Hi all – welcome to what looks like is going to be a very rainy Sunday in my neck of the world. It’s not exactly what we wanted for the Victorian Fun Day we are going to today but we’ll head out anyway…it’s an excuse to wear my new pink wellies so I’m not complaining (too much!). And I suppose we have to get used to more rainy days now the seasons are getting ready to change *slight sigh*.
Plus, it’s been a pretty decent week up until now. Weather wise the sun has been shining and work wise I’ve been nowhere near as crazy busy. I’ve actually had proper time to spend with my family and do “me things”, including actually starting exercising again for the first time in a long time.
Blog wise I got my usual four posts up (I have decided this might be my magic number ). I wrote two reviews for what ended up being a mixed book bag for me this week. The first book The Highway by C. J. Box, a new to me author with a quite back catalogue I will now have to try and catch up on as I really enjoyed this book. It has a serial killer, a strong female lead, twists and turns and something I didn’t see coming that made the story stand out for me. Unfortunately it was followed by a book that just didn’t work for me – Girl Number One by Jane Holland. On paper this seems my type of book with an unsolved murder and a young woman at the heart of it – and at the heart of a string of other murders. I wanted to like it but it couldn’t get away with the characters.
Reading wise, I read The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson, which has been on my reading list forever and I really enjoyed.
On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage and his wife Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. But their game turns dark when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.”
From there, Ted and Lily’s twisted bond grows stronger as they plot Miranda’s demise, but soon these co-conspirators are embroiled in a game of cat-and-mouse–one they both cannot survive–with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.
I also read Why Did You Lie? by Yrsa Sigurdardottir which was clever and kept me guessing throughout.
A journalist on the track of an old case attempts suicide. An ordinary couple return from a house swap in the states to find their home in disarray and their guests seemingly missing. Four strangers struggle to find shelter on a windswept spike of rock in the middle of a raging sea. They have one thing in common: they all lied. And someone is determined to punish them…
I only picked up one book (because my pile of library books is still threatening to fall over), a review copy of Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. I love her books and am excited to start this one.
Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.
And that’s it for my reading week. Like last week, I thought I would finish this post with a song. I watched Pitch Perfect this week and this song was in it, reminding me of a version I had listened to non-stop a few years ago and thought I would share.
Enjoy and let me know how your week went and what you read.
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.