It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #SundayPost #SundaySalon

 

Linking to: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? at BookDate; Sunday Post @ Caffeinated Reviewer; and the Sunday Salon @ ReaderBuzz

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Life…

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So there is a silver lining to the Greater Sydney stay at home orders for me, my daughter will be staying with us an extra week or two as all face to face classes have been cancelled so there is no point to her returning to campus. Restrictions remain unchanged in our area as Delta has not yet spread north which means masks, social distancing and check-ins are mandatory but we aren’t under lockdown. Last weekend I was unexpectedly able to get my first dose of the vaccine, and my husband will get his this weekend. My next dose is August.

Said daughter has also made us terribly proud by earning High Distinctions in every class of her first semester! Given not only that it’s been her first time living away from home, but she’s also endured the upset caused by the pandemic, and being surrounded by flooding, her achievement is monumental!

With the boys back at school this week I’ve also had time to try and catch up on my reading & reviewing commitments. I say try, because I was almost back on track when five books which are all due for release at the end of July showed up in the post  on Thursday. I actually could quite comfortably read 15 books in the 13 days that remain of the month, I just can’t review that many because I’m just so slow at writing them!

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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Catch Us The Foxes by Nicola West

The Other Side of Beautiful by Kim Lock

When You Are Mine by Michael Robotham

The Newcomer by Laura Elizabeth Woollett

The Wattle Seed Inn by Leonie Kelsall

Lives Like Mine by Eva Verde

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New Posts…

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Review: The Husbands by Chandler Baker

Review: You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry

Review: Catch Us The Foxes by Nicola West

Review: The Other Side of Beautiful by Kim Lock

Review: When You Are Mine by Michael Robotham

Bookish Bounty

 

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 


THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS ASKING.

BUT THEY’RE NOT TELLING . . .

At a children’s party . . .

Nothing ever happens in a sleepy American town like Middlebrook. Until the shocking events of one hot Saturday afternoon when, at a back-to-school party, nine children sneak off to a barn. And one child is shot by another.

In the media storm that sweeps the nation . . .

The press are asking questions. About the type of parents who let their children play unsupervised in a house with guns. About how damaged a child must be to commit this kind of atrocity.

In the ensuing police investigation . . .

Two questions are the most urgent, and the most baffling. Of the nine children who were present in that barn, which one actually pulled the trigger?

And why are the others staying silent?

Incredibly gripping and gorgeously written, this is a spellbinding novel that asks how far we’ll go to protect our children, and how we can come together when so much divides us.

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Three couples. One therapist’s couch …

Alice and Niall used to be lovers, best friends and parents, in that order. Now they’re no longer on the same page or even reading from the same book.

Ann thought when she and Ken retired, it would be their second spring. Instead, it feels more like an icy winter.

Orla is falling in love with boyfriend Paul, but her complicated past makes her unsure if she can ever be intimate with anyone.

Three couples find themselves telling a stranger about the most private part of their lives – their hopes, their disappointments, their awkward realisations.

Can they learn to be honest with each other? And what life-changing decisions will be made when they do?

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ONE MISSING BOY.

Marissa Irvine arrives at 14 Tudor Grove, expecting to pick up her young son Milo from his first playdate with a boy at his new school. But the woman who answers the door isn’t a mother she recognises. She isn’t the nanny. She doesn’t have Milo. And so begins every parent’s worst nightmare.

FOUR GUILTY WOMEN.

As news of the disappearance filters through the quiet Dublin suburb and an unexpected suspect is named, whispers start to spread about the women most closely connected to the shocking event. Because only one of them may have taken Milo – but they could all be blamed . . .

IN A COMMUNITY FULL OF SECRETS, WHO IS REALLY AT FAULT?

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My life as a tactical cop. The impact. The aftermath.

From the bestselling author of Drugs, Guns & Lies, comes Keith’s story of what it was really like to be a tactical police officer in the violent and corrupt eighties

‘Fear and exhilaration are blood brothers; that’s what drives risk. I should have been careful what I wished for.’

Keith Banks was a member of the Queensland Police Force when not everyone with a badge could be trusted.

After serving as an undercover cop and declining an opportunity to participate in a lucrative and totally corrupt enterprise, Keith found himself sidelined from the Drug Squad. In 1984 he was transferred to the Taringa Criminal Investigation Branch as a Detective Senior Constable. That had its moments, but he wanted more. He missed the adrenaline charge of his days as an undercover cop. He discovered that rush again when, ultimately, he became one of the first full-time members of the Tactical Response Group.

