A really broad selection of books this month, ranging from Literary Fiction to Cookery,
from Romance to Sci-Fi. You’re sure to find something interesting, unusual and rather wonderful — so why not request something a little different and expand your horizons? Enjoy!
Sebastian Faulks is one of the most consistently entertaining and thoughtful British writers, and Paris Echo is a real treat for anyone who loves a compelling narrative with an emotional heart.
American Hannah and runaway Moroccan teenager Tariq have little in common, but both are seeking something on the streets of Paris. While Hannah is researching the lives of women during the German occupation, Tariq is looking for his mother. Their stories show a different side of Paris, and explore identity, history and loss.
Extraordinary, vivid and deeply moving.
Hot Key Books
Robert Muchamore’s Killer Tis a genre-bending tale of coming of age, terrorism and gene editing. As a deadly virus is let loose, British Harry and American Charlie must stick together as the world falls apart. A truly compelling, clever and utterly captivating novel.
The Clockmaker's Daughter
Two unexpected guests. Two long-kept secrets. A gunshot in the dark. This is another superlative historical thriller, full of passion, secrets, intrigue and suspense from the internationally bestselling author of The House at Riverton.
Patrick deWitt’s unique voice — tragic, comic and all points between — is one of the great joys of modern literature, as anyone who’s read The Sisters Brotherswill tell you. This new novel is a worthy successor, moving from New York to Paris in a riotous comedy of manners.
This much lauded, prizewinning work of speculative fiction is bold, innovative and hugely readable. Rosewater is a community living in the shade of an alien biodome. But when government agents begin to die, Kaaro must investigate the truth.
This memoir in three parts explores the way we cope under the daily madness of moden life. In luminous and elegant prose, Lisa Appignanesi offers acute insights into our mental health, as well as a deeply moving exploration of love, loss, hope and grief.
A Little Bird Told Me
Set in the scorching summer of 1976, A Little Bird Told Meis a deeply affecting tale of mystery, deception and small town secrets. Robyn notices a strange man is watching her. Has it something to do with why the whole town is gossiping about her mother…?
Strudel, Noodles & Dumplings
German cuisine is perhaps not as well known or revered in the UK as Italian or French cookery, but this might well change after the publication of Anja Dunk’s brilliant introduction to the German kitchen. Packed with flavourful recipes inspired by Anja’s family history, this is a must read.
A Victorian chiller of the very highest order, The Corset is a creepy, compulsively readable novel of madness, murder and retribution. Dorothea visits Oakgate Prison to see Ruth, a woman on trial for murder. Is she really guilty? And if so, how did she kill someone with just a needle and thread?
The Governess Game
Mills & Boon
From the author of The Duchess Deal comes another passionate and consuming historical romance. Governess Alexandra is employed to turn two orphans into proper young ladies. It’s a near impossible job, especially as their guardian is notorious rake, Chase Reynaud…
A really interesting collection of titles this month, from a variety of genres. August is a traditionally slow month for publishing, but we’re sure you’ll find something that will fast become a favourite. Enjoy!
A Treachery of Spies
With an endorsement from the doyen of modern spy thrillers, Mick Herron, and numerous comparisons with John Le Carré, The Treachery of Spies is a brilliantly executed thriller of the first class.
The body of an elderly – and strikingly beautiful – woman is found dead in Orleans, France. It is clearly a murder, and one that follows the method of execution of traitors to the Resistance in WWII. To find the truth of the present, Inspector Inès Picaut must go back to the days of war-torn France, no matter how dangerous…
The Girl in the Letter
Emily Gunnis is the daughter of Penny Vincenzi, and this brilliant novel shows she has inherited her mother’s flair. Samantha Harper discovers a letter from the 50s, which brings her to St Margaret’s, a former home for unmarried mothers. What secrets do its walls hold?
The Way of All Flesh
One of the most compelling and atmospheric crime novels of the year, The Way of All Flesh is set in 19th Century Edinburgh against the backdrop of a serial killer. Will, a medical student, and Sarah, a housekeeper, join forces, using new techniques to catch the killer.
