This Week in Books (3rd August, 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.


When Paris Peralta is arrested in her own bathroom—covered in blood, holding a straight razor, her celebrity husband dead in the bathtub behind her—she knows she’ll be charged with murder. But as bad as this looks, it’s not what worries her the most. With the unwanted media attention now surrounding her, it’s only a matter of time before someone from her long hidden past recognizes her and destroys the new life she’s worked so hard to build, along with any chance of a future.

Twenty-five years earlier, Ruby Reyes, known as the Ice Queen, was convicted of a similar murder in a trial that riveted Canada in the early nineties. Reyes knows who Paris really is, and when she’s unexpectedly released from prison, she threatens to expose all of Paris’s secrets. Left with no other choice, Paris must finally confront the dark past she escaped, once and for all.

Because the only thing worse than a murder charge are two murder charges.

[Enjoyed it but it’s not my favourite Hillier book. You can read my review here.]


A private investigator returning to the hometown he fled years ago becomes entangled in the disappearance of two teenage girls in this stunning literary crime thriller.

Reid left the small town of Manson a decade ago, promising his former Chief of Police boss he’d never return. He made a new life in the city, became a PI and turned his back on his old life for good.

Now an insurance firm has offered him good money to look into a suspicious car crash, and he finds himself back in the place he grew up – home to his complicated family history, a scarring relationship breakdown and a very public career-ending incident.

As Reid’s investigation unfolds, nothing is as it seems: rumours are swirling about the well-liked young woman who was driving the car which killed her professor husband, while a second local student has just disappeared. As Reid veers off course from the job he has been paid to do, will he find himself in the dangerous position of taking on the town again?

[Halfway through and absolutely loving this one. It’s so good! Pomare is a new-to-me author but I’ll definitely be checking out his previous books.]


Winter, 1607. A man is struck down in the grounds of Battle Abbey, Sussex. Before dawn breaks, he is dead.

Home to the Montagues, Battle has caught the paranoid eye of King James. The Catholic household is rumoured to shelter those loyal to the Pope, disguising them as servants within the abbey walls. And the last man sent to expose them was silenced before his report could reach London.

Daniel Pursglove is summoned to infiltrate Battle and find proof of treachery. He soon discovers that nearly everyone at the abbey has something to hide – for deeds far more dangerous than religious dissent. But one lone figure he senses only in the shadows, carefully concealed from the world. Could the notorious traitor Spero Pettingar finally be close at hand?

As more bodies are unearthed, Daniel determines to catch the culprit. But how do you unmask a killer when nobody is who they seem?

[Also halfway through this one and enjoying it as well, but not as much as its predecessor.]


Liv Reese wakes up in the back of a taxi with no idea where she is or how she got there. When she’s dropped off at the door of her brownstone, a stranger answers—a stranger who now lives in her apartment and forces her out in the cold. She reaches for her phone to call for help, only to discover it’s missing, and in its place is a bloodstained knife. That’s when she sees that her hands are covered in black pen, scribbled messages like graffiti on her skin: STAY AWAKE.

Two years ago, Liv was living with her best friend, dating a new man, and thriving as a successful writer for a trendy magazine. Now, she’s lost and disoriented in a New York City that looks nothing like what she remembers. Catching a glimpse of the local news, she’s horrified to see reports of a crime scene where the victim’s blood has been used to scrawl a message across a window, the same message that’s inked on her hands. What did she do last night? And why does she remember nothing from the past two years? Liv finds herself on the run for a crime she doesn’t remember committing as she tries to piece together the fragments of her life. But there’s someone who does know exactly what she did, and they’ll do anything to make her forget … permanently.

[I loved The Night Swim when I read it two years ago so I’m very excited to dive into Goldin’s new one. The book description definitely has me intrigued already.]

There you go, that’s what my week in books looks like this time around. What about yours? Do let me know what you’re reading! Have a great week and lots of happy reading. xx

  9 comments for “This Week in Books (3rd August, 2022)

  1. August 3, 2022 at 9:08 am

    Great choices!

    Finished reading Stay Awake last night and I loved it

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  2. August 3, 2022 at 11:42 am

    I’m also going to read Stay Awake next week. I hope we both enjoy it.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. August 3, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    Have a great reading week!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. August 3, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    I want Stay Awake! Holding out for my library copy of the audiobook. Enjoy, Eva💜

    Liked by 1 person

  5. August 4, 2022 at 4:10 am

    I have Stay Awake on audiobook and am looking forward to listening to it very soon. I hope we both enjoy it, Eva.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. August 4, 2022 at 5:23 am

    I hope Stay Awake will be a good one for you! xx

    Liked by 1 person

  7. August 8, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    Pomade’s previous books are fabulous so I’m looking forward to this one.

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 8, 2022 at 1:03 pm

      It’s so good! I’m definitely checking out his previous ones.


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