This week in books

This Week In Books (May 11th 2016)


This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found .

Today’s post is much lighter than last week’s! This week’s theme seems to be women. Very different women. A sister, a widow and a pretty face. Sounds like fun!

∧ Then ∧ The Sister, Louise Jensen

“I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me …”
Grace hasn’t been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie’s words, the last time she saw her, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie’s. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn’t know about her best friend.
When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie’s father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie’s sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan’s home.
But something isn’t right. Things disappear, Dan’s acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace’s mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger?
There was nothing she could have done to save Charlie …or was there?
A compelling, gripping psychological thriller.

Remember when I said I love psychological thrillers? Well, reviewing them is not the easiest thing to do. I have been stuck for two days, struggling to come up with the right things to say. You’ll be the first to know when (if?) I make it.
On a brighter note, I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel. A cinematic feeling brings a particular vibe to the story. It was different from what I was expecting, but in a good way.

≈ Now ≈ Black Widow, Christopher Brookmyre

Diana Jager is clever, strong and successful, a skilled surgeon and fierce campaigner via her blog about sexism. Yet it takes only hours for her life to crumble when her personal details are released on the internet as revenge for her writing.
Then she meets Peter. He’s kind, generous, and knows nothing about her past: the second chance she’s been waiting for. Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident, a nightmare end to their fairytale romance. But Peter’s sister Lucy doesn’t believe in fairytales, and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling Black Widow…

I was all too excited about this book, which means I started it around 11pm last night and I had a hard time putting it down. I should know by now that picking a book so late only leads to short nights.

∨ Next ∨ What Pretty Girls Are Made Of, Lindsay Jill Roth

Envision Lauren Weisberger’s The Devil Wears Prada in the high-drama, estrogen-infused world of cosmetics, and you have What Pretty Girls Are Made Of—a hilarious debut novel from a writer who’s lived it.
In the make-up world, life and love are never cruelty-free…
After living in New York City for four years and reaching a dead end on her acting career, Alison Kraft needs a new role—time for a career change. When she reads about the world-famous Sally Steele Cosmetics studio, Alison quickly swoops in to make a good impression and lands a job as an assistant to the diva herself.
Surrounded by fantastic new hues of blushes, eye shadows, and glosses, Alison loves her new job and the new swag. Even better, she discovers she’s actually really good at it! But in the midst of juggling her love life, crazy family members, and the grueling demands of a jealous, flaky boss who could put Miranda Priestly to shame, Alison starts to question her choices. How long before the pretty face cracks for good?

I love books, I love cosmetics, this story is for me! I’ll make sure to hide my credit card though, because I am pretty sure this book will wake the beast in me and I don’t want to spend the rent money on make up. Not that I ever did it. I swear. What do you mean, ‘you don’t believe me‘?!

What are you reading this week?:) Do share in the comments!

29 thoughts on “This Week In Books (May 11th 2016)”

  1. They all sound so interesting. I have The Sisters on my tbr. You always have amazing reads that make me add more to my tbr 😀

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  2. I really like Chris Brookmyre and I thought Black Widow was fantastic. It’s such a twisty tale that it really keeps you guessing. I particularly liked the parts narrated by Diana as she’s a fascinating character. Hope you continue to enjoy it.

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    1. The more I love a book, the harder it is to write a review: I’ve been stuck since Monday now, so … I really really liked it, haha! I needed to feed my love for cosmetics, I thought this book would be perfect for it 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!

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    1. Thank you! I agree about the plot, it can be hell to talk about a story without really talking about what’s happening. I am also struggling with vocabulary, I find it quite challenging to pick the right words to express what I want. I need a vocabulary list, just like in high school! I set a deadline for tomorrow, so fingers crossed!


  3. At this moment, I read several books at time (and I’m participating in Bout of Books), but the “main” book I’m reading and plan to finish it today or tomorrow is The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson.


    1. I just checked the blurb for The Unexpected Everything, it sounds good! I admire everyone who reads several books at a time, my brain doesn’t want me to do that,haha!

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  4. I’ve seen Black Widow in a few places, but I don’t think I had read the blurb until now. That actually sounds really awesome. Hope you’re still enjoying it despite the late nights it’s given you!

    Thanks for visiting my WWW post! 🙂

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  5. The Sister and The Widow sound really good.Glad you enjoyed the first book.I get what you mean about reviewing psychological thrillers,same struggle here.I am actually 4 reviews behibd ,reading fast but the reviews are coming up slow.Good set of books this week,enjoy your next reads.Happy reading.


    1. I tried not to start a new book before reviewing the last one I read, but it’s impossible. Some books need hours to get reviewed properly. As much as I love psychological thrillers, I am happy to take a break with a few lighter reads once I’m done with Black Widow. It’ll do good to both my reading and my writing.
      Thank you, have a great week 🙂


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