Future Popes of Ireland
The debut adult novel from Darragh Martin is a hilarious, touching and ambitious look at the hopes and dreams of an unforget-table family. In 1979, Bridget Doyle has only one wish: to be grandmother to a pope. Thirty years on, is a miracle about to happen…?
The Psychology of Time Travel
Head of Zeus
Four women in the 1960s invent time travel. Thirty years later, a woman is found murdered – but no one seems interested in finding the killer. Who was the woman who was slain? Why is there a cover-up? And in a time-travelling world, how can her murder be solved?
Now We Shall Be Entirely Free
Andrew Miller’s meticulous, immersive and surprising historical fiction has won many awards – and this is another winner. Now We Shall Be Entirely Free is the story of a soldier returning from the Napoleonic wars, trying to rebuild his life. But freedom comes at a price…
This Really Isn't About You
Jean Hannah Edelstein
Jean Hannah Edelstein is one of the most perceptive, warm and wise writers around, and this memoir is a heart-breaking, hopeful, often painfully funny exploration of grief, life and love. Sure to be one of the most discussed memoirs of the year.
The Beekeeper of Sinjar
A harrowing and poetic work of literary non-fiction that weaves the stories of the Yazidi women of Iraq, persecuated by ISIS for not converting to Islam, with the story of ‘The Beekeeper of Sinjar’, a man who risks everything to move them to safety.
The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree
Hot Key Books
A hugely moving, life-affirming, yet bitter-sweet tale, The Distance Between Me and The Cherry Tree, tells the story of Mafalda, a 9-year-old girl who knows that soon she will lose her sight. Fans of Wonder will fall in love with this tender, affecting tale.
This Child of Ours
A timely and deeply moving novel, This Child of Ours brilliantly explores the dilemma facing two loving parents. When their 7-year-old daughter Riley says she doesn’t feel comfortable in her skin, Sally and Theo have some tough decisions to make…
The big summer reads begin here — and we’ve hand-picked ten titles that we’re sure are going to be the most read and talked about amongst the sunloungers. Enjoy!
The subject of a frenzied bidding war last year, Suicide Club is already one of the most talked-about books of 2018.
The premise is irresitable. In a world where life expectancy is 300, society craves immortality. Lea thought she was one of them, but one mistake puts her on the radar of Suicide Club, a radical, underground group devoted to meat, jazz, sex and death. It’s time for Lea to grasp what living really means.
Clever, compelling and wholly believable, this is a superb novel about our most basic desires.
Lisa Jewell just goes from strength to strength,Watching You being the perfect follow up to the hugely popular I Found Youand Then She Was Gone. What starts as an innocent crush, becomes a deadly obsession. You’re watching him. But you are not alone…
The Temptation of Gracie
Simon & Schuster
Santa Montefiore captivates her readers with compelling characters and an unnerring sense of place — and The Temptation of Gracie is the perfect blend of both. Gracie is a woman with secrets. And in a Tuscan castle, they are finally going to be revealed…
Hot Key Books
From one of YA’s hottest properties comes a contemporary tale of mystery and friendship. Hope is in Crete on holiday with her male friends. Then she wakes alone on a beach, without memory of the night before. What really happened?
Allen & Unwin
Somewhere in the unlikely intersection between 1984 and Douglas Adams sits Munmun, a hilarious and prescient novel that skewers the inequalities of today. In an alternative world, the poor are tiny and the rich skyscraper tall. Warner is the size of a rat, but for how long?
Invitation to a Bonfire
Captivatingly recreating 1930s America, Invitation to a Bonfire is a fictional reimagining of Vladimir Nabokov’s marriage, and the strains, tensions and secrets exposed when Zoya, a teenage Russian emigree, enters his life. Haunting, tense, atmospheric and provoking.
JP Delaney’s The Girl Beforewas 2017’s biggest debut – and Believe Me is set to become another blockbuster. Claire is an out-of-work actress about to play the role of her life. The police want her to help snare a killer. But who is playing whom? Brillliantly addictive.
The Sea Witch
HarperCollins Children's Books
The Little Mermaid is one of the most beloved fairy tales – but The Sea Witch shows its villain from a new perspective. Evie is wracked with guilt after the death of her friend Anna. Then Anna seems to return. Can it really be her?
