This Week in Books (01-13-2021)

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.


For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive.

Everyone tells him it’s time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. A message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible- that somewhere, somehow, Elizabeth is alive.

Beck has been warned to tell no one. And he doesn’t. Instead, he runs from the people he trusts the most, plunging headlong into a search for the shadowy figure whose messages hold out a desperate hope.

But already Beck is being hunted down. He’s headed straight into the heart of a dark and deadly secret- and someone intends to stop him before he gets there.

[This is yours truly trying to make some space on her TBR shelves because piling them up on the floor is apparently not an option. Solid old school Harlan Coben thriller, this. Enjoyed it.)


Hannah knows the cage intimately. Small, the size of a shopping mall parking space. A bed, a basin, a table and chair. A hatch and metal drawer through which to exchange food and other items.

Then there’s him. Always there on the edges of her vision, no matter how hard she tries to block him out.

Every day, the same thoughts run through Hannah’s mind:

What if he speaks to me?

What if he hurts me?

What if he gets out?

[Over halfway into this one and I can’t wait to get back to it. This is one of those books that immediately captivated (see what I did there?) me. Is it too early to start talking about end-of-year lists? 🤔]


Twenty-five years ago, on Halloween night, eight-year-old Kelly Doherty went missing while out trick or treating with friends. Her body was found three days later, floating face down, on the banks of the Creggan Reservoir by two of her young classmates. It was a crime that rocked Derry to the core.

Journalist Ingrid Devlin is investigating – but someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. As she digs further, Ingrid starts to realise that the Doherty family are not as they seem. But will she expose what really happened that night before it’s too late?

[I do enjoy Claire Allan’s books. That said though, I’m not entirely sure I’ll be in the mood for a psychological thriller tomorrow. The fickleness that haunted me last year has only become worse. 😳]

There you have it. What is on your reading list this week? Do let me know in the comments! Happy reading! xx

  15 comments for “This Week in Books (01-13-2021)

  1. January 13, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    I’m adding The Captive to my list right away, it sounds amazing!

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  2. January 13, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    I hope you’ll enjoy ‘Ask No Questions’. I have heard good things about it.

    Enjoy your books this week. Happy reading.

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  3. January 13, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Well at least you’re reading, Frieda 🤣

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  4. Louise Reynolds
    January 13, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    Adding The Captive! That sounds like an amazing read!

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  5. January 13, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    I should probably follow your lead and read me some Harlan Coben backlist titles! I’ve been meaning to for ages and I still haven’t touched the paperback copies I got in 2019. xD I hope you will enjoy Ask No Questions! I’ve been tricky with psychological thrillers too, but this one didn’t feel like the ‘typical’ psychological thriller with the mix of different elements and journalism angle. Happy reading! xx

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    • January 14, 2021 at 10:30 am

      You also got the ones with the colourful spines? They’re so noticeable on the shelf, like calling out saying “I will not let you forget about me!” 🤣

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      • January 14, 2021 at 10:34 pm

        Yes I did! They look so good on the shelves, but as I have rainbow shelves their shouting isn’t loud enough apparently. xD I do want to start reading them soon though! Probably No Second Chance first…

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