This Week in Books

This Week in Books – 24-05-17

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This Week in Books is a feature hosted by Lipsy at Lipsyy Lost and Found that allows bloggers to share:

  • What they’ve recently finished reading
  • What they are currently reading
  • What they are planning to read next

I recently finished reading Defectors by Joseph Kanon, which isn’t the sort of book I’d usually read, but that I really enjoyed:

Some secrets should never be told.

Moscow, 1961: With the launch of Sputnik, the Soviet Union’s international prestige is at an all-time high. And the most notorious of the defectors to the Soviet Union, former CIA agent Frank Weeks, is about to publish his memoirs. What he reveals will send shock waves through the West. Weeks’ defection in the early 1950s shook Washington to its core – and forced the resignation of his brother, Simon, from the State Department.

Simon, now a publisher in New York, is given the opportunity to read and publish his brother’s memoir. He knows the US government will never approve the publication of what is clearly intended as KGB propaganda. Yet the offer is irresistible: it will finally give him the chance to learn why his brother chose to betray his country.

But what he discovers in Moscow is far more shocking than he ever imagined…

My current is Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson, which the lovely Karen at Orenda Books very kindly sent me:

Evil remembers…

Falkenberg, Sweden. The mutilated body of talented young jewellery designer, Linnea Blix, is found in a snow-swept marina.

Hampstead Heath, London. The body of a young boy is discovered with similar wounds to Linnea’s.

Buchenwald Concentration Camp, 1944. In the midst of the hell of the Holocaust, Erich Hebner will do anything to see himself as a human again.

Are the two murders the work of a serial killer, and how are they connected to shocking events at Buchenwald?

Emily Roy, a profiler on loan to Scotland Yard from the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, joins up with Linnea’s friend, French truecrime writer Alexis Castells, to investigate the puzzling case. They travel between Sweden and London, and then deep into the past, as a startling and terrifying connection comes to light.

Plumbing the darkness and the horrific evidence of the nature of evil, Block 46 is a multi-layered, sweeping and evocative thriller that heralds a stunning new voice in French Noir.

This is very unlike me, but I’m not entirely sure what to read next… I have plenty of options, I just can’t decide.  I’ll see how I feel when I’ve finished Block 46!


      1. True enough! I usually have an idea of where to start though – with this one, not so much… 😂

    1. I am so far – I’m only about a third of the way in, but I really want to know how it all comes together. Have you read it?

      1. Ah, I see. I’ve heard only good things about it so far – I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve finished it!

  1. I’ve heard really good things about Block 46, I’m quite tempted. Sometimes it’s nice to not know what to read next, you can just see what mood you’re in and go with it 🙂

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