Hi everyone – or maybe I should say Ciao! As I started an Italian course this week and really need to practice. I have always proved useless at languages but have always wanted to at least be able to order a glass of wine in at least one that wasn’t English so wish me luck and then keep your fingers crossed I can convince my husband that a weekend in Rome is a perfect way to test my new skills out. Other than that this has been a pretty slow week but I’m not complaining – in fact it was nice to not have a lot on. It also meant I managed to get plenty of blogging and reading done.
I posted two reviews this week. Deliver Her by Patricia Perry Donovan was a family drama / suspense (I am never sure how to categorise books where there isn’t murder) about an out of control but also missing teenager. The Last Lullaby by Carin Gerhardsen is definitely crime fiction and a great one. Set in Stockholm, the police are on the hunt for a brutal killer and one of their own detectives who is missing. I would recommend both books, though they are both very different. I also posted by monthly update for May and a book blogger hop on comments and commenting.
Book wise I finished The Girl In The Ice (see my Tuesday Intro post) which I’d heard great things about and wasn’t disappointed by and also The Darkest Secret, which I can say the same about. Reviews for those should follow this week. I also have three new books on my shelves…
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?
When a wanted war criminal, masquerading as a healer, settles in a small west coast Irish village, the community are in thrall.
One woman, Fidelma McBride, falls under his spell and in this searing novel, Edna O’Brien charts the consequence of that fatal attraction.
This is a story about love, the artifice of evil and the terrible necessity of accountability in our shattered, damaged world.
The icing on the cake though is The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish, whose book The Sudden Departure of the Frasers was one of my favourites of last year. To make it especially sweet though I won it – and I never win anything – so a big thank you to Linda at bookboodle for running the giveaway.
It’s summer, and for teachers Ed and Natalie Steele this means six weeks off work with their young daughter Molly. Their lives are predictable and uncomplicated — or at least they were until they meet the Faulkners.
Suddenly, glamorous Lara Channing, a former actress leading an eccentrically lavish lifestyle, is taking Natalie under her wing and the stability of summer takes an exciting turn.
But are there hidden motives behind this new friendship? And when the end-of-summer party at the lido is cut short by a blackout, Natalie realizes that she’s been kept in the dark all along.
And that’s about it for me. How about you – what have you read and how has your week gone?
This week, I’m linking in with Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and her Surnday 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.