Weekly Wrap-Up ( June 9)

Looks like Summer pissed off again. Instead we’ve had huge thunderstorms, rain and gusts. One of my young trees toppled over and is currently quite elegantly stuck between two rubbish bins so it stays upright. Idea courtesy of the other half 🙄

Reading-wise, my week got off to a great start! And then my reading mojo decided to throw yet another spanner in the works, resulting in starting two books that quickly found their way back to the bookshelf. Instead, I watched some tennis and did a whole lot of absolutely nothing.

However, I did manage to read more than 3 books this week so that’s progress! And I would have finished another one yesterday if a certain buddy reader would have stopped procrastinating 😉😂

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

I’m switching back and forth between blog tour books and books from my 20 Books of Summer list and so far, it’s working like a charm. Fingers crossed I can keep this up! Reviews for three of those will be up on the blog this week.

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

This pre-order arrived at the start of the week so naturally I dropped everything and read it straight away. I mean, come on! It’s Stuart MacBride!

| BOOK POST THAT LANDED ON MY DOORSTEP THIS WEEK |

A giveaway win, two for a blog tour and one that might be for a tour? I’m not exactly sure. 😂 With thanks to Transworld, Orenda, Penguin and Jo!

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

Monday : Nothing to see here

Tuesday : I was going to post and then I forgot what I wanted to do so I didn’t do anything 😳

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Shared an extract of The House On The Edge Of The Cliff by Carol Drinkwater for my stop on the blog tour

Friday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for Wolves at the Door by Gunnar Staalesen

Saturday : Took the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : Review | All That’s Dead by Stuart MacBride

Tuesday : Blog tour | Extract | What Lies Around Us by Andrew Croft

Wednesday : Blog tour | Review | A Modern Family by Helga Flatland

Thursday : Blog tour | Review | Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou

Friday : Blog tour | Review | Without A Trace by Carissa Ann Lynch

Saturday : Taking the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Oooh. Could this be the start of a busy summer?

Question of the week : How far ahead do you start planning your holiday reads? How do you decide which books to shove into your suitcase? Are there books you deliberately keep aside for when you’re on holiday?

That’s a wrap! Have a fabulous week and I’ll see you next time! Happy reading! xx

When I Find You by Emma Curtis @emmacurtisbooks @TransworldBooks @annecater #blogtour #WhenIFindYou #RandomThingsTours

Delighted to host a stop on the blog tour for When I Find You by Emma Curtis today! My thanks to Anne Cater for the invitation to join and to the publisher for my review copy, which I received via Netgalley.

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Author : Emma Curtis
Title : When I Find You
Pages : 400
Publisher : Transworld
Publication date : July 1, 2018

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When Laura wakes up after her office Christmas party and sees a man’s shirt on the floor, she is horrified. But this is no ordinary one-night-stand regret. Laura suffers from severe face-blindness, a condition that means she is completely unable to identify and remember faces. So the man she spent all night dancing with and kissing – the man she thought she’d brought home – was ‘Pink Shirt’.

But the shirt on her floor is blue. And now Laura must go to work every day and face the man who took advantage of her condition. The man she has no way of recognising.

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I thoroughly enjoyed Emma Curtis’ previous book, One Little Mistake, so I was eagerly awaiting her next offering and I can already tell you I was not disappointed.

After an office Christmas party, Laura wakes up next to a man she’s spent a wonderfully steamy night with. She doesn’t know his name and realises perfectly well she won’t recognise his face. Because Laura has a condition called Prosopagnosia, or face blindness. A condition that sounds rather out there but it’s however a very real thing. At least Laura remembers her bed companion was wearing a pink shirt. Except, the shirt she finds on the floor is blue. Who is this stranger? Before Laura has a chance to find out, the man runs from her flat and now Laura must return to work every day with the knowledge someone took advantage of her condition. How will she find out who he is?

