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Liz Nugent – Skin Deep

Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
Skin Deep is more than it appears. Cordelia Russell has been living on the French Riviera for almost 25 years, passing herself off as an English socialite. Cordelia, is really Delia, and comes from a small island off the coast of Ireland. Her childhood has been unconventional, and eventually her transgressions catch up with her.

Delia is beautiful but cruel, and her behaviour is horrifying. This concoction of factors makes this a compelling read from the get go, and even a seasoned reader will be caught off guard as to what could possibly happen next.

Apart from what the book appears to be; which is a really great character -focused thriller, it is much more. Skin Deep is an exploration of the themes of beauty and gender and visual acceptance of one’s place on society, especially a patriarchal society in Ireland.

Liz Nugent can and does shock as she charts and plots spiritual decay and moral depravity in her unlikeable heroine. This book is a must for those readers who love dark psychological thriller.

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James MacManus – Ike and Kay

Ike and Kay by James MacManus
The friendship and love affair between American General Dwight D. Eisenhower Ike and his British driver Kay Summersby is carefully explored in this sensitive work of historical fiction.

In 1942 war battered London played host to General Eisenhower on his fact-finding mission. Kay Summersby was chosen to be his driver. She was a very attractive divorced woman from Co. Cork with a long pedigree and Anglo-Irish roots.

Kay made things happen around her “boss” as she fondly called him, he called her his “Irish”. She was the only woman in a select group of aides that Ike referred to as family. Naturally they fell in love.
At the height of the war, Ike arranged for Kay to have American citizenship, which permitted her to join the US army. She also travelled with him to North Africa as his driver. She acted as his hostess and helped to entertain his dignitaries. Perhaps they planned to return to Washington after the war. The affair was known about even blossomed and deepened, and the general consensus was that Kay was helping Ike win the war. If the affair kept Ike sane under the crushing burden of supreme command-then leave it alone. Ike did plan to leave his wife Mamie, but it never happened.

This is a meticulously researched insight in to the lives of two historical figures and explores how the relationship changed the course of history.  I recommend this very intimate account of the period in history that you will not find in the history texts.

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Leila Slimani – Lullaby

Lullaby by Leila Slimani
This is a tightly written novel about the nanny from hell; or somewhere worse. Louise is the hired help for the two young children of a well-heeled Parisian couple. She in fact murders her young charges and this is stated on the first page. What follows is why she did it, and Slimani ratchets up the tension by scattering clues, which you will avidly devour with a sense of distress and dread.

Louise the nanny is looking for real recognition and gradually becomes really dangerous. I enjoyed this tension within the text as you are transported deep in to the damaged and fragile psyche of Louise. The inevitable climax comes with a series of seeming banalities and mundane pressures.

This is a work that has received the Prix Goncourt award for French literature and was actually inspired by a real-life case of a Dominican nanny who murdered her charges in New York in 2012. It is also a political book about emotional work, about women and children and their costs and losses.

Little wonder it has taken France by storm!

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Katherine Clements – The Coffin Path

The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements
An eerie and compelling ghost story set on the dark wilds of the Yorkshire moors. For fans of The Witchfinder's Sister, The Silent Companions and Susan Hill, this gothic tale will weave its way into your imagination and chill you to the bone.  Maybe you've heard tales about Scarcross Hall, the house on the old coffin path that winds from village to moor top. They say there's something up here, something evil.

Mercy Booth isn't afraid. The moors and Scarcross are her home and lifeblood. But, beneath her certainty, small things are beginning to trouble her. Three ancient coins missing from her father's study, the shadowy figure out by the gatepost, an unshakeable sense that someone is watching. When a stranger appears seeking work, Mercy reluctantly takes him in. As their stories entwine, this man will change everything. She just can't see it yet.

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Tom Wood – The Final Hour

The Final Hour by Tom Wood
Agent Antonio Alvarez has been tracking a dangerous murderer for years, a nameless hitman responsible for numerous homicides. The Agency deflected him away from his search, but he didn't give up, piecing together clues and hearsay. Now a promotion has allowed him to pursue this man with a hand-picked team and bring him to justice. Only problem is, the murderer has vanished.

Thousands of miles away, the assassin known as Victor has stopped working - recently he began to care; he made mistakes. Now he has a choice: whether to give up the life or return to being a cold-hearted weapon. But there's another killer who needs his help - and she might be harder to refuse . . .All while the good guys are closing in on him. Enter a world of betrayal, tension and twists perfect for fans of Gregg Hurwitz ( Orphan X , The Nowhere Man ), James Swallow ( Nomad , Exile ) and Terry Hayes ( I Am Pilgrim, Day of the Locust).

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Emma Kavanagh – The Killer on the Wall

The Killer on the Wall by Emma Kavanagh
Twenty years ago, fifteen year old Isla discovered four bodies propped against Hadrian’s Wall, one of whom was still alive.

Fast forward to present day and she is a Professor of Criminal Psychology. Despite the killer’s conviction and imprisonment, her discovery had a lasting effect on Isla, her mission now to determine how the brains of killers differ from the norm.

When another body is found in a similar pose, the old fears and distress resurface for the whole community, as the investigation raises questions about the original conviction.

And the illusion of safety within close-knit communities starts to fracture…


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Jessie Keane – Fearless

Fearless by Jessie Keane
Play dirty, play to win. Josh Flynn is the king of the bare-knuckle gypsy fighters. His reputation is un-blemished; his fist a deadly weapon. Claire Milo has always loved Josh; they were destined to be together from the day they met. Two gypsy lovers with their whole lives ahead of them. If only Josh would find a different way of earning a living instead of knocking the living daylights out of another man in the boxing ring. One day, she knew something really bad was going to happen. She could feel it . . . Shauna Everett always wanted what she couldn't have, and nobody, especially Claire Milo was going to stand in her way. She's had her eye on Josh Flynn for years and she knew just how to get him. If it meant playing dirty, then so be it. What had she got to lose? In a world ruled by violence, crime and backstreet brawls, only one woman will win in Jessie Keane's Fearless, but how low is she prepared to go to achieve that goal?
 
