This Week in Books (April 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.


The first time Jemma and Matt were invited to Polskirrin – the imposing ocean-view home belonging to Matt’s childhood friend Lucas Jarrett – it was for an intimate wedding that ended in tragedy. Jemma will never forget the sight of the girl’s pale body floating listlessly towards the rocky shore.

Now, exactly one year later, Jemma and her husband have reluctantly returned at Lucas’s request to honor the anniversary of an event they would do anything to forget.

But what Lucas has in store for his guests is nothing like a candlelight vigil. Someone who was there that night remembers more than they’ll admit to, and Lucas has devised a little game to make them tell the truth.

Jemma believes she and Matt know nothing about what happened to that woman… but what if she’s wrong? Before you play a deadly game, make sure you can pay the price…

[I flew through this one and that hasn’t happened in a while!]


Rose Gold Watts believed she was sick for eighteen years. She thought she needed the feeding tube, the surgeries, the wheelchair . . .

Turns out her mum, Patty, is a really good liar.

After five years in prison Patty Watts is finally free. All she wants is to put old grievances behind her, reconcile with her daughter and care for her new infant grandson. When Rose Gold agrees to have Patty move in, it seems their relationship is truly on the mend.

But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty won’t rest until she has her daughter back under her thumb. Which is a smidge inconvenient because Rose Gold wants to be free of Patty. Forever.

Only one Watts will get what she wants.

Will it be Patty or Rose Gold.

Mother, or daughter?

[Close to finishing this one but so far, I must say I’m a bit disappointed.]


England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey’s clerk, and later his successor.

Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

[I have no doubt you will see this one pop up again for quite a few weeks to come. I’m enjoying it but it’s very, very slow going.]


Fran hates Ash Mountain, and she thought she’d escaped. But her father is ill, and needs care. Her relationship is over, and she hates her dead-end job in the city, anyway.

She returns to her hometown to nurse her dying father, her distant teenage daughter in tow for the weekends. There, in the sleepy town of Ash Mountain, childhood memories prick at her fragile self-esteem, she falls in love for the first time, and her demanding dad tests her patience, all in the unbearable heat of an Australian summer.

As old friendships and rivalries are renewed, and new ones forged, Fran’s tumultuous home life is the least of her worries, when old crimes rear their heads and a devastating bushfire ravages the town and all of its inhabitants…

What are you reading this week? Which books have been able to hold your attention and distract you? Do let me know! Happy reading! xx

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

  1. April 8, 2020 at 10:39 am

    I’m a bit disappointed that you’re a bit disappointed in Rose Gold, I had high expectations for that one. I loved Ash Mountain, Fran is brilliant.

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    • April 8, 2020 at 10:54 am

      My buddy reader had high expectations as well and she’s disappointed too so at least I know it’s the book and not me. 😂


      • April 16, 2020 at 4:05 am

        Sorry, Rose Gold didn’t work out for you and your buddy. I thought it was a pretty good read. Ah well, we all have our different likes/dislikes of course. I’m hoping to check out Ash Mountain soon.

        Hope you have some great reads ahead! Stay well 🙂

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        • April 16, 2020 at 10:29 am

          It happens. We can’t like everything, I guess. Hope you’re well and staying safe, Dee! xx

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  2. April 8, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Nice books!


  3. April 8, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    Ooh love those picks! I’m going to read The Sensitivity Code later today, and try to make another dent in my TBR by choosing randomly! x

    Liked by 1 person

  4. April 8, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    I tried Wolf Hall a while back and although i liked the audiobook narrator I put it aside and haven’t gone back to it. :/

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 15, 2020 at 10:46 am

      I’m slowly, very slowly, making progress but it’s a challenge. I don’t often understand what’s going on and I think it’s a good thing I know the actual history or I’d be completely lost.

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  5. April 8, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    The Twin by Natasha Preston. One twin is so evil. I just want to finish this book as fast as I can to get away from her.

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  6. Jo
    April 8, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    The Murder Game is one that you race through, isn’t it?

    Glad you’re enjoying Wolf Hall, I started it a while a go, but didn’t get very far…

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 15, 2020 at 10:47 am

      It really is! I still need to write my review. For tomorrow. Why won’t the words come, Jo?! 😭😂

      I’m almost halfway through Wolf Hall but it hasn’t been easy going.

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      • Jo
        April 15, 2020 at 8:39 pm

        😀 I know the feeling! It’s taking me much longer to write anything close to a decent review at the moment…

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  7. April 8, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    I really must pick up the first Wolf Hall, Ive had it on my bookcase for sooo long. Hope you are well xx

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  8. Yvo
    April 10, 2020 at 3:57 am

    Oh your comment makes me look forward to The Murder Games even more! And I’m hoping to read Ash Mountain some time soon as well. xx

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