This Week in Books (13th July, 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.


12-year-old Sophie and her mother, Amelia-Rose, move to London from Massachusetts where they meet the charismatic Matty Melgren, who quickly becomes an intrinsic part of their lives. But as the relationship between the two adults fractures, a serial killer begins targeting young women with a striking resemblance to Amelia-Rose.

When Matty is eventually sent down for multiple murders, questions remain as to his guilt — questions which ultimately destroy both women. Nearly twenty years later, Sophie receives a letter from Battlemouth Prison informing her Matty is dying and wants to meet. It looks like Sophie might finally get the answers she craves. But will the truth set her free — or bury her deeper?

[Review to follow on Friday but this was excellent!]


A girl with a secret…

Longbill Beach, 1982. Emily Vaughn gets ready for the prom. For an athlete, who is smart, pretty and well-liked, this night should be the highlight of her high school career. But Emily has a secret. And by the end of the evening, that secret will be silenced forever. 

An unsolved murder…

Forty years later, Emily’s murder remains a mystery. Her tight-knit group of friends closed ranks; her respected, wealthy family retreated inwards; the small town moved on from her grisly attack. But all that’s about to change.

One final chance to uncover a killer…

US Marshal Andrea Oliver arrives in Longbill Beach on her first assignment: to protect a judge receiving death threats. But, in reality, Andrea is there to find justice for Emily. The killer is still out there – and Andrea must discover the truth before she gets silenced, too.

[I’m hoping to finish this one today, although I’ll be sad to because it’s SO, SO GOOD and I just know I’m going to need more of a Slaughter fix!]


“Come home.” Vera’s mother called and Vera obeyed. In spite of their long estrangement, in spite of the memories — she’s come home, back to the home of a serial killer, the house that he built, her home. Back to face the love she had for her father and the bodies he buried there. 

Coming home is hard enough for Vera, and to make things worse, she and her mother aren’t alone. A parasitic artist has moved into the guest house out back and is slowly stripping Vera’s childhood for spare parts. He insists that he isn’t the one leaving notes around the house in her father’s handwriting… but who else could it possibly be?

There are secrets yet undiscovered in the foundations of the notorious Crowder House. Vera must face them and find out for herself just how deep the rot goes.

[Described as a ‘darkly gothic thriller’, I just couldn’t resist this blurb.]

Any of these on your radar? What are you reading this week? Do let me know! I wish you all lots of happy reading and if you’re in Europe, many, many ways to stay cool and safe!

  13 comments for “This Week in Books (13th July, 2022)

  1. July 13, 2022 at 11:15 am

    Andy is a much better character this time around. I enjoyed this one

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  2. July 13, 2022 at 11:29 am

    I think I may have to skip Pieces of Her, (having the series) and just go on to Girl Forgotten! x

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  3. July 13, 2022 at 2:52 pm

    Really happy to see you’re enjoying Girl, Forgotten, Eva💜

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Jo
    July 13, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    I like the look of Just Like Home! I’ve not done my TWiB post, but I’m currently reading Under the Blue by Oana Aristide, and I’ve no idea what I’ll move onto next! Happy reading! x

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    • July 18, 2022 at 9:44 am

      I did too but it didn’t quite work for me, unfortunately. Hope you’re enjoying your reading this week, Jo! xx

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      • Jo
        July 18, 2022 at 5:36 pm

        Oh no 😦 Under the Blue didn’t quite work for me either. An interesting story, but I have a few niggles with it that I couldn’t quite look past. C’est la vie! x

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  5. July 15, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    I’m curious about Girl Forgotten! I still need to read Pieces Of Her first though… Whoops? Happy reading!


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