Slay In Your Lane
Yomi Adegoke; Elizabeth Uviebinene
Slay in Your Lane is the black girl bible — an indispensible guide to living today. Featuring interviews with prominent black British women, and Yomi and Elizabeth’s insights and experiences, it’s provocative, uplifting, timely and important.
A barn-storming thriller that introduces a new name in high-octane, page-turning suspense. A TV crew uncovers a cache of rare archeological importance. It’s a dream come true. But some things were meant to remain hidden…
A wonderful selection this month, with a real spread of titles across many genres. We’re really excited about The Tall Man—our Book of the Month for June—and expect it to be one of the most talked about thrillers of the year. There’s also the beginning of a great new YA series—Bookshop Girl—which is sure to appeal to all bibliophiles with a romantic heart. Also, look out for Holly Bourne’s How Do You Like Me Now? which is being touted as this generation’s Bridget Jones. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE MONTH
The Tall Man
The Tall Man is sure to be one of this year’s most celebrated and compelling thrillers. A creepy tale that blends Stranger Things and Stephen King with contemporary domestic terror – and creates something vivid, singular and utterly captivating.
Set across three decades, The Tall Man traces the strange events that culminate in the trial of a teenager charged with murder. How much is real? Does the Tall Man really exist? And did he really cause the disappearance of a young mother?
It will have you reading long into the night!
An Ocean of Minutes
Praised by Junot Diaz as ‘extraordinary’, An Ocean of Minutes draws comparisons with The Time Traveller’s Wife. But this tale of a woman sent 13 years into the future to save the man she loves, cuts deeper and more true. Heart-breaking and haunting.
Love Will Tear Us Apart
The third novel from the bestselling author of Try Not to Breathe, is a wholly engaging exploration of a seemingly happy marriage. With twists and turns, it is a tense and profound look at the pressures and complexities of modern love and friendship.
Her Name Was Rose
There has been a revival in ‘Hitchockian’ thrillers – ones that evoke the same sense of dread and suspense as the great master. Her Name Was Rose is a brilliant example, with a central character who will stop at nothing to replace the woman she watched die…
I Will Be Complete
Glen David Gold
Glen David Gold is the author of the bestselling historical novel Carter Beats the Devil – but I Will Be Complete is a different kind of history: his own. This sublime memoir is the story of his early life, living—alone and apart—with an extremely eccentric mother…
Hot Key Books
Chloe Coles is a bookseller at Foyles, and her YA debut is set amongst the stacks and dust of a bookstore called Bennett’s. Paige loves Bennett’s, so when it is threatened with closure, she starts a campaign to save it – with romantic and hilarious consequences…
Conan Doyle for the Defence
Not content with writing some of the most ingenious crime stories of all time, Conan Doyle also helped solve real life mysteries. This true story relates his attempt to free a Jewish immigrant who was imprisoned for over 18 years after being convicted of murder. Convincing and gripping.
Adam Baron’s Boy Underwateris a classic children’s tale to delight, amuse and inspire. Cymbeline Igloo has never been swimming. His mother has never allowed him near water. But why? On the day of his first swimming lesson, Cym begins to find out why…
With or Without You
In the tradition of Jojo Moyes and Marian Keyes, comes a clever, recognisable and unusual romance. On Millennium Eve, Liv and Nate decide to split. But is it the right decision? Over the next twenty years, we see both possibilities play out, for good or ill…
How Do You Like Me Now?
Hodder & Stoughton
Already hugely popular with NetGalley members, Holly Bourne’s first novel for adults is a cracker. Tori Bailey is staring down the barrel of 30 and wondering what on earth to do as everyone around her marries off. Has she the courage to do what she wants?
As we decided which ten titles to include this month, we all agreed April certainly was the cruellest month. There were so many exciting books to consider that it provoked some fierce debate – some of which is still raging!
Though we were sad not to be able to include Gayle Forman’s I Have Lost My Way, Circe by Madeline Miller and Skybound by Rebecca Loncraine, we think this is one of the strongest months yet. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE MONTH
Dear Mrs Bird
A J Pearce
You may well have seen Dear Mrs Bird rather a lot on NetGalley—and there’s a reason for that: we all think it’s a marvellous, wonderful book. And it’s not just us: NetGalley members love it too. Which is why we think this is going to be one of the best debuts of the year.
