Six In Six – A Look Back At Some Of My Top Books Of 2017 So Far…

6 I saw this over at Cleopatra Loves Books, and thought it was a great idea to look back at books read so far in 2017. Hosted by Jo’s Book Journey, the idea is sharing 6 books, in 6 categories from the first half of the year. So here’s my choices:

6 Books I Have Enjoyed The Most 



6 Psychological Thrillers I Have Read & Enjoyed 



6 New To Me Authors 



6 Covers I’ve Loved



6 Books Which Took Me To The Past 



Six Books I Own & Can’t Believe I Haven’t Managed To Read Yet 


Looking Back At April and Forward to May

I can’t believe it’s May already? Where is this year going? I’m seriously wanted to put some brakes on it, this is the last month for me in my 30’s as in June I turn 40! It seems surreal, I don’t even feel like a grown up yet! 
April was a month of rest really for me. I was off work for most of it after suffering some anxiety and panic attacks. I’m generally an anxious person, but now and then it gets a bit out of control. I went back to work last week, and to be honest I was dreading it, and yes – it was tough, but got a bit easier every day and I made it through the week, albeit fairly exhausted! 

Book Of The Month

Anyway, it did mean I had plenty of time for reading and in April I read 15 books. I’m very happy with that! It was an excellent month for books, and it was a hard choice between two for book of the month, but April has to go to Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton  
Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor. 

She’s seen the killer’s face – but he’s also seen hers. And he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime. 

Alone, scared, trusting no one, she’s running to where she feels safe – but it could be the most dangerous place of all . . . 

Published April 20th by Transworld (UK) 

I also interviewed Sharon Bolton as part of her blog tour (Squeee!!) See HERE 

However, my other book of the month isn’t out until June, but definitely needs a mention. Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig is absolutely STUNNING and I urge everyone to get it on their wishlist. I’ll be reviewing it nearer publication. 

Meet Ginny. She’s fourteen, autistic, and has a heart-breaking secret…

‘Brilliant’ – Graeme Simison, author of The Rosie Project

Ginny Moon is trying to make sense of a world that just doesn’t seem to add up….

After years in foster care, Ginny is in her fourth forever family, finally with parents who will love her.

Everyone tells her that she should feel happy, but she has never stopped crafting her Big Secret Plan of Escape.

Because something happened, a long time ago – something that only Ginny knows – and nothing will stop her going back to put it right…

A fiercely poignant and inspirational story a lost girl searching for a place to call home. Ginny Moon will change everyone who spends time with her. Published by HQ 1st June 2017 

Coming Up In May

Tomorrow I’m off to Manchester for a four day work training course, so I’m planning lots of reading time in my hotel on an evening! Here’s some of the books I’m most excited about coming out this month: 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 

A stunning debut about a girl who has learned how to survive – but not how to live.

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is fine. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except sometimes, everything.

No-one’s ever told Eleanor life should be better than fine. But with a simple act of kindness she’s about to realise exactly how much better than fine life can be. 

Published May 18th by Harper (UK) 

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?

Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.  Published May 18th by HQ 

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins  

The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train returns with Into the Water, her addictive new novel of psychological suspense. 

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return. 

The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins 

Professor Olivia Sweetman has worked hard to achieve the life she loves, with a high-flying career as a TV presenter and historian, three children and a talented husband. But as she stands before a crowd at the launch of her new bestseller she can barely pretend to smile. Her life has spiralled into deceit and if the truth comes out, she will lose everything.

Only one person knows what Olivia has done. Vivian Tester is the socially awkward sixty-year-old housekeeper of a Sussex manor who found the Victorian diary on which Olivia’s book is based. She has now become Olivia’s unofficial research assistant. And Vivian has secrets of her own.

As events move between London, Sussex and the idyllic South of France, the relationship between these two women grows more entangled and complex. Then a bizarre act of violence changes everything.

The Night Visitor is a compelling exploration of ambition, morality and deception that asks the question: how far would you go to save your reputation?  Published May 4th by Quercus (I’ve read this already – It’s BRILLIANT – Review tomorrow)

The Last Piece Of My Heart by Paige Toon 

When life feels like a puzzle, sometimes it’s the small pieces that make up the bigger picture … Join Bridget on a journey to put her world back together.

Meet Bridget, a successful travel journalist with ambitions to turn her quirky relationship blog into a novel. But, after numerous rejections from publishers, she accepts an alternative proposition: Nicole Dupre died leaving behind a bestselling novel and an incomplete sequel, and the family need someone to finish it. Bridget is just thankful to have her foot in the publishing door. But as she gets to know Nicole’s grieving family, and the woman behind the writing, Bridget’s priorities begin to change. 

Published May 18th by Simon & Schuster UK 

Upcoming Blog Tours  

Hope everyone has a lovely May with lots of sunshine and amazing books!!!