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Jenny Blackhurst – The Foster Child

The Foster Child by Jenny Blackhurst
When child psychologist Imogen Reid is assigned to eleven year old Ellie, she is appalled by the way the adults who are supposed to care for her are treating her.

Ellie survived a fire that killed her family and Imogen is convinced that she is traumatised and in need of affection and understanding.

But why do bad things happen when Ellie gets upset, why do adults and children alike fear her, and is Imogen letting her desire to help Ellie blind her to reality?

A reality where evil lurks in the most unexpected places.





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Carmel Harrington – The Woman at 72 Derry Lanes

The Woman at 72 Derry Lane by Carmel Harrington
Rea lives at 72 Derry Lane. She doesn’t go out, preferring the safe harbour of her home, dismissed by her neighbours as eccentric and grumpy, and resigned to a life lived alone.

Stella lives next door and is loved by all, poised, beautiful, the perfect woman. But perceptions are often flawed and Stella’s life is far from idyllic.

And despite her isolation from the world, Rea knows about Stella. The walls are not thick enough to block the tell-tale sounds of an abusive husband.

Can they find a way to help each other even though they can’t help themselves?


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Elan Mastai – All our wrong todays

All our wrong todays
This book is the first novel by Elan Mastai, but he has been writing screenplays professionally for over 10 years, the most recent one in 2014 called “What if” also known as “the F word”. Elan Mastai was raised in Vancouver, but currently lives in Toronto, with his wife and children.

All our wrong todays is a BBC Radio 2 Book Club Choice 2017 and is in the science fiction or fantasy fiction genre.  Tom Barren is living the dream except he just cannot really feel the dream. He exists in a utopian dream but is aware that this is the wrong future. Blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that changes everything, including the very fabric of the universe itself. Tom finds himself stranded in our ‘normal’ reality.

But the up-side of this alternate existence is that Tom discovers unexpected versions of himself and his family, and now he is not sure if he should fix the flow of history. He has to decide whether to return to the utopian future or to try and forge a new life in messy reality in 2017.

All our wrong todays is a witty freewheeling time-travelling romance filled with emotion. It is about versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. A high-concept debut novel that reflects on the present world, and informs us what the future should look like.
Mastai has compared screen-writing to football; and writing a novel to going for a swim. I can tell you he is ‘swimming’ on his second novel currently.









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Omar El Akkad – American war

American war by Omar El Akkad
Omar El Akkad was born in Cairo, Egypt and grew up in Doha, Qatar until he moved to Canada with his family. He is an award-winning journalist and author who has travelled around the world to cover many of the most important news stories of the last decade. His reporting has covered dispatches from the NATO-led was in Afghanistan, the military trials at Guantanamo Bay, the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt and the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson, Missouri. He has received several journalistic awards including the National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting on his coverage of the “Toronto 18” terrorism arrests.

American war is his debut novel and he has used his reporting experiences to consider the possibility of turmoil caused by the wars of the 21st century on the United States. The novel has been termed a speculative dystopia but El Akkad has said that he wanted to write a story about the universal nature of revenge, and the extent to which any individual subjected to damage, can themselves become damaged. He also notes that American War has been called “timely” but he is quick to point out that the events in the book have already happened, just to different people.

The novel is set in the closing decades of the 21st century and recounts what has happened during the Second American Civil war between North and South and its catastrophic aftermath. The Chestnut family at the centre of American war once led ordinary quiet lives but all of that disappears as their father is killed by a suicide bomber, and the remaining members of the family end up as refugees in Camp Patience for more than six years. Sarat, one family member is defiant, resourceful and resilient despite all the horror, but eventually she succumbs to seeking revenge. This novel maps out the harrowing effects of violence on Sarat and her family but also becomes a disturbing parable about the ruinous consequences of war on ordinary civilians.

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Lisa Ko – The leavers

The Leavers by Lisa Ko
The leavers tell the story of Polly an undocumented Chinese immigrant, who goes to work one day and never comes home. Her phone goes unanswered and no one knows what has happened to her. Her 11 year old son is soon adopted by a well-intentioned family and he is renamed Daniel. His new family look after him well but Daniel grows up and needs answers about his birth mother.

The novel was inspired by an article Ko read in the New York Times in 2009 about an undocumented Chinese immigrant who spent 18 months in detention much of it solitary after being arrested at a Greyhound station in Florida while she was on her way to a new job. Ko had also read of many cases where immigrant parents had been deported but not allowed to take their US-born children with them.  Inspiration aside, she completed the work and went on to win the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, and was nominated finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction.

Polly the undocumented immigrant mother in the story emerges as having dreams and aspirations of her own, beyond those of her son. She does not fit the profile of a nurturing mother, or selfless immigrant woman prepared to do back-breaking work for the hope of a better future for her son. In The leavers Polly’s guilt and relief are skilfully portrayed by Ko and reveal the immigrants life as one where choice and necessity tend to blur.

The story achieves its balance by not necessarily berating the immigration system injustices but tells plenty from the perspective of Deming her son, who is a child who has lost a parent. Politics aside, Ko implies, that’s all that should matter.



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Daryl Gregory – Spoonbenders

Spoonbenders
Daryl Gregory is the award-winning author of Spoonbenders, We Are All Completely Fine, Afterparty, Pandemonium, and others. He is also the writer of Flatline an interactive fiction game from 3 Minute Games, and comics such as Planet of the Apes. He lives in Oakland, California.
Spoonbenders tells the tale of the Telemachus family – They were the Amazing Telemachus Family, who in the mid-1970s achieved widespread fame for their magic and mind reading act. That is, until the magic decided to disappear one night, live on national television. We encounter this long-forgotten family two decades on, when grandson Matty, born long after the public fall from grace, discovers powers in himself and realises his hugely deflated, heavily indebted family truly are amazing. 
Both blessed and burdened by their abilities, they must use their powers to save themselves from the CIA, the local mafia, and a sceptic hell-bent on discrediting them in this hilarious, tender, magical novel about the invisible forces that bind us.















