#5Books: Books recs and *cries*

#5Books book recs for the week ending 8 april 2018

I had to go to the dentist this week.

This is news, because I hate the dentist. I religiously go to 6-monthly check-ups bc I have to in order to avoid ever getting to the point where I had to have extractions and a bridge put in like I did ages ago. It stuck with me okay??

My dentist is actually a sweet guy — he lets me have my earphones on with my music turned way up when I go for cleaning, so I don’t have to listen to the drill.

I know, I’m old and decrepit, but I’m not over it, so there.

So when I started feeling achiness in my upper jaw, right hand side I had to bit the bullet and make an appointment well before I was due in. I’ve had like a week of expecting the worst — like a root canal, because he warned me it might happen at some point. I’ll save you the gory details of my teeth at one stage before he set me straight me, and filled in the stupid tooth.

So, here’s your PSA for the week:

Don’t use whitening toothpaste. Because it’s the equivalent of bleaching your teeth, like putting peroxide on your hair — which as you all know, if you’re not taking care of your hair after changing colour, it’s gonna suck. Whitening toothpaste on it’s own (if whitening is included with a toothpaste that is supposed to take care of your gums or whatever, apparently that’s okay) does stuff to the enamel of your teeth, making it more sensitive.

X-rays are all clear, and everything looks normal otherwise. So I am going to go with this and not use whitening toothpaste and hope for the best.

There you go. Go forth and have safe, non-sensitive teeth! 🙂


Weeping Waters

Inspector Albertus Beeslaar is a traumatized cop who has abandoned tough city policing and a broken relationship in Johannesburg for a backwater post on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. But his dream of rural peace is soon shattered by the repeated attacks of a brutally efficient crime syndicate, as he struggles to train and connect with rookie local cops, Ghaap and Pyl, who resent his brusqueness and his old-school ways.

A beautiful and eccentric artist and her four-year-old adopted daughter are murdered on a local farm, and angry white farmers point to her enigmatic Bushman farm manager as a key suspect. Along with Ghaap and Pyl, Beeslaar is plunged into the intrigue and racial tensions of the community and finds that violence knows no geographical or ethnic boundaries.

Weeping Waters marks the beginning of a great new series with a striking new setting, a strong ensemble cast of characters and suspenseful storylines.

I am so ready for another South African mystery while waiting for the next Tannie Maria book! This one is darker, but I can work with darker heh.

Everything about you

Freya has a new virtual assistant. It knows what she likes, knows what she wants and knows whose voice she most needs to hear: her missing sister’s.

It adopts her sister’s personality, recreating her through a life lived online. But this virtual version of her knows things it shouldn’t be possible to know.

It’s almost as if the missing girl is still out there somewhere, feeding fresh updates into the cloud. But that’s impossible. Isn’t it?

Okay, then robots are taking over the world, or VAs in this case. But seriously, is anyone else seriously creeped out?

True Fiction

#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg hits the ground running in a breakneck thriller where truth and fiction collide for the unluckiest writer alive.

When a passenger jet crashes onto the beaches of Waikiki, bestselling thriller writer Ian Ludlow knows the horrific tragedy wasn’t an accident.

Years before, the CIA enlisted Ian to dream up terrorism scenarios to prepare the government for nightmares they couldn’t imagine. Now one of those schemes has come true, and Ian is the only person alive who knows how it was done…and who is behind the plot. That makes him too dangerous to live.

Ian goes on the run, sweeping up an innocent bystander in his plight–Margo French, a dog walker and aspiring singer. They are pursued by assassins and an all-seeing global-intelligence network that won’t stop until Ian and Margo are dead. Ian has written thrillers like this before, but this time he doesn’t know how it’s going to end–or if he will be alive to find out.

I’ve never read Goldberg before, but this speaks to my literary bent right now. Am listening to the quirkiest of quirky books, but it’s so cute and it’s all about books, so I’m pleased to have found something like this on the other end of the spectrum in thrillers.

Our Little Secret 


“A cracking read…Our Little Secret builds to a deliciously dark conclusion.” –Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10

Roz Nay’s Our Little Secret is a twisted tale of love, pain, and revenge that will stay with the reader long after they turn the last page.

They say you never forget your first love. What they don’t say though, is that sometimes your first love won’t forget you…

A police interview room is the last place Angela expected to find herself today. It’s been hours, and they keep asking her the same inane questions over and over. “How do you know the victim?” “What’s your relationship with Mr. Parker?” Her ex’s wife has gone missing, and anyone who was close to the couple is a suspect. Angela is tired of the bottomless questions and tired of the cold room that stays the same while a rotating litany of interrogators changes shifts around her. But when criminologist Novak takes over, she can tell he’s not like the others. He’s ready to listen, and she knows he’ll understand. When she tells him that her story begins a decade before, long before Saskia was in the picture, he gives her the floor.

A twenty-something young professional, Angela claims to have no involvement. How could she? It’s been years since she and H.P., Mr. Parker that is, were together. As her story unfolds, it deepens and darkens. There’s a lot to unpack… betrayal, jealousy, and a group of people who all have motives for retribution. If Angela is telling the truth, then who’s lying?