London, 1940. Emmy Lake types letters for Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman’s Friend magazine. Mrs Bird is very clear: letters containing any form of Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. But Emmy is about to rebel…
Irresistibly funny, charming and moving, this is a book to tell everyone about.
The One Who Wrote Destiny
The eagerly anticipated new novel from the editor of The Good Immigrant is a brilliantly constructed, wonderfully moving and bitingly funny novel of three generations of one family. Ranging from Kenya to Keighly, from death to life, from love to racism, The One Who Wrote Destiny will be one of the most popular and important novels of the year
Hogarth’s series of reworkings of Shakespeare plays by contemporary writers has been a huge success, but Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth is something different – a seering crime drama that does real justice to the source material. Inspector Macbeth is a cop with a past – and a glittering future. But his vaulting ambition could be his undoing..
Akemi Dawn Bowman
A huge hit in 2017 with readers in the US, Starfish looks set to be a 2018 YA sensation in the UK. Kiko dreams of attending her dream art school, Prism; but is left devastated when she is rejected. Then a childhood friend suggests visiting her on the West Coast. It’s a chance for Kiko to discover what she wants to be, and who she is. Heartbreaking and illuminating.
Chatto & Windus
The highly-acclaimed, award-winning author of 26a returns with her first novel in nine years – and it is worth the wait. Acute, tender and insighful, Ordinary People tells the story of two couples at a crossroads, battling the daily pressures that can change lives. It is a bravura novel of identity, love and family – with a cracking soundtrack to boot.
Acquired in a frenzy of interest just before last year’s London Book Fair, The Lido is a compelling and uplifting tale of inter-generational friendship. Rosemary (86) and Kate (26) don’t appear to have much in common. But both love outdoor swimming at their local lido. When the lido is threatened with closure, the two women swing into action…
The Man I Think I Know
Hodder & Stoughton
Mike Gayle is one of the funniest and most perceptive writers around – and his latest is his very best yet. Compared to Jojo Moyes and Ruth Hogan, The Man I Think I Know is a touching and wise story of two men bound by the past and unsure of their future – and how their friendship is tested by the world. Witty, warm and uttterly compelling.
Richard Powers is one of America’s most intriguing, intelligent and unusual novelists, and this is his masterpiece. Already being touted as a Man Booker Prize frontrunner, The Overstory is a ranging, deeply felt exploration of our relationship with nature, and the delicate balance we strike with it.
There are many pretenders to George RR Martin’s throne, but Leo Carew’s debut novel – the first in the Under the Northern Sky series – shows him to be a worthy adversary. A great war has come to the land under the Northern Sky, and two very different ways of life are about to do battle. Bold, fresh and captivating.
A Grand Old Time
A breakout from an old people’s home. A road trip beginning in Dublin and continuing through the UK and on to France. A disapproving son in hot pursuit. Things are certainly changing for 75-year-old Evie Gallagher. But is there one last surprise on the cards? Riotously funny, genuinely touching and inspiring.
March kicks off Spring with a bang, with an interesting blend of the brand new, the emerging and unsung. There are so many exciting books it’s hard to know where to start, but if you like crime, you must check out the next books from two of the most promising new mystery writers of 2017 – Daniel ‘Ragdoll’ Cole and Joseph ‘Sirens’ Knox. They are going head to head, so be sure to see which one is your favourite.
There’s also a second novel from Chloe Benjamin, whose The Immortalists is already a New York Times bestseller in her native US; while Sal and Asymmetry are debuts to watch. And finally, the superb Samantha Harvey returns with her most ambitious novel to date, The Western Wind. Don’t miss it!
BOOK OF THE MONTH
Picking up a huge amount of buzz in the US, and soon to be a major television series, The Immortalists is shaping up to be one of the biggest books of 2018 – with fans including Karen Joy Fowler, Lorrie Moore, Louise O’Neill and Claire Fuller.
It’s 1969 and the four Gold children head for a grimy New York tenement to see a travelling psychic who claims to know the date anyone will die. Over the following years, the siblings must choose how to live with the prophecies of the fortune-teller. Will they accept, ignore, cheat or defy them?
