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This Month's Featured Books

What Alice Knew by TA Cotterell
What Alice Knew
TA Cotterell
May 2017 Debut of the Month. What Alice Knew is enough to devastate anyone. Admittedly I would not always have acted as she did but OMG she had some tough choices to make after a dreadful...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Crimson Lake by Candice Fox
Crimson Lake
Candice Fox
May 2017 Debut of the Month. Sharp, clever Australian crime thriller constructed around the compelling set-up of Detective Ted Conkaffey being accused - but not convicted - of the abduction, rape and strangulation of a thirteen...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson
Block 46
Johana Gustawsson
Maxim Jakubowski's May 2017 Book of the Month. May 2017 Debut of the Month. A truly stunning debut both powerful and disturbing by a UK-based French author, set...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/05/2017
Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
Dead Letters
Caite Dolan-Leach
May 2017 Debut of the Month. A dramatic and oh so readable family tale, with enough tension playing through the pages to sink a battleship. Two years ago Ava vowed never to speak to her twin...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Dead House by Billy O'Callaghan
The Dead House
Billy O'Callaghan
May 2017 Debut of the Month. A beautifully eerie tale, a feast for your eyes, a torment for your mind. The exquisite cover immediately called to me, I found myself bewitched and reaching out to touch...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/05/2017
Under a Sardinian Sky by Sara Alexander
Under a Sardinian Sky
Sara Alexander
May 2017 Debut of the Month. An expressive and heartfelt relationship tale set in a gloriously evocative 1950’s Sardinia. Carmela is engaged to the son of the town’s wealthiest family, however finds herself questioning his overbearing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks
The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times
Xan Brooks
May 2017 Debut of the Month. This magnetic debut evokes the social and emotional landscapes of interwar England with an abundance of originality. With the country battered and drained by the Great War, orphan Lucy Marsh...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/04/2017
An Unlikely Agent by Jane Menczer
An Unlikely Agent
Jane Menczer
May 2017 Debut of the Month. An enthralling Edwardian espionage thriller featuring an endearing, independent female lead and lashings of intrigue.London, 1905, and Margaret Trant is living a humdrum live until she sees an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/05/2017
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman
May 2017 Debut of the Month. It is the standard reply when people ask, “How are you?” ....you say “I’m fine.” Well, Eleanor is most definitely not fine and has not been since she was 10...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
The Light We Lost
Jill Santopolo
May 2017 Debut of the Month. My goodness me did these two have a passion, a chemistry that burned so bright it was painful to behold. They, Lucy and Gabe, met on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
Island of Secrets by Patricia Wilson
Island of Secrets
Patricia Wilson
May 2017 Debut of the Month. Right from the start we realise this is a Montague/Capulet situation; a feud between families, in this case from Crete, that spills blood only here our...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb

Deep Down Dead
Steph Broadribb
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Yet another assured British thriller debut, again set overseas, this time in deepest America where Lori Anderson, a young woman with...

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

Reader Reviewed Stay With Me
Ayobami Adebayo
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017. A surprising, emotional, and courageous novel, one where the words and feelings gradually unwind from the page and take up residence...

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Reader Reviewed Sometimes I Lie
Alice Feeney
A novel to meddle with your reasoning and taunt your gut instincts… Amber is in hospital in a coma, her thoughts are knocking at the door of her awareness as...

When the Sky Fell Apart by Caroline Lea

Reader Reviewed When the Sky Fell Apart
Caroline Lea
Prepare for your heart to break… this is a powerful, evocative tale of life during the Nazi occupation of Jersey in the 1940’s. The first page made me flinch, yet...

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

All Our Wrong Todays
Elan Mastai
This brain-twisting, heart-flipping, wryly funny time-travel debut about the shifting sands of personal identity seems set to become one of those zeitgeisty novels that captures readers in the way Matt...

Arrowood by Mick Finlay

Reader Reviewed Arrowood
Mick Finlay
April 2017 Debut of the Month. London 1895, gloriously brought to life in all its grizzly glory. Arrowood is a weathered Private Investigator with a soft...