Dead Woman Walking Blog Tour: Q & A with Sharon Bolton

I’m more than a tad excited to be hosting the Dead Woman Walking Blog Tour today with a Q&A with Sharon Bolton herself! I read Dead Woman Walking myself a few weeks ago and was absolutely blown away by this gripping, clever, shocking and twisty thriller, and am delighted to ask Sharon some questions on her latest novel!

Sharon (formerly SJ) Bolton grew up in a cotton-mill town in Lancashire and had an eclectic early career which she is now rather embarrassed about. She gave it all up to become a mother and a writer.

Her first novel, Sacrifice, was voted Best New Read by, whilst her second, Awakening, won the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark award. In 2014, Lost, (UK title, Like This, For Ever) was named RT Magazine’s Best Contemporary Thriller in the US, and in France, Now You See Me won the Plume de Bronze. That same year, Sharon was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library, for her entire body of work.

Hello Sharon, and welcome to Cosy Books. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

 I’m an accomplished tap dancer, I’ve white-water rafted the Zambezi, been chased by an elephant
on horseback, am scared of butterflies and my favourite film is Terminator 2. 

Dead Woman Walking is your latest novel, could you tell us what it’s about in your own

Twelve passengers and a pilot, drifting in a hot air balloon over the Northumberland
National Park one morning, see a murder being committed on the ground. Determined to
allow no witnesses to live, the killer causes the balloon to crash, killing everyone on board,
apart from one woman who immediately goes on the run. And then things really go

The book is set in Northumbria – (a place close to me and one of the most stunning places in
my opinion!) what appealed about this setting?

Dead Woman Walking is essentially a chase story, a run and hide story, and for that to work I needed the most remote, least populated region of England. That could only be Northumberland. 

There are some difficult and controversial themes covered in the book. Can you tell us about
some of the research you undertook when writing Dead Woman Walking.

 I got lost in the Northumberland National Park, was almost stranded on Holy Island by a rapidly returning tide and had to wade through flood waters in York, but you didn’t mean that did you? Most
of my books involve my reading real life horror stories at some point, and this one was no
exception. It also threw up a pretty crucial question that we could all usefully ask ourselves :
how far would we go to save the life of someone we loved? (Difficult to say more without
giving away too much of the plot.) 

Dead Woman Walking is filled with unexpected twists … how on earth do you keep up with
them all when you are writing? 

Well, some of them take me by surprise! I just thank heaven for word processing and the ability to write as many drafts as I need to make sure the twist works perfectly and that all the clues are laid in the right places. Twists are very popular at the moment, but I don’t think thrillers necessarily need them. What crime readers love, in my experience, are the surprises. These are smaller than twists, more subtle, but immensely satisfying. 

 Most writers are readers first….is this the case for yourself? Which authors and novels would
you recommend as must reads? 

My two great literary influences growing up were Charlotte Bronte and Stephen King, so they’d always be my first recommendations. After that, for crime writers, I’d say The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris, the most completely perfect thriller ever written, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, a crime novel from the pen of a genius, and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, a masterclass in nastiness. 

As a non-writer, I’m always fascinated by the writing process…can you tell us about where
you write and any rituals or routines you have to aid the creative process?

 My house has a hanging gallery, a mezzanine floor that is neither entirely up nor downstairs. It feels like the heart of the house to me and it is here that I work. There are no windows, which is a good
thing, because I’d find a view endlessly distracting. I have no real rituals, but if I’m stuck, I
find movement, such as walking the dog, or driving to do a school pick up, will often get the
ideas flowing.  

Finally, what are you working on next? 

I hope my next novel will be the start of a loosely linked trilogy, running over split time lines, in the 1960s and 1990s, and set in the area around Pendle Hill in Lancashire where I grew up. The first book, out in April 2018, is called The Craftsman.  

Thank you, Sharon, for taking the time to answer my questions.

Author Links: Website Twitter @AuthorSJBolton 

Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton Published April 20th April 2017 by Transworld  

A cold nugget in her heart told her that she hadn’t escaped after all, that five, ten, twenty years weren’t enough, that there was no escape and that the day would come when he would find her.

Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a young woman is brutally murdered. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor.

She’s seen the killer’s face – and he’s seen hers. Now he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime.

Alone, scared, trusting no one, she goes on the run. But the biggest danger of all could be where she least expects to find it.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books Recently Added To My TBR List

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish 

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic is books recently added to my TBR list. These are the books that have most recently landed on that ever growing, almost toppling over tower of books to read.  

(Clicking on the images will take you to Goodreads for a description)



There’s a theme running there…and a LOT of black! I’m loving psychological thrillers with no sign of getting tired yet, but I still like mixing it up with some contemporary fiction and YA. 

These are books I’ve recently become the owner of, either through the Amazon Vine Program, Publishers, Netgalley or bought.