A tender, compelling and sweeping novel of siblings, this is one to treasure.
Daniel Cole’s Ragdoll was one of the creepiest, and most reviewed, crime thrillers listed on NetGalley in 2017 – and this follow up further displays the suspense, twists and characters that made Ragdoll such a hit. As London and New York are both hit by a wave of serial killings. DCI Emily Baxter must work with two American agents. But is all what it seems?
A powerful, deeply charged novel of sex, politics and the power of the mind, Asymmentry will be one of the most talked about debuts of the year. A woman falls in love with a much older man. A man waits at an airport to fly to Kurdistan. A celebrated writer appears on Desert Island Discs. These three events shape a narrative of bold invention and seering insight.
The Smiling Man
Few crime novels were as well received as Sirens in 2017 – and Joseph Knox’s The Smiling Man proves that DI Aidan Waits is one of the best new coppers on the beat. Waits is resigned to the night shift, away from major crimes. But then he finds a body, a man beyond recognition, his face set in a smile. And to find the man’s identity, Waits must confront his own…
Children of Blood and Bone
Macmillan Children's Books
Already feverishly awaited, Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone is billed as the fantasy novel of 2018 – and it does not disappoint. Zeile’s mother, along with other practitioners of magic, was murdered in a purge of her people. With magic within her, Zeile must live in the shadows, hiding her gift from all. But the time has come to rise up, and with that comes great danger, and great adventure.
The books we read as children shape us in a way we can never truly understand, and this pitch-perfect memoir takes us right back to the days of reading by torchlight under the covers, and losing oneself utterly in another world. From the most established classics, to personal favourites, Lucy Mangan gloriously evokes the pleasures of childhood reading, and what we can learn from it.
The Western Wind
A case could be made for Samantha Harvey as the UK’s most underrated writer. Her work is always different, always beautifully written, with a depth of understanding few can rival. The Western Wind looks like it could be the big breakout success she so readily deserves. A man dies in 15th Century Somerset. Was it an accident, murder or suicide? The village priest, John Reve, decides to find out.
Hetty's Farmhouse Bakery
Lauded by Katie Fforde, Milly Johnson and Trisha Ashley, Cathy Bramley is one of the best emerging contemporary romance writers in the UK right now. And this is the perfect place for new readers to begin. Thirty-two-year-old Hetty begins to think her family is taking her for granted. But things are about to change, thanks to a competition to find Cumbria’s finest food…
Chosen by the Observer as one of the debuts of 2018, Sal is a thrilling, emotionally engaging and highly moving novel of survival, protection and the bond between sisters. Sal has packed a knife, watched survival videos on YouTube and is heading to the wilds of Scotland. She’s taking her sister with her too. Her sister is ten. And that was the age Robert started on Sal…
The Wicked Deep
Simon & Schuster Children's
This brilliantly magical and mythical tale of watery fates and bloody revenge is a masterclass in fantasy writing. Centuries ago, the town of Sparrow drowned the Swan sisters for witchery. Each summer since, the sisters have returned from the depths to seek their revenge. But this year, things are different thanks to 17-year old Penny, and a stranger called Bo…
We hope you had a wonderful festive period, and managed to get some reading done over the holidays! We’re really looking forward to another year of great books, and this collection of highlights for February suggests it’s going to be a cracker.
You might have seen our Book of the Month a few times on NetGalley.co.uk – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a book we all love, and we suspect it might be one of the most popular titles of 2018. There’s also a new Julian Barnes novel, The Only Story, which is always a cause for celebration.
Here’s to a brilliant 2018!
Book of the Month
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Sometimes you read a novel’s synopsis and just want to dive in right away – and this is certainly the case for The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Who could possibly resist a supernatural twist on an Agatha Christie-style Golden Age murder mystery?
At the end of a glamorous ball, Evelyn Hardcastle is murdered. But she will not be killed just once. Each day will start the same, repeating itself with her death, unless Aiden can uncover the murderer. But each day, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest – and someone is determined to stop him from ever getting to the truth.
Delivering on every level, this is a standout thriller that you’ll read in one glorious sitting.