A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys

Reader Reviewed A Dangerous Crossing
Rachel Rhys
April 2017 Debut of the Month. All aboard for an Agatha Christie-esque mystery set on a ship bound for the distant shores of Australia in 1939....

The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett

Reader Reviewed The People at Number 9
Felicity Everett
April 2017 Debut of the Month. Solid, surburban couple with two boys at the local school have their safe, perhaps a little monotonous, life disrupted by...

The Cutaway by Christina Kovac

Reader Reviewed The Cutaway
Christina Kovac
April 2017 Debut of the Month. A compelling and stylish psychological thriller from a fine new voice in crime fiction. Indomitable Virginia Knightly is a TV...

Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito

Reader Reviewed Quicksand
Malin Persson Giolito
April 2017 Debut of the Month. Provocative and compelling, this mind and heart-breaking tale really shouldn't be missed. After a school shooting, 18 year old Maja...

The Cows by Dawn O'Porter

Reader Reviewed The Cows
Dawn O'Porter
April 2017 Debut of the Month. Oh my word, this is an eyebrow raising, mouth openingly good read. A contemporary tale about three women, muddling and...

The Hate u Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate u Give
Angie Thomas
April 2017 NewGen Debut of the Month. In a Nutshell: Fighting for Justice | Black Lives Matter | Stunning, vital wake-up call of a novel about racism,...

Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge

Castle of Water
Dane Huckelbridge
April 2017 Debut of the Month. An emotional, heart-stopping, and mesmerising debut novel. 34 year old retired banker and burgeoning artist Barry from New York, and...

Good as Gone by Amy Gentry

Good as Gone
Amy Gentry
April 2017 Debut of the Month. A clever, convincing, and unexpected tale. 13 year old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom eight years ago, her...

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

Reader Reviewed The Wolf Road
Beth Lewis
April 2017 Debut of the Month. Uniquely voiced, elementally powerful literary thriller that crackles with page-turning tension. Aged seven, gutsy Elka ran away from her nana...

How to be Human by Paula Cocozza

How to be Human
Paula Cocozza
April 2017 Debut of the Month. Here is a woman, Mary, who desperately needs something and even we, the reader, are not entirely sure what. She...

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola

Reader Reviewed The Unseeing
Anna Mazzola
March 2017 Debut of the Month. A detailed, intriguing and highly enjoyable debut historical thriller. James Greenacre is accused of murdering his bride and his mistress,...

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

Ragdoll
Daniel Cole
March 2017 Debut of the Month. A simply sensational and thrilling debut! Met police detectives William Oliver Layton-Fawkes and Emily Baxter find themselves smack bang in...

The Riviera Express (A Miss Dimont Mystery, Book 1) by T. P. Fielden

Reader Reviewed The Riviera Express (A Miss Dimont Mystery, Book 1)
T. P. Fielden
March 2017 Debut of the Month. A snappy, vibrant, romp of a read, set in a 1950’s Devonshire seaside town. Miss Judy Dimont (in her forties),...

The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty

The Fifth Letter
Nicola Moriarty
March 2017 Debut of the Month. A wonderfully expressive, dramatic, and tense tale, striking at the heart of friendship and love. Four best friends who have...

Her Perfect Life by Sam Hepburn

Her Perfect Life
Sam Hepburn
March 2017 Debut of the Month. Stuffed full of intrigue, suspicion, and mistrust, this is a dramatic psychological thriller. Gracie, balancing her career and home with...

Sealskin by Su Bristow

Sealskin
Su Bristow
March 2017 Debut of the Month. This haunting re-telling of the Selkie legend begins on a night when “moonlight silvered everything, casting doubt and shadow”, and...

Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

Six Stories
Matt Wesolowski
March 2017 Debut of the Month. This is startling, clever, and quite, quite different. ‘Six Stories’ isn’t that long, but it packs a mighty wallop. In...

Puzzle Girl by Rachael Featherstone

Puzzle Girl
Rachael Featherstone
A lovely, fresh, and entertaining feel-good debut. Cassy is determined to shoot up the career ladder, she stumbles at her big chance, will she regain her footing and find love...

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