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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

Life of Crime by Kimberley Chambers
Life of Crime
Kimberley Chambers
January 2018 Book of the Month A thoroughly entertaining, raw, and fast-paced read, stuffed full of tension and drama. Jason Rampling didn’t have the best start in life, he is determined that with his charm, intelligence and good looks,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/01/2018
The Ice by Laline Paull
The Ice
Laline Paull
January 2018 Book of the Month Her first novel, The Bees, (shortlisted for the Baileys Prize) was an astonishing work of speculative fiction, a stunning novel. This, her second, is a political thriller, a completely different genre but with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/01/2018
Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
Three Things About Elsie
Joanna Cannon
January 2018 Book of the Month Abundant in moving insights into identity and memory, this charming slice of humanity is as elegantly formed and sweetly satisfying as the Battenberg...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/01/2018
Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
Anatomy of a Scandal
Sarah Vaughan
January 2018 Book of the Month This brilliantly biting thriller explores the unpleasant underbelly of power in all its forms, from the all-pervasive influence of the privileged elite, to the deeply embedded, deeply devastating patriarchal power that can permeate the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/2018
Broken River by J. Robert Lennon
Broken River
J. Robert Lennon
January 2018 Book of the Month A masterclass in suspense awaits the reader in this almost understated, yet powerfully intense and dark novel. A family needing a fresh start move into a house where an unsolved double murder occurred twelve...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/01/2018
Sourdough by Robin Sloan
Sourdough
Robin Sloan
January 2018 Book of the Month A gorgeous magical, quirky dream of a story. Lois exhausts herself everyday as a software engineer, she orders her food from two local cooks, when they leave the country, they also leave Lois with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/01/2018
Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn, A King's Obsession by Alison Weir
Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn, A King's Obsession
Alison Weir
January 2018 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 probably have read a fair bit about Anne...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/01/2018

Other Featured Books this Month

White Bodies by Jane Robins
White Bodies
Jane Robins
January 2018 Debut of the Month Terrific, a two-sitting read if you can give it the space. Twin sisters, chalk and cheese; Callie, the narrator, plain and ordinary, Tilda, beautiful, ambitious and a successful actress. Tilda falls for an OCD...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/09/2017
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber
Are You Sleeping
Kathleen Barber
January 2018 Debut of the MonthPoppy Parnell is an investigative journalist who digs into a case thirteen years old and produces a couple of podcasts. The first interviews the convicted murderer still claiming his innocence of killing a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/12/2017
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
Reservoir 13
Jon McGregor
Category Winner of the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Novel Award
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/04/2017
The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr
The Truth and Lies of Ella Black
Emily Barr
January 2018 Book of the Month This twisting tale of shady secrets, a destructive alter ego and a feverishly fast-tracked romance will leave fans of psychological thrillers reeling, as 17 year-old Ella Black is taken on a terrifyingly transformative journey from suburban...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/01/2018
Once A Pilgrim by James Deegan
Once A Pilgrim
James Deegan
Simply superb, this is a dark, gritty and stormingly fast read with real attitude. Formerly of the SAS, John Carr is now working in private security for a Russian, however the past is stalking him, ready to take his legs,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/01/2018
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir
Jennifer Ryan
An engaging and charmingly bittersweet slice of fiction set during the Second World War. In a Kent village during 1940, the vicar closes the choir, as the ladies of the village start their own choir, the small rebellion creates a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/01/2018
The Owl Always Hunts at Night by Samuel Bjork
The Owl Always Hunts at Night
Samuel Bjork
A chilling, stimulating, intensely dark tale set in Norway. A young woman is found dead in woodland on the edge of Oslo Fjord, with her body arranged in a strange, unsettling backdrop. The policing team in charge of the investigation...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/01/2018
War at the Edge of the World by Ian Ross
War at the Edge of the World
Ian Ross
A well-written and interesting account of the Romans in Britain to join the many. It begins a series, Twilight of Empire, set here in AD305 and features an old Roman campaigner, Aurelius Castus, who feels he’s been put out to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/01/2018
Swords Around the Throne by Ian Ross
Swords Around the Throne
Ian Ross
The second novel in this gripping series, set at the end of the Roman Empire, sees a treasonous conspiracy threatening to bring down the Emperor Constantine.
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/01/2018
The Mask of Command by Ian Ross
The Mask of Command
Ian Ross
Six years after the battle for Rome, the truce between the two emperors has failed and Aurelius Castus is again in the frontline.
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017
Battle for Rome by Ian Ross
Battle for Rome
Ian Ross
The third installment in the brilliant Twilight of Empire series sees Constantine battle to regain control of Rome from the tyrant Maxentius.
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/01/2018
The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft
The Guilty Wife
Elle Croft
A debut to make you question everyone and trust no one. Bethany isn’t an innocent, in fact, you could say she is far from that, yet after murder tears her life apart, she has to find the killer in order...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/01/2018
Arrowood by Mick Finlay
Arrowood
Mick Finlay
January 2018 Debut of the Month London 1895, gloriously brought to life in all its grizzly glory. Arrowood is a weathered Private Investigator with a soft heart and a weakness for a drink. He shares the same skies as the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/12/2017
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
The Woman in the Window
A. J. Finn
Oh my word, this is an absolutely cracking psychological thriller. Anna is unable to leave her house, she views the world from her window and connects with it on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/01/2018
Coming Home to Island House by Erica James
Coming Home to Island House
Erica James
Romily, an author of mystery novels, returns home after a European promotional tour just shortly before her great love, Jack Devereux, somewhat her senior, falls ill and dies. He leaves three grown up natural children and his deceased younger brother’s...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/01/2018
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman
Category Winner for the Costa Book Awards 2017, First Novel Award June 2017 Debut of the Month. It is the standard reply when people ask, “How are you?”...
Format: Hardback - 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. Winner of the Writers’ Guild Best First Novel Award 2017 - This gentle yet beautifully told story follows recently-widowed Thomas on a journey back to the India of his birth,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir

Reader Reviewed Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn
Alison Weir
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 probably have read a...

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

Reader Reviewed 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...

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

Reader Reviewed 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...

Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney

Reader Reviewed Under a Pole Star
Stef Penney
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Novel Award Flora Mackie leads a remarkable life. Daughter of a whaling captain, with...

Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan

Reader Reviewed Hold Back the Stars
Katie Khan
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | December 2017 Debut of the Month Beautifully written, this stunning, unusual debut weaves its way through an intense, all-encompassing first love. ...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir

Reader Reviewed Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen
Alison Weir
One of our Books of the Year 2016. When you settle into an Alison Weir you settle into history itself. She is thorough, detailed and hugely knowledgeable. Here she delivers...

Behind Her Eyes  by Sarah Pinborough

Reader Reviewed Behind Her Eyes
Sarah Pinborough
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Oh my word, this book is devious, twisted, and an absolute knockout! The story, revolving around love, passion, suspicion, and deceit,...

Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary

Reader Reviewed Quieter Than Killing
Sarah Hilary
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Another fabulous addition to the mind-blowingly good ‘D.I. Marnie Rome’ series. Marnie and Noah find themselves slap in the middle of...

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