under ten but fingers crossed they say yes!


  4. Yay for seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Enjoy your home office. I am sitting at one of those built in kitchen to the family room. Ugh. Enjoy the week ahead 🙂


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