This was challenging and dangerous work. Not only did Keith find himself facing off against some of Australia’s most brutal criminals, but he also had to confront the demons of constantly living on the edge, of finding that fine line between good and bad where violence was normal.

Raw and confronting, Gun to the Head exposes a world of policing that few have lived.

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A DEADLY PROSECUTOR

They call him the King of Death Row. Randal Korn has sent more men to their deaths than any district attorney in the history of the United States.

A TWISTED RITUALISTIC KILLING

When a young woman, Skylar Edwards, is found murdered in Buckstown, Alabama, a corrupt sheriff arrests the last person to see her alive, Andy Dubois. It doesn’t seem to matter to anyone that Andy is innocent.

A SMALL TOWN BOILING WITH RAGE

Everyone in Buckstown believes Andy is guilty. He has no hope of a fair trial. And the local defense attorney assigned to represent him has disappeared.

A FORMER CON-ARTIST

Hot shot New York lawyer Eddie Flynn travels south to fight fire with fire. He plans to destroy the prosecutors case, find the real killer and save Andy from the electric chair.

But the murders are just beginning.

Is Eddie Flynn next?

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32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vi @Inkvotary
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 01:10:14

    Congrats to your daughter´s achievement. That is great! Here in Germany numbers are rising again with the Delta mutation but we won´t go into another lockdown. Glad you got your first jab already. I will have to wait for mine until early October due to the covid infection I had in late March. Stay safe and well.

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  2. Book of Secrets
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 02:05:03

    Congrats to your daughter! It’s wonderful that you’ll be able to have her close for a while longer. It seems like covid protocols have been abandoned in the US, at least where I am in the Midwest. We have Delta variant hotspots in areas to our southeast in counties that have low vaccination rates, and that’s a shame. They’re begging people to come get shots!

    All Her Fault sounds like it would have my stomach in knots, but in a good way! Looking forward to your thoughts.

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  3. Carol
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 02:11:12

    Happy to hear you are in the process of getting your vaccines! It’s such a relief! 🙌

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  4. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 03:02:59

    Wow, great job by your daughter! I am thrilled you got your vaccine! Happy reading!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  5. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 03:50:35

    I’m sure it is frustrating to have more safety procedures put into effect. But, happily, you now get to enjoy having your daughter home for a bit longer.

    Congratulations to your daughter on her achievements during a first semester with so many challenges.

    I’m so glad to hear that you got your first vaccine. That takes off a bit of the stress.

    I will look for About Us. Thanks for highlighting it.

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  6. limabean74
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 03:59:56

    Congrats to your daughter that is great.
    Our state is all open and I never wanted to quarantine more in my life. Even vaccinated I still hate going outside lol.
    Glad you got your vaccine!

    Have a great week, Shelleyrae! Happy Reading!

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  7. Vicki
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 04:30:52

    It’s always good to hear about an upside to Covid, and having your daughter stay with you longer is a great one!

    Congratulations to you daughter for earning High Distinctions in every class! Great job!

    I’m not reading as much and way behind on reviews. A few books have been DNF and sometimes I didn’t write a review at all, even the ones I did finish 😦

    The Children’s Secret, About Us, and All Her Fault sound very good so I’m putting them on my “want to read” list.

    I hope you have a great week!

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  8. dianthaa
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 04:40:11

    Congratulations to your daughter!

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  9. whatsnonfiction
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 04:49:07

    Congrats to your daughter, no small feat!!!

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  10. thebookdisciple
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 05:27:19

    I love Steve Cavanagh’s books!! And I’m so glad you get to spend more time with your daughter, and congrats to her on her achievement!

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  11. Greg
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 05:30:36

    Getting high distinction is even more impressive considering all the extra challenges due to the pandemic. And I’m glad your daughter will be staying with you for a while. Hopefully things don’t get too bad there. Everything’s open here in the States and it’s getting bad here again in some places…

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  12. yvonne473
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 06:22:38

    Congrats to your daughter! I’m glad you and your husband are able to get the vaccine. Have a great week!

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  13. Susan
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 09:02:38

    I’m glad the vaccines have arrived & you were able to get one. And congrats to your daughter … that’s impressive! Enjoy your reads this week. You seem on track to me.

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  14. Jennifer
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 09:46:34

    Congratulations to your daughter, Shelleyrae! I’ll have my second AZ jab this week: I wish we could speed up the rate of vaccinations.