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Lotte and Soren Hammer – The Lake

The Lake
In 2004 Søren Hammer moved into the first floor apartment in the house where Lotte already lived with her family. He quickly suggested that they should start writing a crime novel together. In the beginning they wrote for the mere fun in it, but it quickly became serious work. The story and the plot grew and all of the sudden they had written 1000 pages. The crime writing siblings published their first novel Svinehunde (The Beast Within) in March 2010.

The Lake - The skeleton of a young woman is discovered, tied to a stone, in a lake deep in the Danish countryside. The woman’s identity is a mystery; no one matching her description has been reported missing... After months of fruitless investigation by the local police force, a media scandal brings the case to nationwide attention and is quickly handed over to Konrad Simonsen and his team from the Copenhagen Police force. It soon becomes clear that this unknown woman is the key to a sinister world of human trafficking, prostitution and violence.  A world where everything comes with a price and no mistake goes unpunished.

A tasty slice of Scandinavian crime fiction!

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Beth Underdown – The Witchfinder's Sister

The Witchfinder's Sister
Beth Underdown was born in Rochdale in 1987. She studied at the University of York and then the University of Manchester, where she is now a Lecturer in Creative Writing.

The Witchfinder’s Sister is her first novel. The book is based on the life of the 1640s witch finder Matthew Hopkins, whom she first came across while reading a book about seventeenth-century midwifery. As you do…..

1645. When Alice Hopkins' husband dies in a tragic accident, she returns to the small Essex town of Manningtree, where her brother Matthew still lives. But home is no longer a place of safety. Matthew has changed, and there are rumours spreading through the town: whispers of witchcraft, and of a great book, in which he is gathering women's names. Based on a true story, this beautiful and haunting historical thriller is perfect for fans of Sarah Waters, The Miniaturist and Burial Rites.


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Denise Mina - The Long Drop

The Long Drop
D​enise Mina was born in Glasgow in 1966. Because of her father's job as an Engineer, the family followed the North Sea oil boom of the seventies around Europe. She left school at sixteen and did a number of poorly paid jobs, including working in a meat factory, as a bar maid, kitchen porter and cook. Eventually she settled in auxiliary nursing for geriatric and terminal care patients. At twenty one she passed exams, got into study Law at Glasgow University and went on to research a PhD thesis at Strathclyde University on the ascription of mental illness to female offenders, teaching criminology and criminal law in the meantime. Misusing her grant she stayed at home and wrote a novel, 'Garnethill' when she was supposed to be studying instead.
The Long Drop is a standalone psychological thriller. The "trial of the century" in 1950's Glasgow is over. Peter Manuel has been found guilty of a string of murders and is waiting to die by hanging. But every good crime story has a beginning - Manuel's starts with the murder of William Watt's family. Looking no further that Watt himself, the police are convinced he's guilty. Desperate to clear his name, Watt turns to Manuel, a career criminal who claims to have information that will finger the real killer. As Watt seeks justice with the cagey Manuel's help, everyone the pair meets has blood on their hands as they sell their version of the truth. The Long Drop is an explosive novel about guilt, innocence and the power of a good story to hide the difference.

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John Clarkson – Among Thieves

Among Thieves
The first in a series featuring James Beck as an exonerated cop killer whose friends are all hard boiled “ex-cons”; one of whom seeks his help in getting justice for his niece who has been unceremoniously fired from her job as a financial trader.
In the list of books that should be made into action thrillers ‘Among Thieves’ would be very near the top. There’s pretty much non-stop action and even when the pace slows right down it’s only to give you time to catch your breath. There is honour but the kind that you’d find in a tale of Mafioso, where the good guys don’t get much of a look-in and the hero’s status as hero is questionable, Recommended for fans of high-octane, violent adventures where the moral code evolves with the weather.


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Lisa Jewell – I Found You

I Found You
When Alice invites a stranger who doesn’t know who he is into her home she is acting out of kindness and loneliness. Miles away Lily’s husband is missing and the police aren’t taking her concern seriously. It’s pretty obvious that they are linked, but how?
Memory loss is becoming seriously overused in thrillers, but set that aside and this is a gripping, engaging mystery that hooks you from the beginning. It manages somehow to be both dark and violent and bright and breezy, echoing real life in ways that make reading it uncomfortable but also warm and uplifting.
It’s ultimately a story of how choices shape a life, of trust and deceit, and missteps that can lead to disaster or redemption.

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​​Mel McGrath – Give Me The Child

Give me the child
Cat is a child psychologist who longs for a second child. When her husband’s love child is brought to them on the death of her mother it seems like fate. However, happy ever after is not on the cards for this family and before long Cat is fearing for her own daughter’s safety.
But no-one believes her because Cat has a history of psychosis.
This is a compelling thriller, full of menace and hidden agendas underpinned by mental health and psychological issues. It is filled with spoken and unspoken dread, things you think you know and things you probably don’t want to know.

 
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Sarah Winman – Tin Man

Tin Man
Sarah Winman (born 1964) is a British actress and author. In 2011 her debut novel When G​od Was a Rabbit became an international bestseller and won Winman several awards including New Writer of the Year in the Galaxy National Book Awards. 
Ellis and Michael are twelve when they first become friends, and for a long time it is just the two of them, cycling the streets of Oxford, teaching themselves how to swim, discovering poetry, and dodging the fists of overbearing fathers. And then one day this closest of friendships grows into something more.
But then we fast forward a decade or so, to find that Ellis is married to Annie, and Michael is nowhere in sight. Which leads to the question, what happened in the years between? 
An exquisitely crafted tale of love and loss.









