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New On My Shelf

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I have these lovely new books to be added to my virtual shelf this week.

I am still trying to be good and schedule all the books I receive, so as not to increase my toppling TBR pile, and so far it is working, although it’s quite a close call!

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This one caught my eye, so I grabbed it as part of my pre-approved status with author Aria/Aries Fiction and NetGalley


Cover image of the book 'Every last Fear' by author Alex FinlayIn one of the year’s most anticipated debut psychological thrillers, a family made infamous by a true crime documentary is found dead, leaving their surviving son to uncover the truth about their final days.

“They found the bodies on a Tuesday.” So begins this twisty and breathtaking novel that traces the fate of the Pine family, a thriller that will both leave you on the edge of your seat and move you to tears.

After a late night of partying, NYU student Matt Pine returns to his dorm room to devastating news: nearly his entire family—his mom, his dad, his little brother and sister—have been found dead from an apparent gas leak while vacationing in Mexico. The local police claim it was an accident, but the FBI and State Department seem far less certain—and they won’t tell Matt why.

The tragedy makes headlines everywhere because this isn’t the first time the Pine family has been thrust into the media spotlight. Matt’s older brother, Danny—currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his teenage girlfriend Charlotte—was the subject of a viral true crime documentary suggesting that Danny was wrongfully convicted. Though the country has rallied behind Danny, Matt holds a secret about his brother that he’s never told anyone: the night Charlotte was killed Matt saw something that makes him believe his brother is guilty of the crime.

When Matt returns to his small hometown to bury his parents and siblings, he’s faced with a hostile community that was villainized by the documentary, a frenzied media, and memories he’d hoped to leave behind forever. Now, as the deaths in Mexico appear increasingly suspicious and connected to Danny’s case, Matt must unearth the truth behind the crime that sent his brother to prison—putting his own life in peril—and forcing him to confront his every last fear.

Told through multiple points-of-view and alternating between past and present, Alex Finlay’s Every Last Fear is not only a page-turning thriller, it’s also a poignant story about a family managing heartbreak and tragedy, and living through a fame they never wanted.

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Next I have to thank the lovely Noelle, representing publisher Bookouture, for flagging up the next instalment in this great series


Cover image of the book 'False Allegiance' by author Nick ThackerSomeone wants Jake Parker dead. He’ll find out why, or die trying…

Ex-army, ex-police, widowed husband, estranged son. Jake Parker has no family, no one to care if one of the government-contract jobs he takes goes wrong. So he’s shocked to get a phone call from his father as he’s pursuing an anomaly from his latest mission. But his dad isn’t calling for a chat, he’s issuing a warning: stop digging around, let this job go.

Jake barely has time to register the news that his father has been keeping tabs on him before a bomb tears apart his apartment, and he barely escapes with his life. Now he’s injured, on the run, and determined to find out who wants to silence him, and why.

The more he digs, the more drastic the attempts on his life become, but Jake won’t be beaten at this game. When he gets hold of one of the thugs trying to take him out, Jake learns that he’s treading on the toes of an illicit arms deal and now he may be the only person who can stop a cargo of weapons getting into the hands of international terrorists. Terrorists with their eyes on the US and who seem to have a hold on his father. Now Jake has to make the ultimate choice: allegiance to his family, or to his country…? He can only save one.

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This beautiful paperback edition which I can see, smell and feel, was gifted to me out of generosity, by the author, for which I thank her! 🙂


Cover image of the book 'Secrets Of The Railway Girls' by author Maisie ThomasManchester, November 1940

As the war continues and secrets threaten the railway girls, they will discover the true meaning of friendship.

For Dot, her job on the railways is everything. Transporting parcels around the country gives her pride that she is doing her bit for the war effort, but a growing friendship causes problems when home and work collide.

Joan loves her boyfriend Bob dearly, but when tragedy strikes, her heart is torn apart, and she is forced to make a decision that could hurt those she loves most.

Meanwhile Mabel has finally found a place to call home and her relationship seems to be going from strength to strength. However, the relentless bombing in the Christmas blitz is about to destroy everything she holds dear, and she will need her friends’ courage and generosity now more than ever.

