It’s a lovely fine, hot long weekend here in the upper half of the North Island of New Zealand. As much as I hate to say it, we could really do with some rain. Several people we know who are living outside the township and who rely on rainwater are having to buy water in. We are forecast some rain, but not a lot, on Tuesday and Wednesday . Mind you, we’ve heard this before and it’s come to nothing so I guess we will have to wait and see. And in the meantime , I will just have to read!
Currently I am reading
And listening to
This week I am planning on reading
On a dark winter night, the bodies of Malcolm and Jean Angus lie cold and still in a pool of blood in their kitchen. Detective Jessie Blake is called in to find out what happened to the reclusive pair.
Searching the couple’s property, Jessie learns about a vicious dispute with a nearby landowner, Rachel Ferguson, and when Jessie looks into Rachel further, she doesn’t expect what comes up. Rachel isn’t the person everyone thinks she is and a previous murder conviction just made her Jessie’s prime suspect.
The small Perthshire town begins to gossip about the double murder and Jessie’s own past comes back to haunt her when her abusive ex-husband begins to interfere in her new life. As the town starts a witch hunt against Rachel, Jessie is under pressure to find out what really happened in the farmhouse that night. Because if it isn’t Rachel, then who is the murderer living among them, waiting to kill again?
If you passed Alice on the street, you couldn’t help but smile. At how she holds hands with her husband, Jack, who she has been with since she was at university. At the way she admires her three boys, the centre of her universe.
But if you looked very closely, you’d see how tightly she holds Jack’s hand, afraid to let go. You’d see how carefully she watches her boys, scared to look away. You’d see her smile fading in a matter of seconds, and the pain she hides behind her eyes.
She has told Jack that she ran away from home when she was younger – but she didn’t tell him the whole story. Her husband doesn’t know about the guilt she bears about her little sister she failed to save.
Now, after a lifetime of fresh starts, Alice can feel her past playing catch-up. She is sure she is being watched, certain she is being followed. She may not be able to stop her secret coming out – but can she stop the world she has lovingly built collapsing in on her?
Only two new ARCs this week – see, I can do it if I put my mind to it! No, but honestly, everything I requested seemed to have the tag ‘This book is currently not available for request’and so it goes on my wishlist …
Brave Girl, Quiet Girl by Catherine Ryan-Hyde (sorry, no image available yet for the Kindle edition)
Have a wonderful week of reading. Now that our deck is in the shade I am going to head out there with my book and a nice cold drink.