This Week in Books (16th February, 2022)

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.


One August afternoon, eight-year-old Grace Lennard skips into the garden of the childcare centre she attends and vanishes into thin air.

Hours before, Steven Harte walks into Halesowen police station and confesses to having information that will lead Detective Kim Stone to Melody Jones – the little girl who was taken from a playground exactly twenty-five years ago. But something about his confession is off and Kim dismisses his claims.

Arriving at the scene of Grace’s disappearance, Kim finds a chilling piece of evidence: the heart bracelet belonging to Melody. Now Kim must play Steven’s twisted game if she is to find Grace alive. But they’re going to play by Kim’s rules.

[Another great addition to the series, although I have a niggle or two. Review to follow.]


As a politician, Emma has sacrificed a great deal for her career—including her marriage and her relationship with her daughter, Flora.

A former teacher, the glare of the spotlight is unnerving for Emma, particularly when it leads to countless insults, threats, and trolling as she tries to work in the public eye. As a woman, she knows her reputation is worth its weight in gold but as a politician, she discovers it only takes one slip-up to destroy it completely.

Fourteen-year-old Flora is learning the same hard lessons at school as she encounters heartless bullying. When another teenager takes her own life, Emma lobbies for a new law to protect women and girls from the effects of online abuse. Now, Emma and Flora find their personal lives uncomfortably intersected…but then the unthinkable happens.

A man is found dead in Emma’s home. A man she had every reason to be afraid of and to want gone. Fighting to protect her reputation, and determined to protect her family at all costs, Emma is pushed to the limits as the worst happens and her life is torn apart.

[So looking forward to starting this one today.]

A village on the edge…
As a massive storm batters the Scottish coast, Gordon Smith’s home is falling into the North Sea. But the crumbling headland has revealed what he’s got buried in his garden: human remains.

A house full of secrets…
With the storm still raging, it’s too dangerous to retrieve the bodies and waves are devouring the evidence. Which means no one knows how many people Smith’s already killed and how many more he’ll kill if he can’t be found and stopped.

An investigator with nothing to lose…
The media are baying for blood, the top brass are after a scapegoat, and ex-Detective Inspector Ash Henderson is done playing nice. He’s got a killer to catch, and God help anyone who gets in his way. 

[Trying to clean up some older books from my shelves. I normally love me some Stuart MacBride but this one isn’t quite grabbing me so far.]


One for sorrow, two for joy
Edinburgh is gripped by the greatest terror it has ever known. A lone bomber is targeting victims across the city and no one is safe.

Three for a girl, four for a boy
DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach face death every day – and not just the deaths of the people being taken hostage by the killer.

Five for silver, six for gold
When it becomes clear that with every tip-off they are walking into a trap designed to kill them too, Ava and Luc know that finding the truth could mean paying the ultimate price.

Seven for a secret never to be told…
But with the threat – and body count – rising daily, and no clue as to who’s behind it, neither Ava nor Luc know whether they will live long enough to tell the tale…

[Super excited about this one. Such an amazing crime series and this blurb already has me on the edge of my seat!]

There you have it. And by golly, I will stick to this schedule like glue. Glue, I tell you!

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

  19 comments for “This Week in Books (16th February, 2022)

  1. February 16, 2022 at 10:22 am

    That’s a shame The Coffin Maker’s Garden isn’t grabbing you, it was my reintroduction to Stuart MacBride. His new one No Less the Devil is a standalone out at the end of April. I read an e-ARC of it and thought it was brilliant, so hopefully that will be him back on track for you.

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    • February 23, 2022 at 8:55 am

      I’m very much looking forward to Stuart’s next one. Unfortunately, The Coffinmaker’s Garden was abandoned around the 130 page mark. I’ve never DNF’d a book by him before so that was all kinds of confusing.


  2. February 16, 2022 at 10:53 am

    Glue, huh? We’ll see 😏

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  3. February 16, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    I’m really looking forward to Reputation as well!

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    • February 16, 2022 at 4:59 pm

      Really good so far. I can definitely see why they would want to film this one too.

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  4. February 16, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Can’t wait to hear your thoughts about One for Sorrow!

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  5. February 16, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    I just recently started reading Helen Fields’ books and am really enjoying them. Of course Angela Marsons is a must read and I am gradually catching up. I am sorry the Stuart McBride book is not grabbing you. Enjoy all your upcoming reads, Eva.

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    • February 16, 2022 at 9:23 pm

      Oh, I’m so glad you discovered Helen. She’s amazing!

      Still sticking with MacBride for now. Hopefully it’ll click at some point. If not, at least that’s another book off the TBR pile.

      Hope you have a great reading week, Carla!

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  6. February 18, 2022 at 2:44 am

    Ohhh One For Sorrow sounds SO good! xx

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