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​​John Connolly – He

He
John Connolly is author of the Charlie Parker mysteries, The Book of Lost Things, the Samuel Johnson novels for young adults and, with his partner, Jennifer Ridyard, the co-author of the Chronicles of the Invaders. His debut – Every Dead Thing, swiftly launched him right into the front rank of thriller writers, and all his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers. He was the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award, and the first Irish writer to be awarded the Edgar by the Mystery Writers of A John Connolly recreates the golden age of Hollywood for an intensely compassionate study of the tension between commercial demands and artistic integrity and the human frailties behind even the greatest of artists.
He is an extraordinary reimagining of the life of one of the greatest screen comedians the world has ever known: a man who knew both adoration and humiliation; who loved, and was loved in turn; who betrayed, and was betrayed; who never sought to cause pain to others, yet left a trail of affairs and broken marriages in his wake and whose life was ultimately defined by one relationship of such tenderness and devotion that only death could sever it: his partnership with the man he knew as Babe.
He is Stan Laurel.

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Britta Röstlund – Waiting for Monsieur Bellivier

Waiting for Monsieur
Britta Röstlund has lived in Paris for fifteen years. She is a freelance journalist covering everything from the Paris Fashion Week to French politics. Waiting for Monsieur Bellivier is her first novel.
Waiting for Monsieur Bellivier is a novel about "strange awakenings and even stranger possibilities". Set in Montmartre, it follows two people - both "downtrodden by life" - who accept missions from strangers against their better judgement. These missions will take them from mysterious, abandoned offices to places which hold the secrets of the dead, and finally lead them back to themselves. The novel combines warmth with a delicious sense of opportunity and ultimately about living life more fully. Waiting for Monsieur Bellivier invites comparisons to Jonas Jonasson, The Elegance of the Hedgehog and Amélie but has a charm and a wit which are very much its own. It has an irresistibly twisty plot and a joyous take on the mysteries of life.


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​​Simon Berthon – Woman of State

Woman of State
This is an interesting read for anyone over the age of 35 as it is set in the time of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland. Berthon has done his research for this fast-paced thriller, and remains non-judgemental about the conflict, while moving backward and forward in time and location to give all perspectives.
The story runs with an IRA recruit who needs to disappear once she realises that promises have been broken, and all bets are off. Marie-Ann McCartney is now Anne Marie Gallagher and a human rights lawyer and Minister of State for Security and Immigration. Her cover is about to be blown and this testing time will show where her true allegiances lie.






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Jonathan Moore – The Dark Room

The Dark Room
The Dark Room is the gripping new thriller from the author of The Poison Artist - selected for BBC Radio 2 Book Club with Simon Mayo
Gavin Cain, homicide inspector is awaiting the exhumation of a 30 year old grave. He is called away to City Hall urgently by the Mayor’s Office. Mayor Castelli lays out a problem to Cain that demands his immediate attention, the Mayor is being blackmailed.
Castelli wants the blackmailer caught, and Cain is the only detective he trusts to do it, but as Cain starts to look into the mayor's past, he finds himself being drawn towards a place as dark and terrifying and as full of secrets as the grave itself.








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​​Joanne Harris – Different Class

Different Class
Different Class is the third in the sequence set in the fictional Yorkshire village of Malbry, and follows the much-acclaimed Gentlemen and Players. 
The setting is St Oswald's Grammar School for Boys, a troubled institution desperately in need of some good PR. The appointment of a fashionable new Head proves causes problems for an older Latin teacher, Roy Straitley as he recognises the new Head as a former pupil who was involved in a scandal. The Latin teacher becomes involved in a maelstrom of guilt and betrayal that may actually close the school for good.

Different Class is a mesmerising piece that functions of a variety of levels.  Roy Straitley is indeed a beleaguered character and the book tackles issues of loyalty and guilt, the demands of friendship and the problems of dealing with crises of conscience.  This is a novel full of psychological suspense.

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Sara Alexander – Under A Sardinian Sky

Under A Sardinian Sky
Sara Alexander grew up in North West London but all her summers were spent in her mother's homeland of Sardinia, specifically those dusty streets of Ozieri where she argued and fell in love with the neighbours. 
Set against the beautiful backdrop of post-World War II Sardinia, Sara Alexander's evocative novel is a sweeping story of star-crossed romance between an American lieutenant and a local girl. Readers will become immersed in Mina’s journey into the past as she explores the nature and prejudices of her aunt’s time, the complexities of familiar relationships, and the allure of love. Alexander’s novel will leave readers riveted until the explosive conclusion. Readers who enjoy Adriana Trigiani’s historical Italian family sagas will adore this debut.
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​​Amy Gentry – Good As Gone

Good As Gone
Amy Gentry is a book reviewer for the Chicago Tribune whose work has also appeared in Salon, LA Review of Books and the Best Food Writing of 2014. She lives in Austin, Texas where she volunteered for several years with victims of sexual and domestic violence. Good as Gone is her first novel.
Thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night, witnessed only by her younger sister. Her family was shattered, but managed to stick together, hoping against hope that Julie is still alive. And then one night: the doorbell rings. A young woman who appears to be Julie is finally, miraculously, home safe. The family is ecstatic—but Anna, Julie’s mother, has whispers of doubts.  She hates to face them. She cannot avoid them. When she is contacted by a former detective turned private eye, she begins a torturous search for the truth about the woman she desperately hopes is her daughter. Gripping, shocking, and deviously clever, Good as Gone is perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and The Ice Twins – and will keep readers guessing until the final page.


