This Week in books (August 5)

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 body of an elderly woman has been found in the bowels of a derelict asylum on the banks of the Thames. As Detective Lew Kirby and his partner begin their investigation, another body is discovered in the river nearby. How are the two murders connected?

Before long, the secrets of Blackwater Asylum begin to reveal themselves. There are rumours about underground bunkers and secret rooms, unspeakable psychological experimentation, and a dark force that haunts the ruins, trying to pull back in all those who attempt to escape. Urban explorer Connie Darke, whose sister died in a freak accident at the asylum, is determined to help Lew expose its grisly past. Meanwhile Lew discovers a devastating family secret that threatens to turn his life upside down.

As his world crumbles around him, Lew must put the pieces of the puzzle together to keep the killer from striking again. Only an eccentric former patient really knows the truth—but will he reveal it to Lew before it’s too late? 

[Okay read set around an abandoned asylum.]


Robertson Bennet returns to Edinburgh after a 25-year absence in search of his parents and his inheritance. But both have disappeared. A quick, routine police check should be enough – and Detective Inspector Helen Birch has enough on her plate trying to help her brother, Charlie, after an assault in prison. But all her instincts tell her not to let this case go. And so she digs.

George and Phamie Bennet were together for a long time. No one can ever really know the secrets kept between husband and wife. But as Birch slowly begins to unravel the truth, terrible crimes start to rise to the surface. 

[I’m on the blog tour for this one near the end of the month but didn’t realise it’s the third in a series when I signed up. So I’m breaking my own rule of never starting a series somewhere in the middle and can only hope that gamble pays off.] 😂


Twenty years ago, Jon Kavanagh worked for a crime syndicate. 
Then one night he made a mistake.
He left a witness at a crime scene. Alive. 

Now, he is haunted by the memories of that young girl. Her face a constant reminder of the life he chose to leave behind. Time has passed and now he wants answers: What ever happened to her?

Anna Hill is an aspiring singer, but the bars and clubs she works in are far from exciting. When she is given the opportunity to work in Portugal, she takes it. This is her chance to finally kick-start her career. 

But the job offer comes at a price; one that will endanger the lives of those she knows, and those she doesn’t. Becoming involved with the Syndicate is risky, and Anna will need her instincts to work out who to trust – and who not to. 

[Not entirely sure what to make of this one but I’ve really enjoyed this author’s previous books so I’m keeping an open mind!]

Fickle mood is fickle so don’t be surprised if you see these titles again next week. 🙄

What are you reading this week? Do let me know! I need ideas. Happy reading! xx

  9 comments for “This Week in books (August 5)

  1. August 5, 2020 at 9:44 am

    fickle moods are so frustrating for reading hope you enjoy these reads this week. I’m listening to The Switch by Beth O’Leary and loving it! xx


  2. August 5, 2020 at 10:18 am

    How are you liking Cover Your Tracks? I enjoyed Claire Askew’s first book, couldn’t get into the second so debating whether to get this one.

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 10, 2020 at 12:35 pm

      It isn’t exactly blowing me away. I still haven’t finished it 🤦🏼‍♀️

      Liked by 1 person

      • August 10, 2020 at 2:44 pm

        That doesn’t sound good…


  3. August 5, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    I never know what I’m going to read next either. It’s like the minute I put something in a post and publish it my brain wants to read anything but that! I hope you enjoy whatever books you read this week 🙂

    Here’s my post:


  4. thequietgeordie
    August 5, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Currenty trying to read The Bone Readers by Jacob Ross. Not convinced I’m enjoying it!


  5. August 5, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Every time I make a TBR list, I know I will read at least one or more books that are not on that list. It depends on how I feel. I have not read any of these books, nor are they on my radar, but Cover Your Tracks sounds interesting.


  6. August 6, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Wait so you didn’t enjoy The Bone Jar in the end then? It was a 4 star read for me, but then again I always have a weak spot for the abandoned asylum element in stories. xD Happy reading! xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 6, 2020 at 11:07 pm

      It was okay but the reveals confused me and I couldn’t keep the various connections straight in my head.


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