This Week in Books (October 9)

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.


Edinburgh, 1850. Despite being at the forefront of modern medicine, hordes of patients are dying all across the city, with doctors finding their remedies powerless. But it is not just the deaths that dismay the esteemed Dr James Simpson – a whispering campaign seeks to blame him for the death of a patient in suspicious circumstances.

Simpson’s protégé Will Raven and former housemaid Sarah Fisher are determined to clear their patron’s name. But with Raven battling against the dark side of his own nature, and Sarah endeavouring to expand her own medical knowledge beyond what society deems acceptable for a woman, the pair struggle to understand the cause of the deaths.

Will and Sarah must unite and plunge into Edinburgh’s deadliest streets to clear Simpson’s name. But soon they discover that the true cause of these deaths has evaded suspicion purely because it is so unthinkable.


Deep in the woods of Maine, there is a dark state facility where kids, abducted from across the United States, are incarcerated. In the Institute they are subjected to a series of tests and procedures meant to combine their exceptional gifts – telepathy, telekinesis – for concentrated effect.

Luke Ellis is the latest recruit. He’s just a regular 12-year-old, except he’s not just smart, he’s super-smart. And he has another gift which the Institute wants to use…

Far away in a small town in South Carolina, former cop Tim Jamieson has taken a job working for the local Sherrif. He’s basically just walking the beat. But he’s about to take on the biggest case of his career.

Back in the Institute’s downtrodden playground and corridors where posters advertise ‘just another day in paradise’, Luke, his friend Kalisha and the other kids are in no doubt that they are prisoners, not guests. And there is no hope of escape.

But great events can turn on small hinges and Luke is about to team up with a new, even younger recruit, Avery Dixon, whose ability to read minds is off the scale. While the Institute may want to harness their powers for covert ends, the combined intelligence of Luke and Avery is beyond anything that even those who run the experiments – even the infamous Mrs Sigsby – suspect.


Carrie’s best friend has an accident and can no longer make the round-the-world trip they’d planned together, so Carrie decides to go it alone.

Violet is also travelling alone, after splitting up with her boyfriend in Thailand. She is also desperate for a ticket on the Trans-Siberian Express, but there is nothing available.

When the two women meet in a Beijing Hotel, Carrie makes the impulsive decision to invite Violet to take her best friend’s place.

Thrown together in a strange country, and the cramped cabin of the train, the women soon form a bond. But as the journey continues, through Mongolia and into Russia, things start to unravel – because one of these women is not who she claims to be…

My next read is subject to change because I’m once again finding myself in that mood where I read 20 pages of a book and put it back on the shelf, only to pick up another one. I’m just rolling with it.

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

  15 comments for “This Week in Books (October 9)

  1. October 9, 2019 at 10:03 am

    My reading is a like yours at the moment, nothing is really grabbing me, it’s disappointing.


  2. October 9, 2019 at 11:26 am

    I just started Faker by Sarah Smith.

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  3. October 9, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    I hope the Institue is good. I get like that sometimes and find I’ve started 10 books!

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 10, 2019 at 10:13 pm

      The Institute is really good! Maybe a bit of a dip towards the end but I really enjoyed it.

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  4. October 9, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    I love all three books! I’m listening to Psycho-Logical, it’s a really good non-fiction read. I’ve just finished Clear my Name, and I have no idea what I’ll read next! xxx

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    • October 10, 2019 at 10:13 pm

      What did you think of Clear My Name? I really liked it.


  5. October 9, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    I got approved for The Art of Dying on NetGalley and still haven’t got round to reading it.

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  6. October 9, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Violet sounds so good, I’m eagerly anticipating read it. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂 I’ve been on such a good run of reading lately and then the last couple of days nothing is grabbing my attention so I know how you feel. Hopefully the next book you pick up will be exactly what you’re in the mood to read.

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  7. Yvo
    October 9, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    I’m curious to see what you will make of The Institute! And I definitely need to get a copy of Violet as soon as possible as I love the sound of that one. Have a wonderful week and happy reading! xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 10, 2019 at 10:11 pm

      I finished The Institute earlier today and really enjoyed it. I haven’t read a King in ages and now feel like catching up 😂.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Yvo
        October 12, 2019 at 2:19 pm

        That’s good to hear! Elevation was a total flop for me last year, so I’ve been hesitant to pick up his recent titles. xD


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