**Weekly Wrap Up**


I’ve managed to read one book this week, shocking I know (holds head in shame) my usual problem ………


Need I say anymore!!!

I have two more blog tour books to read and then I’m going to spend the next few months catching up on books from my TBR pile that I’m desperate to get to. I really need to read some books to review for my blog, as all the books I’ve read recently are for blog tours so I can’t share them just yet.

Personally I feel I’ve constantly been reading books for blog tours (my own fault for agreeing to so many) over the last couple of months, and it’s slightly spoilt my enjoyment of reading, don’t get me wrong I’ve read some really amazing books, but it would be nice to pick up a book that doesn’t have to be read by a certain date.

What I’m reading next



I’m really looking forward to reading The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins. 

ARC I received this week

I have been really good and only requested one book on NetGalley, and it’s one I’m desperate to read so I’m one happy bunny 🐰



Book description

Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called, “A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind.”

For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.

As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.

With only a handful of clues, the elusive killer’s identity remains a mystery. Time is running out and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller.


Book description

An electrifying novel about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she’ll go to protect him.

The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours–the entire scope of the novel–she keeps on running.

Suddenly, mother and son are as trapped as the animals. Joan’s intimate knowledge of this place that filled early motherhood with happy diversions–the hidden pathways and under-renovation exhibits, the best spots on the carousel and overstocked snack machines–is all that keeps them a step ahead of danger.

Books I bought this week


Book description

On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing.

In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness

Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine’s missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he’s eager to prove himself to his new team. But Edinburgh, he discovers, is a long way from Lyon, and Elaine’s killer has covered his tracks with meticulous care.

It’s not long before another successful woman is abducted from her doorstep, and Callanach finds himself in a race against the clock. Or so he believes The real fate of the women will prove more twisted than he could have ever imagined.


Book description

From a bold new voice in international crime fiction, a chilling debut in which two detectives must hunt down a vengeful killer–and uncover the secret that ties each of them to the crime

A six-year-old girl is found in the Norwegian countryside, hanging lifeless from a tree with a jump rope around her neck. She is dressed in strange doll’s clothes. Around her neck is an airline tag that says “I’m traveling alone.”

A special homicide unit in Oslo re-opens with veteran police investigator Holger Munch at the helm. Holger’s first step is to persuade the brilliant but haunted investigator Mia Krüger to come back to the squad–she’s been living on an isolated island, overcome by memories of her past. When Mia views a photograph of the crime scene and spots the number “1” carved into the dead girl’s fingernail, she knows this is only the beginning. She’ll soon discover that six years earlier, an infant girl was abducted from a nearby maternity ward. The baby was never found. Could this new killer have something to do with the missing child, or with the reclusive Christian sect hidden in the nearby woods?

Mia returns to duty to track down a revenge-driven and ruthlessly intelligent killer. But when Munch’s own six-year-old granddaughter goes missing, Mia realizes that the killer’s sinister game is personal, and I’m Traveling Alone races to an explosive–and shocking–conclusion.


Book description

Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife to handsome, charming Wall Street tycoon Henry Whittaker. She is a member of Manhattan’s social elite. She is on the board of one of the city’s most prestigious philanthropic organizations. She has a perfect Tribeca penthouse in the city and a gorgeous lake house in the country. The finest wine, the most up-to-date fashion, and the most luxurious vacations are all at her fingertips.

What no one knows is that five years ago, Zoe’s life was in danger. Back then, Zoe wasn’t Zoe at all. Now her secrets are coming back to haunt her. As the past and present collide, Zoe must decide who she can trust before she—whoever she is—vanishes completely.


Book description

Following on from the bestselling The Seven Sisters and The Storm Sister, The Shadow Sister is the third book in Lucinda Riley’s spellbinding series, loosely based on the mythology of the Seven Sisters star cluster.

Star D’Aplièse is at a crossroads in her life after the sudden death of her beloved father – the elusive billionaire, named Pa Salt by his six daughters, all adopted by him from the four corners of the world. He has left each of them a clue to their true heritage, but Star – the most enigmatic of the sisters – is hesitant to step out of the safety of the close relationship she shares with her sister CeCe. In desperation, she decides to follow the first clue she has been left, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world . . .

A hundred years earlier, headstrong and independent Flora MacNichol vows she will never marry. She is happy and secure in her home in the Lake District, living close to her idol, Beatrix Potter, when machinations outside of her control lead her to London, and the home of one of Edwardian society’s most notorious players, Alice Keppel. Flora is pulled between passionate love and duty to her family, but finds herself a pawn in a game – the rules of which are only known to others, until a meeting with a mysterious gentleman unveils the answers that Flora has been searching for her whole life . . .

As Star learns more of Flora’s incredible journey, she too goes on a voyage of discovery, finally stepping out of the shadow of her sister and opening herself up to the possibility of love.


 Book description

Who do you believe?

In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack.

She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, it is not only the victim’s life that is changed forever.

Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear.

