This Week in Books (15th 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.


My son has been taken. And I’ve been given a choice…
Kill a patient on the operating table. Or never see him again.

The man lies on the table in front of me.
As a surgeon, it’s my job to save him.
As a mother, I know I must kill him.
You might think that I’m a monster.
But there really is only one choice.
I must get away with murder.
Or I will never see my son again.

I’ve saved many lives.
Would you trust me with yours?

[In case you missed it, I really enjoyed this one. You can read my review here.]


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.

[I know, I know. I should have finished this one weeks ago. Life, mood, stuff, … What can I say?]


On a sweltering Friday afternoon in Durton, best friends Ronnie and Esther leave school together. Esther never makes it home.

Ronnie’s going to find her, she has a plan. Lewis will help. Their friend can’t be gone, Ronnie won’t believe it.

Detective Sergeant Sarah Michaels can believe it, she has seen what people are capable of. She knows more than anyone how, in a moment of weakness, a person can be driven to do something they never thought possible.

Lewis can believe it too. But he can’t reveal what he saw that afternoon at the creek without exposing his own secret.

Five days later, Esther’s buried body is discovered.

[Been looking forward to reading this one for ages. I don’t know why I left it this long. Except for that same life, mood, stuff …]

There you have it. It’s looking like a good reading week, don’t you think?

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

  11 comments for “This Week in Books (15th June, 2022)

  1. June 15, 2022 at 10:21 am

    I really like the sound of Dirt Town…

    Liked by 1 person

  2. June 15, 2022 at 11:25 am

    looking forward to your review of Mad Woman, if you finish it! 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. June 15, 2022 at 12:03 pm
  4. June 15, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    Looking forward to your thoughts on Madwoman! xx


  5. Jo
    June 15, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Dirt Town sounds amazing! How have I not come across this one before?!

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 18, 2022 at 8:34 am

      I don’t know. It seems to one of those quiet ones that fly below the radar. I’m only 20% in but it very much reminds me of Chris Whitaker and that’s never a bad thing.

      Liked by 1 person

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