The Only Story
The sublime Julian Barnes returns with another elegant, acute and deeply moving glimpse into the human heart. Paul is nineteen and in love, his first love; a love that flies in the face of social convention.But it is merely the beginning of his romantic life, one that will shape and define his years. Beautifully written, tender and surprising, The Only Story is Barnes at his incomparable best.
Force of Nature
Jane Harper’s debut, The Dry, was one of the most garlanded thrillers of 2017 and her follow-up, Force of Nature is similarly replete with tension, suspense and twists. As a team bonding exercise, five co-workers walk out for a hike. But only four return. What happened to Alice? Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has his suspicions; especially as Alice was embroiled in his latest case. Gripping from first to last.
The Gods of Love
The Gods of Love has been described as Neil Gaiman meets Bridget Jones, which gives a flavour of the humour and imagination of this wickedly funny debut. Frida is a divorce lawyer. She is also, though she doesn’t know it, a descendent of Eros. When a deranged man called Dan bursts into her office claiming only she can save the world, Frida must assume the role of humanity’s saviour…
The House of Impossible Beauties
The Harlem Ball scene – immortalised in the classic documentary Paris is Burning – inspires this witty, iconoclastic and moving tale of gay and transgender clubbers inaugurating the first all-Latino House. Between the 70s and 90s in New York City, we meet a vividly depicted cast of characters as they provide an alternative history of the City, of love, and of finding your true self, whatever that might be.
The Word for Woman is Wilderness
Abi Andrews has created a wonderfully immersive hybrid novel: part travelogue, part fiction, part rumination on nature – and it is a superb achievement. Erin is 19 and has barely ever left England – but now finds herself traversing the globe, treking through the Alaskan wildernesss. It’s a journey that will challenge her physically and mentally, as well as bringing her closer to nature and to understanding herself.
The Eye of the North
The Eye of the North is classic Children’s fiction of the highest order, suffused with magic, adventure, strange lands and mythical quests. Emmeline Widget has long believed her parents have meant her harm. But now they have vanished, and Emmeline is forced to head to the frozen north to discover the truth. It’s a mission that will find her run with ice ponies and face the terrifying Northwitch. Ideal for readers of all ages.
The Perfect Stranger
Failed journalist Leah bumps into an old friend, Emmy Grey, and decides to move out to the country with her. It’s an escape that turns strange when a woman is murdered who looks just like Emmy. And sinister when Emmy herself disappears. This unnerving tale of identity, secrets and violence is truly compelling – with enough twists to satisfy any mystery junkie.
In the Pines
The murder ballad has been a staple of songwriters since the turn of the twentieth century, and this exceptional graphic novel from the creative mind of Erik Kriek uses them as a springboard to create a series of stories that chill, surprise and horrify. Get lost in the forests, wander where the wild roses grow and watch for old Stagger Lee in this eerie collection…
The Memory Chamber
The central premise of The Memory Chamber is one of hope: the end of death. Now you can just choose your favourite memories and live them out for eternity. It sounds idyllic. But all is not quite what it seems, as Heaven Architect Isobel realises as she creates a heaven for the man she has fallen in love with. Jarek has secrets. And he is not alone…
A very exciting Books of the Month roundup comes at a very exciting time for NetGalley UK. As I hope you’re aware, www.netgalley.co.uk
went live on Wednesday
– our new home for UK members. Here you’ll find all the books you love, all in one place. And these ten titles are a great reason to sign in and have a look around!
Joanna Cannon – author of the phenomenal bestseller The Trouble With Goats and Sheep – is back with her next warm-hearted, witty and deeply affecting novel, Three Things About Elsie, while our top pick for thrillers in early 2018, Anatomy of a Scandal, is causing quite a stir already with NetGalley members. There’s also some top YA action, including the truly wonderful I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan, and a beguiling new literary novel, Peach by Emma Glass.
BOOK OF THE MONTH
Three Things About Elsie
The Borough Press
84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. But as she waits to be rescued, Florence has other things on her mind than her health. The charming new resident for example. If he is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly a man who died sixty years ago? And does his presence mean a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light?
A captivating, engrossing and brilliantly told tale from the bestselling author of The Trouble With Goats and Sheep.
