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Books of the Month

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
All the Missing Girls
Megan Miranda
August 2017 Book of the Month A clever, suspense-filled story told in reverse, from day 15 through to day 1, and boy does the premise work! Nicolette returns home after a letter from her dementia-ravaged father suggests an answer to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/08/2017
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Then She Was Gone
Lisa Jewell
August 2017 Book of the Month THEN - She was fifteen, her mother's golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. NOW - it's been ten years...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/07/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

The Party by Elizabeth Day
The Party
Elizabeth Day
The party is where it all unravels and where the dark secret between rich, aristocratic Ben and poor, middle-class Martin is exposed. We are kept very much in the dark about the secret until nearly the end of the book....
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/07/2017
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
The Good Daughter
Karin Slaughter
Gosh, what a story this is, dramatic, powerful, and so incredibly addictive. ‘The Good Daughter’ is a standalone novel from Karin Slaughter. 28 years ago, as murder tore apart their family in a small town in North Georgia, one girl...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/07/2017
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner
Persons Unknown
Susie Steiner
Manon Bradshaw of Missing, Presumed is back only she is now pregnant, attached to the Cambridgeshire police but working on cold cases until a murder occurs close to the school her adopted son attends. He is arrested for it. ...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/06/2017
The Boy Who Saw by Simon Toyne
The Boy Who Saw
Simon Toyne
Click here to view the page for the KOBO edition of this book. In Solomon Creed we were introduced to a mysterious hero, a Jack Reacher/Superman cross with shades of Jason Bourne. This is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017
The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan
The Unquiet Dead
Ausma Zehanat Khan
August 2017 Debut of the Month Provocative and stimulating, this debut crime thriller set in Canada, slams with impact. Two detectives begin an investigation into the death of a man who may have been involved in the Srebrenica massacre during...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/07/2017
Give Me the Child by Melanie McGrath
Give Me the Child
Melanie McGrath
August 2017 Debut of the Month A provocative tale that creeps over skin and worms its way into thoughts. A knock at the door one night reveals Cat’s husband has an 11 year old daughter Cat knew nothing about, then...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/07/2017
The Other Twin by L. V. Hay
The Other Twin
L. V. Hay
July 2017 Debut of the Month. Slickly suspenseful Brighton-set thriller in which the darkest recesses of human nature and social media are exposed following a young woman’s death. This dynamic debut tingles with tantalising twists, distrust...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2017
Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys
Dangerous Crossing
Rachel Rhys
All aboard for an Agatha Christie-esque mystery set on a ship bound for the distant shores of Australia in 1939. As the world teeters on the edge of another war, working class Lily is about to plunge headlong into a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017
The Cutaway The gripping thriller set in the explosive world of Washington's TV news by Christina Kovac
The Cutaway The gripping thriller set in the explosive world of Washington's TV news
Christina Kovac
A compelling and stylish psychological thriller from a fine new voice in crime fiction. Indomitable Virginia Knightly is a TV producer with a self-confessed attraction to the “unknowable”, which is how she comes to investigate the disappearance of thirty-year-old Evelyn...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017
Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop
Cartes Postales from Greece
Victoria Hislop
Three years ago Cardiff born Ellie moved into a small block of twelve flats in Kensal Rise, London. Her life is dull. She does tele-ad sales for a trade mag and then suddenly she gets postcards from Greece addressed to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017
Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri
Kill the Father
Sandrone Dazieri
A huge, almost sprawling thriller awaits, yet one that is ferocious, intense, and so, so readable. Set in Italy, Dante Torre and Captain Columba Caselli, both tortured souls, are enticed into the investigation of a child who has gone missing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017
Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney
Under a Pole Star
Stef Penney
Flora Mackie leads a remarkable life. Daughter of a whaling captain, with her mother dead, she spent many of her teenage years sailing with him and living with the Inuit of Greenland. When grown, it naturally suits her to join...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017
Behind Her Eyes  by Sarah Pinborough
Behind Her Eyes
Sarah Pinborough