Brought together by their work on Manchester’s railways, the three women find that with the support and encouragement of each other, they can get through even the most challenging of times.

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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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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Angie,

      I am already working on ‘Every Last Fear’ for my Blog Tour Review and it is brilliant so far!

      The other two are by authors I have read before, so I know exactly how good those are going to be!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and have a good week 🙂

    • Hi Linda,

      ‘Every Last Fear’ is a brilliant story and I am looking forward to my Blog Tour Review spot.

      I have read previous books by both my other featured authors, so I know that I am going to get two more good reads there as well!

      Thanks for making the time to stop by, I appreciate your visit 🙂

    • Hi Anca,

      Yes! ‘The Railway Girls’ was really good and I can’t wait to get stuck into the second book in the series. I have part three on my NetGalley wishlist, but as they haven’t responded I guess that isn’t going to happen, so I’ll buy it for myself at some point.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have some good reading lined up for this week 🙂

    • Hi Lorraine,

      ‘Every Last Fear’ is a great mix of fact and fiction, so seamless that I couldn’t work out where one ended and the other began, I think you will enjoy it!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have some great books on your list for this week 🙂

  • Every Last Fear looks good so I’ll be interested in your thoughts. I hope you’re seeing signs of spring, Yvonne. We are warming up in my area so the piles of snow featured in my MM post last week are substantially smaller. Plus, the sun is shining.
    I hope you have a good week!

    • Hi Mary,

      My Blog Tour Review for ‘Every Last Fear’ is on March 31st, so not too long to wait now, however I do think you would enjoy it!

      There are certainly signs of spring around here now. The crocuses, snowdrops and early daffodils are all out, the sun is shining and the temperatures are definitely on the up. – But hold that thought! The winds are supposed to be gale force later in the week and freezing conditions with possible snow, are forecast for Easter! – so watch this space.

      The children are all heading back into school from today, with Covid testing and masks mandatory and we are allowed to meet one person outdoors for a takeaway coffee and a chat. I guess things are moving in the right direction, but it is going to be a long old job I think!

      I hope you have lots of books lined up to keep you busy and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Glad to see you have the next in the Railway Girls series in your queue. I know how much you enjoyed the first one!

    It’s the psychological thriller that catches my eye the most. I look forward to your review of it.

    • Hi Kelly,

      ‘Every Last Fear’ is definitely edge-of-the-seat reading, especially as the storyline is so firmly and tangibly linked to real events, which might make it even more appealing to you.

      ‘The Secrets Of The Railway Girls’ is sat on my desk as we speak and is scheduled into my review pile, although as there is no fixed publisher date, it is not set in stone and might be subject to being moved around a little – see! I can’t even keep one small pile under control 🙂

      Having said that, I am well ahead of my current review schedule and I am working on mid April postings as we speak, so all is not lost!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that your socially distanced family meet went well 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      I have quite a nice mix of reading genres coming up for review during the spring, so no two books will be the same, that’s for sure! I am looking forward to them all.

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

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      It was certainly a good mix of books this time, although so far I have only read one of them and that was your favourite ‘Every Last Fear’. I am reading it for a Blog Tour Review, so I can’t say too much about it. However if you have the chance to get your hands on a copy, I recommend that you do, it’s really good!

      We have both received our first jabs now, although I haven’t had the full 21 days yet, but things are definitely looking up! We should both get our second dose during May, so we are looking forward to a bit of a summer, even though we shan’t venture too far, as no doubt people will start acting like idiots again!

      Hope you are okay and that you have some spring weather for the weekend 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      In the past I would have always opted for a ‘real’ book over a download. However with the amount of Blog Tour Reviews I take part in now, even I have come to appreciate the advantages of a download for ease of reading and making notes.

      I still have many hundreds of real books on my many bookshelves (all unread I have to add!), so unless I am sent away and a massive cull carried out whilst I am gone, then I can’t see that changing any time soon!

      Great to hear from you and I hope that all is well 🙂

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