This Week in Books (11th 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.


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.

[So, so good, in that whole “I don’t have a bloody clue what’s going on” kind of way. Review to come next week.]


Five years ago, ordinary Americans fell under the grip of a strange new malady that caused them to sleepwalk across the country to a destination only they knew. They were followed on their quest by the shepherds: friends and family who gave up everything to protect them.

Their secret destination: Ouray, a small town in Colorado that would become one of the last outposts of civilization. Because the sleepwalking epidemic was only the first in a chain of events that led to the end of the world–and the birth of a new one.

The survivors, sleepwalkers and shepherds alike, have a dream of rebuilding human society. Among them are Benji, the scientist struggling through grief to lead the town; Marcy, the former police officer who wants only to look after the people she loves; and Shana, the teenage girl who became the first shepherd–and an unlikely hero whose courage will be needed again.

Because the people of Ouray are not the only survivors, and the world they are building is fragile. The forces of cruelty and brutality are amassing under the leadership of self-proclaimed president Ed Creel. And in the very heart of Ouray, the most powerful survivor of all is plotting its own vision for the new world: Black Swan, the A.I. who imagined the apocalypse.

Against these threats, Benji, Marcy, Shana, and the rest have only one hope: one another. Because the only way to survive the end of the world is together

[Dark days mean less light to read tree books by, and due to the energy crisis I refuse to turn on lamps unnecessarily, and because this book is nearly 800 pages long it’s incredibly slow going for the moment but I’m enjoying it so there’s that. If you’re at all interested, keep in mind you should definitely read Wanderers first!]


At a busy festival site on a warm spring night, a baby lies alone in her pram, her mother vanishing into the crowds.

A year on, Kim Gillespie’s absence casts a long shadow as her friends and loved ones gather deep in the heart of South Australian wine country to welcome a new addition to the family.

Joining the celebrations is federal investigator Aaron Falk. But as he soaks up life in the lush valley, he begins to suspect this tight-knit group may be more fractured than it seems.

Between Falk’s closest friend, a missing mother, and a woman he’s drawn to, dark questions linger as long-ago truths begin to emerge.

[Trying to stay on top of things so this ARC will probably be next. ‘The Dry’, the first book in the Aaron Falk series, is still my favourite Jane Harper book so I’m really looking forward to revisiting this character in the third book.]

What are you reading this week? Do let me know and I wish you lots of happy reading! xx

  9 comments for “This Week in Books (11th January, 2023)

  1. January 11, 2023 at 10:50 am

    I love the sound of the the Alperton Angels, especially after enjoying True Crime Story. I haven’t read The Appeal yet and couldn’t get into her second book at all.

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    • January 11, 2023 at 10:54 am

      I thought The Appeal was great but I could have sworn her next one was written by someone else as I couldn’t get into it either. Really enjoyed Alperton though.

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      • Jo
        January 11, 2023 at 6:04 pm

        I’m so glad it’s not just me! Loved The Appeal, and DNFd The Twyford Code 😬

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        • January 12, 2023 at 8:17 am

          I struggled on until the bitter end because it was a Netgalley copy but otherwise I’m sure I would have too!

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  2. January 11, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    I treated myself to Wayward before Christmas and am eager to read it, but I do want a few days where I don’t have to go to work before I get tucked into it.

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    • January 12, 2023 at 8:19 am

      Good plan. I’m about a quarter in now. I’m enjoying it but it seems a lot more slow going than Wanderers.

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  3. January 14, 2023 at 3:36 am

    I’m hoping to read Exiles some time soon as well! And I’ve been meaning to pick up Wanderers for ages… Not sure if I have time for a book that size at the moment though with so many ARCs pending. xD

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