Anatomy of a Scandal
Simon & Schuster
Already one of the most reviewed 2018 titles on NetGalley, Anatomy of a Scandal is shaping up to be one of the year’s biggest thrillers. When Sophie’s husband is accused of a terrible crime, she is convinced of his innocence and prepared to do anything to support him. But Kate, the prosecuting barrister, is adamant of James’s guilt. Is James telling the truth? Or is there something sinister afoot? A provocative, compelling and suspenseful psychological thriller with real bite.
Hodder & Stoughton
The can-women-have-it-all? question remains one of the bedrocks of contemporary fiction, but this fresh take on modern womanhood is searingly honest, genuinely funny and stylishly original. Olivia and Felix are trying for a baby. They both know Olivia’s cycle and sex is organised with military precision. They’ve even moved to the suburbs. But as her friends procreate around her, nothing’s happening to Olivia. And soon she begins to ask: does happily ever after really have to involve a child?
I Am Thunder
Macmillan Children's Books
An exciting new voice in YA, Muhammad Khan is a teacher in South London who takes his inspiration from the children in his classes. I Am Thunder is his debut, and centres on 15-year-old Muzna Saleem, who dreams of being a writer but is being strong-armed by her super-controlling parents into studying medicine and marrying a cousin from Pakistan. Her life seems mapped out, until high-school hottie, Arif, takes an interest in her. But first love can be hard – especially as Arif has a dark, and deadly, secret…
A mesmerising, deeply disturbing and stylistically daring debut, Peach reads almost like an incantation of dread and fear. As the novel opens, Peach is walking home, battered, bruised and bleeding. Her parents do not even notice her condition, and she patches herself up to meet her boyfriend, Green. What follows is a visceral and unflinching journey through one woman’s internal life. Like A Girl is a Half -formed Thing before it, this is a ground-breaking work of experimentation.
For fans of The Red Queen, comes the first novel from a brilliant new YA voice – one set in a fantasy land with very contemporary undertones. In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything – even time, which they extract from blood. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry. To save her father from debt, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family. The truths Jules uncovers there change everything – including, possibly, the future of time itself…
In terms of gritty, streetwise fiction, Mandasue Heller is the only real competition to Martina Cole – and Save Me is her most gripping novel to date. When Ellie Fisher misses her train home, she has no idea that being in the right place at the wrong time will change her life forever. That night she comes across Gareth, a young man about to take his own life, and convinces him that there’s always something left, always something to cling to. It’s a good deed that will put her life in mortal danger…
This Is How It Ends
Eva Dolan is one of the most consistently impressive British crime writers, her Zigic and Ferreira series lauded by the likes of Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham and Val McDermid. This stand-alone shows all her skills of suspense and plotting, set against the gentrification of our cities. How it begins is with two women in a deserted building with a dead body in a lift shaft. But how will it end?
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Based on the true story of Lale Sokolov – the man who tattooed the numbers on his fellow prisoners’ arms in Auschwitz – this is a harrowing and powerful story of love in a time of absolute darkness, and humanity in the face of the worst kind of brutality. Tender, rich and terrifying, Heather Morris’s novel is a survivor’s tale like no other, and a love story that you will not forget.
Bad Girls With Perfect Faces
The bestselling author of Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls – which NetGalley members loved – returns with another pitch-perfect thriller. Sasha’s best friend is Xavier, but his cheating ex-girlfriend Ivy is back, and Sasha won’t let him be hurt again. So she poses as a hot man online, determined to prove Ivy’s cheating ways. But Sasha gets more than she bargained for…
Our November Books of the Month roundup is full of excitement, cheer and barnstorming reads. The return of Minette Walters with a historical novel is a welcome surprise, and we’re sure it’s going to be a big hit. Also, do look out for Sing, Unburied, Sing, about which reviewers and early readers have been raving. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE MONTH
The Last Hours
Allen & Unwin
Minette Walters burst onto the scene in 1992 with The Ice House – a novel that introduced her unique blend of psychological insight and brilliant plotting. Twenty-five years later, The Last Hours sees her turn her hand to historical fiction. And it’s just as gripping as one would hope.
