#5Books: Book recs and first week blues …

#5Books for the week ending 14 January

Though technically speaking, it’s more a case of me taking FOR-EV-ER to get into the groove of being back to work. In these here parts of the world, people still aren’t back from their holidays and might only be back by the end of the month because we’re in school holidays. So it’s been a bit tough to get into the groove of work. Naturally, on Friday however, I get a deadline for a week for a major project — man, sometimes you just have to laugh!

How is everyone faring over in the snow-bound everywhere else? Are you back to work yet?

That said, I did have some time to catch up on some recs to break up my day. Yeah, it’s not happening any time soon so I am going to enjoy this moment while I can 😉 And this week I’m starting with an Aussie crime novel.

Perfect Crime 

Ten years after surviving special operations in Afghanistan, Danny Clay is working as a scriptwriter in the emotional war zone of TV production. His best mate and editor is Vietnamese neighbour and script editor Zan who may or may not have killed a man with her bare hands. When their writer friends start dying in mysterious circumstances, Danny must resurrect his old army sapper skills to prevent himself and Zan becoming the next victims.

From the backstreets and brothels of Sydney’s Kings Cross to the fake sincerity of Hollywood, Perfect Criminals is an action-packed and hilarious romp through the dark side of the entertainment industry where criminals have the same skill set as movie producers – only with a more evolved moral code.

This sounds wild. WILD. Danny’s BFF kills a man with her bare hands, as you do. And somehow writers have made it on to someone’s hit list. which might be a commentary about something, but I’ll keep you posted on that. And how on earth does this get from King’s Cross to Hollywood?? See WILD.

The Spy Who Never Was

Nora Baron assumes the identity of a notorious femme fatale—who technically doesn’t exist—in a powerhouse thriller from the bestselling author of Mrs. John Doe.

“Tom Savage is a master of the high-speed thriller.”—Michael Connelly

In a Manhattan safe house, Nora Baron—a Long Island mother and drama teacher leading a double life as a CIA operative—meets a spymaster who offers her a top-secret mission. Nora is to take on the role of Chris Waverly, a legend in the field—literally. As Nora’s handler explains, Waverly isn’t so much a person as she is an alias, a cover name shared by several American agents throughout the world. Now, a mysterious ransom note threatens these agents with exposure and certain death.

As the new “Chris Waverly,” Nora travels to Paris to trap the anonymous blackmailer. But from the start, the mission is more dangerous than she could have anticipated. She encounters secrets and lies from her own people, and she’s stalked by shadowy assassins. From the City of Light to a remote village high in the Swiss Alps, Nora follows the trail to a chilling international conspiracy—and the shocking truth about “Chris Waverly.”

Nope, re-reading the blurb of this series, this is possibly wilder. Because the Nora Baron series  is about a woman who finds herself, at first, investigating her husband’s death, discovers he’s a CIA operative and then finds herself working for the CIA as an agent herself. Housewife, drama teacher and now CIA agent — I need this in my life.

Our Kind of Cruelty

This is a love story. Mike’s love story.

Mike Hayes fought his way out of a brutal childhood and into a quiet, if lonely life, before he met Verity Metcalf. V taught him about love, and in return, Mike has dedicated his life to making her happy. He’s found the perfect home, the perfect job, he’s sculpted himself into the physical ideal V has always wanted. He knows they’ll be blissfully happy together.

It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t been returning his emails or phone calls.
It doesn’t matter that she says she’s marrying Angus.

It’s all just part of the secret game they used to play. If Mike watches V closely, he’ll see the signs. If he keeps track of her every move he’ll know just when to come to her rescue…

A spellbinding, darkly twisted novel about desire and obsession, and the complicated lines between truth and perception, Our Kind of Cruelty introduces Araminta Hall, a chilling new voice in psychological suspense.

Yeah, I’m majorly creeped out and intrigued all at once. And it also reminds me of Fatal Attraction.

Thirteen

They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.

This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.

All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.

What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?

What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?

A killer and a con man walk into a courtroom together… and who wins? There’s something claustrophobic about the situation too with them facing each other in a courtroom as well. I saw the author tweet about a giveaway as well, but sadly, I didn’t win 🙁

The Queen of Hearts

A debut novel that pulses with humor and empathy and explores the heart’s capacity for forgiveness…

Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have been best friends since their early twenties, when they first began navigating serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school. Now they’re happily married wives and mothers with successful careers–Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina are chaotic but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years.

As chief resident, Nick Xenokostas was the center of Zadie’s life–both professionally and personally–throughout a tragic chain of events in her third year of medical school that she has long since put behind her. Nick’s unexpected reappearance during a time of new professional crisis shocks both women into a deeper look at the difficult choices they made at the beginning of their careers. As it becomes evident that Emma must have known more than she revealed about circumstances that nearly derailed both their lives, Zadie starts to question everything she thought she knew about her closest friend.

What secrets are between these best friends? I freely admit it’s possible I’m so intrigued by this book because I’ve watched way too many medical shows and am half convinced everyone is hiding something dire and life-threatening. And what makes this even more complex, is the close relationship between these women — what could break them up?

For this week, all I want is for my brain to come back online. That’s it.

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