This Week in Books (6th April, 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.


In 1995, the picture-perfect village of Ussalthwaite was the site of one of the most heinous crimes imaginable, in a case that shocked the world.

Twelve-year-old Sidney Parsons was savagely murdered by two boys his own age. No reason was ever given for this terrible crime, and the ‘Demonic Duo’ who killed him were imprisoned until their release in 2002, when they were given new identities and lifetime anonymity.

Elusive online journalist Scott King investigates the lead-up and aftermath of the killing, uncovering dark stories of demonic possession, and encountering a village torn apart by this unspeakable act.

And, as episodes of his Six Stories podcast begin to air, and King himself becomes a target of media scrutiny and the public’s ire, it becomes clear that whatever drove those two boys to kill is still there, lurking, and the campaign of horror has just begun…

[Good, as always, yet I didn’t feel it was as good at the previous ones in this series.]


Michael and Megan Fitzgerald are siblings who share a terrifying past. Both adopted, and now grown—Michael is a long-haul truck driver, Megan a college student majoring in psychology—they trust each other before anyone else. They’ve had to. Their parents are public intellectuals, an Ivy League clinical psychologist and a renowned psychiatrist, and they brought up their adopted children in a rarefied, experimental environment. It sheltered them from the world’s harsh realities, but it also forced secrets upon them, secrets they keep at all costs.

In Los Angeles, Detective Garrett Dobbs and FBI Agent Jessica Gimble have joined forces to work a murder that seems like a dead cinch. Their chief suspect is quickly identified and apprehended—but then there’s another killing just like the one they’ve been investigating. And another. And not just in Los Angeles—the spree spreads across the country. The Fitzgerald family comes to the investigators’ attention, but Dobbs and Gimble are at a loss—if one of the four is involved, which Fitzgerald might it be?

From coastal California to upstate New York, Dobbs and Gimble race against time and across state lines to stop an ingenious and deeply deranged killer—one whose dark and twisted appetites put them outside the range of logic or experience.

[I’ve read an entire ten pages. We will see if it’ll stick.]


Bringing this back because it beats wasting hours in front of my bookshelves unable to decide what to read next. So, the choice of my next read is entirely up to you!

Whichever book is winning by the time I finish The Coast to Coast Murders will be my next read. Looking forward to seeing the results. Feel free to let me know in the comments which book you’ve voted for and why.

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

  18 comments for “This Week in Books (6th April, 2022)

  1. Karen
    April 6, 2022 at 11:41 am

    I went for the Diane Chamberlain as I’ve always enjoyed her books and I have this one to read. I haven’t read any of the others except for an attempt at Cecily which wasn’t for me.

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    • April 6, 2022 at 11:48 am

      I started Cecily when it first came out and put it back on the shelf so I get it. Still determined to give it another go, though.

      I enjoy Diane’s books too. This one has been collecting dust on my Netgalley shelf for far too long.

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  2. April 6, 2022 at 11:53 am

    I voted for The Last House too because it’s the one I heard most of and I read some good reviews already.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. April 6, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    The Dictionary of Lost Words…the title intrigues me.

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  4. April 6, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    I was going for the Last House as well, but changed to The Dictionary instead as I sampled the ebook and audiobook and couldn’t make my mind up about it. 😂

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  5. April 6, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    I hope you will enjoy The Coast-To-Coast Murders; I remember having a great time reading it but then again I do love J.D. Barker’s writing. I voted for The Last House because it’s the title I’ve heard the most about… Seems to be a popular choice. 😉

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    • April 6, 2022 at 8:42 pm

      I like his books too. Still have A Caller’s Game on my shelf too. 😳


  6. Jo
    April 6, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Oooooh – opening it up to a vote! That is brave! Hope the result works out for you! x

    Liked by 1 person

  7. April 7, 2022 at 2:02 am

    I haven’t read any of your choices, so basically picked Who Killed Ruby? on the basis of the title, the cover and the strapline “Three women. One terrifying secret.” Hope it’s as good as it sounds!

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 7, 2022 at 8:47 am

      Out of the six, you managed to pick the one that’s been on my shelf the longest. For which you get no prize whatsoever. Currently tied for second place.

      Liked by 1 person

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