book of the month for May is Stephen King's brand new collection
of four novellas, including a new tale featuring the brilliant Holly
Gibney from The Outsider...
Lesley Pearse: Liar
by Michael Joseph 25th June
a Shepherd's Bush bedsit, Amelia White dreams of being a reporter. The
closest she's come is selling advertising in the local paper.
Until the fateful day she stumbles on a truly shocking scoop.
the corner from her home, she discovers the body of a murder victim,
dumped among the rubbish. When the police and reporters descend, Amelia
is horrified at the assumptions made and lies soon to be spread about
this poor young woman.
to protect the victim from these smears and help her grieving family,
she convinces her paper's editor to allow her to take up her pen and
tell the true story.
when another body is found and the police investigation stalls, Amelia
- uncovering new witnesses and suspects in her search for clues -
discovers that she may be the only one with any chance of learning the
truth and stopping more killings.
If only she can work out who the liar is . . .
Julia Spiro: Someone Else's Secret
by Lake Union Publishing 1st July
and Georgie have high hopes for their summer on Martha’s Vineyard. In
the wake of the recession, ambitious college graduate Lindsey accepts a
job as a nanny for an influential family who may help her land a
position in Boston’s exclusive art world. Georgie, the eldest child in
that family, is nearly fifteen and eager to find herself, dreaming of
independence and yearning for first love.
the course of that formative summer, the two young women develop a
close bond. Then, one night by the lighthouse, a shocking act occurs
that ensnares them both in the throes of a terrible secret. Their
budding friendship is shattered, and neither one can speak of what
happened that night for ten long years.
now. Lindsey and Georgie must confront the past after all this time.
Their quest for justice will require costly sacrifices, but it also
might give them the closure they need to move on. All they know for
sure is that when the truth is revealed, their lives will be forever
changed once again.
a fresh voice in fiction, this poignant and timely novel explores the
strength and nuance of female friendship, the cost of ambition, and the
courage it takes to speak the truth.
Lydia Kang: Opium and Absinthe
by Lake Union Publishing 1st July
York City, 1899. Tillie Pembroke’s sister lies dead, her body drained
of blood and with two puncture wounds on her neck. Bram Stoker’s
new novel, Dracula, has just been published, and Tillie’s imagination leaps to the impossible: the murderer is a vampire. But it can’t be—can it?
ravenous reader and researcher, Tillie has something of an addiction to
truth, and she won’t rest until she unravels the mystery of her
sister’s death. Unfortunately, Tillie’s addicted to more than just
truth; to ease the pain from a recent injury, she’s taking more and
more laudanum…and some in her immediate circle are happy to keep her
can’t bring herself to believe vampires exist. But with the hysteria
surrounding her sister’s death, the continued vampiric slayings, and
the opium swirling through her body, it’s becoming increasingly
difficult for a girl who relies on facts and figures to know what’s
real—or whether she can trust those closest to her.
Aliza Fogelson: The Lending Library
by Lake Union Publishing 1st July
the Chatsworth library closes indefinitely, Dodie Fairisle loses her
sanctuary. How is a small-town art teacher supposed to cope without the
never-ending life advice and enjoyment that books give her? Well, when
she’s as resourceful and generous as Dodie, she turns her sunroom into
her very own little lending library.
first just a hobby, this lit lovers’ haven opens up her world in
incredible ways. She knows books are powerful, and soon enough they
help her forge friendships between her zany neighbors—and attract an
exciting new romance.
when the chance to adopt an orphaned child brings Dodie’s secret dream
of motherhood within reach, everything else suddenly seems less
important. Finding herself at a crossroads, Dodie must figure out what
it means to live a full, happy life. If only there were a book that
could tell her what to do…
Karin Slaughter: The Silent Wife
by Harper Collins 23rd June 2020
woman runs alone in the woods. She convinces herself she has no reason
to be afraid, but she’s wrong. A predator is stalking the women of
Grant County. He lingers in the shadows, until the time is just right
to snatch his victim.
decade later, the case has been closed. The killer is behind
bars. But then another young woman is brutally attacked and left
for dead, and the MO is identical.
the original trail has gone cold – memories have faded, witnesses have
disappeared – agent Will Trent and forensic pathologist Sara Linton
must re-open the cold case. But the clock is ticking, and the
killer is determined to find his perfect silent wife….
T M Logan: The Catch
by Zaffre 11th June 2020
She says he's perfect. I know he's lying . . .
He caught me watching, and our eyes met. That was when it hit me. There was something not quite right about my daughter's new boyfriend . . .
The doting father
finally meets his daughter's boyfriend for the first time. Smart,
successful and handsome, Ryan appears to be a real catch. Then Abbie
announces their plan to get married.
The perfect fiancé
There's just one problem. Ed thinks Ryan is lying to them.
Who would you believe?
of Ed's instincts tell him his daughter is in terrible danger - but
no-one else can see it. With the wedding date approaching fast, Ed sets
out to uncover Ryan's secrets, before it's too late . . .
Faith Martin: A Fatal Truth
by HQ Digital 11th June 2020
the Hughes family celebrate bonfire night, a terrible accident leaves
the garden shed in flames – and father and grandfather Thomas trapped
though it is, Thomas’s death passes without suspicion – until a local
journalist makes accusations of a police cover-up in the press. WPC Trudy Loveday is sent to investigate, and asks coroner Clement Ryder to help.
the more questions the two ask the less clear the case seems. There’s
no evidence of foul play, and yet the dead man’s family are obviously
hiding something. Then there are Thomas’s dubious business practices –
was someone out for revenge?
All Trudy and Clement know for sure is that everyone is lying – and that they must find the truth…
Louise Candlish: The Other Passenger
by Simon and Schuster 25th June 2020
all happens so quickly. One day you're living the dream, commuting to
work by riverbus with your charismatic neighbour Kit in the seat beside
you. The next, Kit hasn't turned up for the boat and his wife Melia has
reported him missing.
you get off at your stop, the police are waiting. Another passenger saw
you and Kit arguing on the boat home the night before and the police
say that you had a reason to want him dead. You protest. You and Kit
are friends - ask Melia, she'll vouch for you. And who exactly is this
other passenger pointing the finger? What do they know about your lives?
No, whatever danger followed you home last night, you are innocent, totally innocent.
Jill Mansell: It Started With A Secret
by Headline Review 11th June 2020
The trouble with secrets is that you can't guess what the consequences will be . . .
has lost everything. Luckily one little fib (OK, quite a big fib) helps
nail her dream job. Soon she's living in a stunning house by the sea,
fending off obsessed fans for a retired - if far-from-retiring - actor
and organising his charming but chaotic family. It's definitely worth
the challenge of keeping her secret.
least Lainey isn't looking for love. It's time for a break from all
that. And yet . . . Seth, the actor's grandson, really is rather
attractive. There's growing chemistry and a definite connection between
them. But how would he react if he knew she hadn't been honest with him?
Lainey's not the only one with a secret, though. Seth has one of his own. And everything's about to start unravelling . . .
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