This Week in Books (18th 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.

[Review will be up tomorrow.]


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.

[I haven’t read much this week for various reasons, one of which is the Australian Open, but what I’ve read of Exiles I have most definitely enjoyed so far.]


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

[I’m about a quarter through this one, but did I mention the Australian Open? Also, it’s been slow going so far and I just haven’t been in the mood for it.]


Three couples rent a luxury cabin in the woods for a weekend getaway to die for in this chilling locked-room thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger.

What could be more restful, more restorative, than a weekend getaway with family and friends? An isolated luxury cabin in the woods, complete with spectacular views, a hot tub and a personal chef. Hannah’s loving and generous tech-mogul brother found the listing online. The reviews are stellar. It’s his birthday gift to Hannah and includes their spouses and another couple. The six friends need this trip with good food, good company and lots of R & R, far from the chatter and pressures of modern life.

But the dreamy weekend is about to turn into a nightmare. A deadly storm is brewing. The rental host seems just a little too present. The personal chef reveals that their beautiful house has a spine-tingling history. And the friends have their own complicated past, with secrets that run blood deep. How well does Hannah know her brother, her own husband? Can she trust her best friend? And who is the new boyfriend, crashing their party? Meanwhile, someone is determined to ruin the weekend, looking to exact a payback for deeds long buried. Who is the stranger among them? 

[Sticking to my plan of reading ARCs ahead of time instead of after they’ve already been archived on Netgalley. We will see how it goes. I think I might have mentioned the Australian Open 😏.]

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

  10 comments for “This Week in Books (18th January, 2023)

  1. January 18, 2023 at 10:30 am

    Looking forward to your review of The Australian Open, oops I mean the new Janice Hallet book! 😂


  2. January 18, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Glad you’re enjoying Exiles so far…


  3. Jo
    January 18, 2023 at 6:55 pm

    So pleased that you’re enjoying Exiles – I’ve recently had a few bad experiences of not enjoying books by authors whose work I’ve previously loved, and I’m hoping I don’t have to add Jane Harper to that category! 😬

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    • January 19, 2023 at 9:21 am

      Oooh, interesting. I know we don’t mention names … but do you want to mention names? 🤔😂

      Liked by 1 person

      • Jo
        January 19, 2023 at 6:10 pm

        😂 Normally I’d DM you, which is perhaps one of the few things I’m going to miss about Twitter… Kannah Hent and Kess Jidd are two examples…

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        • January 25, 2023 at 10:27 am

          I’ve never read a KJ 😂 but I deliberately skipped Kannah because her Burial Rites is one of my favourite books ever and I’m too worried her other book won’t live up to that.

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          • Jo
            January 25, 2023 at 7:16 pm

            I adored Burial Rites, liked The Good People, and couldn’t get into Devotion at all 😦

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  4. January 19, 2023 at 12:21 am

    The Australian Open is emotionally devastating this year! I’m kinda frightened to watch any more! Looking forward to tomorrow’s review – no pressure, but your review will determine whether it goes on my wishlist or not…

    Liked by 1 person

  5. January 19, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    That’s good news about Exiles so far! I’m hoping to pick it up some time soon as well. Enjoy the Australian Open and happy reading! xx

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