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Alice Feeney – Sometimes I Lie

Sometimes I Lie
Alice Feeney is a writer and journalist. She spent 16 years at the BBC, where she worked as a Reporter, News Editor, Arts and Entertainment Producer and One O’clock News Producer. She has lived in London and Sydney and has now settled in the Surrey countryside, where she lives with her husband and dog. Sometimes I Lie is her debut thriller.
My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me.
1. I'm in a coma
2. My husband doesn't love me any more
3. Sometimes I lie
Unnerving, twisted and utterly compelling, you won't be able to put this new thriller down. Set to be the most talked about book in 2017, it's perfect for fans of Behind Closed Doors, The Girl on the Train and The Widow.




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​​Maja Lunde – The History of Bees

The History of Bees
Maja Lunde has written books for children and young adults and she is also a screen writer for Norwegian film and television. The History of Bees is her first novel for adults and received a lot of attention when it was presented at the London Book Fair in 2015, before it was even launched in Norway, her home country. Her novel was the first debut to receive the prestigious Bokhandlerprisen, the Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize, as it was No. 1 on the German Bestsellers Lists for 14 consecutive weeks.
This novel tells the story of three generations of beekeepers-past, present and future. Each of the beekeepers stories is very unique and is less about the bees and more about the family relationships between parents and children, humanity and nature.  It is all about the communal nature of life -as it is for bees -and she demonstrates how self-interest alone can lead to personal destruction and even larger catastrophes. This is a message –driven novel, set around our dependency on bees.


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Emily Fridlund – History of Wolves

History of Wolves
Emily Fridlund grew up in Minnesota and this features in her debut novel. Her debut has also been shortlisted for the Man Booker 2017.
History of Wolves is a coming of age novel unlike any other. The story is about Linda a 14 year old who is called many nicknames at school due to her unconventional upbringing. She is living in the semi-wildernes​s, in a cabin at the edge of a lake on the fringes of a northern Minnesota forest. She is overly serious and lacks the spontaneity of childhood and manages to make others around her feel uncomfortable.
She gets two chances to fit in, one with a teacher offering support and the other a babysitting job for a new family across the lake. Unfortunately, both chances are doomed.
History of Wolves is as beautiful and as icy as the Minnesota woods where it is set, and a compelling story that is hard to ignore.




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​​Sarah Schmidt – See What I Have Done

Monster in the closet by Karen Rose
Sarah Schmidt is a librarian from Melbourne. Her debut novel is See What I Have Done is a re-imagining of the unsolved American true crime case of the Lizzie Borden murders in the 1890’s in Massachusetts in which Lizzie was tried but never convicted of the murder of her father and step-mother, and the case remained unsolved. 
Sarah Schmidt’s debut novel is a feverish reimagining of the day of the murders, the lead up and aftermath, told by four voices: Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the maid Bridget, and a dangerous stranger called Benjamin, who is linked to the family by Lizzie and Emma’s maternal uncle John.
Although we are given different accounts of the household the author is not trying to piece together what actually did happen on the t morning in 1892. Rather she is keen to immerse us in the hell that was the Boden household with all the family resentments and frustrations and depict the horror of that fateful day.
Not for the faint-hearted.


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Conn Iggulden – Dunstant

Dunstan by Conn IggluldenFrom the critically acclaimed master of historical fiction Conn Iggulden, comes a novel set in the red-blooded days of Anglo-Saxon England. This is the original game for the English throne.

In the year 937, Aethelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, readies himself to throw a great spear into the north. His dream of a kingdom of all England will stand or fall on one field and the passage of a single day. At his side is Dunstan of Glastonbury, full of ambition and wit, perhaps enough to damn his soul. His talents will take him from the villages of Wessex to the royal court, to the hills of Rome - from exile to exaltation. Through Dunstan's vision, by his guiding hand, England may come together as one great country - or fall back into anarchy and misrule. Conn Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction!


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​​Karen Rose – Master in the Closet

Monster in the closet by Karen RoseA mother is dead, and now her killer hunts the child that witnessed the brutal crime...Private Investigator Clay Maynard locates missing children for clients, but has nearly given up hope of finding his own daughter, cruelly stolen from him by his ex-wife twenty-three years ago.  The bestselling author of Every Dark Corner returns with an exclusive novel celebrating ten years of Karen Rose's thrillers in the UK. Monster In The Closet reunites readers with characters from Karen Rose's bestselling Baltimore series.​








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Lisa McInerney - The Blood Miracles

The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerneyThe second novel from the author of the Baileys Prize-winning The Glorious Heresies

Like all twenty-year-olds, Ryan Cusack is trying to get his head around who he is. This is not a good time for his boss to exploit his dual heritage by opening a new black market route from Italy to Ireland. It is certainly not a good time for his adored girlfriend to decide he's irreparably corrupted. And he really wishes he hadn't accidentally caught the eye of an ornery grandmother who fancies herself his saviour. There may be a way clear of the chaos in the business proposals of music promoter Colm and in the attention of the charming, impulsive Natalie. But now that his boss's ambitions have rattled the city, Ryan is about to find out what he's made of, and it might be that chaos is in his blood. If you like Trainspotting, Peaky Blinders, Guy Ritchie and Quentin Tarantino then this is a rackety, kinetic, hold-your-attention-at-gunpoint book.


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​​Mason Cross – Don’t Look For Me

Don't Look for me by Mason CrossDon't look for me! It was a simple instruction. And for six long years Carter Blake kept his word and didn't search for the woman he once loved. But now someone else is looking for her. He'll come for you. Trenton Gage is a hitman with a talent for finding people - dead or alive. His next job is to track down a woman who's on the run, who is harbouring a secret many will kill for. Both men are hunting the same person. The question is, who will find her first?

