‘This Week in Books’ (11th 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.

| LAST BOOK I FINISHED READING |

The Cold Creek Highway stretches close to five hundred miles through British Columbia’s rugged wilderness to the west coast. Isolated and vast, it has become a prime hunting ground for predators. For decades, young women traveling the road have gone missing. Motorists and hitchhikers, those passing through or living in one of the small towns scattered along the region, have fallen prey time and again. And no killer or abductor who has stalked the highway has ever been brought to justice.

Hailey McBride calls Cold Creek home. Her father taught her to respect nature, how to live and survive off the land, and to never travel the highway alone. Now he’s gone, leaving her a teenage orphan in the care of her aunt whose police officer husband uses his badge as a means to bully and control Hailey. 

[I hadn’t read a Chevy Stevens in a while so I picked up her new one on a whim. It was okay, but easy to work out if you read a lot of crime fiction, and definitely not one of her best.]

| THE BOOK I’M CURRENTLY READING |

Early in life Bella Sorensen discovers the world is made only for men. They own everything: jobs, property, wives. But Bella understands what few others do: where women are concerned, men are weak.

A woman unhampered by scruples can take from them what she wants. And so Bella sets out to prove to the world that a woman can be just as ruthless, black-hearted and single-minded as any man.

Starting with her long suffering husband, Mads, Bella embarks on a killing spree the like of which has never been seen before nor since. 

And through it all her kind, older sister Nellie can only watch in horror as Bella’s schemes to enrich herself and cut down the male population come to a glorious, dreadful fruition . . .

Based on the true story of Belle Gunness whose murderous rampage began in Chicago in 1900, Triflers Need Not Apply is a novelistic tour de force exploring one woman’s determination to pay men back for all they have taken.

[And by “currently reading”, I mean as soon as I stop procrastinating.]

| WHAT I’M (PROBABLY) READING NEXT |

Shirley Steadman, a 70 year old living in a small town in the North East of England, loves her volunteer work at the local hospital radio. She likes giving back to the community, and even more so, she likes getting out of the house. Haunted by the presence of her son, a reluctant Royal Navy officer who was lost at sea, and still in the shadow of her long dead abusive husband, she doesn’t like being alone much.

One day, at the radio station, she is playing around with the equipment and finds a frequency that was never there before. It is a pirate radio station, and as she listens as the presenter starts reading the news. But there is one problem – the news being reported is tomorrows. Shirley first thinks it is a mere misunderstanding – a wrong date. But she watches as everything reported comes true. At first, Shirley is in awe of the station, and happily tunes in to hear the news. 

But then the presenter starts reporting murders – murders that happen just the way they were reported. 

And Shirley is the only one who can stop them. 

[This sounds like such a cool premise. Fingers crossed it pays off.]


Have you read any of these? Would you like to? What are you reading this week? Please do let me know! Happy reading! xx

  7 comments for “‘This Week in Books’ (11th August, 2021)

  1. August 11, 2021 at 10:43 am

    so have you stop procrastinating and picked up Triflers Need Not apply yet? 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. August 11, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    Ooh, I’m intrigued by Half-Past Tomorrow!!

    Liked by 1 person

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