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Informative, candid and trusted, book reviews by our own book experts are unique to Lovereading. But within our loyal members and browsers of Lovereading are also prolific readers with years of experience and a real passion for sharing their love of books. So, we decided to invite them to join the Lovereading Reader Review Panel. All the titles in this category have been selected and reviewed by our own Lovereading editorial experts but also reviewed by members of our Reader Review Panel, a panel of book lovers across the UK.

Books of the Month

A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson
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, yet little known about in Agatha Christie’s life. I’ve visited...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
Blue A Memoir - Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces by John Sutherland
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. John Sutherland joined the Met in 1992 aged 22, we...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/05/2017
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
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. She knows the layout, the areas, the animal enclosures and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017
Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett
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 gardener building a great park in 1663 then moves to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir
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 turns her hand to fiction. Lovers of historical novels will...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner
Persons Unknown
Susie Steiner
June 2017 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/06/2017
The Boy Who Saw by Simon Toyne
The Boy Who Saw
Simon Toyne
June 2017 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. Click here to view the page for the KOBO edition of this book. In Solomon Creed we were introduced...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017
After the Fire by Will Hill
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 was inspired by the Waco siege in Texas 1993 when...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett
Greatest Hits
Laura Barnett
June 2017 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017
Exquisite by Sarah Stovell
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 causes you to question the reliability of both women. Smart,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
Rather be the Devil by Ian Rankin
Rather be the Devil
Ian Rankin
June 2017 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
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 was painful to behold. They, Lucy and Gabe, met on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
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 needed. Truly a gem that will satiate an abundance of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/06/2017
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
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 not fine and has not been since she was 10...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
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. Just imagine being paired with Pride and Prejudice, where on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
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
Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love by James Runcie
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 sleuthing Archdeacon’s sixth literary outing, and that the TV adaptation...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Friend by Dorothy Koomson
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, Cece moves into the area, her two youngest start at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/06/2017
The Fireman by Joe Hill
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 months have witnessed, among others, the Cronin trilogy reach its...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
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 Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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 the centre of this novel, Leo causes uproar when a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
Island of Secrets by Patricia Wilson
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 this case from Crete, that spills blood only here our...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
The Bureau of Second Chances by Sheena Kalayil
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 he rediscovers not only himself but also the Bureau of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017
Barkskins by Annie Proulx
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 time to devour. You will find it difficult to put...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/04/2017
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
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, in all its different forms. While Cora and Will form...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Scattering by Kimberly McCreight
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 as Outliers, able to read people’s emotions and intentions. It’s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Reader Reviewed Truly Madly Guilty
Liane Moriarty
May 2017 Book of the Month. Simply fabulous, this is a truly beautiful, mind-popping story. I must admit to jigging up and down with excitement when...

Crimson Lake by Candice Fox

Reader Reviewed 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...

Mischling by Affinity Konar

Reader Reviewed Mischling
Affinity Konar
Maxim Jakubowski May 2017 Highly Recommended. Not a thriller by any means, unless the quest by a twin sister to discover what...

The Owl Always Hunts at Night by Samuel Bjork

Reader Reviewed The Owl Always Hunts at Night
Samuel Bjork
May 2017 Book of the Month. A chilling, stimulating, intensely dark tale set in Norway. A young woman is found dead in...

Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson

Reader Reviewed Block 46
Johana Gustawsson
Maxim Jakubowski's May 2017 Book of the Month. May 2017 Debut of the Month. A truly stunning debut...

Don't Let Go by Michel Bussi

Reader Reviewed Don't Let Go
Michel Bussi
May 2017 Book of the Month. A captivating, fiendishly puzzling crime drama with an exotic, fascinating backdrop. Martial, Liane, and their daughter...

What Alice Knew by TA Cotterell

Reader Reviewed 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...

A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride

Reader Reviewed A Dark So Deadly
Stuart MacBride
May 2017 Book of the Month. Author famous for his excellent Logan McRae series presents a new police constable, one DC Callum...

The Killer on the Wall by Emma Kavanagh

Reader Reviewed The Killer on the Wall
Emma Kavanagh
May 2017 Book of the Month. What a fabulously thrilling and penetrating tale this is. In 1996 Isla Bell found the bodies...

An Unlikely Agent by Jane Menczer

Reader Reviewed 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...

Release by Patrick Ness

Reader Reviewed Release
Patrick Ness
May 2017 NewGen Book of the Month. ***Recommended for 16+ due to content. In a Nutshell: love, truth and the power of...

A Berlin Love Song by Sarah Matthias

Reader Reviewed A Berlin Love Song
Sarah Matthias
A Piece of Passion from Troika MD Martin West says, ‘Like the best writers of historical fiction Sarah brings the past vividly to life. A celebration of the Romani way...

The Ice by Laline Paull

Reader Reviewed The Ice
Laline Paull
May 2017 Book of the Month. Her first novel, The Bees, (shortlisted for the Baileys Prize) was an astonishing work...

Blood Sisters by Julie Shaw

Reader Reviewed Blood Sisters
Julie Shaw
A tense, vivid, standalone tale set in the early 1980’s from the author of ‘The Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’ series. Vicky and Lucy are best friends, when...

Countless by Karen Gregory

Reader Reviewed Countless
Karen Gregory
In a Nutshell: Compelling and compassionate account of a pregnant teen fighting an eating disorder | Insightful, authentic and profoundly moving story of a teenager facing the double struggle of...

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Reader Reviewed Windfall
Jennifer E. Smith
May 2017 NewGen Book of the Month. What’s important in life? Money, success, popularity are all words that float to the top...

The Shadow Queen by Anne O'Brien

Reader Reviewed The Shadow Queen
Anne O'Brien
A truly gripping and compelling novel exploring the fascinating life of Joan of Kent, as she grew from a wilful child to a shrewd and capable woman, through to the...

