‘This Week in Books’ (4th August, 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.


Long ago, Nathan lived in a house in the country with his abusive father—and has never told his family what happened there.

Long ago, Maddie was a little girl making dolls in her bedroom when she saw something she shouldn’t have—and is trying to remember that lost trauma by making haunting sculptures.

Long ago, something sinister, something hungry, walked in the tunnels and the mountains and the coal mines of their hometown in rural Pennsylvania.

Now, Nate and Maddie Graves are married, and they have moved back to their hometown with their son, Oliver.

And now what happened long ago is happening again . . . and it is happening to Oliver. He meets a strange boy who becomes his best friend, a boy with secrets of his own and a taste for dark magic.

This dark magic puts them at the heart of a battle of good versus evil and a fight for the soul of the family—and perhaps for all of the world. But the Graves family has a secret weapon in this battle: their love for one another. 

[Creepy, complex, compelling. And just like Wanderers, it could easily have been 100 pages shorter but I enjoyed it.]


Malibu: August, 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over-especially as the offspring of the legendary singer, Mick Riva.

The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud-because it is long past time to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth.

Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there.

And Kit has a couple secrets of her own-including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.

By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come bubbling to the surface.

[It took forever for my copy of Malibu Rising to arrive so naturally I dove in straight away when it finally landed on my doorstep and then, to my surprise, I struggled to get into it. Luckily, things got better and now I have about 100 pages left so I’ll be finishing this one soon.]


You are born high, but marry a traitor’s son. You bear him twelve children, carry his cause and bury his past.

You play the game, against enemies who wish you ashes. Slowly, you rise.

You are Cecily.

But when the King who governs you proves unfit, what then?

Loyalty or treason – death may follow both. The board is set. Time to make your first move.

[I should probably get some tour obligations out of the way first but this one has been calling my name from my bookshelves and I don’t think I can resist its lure.]

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

  8 comments for “‘This Week in Books’ (4th August, 2021)

  1. August 4, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Ooh I have Malibu Rising on my Kindle to read, interesting that it took you a while to get into it – but glad you’re enjoying it more now! Will look forward to reading your review 🙂


  2. August 4, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Really looking forward to your review of Malibu Rising! xx


  3. August 4, 2021 at 11:32 am

    The Book of Accidents sounds good. Love the cover too.

    My weekly round-up is here: https://liseysreads.wordpress.com/2021/08/03/www-wednesday-27-4-august-2021/


  4. August 4, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Hope you land well with Malibu Rising, Eva💜


  5. August 5, 2021 at 2:27 am

    I *think* I was invited to read The Book Of Accidents a while back, but decided to pass as I wasn’t sure if I would be in the mood for it… You’ve made me regret that decision now.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. August 5, 2021 at 10:51 am

    I’m reading Cecily right now and loving it!

    Liked by 1 person

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