It’s Monday, it’s raining but I don’t care because I’m on holiday and I had a stellar book week last week. (So much so that I’ll save the books I bought for next week). I’ve been getting quite a lot read, which is lovely! All the books I received look so good, I don’t know where to start!
The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey was a prize from Books on the Rail and Allen & Unwin. Books on the Rail invites you to leave your book (once read, of course!) on public transport for someone else to discover. I’m looking forward to doing that! The Dark Lake has also been getting a lot of good reviews as Gemma, a detective, investigates a murder where the victim has been left in a lake with roses. Gemma neglects to mention that she knows the victim and she’s got quite a few other secrets that are threatening to surface…
Both The Seagull by Ann Cleaves (out end of August) and The Reason You’re Alive by Matthew Quick (out later this week) were from Pan Macmillan. The Seagull is a Vera Stanhope novel, as Vera comes face to face with an old police enemy who is now in gaol. He has information for Vera on a cold case which brings memories and prejudices to the fore… The Reason You’re Alive finds David Granger wanting to find closure after emergency surgery – he must return something he stole from a soldier during the Vietnam War. He also needs to patch up his relationships with family to move forward.
Beautiful Messy Love by Tess Woods (out today!) arrived in beautiful packaging with a note from the author – thanks Tess and Harper Collins! It’s about two very different people – injured footballer Nick and Anna, a waitress. But a relationship between them would risk so much with family and career. Nick’s sister Lily is a student, who falls for Toby, still grieving after his wife’s death. It starts out passionately, but becomes very dependent…can either couple get their beautiful, messy love?
Tin Man by Sarah Winman (released August) has had so much great press from overseas I just had to beg Hachette for it! It involves Ellis and Michael, a painting won in a raffle and Annie, who walks into their lives after they’ve grown up. Does this change anything? Or nothing?
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig and The Zoo by Christopher Wilson (both out Wednesday) were from Allen & Unwin. How to Stop Time is about Tom Hazard, a 41 year old history teacher…or not. He’s actually been alive for centuries, so who better to tell history? But all Tom wants is an ordinary life. He just can’t fall in love… The Zoo is where Yuri lives. His body and mind are broken after an accident, but not his spirit. Yuri’s father says he asks too many questions, and when they are dragged off in the middle of the night, Yuri knows he’s in trouble. Big trouble.
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent (released late August) was a Dymocks Booklover prize. There is a lot of buzz around this book about Turtle, who knows a lot of things other 14 year old girls don’t. She’s different to the others at school and making a friend (as long as her father doesn’t find out) could be the bravest thing she’s ever done…
Good Friday by Lynda La Plante (released September) was a prize from Allen & Unwin and Goodreads. This is set in the late 1970s as the IRA are bombing Britain. DC Jane Tennison is caught in the thick of it in a Tube station explosion. She saw the bomber and just before the Met Police’s Easter dinner dance, she has a flashback. Can she convince others of her instinct?
If you want to look at other books received this week across the globe, do visit the Mailbox Monday blog for links to everyone’s mailbox goodies.
It’s Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Book Date. Click on the pictures to read more about the books.
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What I’m Reading at the Moment:
Not sure…the beauty of holidays J