This Week in Books

This Week in Books – 03-03-21

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

A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words.

The last book I finished reading was The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell.

Wicked deeds require the cover of darkness…

Silhouette artist Agnes is struggling to keep her business afloat. Still recovering from a serious illness herself, making enough money to support her elderly mother and her orphaned nephew Cedric has never been easy, but then one of her clients is murdered shortly after sitting for Agnes, and then another, and another…

Desperately seeking an answer, Agnes approaches Pearl, a child spirit medium lodging in Bath with her older half-sister and her ailing father, hoping that if Pearl can make contact with those who died, they might reveal who killed them. But Agnes and Pearl quickly discover that instead they may have opened the door to something that they can never put back…

What secrets lie hidden in the darkness?

My current read is Wild Dog by Serge Joncour, translated by Jane Aitken and Polly Mackintosh.

Franck and Lise, a French couple in the film industry, rent a cottage in the quiet hills of the French Lot to get away from the stresses of modern life.

In this remote corner of the world, there is no phone signal. A mysterious dog emerges, looking for a new master. Ghosts of a dark past run wild in these hills, where a German lion tamer took refuge in the First World War… Franck and Lise are confronted with nature at its most brutal. And they are about to discover that man and beast have more in common than they think. 

A literary sensation in France, Wild Dog is a dark, menacing tale of isolation, human nature and the infinite savagery of the wild.  

My next read will be Win, the latest novel from Harlan Coben.

Over twenty years ago, heiress Patricia Lockwood was abducted during a robbery of her family’s estate, then locked inside an isolated cabin for months. Patricia escaped, but so did her captors, and the items stolen from her family were never recovered.

Until now.

On New York’s Upper West Side, a recluse is found murdered in his penthouse apartment, alongside two objects of note: a stolen Vermeer painting and a leather suitcase bearing the initials WHL3. For the first time in years, the authorities have a lead not only on Patricia’s kidnapping but also on another FBI cold case – with the suitcase and painting both pointing them towards one man.

Windsor Horne Lockwood III – or Win as his few friends call him – doesn’t know how his suitcase and his family’s stolen painting ended up in this dead man’s apartment. But he’s interested – especially when the FBI tell him that the man who kidnapped his cousin was also behind an act of domestic terrorism, and that he may still be at large.

The two cases have baffled the FBI for decades. But Win has three things the FBI does not:: a personal connection to the case, a large fortune, and his own unique brand of justice…

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


  1. Did you enjoy The Shape of Darkness, Jo? I’m afraid my expectations are so high I’m setting Purcell up for failure 🙈

    1. We’ve all done it! 😂 I really liked it – it’s gripping and I read it in no time at all. I didn’t like it as much as The Corset (which I loved!), but preferred it to Bone China.

  2. Do love me some Harlan Coben so definitely can’t wait for that one. I’ll be reading The Shape of Darkness at the weekend. Her books have been somewhat hit or miss with me so definitely curious to see where I’ll land with this one. Have a great week, Jo! xx

    1. This will be my first Harlan Coben, although I’ve seen adaptations of his work on Netflix. I liked The Shape of Darkness… more so than Bone China which didn’t quite hit the mark with me. Hope you enjoy it!

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