Mason Cross, author of The Samaritan, returns with his gripping new thriller - perfect for fans of David Baldacci, Linwood Barclay and Mark Billingham.
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 The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

The Light We Lost by Jill SantopoloJill Santopolo holds a BA in English Literature from Columbia University, an MFA in Writing for Children from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a certificate in Intellectual Property Law from NYU. Jill is also the Editorial Director of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, where she edits many critically-acclaimed, award-winning, and best-selling books. When she’s not writing or editing, Jill is a thesis advisor at The New School in their MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults and is on the faculty of the Columbia Publishing Course. She was formerly an adjunct professor at McDaniel College, where she helped develop the curriculum for their certificate program in Writing for Children. Jill has travelled all over the U.S.—and to Canada and Europe—to speak about writing and storytelling. She lives in New York City. 
In The Light We Lost, it’s 11th September 2001. Lucy and Gabe meet in New York on a day that will change their lives – and the world – forever. As the city burns behind them, they kiss for the very first time. Over the next thirteen years they are torn apart, then brought back together, time and time again. It’s a journey of dreams, of desires, of jealousy, of forgiveness – and above all, love. And as Lucy is faced with a devastating choice, she wonders whether their love is a matter of destiny or chance. 
Me Before You meets One Day in this passionate debut novel, The Light We Lost, an epic love story about the heartrending decision that one woman must make… 
 

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Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

 
Ginny Moon by Benjamin LudwigA life-long teacher of English and writing, Benjamin Ludwig lives in New Hampshire with his family. He holds an MAT in English Education and an MFA in Writing. Shortly after he and his wife married they became foster parents and adopted a teenager with autism. Ginny Moon is his first novel, which was inspired in part by his conversations with other parents at Special Olympics basketball practices. Ginny Moon tells the story of a lost girl searching for her forever home…Everyone tells Ginny that she should feel happy. After years in foster care, fourteen year old Ginny is finally with parents who will love her. Yet despite finding her forever family, she knows she will never stop crafting her Big Secret Plan of Escape. Because something heart-breaking happened a long time ago – something that only Ginny knows – and nothing will stop her going back to put it right… A fiercely poignant, inspirational story of a lost girl making sense of a world that just doesn’t seem to add up. 







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Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton

 
Dead Woman Walking by Sharon BoltonJust how much misfortune can one woman be dealt in one day – one of thirteen on a hot air balloon, a birthday gift from her sister, Isabel is the only survivor when it crashes in the Northumberland hills. The girl on the ground wasn’t so lucky, she died at the hands of a murderer; the face looking up at the witnesses as the balloon plummeted out of the sky. Isabel runs, unable to go to the police, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe, but can she ever feel safe again?

 

 

 

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Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

 
Anything is Possible by Elizabeth StroutPicking up from “My Name is Lucy Barton”, we now get to get to know some of the characters that she and her mother reminisced about during their long hours chatting in hospital. Nine stories, many lives and of course Lucy to tie everything together really beautifully. A wonderful book for anyone who likes to people watch, or finds other people’s lives fascinating. “For isn't it true that we all hope to be remembered? Or to think in some way - even fleetingly - that we have been important to someone?” 





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The Friend by Dorothy Koomson

 
The Friend by Dorothy Koomson 

A move to Brighton, after her husband’s big promotion, is a fresh start for Cece and her three children. But fresh starts have a habit of not going quite according to plan, and Cece would never have planned to enroll her children in a school where three weeks earlier a parent was attacked and left for dead. She finds some solace in her new friends, until it is revealed that the police are investigating one of them in connection with the vicious playground attack. If you can’t trust your friends…

 





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Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

 
Into the Water by Paula HawkinsDon’t dip your toe in the water just because you liked “Girl on the Train”. This is not that book. Jules’ sister Nel is dead, leaving behind a teenage daughter. Jules is forced to return to the place she intended to avoid for the rest of her life in order to care for her niece. Her fears of long-buried memories, of the Drowning Pool and what might have happened to her sister (because Jules is certain she didn’t commit suicide) threaten to suffocate her. She will have to face her fears in order to survive; sink or swim, the only way to reach the other side is to get into the water.  

 


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American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

 
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis 

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

You either get this book or you do not get this book. Back in 1991 it had a troubled emergence in to publication. Simon and Schuster refused to publish at the eleventh hour and allowed Ellis to walk away with $300,000 advance. The publishing firm claimed editorial objections the author privately felt they reared commercial reprisals. A division of Random House bought the book for Vintage and publication followed but the boycott and ignore lobby had brought the book fantastic publicity. 

The authors depiction of the cad’s that roam around Wall Street who failed to see a lone wolf serial killer in their midst is more relevant today than two decades ago, with global unrest post 9/11. The Wall Street club were unable to see beyond haircuts, business cards, and must try new eateries so Patrick Bateman was able to operate in plain view. 

The novel is a serious work of literature. The collision of absurd reality and deranged fantasy is marvellous and mesmerising. To talk of the “emotional honesty” of Phil Collins and describe the barbaric and savage acts of violence alongside menu choices from the fancy new restaurants is brilliant. Patrick Bateman himself is a comic creation of the highest order, I found myself laughing out loud at the three-way conversation while trying to make a reservation at 1500. Bateman is a snob, is obsessed with Les Miz (Les Misérables) and takes Huey Lewis and the News seriously. He also must not miss The Patty Winters Show and is the source for appropriate dress code amongst his yuppie friends, and constantly departs abruptly to return some videotapes. He is utterly hilarious. 

The book was known for the graphic descriptions of acts of violence, but this is only a part of the overall picture. Bateman does tell his socialite friends that he is the greatest serial killer in America, and refers to his love of guns and lust for violence, but no one notices. He is often mistaking people for others he has met previously and is often misrecognised himself. This constant mistaken identity theme running through the work is satire, and in satire there are no individuals, only types. This is a modern classic the American Psycho. 

