This Week in Books (1st June, 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.


Camden mortuary assistant Cassie Raven has spent her life thinking that her parents were killed in a car accident when she was four. It’s one of the reasons why she has such an affinity for the dead and why she has gone into forensic science.

But now she has discovered that what she thought she knew isn’t the truth at all. The truth is that her father killed her mother and up until a few years ago, he was in prison for murder.

Compelled to try and find out something about her parents, Cassie asks friend DI Phyllida Flyte for help. She’s expecting details on an open-and-shut case, what she isn’t expecting is finding out that there might be more to her mother’s murder than meets the eye

[Really love this series and thoroughly enjoyed my second outing with Cassie Raven.]


The heat is intense.
The secrets are stifling.
She just needs to escape . . .

Nine guests arrive at a remote villa in the south of France.

They know each other well. Or think they do.

But at least one of them has plenty to hide – and nowhere to run.

Under the relentless sun, loyalties will be tested, secrets revealed, and tensions pushed to the point of no return.

[Little apprehensive about this one considering my struggles with slow-burners lately, which is something Durrant is rather known for. But I’ve enjoyed her books in the past so I guess we will see.]


Based on a true story, a spellbinding historical novel about the world’s first female investigative journalist, Nellie Bly. 

In 1887, young Nellie Bly sets out for New York and a career in journalism, determined to make her way as a serious reporter, whatever that may take.

But life in the city is tougher than she imagined. Down to her last dime and desperate to prove her worth, she comes up with a dangerous plan: to fake insanity and have herself committed to the asylum on Blackwell’s Island. There, she will work undercover to expose the asylum’s wretched conditions.

But when the asylum door swings shut behind her, she finds herself in a place of horrors, governed by a cruelty she could never have imagined. Cold, isolated and starving, her days of terror reawaken the traumatic events of her childhood. She entered the asylum of her own free will – but will she ever get out?

An extraordinary portrait of a woman ahead of her time, Madwoman is the story of a quest for the truth that changed the world.

[This sounds so incredibly good. I can’t wait to get stuck into it!]

That’s the plan. What are you reading this week? Do let me know in the comments! Happy reading! xx

  8 comments for “This Week in Books (1st June, 2022)

  1. June 1, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    Hope you get on okay with your slow burner, I’m not keen on them either.

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 8, 2022 at 8:52 am

      Late in replying so I already posted my review in the meantime but I did enjoy it! I think I need to be in a certain kind of mood for them, I don’t know. Sometimes I love them, sometimes I think life’s too short 😂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. June 1, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    I’m reading Madwoman at the moment and it is brilliant.

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 8, 2022 at 8:52 am

      I haven’t started it yet but I did quickly skim your review yesterday and now I’m even more excited to read it!


  3. June 5, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Oh wow, Madwoman does sound fantastic! xx

    Liked by 1 person

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