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  1. Say My Name by Allegra Huston
  2. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
  3. Where Dead Men Meet by Mark Mills
  4. SPQR A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
  5. The Shore by Sara Taylor
  6. I'm Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork
  7. The Museum of You by Carys Bray
  8. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  9. That Girl from Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson
  10. We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman
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