This Week in Books

This Week in Books – 12-12-18

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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

Things have been a little quiet on the blog recently, as I’ve been travelling with work, and had almost no time to read whatsoever!  😥  It was a difficult time, as I’m sure you can appreciate.

The last book I finished reading was The Swooping Magpie by Liza Perrat, which I really enjoyed – my review will be up soon!

the swooping magpie

The thunderclap of sexual revolution collides with the black cloud of illegitimacy.

Sixteen-year-old Lindsay Townsend is pretty and popular at school. At home, it’s a different story. Dad belts her and Mum’s either busy or battling a migraine. So when sexy school-teacher Jon Halliwell finds her irresistible, Lindsay believes life is about to change.

She’s not wrong.

Lindsay and Jon pursue their affair in secret, because if the school finds out, Jon will lose his job. If Lindsay’s dad finds out, there will be hell to pay. But when a dramatic accident turns her life upside down, Lindsay is separated from the man she loves.

Events spiral beyond her control, emotions conflicting with doubt, loneliness and fear, and Lindsay becomes enmeshed in a shocking true-life Australian scandal. The schoolyard beauty will discover the dangerous games of the adult world. Games that destroy lives.

Lindsay is forced into the toughest choice of her young life. The resulting trauma will forever burden her heart.

Reflecting the social changes of 1970s Australia, The Swooping Magpie is a chilling psychological tale of love, loss and grief, and, through collective memory, finding we are not alone.

I’m currently reading Freefall by Adam Hamdy.  I loved Pendulum, the first in the series, and I’m a little disappointed that it’s taken me so long to get around to reading book number two.



Hiding off-grid after exposing the shadowy Pendulum conspiracy, Wallace is horrified to discover he is still marked for death.


DI Patrick Bailey is still reeling from the murder investigation that nearly cost him his life.
FBI Agent Christine Ash is hunting a serial killer with a link to an unfinished case


The death of a London journalist triggers an investigation that brings them back together, hurling them into the path of an unknown enemy.


Hunted across the world, they are plunged into a nightmare deadlier than they could have ever imagined.

My next book is likely to be A Long Night in Paris by Dov Alfon.

a long night in paris

When an Israeli tech entrepreneur disappears from Charles de Gaulle airport with a woman in red, logic dictates youthful indiscretion. But Israel is on a state of high alert nonetheless. Colonel Zeev Abadi, the new head of Unit 8200’s autonomous Special Section, who just happens to be in Paris, also just happens to have arrived on the same flight.

For Commissaire Léger of the Paris Police coincidences have their reasons, and most are suspect. When a second young Israeli is kidnapped soon after arriving on the same flight, this time at gunpoint from his hotel room, his suspicions are confirmed – and a diplomatic incident looms.

Back in Tel Aviv, Lieutenant Oriana Talmor, Abadi’s deputy, is his only ally, applying her sharp wits to the race to identify the victims and the reasons behind their abduction. In Paris a covert Chinese commando team listens to the investigation unfurl and watches from the rooftops. While by the hour the morgue receives more bodies from the river and the city’s arrondissements.

The clock has been set. And this could be a long night in the City of Lights.

And that’s my week in books! What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments! 😎


  1. Interesting titles, The Swooping Magpie intrigues me and I had no idea it was about a teacher-student relationship. I’m not reading anything right now but will probably start The Woman Inside soon because I’m on the blog tour in January 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jen! I finished Freefall, but went off piste and decided to read Circe by Madeleine Miller next! I’m no good at sticking to a plan at the moment 😂

      1. I’m pretty much same way, however I am trying really hard to stick to themes. Not I can’t tell you how hard it is to NOT get books,

      2. I’m usually ok with my plan, but at the moment I want to read my own books more than ARCs!

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