‘This Week in Books’ (8th September, 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.


1905. A year after ‘the affair’ in Dinas Powys, Thomas Bexley has become a drunkard and recluse, haunted by terrible visions of the dead. But when news of a spate of extraordinary kidnappings reaches him, Thomas is shocked to learn that his dear friend and former mentor, Professor Elijah Hawthorn, is the lead suspect.

Discovering a plea for help from Hawthorn claiming to have unearthed a gruesome conspiracy at the heart of the Metropolitan Police, Thomas embarks on a journey to prove Hawthorn’s innocence.

But wherever Thomas goes, he is followed by the dead, and as the mystery of Hawthorn’s disappearance deepens, so too does Thomas’s apparent insanity…

How can Thomas be certain of the truth when he can’t trust anybody around him, not even himself?

[Not as good as the first one in the series, in my opinion. I felt it was so obvious what was going and it increasingly annoyed me that Thomas couldn’t see what I was seeing 😂.]



The news doesn’t strike cleanly, like a guillotine’s blade. Nothing so merciful. This news is a slovenly traveller, dragging its feet, gradually revealing its horrors. And it announces itself first with violence – the urgent hammering of fists on the front door.

Life can change in a heartbeat.

Lucy has everything she could wish for: a beautiful home high on the clifftops, a devoted husband and two beloved children.

Then one morning, time stops. Their family yacht is recovered, abandoned far out at sea. Lucy’s husband is nowhere to be found and as the seconds tick by, she begins to wonder – what if he was the one who took the boat? And if so, where is he now?

As a once-in-a-generation storm frustrates the rescue operation, Lucy pieces together what happened onboard. And then she makes a fresh discovery. One that plunges her into a nightmare more shocking than any she could ever have imagined.

[My reading mood is all over the place, resulting in various books being flipped open and put back on the shelves. This one seems to stick so far and I’m intrigued to find out what’s going on.]


From the outside, the Delaneys appear to be an enviably contented family. Even after all these years, former tennis coaches Joy and Stan are still winning tournaments, and now they’ve sold the family business they have all the time in the world to learn how to ‘relax’. Their four adult children are busy living their own lives, and while it could be argued they never quite achieved their destinies, no-one ever says that out loud.

But now Joy Delaney has disappeared and her children are re-examining their parents’ marriage and their family history with fresh, frightened eyes. Is her disappearance related to their mysterious house guest from last year? Or were things never as rosy as they seemed in the Delaney household?

[Yes, this was here last week as well. I did actually read about a quarter of it and then other shiny things distracted me. I am who I am 💁🏼‍♀️😂.]

Have you read any of these or would you like to? What are you reading this week? Do let me know! Happy reading! xx

  2 comments for “‘This Week in Books’ (8th September, 2021)

  1. September 8, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Ooh I have Apples Never Fall on my TBR list too – love Liane Moriarty so hoping it’s a good one! Enjoy 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • September 8, 2021 at 12:23 pm

      It’s taking a while to get going but I’m enjoying it. Hope you do too, Laura!

      Liked by 1 person

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