WWW Wednesday – 7th March 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Taking On A World Of Words to record and share our weekly reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?   

Currently Reading  

only child“Perfect for fans of Room… a heartbreaking but important novel.” —Real Simple 

Readers of Jodi Picoult and Liane Moriarty will also like this tenderhearted debut about healing and family, narrated by an unforgettable six-year-old boy who reminds us that sometimes the littlest bodies hold the biggest hearts and the quietest voices speak the loudest.

Squeezed into a coat closet with his classmates and teacher, first grader Zach Taylor can hear gunshots ringing through the halls of his school. A gunman has entered the building, taking nineteen lives and irrevocably changing the very fabric of this close-knit community. While Zach’s mother pursues a quest for justice against the shooter’s parents, holding them responsible for their son’s actions, Zach retreats into his super-secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and art. Armed with his newfound understanding, and with the optimism and stubbornness only a child could have, Zach sets out on a captivating journey towards healing and forgiveness, determined to help the adults in his life rediscover the universal truths of love and compassion needed to pull them through their darkest hours. 

Published March 8th 2018 by Mantle  

Recently Finished   

let me lieThe police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They’re both wrong.

One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since.

Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to question her parents’ deaths. But by digging up their past, she’ll put her future in danger. Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie…

The stunning, twisty new psychological thriller from number one bestseller Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go and I See You. 

Published March 8th 2018 by Sphere 

Reading Next 

a mothers sacrificeGod ensured she crossed my path. And that is why I chose her.

The day Louisa and James bring their newborn son home from the hospital marks a new beginning for all of them. To hold their child in their arms, makes all the stress and trauma of fertility treatment worth it. Little Cory is theirs and theirs alone. Or so they think…

After her mother’s suicide when she was a child, Louisa’s life took an even darker turn. But meeting James changed everything. She can trust him to protect her, and to never leave her. Even if deep down, she worries that she has never told him the full truth about her past, or the truth about their baby.

But someone knows all her secrets – and that person is watching and waiting, with a twisted game that will try to take everything Louisa holds dear. 

Published 9th March 2018 by HQ Digital 

Happy Reading!!

 

#BookReview – Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh (@LittleBrownUK @LittleBookCafe)

let me lieThe police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They’re both wrong.

One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since.

Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to question her parents’ deaths. But by digging up their past, she’ll put her future in danger. Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie…

The stunning, twisty new psychological thriller from number one bestseller Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go and I See You. 

Published 8th March 2018 by Sphere (UK) 

I feel a bit sorry for Clare Mackintosh. As the queen of the knock-you-of-your-seat killer twist, she has a LOT of expectation on her shoulders from readers. I was both excited and nervous going into Let Me lie – one of my most anticipated books this year, I really hoped I’d love it as much as I did her previous two.

Let Me Lie tells the story of Anna, a new mum who’s still recovering from the traumatic deaths of her parents- both of whom appeared to commit suicide seven months apart. But when an anonymous card comes through the post, Anna becomes obsessed with the idea that there was more to her parents deaths – the trouble is she’s having a hard time convincing anyone else. And while she’s desperately trying to work out what happened, someone else seems intent on making sure she doesn’t.

I can only begin to imagine how traumatic it must be to loose a parent to suicide, but Anna’s double trauma really got to me. Her grief and incomprehension was tangible and I was emotionally invested in this book, and Anna as a character right from the start. When events start happening to cause Anna to question the verdict on her parent’s deaths, a tense atmosphere of doubt is created, causing me to suspect several characters may not be all they seem – including Anna herself.

While the writing is suspenseful and emotionally involving, I did find it a bit slow going for a while. Then, about half way through, the pace quickens and I found myself gripped and ended up reading the book in one sitting. I came up with several theories and suspicions while reading this book, and was pretty much convinced I had sussed this one out. Yet true to form, Clare Mackintosh still had some majorly shocking twists up her sleeve, saving them to the very end and leaving me reeling as I read the final page!

Let Me Lie isn’t my favourite book by this author, but it’s a worthy follow up to her previous books and a very good domestic thriller at that. I thought I was going to be disappointed, that the twists were obvious and that the shocking reveal I’d hoped for wasn’t going to come, but yet again the author didn’t disappoint. I also think Mackintosh’s ability to create vulnerability in her protagonists and draw empathy from the reader is second to none. I wasn’t disappointed and Clare Mackintosh remains among the top of my must read authors from my favourite genre.

(I read an advance ebook courtesy of the publisher and Netgalley)

 

 

Weekly Wrap Up – 4th March 2018

This week can only be defined by one thing – SNOW! I’m sure we’re all fed up of it now here in the UK, ours has now turned from a pretty thick blanket to half melted brown slush and lumps of ice. Eurgh. Hope everyone all managed to stay warm and fit some extra cosy reading in!

I read three books this week – all thrillers! It would’ve only been two but thanks to the weather, my day shift was cancelled today and I’ve spent the morning reading Clare Mackintosh’s new book. I really thought I had this one sussed, but she still managed to shock me with an incredibly twisty ending! My review will be up on the blog during the week and you can buy it yourselves from Thursday 8th March 2018!

I also had a good old book sort out on Thursday and managed to completely update my Goodreads shelves, organise my diary and rearrange the shelves into months. March and April are extremely busy with some amazing books to read – here’s my March to be read pile (which doesn’t even include ebooks!)

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This week I have FOUR blog tours stopping by!

And despite the #BeastFromTheEast bringing lots of services to a stand still, my good old postie still managed to get through the snow with some amazing #Bookpost – here’s some of the new books that made their way to my shelves this week

Happy Reading!