This Week in Books (20th 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 spite of a harrowing past still haunting her, Gwen Proctor is trying to move forward. Until a new assignment gives her purpose: the cold-case disappearance of a young man in Tennessee. Three years missing, no clues. Just Ruth Landry, a tortured mother in limbo. Gwen understands what it’s like to worry about your children.

Gwen’s investigation unearths new suspects…and victims. As she follows each sinister lead, the implications of the mystery grow more disturbing. Because the closer Gwen gets, the closer she is to a threat that looms back home.

In a town that’s closed its ranks against Gwen; her partner, Sam; and her kids, there’s no bolder enemy than the Belldene family—paramilitary, criminal, powerful, and vengeful. As personal vendettas collide with Gwen’s investigation, she’s prepared to fight both battles. But is she prepared for the toll it could take on everyone she loves?

[Quickie read to beat the backlog. I feel this series ran its course though. I believe there is one more to go that the author managed to finish before she sadly passed away but I don’t think I’ll be picking it up anymore.]


Winter 1954, and in a dilapidated apartment in Brooklyn, Sam Cooper realises that she has nothing left. Her mother is dead, she has no prospects, and she cannot afford the rent. But as she goes through her mother’s things, Sam finds a stack of hidden letters that reveal a family and an inheritance that she never knew she had, three thousand miles away in Yorkshire.

Begars Abbey is a crumbling pile, inhabited only by Lady Cooper, Sam’s ailing grandmother, and a handful of servants. Sam cannot understand why her mother kept its very existence a secret, but her newly discovered diaries offer a glimpse of a young girl growing increasingly terrified. As is Sam herself.

Built on the foundations of an old convent, Begars moves and sings with the biting wind. Her grandmother cannot speak, and a shadowy woman moves along the corridors at night. There are dark places in the hidden tunnels beneath Begars. And they will not give up their secrets easily…

[The long easter weekend and feelings slightly under the weather means I fell behind on my reading so I’ll be starting this one as soon as I finish writing this post.]


Once more it’s over to you. Last week’s winner was ‘Snakes and Ladders’ which I read but yet have to write a review for. So, six new options for you this week.

Whichever book is winning when I finish ‘Begar’s Abbey‘ will be my next read. Will your streak of picking rather good ones continue? Or will the winner be a dud? Tune in next week to find out! As always, feel free to leave a comment with the book of your choice and why it gets your vote.

Wishing you all lots of happy reading the coming week! xx

  20 comments for “This Week in Books (20th April, 2022)

  1. April 20, 2022 at 11:10 am

    The Man on the Sreet sounds like it has a different take.

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  2. April 20, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    I picked That Night because I really enjoyed it and I love her books!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. April 20, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    I picked A Caller’s Game because Die Hard meets Talk Radio sounds like fun!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. April 20, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    I voted! Seriously, they all look good but I’m pulling for That Night.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. April 20, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Hope you’re feeling better soon xx

    Liked by 1 person

  6. April 23, 2022 at 4:55 pm

    I voted for A Caller’s Game because it’s SO good! It has that Die Hard action movie vibe, but with all the benefits of Barker’s writing. Also, book three and four of the Stillhouse Lake weren’t the strongest, but book five is back to where the first two books were at… So it might be worth it to give it a go anyway. 😉 xx

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