Oh my word, this book is devious, twisted, and an absolute knockout! The story, revolving around love, passion, suspicion, and deceit, kept me teetering on a razor sharp wire of uncertainty. Sarah Pinborough’s writing is sublime, it’s shrewd, artful, cunning,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017
Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land
Good Me Bad Me
Ali Land
Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Ooh, this truly is a fabulously captivating and unpredictable tale, and it kept me clinging to the very edge of my seat. Annie’s mother is a serial killer, Annie informs...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017
The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett
The People at Number 9
Felicity Everett
Solid, surburban couple with two boys at the local school have their safe, perhaps a little monotonous, life disrupted by the arrival of an artistic golden couple next door. All glitter and shine, oozing charisma and chasing fun, they dazzle...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017
The Four Horsemen by Gregory Dowling
The Four Horsemen
Gregory Dowling
A captivating, vibrant, and exciting tale of secret societies, death and disorder in the middle of Venice in the 1750’s. This is the second in the ‘Alvise Marangon Mystery series’, set after ‘Ascension’. Alvise finds himself investigating the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/07/2017
Woman of State by Simon Berthon
Woman of State
Simon Berthon
July 2017 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. A fascinating, intelligent and penetrating political thriller set in Belfast, Dublin and London. In 1991 Maire steps into the centre of a storm that will...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/07/2017
The Ghost of Helen Addison by Charles E. McGarry
The Ghost of Helen Addison
Charles E. McGarry
A fascinating, charmingly descriptive murder mystery, where disturbing elements of satanism, visions, and ghosts creep through the story. Leo Moran, fastidious, exacting, and a private investigator, assists the police in a murder case. I will admit that it took me...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/07/2017
The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
The Music Shop
Rachel Joyce
A heartrending love story. An ode to vinyl. A poignant evocation of a community of shopkeepers in the late eighties. Like the music beloved by its protagonist, this pitch-perfect novel has an ineffable power to uplift the soul. At the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/07/2017
Best Laid Plans by Kathy Lette
Best Laid Plans
Kathy Lette
July 2017 Book of the Month. Gosh, what a funny, emotional, romp of a story this is. Lucy begins her tale with the moment she gets arrested for picking up an undercover...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/07/2017
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
Borne
Jeff VanderMeer
Finch, the last VanderMeer that I read, was referred to as ‘fungal noir’, a wonderful phrase. With that in mind Borne could be described as a post-apocalyptic thriller with squishy bits, or possible human drama with tentacles. Scavenger Rachel...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017
Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett
Greatest Hits
Laura Barnett
A powerfully lyrical day-in-the-life portrait of a successful singer-songwriter reflecting on the ebbs and flows of her life as she prepares her Greatest Hits release after long absence from the industry. Cass Wheeler has been a massive music star since...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017
The Dinner by Herman Koch
The Dinner
Herman Koch
This is one of those books like The Slap and We Need to Talk About Kevin where no one is likeable and the outcome difficult to predict. Here the family drama is related during a posh restaurant dinner...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/08/2017
The Invitation by Lucy Foley
The Invitation
Lucy Foley
A sophisticated, expressive, and emotional story set in the glamorous Italian film promotion world of the 1950’s. Hal and Stella meet at a party, an immediate connection flares into life, yet the spectre of war holds both in a devastating...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old by Hendrik Groen
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old
Hendrik Groen
Poignant, moving and funny, I chuckled my way through this delightful (but no longer secret) diary from the rather lovable Hendrik Groen. Hendrik has reached the age where his address book is depressingly empty and his life has become an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017
They All Fall Down by Tammy Cohen
They All Fall Down
Tammy Cohen
This smart, sharp psychological page-turner will keep crime and thriller fans gripped for ‘just’ one more chapter until the early hours. It’s a riveting, read-in-one-sitting rollercoaster fuelled by engrossing emotional suspense. Hannah is in a high-suicide-risk psychiatric clinic, so when...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017
Where Dead Men Meet by Mark Mills
Where Dead Men Meet
Mark Mills
Absolutely thrilling… this is a fast-paced, firecracker of a read, set in Europe as the Second World War is brewing. Why is Luke Hamilton, intelligence officer at the British Embassy in Paris the target of an assassination attempt? As Luke...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid

