Stacking the shelves: 30th September, 2017

STSsmallOnce again, I’m joining in with Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews and Marlene of Reading Reality for Stacking Shelves, where you share the real and virtual books you have added to your shelves in the last week.

Last week, as a bit of an odd one where I kept starting books then finding it difficult to finish them.  I now have three books half-finished, which is so not like me, but no real desire to get to the fully-finished stage. I ended up in the library, my favourite place, looking for anything that might get me out of the reading rut.  I’m not sure if I’ve succeeded, but here’s what I picked up….First up I got Into the Water by Paula Hawkins because I loved The Girl on the Train and this has been on my to read list since it came out, I just haven’t gotten round to buying it.

Into the WaterIn the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.

But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.

And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .

Find on: Amazon UK / Amazon US / Goodreads

Then I picked up a book I know nothing about but loved the cover and title of…

What Alice KnewAlice has a perfect life – a great job, happy kids, a wonderful husband. Until he goes missing one night; she receives a suspicious phone call; things don’t quite add up.

Alice needs to know what’s going on. But when she uncovers the truth she faces a brutal choice. And how can she be sure it is the truth?

Sometimes it’s better not to know.

Find on: Amazon UK / Amazon US / Goodreads

And then, finally, I picked up a short story by a favourite author, M J Arlidge, and about a favourite character, Detective Erika Foster.  This, if nothing else, should spark my reading surely?

Running Blind

Fresh out of Police College, 18-year-old WPC Helen Grace is the first to arrive on the scene of a fatal collision. Her colleagues see nothing amiss, convinced that the young man’s death was a tragic accident. But Helen is not so sure.

Who is their mystery victim? Why would he risk life and limb running across a busy highway? And what might he have been running from?

There’s a dark secret lurking amid the quiet fields of Hampshire, one that Helen is determined to uncover.

In this ebook novella, rookie Helen Grace discovers what it’s like to be a woman in a man’s world, facing impossible odds as she races against time to save vulnerable lives.

Find on: Amazon UK / Amazon US / Goodreads

And that’s it for this week.  What about you? What did you stack the shelves with?

Emma x


  1. Every time I see the cover for Into the Water, I want to read it so badly, and I haven’t read The Girl on the Train yet, so I don’t even know if I’d enjoy Paula Hawkins style. It’s just such an amazing cover.

    I hope you enjoy these books and at least one of them is able to pull you out of your reading rut. Have a great weekend. – Katie

    1. It is a great cover isn’t it? I have heard they are very different books so I don’t think you need to read one before the other.

  2. I enjoyed Into the Water, and I know some didn’t, but that’s okay. What Alice Knew is one I’ve been eyeing…and I have Eeny Meeny, by Arlidge; hope to read it soon.

    1. I remember some negative reviews but I figure it won’t be the girl on the train so I need to go in with an open mind. We’ll see if what Alice knew is as good as it sounds…

  3. Great haul! I still need to read The Girl on the Train, I’ve had the e-book for ages! I hope you’ll enjoy all the books you got! Happy reading!

    1. Thanks. I loved the girl on train so can definitely recommend it if it’s on the kindle!

  4. Paula Hawkins is a wonderful author. I am looking forward to reading Into The Water, and I hope you enjoy it.

    1. I did love The Girl on the Train so please, please let this be as good!

  5. These books look intense. I hope you love them!

    1. Me too!

    1. I hope it’s as good as The Girl on the Train x

  6. […] try and get me over the reading slump I went to the library and shared the books I picked up in my Stacking the shelves post.  Fingers crossed they […]

  7. I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read Girl on a Train and I really think I should… In the meantime I hope you enjoy the latest offering from Hawkins. I can see why you succumbed to What Alice Knew – what a fascinating premise. Hope you enjoy this latest additions!

    1. I out it off for forever because of the hype the. Wish I hadn’t as I really enjoyed it. I hope this latest is as good – I have heard it’s different so I’m excited about that.

  8. Ooh, I hate when I keep starting books like that and not feeling like finishing them. Hope you get out of that slump!

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