This Week in Books

This Week in Books – 15-09-21

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 read was A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson. This was longlisted for the Booker but didn’t make the shortlist, but I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it! Review to come!

Clara’s sister is missing. Angry, rebellious Rose had a row with their mother, stormed out of the house and simply disappeared. Seven-year-old Clara, isolated by her distraught parents’ efforts to protect her from the truth, is grief-stricken and bewildered.

Liam Kane, newly divorced, newly unemployed, newly arrived in this small northern town, moves into the house next door, a house left to him by an old woman he can barely remember, and within hours gets a visit from the police. It seems he’s suspected of a crime.

At the end of her life Elizabeth Orchard is thinking about a crime too, one committed thirty years ago that had tragic consequences for two families and in particular for one small child. She desperately wants to make amends before she dies.

Set in Northern Ontario in 1972, A Town Called Solace explores the relationships of these three people brought together by fate and the mistakes of the past. By turns gripping and darkly funny, it uncovers the layers of grief and remorse and love that connect us, but shows that sometimes a new life is possible.


My current read is The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale.

On a summer’s morning in 1860, the Kent family awakes in their elegant Wiltshire home to a terrible discovery; their youngest son has been brutally murdered. When celebrated detective Jack Whicher is summoned from Scotland Yard he faces the unenviable task of identifying the killer – when the grieving family are the suspects.

The original Victorian whodunnit, the murder and its investigation provoked national hysteria at the thought of what might be festering behind the locked doors of respectable homes – scheming servants, rebellious children, insanity, jealousy, loneliness and loathing.


My next read might be The Actuality by Paul Braddon.

She belongs to me – property rights will prevail.

Evie is a near-perfect bioengineered human. In a broken-down future England where her kind has been outlawed, her ‘husband’ Matthew keeps her safe but hidden. When her existence is revealed, she must take her chances on the dark and hostile streets where more than one predator is on the hunt.

The Actuality is a gripping, atmospheric speculative thriller from a powerful new voice.


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

5 comments

  1. I found it hard to get into The Suspicions of Mr Whicher. I have a feeling it was the fragmented nature of the narrative that threw me. I’ve read other books by Kate Summerscale.though and really enjoyed them.

    1. That sums up my experience! I loved The Haunting of Alma Fielding, but struggled with this one.

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