This Week in Books (January 8)

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.


Sixteen years ago, Kate Marshall was a rising star in the London Metropolitan police force. Young, ambitious and driven, with a talent for getting into the minds of criminals, she solved several high-profile murder cases.

But when Kate was tasked with tracking down a vicious serial killer, even her instinct and ability to immerse herself in violent worlds couldn’t help her find him – until he found her.

Now, years after her narrow escape, Kate lives a quiet life on the English coast, though her years with the police are still with her. And when one day she receives a letter from someone in her past, she is pulled back into the twisted mind of a murderer she knows only too well – and into a case only she can solve.


A teenage girl is found wandering the outskirts of Oxford, dazed and distressed. The story she tells is terrifying. Grabbed off the street, a plastic bag pulled over her face, then driven to an isolated location where she was subjected to what sounds like an assault. Yet she refuses to press charges.

DI Fawley investigates, but there’s little he can do without the girl’s co-operation. Is she hiding something, and if so, what? And why does Fawley keep getting the feeling he’s seen a case like this before?

And then another girl disappears, and Adam no longer has a choice: he has to face up to his past. Because unless he does, this victim may not be coming back.


The Dean Wilson Theatre is believed to be haunted by a long-dead actress, singing her last song, waiting for her final cue, looking for her killer…

Now Dust, the iconic musical, is returning after twenty years. But who will be brave enough to take on the role of ghostly goddess Esme Black, last played by Morgan Miller, who was murdered in her dressing room?

Theatre usher Chloe Dee is caught up in the spectacle. As the new actors arrive, including an unexpected face from her past, everything changes. Are the eerie sounds and sightings backstage real or just her imagination? Is someone playing games?

Is the role of Esme Black cursed? Could witchcraft be at the heart of the tragedy? And are dark deeds from Chloe’s past about to catch up with her?

Not all the drama takes place onstage. Sometimes murder, magic, obsession and the biggest of betrayals are real life. When you’re in the theatre shadows, you see everything.

And Chloe has been watching…

What are you reading this week? Let me know and let’s talk books! Happy reading! xx

  16 comments for “This Week in Books (January 8)

  1. January 8, 2020 at 11:21 am

    As usual, I want to read every one of these :-). I have I Am Dust waiting for me (first Beast though) and I have bought a Cara Hunter novel (the second one I think) in sales this week at 50% off :-).

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    • January 8, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      I read Beast first as well. It’s becoming somewhat of a tradition for Matt’s books to be the first book I read every year.

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      • January 8, 2020 at 10:38 pm

        Yes same for me, I read his other books always in the Christmas holidays but this year we crossed, I was at home and the books arrived at work so I’m running behind this year ☺️😄


  2. January 8, 2020 at 11:49 am

    Louise beech’s book is definitely on my radar 😁

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    • January 8, 2020 at 1:05 pm

      I’m hoping to get through this one without tissues for a change. 😂

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      • January 8, 2020 at 4:17 pm

        Probably better not to count on it 😉


  3. January 8, 2020 at 11:54 am

    We have to wait on the next Cara Hunter book. But I can’t wait for Nine Elms. I’m getting it on audio.

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    • January 8, 2020 at 1:06 pm

      I think you’ll enjoy Nine Elms. My review is coming on the blog tour next week. 🙂

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  4. January 8, 2020 at 11:59 am

    I ahve all three of these to read and am currently just starting Jo Spain’s Six Wicked Reasons…

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  5. January 8, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Welcome back and Happy New Year! I’m reading The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep which is great fun and The Cut Out Girl a WW2 nonfiction. Did you finish David Copperfield?

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    • January 8, 2020 at 1:07 pm

      I noticed Uriah Heep. I actually took a note of it to investigate further.

      I did not, surprise surprise, finish Copperfield. I’ve quite forgotten where I was too 😂 but I will continue it soon now that those pesky socialising weeks are over!

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  6. January 8, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    I love Cara Hunter and Louise Beech’s books, so I shall definitely read those. Can’t wait for All The Rage!


  7. January 8, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Brilliant books. So jealous you still have I Am Dust to read. It was fabulous.


  8. Yvo
    January 9, 2020 at 3:52 am

    I hope you enjoyed Nine Elms! 2020 will be the year I read Cara Hunter’s series and I definitely can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of I Am Dust! *totally not jealous right now* xD Have a wonderful week and happy reading! xx


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