June, 1348: the Black Death enters England. In the Dorsetshire estate of Develish, Lady Anne decides to quarantine herself, bringing the serfs inside the walls. But Lady Anne’s plan causes conflicts, fear and uncertainty – and ultimately a dreadful event that threatens the uneasy status quo…
Superbly written and utterly convincing, The Last Hours is a historical epic not to be missed.
Sing, Unburied, Sing
Already a finalist for the US National Book Award, Sing, Unburied, Sing is a genuinely affecting, hauntingly written novel of family, home and hope. Jojo’s mother, Leonie, packs up the kids to drive them to collect their father, lately imprisoned in Mississippi. It’s a journey that will teach Jojo about what it means to be a son, a father and a man, as well as laying bare the battles and scars that his parents have lived. Important, immersive, and utterly distinctive, this is a bravura novel of modern America.
A sensation across Europe, The Mountain is an unusual and beguiling take on the cold case thriller. Distraught and depressed after a crash he caused, Jeremiah Salinger takes his daughter Clara to the Bletterbach – a canyon in the Dolomites. There he discovers that in 1985 three students were murdered there, their bodies savaged by a killer who was never found. Solving the mystery might be the only thing that can keep him sane. An atmospheric thriller for fans of Stephen King and Joël Dicker.
Heather, The Totality
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Matthew Weiner is best known as the creator of the television classic Mad Men – and his forensic understanding of the dark hearts that lie beneath a veneer of wealth and sophistication are evident in this intense and menacing page-turner. The Breakstone family centre themselves around their daughter Heather, a perfect child with a perfect life. But as Heather grows, so does the darkness that surrounds her. A darkness that comes from home and from the street, where someone is watching…
An Almost Perfect Christmas
Nina Stibbe’s bestselling Love, Nina was full of wry humour, nostalgia and deft characterisation – and this festive book serves up more of her hilarious memories and musings. Stibbe is a natural heir to the late, great Sue Townsend, and An Almost Perfect Christmas cements her reputation as one of the funniest writers around. Whether it’s the dryness of turkey, round robin letters or the perils of re-gifting, Stibbe will show you the yule-tide horrors anew, and ensure you’re still laughing at New Year.
With high-profile endorsements from JK Rowling and Irvine Welsh, Poverty Safari is set to be one of the year’s most important and talked about books on modern Britain. Part memoir, part travelogue, part impassioned plea, Poverty Safari takes the reader deep into the invisible world of the systemically deprived, a world ignored and derided, a world that is caught between apathy and seething anger. It is an anger that society will have to get used to – unless something changes. Urgent, vital and startling, this is a must read.
The Secret of Vesalius
You’ve never seen Barcelona this way before – gothic, dangerous, romantic and diabolical – and The Secret of Vesalius will make you want to board a plane immediately. 1888: Called back to Barcelona from Oxford, expert linguist Daniel Amat is asked to help investigate a series of murders – all of which point to an ancient curse and a 16th Century anatomist, Vesalius. Amat is soon plunged into a deadly pursuit to stop the unravelling of Vesalius’s secret. A breath-taking, genre-busting enigma for fans of The Shadow of the Wind.
The Alphabet of Heart's Desire
It is a bold move to include a literary genius as your central character, but it’s one that Brian Keaney pulls off with aplomb. A young Thomas De Quincey collapses on Oxford Street and is nursed to health far from his safe, rich normal life. There he discovers another world, another realm where pleasure and pain constantly rub against each other. Keaney’s depiction of its denizens is pitch perfect, and its tale of love, desire and addiction utterly compelling.
The third in the Eddie Flynn series – though you can read them in any order – is another tightly, tensely plotted legal thriller with a difference. Former con-man turned criminal attorney, Flynn is the man you want in a crisis, and Leonard Howell is in crisis: his daughter is missing. Flynn vows to bring her home, but soon realises things are not quite what they seem. One of the best new mystery series around, this latest instalment is the best yet.
The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night
From the bestselling author of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops comes a magical, original and enthralling collection of modern fairy stories. Elegantly weaving the traditional with the contemporary, these twelve tales swirl with outsiders, enchantment, ghouls and ghosts, making for a haunting and often unnerving read. Fans of Angela Carter, Louise O’Neill and The Night Circus will down these stories like nectar.