WWW Wednesday 27th November 2019

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam@Taking on a World of Words.

The three W’s are:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you will read next?

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Hi All!  Hope your all having a good week.  Wasn’t very well over the weekend so there are a few audio books in this weeks list, as I was unable to read.

Had a wonderful evening out on Thursday courtesy of Penguin Books to celebrate the pre-launch of Lesley Kara’s new book, so I re-read The Rumour before I went to have it fresh in my mind.  Met lots of lovely people and had a gorgeous meal too!!

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What have I recently finished reading?

The Rumour by Lesley Kara

the rumour

Book Description: When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back . . .

Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea.

Sally McGowan was just ten years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death forty-eight years ago – no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman.

So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realises what it is she’s unleashed?

A great paced read with a fast flowing plot and a good twist.

 

Safe With Me by K L Slater (audiobook)

safe with me

Book Description: Thirteen years ago someone did something very bad to Anna. Now it’s her turn to get even.

Anna lives a solitary existence, taking solace in order and routine. Her only friend is the lonely old lady next door. She doesn’t like to let people to get too close – she knows how much damage they can do.

Then one ordinary day Anna witnesses a devastating road accident and recognises the driver as Carla, the woman who ruined her life all those years ago. Now it’s Anna’s chance to set things straight but her revenge needs to be executed carefully …

First she needs to get to know Liam, the man injured in the accident. She needs to follow the police investigation. She needs to watch Carla from the shadows…

But as Anna’s obsession with Carla escalates, her own secrets start to unravel. Is Carla really dangerous or does Anna need to worry about someone far closer to home?

I found this an engrossing story.  It had good pace, interesting characters and a great story line.  As I did, I think most will predict some of the ending some of the way through the book, but it didn’t lessen my enjoyment in any way.  I also found the narration very well, which in my opinion can make or break an audio book.

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (audiobook)

the five

Book Description: READ THE REAL STORIES OF THE FIVE WOMEN KILLED BY JACK THE RIPPER

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers.

What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888.

Their murderer was never identified, but the name created for him by the press has become far more famous than any of these five women.

Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, historian Hallie Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, and gives these women back their stories.

Wow, what a great piece of social history.  Such sad tales of these poor women but also a fascinating and shocking story of real life situations at this time.  It doesn’t dwell on the murders at all but focuses on the lives each of the women had leading up to their deaths.  The choice of narrator was also perfect which made this an audio book I would highly recommend. 

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What am I currently reading?

As I’ve been unwell I haven’t had the chance to read any more of Woman On The Edge by Samanatha M. Bailey so will carry on with that, plus am reading this as a buddy read with a fellow book blogger.

What’s Left Unsaid by Deborah Stone

what's left unsaid

Book Description: Sasha is just about managing to hold her life together. She is raising her teenage son Zac, coping with an absent husband and caring for her ageing, temperamental and alcoholic mother, as well as holding down her own job. But when Zac begins to suspect that he has a secret sibling, Sasha realises that she must relive the events of a devastating night which she has done her best to forget for the past nineteen years.

Sasha’s mother, Annie, is old and finds it difficult to distinguish between past and present and between truth and lies. As Annie sinks deeper back into her past, she revisits the key events in her life which have shaped her emotionally. Through it all, she remains convinced that her dead husband Joe is watching and waiting for her. But there’s one thing she never told him, and as painful as it is for her to admit the truth, Annie is determined to go to Joe with a guilt-free conscience.

As the plot unfurls, traumas are revealed and lies uncovered, revealing long-buried secrets which are at the root of Annie and Sasha’s fractious relationship.

I dived into this book after seeing it mentioned on social media, so I kinda didn’t read the blurb.  It hasn’t started at all like I expected, probably because I didn’t read the blurb, but I’m really enjoying it!! It has a fab cover too!

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What will I be reading next?

The Turning Tide by Catriona McPherson

the turning tide

Book Description: It’s the breezy Scottish summer of 1936 and aristocratic sleuth Dandy Gilver, along with trusted colleague Alec Osborne, has been called to solve the strange case of the Cramond Ferrywoman, on the Firth of Forth.
From their cheerless digs in a local stately home, Dandy and Alec track Vesper Kemp, the ferrywoman, to a tiny tidal island. She seems to have lost her mind, roaming the beaches in rags, ranting about snakes and mercury.
What is even more troubling, is that Vesper claims she murdered Peter Haslett, a young man who fell into the river, trying to row past one of its four water mills, and drowned. A group of worried Cramond residents – the minister, the innkeeper and the lady of the big house – are determined that Vesper is innocent. But with the four local millers themselves remaining oddly tight-lipped and with all the suspicious strangers who lurk about the village, Dandy and Alec have their work cut out for them. And they closer they get to the answers they seek, the stronger the sense that great danger lies beneath the surface of these murky waters.

This lovely arrived through my letterbox at the weekend so I am going to try and get to it next!  Recently released it’s the new book in the Dandy Gilver series.

 

Well that’s all from me today!  Happy reading everyone!

Sarah

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