Weekly Wrap-Up (May 5)

May? How is it May? What happened to all the other months between January and May? Where did they go?

Speaking of where things went, what happened to Spring? Feels more like Autumn. Quite chilly, lots of rain, even some hail … I so not approve. Meanwhile the weeds are taking over my garden because I can’t get out there. I mean, I can. I’d just get wet. Which I don’t approve of either 😉

This week’s excuse for not reading as much as normal is : I have no idea what happened. I’ve had one of those weeks where one book took me three days to read. And I was actually enjoying it!

So let’s take a look at the books that can be taken off the TBR pile this week.

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

There may not be many but boy, they’re good! Now I should probably also stop squeezing in books I don’t have commitments for because the big gap I managed to create in my schedule is getting smaller. 😳

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

Once in a while, the OH will drive to this big shopping centre we have, which is the only place relatively near us that has a bookshop which sells English books. He’ll take pictures, send them to me and I’ll just say “that and that and that”. This was the result. Do I have a clue what these books are about? Nope. There’s even one, Impossible Saints, that I’ve never heard of. I just liked the cover 🤣

| BOOK POST THAT LANDED ON MY DOORSTEP THIS WEEK |

Courtesy of Hodder, Michael Joseph, Avon and Headline. Her Last Promise was such lovely surprise book post. How pretty is that? I didn’t want to unwrap it!

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

Monday : Nothing

Tuesday : Again with the nothing

Wednesday : Shared My Week in Books

Thursday : Joined the blog tour for The Innocent Ones by Neil White

Friday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for No Way Out by Cara Hunter

Saturday : Took another day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Another quiet one. Can I keep it up? 🤔

| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : Blog tour | Guest Post | The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen

Tuesday : Nothing planned

Wednesday : Blog tour | Review | Night By Night by Jack Jordan

Thursday : Review | With Our Blessing by Jo Spain

Friday : Nothing planned

Saturday : Blog tour | Review | In Two Minds by Alis Hawkins

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Proof that the gap in my schedule got smaller. See that book on Saturday? Yep, still need to read that one. But I have read quite a few that are due in the weeks after so technically, I’m still ahead. 😂

Reminder that I won’t be around much on Twitter tomorrow in order to avoid spoilers for Game of Thrones and Line of Duty.

Off to spend the afternoon with friends. I dare you to ask how much I’m looking forward to that. 🙄

And that’s it. Hope everyone has a great week! Until next time. Happy reading! xx

He Said / She Said by Erin Kelly

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Author : Erin Kelly
Title : He Said / She Said
Pages : 416
Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date : April 20, 2017

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In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack.

She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, it is not only the victim’s life that is changed forever.

Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear.

And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her that you can never see the whole picture : something – and someone – is always in the dark.

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You can never see the whole picture and someone is always in the dark.

He Said / She Said is my first introduction to author Erin Kelly and I’ve been left with the feeling of missing out so I will definitely be checking out some of her other work at some point. This book got a lot of hype when it was first published and I can’t believe it’s taken me this along to get around to reading it.

In 1999, in the aftermath of an eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack and lives are changed forever. Fifteen years later, Laura and her husband still live in fear and that’s all I’m going to say about that. This is one of those books where the less you know the better, so do yourself a favour and go in blind!

He Said / She Said is a twisty tale of deceit, lies and deception. Nothing is what it looks like and nobody is who you think they are. This is a brilliantly constructed and well executed plot. I found the beginning of the book a little bit slow going and even slightly confusing but soon found myself completely engrossed as Erin Kelly deftly builds up the tension and suspense.

There are so many twists and turns in this story that I didn’t see coming at all. It felt like being hit over the head with a frying pan, over and over again. The hits just kept on coming and by the end I felt absolutely drained and sucker-punched. These characters are so complex and unreliable. My loyalty kept switching back and forth, only to end up being utterly non-existent as everything is revealed in the end.

He Said / She Said manages to stand out in this quite overcrowded genre and Erin Kelly is one talented author. I’m glad she’s on my radar now as it wasn’t just the characters who were left in the dark, quite literally sometimes, but also I, the reader. Any author who can take me by surprise like this, is worth following.

He Said / She Said was published in April.

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Camino Island by John Grisham @HodderBooks

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Author : John Grisham
Title : Camino Island
Pages : 297
Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date : June 6, 2017

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Priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts stolen in a daring heist; a young woman recruited to recover them; a beach-resort bookseller who gets more than he bargained for—all in one long summer on Camino Island.

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Original manuscripts by F. Scott Fitzgerald are stolen from the library at Princeton University. With the FBI hot on their heals, the thieves have no option but to quickly get rid of their priceless loot. Mercer is recruited to find out if a reputable bookseller on Camino Island is somehow involved.

I am a massive John Grisham fan and have been reading his books since dinosaurs roamed the earth. Okay, maybe a bit less than that but for a long time anyway. Even though the last few years some of his books have been rather hit or miss with me, as soon as word hits that there’s a new book being published, I hit that pre-order button like a mad woman.

Now, while I enjoyed this one, I still don’t feel it’s up to par with, let’s say for instance A Time to Kill, which is one of my all-time favourite Grisham books. Then again, Camino Island isn’t a legal thriller so maybe that comparison is unfair. Despite that, John Grisham remains one of the most fabulous storytellers out there.

As a reader and book lover, I of course loved the setting and the bookstore scenes, as well as the conversations between various people trying to write books. While the plot was brilliantly executed, I always felt the outcome was too obvious, which left me a bit disappointed, and like something was lacking although I can’t put my finger on exactly what that should be.

Still, despite certain misgivings, I remain a fan and I will continue to stubbornly buy whatever Grisham writes next and remain hopeful there’s another mind-blowing legal thriller on the horizon somewhere.

Camino Island was published on June 6th.

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