It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

The It’s Monday! What Are You Reading meme is hosted at BookDate

I’m also linking to The Sunday Post @ Caffeinated Reviewer

And the Sunday Salon @ ReaderBuzz

Life…

I met author Victoria Purman this week when she spoke at my local library about her newest release, The Land Girls. It was a lovely talk, I forgot to take a photo with her, though you can sort of see me the pic she took of the audience. Kaneana May was also there, her debut novel, The One, is due for release in mid June, we’ve met several times at library events as she lives in the next suburb over. In the photo below, they are holding each other’s books.

I finally got to see my mother this weekend, not because we got the car back (we haven’t, and it’s been two months), but because she was finally feeling well enough to make the drive. She is doing well, and I was very glad to see it.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

Those People by Louise Candlish

The Daughter’s Tale by Armando Lucas Correa

The Lubetikin Legacy by Marina Lewycka

The Beekeepers Secret by Josephine Moon

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New Posts

Review: Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Review: Messy, Wonderful Us by Catherine Isaac

Review: Hunting Evil by Chris Carter

Review: The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen

Review: Why Mummy Doesn’t Give A **** by Gill Sims

Stuff on Sundays: Six Degrees of Separation Six Degrees of Separation

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What I’m Reading This Week

She wants him back. She wants you gone.

Luke is The One. After everything she’s been through, Georgia knows she deserves someone like him, to make her feel loved. Safe.

The only problem is his ex-girlfriend. Luke says Cadence is having trouble moving on. She texts Luke all the time and leaves aggressive notes on Georgia’s car.

Georgia starts to feel afraid. But she decides to confront Cadence … and that’s when things get interesting.

From the bestselling author of The Fifth Letter comes a twisty, pacy, gripping new novel that explores the baggage we carry from our past relationships and asks how well can you ever really know someone.

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For readers of The Dark Lake and The Dry, comes this taut psychological suspense set in a dramatic Tasmanian landscape from bestselling author Sarah Barrie.

A lonely widow, a sinister act, a remote mansion with a dark past…

After the violent death of her husband, Callie Jones retreats to a cottage in the grounds of an old mansion in Tasmania. The relative remoteness of the place and the wild beauty of the Tasmanian landscape are a balm to her shattered nerves and the locals seem friendly, particularly horseman Connor Atherton and his siblings at the nearby property, Calico Lodge.

But all is not well: the old mansion has a sinister past, one associated with witchcraft and murder. As Callie is threatened by odd events in the night and strange dreams overtake her sleep, she begins to doubt her own sanity. What’s really going on beneath the surface of this apparently peaceful town? Are her friends and neighbours really who they seem? As events escalate, Callie starts to realise that the mansion may hold the key to unlocking the mystery, but the truth might have as much power to destroy as it does to save.

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On the wrong side of thirty, Bonnie Yates wants a happily ever after. Problem is, she keeps choosing the wrong guys. When an ex returns to town with a fiancee in tow, history and temptation collide. Unable to shake her inappropriate feelings, Bonnie flees, becoming an unlikely contestant on popular dating show The One. Will she find what she’s looking for?

Working behind the scenes, Darcy Reed is a driven young producer dealing with a tyrant of a boss. Despite being surrounded by love at work, her own love-life with long-term boyfriend Drew is floundering. Producing a flawless season is her best chance at a promotion. But with the unrelenting demands of the show, how will she save their relationship while making that shot?

Penelope Baker has relocated to a small seaside town to hide away with her secrets and nurse a broken heart. But with The One beaming across the nation’s televisions, she can’t seem to quite escape the life she left behind…

Before cameras roll on the final ceremony, all three women will discover just what they’re willing to do in pursuit of the one…

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Jackson Brodie, ex-military police, ex-Cambridge Constabulary, currently working as a private investigator, returns.

Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an aging Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. It’s picturesque, but there’s something darker lurking behind the scenes.

Jackson’s current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, is fairly standard-issue, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network—and back across the path of his old friend Reggie. Old secrets and new lies intersect in this breathtaking novel by one of the most dazzling and surprising writers at work today.

 

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A breathtaking thriller about a wealthy housewife who successfully conceals her dark past until a true-crime podcast and a photo posted on social media send her running across Europe, with a faded rock star by her side and extremely dangerous enemies on her trail.

Anna McLean loves to revel in life’s unsavory details. When she’s keeping up appearances as an upper-class Edinburgh housewife, there’s no better escape than other people’s sordid stories retold in true-crime podcasts. Until the day it all falls apart.

A new podcast turns out to have a connection to Anna’s own dark past–the secret history she’s taken great pains to conceal. Hours later, her husband announces he’s leaving her–for her own best friend. And when the best friend’s husband–who happens to be former rock star Fin Cohen–shows up on Anna’s front stoop, a nosy neighbor plasters their photo all over the internet. Her cover well and truly blown, Anna’s only choice is to run–and take Fin along for his own protection.
Reigning queen of Scottish crime fiction Denise Mina deftly weaves the classic thriller elements of a woman with a secret past, an average citizen thrust into a high-stakes international chase, and a cheating spouse, with online life–internet sleuthing, true-crime podcasts, insta-celebrities, and Twitter–to craft a modern, propulsive page-turner like nothing you’ve read before.

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Thanks for stopping by!

33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathryn
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 05:39:16

    Good your mother is on the mend, now for the car! The book event sounds great. I have never read a Kate Atkinson book but thinking I might give her a try to see if she is for me. I thought she might be too literary for me, but maybe not.

