This Week in Books (December 20)


Hosted by Lipsy Lost and Found, my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I’m reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words.

Last book I finished reading


Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.

But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake—and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.


The book I’m currently reading


One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the north west of England, 26-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovoked attack known as the “Macleod Massacre.” Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation.

King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five witnesses and Arla herself, as he questions whether Arla’s responsibility for the massacre was a diminished as her legal team made out. As he unpicks the stories, he finds himself thrust into a world of deadly forbidden “games,” online trolls, and the mysterious Black-eyed Children, whose presence extends far beyond the delusions of a murderess.

What I’m reading next


A solitary tent is found to contain the body of a half-buried woman. She’s been stoned to death. There are lash marks across her back. One of her hands has been cut off.

Two years earlier internet reporter Henning Juul lost his son, Jonas, in a domestic fire. As he returns to work, physically and emotionally scarred, Henning struggles to escape this past and to be taken seriously again as a reporter – by his colleagues, his ex-wife and the police.

Told to cover the story of the woman in the tent, he finds an increasingly dangerous trail and, despite an early arrest, he is convinced that the story is more complex than the police think.


Have you read any of these? Would you like to? What’s on your list this week? Let me know! Happy reading! xx

  11 comments for “This Week in Books (December 20)

  1. December 20, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Happy reading 📖
    Good choice of books 📖
    My WWW post :

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  2. December 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I’m reading Hydra soon, I’m so excited for it! I also need to read books 1-3 in the Henning Juul series! What I really need is for you to stop distracting me on Twitter so I can put in some serious reading time!

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    • December 20, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Just finished the first Hydra story. It’s awesome! I’d apologise for the distraction but really, YOU distract ME! How am I suppose to ignore you if you won’t shut up? 🤣😂

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    • December 20, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      Are you on the tour for the fifth Juul book? I am and only read Cursed so figured I should catch up before I read the final one.

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      • December 20, 2017 at 4:29 pm

        I am and I’ve only read Cursed too so I’m thinking it’s a good idea to binge the first three 😂


  3. December 20, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Wonderful picks! I’m reading Hydra soon!

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  4. December 20, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    I’m starting Hydra soon as well, very excited for that one!

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  5. Jo
    December 20, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    I am so excited about Hydra! This looks like a fab week of books!


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