#20BooksofSummer – UPDATE

#20BooksofSummer

Here are Augusts reads, six books and one post, this leaves me with one further book to read by 3 September. I’m practically there so, phew, still on track with the reading at least. Sadly the posting has been a lot slower but they will appear – eventually!

Firstly, here’s the link to my seventh post for the books I read in July: The 7(71/2) Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

August books are….

The Choice by Edith Eger

This is the one that I have posted on with the link to that post above. This is a moving memoir of Edith Eger’s life, her determination to use her experiences to help others and how she has done that by showing, even in the darkest moments, we all have a choice.

Nothing Stays Buried by P J Tracy

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A young woman is murdered in a park in Minneapolis. When detectives Gino and Magozzi discover a playing card near the body, they recognise the work of a serial killer who has already struck the city once before.

But it’s worse than they imagined. The card is the four of spades; the last victim’s was the ace: it seems they’re already two murders behind.

Once again working with Grace MacBride and her team of analysts, they discover a web of evidence stretching back into the past. And there is little time to untangle it: this killer has a taste for blood, and he’s intent on playing out the deck . . .

The Guilty Dead by P J Tracy

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The Guilty Dead is the ninth book in P.J. Tracy’s addictive and internationally bestselling Twin Cities, also known as the Monkeewrench, series.

Gregory Norwood, wealthy businessman and close friend of Minnesota’s leading candidate for Governor, is found dead on the first anniversary of his son’s drug overdose. It seems clear to Detectives Gino and Magozzi that grief drove him to suicide.

Until they realise the left-handed man seems to have used his right hand to pull the trigger.

And they find the second body.

As the seemingly open-and-shut case becomes a murder enquiry, the detectives begin to delve into the dark secrets of one of the city’s most powerful families. It seems the murders are not the first in the Norwoods’ tragic story – and they won’t be the last . . .

No Ordinary Killing by Jeff Dawson

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1899, South Africa:  As the Boer War rages, Captain Ingo Finch of the Royal Army Medical Corps pieces together casualties at the front. Then, recovering in Cape Town, he is woken by local police. A British officer has been murdered, and an RAMC signature is required for the post-mortem.

Shocked by the identity of the victim, the bizarre nature of the crime and what appears a too-convenient resolution, Finch turns detective. He is soon thrust into a perilous maze of espionage and murder.

Along with an Australian nurse, Annie, and an escaped diamond miner, Mbutu, Finch finds he has stumbled on a terrifying secret, one that will shake the Empire to its core…

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Set in London, The Silent Patient opens with Alicia Berenson, a successful painter, who shoots the husband she loves in the head, and then never speaks again. Theo Faber, a determined psychotherapist, is convinced he can get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she did it.

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. She’s knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?

But all that changes when a Saturday afternoon trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one will ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.

Twenty-four hours later Laura is in the hospital, shot by an intruder who’s spent thirty years trying to track her down and discover what she knows. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumbs of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them. . . .

It’s almost the end!

Well there you have it for August, I’ve a number of commitments coming up so the posts on these books will be made as and when I’m able. There will be other book posts coming along too. There will be a final #20BooksofSummer update post in September that will include a note on the final – yes, the 20th book! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about this challenge and, possibly, you’ve taken part – what do you think? How did your challenge go? Do leave a comment I’d love to know.

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