This Week in Books (March 18)

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.


Seven-year-old Jocelyn loves her nanny more than her own mother.
When her nanny disappears one night, Jo never gets over the loss.
How could she vanish without saying goodbye?

Thirty years on, Jo is forced to return to her family home and confront her troubled relationship with her mother. When human remains are discovered in the grounds of the house, Jo begins to question everything.

Then an unexpected visitor knocks at the door and Jo’s world is destroyed again as, one by one, she discovers her childhood memories aren’t what they seemed.

What secrets was her nanny hiding – and what was she running away from? And can Jo trust what her mother tells her?

Sometimes the truth hurts so much you’d rather hear the lie.


A series of unsolved murders with one thing in common: each of the deaths bears an eerie resemblance to the crimes depicted in classic mystery novels.

The deaths lead FBI Agent Gwen Mulvey to mystery bookshop Old Devils. Owner Malcolm Kershaw had once posted online an article titled ‘My Eight Favourite Murders,’ and there seems to be a deadly link between the deaths and his list – which includes Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History.

Can the killer be stopped before all eight of these perfect murders have been re-enacted?


A year ago today, we all gathered for Lucas’s wedding at his glorious Cornish home overlooking the sea.

But no one was married that day.

Now Lucas has invited us back to celebrate the anniversary. But the anniversary of what? The wedding that never happened, or the tragedy that occurred just hours before the ceremony was due to begin?

He’s told us that tonight he has planned a game. We have our costumes, we have our parts, and everyone must play. The game, he tells us, is about to begin.

What does Lucas want from us? What are we not being told? And what’s going to happen when this terrible game is over?

It’s a good thing we’ve been stocking up on books. We can sure use them now! Anything here you’ve read or would like to? What’s on your reading schedule this week? Do let me know. Happy reading! xx

  10 comments for “This Week in Books (March 18)

  1. March 18, 2020 at 10:36 am

    I’m loving the Perfect wife by JP Delaney on audio at the moment and bout Perfect Rules for Murder yesterday after reading Janel’s review on Insta.

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  2. Jo
    March 18, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    I’ve recently finished The Murder Game – I really enjoyed it. I’m currently reading Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay x

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    • March 25, 2020 at 10:29 am

      Still haven’t started The Murder Game. I’m on the blog tour in a few weeks. Should probably get a move on. I did really enjoy Linwood’s book when I read it. Hope you are too!

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  3. Yvo
    March 18, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Basically I want to read all three haha. The Murder Game will be soon for sure as I signed up for the blog tour, and I will be scheduling a meeting with Mr. Swanson very soon too. 😉 Happy reading! xx

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  4. March 22, 2020 at 7:26 am

    It took me all bloody week to get through The Mercies, bloody corona situation 🙄 Loved it though, I was just too tired and too anxious to stay focused for more than a chapter, definitely a case of it’s not the book, it’s me. I’m back with Juul now 😄

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    • March 25, 2020 at 10:30 am

      So glad to hear you loved The Mercies! And yay for Juul. Which one are you at now?

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      • March 25, 2020 at 8:53 pm

        I was planning on reading nos. 2 and 3 next month but somehow I’ve already read them and now I only have the Orenda ones left.


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