This Week in Books (June 10)

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.


Marin used to have it all. Married to the love of her life, she owns a chain of upscale hair salons, and Derek runs his own company. They’re admired in their community and are a loving family – until their world falls apart the day their son Sebastian is taken.

A year later, Marin is a shadow of herself. The FBI search has gone cold. The publicity has faded. She and her husband rarely speak. With her sanity ebbing, Marin hires a private investigator to pick up where the police left off.

But instead of finding Sebastian, she learns that Derek is having an affair with a much younger woman. This discovery sparks Marin back to life. She’s lost her son; she’s not about to lose her husband. Derek’s mistress is an enemy with a face, which means this is a problem Marin can fix. Permanently. 

[So, SO good! Definitely going on the books of the year list!]


Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods. 

A year later, the bestselling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity. It s a triumphant, inspiring story, except for one inconvenient detail: Nicole is still missing. Nicole’s older sister Livia, a fellow in forensic pathology, expects that one day soon Nicole’s body will be found, and it will be up to someone like Livia to analyze the evidence and finally determine her sister’s fate. Instead, the first clue to Nicole’s disappearance comes from another body that shows up in Livia’s morgue that of a young man connected to Nicole’s past. Livia reaches out to Megan for help, hoping to learn more about the night the two were taken. Other girls have gone missing too, and Livia is increasingly certain the cases are connected. 

But Megan knows more than she revealed in her blockbuster book. Flashes of memory are coming together, pointing to something darker and more monstrous than her chilling memoir describes. And the deeper she and Livia dig, the more they realize that sometimes true terror lies in finding exactly what you’ve been looking for.

[I’ve had this one collecting dust on my shelf for way too long so I’m excited to finally getting around to reading it.]


When a body is pulled out of an office fire, three women are first in line for questioning.
All of them have reasons for wanting revenge against the company’s CEO.

It could be Laura, who has returned to work to find that her maternity cover isn’t leaving. The CEO insists he’s doing what’s best for the company. Laura isn’t convinced he’s telling the truth.

Or there’s Mia. Brought in as temporary cover for Laura, she has quickly made herself indispensable – and popular with her colleagues. But if people knew why she was so desperate to keep her job, they might not welcome her so freely.

Then there’s Janie, wife to the CEO, who gave up her courtroom career to support her husband and his business. She has her own secret to protect – and will go to any length to keep it safe.

They never thought it would come to this.

[I love Heidi’s books and I can’t wait to get stuck into this one.]

Whatever the opposite of a reading slump is, I’m IN it! (Thanks Kelly 😂). I’ve been reading up a storm this week, flying through books and the “20 Books of Summer challenge” like a mad woman. The review writing is another thing (the struggle is real!) but I can’t have everything. It is what it is and I’ll just have to accept that they won’t be masterpieces 🤣

What have you been reading this week? Do let me know! Happy reading! xx

  20 comments for “This Week in Books (June 10)

  1. June 10, 2020 at 10:34 am

    I always seem to be on top of review writing or reading lots and lots – I never seem to find a balance 😀

    Great books! I would happily have all of those on my bookshelves.

    Happy reading!

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 17, 2020 at 10:25 am

      You and me both! My reading has been restored quite nicely but the reviewing is such a struggle!


  2. June 10, 2020 at 11:23 am

    I know what you mean about the review writing. That’s the aspect I’m struggling with most. Imminent blog tour deadlines helps with the inspiration I find!

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 17, 2020 at 10:26 am

      That’s true for me as well. The pressure of that deadline is like a kick to the bum!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. June 10, 2020 at 11:45 am

    So glad you’re out of the slump!!! 👏👏👏👏

    Liked by 1 person

  4. June 10, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    You’re welcome 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. June 10, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    I love Charlie Donlea’s books. My favorite so far was Don’t Believe It.

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 10, 2020 at 2:39 pm

      I’ve not read that one yet! I don’t even think I have it! 😅


  6. June 10, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    I hope you enjoy The Girl Who Was Taken, I love Charlie Donlea!!
    Ugh…I am with you on that reviewing issue!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. June 10, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Little Secrets sounds so good, I’m glad you’re enjoying it – I think I’m going to treat myself to this one. I’ve just accepted that my review writing skills are out the window at the moment and I’m just doing the best I can. Otherwise I get put off reading as I know I have to write a review at the end of it. Aargh!

    Here’s my post:

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 10, 2020 at 8:33 pm

      Yes, that’s exactly it. Doing the best I can and trying not too worry about it. I don’t want to fall back into that dreaded reading slump.

      Little Secrets was fantastic. I definitely recommend it!


  8. Jo
    June 10, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Little Secrets sounds amazing – can’t wait for your review! Happy reading x

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Yvo
    June 11, 2020 at 1:21 am

    I like the sound of all three of these… Glad to hear your reading mojo is working well! I think my reviewing mojo might be hanging out with yours somewhere though. xD xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 11, 2020 at 10:20 am

      Reviewing seems to be a struggle for many of us these last few months. I should probably have taken that into account when I signed up for a reading/reviewing challenge 😂

      Liked by 1 person

      • Yvo
        June 13, 2020 at 12:28 am

        There is no rule about how long each review has to be though… 😉

        Liked by 1 person

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