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  2. thebookdisciple
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 11:31:12

    2 months and no car! Thats crazy! (I can’t imagine that because I am married to a mechanic)

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  3. Literary Feline
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 12:41:16

    I am glad your mom is doing well! My mom was able to make the trip out to see us this past month, nearly four months after her surgery. It was good to see her doing so well too.

    That is awesome you were able to meet Victoria Purman. It sounds like your library put on a nice event. Your current reads all sound good. I love a good psychological thriller.

    I hope you have a wonderful week!

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  4. Daphne
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 15:36:59

    I want to meet an author. I have yet to do that. It’s on my bucket list lol Anyway, seems like you have a wonderful array of books to read. Enjoy!

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  5. Greg
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 16:29:17

    Glad to hear your mother is doing well. And what a neat library event! It’s always nice to meet authors like that.

    The Ex sounds really good!

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  6. Veronica The Burgeoning Bookshelf
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 20:35:04

    I’ve been reading everyones reviews of The One and thinking I really need to buy it not realising it’s been sitting on my shelf all along. I’m keen to get Nicola’s latest book The Ex.

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  7. Beth F
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 22:05:53

    Good news about your mom. It’s always great to meet an author (never gets old). There are several books here I want to read.

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  8. Carol Evans
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 22:21:30

    Being without a car would drive me crazy! I’m glad your mom was able to drive over.
    Enjoy your books!

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  9. Susie | Novel Visits
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 23:07:18

    Being without a car seems both good and crazy to me. I’d love an excuse to go nowhere, but how would I get anything done? I’ve loved some of Atkinson’s other books but have never read any in the Jackson Brodie series. Enjoy!

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  10. Silver's Reviews
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 23:49:16

    No car would be difficult. Glad your mother is doing better.

    I liked THOSE PEOPLE, but I liked her first book better. The characters in THOSE PEOPLE were very unlikable. 🙂

    ENJOY your week.

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  11. Sherry Fundin
    Jun 04, 2019 @ 00:17:08

    sounds like you had a good week, with the authors and your mother. happy reading. thanks for stopping by my blog.
    sherry @ fundinmental Sunday Memes

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  12. Crystal @ Lost in Storyland
    Jun 04, 2019 @ 00:41:08

    Enjoy your lovely books this week. There are some nice covers here 🙂

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  13. vvb32
    Jun 04, 2019 @ 01:23:54

    Nice variety in your batch of goodies this week. Look like you are in for a wild ride in Conviction. Enjoy!

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  14. Jackie
    Jun 04, 2019 @ 02:49:42

    In Canada, we never get book signings, and I hope that changes soon. I wouldn’t mind meeting some authors. My brother lives in Australia now 🙂

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  15. Kathy Martin
    Jun 04, 2019 @ 04:04:59

    Sorry about the car issues. I hope they are resolved soon. I miss attending author events now that I don’t live in a town they frequent. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  16. Shannon @ Absolute Shannonigans
    Jun 04, 2019 @ 04:11:09

    2 months without a car?! I can’t even wrap my head around that.

    I’m glad your mom was able to make it out .

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Have a good week!

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  17. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jun 04, 2019 @ 04:54:40

    I don’t know why, but I always feel so much hope for the world when I hear authors speak. I guess it is because I hear thoughtful conversations with thoughtful people, and I see a room of thoughtful readers who are interested in hearing this. Hopeful!

    I’ve loved Kate Atkinson in the past. She is a great mix of fascinating story along with intriguing characters.

    Have a great week!

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  18. Sarah Sammis
    Jun 04, 2019 @ 07:29:09

    Good news about your mother. My week of reading and reviewing

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  19. Tanya @ girl Plus Books
    Jun 04, 2019 @ 10:43:58

    What a great event at the library. Sounds like a good time. Glad you finally got to see your mother and that she’s doing well. The Ex sounds like it could be an exciting thriller!

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  20. Yvonne
    Jun 04, 2019 @ 11:44:30

    I’m glad to hear your mother is doing well. The Ex sounds like a good book. Hope you have a great week!

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  21. thebookishlibra
    Jun 04, 2019 @ 11:44:40

    That’s so great that you were able to visit with your mom. Looks like you’ve got some pretty exciting reads coming up!

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  22. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
    Jun 04, 2019 @ 16:13:21

    I love meeting authors! It looks like you got a lot of new good books! The Ex looks like a good, twisty, thriller! Happy Reading Shelly!

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  23. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
    Jun 05, 2019 @ 01:33:17

    So glad your mother is doing well but how annoying about the car! Hopefully that will resolve soon. I love the look of all the twisty thrillers you’re showing. I’ve been in a thriller mood. Hope you’re having a great week!

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  24. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jun 05, 2019 @ 05:06:10

    All said that’s a pretty good week! Enjoy your new reads!

    Here is my Sunday Post   

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  25. Mystica
    Jun 05, 2019 @ 11:44:25

    An interesting mix. From the Moriarty to The One all different all intriguing.

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  26. Vicki
    Jun 05, 2019 @ 14:04:35

    Glad your mom is feeling better! I wouldn’t want to be without a car.

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  27. Patty Magyar
    Jun 06, 2019 @ 00:26:06

    Car issues bite big time…why didn’t they give you a loaner! Yummy books…as usual! The Kate Atkinson book sounds really good!

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  28. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
    Jun 06, 2019 @ 12:41:25

    Glad you got to enjoy some author events and visit with your mom! Hope June is just as good!!

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  29. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer
    Jun 09, 2019 @ 14:38:59

    Glad to hear your mother is better. And the library event sounded so neat!! Meeting authors is so fun. Happy reading in June ❤️

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