Star Books

At LoveReading we read a LOT of books. Here you can find a selection of our favourites, the ones that really stand out from the crowd. If you are only going to buy a few books this year, pick from this list as they are all stars! Each calendar year the books featured here become our Books of the Year.

House of Beauty

Set in the author’s home city of Bogotá, Colombia, this absorbing, pacey women-centered novel has a brutal murder at its core, and offers sharply observed insights into corruption and double standards around class, gender and race, as seen through the eyes of two unforgettable female protagonists. Gripping, brutal, honest, insightful, this is smart crime fiction with social ...

When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife

Set in modern India, this remarkable novel lays bare potent – and harrowing – universal truths about toxic masculinity and the physical and psychological abuse of women that’s often silenced, ignored or unnoticed. “I am the woman who asked for tenderness and was raped in return. I am the woman who has done her sentence. I am ...

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

April 2016 Book of the Month. Totally and utterly and completely gorgeous in every way, the thought of having to put this book down for even a second is inconceivable. The first few pages make you smile, make you laugh and charm you, there is a hint though, of the difficulties that seven (nearly eight) year old Elsa is experiencing. Elsa&...

A More Perfect Union

A breathtaking, romantic debut novel by Tammye Huf. Based on the true story of the author’s great-great grand-parents, A More Perfect Union is an epic love story between an Irish immigrant and a black slave, set in the pre-Civil War Southern state of Virginia in 1849 when inter-racial marriage was illegal. When Henry O’Toole escapes the Irish ...

Once A Pilgrim

'You couldn't make it up. Brilliant.' Jeffrey Archer 'Decades of war has given James Deegan a natural ability to create a world that is incredibly realistic and exciting. This takes military fiction to a whole new level entirely. Deegan is a master' Tom Marcus Mi5 Survellance officer, Author of Capture or Kill 'Move over Andy McNab and Chris Ryan, ...

Pieces of Her

The gripping standalone thriller from Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author Karin Slaughter, now a major Netflix series starring Toni Collette and Bella Heathcote She's the person you think you know best... But what if you don't actually know her at all? Andy Oliver thinks she knows everything about her mother Laura. Until, in a moment of terrible danger, Laura steps ...

A Fatal Game

A white-knuckle tale of betrayal and espionage from the bestselling author of The Good Liar, now a major motion picture, and the heir to John le Carre's legacy 'Think of Ruth Rendell morphing into John le Carre' Daily Express ___________________ Rush-hour commuters are flooding the railway station when the bomb goes off. The bomber? An agent reporting to the British Intelligence ...

Gravity Is the Thing

'Clever and magical' - Women's Weekly 'Author Jaclyn is the sister of Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies) and has the same talent for great plots. This unusual novel tugs at the heartstrings.' - Good Housekeeping Twenty years ago, Abigail Sorenson's brother Robert went missing one day before her sixteenth birthday, never to be seen again. That same year, she ...

The Illustrated Child

A young girl. A hidden treasure. A dark family secret. 'Evocative and enchanting - a future classic' Veronica Henry 'An extraordinary debut... beautiful, dark, haunting' Edward Carey 'A captivating coming-of-age story' Daily Mail 'A bewitching read' Woman & Home Romilly Kemp has an idyllic childhood, roaming the wilderness that surrounds her father's ramshackle farmhouse. But when he makes her the star ...

Mr Wilder and Me 'A love letter to the spirit of cinema' Guardian

The prize-winning, bestselling author of Middle England turns his gaze to one of cinema's most intriguing figures - famed director of Some Like It Hot, Billy Wilder. ***SOON TO BE A MAJOR FILM*** In the summer of 1977, naive Calista Frangopoulou sets out to venture into the world. On a Greek island that has been turned into a film set, she ...

Kill A Stranger what would you do to save your loved one?

WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO SAVE YOUR LOVED ONE? AND DO YOU KNOW WHO SHE REALLY IS? 'Great plots, great characters, great action' LEE CHILD 'Simon Kernick writes with his foot pressed hard on the pedal' HARLAN COBEN They took your fiancee. They framed you for murder. You're given one chance to save her. To clear your name. You must ...

The Coffinmaker's Garden

A Sunday Times bestseller for the w/c 11th January 2021 A house of secrets... As a massive storm batters the Scottish coast, Gordon Smith's home is falling into the sea. The trouble is: that's where he's been hiding the bodies. A killer on the run... It's too dangerous to go near the place, so there's no way of knowing how ...