This Week in Books (June 24)

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.


When seven-year-old Alyssa is kidnapped, Deputy Noah Harper decides he will do what it takes to find her – but that means crossing lines he can never come back from. 

Finding the girl safe isn’t enough to stop Noah from losing his job, his wife, and from being kicked out of Acacia Pines. He’s told if he ever returns, he’ll be put in jail and left there to rot.

Now, 12 years later, comes a phone call. 

Alyssa is missing again and her father wants him to honour the promise he made to her all those years earlier – that he would never let anything bad happen to her again.

To find her, Noah is going to have to head back to the pines, and come face to face with the past… 

[So, so good!]


Meet the Skelfs: well-known Edinburgh family, proprietors of a long-established funeral-home business, and private investigators. When patriarch Jim dies, it’s left to his wife Dorothy, daughter Jenny and granddaughter Hannah to take charge of both businesses, kicking off an unexpected series of events.

Dorothy discovers mysterious payments to another woman, suggesting that Jim wasn’t the husband she thought he was. Hannah’s best friend Mel has vanished from university, and the simple adultery case that Jenny takes on leads to something stranger and far darker than any of them could have imagined.

As the women struggle to come to terms with their grief, and the demands of the business threaten to overwhelm them, secrets from the past emerge, which change everything.

[Didn’t get very far yet so I don’t really have anything to say about it.]


The summer burns with secrets…

It is too hot to sleep. To work. To be questioned time and again by the police.

At the beginning of a stifling, sultry summer, everything shifts irrevocably when Lily doesn’t come home one afternoon.

Rachel is Lily’s teacher. Her daughter Mia is Lily’s best friend. The girls are fifteen – almost women, still children.

As Rachel becomes increasingly fixated on Lily’s absence, she finds herself breaking fragile trusts and confronting impossible choices she never thought she’d face.

It wasn’t supposed to happen like this.

[There is a heatwave coming our way so it seems appropriate to read this one. Most definitely subject to change though, because I have a few books winging their way towards me and when they arrive, they’ll get priority. 😂]

What are you reading this week? Do let me know! Wishing you all lots of happy reading! xx

  17 comments for “This Week in Books (June 24)

  1. June 24, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    The heatwave is here now so you’ll have to up pronto! 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. June 24, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Oooo so, so excited! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. June 24, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    I really enjoyed Heatstroke and A Dark Matter so I hope you do too.

    Here’s my post:

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  4. June 24, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    Love the cover of Heat Stroke even if I’m less keen on the idea of a heatwave.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Yvo
    June 24, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Ohhh A Dark Matter! I do hope you will enjoy that one… I did and I’m hoping to read the sequel soon myself. 😉 xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 25, 2020 at 10:15 am

      I blame the book I read before it but …. It’s not that it was bad, mind. It just didn’t really grab me.

      Liked by 1 person

      • June 25, 2020 at 9:54 pm

        Oh no! I do remember it being a bit slower though, so that might be it?

        Liked by 1 person

        • June 25, 2020 at 10:00 pm

          Could be, yes. I enjoyed the PI side of things but didn’t really care about the funeral stuff. I’m obviously in the minority!

          Liked by 1 person

          • June 25, 2020 at 10:02 pm

            I do understand as it’s not for everyone! Oh well, I had a fluke with one of Orenda’s titles recently too, so it happens to all of us I guess. 😉 xx


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