This Week in Books (August 26, 2020)

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 Elspeth arrives at her ex-husband’s LA mansion for his 50th birthday party, she’s expecting a crowd for the British film director. Instead, there are just seven other guests and Richard’s pet octopus, Persephone, watching over them from her tank.

Come morning, Richard is dead.

In the weeks that follow, each of the guests come under suspicion: the school friend, the studio producer, the actress, the actor, the new boyfriend, the manager, the cinematographer and the ex-wife, Elspeth herself. As stories of Richard’s past surface, colliding with Elspeth’s memories of their marriage, she begins to question not just who killed Richard, but why these eight guests were invited, and what sort of man would want to trap this mysterious, intelligent creature.

[My review will be up tomorrow for the blog tour.]


England, 1925. Louisa Drew lost her husband in the First World War and her six-year-old twin sons in the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918. Newly re-married to a war-traumatised husband and seven months pregnant, Louisa is asked by her employer to travel to Clewer Hall in Sussex where she is to photograph the contents of the house for auction.

She learns Clewer Hall was host to an infamous séance in 1896, and that the lady of the house has asked those who gathered back then to come together once more to recreate the evening. When a mysterious child appears on the grounds, Louisa finds herself compelled to investigate and becomes embroiled in the strange happenings of the house. Gradually, she unravels the long-held secrets of the inhabitants and what really happened thirty years before… and discovers her own fate is entwined with that of Clewer Hall’s.

[It feels like I’ve been waiting for this one for EVER! I love Sarah Ward’s crime fiction series but this is something a bit different and so far, I’m really enjoying it! As the weather outside is atrocious, I look forward to an afternoon on the sofa, snuggled under a blanket, with this one.]


Back in that annoying place where I just can’t decide what to read next so it’s poll time!

Over to you!

There you have it. Have you read any of these? Would you like to? What are you reading this week? Do let me know! Whatever it is, I wish you lots of happy reading! xx

  16 comments for “This Week in Books (August 26, 2020)

  1. August 26, 2020 at 11:25 am

    I think you should read The Hit List instead! 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. August 26, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Oooh voting! And my vote’s winning 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. notesbyj
    August 26, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    Ooo I love voting. Also The Octopus looks excellent

    Liked by 1 person

  4. August 26, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    I really enjoyed The Octopus but found it hard to review. Looking forward to reading your review.

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 27, 2020 at 11:02 am

      I was probably not the right audience for it so I struggled a bit with both. 🙈


  5. August 27, 2020 at 1:57 am

    I’m definitely curious about The Quickening! And what a stunning cover. Happy reading! xx

    Liked by 1 person

  6. August 27, 2020 at 8:11 am

    I randomly voted for The Syndicate, on the grounds that I like that cover best of the three!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. August 27, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    I love gothic novels, so the quickening sounds like my cup of tea.

    Liked by 1 person

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