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!