This Week in Books (06-16-2021)

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.


You can save hundreds of lives. Or the one that matters most.

Mina is trying to focus on her job as a flight attendant, not the problems of her five-year-old daughter back home, or the fissures in her marriage. But the plane has barely taken off when Mina receives a chilling note from an anonymous passenger, someone intent on ensuring the plane never reaches its destination. Someone who needs Mina’s assistance and who knows exactly how to make her comply. 

It’s twenty hours to landing. A lot can happen in twenty hours.

[Definitely in the minority with this one. My review will be up next week.]


In the early hours of Saturday 17 December 2011, Zoe Nolan, a nineteen-year-old Manchester University student, walked out of a party taking place in the shared accommodation where she had been living for three months.

She was never seen again.

Seven years after her disappearance, struggling writer Evelyn Mitchell finds herself drawn into the mystery. Through interviews with Zoe’s closest friends and family, she begins piecing together what really happened in 2011. But where some versions of events overlap, aligning perfectly with one another, others stand in stark contrast, giving rise to troubling inconsistencies.

Shaken by revelations of Zoe’s secret life, and stalked by a figure from the shadows, Evelyn turns to crime writer Joseph Knox to help make sense of a case where everyone has something to hide.

Zoe Nolan may be missing presumed dead, but her story is only just beginning.

[And by currently, I mean I’ll be starting it shortly. I was a huge fan of Knox’s Aidan Waits series and I’ve been eagerly been awaiting this new one by him. I can’t wait to get stuck in.]


It started with a splash. Jimmy, a homeless veteran grappling with PTSD, did his best to pretend he hadn’t heard it – the sound of something heavy falling into the Tyne at the height of an argument between two men on the riverbank. Not his fight.

Then he sees the headline: GIRL IN MISSING DAD PLEA. The girl, Carrie, reminds him of someone he lost, and this makes his mind up: it’s time to stop hiding from his past. But telling Carrie, what he heard – or thought he heard – turns out to be just the beginning of the story.

The police don’t believe him, but Carrie is adamant that something awful has happened to her dad and Jimmy agrees to help her, putting himself at risk from enemies old and new. 

But Jimmy has one big advantage: when you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose.

[This is one of those books that keeps popping up everywhere I look and FOMO was getting the best of me and since the second book in this series was just published, it’s time to find out why so many people are talking about this one.]

There you go. My reading schedule for this week. If I can stick to it, that is.

What are you reading? Have you read any of the books on my list? Do let me know! Happy reading! xx

  13 comments for “This Week in Books (06-16-2021)

  1. June 16, 2021 at 9:40 am

    I’m looking forward to reading your review of Hostage. I’ve seen it everywhere, but don’t feel drawn to it for some reason.

    My week in books is in my WWW Wednesday post:

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    • June 16, 2021 at 10:17 am

      I can understand that. It’ll definitely make me think twice about getting on a plane again! 😄


  2. June 16, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Unpopular opinion time, eh 🤔 Next week is good, that gives me time to read Hostage before your review is out 😄

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    • June 16, 2021 at 10:16 am

      😂 I can’t wait to hear what you make of it. I seem to be full of unpopular opinions lately and normally I wouldn’t even review it but since it’s on my 20 Books list ….

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      • June 16, 2021 at 10:23 am

        I’m very VERY curious now cos Emma and Yvo enjoyed it and you’re being all hmmm about it 😂

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        • June 16, 2021 at 10:32 am

          You should have read it last week when I told you to! 🤣

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          • June 16, 2021 at 10:41 am

            I couldn’t, I had the behemoth to slay 😅 And then I needed a non-review book. Badly! But tomorrow! I’m getting on the bloody plane tomorrow 😂

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  3. June 16, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Ooh can’t wait for your review of Hostage! x

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  4. June 16, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    That Knox book has me intrigued! I’m a nut about the genre.

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    • June 17, 2021 at 9:37 am

      It’s really, really good so far! I should hopefully have my review up some time next week, depending on my schedule. Which I’m not looking at because I might scream 😉😂

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  5. June 19, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Oh shoot I was hoping you would enjoy Hostage too! Looking forward to read your review though. xx

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