This Week in Books

This Week in Books – 10-06-20

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

The last book I finished reading was To Tell You the Truth by Gilly Macmillan. Unfortunately, this novel just wasn’t for me.

Lucy Harper has a talent for invention…

She was nine years old when her brother vanished in the woods near home. As the only witness, Lucy’s story of that night became crucial to the police investigation. Thirty years on, her brother’s whereabouts are still unknown.

Now Lucy is a bestselling thriller writer. Her talent for invention has given her fame, fortune, and an army of adoring fans. But her husband, Dan, has started keeping secrets of his own, and a sudden change of scene forces Lucy to confront some dark, unwelcome memories. Then Dan goes missing and Lucy’s past and present begin to collide. Did she kill her husband? Would she remember if she did?

Finally, Lucy Harper is going to tell us the truth.

Cross her heart.
And hope to die.

My current is much more promising – The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is proving to be a wonderful read!

For his entire life, Charley Sutherland has concealed a magical ability he can’t quite control: he can bring characters from books into the real world. His older brother, Rob – a young lawyer with an utterly normal life – hopes that this strange family secret will disappear with disuse, and he will be discharged from his duty of protecting Charley and the real world from each other.

But then, literary characters start causing trouble in their city, making threats about destroying the world, and for once, it isn’t Charley’s doing. There’s someone else out there who shares his powers and it’s up to Charley and a reluctant Rob to stop them – before anyone gets to The End.

My next read is likely to be The Sin Eater by Megan Campisi. I’m really excited to read this one – I love the premise.

An old adage says there are really only two stories: a man goes on a voyage, and a stranger arrives in town. This is the third: a woman breaks the rules . . .

Can you uncover the truth when you’re forbidden from speaking it?

A Sin Eater’s duty is a necessary evil: she hears the confessions of the dying, eats their sins as a funeral rite. Stained by these sins, she is shunned and silenced, doomed to live in exile at the edge of town.

Recently orphaned May Owens is just fourteen, only concerned with where her next meal is coming from. When she’s arrested for stealing a loaf of bread, however, and subsequently sentenced to become a Sin Eater, finding food is suddenly the last of her worries.

It’s a devastating sentence, but May’s new invisibility opens new doors. And when first one then two of the Queen’s courtiers suddenly grow ill, May hears their deathbed confessions – and begins to investigate a terrible rumour that is only whispered of amid palace corridors.

Set in a thinly disguised sixteenth-century England, The Sin Eater is a wonderfully rich story of treason and treachery; of women, of power, and the strange freedom that comes from being an outcast – because, as May learns, being a nobody sometimes counts for everything…

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


  1. Oops. Sorry to hear Gilly didn’t work for you. Want to share how come? /curious Betty

    The Unlikely Escape has been tempting me for months but I still don’t have a copy. I keep thinking it might not quite be my thing. I look forward to seeing your thoughts on it.

    1. I know – I loved the blurb, but it just didn’t work for me. Still deciding whether to post a review or not, but I will DM you more details!
      I’m really enjoying The Unlikely Escape of… – it’s definitely a book lovers book!

    1. It was at least partly your review that convinced me to buy it – I’d been dithering until then! Really enjoying it 🙂

    1. I’m so excited to read it, and I might have to buy a copy as well – as you say, that cover is lovely!

    1. Thank you, Hayley. I’m new to her work, and while this one didn’t work for me, I’d try another – it wasn’t bad, just not for me.

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