Fiction Books We’re Loving this Month: December

Fiction Books We’re Loving this Month: December

The Innocent Wife – Amy Lloyd

Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl. Now he’s the subject of a true-crime documentary that’s whipping up a frenzy online. Samantha is obsessed with Dennis’s case.

Bloody January – Alan Parks

When a teenage boy shoots a young woman dead in the middle of a busy Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Detective Harry McCoy is sure of one thing. It wasn’t a random act of violence.

The Thirst – Harry Hole

A woman is found murdered after an internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer. AND HE’S OUT FOR BLOOD Under pressure from the media to solve the crime, the force know there’s only one man for the job.

Odessa Sea: Dirk Pitt #24 – Clive Cussler

On a NUMA mission to the Black Sea to locate the wreck of a lost Ottoman Empire ship, Pitt and his friend Al Giordino respond to an urgent Mayday from a nearby freighter.But by the time they reach the area there’s no one left alive.

The Child – Fiona Barton

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers it’s impossible to ignore. For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies – John Boyne

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or so his parents are constantly reminding him. Adopted as a baby, he’s never quite felt at home with the family that treats him more as a curious pet than a son. But it is all he has ever known.

How to Stop Time – Matt Haig

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old history teacher, but he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen it all.

Past Perfect – Danielle Steel

When Blake is offered a dream job as CEO of a start-up in San Francisco, he accepts it, without consulting his wife, and buys a magnificent, historic mansion as their new home in Pacific Heights.

Close to Home – Cara Hunter

Last night, eight-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from a family party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying.DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows the nine times out of ten, it’s someone the victim knew.

The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

Beautiful, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, Jessie Burton’s magnificent debut novel The Miniaturist is a story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth. SOON TO BE A MAJOR BBC TV SERIES

Charlatans – Robin Cook

Noah Rothauser is the new super chief resident at Boston Memorial Hospital. Housing state-of-the-art medical facilities, it’s always been Noah’s dream to work for such an esteemed institution.

Undertow – Anthony J. Quinn

A policeman’s suicide leads Inspector Celcius Daly across the Irish border and into a labyrinth of lies and corruption. Daly is in Dreesh, a desolate village where law and order have ground to a halt, and whose residents have fallen under the spell of a malevolent crime boss.

Bad Sister – Sam Carrington

When flames rip through their family home, only teenager Stephanie and her younger brother escape unhurt. Brett always liked to play with fire, but now their dad is dead and someone has to pay the price. 

Year One – Nora Roberts

Katie gives birth to twins, and suspects that she has brought fresh magic into the world, along with new life. But The Doom affects people differently. Along with the light, a dark and terrifying magic will also rise.

A War in Crimson Embers – Alex Marshall

Former warrior queen and now pariah, Cold Zosia wakes in the ashes of a burning city. Her vengeance has brought her to this – her heroic reputation in tatters, her allies scattered far and wide, and her world on the cusp of ruin.

The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince – Robin Hobb

Long before the time of Chivalry Farseer, there was another indiscreet member of the royal line. Princess Caution Farseer, in defiance of her name, was headstrong and willful, destined to fall dangerously in love where she ought not.

Save Me – Mandasue Heller

When Ellie Fisher misses her train home one night, 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.

The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins

Exactly 150 years since its publication in 1868, this reissue of Collins’ popular Detective Club edition of The Moonstone offers crime fiction fans the chance to read the book that is acclaimed as the very first detective novel in the English language. 

Ordeal by Innocence – Agatha Christie

Ordeal by Innocence was cited by Agatha Christie in An Autobiography as one of her favourite novels, a detective story which plays on the shock of an innocent man’s conviction and its impact on his family.

The Missing Girl – Jenny Quintana

When Anna Flores’ adored older sister goes missing as a teenager, Anna copes by disappearing too, and eventually building a life for herself abroad. Thirty years later, the death of her mother finally forces Anna to return home and confront the past.

Inquisition – David Gibbins

As the blood of martyred Christians runs through Rome’s catacombs, Pope Sixtus entrusts their most sacred object to a devoted follower. Soon after, the Holy Grail disappears into the darkness of time.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her life. Except, sometimes, everything.

Exile – James Swallow

A vicious Serbian gang whose profits come from fake nuclear weapons.A disgraced Russian general, with access to the real thing.A vengeful Somali warlord, with a cause for which he’d let the world burn.

Dangerous Games – Danielle Steel

TV journalist Alix Phillips is always willing to put herself on the frontline for her job. All that matters is getting the story.After a personal tragedy, only her beloved mother and daughter are allowed to get close.

The Black Book – James Patterson & David Ellis

After a brutal shooting, Billy is left for dead alongside his tempestuous former partner and an ambitious assistant district attorney. But somehow Billy survives – and is charged with double murder. Billy remembers nothing about the shooting. 

A Country Christmas – Veronica Henry

 As Lucy Liddiard plans the festive lunch for her nearest and dearest, she has little idea of the dramas about to play out before the crackers are pulled and the corks popped. She knows the family brewery, Honeycote Ales, has seen better days.

Jericho’s War – Gerald Seymour

The mission is to take down a high-value player in the war against Al-Qaeda. It is the brainchild of an old, fat fool called Jericho. In his striped cricket blazer, never without a G&T, he is a sweating figure of fun among the ex-pats across the border in Muscat.

Murder Games – James Patterson & Howard Roughan

A serial killer is loose on the streets of Manhattan. His victims appear to be total strangers. The only clue that links the crimes is the playing card left behind at each scene that hints at the next target. The killer, known in the tabloids as The Dealer, is baiting cops into a deadly guessing game.

An Unremarkable Body – Elisa Lodato

When Katharine is found dead at the foot of her stairs, it is the mystery of her life that consumes her daughter, Laura.The medical examiner’s report, in which precious parts of Katharine’s body are weighed and categorised, motivates Laura to write her own version of events.

Secret Passages in a Hillside Town – Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelaninen

Olli Suominen is constantly losing umbrellas. He has also joined a film club. And Greta, an old flame, has added him on Facebook. As his life becomes more entangled with Greta’s, and his wife and son are dragged into the aftermath of this teenage romance, Olli is forced to make a choice.

The Death Messenger – Mari Hannah

Track a stalker. Catch a killer. When a mysterious DVD is delivered to Northumbria Police Headquarters, DS Matthew Ryan and Detective Superintendent Eloise O’Neil are among the few to view its disturbing content.

Darker: Fifty Shades Darker – E L James

E L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe. Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind.