This Week in Books (April 15)

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.


Thirty years ago, a child was found in the woods. He had been living a feral existence, with no memory of how he got there or even who he is. Everyone just calls him Wilde.

Now another child has gone missing – Naomi Pine – who may be playing some sort of disappearing game. No one seems concerned about her whereabouts, not even her father.

No one – except criminal attorney Hester Crimstein, whose grandson knows Naomi is being bullied badly at school and is concerned for her safety. Hester is determined to find Naomi so she calls Wilde – now ex-military and an expert in security issues – and asks him to track her down.

But even Wilde can’t find Naomi. One day passes, then another, then a third.

Four days later a finger shows up in the mail.

And Wilde knows that what may have started as a game has now spiralled into something far, far darker…

[Slightly misleading title as the story is more about other things than the actual boy from the woods but I flew through it and really enjoyed it. Here’s hoping there will be some kind of follow-up.]


A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child.

Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life.

Is it a miracle?

Is it magic?

Or can it be explained by science?

[I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to read this. Beautiful and immersive writing. I’m loving this.]


Three brothers are at the funeral. One lies in the coffin.

Will, Brian and Luke grow up competing for their mother’s unequal love. As men, the competition continues – for status, money, fame, women …

They each betray each other, over and over, until one of them is dead.

But which brother killed him?

[So looking forward to this. I’ve been eagerly awaiting a new Liz Nugent book since finishing Skin Deep, which I absolutely loved so I have pretty high expectations for this one!]

As always, the book I’m reading next is subject to change. Not only is my reading all over the place and it looks as if my fickle mood is here to stay, but it’s also quite possible that my copy of Hamnet might finally arrive today and this girl has some tough decisions to make. Which could ultimately result in that same girl going off to do something entirely different because decision making is hard on the brain lately. 🤣

What have you been reading? Anything good? Nothing at all? Do let me know in the comments! If you’re reading, happy reading! If you’re not, I feel your pain but know that this too shall pass. 😘

  16 comments for “This Week in Books (April 15)

  1. Karen
    April 15, 2020 at 11:46 am

    I can’t believe you’ve waited so long to read Once Upon a River! Hope you love it as much as I did

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  2. April 15, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Ooh I was just thinking about Once Upon a River. I have it on audio but not sure I’m in the mood for it at the mo.

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  3. April 15, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    I loved Once Upon A River, glad you’re enjoying it 🙂 I agree, a follow up to The Boy in the Woods would be great 🤞🏼

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  4. April 15, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    So glad you’re loving Once Upon A River. I loved it too.

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  5. April 15, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Hmm it sounds like I need to give Once Upon a River a try 🙂

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  6. April 15, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Love everything on your list here💜

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Yvo
    April 18, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    I agree that The Boy In The Woods title is a little misleading! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed it too though. And I really need to find time to read Once Upon A River some time soon as well. xx

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