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A lovely new, warm, Irish voice telling the story of three friends and how outwardly their lives seem content but inwardly … oh dear. It is very much Cathy Kelly territory.Comparison: Cathy Kelly, Sheila O’Flanagan, Patricia Scanlan.Similar this month: Sinead Moriarty, Sophie King.
A single-parent family in jeopardy, a teenage daughter being stalked and an explosive ending in a psychological thriller with humorous undertones, occasionally making light of the serious subject matter, she is definitely a talent to watch.Comparison: Nicci French, Minette Walters, Ruth Rendell.Similar this month: Pam Lewis, Louise Anderson.
A horrifying opening chapter where childhood innocence and friendship is completely destroyed and the terrible secret sealed, to resurface ten years later. It is psychological thriller stuff from a new author ripe for going places.Comparison: Nicci French, Barbara Vine. Similar this month: Vena Cork, Louise Anderson.
Those seeking an absorbing thriller after The Da Vinci Code will not go far wrong with this. It hasn’t got quite the same controversial premise but there is plenty of history to absorb here, all laced around underwater exploration and deciphering ancient hieroglyphics. It is fascinating and gripping. Comparison: Clive Cussler, Dan Brown, Valerio Massimo Manfredi. Similar this month: None, but try Dan Fesperman or Paul Carson
You may know the author’s name as one of the writers and stars of The League of Gentlemen or from his Dr Who novels, now know him as the creator of an Edwardian 007 spoof character, a secret agent, dandy, bi-sexual rake – he’s great – this is such fun. From Gentlemen’s Clubs to Italian decadence, Lucifer Box follows a trail of mystery and chaos, betrayal and desire, into the heart of Vesuvius. It really is the most outrageous stuff. Highly recommended, it’s brilliant, provided you are not offended.Comparison: George MacDonald Fraser, Tom Sharpe, Leslie Thomas.Similar this month: None.
A totally absorbing, wonderful novel of interlinking characters and their relationships; of love, heartache and loss all in the glorious South of France. You feel the heat, the colour, the emotions, the pain, the laughter and the tears. My only criticism is that it all ended rather abruptly â€¦ I wanted more, it was such a lovely book; please read it. Comparison: Sophie Kinsella, Lisa Jewell, Plum Sykes. Similar this month: Belinda Jones, Chris Manby.
A 2012 World Book Night selection. One of the best crossover children/adult books I have read since The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. It has the sort of old worldly feel of I Capture a Castle which suddenly turns into a novel of survival and violence when Britain is invaded. It's a coming-of-age tale, a story of love and endurance but it's real charm is in its style. Big ideas simply told, it is utterly hypnotic.Comparison: Dodie Smith, Sue Fletcher, Mark Haddon.Similar this month: Deborah Lawrenson, Jodi Picoult.
Redundant again, Melissa reinvents herself and steps out in wig and with confidence as Honey, opening an agency to help men get their lives together. This is tremendous fun as the double-life of our endearing heroine gets highly complicated and highly entertaining. It seems complete but I’m told it is the start of a series.Comparison: Sophie Kinsella, Elizabeth Buchan, Melissa Nathan.Similar this month: Karen Quinn, Jane Moore.
A new talent to welcome to the inventive SF stable, and he is British! A highly imaginative and enjoyable venture into a future era of conflict between mankind and the artificial intelligences and cities and planets it has carelessly fabricated.Comparison: Michael Moorcock, Stephen Baxter, Nick Sagan.Similar this month: Ian Irvine, John Connolly.
Kidnapped at 3 by a lonely alcoholic back-woods recluse, Cate, now 15, kills a man and her surrogate father, unable to cope, takes her back to her middle-class mother. So begins this powerful original tale of reconciliation, acceptance and re-evaluation. It falters a little in the middle, as first novels often do, but it is sensitive and thought provoking. The hardback was published as The Reckoning and it reverts now to its original, self-published title as chosen by its 74-year old author.Comparison: Alice Sebold, Alice Hoffman, Jane Yardley.Similar this month: Clare Chambers, Ben Sherwood.
This is an incredibly thought-provoking novel set just after WW1 where a man had to hide his true desires of homosexuality behind what you might call a marriage of convenience. It’s superbly written with wonderfully captivating characters. By turns compassionate and sensitive, compelling and gripping, vivid and accomplished, its intricate romantic plotlines are told with rare brilliance. A real page turner and wonderfully accessible too and it’s the sort of book you can spend hours discussing with friends on the whys and wherefores of one of THE taboos of the early part of the 20th century.
Seven disturbed teenagers are admitted to an experimental adolescent psychiatric unit for a yearâ€™s treatment. Thirty years later there is trouble again. In flashbacks and through different view points, we learn of their terrible plights. This is powerful, disturbing stuff with the suspense maintained right through to the end. Highly recommended.Comparison: Minette Walters, Tess Gerritsen, Karin Slaughter.Similar this month: Jim Kelly, Erin Hart.
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