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

Reader Reviewed A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
Eric Lindstrom
May 2017 NewGen Book of the Month. In a Nutshell: Coping with bipolar disorder | Finding the courage to shed secrets | ...

The Trophy Child by Paula Daly

Reader Reviewed The Trophy Child
Paula Daly
“How far would a mother go to achieve perfection?” the publisher’s shout line asks. Well how far indeed? Personally I find the line deceptive but I’m not telling you why. ...

A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming

Reader Reviewed A Divided Spy
Charles Cumming
Simply fabulous. ‘A Divided Spy’ slices through theatrics and pierces the essential heart of a spy thriller. This is the third in the ‘Thomas Kell’ series, yet my first, and...

Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

Reader Reviewed Underground Airlines
Ben H. Winters
A most unexpected, if gripping thriller from the author of the much-admired Last Policeman trilogy. The book takes place in an America where the Civil War came to a different...

The Dead House by Billy O'Callaghan

Reader Reviewed 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...

See You in September by Charity Norman

Reader Reviewed See You in September
Charity Norman
May 2017 Book of the Month. Gosh, what a stunning read this is, I simply couldn't put it down and devoured it...

Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation by James Runcie

Reader Reviewed Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation
James Runcie
The village of Grantchester is not as peaceful as it seems...From the theft of an heirloom to an ominous case of blackmail, Sidney is once again rushed off his feet...

Sidney Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sins by James Runcie

Reader Reviewed Sidney Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sins
James Runcie
Loveable full-time priest and part-time detective Canon Sidney Chambers is back, continuing his investigations. A mysterious stranger seeks sanctuary in Grantchester's church; a shooting weekend in the country has a...

The Month Before's Featured Books

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 I Was Invisible by Dorothy Koomson

Reader Reviewed When I Was Invisible
Dorothy Koomson
April 2017 Book of the Month. An absolute page-turner of a novel, at times uncomfortable, yet powerful and oh so compelling. Roni and Nika meet when...

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...

Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi

Reader Reviewed Black Water Lilies
Michel Bussi
April 2017 Book of the Month. Simply superb, ’Black Water Lilies’ has leapt straight into my heart and soul. Thirteen days in the heart of Claude...

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....

Well of the Winds by Denzil Meyrick

Reader Reviewed Well of the Winds
Denzil Meyrick
A stimulating, fascinating and so very readable addition to the ‘D.C.I. Daley Series’. The past is haunting the present as murder visits an island off the coast of Kintyre. Denzil...

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...

The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay

Reader Reviewed The Stolen Child
Sanjida Kay
April 2017 Book of the Month. Terrific, truly a one-sitting read so be warned and allow space for it to be so. Zoe and Ollie adopt...

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 Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

Reader Reviewed The Shadow Land
Elizabeth Kostova
April 2017 Book of the Month. This is a beautifully crafted novel. Those familiar with Kostova’s writing will be delighted to know that her beautiful, descriptive...

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 Lauras by Sara Taylor

Reader Reviewed The Lauras
Sara Taylor
April 2017 Book of the Month. A captivating and subtly beautiful novel, where heart-catching surprises lie in wait. Alex recalls life on the road at the...

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

Reader Reviewed Reservoir 13
Jon McGregor
April 2017 Book of the Month. Aged 13 a girl goes missing. The whole village turns out to search. Over the course of thirteen chapters and...

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...

Watching Edie by Camilla Way

Reader Reviewed Watching Edie
Camilla Way
In alternating chapters headed “Before” and “After” and narrated by both Heather and Edie, this is one truly compulsive read. Menace hangs over the whole thing. “Before” was seventeen years...

The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland

Reader Reviewed The Plague Charmer
Karen Maitland
Told by many voices, some wise, some wicked, this is the story of a close community under unbearable strain. What is the breaking point where neighbours and even sisters will...

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...

The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown

Reader Reviewed The Light of Paris
Eleanor Brown
Two parallel stories, set in two time frames, where second chances and the links between two women flicker and burn with energy. In Chicago during 1999, Madeleine tells her own...

The Museum of You by Carys Bray

Reader Reviewed The Museum of You
Carys Bray
Now that Clover is twelve she can have a key to her home while her father drives the local bus and she can remain there alone. She has the allotment...

The Butchers of Berlin by Chris Petit

Reader Reviewed The Butchers of Berlin
Chris Petit
This is a tough, violent thriller which illustrates the chaos in Germany in 1943. Suffering setbacks in the war and severe shortages, Berlin is in the middle of a rushed...

Closed Casket The New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie

Reader Reviewed Closed Casket The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot is back for his second outing under the fabulous guiding hand of Sophie Hannah. 70 year old children’s author Lady Athelinda Playford changes her will, causing the mayhem...

Fire Damage by Kate Medina

Reader Reviewed Fire Damage
Kate Medina
Captivating from the outset, this is the first in the ‘Jessie Flynn Investigation’ series, and what a fabulously readable and dramatic story it is too. 29 year old Dr Jessie...

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas

Reader Reviewed The State of Grace
Rachael Lucas
In a Nutshell: Living with Asperger’s * Dealing with change * New beginnings “Being human is a complicated game”, and that’s certainly the case for fifteen-year-old Grace, the sparkling protagonist of...

Sleeper's Castle by Barbara Erskine

Reader Reviewed Sleeper's Castle
Barbara Erskine
A sweeping saga of a tale, linking the past and the present through two women’s dreams and a house that straddles time. This is the first Barbara Erskine novel I’ve...

Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman

Reader Reviewed Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
April 2017 NewGen Book of the Month. Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | An innovative, ambitious...

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