This Week in Books (8th February, 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.


The past isn’t always dead and buried . . .

A house with history. That’s how the estate agent described the old toll house on the edge of the town. For Kelda it’s the perfect rural home for her young son Dylan after a difficult few years.

But when Kelda finds a death mask concealed behind one of the walls, everything changes. Inexplicable things happen in the house, Kelda cannot shake the feeling of being watched and Dylan is plagued by nightmares, convinced he can see figures in his room. As Dylan’s behaviour becomes increasingly challenging, Kelda seeks answers in the house’s mysterious past. But she’s running out of time.

Because something has awoken.

And now it won’t rest. 

[I had one of those weeks last week where nothing stuck, until I came across this one. Très spooky!]


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?

[By currently, I mean I haven’t started it yet. But it’s my last February ARC so it would be nice to get it off the schedule. I must say the reviews aren’t exactly motivating me much 😳.]


Frozen Out will be the TV sensation of the year. In the harshest Arctic conditions, eight contestants will push their bodies and minds to breaking point for a £100,000 prize. And camerawoman Dee will be there to capture every second, all but invisible – just how she likes it.

But as rumours spread of corner-cutting and safety risks, tempers among the cast and crew start to fray. And then one of the contestants is found dead, supposedly of a heart attack. But Dee is not convinced.

With a fierce storm approaching and communication with land cut off, the question now is not who will win the money. It’s who will make it off the ship alive.

[Don’t even know what this one is about but the evil twin made me do it.]

That’s the plan. Let’s see if I’ll stick to it. What are you reading this week? Do let me know! xx

  9 comments for “This Week in Books (8th February, 2023)

  1. February 8, 2023 at 8:37 am

    I finally finished Pride and Prejudice on audio and what a slog that was! The narrator was brilliant, but sometimes I didn’t have clue what Jane Austen was going on about! 😂

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    • February 8, 2023 at 8:42 am


      I sometimes think it’s one of those books that I *think* I read and added to GR with a rating and all when I first joined. But that maybe probably most likely that rating is actually based on the tv series 😬😂.

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  2. February 8, 2023 at 9:00 am

    Oh sure, blame me 🙄😂


  3. February 9, 2023 at 7:15 am

    I also have Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six to read in the coming week or so, Eva. I hope we are both pleasantly surprised. ❤📚

    Liked by 1 person

  4. February 9, 2023 at 8:43 pm

    Ehmm well… I do hope Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six works better for you… I usually love her writing, but this was just not it for me. xD

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