This Week in Books (4th January, 2023)

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.


A young woman is dead. Her wealthy boss says it was suicide. Who do you believe?

A super rich client needs a favour. You’re newly qualified as a lawyer and this could be your big break, so you jump at the chance.

All you have to do is talk to a family, ask them to sign some papers. How difficult could it be? Their daughter was found dead at a beauty spot on the outskirts of London in what you’re told was a tragic suicide.

But the truth is never that simple. And this case could cost you your life… 

[My review will be up tomorrow.]


The trip of a lifetime ends in murder

Maisie leaves her precarious home life in the UK to hike the West Coast Trail in Canada. She meets brother and sister Sera and Ric, and what begins as a fun-filled experience in a beautiful secluded setting quickly turns sour.

Twenty-five years later, a woman named Laura is panicked to learn that a body was found near the trail and the police suspect they’re the bones of Sera. The secret she’s been hiding for a quarter of a century is about to come out – and someone is determined to make sure she tells the truth, and pays the price, as she should have done back then. But what lengths will Laura go to in order to protect her carefully constructed family life?

[Flying through this one and hoping to finish it this afternoon.]


Everyone knows the story of the Alperton Angels: the cult-like group who were convinced one of their member’s babies was the anti-Christ, and they had a divine mission to kill it – until the baby’s mother, Holly, came to her senses and called the police. The Angels committed suicide rather than go to prison, and Holly – and the baby – disappeared into the care system.

Nearly two decades later, true-crime author Amanda Bailey is writing a book on the Angels. The Alperton baby has turned eighteen and can finally be interviewed – if Amanda can find them, it will be the true-crime scoop of the year, and will save her flagging career. But rival author Oliver Menzies is just as smart, better connected, and is also on the baby’s trail.

As Amanda and Oliver are forced to collaborate, they realise that what everyone thinks they know about the Angels is wrong, and the truth is something much darker and stranger than they’d ever imagined.

This story is far from over – and it won’t have a happy ending.

[The last of my January ARCs. Hope I enjoy it more than the previous one.]

There you have it. A glimpse of what I’m reading this week. What’s on your reading schedule? Do let me know and I wish you lots of happy reading! xx

  6 comments for “This Week in Books (4th January, 2023)

  1. January 4, 2023 at 11:00 am

    Wow two days in a row are feeling alright? 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. January 5, 2023 at 10:52 pm

    Hmm, it may just be New Year enthusiasm, but these all sound interesting, especially the cult one! Looking forward to your reviews! (So nice to see you popping up in my reader… 😀 )

    Liked by 1 person

  3. January 7, 2023 at 2:02 pm

    Great selection! I especially like the sound of The Hiking Trip. Have a wonderful weekend! xx

    Liked by 1 person

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