This Week in Books (24th 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.


In search of a new life, sixteen-year-old Adriana Clark’s family moves to the ancient, ocean-battered Isle of Mull, far off the coast of Scotland. Then she goes missing. Faced with hostile locals and indifferent police, her desperate parents turn to private investigator Sadie Levesque.

Sadie is the best at what she does. But when she finds Adriana’s body in a cliffside cave, a seaweed crown carefully arranged on her head, she knows she’s dealing with something she’s never encountered before.

The deeper she digs into the island’s secrets, the closer danger creeps – and the more urgent her quest to find the killer grows. Because what if Adriana is not the last girl to die?

[Another solid thriller from Helen Fields. My review will be up next week.]


Summer, 2021. Nell has come home at her family’s insistence to celebrate an anniversary. Fifty years ago, her father wrote The Golden Bones. Part picture book, part treasure hunt, Sir Frank Churcher created a fairy story about Elinore, a murdered woman whose skeleton was scattered all over England. Clues and puzzles in the pages of The Golden Bones led readers to seven sites where jewels were buried – gold and precious stones, each a different part of a skeleton. One by one, the tiny golden bones were dug up until only Elinore’s pelvis remained hidden.

The book was a sensation. A community of treasure hunters called the Bonehunters formed, in frenzied competition, obsessed to a dangerous degree. People sold their homes to travel to England and search for Elinore. Marriages broke down as the quest consumed people. A man died. The book made Frank a rich man. Stalked by fans who could not tell fantasy from reality, his daughter, Nell, became a recluse.

But now the Churchers must be reunited. The book is being reissued along with a new treasure hunt and a documentary crew are charting everything that follows. Nell is appalled, and terrified. During the filming, Frank finally reveals the whereabouts of the missing golden bone. And then all hell breaks loose.

[It’s taking me a while to get into this one. I’m finding the beginning a bit all over the place but I’m intrigued to find out more.]


The project:
Final Draft, a psychological horror. Promising Young Thing Steve Dade will direct.

The tagline:
‘Based on a terrifying true story. That hasn’t happened – yet.’

The location:
A cottage deep in a forest, miles from anywhere in the wintry wilds of West Cork.

The lead:
Former soap-star Adele Rafferty has stepped in to replace the original actress at the very last minute. She can’t help but hope that this will be her big break.

The problem:
Something isn’t quite right on the set of Final Draft.
Adele is about to discover that the real horror lies off the page…

[This arrived on my doorstep yesterday, a little earlier than I had expected, and since Ryan Howard is a favourite author, I dropped what I was doing (sorry, Erin Kelly!) and dug into Run Time instead. I’m about halfway through but reserving judgment until I finish.]


The small community of Akranes is devastated when a young man dies in a mysterious house fire, and when Detective Elma and her colleagues from West Iceland CID discover the fire was arson, they become embroiled in an increasingly perplexing case involving multiple suspects. What’s more, the dead man’s final online search raises fears that they could be investigating not one murder, but two.

A few months before the fire, a young Dutch woman takes a job as an au pair in Iceland, desperate to make a new life for herself after the death of her father. But the seemingly perfect family who employs her turns out to have problems of its own and she soon discovers she is running out of people to turn to.

As the police begin to hone in on the truth, Elma, already struggling to come to terms with a life-changing event, finds herself in mortal danger as it becomes clear that someone has secrets they’ll do anything to hide…

[Why, yes, I am indeed still reading this one too. Scandi-Noir and I are just not getting along right now. Maybe choosing to read this in the middle of one of the warmest Summers we’ve ever had wasn’t my smartest move.]


Burnt-out from policework, Detective Sergeant George Manolis flies from Australia to Greece for a holiday. Recently divorced and mourning the death of his father, who emigrated from the turbulent Prespes region which straddles the borders of Greece, Albania and North Macedonia, Manolis hopes to reconnect with his roots and heritage.

On arrival, Manolis learns of the disappearance of an ‘invisible’—a local man who lives without a scrap of paperwork. The police and some locals believe the man’s disappearance was pre-planned, while others suspect foul play. Reluctantly, Manolis agrees to work undercover to find the invisible, and must navigate the complicated relationships of a tiny village where grudges run deep.

It soon becomes clear to Manolis that he may never locate a man who, for all intents and purposes, doesn’t exist. And with the clock ticking, the ghosts of the past continue to haunt the events of today as Manolis’ investigation leads him to uncover a dark and long-forgotten practise.

[Very much enjoyed Peter’s debut ‘The Stoning’ and can’t wait to read this follow-up. Even if I’m a little disappointed it’s not set in Australia. 😄]

And that’s a look at what I’m reading this week. What’s on your reading schedule this week? Do let me know in the comments and I wish you lots of happy reading! xx

  8 comments for “This Week in Books (24th August, 2022)

  1. August 24, 2022 at 10:57 am

    Ooh I loved The Stoning as well (after reading your review), so can’t wait for The Invisible! x

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    • August 25, 2022 at 8:48 pm

      I was brought up on Mull and my 80 year old Dad still runs a hill farm there with my sister’s help – my son and his girlfriend even work on the ferry over! So I MUST read the Helen Fields!
      I LOVED Night Shadows, and the other three are all on my TBR pile – The Invisible is nearest the top! Your taste is very similar to mine.

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      • August 29, 2022 at 8:43 am

        It must be so neat to read a book set in a place you’re familiar with. I do hope you enjoy the Helen Fields when you read it!

        We clearly both have excellent taste in books 😉.


    • September 1, 2022 at 11:35 am

      Hm, slow going for the moment. Can’t decide if it’s me (again 🙄) or the book.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. August 27, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    I’m SO curious about Run Time! I hope it will be a good one for you. xx

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