**Weekly Wrap Up** & #Giveaway


Well I’ve done myself proud this week and read five books, now don’t get excited I haven’t managed to work my reading around working full time. As usual life is never simple and I’ve spent the week in agony thanks to the muscles in my neck going in to spasm, three types of pain killers later and I’m still in agony, consequently  two weeks in to a new job I’m off work, I feel awful that this has happened and it couldn’t have come at a worse time.

I’ve read some amazing books this week and they certainly helped to take my mind of the pain…

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Promise by Casey Kelleher

Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson

The Caller by Chris Carter

Books I bought this week

I only bought one book this week



Book description

After a tough week, Tanya Kaitlin is looking forward to a relaxing night in, but as she steps out of her shower, she hears her phone ring. The video call request comes from her best friend, Karen Ward. Tanya takes the call and the nightmare begins.

Karen is gagged and bound to a chair in her own living room. If Tanya disconnects from the call, if she looks away from the camera, he will come after her next, the deep, raspy, demonic voice at the other end of the line promises her.

As Hunter and Garcia investigate the threats, they are thrown into a rollercoaster of evil, chasing a predator who scouts the streets and social media networks for victims, taunting them with secret messages and feeding on their fear.

Book post

Only two books in the post this week,although I’m not complaining, and I’m sure the postman is glad of the rest 😂 (Second book further down the post as it’s a duplicate)



Book description

Reeling from the attempts on his life and that of his family, Police Inspector Robert Finlay returns to work to discover that any hope of a peaceful existence has been dashed. Assigned to investigate the Eastern European sex-slave industry just as a key witness is murdered. Finlay, along with his new partner Nina Brasov, finds himself facing a ruthless criminal gang, determined to keep control of the traffic of people into the UK.

On the home front, Finlay’s efforts to protect his wife and child may have been in vain, as an MI5 protection officer uncovers a covert secret service operation that threatens them all… Picking up where the bestselling Wicked Game left off, Deadly Game sees Matt Johnson’s damaged hero fighting on two fronts. Aided by new allies, he must not only protect his family but save a colleague from an unseen enemy … and a shocking fate.

ARC’s I received this week

I managed to stay away from NetGalley all week and then blow me down Bookouture released this little beauty, normally nothing can tear me away from my crime/psychological thrillers but Christie Barlow gets me every time.



Book description

It’s Evie’s birthday and the start of a year she’ll never forget. An emotional story of love, friendship and grabbing life by the horns.

Evie’s job has always been her safe haven. As a librarian in the little town of Becton she loses herself in books – after all it’s far easier to read about other people’s problems than set about solving her own.

Then, one birthday, everything is turned upside down. A mysterious parcel containing a beautiful book with a poignant inscription arrives for Evie. It’s the beginning of a new chapter for Evie and she’s inspired to try and find her real mother.

Evie’s search leads her to meet handsome author Noah Jones. Charming and intelligent, Noah seems the perfect catch but what Evie doesn’t realise is that he is hiding something – a key to Evie’s past.

As Evie gets closer to Noah and discovering her mother, she must take a giant leap of faith. Can she embrace the new and make this her year of taking chances? And if she does, will she get her heart broken?

And then I got improved for this book which I can’t even remember requesting, I blame it on the pain med!



Book description

When baby Oliver breaks his arm, no-one can (or will) say how it happened.

His mother is exhausted.

His father is angry.

His older sister is resentful.

And they all have something to hide.

Last week on the book review café






Next week on the book review café

The Caller by Chris Carter- review

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel- review

My book of the month


Top Five Friday – psychological thrillers



For some reason the publishers sent me a second copy of The People At Number 9, rather than it just sitting here if you would like to read and review it, please leave a comment in this post and I will get the hubby aka mr book review café to pick a random winner, sorry I can only post to the UK.

Other news from the book review café

After much deliberating and following a discussion on a FB book club star started by Sharon over at https://chapterinmylife.wordpress.com/ I’ve decided to do away with giving my reviews a ⭐ rating. I’ve been thinking of doing this for a while as they are ambiguous to say the least, 5 ⭐ for me maybe a 3 ⭐ read for you, so I’m just going to go with my reviews. I will be keeping my Gold Star Award, it’s given to a book I feel is particularly outstanding, a book that covers every aspect of what I look for in a good read.


49 thoughts on “**Weekly Wrap Up** & #Giveaway

  1. lindasbookbag

    Argh – been there and done that with painful muscle spasm from ear to thigh as a result of damaging nerve endings in my neck so I know exactly how awful that it. Hope you’re soon much, much better.


  2. butterflybuttercup

    Grapped my attention with some of the books you have read this week. The Caller I have in my collection and interested to read your review. I tried for Hush Little Baby but sadly missed out so another review I would love to read. Really enjoy reading what others have to say about books it really hits the mark sometimes.
    Hope you feel better soon nothing worse trying to concentrate on new things. Hope you get back to your new job soon.


  3. Karen

    Hope your neck soon improves Lorraine, it’s good that you’re able to catch up on your reading but as you say, very bad timing jobwise. Thanks for a great giveaway x

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  4. Keeper of Pages

    Aw sorry to hear you’ve be laid up in pain this week, hope you feel better soon but yay for getting so much reading done! I don’t have the star system on my blog and I support your decision to get rid of it haha, you’re right, it should be a universal system but it’s not, it’s very ambiguous. I’ve got my review for The Roanoke Girls posting next week too, we can compare lol. And ooo I’d love to read The People at No. 9 😊

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  5. Jo

    Sorry to hear that you’ve not been well, Lorraine – I hope you feel better soon. I’ve also been thinking about doing away with star ratings – I’m currently undecided, but I sometimes think that it does more harm than good. I like your idea of awarding a gold star to the books you’ve particularly enjoyed 🙂

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  6. Renee

    I hope you get some relief soon Lorraine, neck pain is the worst I know how you feel on that front. I’m glad you were able to get some reading time in and I can’t wait for your review of The Roanoke Girls. I’m very much on the fence about the star rating system…you and Annie have both gave it up, makes me think:)


  7. lollyrugs Post author

    Thanks Renee I really have never been in so much pain I’m getting really fed up now so back to the dr’s tomorrow. My review for The Roanoke Girls will be on my blog Tuesday x


      1. Inge | The Belgian Reviewer

        I’ve read it. Too bad the killer was found out without any leads, I don’t like it either when they are just presented to you like that. I do look forward to reading new ways of killing people, he’s so original that way.. I wish there were other authors like him but haven’t found them yet. If you know of authors very similar to him, let me know!

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      2. lollyrugs Post author

        This is what really disappointed me about this book, it came from no where, off the top of my head I can’t really think of another author quite like him x


  8. Books, Vertigo and Tea

    Oh I am so sorry to learn you are hurting so much and right after a big transition. You must feel so stressed about it all. I am sending many healing vibes your way dear friend ❤

    The Roanoke Girls is one I hope to review this week as well, so I am very excited to see how you feel about it. It is certainly more than I expected.

    Take care and hugs!

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