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I managed to grab another of the NetGalley ‘Read Now’ titles this time. This book may be a little outside my usual reading genres, however the premise was so intriguing that I just couldn’t help pushing that ‘Send To Kindle’ button! See if you are as intrigued as I was.


Cover image of the book 'As You Were' by author Elaine FeeneySinéad Hynes is a tough, driven, funny young property developer with a terrifying secret.

No-one knows it: not her fellow patients in a failing hospital, and certainly not her family. She has confided only in Google and a shiny magpie.

But she can’t go on like this, tirelessly trying to outstrip her past and in mortal fear of her future. Across the ward, Margaret Rose is running her chaotic family from her rose-gold Nokia. In the neighboring bed, Jane, rarely but piercingly lucid, is searching for a decent bra and for someone to listen. Sinéad needs them both.

As You Were is about intimate histories, institutional failures, the kindness of strangers, and the darkly present past of modern Ireland. It is about women’s stories and women’s struggles. It is about seizing the moment to be free.

Wildly funny, desperately tragic, inventive and irrepressible, As You Were introduces a brilliant voice in Irish fiction with a book that is absolutely of our times.

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I was also one of the lucky Twitter responders to receive a PDF, ARC of this great sounding murder/mystery, one of my ‘go to’ genres of choice, but one which I haven’t read a book from in a few weeks now!


Cover image of the book 'The Chalet' by author Catherine CooperFour friends. One luxury getaway. The perfect murder.

French Alps, 1998 – Two young men ski into a blizzard… but only one returns.

20 years later – Four people connected to the missing man find themselves in that same resort. Each has a secret. Two may have blood on their hands. One is a killer-in-waiting.

Someone knows what really happened that day.

And somebody will pay.

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Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share links to the books that came into their house during the last week. This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well, after all you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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    • Hi Mary,

      I wonder why we are so easily pleased by getting to the ‘Read Now’ button first? It must be the added buzz 🙂

      I really do think that you might enjoy ‘The Chalet’ and you don’t need to be a skier to appreciate it, there isn’t too much jargon!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl,

      I am assuming that we are talking about the cover of ‘As You Were’ and if so, the unique cover art was one of the things which attracted me to this book in the first place, although I am generally a firm believer that you should never judge a book by its cover. The trouble is that sometimes you just can’t help it!

      Thanks for taking the time to visit and I hope that you have a good week

  • Both of these sound good, but I’m especially intrigued by the first. I like the cover on it, too!

    Looking forward to more about both of these!

    • Hi Kelly,

      Are you sitting down yet? I have actually already finished ‘The Chalet’ not two days after receiving it, which must be some kind of record for me!! I received my copy as a PDF file and as it was on my computer I just started glancing at it and literally couldn’t stop! I can’t get a slot for my review until September, however there will be the usual promotional posts before then, so I hope to have convinced you before that date. This is definitely 4 out of 5 star quality for a debut novel.

      ‘As You Were’ is also a debut novel, although author Elaine Feeney is already an established and published poet. I was intrigued by the premise, which is why I wanted to grab one of the ‘Read Now’ copies, however it wasn’t until I dug a bit deeper on Goodreads and read a few of the reviews, that I realised how deeply emotional and distressing this one might be. In some ways forewarned is forearmed, however I really wish people wouldn’t write huge spoilers in reviews, or maybe I should just stop reading them!

      Great to have you visit 🙂

      • I’m shocked!! It MUST have been good to draw you in like that. Now I’m especially anxious to hear more about it. You’ve also got me a little hesitant about the first…. but I’m still intrigued enough to want to know more.

        • The reviews for ‘As You Were’ have been really amazing, but almost everyone comments about the emotional difficulties they had with one aspect or another of the story. Then when I tagged the author into this post on Twitter, she also messaged me back to let me know that it is quite a difficult read, which I need to be prepared for!

          That definitely means to has to be read, although I have a couple of read / reviews to fit in first 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      It is probably fair to say that these two books couldn’t be further apart on the spectrum, so different are they.

      I have read quite a few books just recently, which have been well outside of my perceived favourite genres and ones which I would definitely not have picked from the shelves of a book shop. However, I have really enjoyed the experience of trying something new, so that is something else I have to thank blogging for!

      I have already finished ‘The Chalet’ , which is a very contemporary version of an Agatha Christie murder/mystery, but with a real twist in the ending. Well worth trying in my opinion.

      Thanks for stopping by and take care 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      I have been reading out of my comfort zone quite a lot just recently and have discovered some amazing new books and authors.

      I think that ‘As You Were’ is going to be another of those unique experiences and is going to be challenging in several ways, not the least of which, is going to be emotionally.

      ‘The Chalet’ is excellent as a debut novel. A murder/mystery. rather than one of the thrillers I know you enjoy so much, I can still highly recommend it, if you want a storyline which just seems to slip by so quickly and a cast of characters you are sure to ‘love to hate’!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you – Are you back to work yet? 🙂

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