This Week in Books (June 26)

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.


Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.


Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir is sent to the isolated island of Elliðaey to investigate and soon finds haunting similarities with a previous case – a young woman found murdered ten years ago in the equally desolate Westfjords. 

Is there a patient killer stalking these barren outposts? 

As Hulda navigates a sinister game constructed of smoke and mirrors she is convinced that no one is telling the truth, including those closest to her. 

But who will crack first? And what secrets is the island hiding?


‘We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song and when one came back, she wasn’t the one we were trying to recall to begin with.’

So begins Tikka Molloy’s recounting of the summer of 1992 – the summer the Van Apfel sisters, Hannah, the beautiful Cordelia and Ruth – disappear.

Eleven and one-sixth years old, Tikka is the precocious narrator of this fabulously endearing coming-of-age story, set in an eerie Australian river valley suburb with an unexplained stench. The Van Apfel girls vanish from the valley during the school’s ‘Showstopper’ concert, held at the outdoor amphitheatre by the river. While the search for the sisters unites the small community on Sydney’s urban fringe, the mystery of their disappearance remains unsolved forever.

My next read may still change. I’m in a mood. 😂

What are you reading this week? Let me know! Happy reading! xx

  16 comments for “This Week in Books (June 26)

  1. June 26, 2019 at 9:05 am

    I have all these on my TBR so I’ll be interested to hear your feedback.

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    • June 26, 2019 at 10:24 am

      Well, I can already tell you that I absolutely loved Evelyn Hugo.


  2. June 26, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Looking forward to your thoughts on Evelyn Hugo!

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  3. June 26, 2019 at 11:37 am

    I must get round to Evelyn Hugo (or Daisy Jones for that matter). I feel like I will enjoy them.

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 26, 2019 at 6:49 pm

      I think you would! I am hoping to squeeze Daisy in this summer but then I’ve been saying the same thing about Eleanor Oliphant for the last three years so who knows 😅

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  4. June 26, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Well now look at that – we have both finally read Evelyn Hugo! Glad you loved it too!
    I am really looking forward to her newest Daisy Jones…

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    • June 26, 2019 at 6:47 pm

      I didn’t realise it was two years old already when I prepped my blog post. So yes, finally! 😄

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  5. June 26, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone is such a brilliant read, I hope you love it as much as I did. I’ll look forward to reading your thoughts on Evelyn Hugo – I recently read Daisy Jones and now I can’t wait to read about Evelyn too. Happy reading 🙂
    Here’s my post:

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    • July 3, 2019 at 9:41 am

      Ah, it ended up back on my shelf so I still haven’t read it. It’s not the book, I’m sure. It’s totally me!


  6. June 26, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Yay for Ragnar! I tried to listen to the audiobook and failed xD I need a physical copy!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. June 26, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    I loved Evelyn Hugo and The Island! Enjoy!

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  8. Yvo
    June 26, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Yay you read Evelyn Hugo! I’m also can’t wait to get a copy of The Island as I loved the first book. Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

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