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January 2009 Book of the Month. A great psychological thriller from one of the scriptwriter’s for Spooks. Nathan and an old untrustworthy friend, Bob, share a secret from the past involving the death of a young woman, they vow to keep the truth to themselves forever. Years later Bob turns up on Nathans doorstep with terrifying news that threatens to destroy everything Nathan has fought so hard to build. Full of suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat til the end.
May 2009 Book of the Month. This is a great novel of spies and espionage in Warsaw just before the start of World War II. With Furst doing what he does best there is plenty of action, betrayal and intrigue along with the inevitable romance thrown in to the mix too. A gripping and suspense-filled story that we can easily imagine being made in to a film.
November 2008 Book of the Month. We are always pleased to welcome a new writer to one of our most popular genres, Nick Brownlee. He brings us a brilliant partnership in the form of Jake Moore and Daniel Jouma and gives us the fascinating back drop of Kenya instead of a British inner city or an American metropolis. It’s action packed and keeps you guessing and looks to be the first in a great new series.
November 2008 Book of the Month. Usually known for her books of spells and potions as a white witch, Titania Hardie has written a charming novel. A dual-time tale of a secret world of Shakespearean legacy and dangerous revelations. The book comes packed with clues and puzzles separate from the narrative to thoroughly involve the reader in the plot. Comparisons may be made to The Da Vinci Code but it really is quite different.
October 2008 Book of the Month. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 30 October 2008. A sex scandal rocks the sheltered world of a private Vermont school, affecting students, parents and teachers alike. The story moves quickly as Shreve switches the narrative from one character to the next allowing the reader to see how each person involved views the situation. As the events unfold it becomes clear that blame and guilt are equally split amongst these characters and how this affects all of them makes for a dramatic and moving novel. This previous Lovereading author of the month has delivered a great story yet again.
October 2008 Book of the Month. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 6 November 2008. Interestingly as this author changes publisher so too does she change style. Although this is still a Liz Carlyle thriller, it is less boysie - there is a lot of emotional reflection here by Liz and a friend's mother attached to a rogue agent. It revolves round a conference in Glen Eagles where the detail and inter-departmental rivalry are well done, but it's not one of her best, so enjoy this, it's good, then go back to her earlier three. Comparision: Evelyn Anthony, Clare Francis, Colin Forbes.
October 2008 Book of the Month. A book you can’t rush but must sit back and become totally absorbed in. Convoluted with fascinating detail and full of short mysteries, almost like a series of linking short stories, it all hangs round the research into an ancient Jewish tome, The Sarajevo Haggadah, from the 1490s. Within its binding are a series of clues/stains which are explored in a multi-time frame novel of the highest order. The researchers’ background is also revealed along the way. Highly recommended. Comparison: Charles Frazier, Rose Tremain, Will Davenport.
This is a fantastic facsimile providing the reader with everything they could want to know about Charles Darwin. Beautifully presented and with lots of fascinating items of memorabilia to look at and take out of the book. There are copies of his diary entries, handwritten notes, sketches and much much more. This is a must for anyone interested in the man who put forward the theory for natural selection forming the basis of what we can accept as the theory of evolution.
September 2008 Book of the Month. The slow decline of a wine collector told backwards. We meet Wilberforce as he ascends into alcoholism and then back-track to the uninteresting computer self-employed workaholic he once was until a moment of uncharacteristic impulsive behaviour. This author’s first novel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, was one of my favourite books of last year. This is very different, a sad tale of obsession, ignorance and being totally out of touch with one’s fellow human beings. Wilberforce is not a pleasant man, his tale interestingly delivered. Torday can certainly write. Comparison: Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan, David Lodge.
July 2008 Book of the Month. Chelsea Cain is back with the follow up to her brilliant first novel Heartsick. Psychotic serial killer Gretchen Lowell and the cop she captured, tortured and set free at her own expense, Archie Sheridan, are back pitting wills against each other. Gretchen has been safely locked away and although she still haunts Archie’s every waking moment at least he, and everyone else, is safe from her sadistic lust for killing, that is until she escapes while being transferred to another prison. Wonderfully gruesome and totally chilling this is a thriller that will stay with you a long time after you have read the last page.
June 2008 Book of the Month. A welcome return to detectives Travis and Langton. This is turning in to an excellent series with great characterisation and plot lines. Do read Lynda’s letter to our readers about where she gets her inspiration from and make sure you read this fantastic thriller an readiness for the next instalment later in the year. A letter from Lynda La Plante to our readers..... Dear Lovereading members, I’m honoured to have my latest thriller, Clean Cut selected by Lovereading as your June Book of the Month. Each year I write a thriller novel, published by Simon & Schuster. The most recent of these is a series of novels featuring D.I. Anna Travis as the heroine. Clean Cut is a particular favourite of mine and I like to think that Anna has hit her stride and become a character to rival Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect. In addition to this I have written Trial and Retribution and The Commander for ITV. With a new television series underway, it is not surprising that I am often asked 'where do all your ideas come from? The truth is I am inspired by real life; so often fact is stranger than fiction. Newspaper articles provide me with a lot of the fuel for my imagination. Once you have the catalyst for that creative spark, it can take you into a whole new territory to research and develop. I recently read an article about a woman who had eight different personalities. The news piece explained how she had built these very different characters to 'protect' herself and give her the strength to continue living an acceptable life after horrendous child abuse. Each one was a very clearly defined personality, from strong to aggressive to shy and introverted etc. Each one had a different name and she even had a wardrobe filled with clothes and wigs that suited the different personalities. I began to question this as a plot for a thriller. What if one of these personalities became a witness to a murder? The ideas then begin to emerge: when interviewed by the police a statement is taken from a woman calling herself ‘Miranda’ and she is clearly a very valuable eye witness, having seen the perpetrator kill his victim. I then start to unravel, from the police perspective, the information that their perfect witness is in actual fact diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. Can they use ‘Miranda’ or would her condition make it impossible for her to be a prosecution witness? It becomes a fascinating scenario and dilemma upon which to base a story, however it is crucial for me to back these ideas up with detailed and thorough research. I will therefore interview numerous physiologists and gain an insight into ‘Miranda's’ condition. The reality is, it would be extremely difficult for the detectives to use her eyewitness statements in court but for me it is a fascinating premise for a new 'thriller'. I have just finished the next Anna Travis novel, Deadly Intent, to be published later this year. I hope that Clean Cut will satisfy everyone’s expectations – I think every single Lovereading reader, whether they’re already Anna Travis fans or new to the series, will enjoy it very much. With best wishes Lynda La Plante
April 2008 Book of the Month.Brutal, violent, Edinburgh-based, hard-boiled, dark tale of the criminal underworld, dysfunctional families, senseless violence and bad men. It rips along â€“ utterly unputdownable.Comparison: Stuart MacBride, Patrick Quinlan, Simon Lewis â€“ Bad Traffic.
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