My recent six-book haul – what books did I get?

Here’s something a bit new. Because I’ve not been finishing any actual books lately to review, I thought I’d do an article on a recent book haul I had when I went into Sheringham which is a north Norfolk town absolutely filled with charity and book shops.

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As well as this, I recently received some book vouchers for Waterstones and National Book Tokens and so had plenty of money to go out and spend which made looking around one of the best places for books even more exciting.

Now, I’m at the stage where I don’t necessarily have a selection of books I want to buy as I’m kind of trying not to add to my TBR (to be read) but when it’s essentially free money I couldn’t help myself!

So what six books did I pick up during my day out in Sheringham then?

The Drift by C.J. Tudor

The Drift was one of the last books I picked up on my day out actually. I have obviously heard of C.J. Tudor and after reading the blurb. After a group of children are in a coach crash in a snowy environment, they’re then left to survive. However, it seems like they’re being picked off one-by-one by someone or something which sounds right up my street.

At the same time, it seems a group of people are in a ski chalet when a storm hits and there’s someone or something lurking in the depths of the chalet.

I love a story about a group of people who are stranded or in a cabin and who end up getting killed one-by-one – not sure why, maybe I’m a bit weird, who knows! Either way, excited to read this one!

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Weyward by Emilia Hart

Now I’ve seen a bit of Weyward about recently and so when I saw it was part of WHSmith‘s 2 for £14 paperback deal, I thought i’d pick it up.

In all honesty, I don’t know a vast amount about the book. What I do know is that the front cover looked really appealing and it seems to be about the stories of three women throughout history who all struggle with men or being accused of witchcraft, I’m not sure which.

Either way, it’s had some rave reviews and seems to tick a lot of my boxes: great cover, historical fiction tale and people standing up for themselves during times when they would have been suppressed.

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In The Blink Of An Eye by Jo Callaghan

In The Blink of An Eye is another book that I’ve seen all over the place – mainly on Amazon’s best sellers whenever the kindle version goes on for 99p. However, after having a quick read of the blurb which talks about Ai, detectives and humans vs AI, I became far more compelled to pick it up.

I must say it has an awful front cover that definitely needs changing if it’s ever going to hit the big time. Additionally, it seems like the front cover doesn’t really fit the purpose of the book – it needs to be more sci-fi-y.

Despite this, this should be an interesting read!

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No One Saw A Thing by Andrea Mara

Another book that I regularly see featuring on Amazon’s top lists whenever any sales go on is No One Saw a Thing by Andrea Mara. It’s a more recent book and also featured in WhSmith’s Book Club Pick or something, so you know it has to be a bit good!

It seems to tell the story of two children who get on a train but only one gets off. Everyone seems to be lying about what’s happened and they can’t seem to figure out the truth. It seems like it could have a really clever twist if done properly. And based on the reviews, it really seems like it has been done properly!

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Lamentation by C.J. Sansom

If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know I’ve read a good amount of C.J. Sansom’s Shardlake series. So as we walked into Sheringham and saw a small bookshop, I had to stop. I found Lamentation on the pile and am convinced that’s the next one I need to read.

However, after just checking my Storygraph, it appears I’ve got Heartstone to read first before I started lamentation, though I do know people who haven’t read the books in order at all. They are chronological but don’t necessarily have to be read in order to understand each other. I’m just a stickler for order.

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The Locked Door by Freida McFadden

Finally, in The Works there are always some fantastic deals and they’re trying to get all of Freida McFadden‘s books in there at the moment. I’ve done a bit of research recently and apparently The Locked Door is one of her best, so when I saw it, I knew I had to have it.

At £2.50 a book, you can’t say no either.

The Locked Door is about a woman who as a child had a father who killed women. Many years later she’s a successful surgeon but when one day a woman is killed in the same manner her father used to do it, she becomes the number one suspect. But she’s not like him and so she must being framed.

It seems an interesting premise and, as we know with McFadden, there’s bound to be some twist of some sort!

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In summary

I have absolutely no idea where I’m going to start with these books. I’ve got a strong feeling, after picking up two more of her others the other week to go on a bit of a Freida McFadden binge and then rate which of hers were her best and which were the worst.

Additionally, I’ve heard some fantastic things about all of these books and would happily pick any of them up right now.

Let me know in the comments below which book you think I should start reading first!

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