This Week in Books (January 2)

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.


Orphans Clara and Jacob Marley live by their wits, scavenging for scraps in the poorest alleyways of London, in the shadow of the workhouse. Every night, Jake promises his little sister ‘tomorrow will be better’ and when the chance to escape poverty comes their way, he seizes it despite the terrible price.

And so Jacob Marley is set on a path that leads to his infamous partnership with Ebenezer Scrooge. As Jacob builds a fortress of wealth to keep the world out, only Clara can warn him of the hideous fate that awaits him if he refuses to let love and kindness into his heart…

In Miss Marley, Vanessa Lafaye weaves a spellbinding Dickensian tale of ghosts, goodwill and hope – a perfect prequel to A Christmas Carol.


Holly and Roz spend most of their days together. They like the same jokes, loathe the same people and tell each other everything. 

So when single mum Holly gets a shot at her dream job after putting everything on hold to raise her daughter, she assumes her friend will be dying to pop the champagne with her.

But is she just imagining things, or is Roz not quite as happy for her as she should be?

As Holly starts to take a closer look at Roz’s life outside their friendship, she begins to discover a few things that don’t add up. Who is the woman who claims to be her ally? 

Perhaps it was a mistake to tell Roz all her secrets.

Because it takes two to forge a friendship. 

But it only takes one to wage a war . . .


There are two men on their way to Brussels from the UK: Neil Bannerman, an iconoclastic journalist for Scotland’s Daily Standard whose irate editor wants him out of the way, and Kale–a professional assassin.

Expecting to find only a difficult, dreary political investigation in Belgium, Bannerman has barely settled in when tragedy strikes. His host, a fellow journalist, along with a British Cabinet minister, are discovered dead in the minister’s elegant Brussels townhouse. It appears that they have shot each other. But the dead journalist’s young autistic daughter, Tania, was hidden in a closet during the killings, and when she draws a chilling picture of a third party–a man with no face–Bannerman suddenly finds himself a reluctant participant in a desperate murder investigation.

As the facts slowly begin to emerge under Bannerman’s scrutiny, he comes to suspect that the shootings may have a deep and foul link with the rotten politics that brought him to Brussels in the first place. And as Kale threatens to strike again, Bannerman begins to feel a change within himself. His jaded professionalism is transforming into a growing concern for the lonely and frightened Tania, and a strong attraction to a courageous woman named Sally–drawing him out of himself and into the very heart of a profound, cold-blooded, and infinitely dangerous conspiracy.

What’s on your reading list this week? Let me know! Happy reading! xx

  15 comments for “This Week in Books (January 2)

  1. January 2, 2019 at 11:57 am

    I’m reading Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables #3) by L.M. Montgomery and next I’ll reread Percy Jackson series.

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  2. January 2, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    I’m listening to Anne Of Green Gables read by Rachel McAdams.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. January 2, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    I love the covers of all of Jane Fallon’s books, they’re so pretty and make you hungry and thirsty! I hope it’s a good one. I have another one of her novels but same story as usual, I haven’t read it yet 🙂

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  4. January 2, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Looking forward to the new Peter May!

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 2, 2019 at 2:49 pm

      I’m curious. I’ve seen his name around quite a lot but have never read a book by him before. Oops.

      Liked by 1 person

      • January 2, 2019 at 2:58 pm

        I loved the Lewis trilogy (The Black House, The Lewis Man and The Chess Men) I’ve read a couple of standalones as well and enjoyed them too.

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  5. ChrissiReads
    January 2, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    I hope you enjoy your reading this week! 🙂 It looks like you could have some good ones here.

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 3, 2019 at 11:17 am

      So far, so good! Now to write reviews. Ugh 🙄


      • ChrissiReads
        January 3, 2019 at 12:23 pm

        Ugh, I know that feeling!

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Berit&V@Audio Killed the Bookmark
    January 3, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Happy 2019 my friend!📚🥂

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 3, 2019 at 11:16 am

      Happy 2019 to you too, my dear friend! Hope it’s all kinds of amazing for you and yours! 😘


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