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

 
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken KeseyThis novel has received both good and bad reviews in the 55 years since it was first published. Kesey became the target of feminist attacks for his negative depiction of women and blacks in this work. I prefer to think about what Kesey is trying to say about society in general with his complex characters and thought provoking events. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is set in a mental ward and cleverly turns the conventional notions of sanity and insanity on its head. 

The Big Nurse is Nurse Ratched and she keeps her patients in line by various means while on to the ward arrives the free-spirit Randle Patrick Mc Murphy. Mc Murphy squares up to Nurse Ratched in a gradual escalation of wills, and McMurphy emerges, hero. The tension between the two rivals is a real page turner. 

Also a real delight is far-reaching creative language employed, Kesey’s use of characters, story-line and fluidity of the book. Kesey’s first novel is a fine display of literary skill and worthy of mention is the fact that that the author himself was a figure head in counterculture thinking. This novel makes a very strong case against “institutions” and allows us to question our own “norms”. McMurphy is the epitome of rebellion and subversion against the systems of control set in place.

This is a modern classic, bracing and insightful work about the meaning of madness and the value of self-reliance. 

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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

 
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
 

The Bell Jar is about the mental breakdown of Esther Greenwood and is in parts autobiographical. Sylvia Plath found herself having achieved all she wanted and had worked so hard for, and then she simply couldn’t care. She descended in to depression and underwent electro convulsive therapy ECT. She was writing about her 20th year as a young woman and life in the fifties and sixties. 

To Esther the depression and madness is the descent of a stifling bell jar over her head. She feels she is “stewing in my own sour air”. 

She finds the world stifling and is completely removed and apart from her surroundings. She is not excited by any experience or interaction and feels completely and utterly isolated and alone within New York City life while surrounded always by other people who simply pass by. The work stands apart as a harrowing and dark journey in to the depths of the human psyche, it makes difficult reading. This work may be a difficult read but it is immensely insightful. 

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The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

 
The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire NorthClaire North also writes under the name of Catherine Webb for children’s fantasy and Kate Griffin for young adult fantasy. She has been writing since she was 14 and published in Children’s Fantasy and Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction genres. The Sudden Appearance of Hope follows the adventures of Hope Arden, who you will forget moments after meeting her as she is unremarkable. Her story is a lonely one, which becomes more complicated when the psychological conditioning of the social media app Perfection causes a friend to commit suicide. Hope dedicates herself to the destruction of perfection and will do all in her power to bring the Perfection app down. This is smart compelling fiction about this future that asks us to outsource ever-larger chunks of ourselves to the cloud.  North has written a social commentary on some of society’s biggest fears; mainstream media manipulation, brainwashing via social media, and our carbon footprint. It has many heavy ideas, but she largely avoids letting them weigh the story down. This is a book will appeal to all social media users and that is most of us now, but will also make you want to ramp up your privacy settings on social media. 
 











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The Fractured Life of Jimmy Dice by Ronan Ryan 

 
The Fractured Life of Jimmy Dice by Ronan Ryan 

This work lives up to its title as it seems a bit fractured itself, being told through the voice of Jimmy’s dead twin. Jimmy is the youngest of the Diaz clan and got nicknamed Dice after a stroke of luck at a gambling night. He remains oblivious to the fact that he was a twin and we become hooked in and netted by the events surrounding his extraordinary life and fractured existence. Certainly the unusual narrator is a cunning device deployed well by Ronan Ryan, and the events themselves make it a compelling read. 

 

 

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Dalila by Jason Donald

 
Dalila by Jason DonaldA tale of one woman’s journey through the British asylum system is the subject of this work. It manages to be a persuasive story about makeshift communities and fractured integration. Dalia spends a lot of time in queues waiting for processes to be complied with and procedures carried out. The paralysing lack of control is all too evident, so too the language of rejection is icily corporate. A compelling work told with infectious anger. It would be a shame if it were only read by those who agree with the author.

 


 

  

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Faithful by Alice Hoffman

 
Faithful by Alice Hoffman 

Shelby Richmond is the heroine of Alice Hoffman’s latest novel. She has just survived a car crash which has left her best friend in a vegetative state. She may be alive but she is not living despite the loving care of her bewildered and desperate mother. However she does take small redemptive steps toward self-healing through a host of engaging characters. This book will suck you in as it starts with a terrible loss and a nearly terminal case of survivor’s guilt. Hoffman is at her best describing everyday detail and habits in Manhattan.

 



  

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The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

 
The Heart's Invisible Furies by John BoyneCyril Avery was given up for adoption as his unmarried 16 year old mother is cast out of her small farming town in West Cork. He is adopted by Cyril and Maude Avery who are an unusual couple. Cyril-who is not really an Avery-is given many choices throughout his life and we witness his poor decision choices and feel for him a he comes to realise his full potential. John Boyne is a great writer who subject is isolation, loneliness and those marginalised for one reason or another. He can get to the heart of the matter in a few lines (no pun intended), and while his material can be difficult to read, strong brave individuals will make themselves heard.


 

 

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The Dry by Jane Harper 

 
The Dry by Jane Harper  

Jane Harper was born in Manchester in the UK, and moved to Australia with her family at age eight. Returning to the UK with her family as a teenager, she lived in Hampshire before studying English and History at the University of Kent in Canterbury. In 2014, Jane submitted a short story which was one of 12 chosen for the Big Issue's annual Fiction Edition. That inspired her to pursue creative writing more seriously, and that year she applied for the Curtis Brown Creative online 12-week novel writing course. She was accepted with a submission for the book that would become The Dry and wrote the first full draft during the three-month course. Jane lives in St Kilda with her husband and daughter. 

Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn't rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty. Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him twenty years earlier. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke's death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, secrets from his past and why he left home bubble to the surface as he questions the truth of his friend's crime.   

