This Week in Books (20th 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.


“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. 

[Posted my review for this one yesterday. It wasn’t for me.]


Still reeling from the sudden death of her mother, Jess is about to do the hardest thing she’s ever done: empty her childhood home so that it can be sold.

But when in the process Jess stumbles across the mysterious Alex, together they become custodians of a strange archive of letters, photographs, curios and collections known as The Museum of Ordinary People.

As they begin to delve into the history of the objects in their care, Alex and Jess not only unravel heartbreaking stories that span generations and continents, but also unearth long buried secrets that lie much closer to home.

[Should have finished this one already but somehow reading in 40 degree heat didn’t quite work for me. Best get a move on now since I’m on the blog tour on Friday. Anyway, loving the premise and I wouldn’t at all be surprised if there was some ugly crying at some point.]


Xander Shute – once a wealthy banker, now living on the streets – shelters for the night in an empty Mayfair flat. When he hears the occupants returning home, he scrambles to hide. Trapped in his hiding place, he hears the couple argue, and he soon finds himself witnessing a vicious murder.

But who was the dead woman, who the police later tell him can’t have been there? And why is the man Xander saw her with evading justice?

As Xander searches for answers, his memory of the crime comes under scrutiny, forcing him to confront his long-buried past and the stories he’s told about himself.

How much he is willing to risk to understand the brutal truth?

[Finally going to introduce myself to the novels of Imran Mahmood and I’m very much looking forward to it. This will be book 13 for my 20 Books of Summer challenge, btw. I’m not doing too badly this year. Probably just jinxed myself.]

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

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

  1. July 20, 2022 at 8:37 am

    Hope you enjoy The Museum of Ordinary People and I Know what I Saw, funny how I just reviewed that one! 😂

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  2. Jo
    July 20, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    Imran Mahmood is very good – can’t believe you’re only just getting round to his work! Happy reading! x

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  3. July 20, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    I can’t wait for that Mike Gayle book to make its way to the US.

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  4. July 21, 2022 at 5:06 am

    I like the sound of The Museum Of Ordinary People! 40 degrees temperatures don’t sound like fun though; yikes.

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    • July 25, 2022 at 9:08 am

      Don’t get me wrong, I love the heat. But I’d quite like to be able to sit outside and actually enjoy it instead of being cooped up inside with everything closed all day and not being able to sleep at night because it’s 35 degrees in my bedroom 😬.

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      • July 27, 2022 at 9:01 pm

        I feel your pain! The exact same happened to me last summer… We’re investing in an AC soon so we’re not melting when the temperatures go up again in a few months. 😉


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