This Week In Books (June 2)

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, Vincent King became a killer.

Now, he’s been released from prison and is back in his hometown of Cape Haven, California. Not everyone is pleased to see him. Like Star Radley, his ex-girlfriend, and sister of the girl he killed.

Duchess Radley, Star’s thirteen-year-old daughter, is part-carer, part-protector to her younger brother, Robin – and to her deeply troubled mother. But in trying to protect Star, Duchess inadvertently sets off a chain of events that will have tragic consequences not only for her family, but also the whole town.

Murder, revenge, retribution.
How far can we run from the past when the past seems doomed to repeat itself?

[I can never put into words how much I love Chris Whitaker’s books but each and every one of them is just fabulous and you can expect to see We Begin At The End among my favourite books of the year in December.]


When crusading journalist Lydia Wright is sent a video of an apparent murder on a London train, she thinks she’s found the story to revive her career. But she can’t find a victim, much less the killers, and the only witness has disappeared. Wary she’s fallen for fake news, she begins to doubt her instincts—until a sinister call suggests that she’s not the only one interested in the crime.

Michael Stringer deals in information—and doesn’t care on which side of the law he finds himself. But the murder on the train has left him exposed, and now he’ll stop at nothing to discover what Lydia knows. When their paths collide, Lydia finds the story leads through a nightmare world, where money, power and politics intersect, and information is the only thing more dangerous than a bullet.

[My review for this one will be up in a few weeks for the blog tour.]


Mathew Hillock was the last person to see eleven-year-old Jodie Willis alive. When her dead body turns up four days later in his garden shed, the police think he’s guilty of her murder. So do most people in the town. But there’s no DNA evidence to link him to the crime. Battling the weight of public opinion and mental illness due to a childhood head trauma, he sinks into a deep depression. 

Can Mathew do what the police failed to do and find evidence linking the real killer to the crime?

[Another blog tour book that almost slipped the net. I really need to find my focus and attention span.]

What are you reading this week? Do let me know! If you’re joining in with these posts, feel free to drop your links in the comments too and I’ll come check them out. Happy reading! xx

  16 comments for “This Week In Books (June 2)

  1. June 3, 2020 at 10:58 am

    I keep hearing good things about We Begin At The End. I’ll definitely be adding this to my TBR pile!

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 3, 2020 at 1:16 pm

      It seems to be a big hit all over, indeed. Hope you love it as much as I did when you get around to reading it!


  2. June 3, 2020 at 11:15 am

    Nice blog

    Liked by 1 person

  3. June 3, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    What did you think about We Begin At The End? I have the audio waiting.


    • June 3, 2020 at 1:15 pm

      Absolutely loved it! Fantastic cast of characters, a murder mystery to solve and that amazingly atmospheric and claustrophobic small town vibe that Whitaker does so well. Couldn’t recommend it more.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. June 3, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    We Begin at the End is stunning, isn’t it? I read it a couple of weeks ago and I still keep thinking about it. I adore Chris Whitaker’s writing.

    Here’s my post:

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 7, 2020 at 11:39 am

      It is absolutely brilliant and yes, I adore his writing too. He’s really set himself apart from the crowd.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. June 3, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    Wow so much praise for We Begin at the End I really must bump it up the list!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. June 3, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    I too am taking part in the blog tour for “Blood Red City” and will be interested in reading your review. How are you finding it so far?

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 7, 2020 at 11:40 am

      I enjoyed it but for me personally, it probably would have worked better as a movie instead of a book. I’m not sure that makes sense.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Yvo
    June 4, 2020 at 1:30 am

    I definitely can’t wait to read We Begin At The End now! xx

    Liked by 1 person

  8. June 7, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    I know what you mean. Thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

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