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  15. Theresa Smith Writes
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 11:31:04

    I wish so much I could read 15 books in 13 days!
    Glad your daughter is with you at home instead of locked down on campus.

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  16. natflixandbooks
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 12:38:19

    It’s nice that you get extra time with your daughter. I’m interested in Steve Cavanaugh’s books – they look intriguing. Happy reading!

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  17. Kathryn
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 14:19:15

    How you read and review all that you do I just have no idea, you are amazing. Hope Covid doesn’t get to come up towards you. It just seems to get away. No sign of a vaccination yet for myself. Slow, we just have the one kind of vaccine Pfizer. Your daughter sure has done well, that is fantastic.

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  18. vvb32
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 14:35:49

    Cheers for your daughter. Enjoy family time. And happy reading with this bunch.

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  19. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 15:03:35

    What an impressive accomplishment for your daughter. Congratulations to her.

    Hope the COVID cases don’t rise where you are.

    I am slow at writing reviews, too. Not as slow as I am at reading lately. Hope you enjoy your books.

    http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2021/07/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-and_19.html

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  20. sandysbookaday
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 17:36:31

    Well done to your daughter! I also have the Sinead Moriarty, and would love the Steve Cavanagh. Enjoy your haul,Shelleyrae. ❤📚

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  21. Louise H
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 22:01:06

    Oh my word 15 books to read in fewer days would totally leave me in a reading slump. Fingers crossed for you getting though them all on time.

    We have just lifted all restrictions in England – there are a few surrounding foreign travel but other than that it’s no limit on numbers, no distancing and wearing masks is down to personal choice in most places. It’s a scary prospect but at some point we have to start returning to some kind of normality I guess.

    Happy reading!

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  22. gulfsidemusing
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 22:02:58

    We tried to look for the positive when covid hit, too, and being all together for an extended period of time was definitely one. Enjoy the extra time with your daughter home… and congrats on her achievement!

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  23. Beth F
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 23:37:53

    Yay for your daughter to show such resiliency — it’s such a difficult time for most of us.

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  24. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 23:38:21

    I love seeing your attitude of acceptance that will ultimately help us all get through these challenges. Not acceptance in the usual sense, but a going with the flow kind. It is a relaxing feeling, and you are seeing the silver lining, which is also helpful.

    Love the look of your books. I am eyeing All Her Fault.

    Enjoy your time with family and your books. Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  25. Kathy Martin
    Jul 19, 2021 @ 23:41:47

    I’m glad your daughter will be spending more time with you but sorry about the reason. You have an intriguing selection of books here. I know what you mean about writing the reviews being the hard part when time is short. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  26. RAnn
    Jul 20, 2021 @ 03:54:02

    Congrats to your daughter. Sounds strange to hear of kids in school in July, but I know, southern hemisphere and all that. I hope this virus runs its course soon, I’m sooooo tired of it.

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  27. Katherine
    Jul 20, 2021 @ 12:48:25

    Congratulations to your daughter and how wonderful that you get a bit more time with her! And yay for getting the vaccine! My first wasn’t bad at all and my second made me a bit tired for about 24 hours but really I probably needed the sleep anyway! School starts here in August and even though we homeschool we will start up at the beginning of August so we can have more breaks. Have a great week!

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  28. Mystica
    Jul 20, 2021 @ 17:14:10

    Congratulations to your daughter. Also her being at home must be so nice for the whole family.
    We got our first vaccine and due to some kind of mishap the second dose is getting delayed. We have a variety of vaccines around and though it was first thought ok to mix the vaccines, now WHO says it is better not to. So we wait. Till then we are very cautious because Delta is around now.

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  29. sydneyeditor1
    Jul 20, 2021 @ 21:10:32

    Congratulations to your daughter — that is a great achievement! And an extra week of her at home too 🙂 I definitely NEED The Children’s Secret and All Her Fault! They sound so good!

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  30. Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books
    Jul 21, 2021 @ 02:22:38

    Delta is a tricky pain in the ass… It spreads so quickly! I’m glad you’re not in lockdown… Despite surging covid numbers (because of Delta) the UK government has decided to lift all covid restrictions so… yeah. Fun times… I wonder how long this will last?

    Awesome news that your daughter has done so well!
    I hope you enjoy your reading this week.

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  31. Helen Murdoch
    Jul 22, 2021 @ 02:04:38

    Congratulations to your daughter for doing so well in her first term at school! It must be wonderful to have her home for a couple of extra weeks, though I am sure she is eager to return to school and her friends.

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