I can’t even begin to imagine how frightening this must be. Laura has multiple coping mechanisms to try and figure out who she’s talking to but they tend to fail when the environment changes. For instance, she’d recognise a colleague at work because of the desk they’re sitting at but wouldn’t know who they are if they were to bump into each other at the supermarket. While I would just look at a face and instantly know who is in front of me, Laura focuses on hair colour, gait and distinctive marks like tattoos. But none of those little tricks are helping her find out who took advantage of her. There’s obviously a bit of a list of suspects. It could be anyone and just like Laura, I was left in the dark as to their identity until the end.

The story is told through alternating chapters, switching between Laura and her boss Rebecca. Apart from Laura’s family, Rebecca is the only one who knows about Laura’s condition. Introducing Rebecca to the story immediately felt incredibly intriguing as I couldn’t at all guess at the part she would play. She’s not really a likeable person but as a plot device, she does help the story along and things will soon make a lot more sense.

Just like the author’s previous book, When I Find You is quite thought-provoking. A tense and realistic scenario that constantly makes you wonder what you would do. Emma Curtis has obviously done her research and I felt she truly managed to show what living with this condition is like. To be honest, I think I might quite favour the hide-under-the-duvet option for the rest of my life instead of stepping out not knowing who’s in front of me. Laura is definitely a character to sympathise with, although she does make a few dubious decisions.

This is a suspenseful, twisty psychological thriller that had me glued to the pages. I couldn’t predict the outcome at all and often jumped to the wrong conclusions. I can’t wait to see what’s next from Emma Curtis and I definitely recommend you give her books a go!

When I Find You is available to buy!

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Bookdepository | Kobo | Wordery | Goodreads

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Emma Curtis was born in Brighton and now lives in London with her husband. After raising two children and working various jobs, her fascination with the darker side of domestic life inspired her to write her acclaimed debut novel, One Little Mistake. When I Find You is her second thriller.

Author link :  Twitter

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This Week in Books (July 4)

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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.

Last book I finished reading

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The Missing…

In a hidden basement, eighteen-year-old Toni is held captive and no one can hear her screams. She’s been abducted after investigating unspeakable things in the darkest corners of the Internet.

The Vigilante…

Fearing the worst, Toni’s mother turns to ex-SAS operative Mitchell to help find her missing daughter. And when Mitchell discovers Toni’s fate rests in the hands of pure evil, he races against the clock to find Toni and bring her out alive. But even that might not be enough to save her.

The Detective…

DS Warren Carter is looking forward to a new job and a simpler life. But when he’s called in to investigate the brutal murder of a seemingly normal couple, he becomes entangled in lives that are anything but simple. And as he digs deeper, he uncovers a crime more twisted than he could ever have imagined.

The book I’m currently reading

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When Laura wakes up after her office Christmas party and sees a man’s shirt on the floor, she is horrified. But this is no ordinary one-night-stand regret. Laura suffers from severe face-blindness, a condition that means she is completely unable to identify and remember faces. So the man she spent all night dancing with and kissing – the man she thought she’d brought home – was ‘Pink Shirt’.

But the shirt on her floor is blue. And now Laura must go to work every day and face the man who took advantage of her condition. The man she has no way of recognising.

What I’m (most definitely) reading next

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While attending a crime scene on the outskirts of Maidstone, DI Kay Hunter makes a shocking discovery.

The victim has been brutally cut to pieces, his identity unknown.
When more body parts start turning up in the Kentish countryside, Kay realises the disturbing truth – a serial killer is at large and must be stopped at all costs.

With no motive for the murders and a killer who has gone undetected until now, Kay and her team of detectives must work fast to calm a terrified local population and a scornful media.

When a third victim is found, her investigation grows even more complicated.

As she begins to expose a dark underbelly to the county town, Kay and her team are pulled into a web of jealousy and intrigue that, if left unchecked, will soon claim another life.

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I’m just a little under pressure this week. The book I’m currently reading is for a blog tour on Thursday, the next one is for Saturday. If I disappear, you know why.

Hope your reading is a lot less stressful than mine 😄. Happy reading! xx