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Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2009. Having already won several prizes in her homeland of Sweden, Alvtegen is now making waves further afield. This slow-burning, psychological thriller builds to a suspense-filled and surprising ending. Stick with it, you won’t be disappointed.
Jess, a young teacher in London, is attacked by someone she fears knows her well. Fleeing to her sister's house in the Welsh borders to recuperate, she is disturbed by the cries of a mysterious child. Two thousand years before, the same valley is the site of a great battle between Caratacus, king of the Brtitish tribes, and the invading Romans. The proud king is captured and taken as a prisoner to Rome with his wife and daughter, the princess Eigon. Jess is inexorably drawn to investigate Eigon's story, and as the Welsh cottage is no longer a peaceful sanctuary she determines to visit Rome. There lie the connections that will reveal Eigon's astonishing life - and which threaten to reawaken Jess's own tormentor. Barbara Erskine's ability to weave together the past and the present, shedding light on a real but little-known figure, makes this a tremendous novel of Roman and Celtic history, passion and intrigue.
Joss Grant is eager to begin a new life when she inherits Belheddon Hall. She brings her husband, Luke, and their small son, Tom, to the dilapidated house, and sets about discovering her family roots which lie in the village. But not long after they move in, Tom wakes screaming at night. Joss hears echoing voices and senses an invisible presence, watching her from the shadows. Are they spirits from the past? Or is she imagining them? As she learns, with mounting horror, of Belheddon's tragic and dramatic history, her fear grows very real, for she realises that both her family and her own sanity are at the mercy of a violent and powerful energy which seems beyond anyone's control.
Recently divorced, Anna decides to cheer herself up by retracing a journey her great grandmother made in the nineteenth century: a Nile cruise from Luxor to the Valley of the Kings. Anna carries with her on the voyage two mementoes of her great-grandmother Louisa: an ancient Egyptian scent bottle, and the diary of that original Nile cruise, which has lain unread for a hundred years. As she follows in Louisa's footsteps, Anna discovers in the diary the chilling secret of the scent bottle and is pursued by the same terrifying spectres as her great grandmother.
Gripping from the first moment, this is a scary, an unputdownable and a brilliantly plotted fantasy. One minute all the adults are there - next they're gone! Only the children remain and they are trapped, cut off from the outside world and, scarily, left to rule themselves. Can they survive? With no guidance, gangs start to form. Danger lurks at every corner and everyone has to make a choice – to be cruel or humane. It’s a chilling prospect and the new world order is scary for all. It's Lord of the Flies for the Heroes generation with just a dash of the X-Men thrown in for good measure. The complete list of books in this epic series is.... 1 Gone 2 Hunger 3 Lies 4 Plague 5 Fear 6 Light .......................................................................................... In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Gone a small number of teenagers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'This underrated, terrifyingly good book is a brilliant what-if book. We have discovered a better series than The Hunger Games. Teen reading simply doesn’t get better than this.'.... Scroll down to read more reviews.
Romance and intrigue make this lyrical historical adventure an unputdownable read! When a British millionaire sets out to buy a secluded fairy tale castle set high up on a rock above a beautiful lake he finds that its heiress is missing. Meanwhile, the heiress herself is enjoying a secret life working backstage at the Viennese opera. Can the two lives be kept separate forever? Evocative descriptions of the contrasts between the two worlds provide a vivid background for a romp of a read. It’s wonderful to see a new edition of a wonderfully evocative novel that was first published back in the early 1980s and has now been given a new cover look for a new generation. Set in the 1920s Tessa is a beautiful young girl who takes on a new identity. As a princess she’s empty and bereft and so disappears to Vienna and works backstage in the theatre. Her secret safely hidden until one day her life collides with a handsome man. In escaping her inheritance with this man she finds her destiny.
Shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year 2009. Straddling the civil war in Japan in the mid-19th century, this is the story of an adopted girl, Sachi, who rises to be the chief concubine of the Shogun. The ladies of the court are protected from the extraordinary upheavals in the country but eventually the palace is destroyed and the ladies scattered. There is a lot of history here, particularly social, which one would expect from this author who has written many books about Japan and its culture. This is her first novel. Comparison: Arthur Golden, Anchee Min, Lisa See.
A perfect gem, a short, sharp tragedy with an unexpected twist. This acclaimed children’s author never disappoints and her adult fiction has an edge that is truly satisfying. I love her. Comparison: Maggie O’Farrell, Kim Edwards, Sara Banerji.
One of Alastair Campbell's favourite books. With over a million copies sold, several literary prizes in the bag and now Barack Obama's comment that this is the book he could not live without in the White House, this must be the book to read about Abrahma Lincilon and his politics. He realised that by appointing his fiercest rivals to key cabinet poisitons he would be creating the strongest and safest cabinet to run the country. A fascinating insight in to one of the greatest politicians the world has seen.
Her two books to date are set in the same baroque universe of galactic intrigue and expansion clouded by the evil Sidhe. CONSORTS OF HEAVEN blends fantasy settings with hardcore space adventure with winning effect, and marks her as a leader of the Brit fem SF packs for times to come. Lovereading view... Two very different characters find themselves brought together, both on a mission to kill but for very different reasons. A new voice in science fiction brings us an exciting new world and a thrilling plotline. We think you’ll be eagerly awaiting the next book after you’ve read this one.
Shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Film of the Year Award 2010. Rebecca Bloomwood is a financial journalist in New York City. She spends her working life telling others how to manage their money but is addicted to shopping. Retail therapy is the answer to all her problems. Can Becky ever escape from this dream world and find true love? Confessions of a Shopaholic has been made into a film by Touchstone Pictures and starring Isla Fisher & Hugh Dancy.
Sheila O’Flanagan has hit the nail on this head with a tale of family dynamics everyone can relate. This is a perfect combination of family drama and romantic comedy and sure to keep you up 'til the wee small hours reading on to the final pages.
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