This sounds like a complex character piece, and I am liking the focus onNovak and Angela in an interrogation room. Also, if I’ve seen this on your blog and commented, thank you for bringing this onto my radar!

Free Chocolate

In the far future, chocolate is Earth’s only unique commodity one that everyone else in the galaxy is willing to kill to get their hands, paws and tentacles on.

Latina culinary arts student, Bo Benitez, becomes a fugitive when she’s caught stealing a cacao pod from one of the heavily-defended plantations that keep chocolate, Earth’s sole valuable export, safe from a hungry galaxy.

Forces array against her including her alien boyfriend and a reptilian cop. But when she escapes onto an unmarked starship things go from bad to worse: it belongs to the race famed throughout the galaxy for eating stowaways! Surrounded by dangerous yet hunky aliens, Bo starts to uncover clues that the threat to Earth may be bigger than she first thought.

100% a future space adventure and dystopia I am ready for. Also, hunky aliens. The only one I can think of right now is Thor, so that list needs to grow.

Free Chocolate amirite???

… also, what’s with the orange covers? Is that a new thriller trend?


  • I’m going to need a lot of dental work and I’m not looking forward to it. As soon as I shake off the last of this flu I need to start dealing with it. Gah!

  • Silvia says:

    I feel you, Verushka . . . I hate the dentist as well, even if I have nothing personal against mine. I had an extraction a few years ago as well, it was SO NOT pleasant 🙁 And duly noted about the whitening toothpaste!

    As for Free Chocolate, I’m still laughing at that “In the far future, chocolate is Earth’s only unique commodity one that everyone else in the galaxy is willing to kill to get their hands, paws and tentacles on.” In the far future? Every day I feel like I’d kill for a piece of chocolate, Haha!

  • I hate going to the dentist, so I understand where you are coming from.

  • Free Chocolate sounds pretty interesting. Also, thanks for the head’s up on the whitening toothpaste – I had no idea. Of course, I think we’ve only had the kind where it was mixed in with other toothpaste. It’s still good to know though. Great bunch of books this week. Yes I finally finished The Atrocities and should have my review up Thursday!

  • Angela says:

    I hate hate hate going to the dentist! They always manage to find that one sensitive spot and just keep poking at it.

  • Oh gosh, Everything About You sounds fascinating, but so creepy too!!

    Aw, sorry about having to go to the dentist. I need to go, but I don’t have dental insurance and it’s a lot of money that I just don’t have. Not that I love going, but I’m better than I used to be. haha


  • I have always hated going to the dentist. But with all my issues I’ve had, I ended up having to have all my teeth pulled. Medication just deteriorated them. It sucked massively.

    Our Little Secret sounds like my kinda read!

  • I hate the dentist too and have to medicate even for a cleaning! My hubby drives me because I’ve been known to go shopping instead..and I hate to shop. LOL

  • I feel your dentist pain. I have a bridge hanging on for dear life that I’ve been putting off fixing for years. I’ll need an implant now to replace a missing tooth and the whole process terrifies me so I wait and wait.. . It’s right in the front too so when it decides to go I’m in some trouble 🙂 Thanks for the book recs!

  • Everything About You Sounds Fantastic!!
    I struggle with the Dentist woes as well, but on the bright side your being proactive about it!!
    Tori @ In Tori Lex

  • Greg says:

    Oh my gosh I HATE the dentist. Who doesn’t though, right? I seriously dread it. Okay Everything About You sounds awesome- and I LOVE that cover, with the green lettering. I don’t know, just works for me. 🙂 And yes, creepy ha ha.

    Free Chocolate just sounds awesome AF.

  • To be honest it’s been AGES since I went to the dentist but I’m really scared to go (to any type of doctor really) The last time I was shaking so much that the dentist asked if I was cold. But I know I’ll have to go at some point. I don’t have any issues at the moment but I know it won’t stay that way. I’ll just need some courage.

  • Oh geez sorry about the dentist! I hate them and am overdue. Looks like 5 interesting recs today. Thanks!!

  • Ugh, I need a bunch of crowns cuz my enamel is just bad and has worn away on multiple teeth, and I’m worried I may also need a root canal. But I’m so scared that I’ve hardly even had an appetite for weeks, so I understand your fear. But I’m glad to hear your experience this time wasn’t so bad and that your x-rays came back good 🙂 Free Chocolate does sound interesting! Who doesn’t like hunky aliens 😉

  • Daniela Ark says:

    oh sorry to hear you had to go to the dentist! I totally hear you. I get my 6-month check-ups religiously too! I don’t thinks dentists are anyone’s favorite but yes yours sound kinda cool! I should try wearing my earphones too at my next visit!

    You should write some horror stories miss “old and decrepit” you are good! LOL xoxo

    oh yeah I’m totally creeped out by Everything about you! So creeped out I NEED to read it now! Wow sounds so good!

    • Verushka says:

      I get so scared of the dentist, it’s ridic but I can’t help myself. Haaa, you never now, I might just decide to write something someday!

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