This Week in Books (01-20-2021)

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.


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?

[Another solid offering from Claire Allan. Review to come soon.]


After the loss of his parents, young Jack Thatch first met Stella as a child–this cryptic little girl of eight with dark hair and darker eyes, sitting alone on a bench in the cemetery clutching her favorite book. Gone moments later, the brief encounter would spark an obsession. She’d creep into his thoughts, his every waking moment, until he finally finds her again exactly one year later, sitting upon the same bench, only to disappear again soon after.

The body of a man found in an alley, every inch of his flesh horribly burned, yet his clothing completely untouched. For Detective Faustino Brier, this wasn’t the first, and he knew it wouldn’t be the last. It was no different from the others. He’d find another just like it one year from today. August 9, to be exact.

Isolated and locked away from the world in a shadowy lab, a little boy known only as Subject “D” waits, grows, learns. He’s permitted to speak to no one. He has never known the touch of another. Harboring a power so horrific, those in control will never allow him beyond their walls. All of them linked in ways unimaginable. 

[I started this last week and had to put it aside to squeeze in other things so it’s taking me a while to get through this 760 page door-stopper but man, is it good or is it GOOD? The answer is yes. 😉]


Elspeth, Meggy and Xavier are locked in a flat. They don’t know where they are, and they don’t know why they’re there. They only know that the shadow man has taken them, and he won’t let them go.
Desperate to escape, the three of them must find a way out of their living hell, even if it means uncovering a very dark truth.
Because the shadow man isn’t a nightmare. He’s all too real.
And he’s watching.

[A stand-alone thriller from Helen Fields whose “Perfect” series I absolutely love and I can’t wait to get started on The Shadow Man and find out if it’s just as fabulous.]

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

  17 comments for “This Week in Books (01-20-2021)

  1. January 20, 2021 at 10:17 am

    Just reviewed Ask No Qs…a great read. Claire Allan has definitely found her niche

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  2. January 20, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Wow a 760 pager! 🤯

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    • January 20, 2021 at 11:41 am

      Did I mention it’s good, though? It’s SO GOOD! And it doesn’t feel like a 760 pager. If I’d been more focused, which I haven’t been for months (🙄), I would have finished it by now.

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  3. January 20, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    I have that JD Barker novel but the size of it scared me a little :-). His other books were also quite sizeable though and I didn’t have a problem with those so I’m sure I’ll fly through this one too. I pre-ordered The Shadow Man and I only read one of her books so far (the other stand alone, under another pen name.. I only forgot it now) but I have a good feeling this will be amazing! Great picks!

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    • January 27, 2021 at 9:38 am

      It honestly doesn’t feel like it’s 700+ pages, Inge! And it’s so, SO good!

      Did you mean Degrees of Guilt? I enjoyed that myself but her Perfect series is way better so you should definitely give that one a go. /evil enabler

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      • January 30, 2021 at 1:20 pm

        Yes Degrees of Guilt! Oh I have the first two books in the Perfect series (one ecopy, one paperback). Although I don’t know how they can be any better…I’ll definitely read the first one soon!

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  4. January 21, 2021 at 1:15 am

    Ohhh I loved all three titles, but a big YESS for She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be!! Such a brilliant story and totally worth the 700+ pages. Enjoy! xx

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  5. January 21, 2021 at 3:40 am

    Loved She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be. It didn’t feel like 700+ pages. Half way through Ask No Questions and enjoying that. I still have the Helen Fields to read. ❤📚

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    • January 27, 2021 at 9:33 am

      It really didn’t feel like 700+ pages, you are absolutely right. I loved it. So good!

      I also still have the Helen Fields to read because despite what this post said, it didn’t turn out to be my next read. Oops.

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  6. January 21, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    I’m reading the fire court by Andrew Taylor. I love to dwell around London.

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    • January 27, 2021 at 9:34 am

      I read the first one in that series but it didn’t really work for me so I decided the series wasn’t for me. Hope you’re enjoying it, Annelies!


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