Reader Reviewed The Diabolic
S. J. Kincaid
In a Nutshell: Intergalactic Identity Epic Action and intrigue abound in this high-stakes, high-concept sci-fi thriller from the acclaimed author of Insignia. Nemesis is a Diabolic. They ‘look like us,...

The Fireman by Joe Hill

Reader Reviewed The Fireman
Joe Hill
Tales of overwhelming pandemics striking our world are like buses: you wait for ages and all of a sudden, like a plague, they all emerge at the same time. Recent...

Rather be the Devil by Ian Rankin

Reader Reviewed Rather be the Devil
Ian Rankin
A truly fabulous blast of crime fiction. John Rebus continues to ignore retirement, and an unsolved case haunts his thoughts as he shoulders his way into the middle of a...

The Bone Field by Simon Kernick

Reader Reviewed The Bone Field
Simon Kernick
A series? By Simon Kernick? Yes please! Two faces, who were unknown to each other in previous books, join forces in this powerful, fast moving and intoxicating tale. Trouble starts...

Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson

Reader Reviewed Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars
Miranda Emmerson
An enjoyable yet penetrating read, one that can lull you into a false sense of security before it jabs and stings at your awareness. A mystery sits centre stage, yet...

Corpus by Rory Clements

Reader Reviewed Corpus
Rory Clements
1936 and the huge canvas of Europe in chaos is superbly portrayed by this renowned author of historical fiction. Previously writing about the spy world of the Tudor period we...

The Scattering by Kimberly McCreight

Reader Reviewed The Scattering
Kimberly McCreight
In a nutshell: gripping adventure that keeps readers tense and guessing As revealed in the first book in this spell-binding series, Wylie is one of a group of people known...

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Friend by Dorothy Koomson

Reader Reviewed The Friend
Dorothy Koomson
Oh what a thrilling and gloriously dramatic tale this is! A violent attack on a parent takes place within the grounds of a private school in Brighton, just days later,...

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Reader Reviewed The Essex Serpent
Sarah Perry
A gorgeously eloquent and powerfully expressive novel, ‘The Essex Serpent’ explores an unusual relationship in the 1890’s. This isn't exactly a love story, it is rather, a tale about love,...

Blue A Memoir - Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces by John Sutherland

Reader Reviewed Blue A Memoir - Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces
John Sutherland
June 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A candid, objective, cooly passionate, and often unsettling account of policing from a police officer....

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Reader Reviewed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman
June 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...

Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir

Reader Reviewed Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn
Alison Weir
June 2017 Book of the Month. We know we are in good hands when an eminent historian renowned for her non-fiction work...

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

Reader Reviewed The Light We Lost
Jill Santopolo
June 2017 Debut of the Month. My goodness me did these two have a passion, a chemistry that burned so bright it...

Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Reader Reviewed Peculiar Ground
Lucy Hughes-Hallett
June 2017 Book of the Month. A huge book both in scope and length, it begins with the journals of a landscape...

A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson

Reader Reviewed A Talent for Murder
Andrew Wilson
June 2017 Book of the Month. A fascinating foray into the past, and the intriguing missing period of time so well documented,...

The Bureau of Second Chances by Sheena Kalayil

Reader Reviewed The Bureau of Second Chances
Sheena Kalayil
June 2017 Debut of the Month. This gentle yet beautifully told story follows recently-widowed Thomas on a journey back to the India of his birth, where...

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Reader Reviewed Ginny Moon
Benjamin Ludwig
June 2017 Debut of the Month. A dazzling debut about a fostered autistic girl’s poignant search for her Forever Home, and her acute need to be...

Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love by James Runcie

Reader Reviewed Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love
James Runcie
Charming, atmospheric, and compellingly crafted, The Grantchester Mysteries are the very epitome of cosy crime, with a quintessential English detective for a hero. No wonder, then, that this is the...

Island of Secrets by Patricia Wilson

Reader Reviewed Island of Secrets
Patricia Wilson
June 2017 Debut of the Month. Right from the start we realise this is a Montague/Capulet situation; a feud between families, in...

Exquisite by Sarah Stovell

Reader Reviewed Exquisite
Sarah Stovell
June 2017 Book of the Month. Wow! This is a cracking psychological thriller. Told in first person from two different viewpoints it...

After the Fire by Will Hill

Reader Reviewed After the Fire
Will Hill
June 2017 NewGen Book of the Month. In a nutshell: tense, super-suspenseful novel based on harrowing real life events After the Fire...

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Reader Reviewed Fierce Kingdom
Gin Phillips
June 2017 Book of the Month. We are in America. Joan takes her four year old son Lincoln to the zoo regularly....

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Reader Reviewed The Nest
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
June 2017 Debut of the Month. A thought-provoking and wittily pointed debut, about the life and loves of the Plumb family. There are four siblings at...

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Reader Reviewed Eligible
Curtis Sittenfeld
Can a retelling of ‘Pride and Prejudice' possibly work? Well, this novel proves it can. The Austen Project consists of six contemporary authors, each retelling one of Jane Austen’s novels....

Barkskins by Annie Proulx

Reader Reviewed Barkskins
Annie Proulx
For the Wolf Hall readership, this is a huge historical novel to immerse yourself in. A dramatic, violent, absorbing, long read for which you need to put aside serious...

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