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The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters by Nadia Hussein

 
The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters by Nadia HusseinOver 14 million people tuned in to see Nadiya win 2015's Great British Bake Off. Since then she has captured the heart of the nation. Born in Luton, she developed her interest in cooking while at school and largely self-educated herself in cooking by reading recipe books and watching instructional videos on YouTube. She married and moved to Leeds, where she began studying for an Open University degree. A columnist for The Times and Essentials, Nadiya is also a regular reporter for The One Show and presented a two part series, The Chronicles of Nadiya on BBC One. She is the author Nadiya's Kitchen, Bake me a Story and has been named as one of the top five most influential Asians in the UK. The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters is her debut novel. 

The four Amir sisters - Fatima, Farah, Bubblee and Mae - are the only young Muslims in the quaint English village of Wyvernage. On the outside, despite not quite fitting in with their neighbours, the Amirs are happy. But on the inside, each sister is secretly struggling. Fatima is trying to find out who she really is - and after fifteen attempts, finally pass her driving test. Farah is happy being a wife but longs to be a mother. Bubblee is determined to be an artist in London, away from family tradition, and Mae is coping with burgeoning Youtube stardom. Yet when family tragedy strikes, it brings the Amir sisters closer together and forces them to learn more about life, love, faith and each other than they ever thought possible. Packed with humour and warmth, The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters proves that Nadiya Hussein is more than just a dab hand with a piping bag!

 

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​​Little Deaths by Emma Flint 

 
Little Deaths by Emma Flint  

Emma Flint grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne, and has been writing fiction since she knew what stories were. She graduated from the University of St. Andrews with an MA in English Language and Literature, later completing a novel-writing course at the Faber Academy. She worked in Edinburgh for four years, and now lives in north London. Since childhood, she has been drawn to true crime stories, developing an encyclopaedic knowledge of real-life murder cases. She is equally fascinated by notorious historical figures and by unorthodox women – past, present and fictional. 

All of these themes informed and inspired Little Deaths, a heady blend of sex, murder, obsession, noir and a femme fatale. Set in 1960s suburban New York, the novel re-tells a horrifying true story with a modern feminist slant. It's the summer of 1965, and the streets of Queens, New York shimmer in a heatwave. One July morning, Ruth Malone wakes to find a bedroom window wide open and her two young children missing. After a desperate search, the police make a horrifying discovery. Noting Ruth's perfectly made-up face and provocative clothing, the empty liquor bottles and love letters that litter her apartment, the detectives leap to convenient conclusions, fuelled by neighbourhood gossip and speculation. Sent to cover the case on his first major assignment, tabloid reporter Pete Wonicke at first can't help but do the same. But the longer he spends watching Ruth, the more he learns about the darker workings of the police and the press. Soon, Pete begins to doubt everything he thought he knew. Ruth Malone is enthralling, challenging and secretive - is she really capable of murder? An intoxicating story about love, morality and obsession, exploring the capacity for good and evil within us all.  

 

 

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The Good Mother by Sinéad Moriarty

 
The Good Mother by Sinéad MoriartyKate has been through the mill. Her husband Nick has had an affair which has broken up the family. Kate returns to her childhood home with her three children Luke 18, Jess 12 and Bobby 7. They are all struggling to readjust to the situation when Jess the middle child is diagnosed with cancer. 

 

Kate is a wonderful mother and is determined to help her daughter back to full health. She is kind, loving and desperately trying to hide her grief from Jess. But Jess gets worse and asks her mother to help her, and Kate is faced with an unthinkable dilemma.

The story is told from many perspectives and this all makes for heartfelt and poignant reading. However even though we are dealing with the relatable and current subject of euthanasia there are welcome scenes of light relief with the family of Luke’s girlfriend, Piper.

Sensitively written with a cast of warm and entertaining characters, plus an injection of humour to soften the harsh reality, this book will both break your heart and have you laughing

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​​Rocka Doon Shore by Rory Gleeson 

 
Rocka Doon Shore by Rory Gleeson 

Debut novel from the son of film legend Brendan Gleeson, Rory is also the brother of Domhnall and Brian Gleeson who are pretty talented too. I love film so I can see this on the big screen, but do read the book. 

Rockadoon Shore is about what emerges when the group of 6 student- friends stay on the remote coast of Ireland for a weekend of drunken adventure. They are watched by Malachy, the elderly farmer who, upon reflection realises he has made poor decisions in his younger years. Decisions that are in effect quite similar to those being mulled over by the boozed-up, druggie young visitors next door.  

Rory Gleeson manages to draw the two generations in to a shared and sympathetic portrayal of the struggle everyone has in understanding their own character. The novel is driven by switching viewpoints and interior voices between characters and their alternating experience of the same event. All personality types are exposed as the weekend develops. 

The work is fresh in its unpredictability, and will have you smiling, but it also touches upon the decimation of communities and ‘the old ways’, in a sensitive way. 

A great read from one of our own!! 

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Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller 

 
Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller 

Claire Fuller’s debut novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, was published in 2015 to wide critical acclaim and went on to win the Desmond Elliott prize, now she delivers Swimming Lessons.

Gil is a writer and collector of books. He has amassed thousands of them. His wife, Ingrid writes letters to her husband about the truth of their marriage and she leaves the letters in his books. After she has written the final one –she disappears. One day 12 years later Gil thinks he has spotted her and as he is getting older and less able Flora his daughter feels now is perhaps the time to return home to care for her father. Flora has never believed that her mother ‘drowned’ and endeavours to discover what really happened.

Swimming Lessons is a novel of disappearances and each of the characters choose to believe a different version of the ‘disappearance’.  The different versions of the ‘disappearance’ reveal the layers of relationships, and also the dynamics within families. It is a story immersed in miscommunication between people who love each other, and Fuller demonstrates her acute awareness of the nuances and patterns of human behaviour.

Not really a straightforward read, sometimes a little confusing but Fuller confirms herself as a writer of emotional depth and sensitive plotting. 

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