And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her that you can never see the whole picture: something – and someone – is always in the dark…

Last week on the book review café

My book of the month


The One Man by Andrew Gross #Review


Cover reveal The Detriment by David Videcette 


Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis


#TopFiveThursday with Sam aka cluesandreviews


Dead To Me by Lesley Pearse #Review 


Block 46 by Johana Gustwasson 


Next week on the book review café

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens #Review

**Blog tour** child Taken by Darren Young #Review

#TopFiveThursday with another awesome blogger


And lastly I hope you don’t mind me sharing this but the book review café has hit 8,000 + followers, that’s across my blog, FB and Twitter  I’m not sure how or why I’ve gained so many followers, but I must admit I’m thrilled to bits as when I started up my blog I never really thought anyone would actually follow me.

So I would like to say a big thank you to followers old and new for following me. To fellow bloggers who constantly share and comment on my posts you guys rock. I shall be hosting a giveaway at some point to celebrate the occasion, so keep your eyes peeled.



35 thoughts on “**Weekly Wrap Up**

  1. Feel your pain Lorraine. If it wasn’t for audio I’d be at one book myself. Work is conspiring to keep me busy and I’ve been playing catch up on reviews I’ve avoided writing so it’s partly my fault.

    Mega congrats on the followers. I’m light years behind you but it’s not a surprise they are there with you as your blog is fab.

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  2. Congratulations Lorraine that is a huge achievement! I have to admit I’m not too keen on blog tours for that reason and as so many bloggers love them I don’t participate in many but sometimes it is hard to say ‘no’

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    • Thanks for the kind words Kate, I don’t usually do so many blog tours but there are so many great books to be promoted this month I just couldn’t say “no” but never again 😂😂

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  3. I know how you feel, Lorraine. I can’t seem to fit in any of my other review books let alone my TBR pile because I’m constantly reading for blog tours and I’m always at the last minute. I finished a book last Sunday at 6pm that I was on the tour for the next day!

    Congratulations on your 8000!!!!

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  4. Ditto lads. Thought it would be a good idea to commit to more than I normally do. Obv brain switched off at that time. Others I had previously promised now looking at me guiltily!!! All self inflicted though so will learn 🙂 Congrats on your HUGE achievement Lorraine. All so well deserved. Xxxx


  5. Congratulations on the 8000 followers! I’m trying to limit myself to two blog tours per month to get through my review pile. It can start making you feel you’re reading on demand rather than for pleasure! I only ever manage one book per week! I don’t know how you guys manage more!

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    • Why do we do it Claire? I’m really going to have to rethink the blog tour bit, but I love supporting authors. Mind you I suppose if we post a review on a blog tour or separate we’re still doing our bit x

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      • That’s true! I like the blog tours because I often pick up books I haven’t heard of. I’ve also reduced how many I do but I still rarely seen to get to the books I actually want to be reading so something isn’t working! 😂


  6. I know exactly what you mean about having to read books by a certain date and it slightly ruining your enjoyment of reading – I feel very similar. I know I should abstain from blog tours or new review copies as you mentioned but it’s so tricky! Work just takes up far too much time when I’d much rather be reading ☹️ Never mind! Some great titles on here – I’ve also got The Fourth Monkey to read and can’t wait 😊

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    • It’s not so much the review ARC’s because I tend to read them as and when, even if it’s after publication date I’m much more chilled about them, it’s the blog tours that are getting to me, my own fault but I hate saying “no” but I have turned down two today even though I know I would love them so I’m learning 😂😂

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      • Ahh it is hard when so many books look SO good! 😊 turning down 2 is a good start if you want to cut the blog tours down though! 👍🏼😃


  7. Congrats on your 8000 followers 🙂 I’ve tried to cut down on the amount of blog tours this year for the same reason. I don’t mind if content is provided but whilst I’m constantly reading blog tour books I can’t get to anything else. x

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  8. I know exactly what you mean about reading because you have to! I’ve thankfully only got one blog tour coming up (well, two but the second isn’t until August and so doesn’t count!) but have just had three ARC’s through the post. I’m constantly feeling like I have to read certain thing by a certain date rather than just picking up what I fancy! I feel your pain!

    I’m first in the queue for He Said/She Said in the library at the moment, so I’m really hoping that comes in over the next week – I can’t wait to read it, heard such good things about it! I really hope you enjoy it!

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  9. Lorraine, big congrats on 8000 followers, that’s amazing and very well deserved!! I have to say I’m only doing 1 blog tour over the next few months and that’s for Orenda, otherwise I want to be free to read what I want without a deadline. It really does often take away my enjoyment when I have to read a book by a certain date and put together the post etc. I have The Fourth Monkey as well, can’t wait to read it!

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    • Thanks Renee I have a couple in June but already agreed to them and ones for Orenda, but I think I will make July a blog tour free month just so I can read some of the books I want to read x

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  10. Wow a huge congratulatory hug and high five on 8,000! Awesome and so deserved!

    Would it be awful if I admitted I have been avoiding blog tours for the past few months because I just want to read from my own shelves (that you are not helping by continually adding to!)? I do admit that Perfect Remains is grabbing my curiosity.

    Have a wonderful week ahead!


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