My Week In Reviews: 30th January 2022

Happy Sunday and welcome to another weekly update where I share a little about what’s happened to me this week and the books I’ve reviewed.

I reviewed three books this week, two of which I really enjoyed. First up was The Winter Guest by W. C. Ryan. Set in Northern Ireland at the end of World War I and the start of The Troubles, this was a clever mix of old fashioned who dunit, ghost story, and history lesson. I really enjoyed, though I feel like I should have read it at Halloween.

Next up was Girl A by Abigail Dean, which I didn’t initially want to read because I’d read too much about it last year. I am glad I did though because, despite the dark subject matter, this was a really great read and an amazing debut.

Unfortunately, my final book of the week wasn’t as big a hit for me. The Birthday Party by Wendy Dranfield had a good story at its core but was bogged down by sub-plots and the need to take one too many leaps of faith.

I also shared a list of new to me authors from last year, who I hope to read more of this year (plus one I probably won’t).

Life wise, we went for a very windy walk and marked off another small bit of the Cleveland Way, which we started to walk during lockdown. It was also a short walk as we went the wrong way!

With Storm Malik meaning a risk of 80 mph gusts, I think we’ll skip our walk this week and stay in and bake instead. And that’s it for this week. How has your week – reading and otherwise?

Emma x

Joining in with the Sunday Post and Kimberly, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer


    • No, and I think I am getting to the point where I am not willing to give crime fiction as much of a pass as I once did. There is so much good writing out there.


  1. I love the look of The Winter Guest – and what a beautiful cover! Your walk was fabulous – what stupendous views! Though it certainly isn’t the place to be if it’s blowing a hoolie! I think you’ll enjoy The Keeper of Lost Things, Emma – it is an unusual book that has stayed with me. Have a lovely week and here’s hoping the weather improves for another walk:).


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