Fiction Books We’re Loving this Month: January

Fiction Books We’re Loving this Month: January

No Middle Name – Lee Child

Jack ‘No Middle Name’ Reacher, lone wolf, knight errant, ex military cop, lover of women, scourge of the wicked and righter of wrongs, is the most iconic hero for our age. This is the first time all Lee Child’s shorter fiction featuring Jack Reacher has been collected into one volume.

Read together, these twelve stories shed new light on Reacher’s past, illuminating how he grew up and developed into the wandering avenger who has captured the imagination of millions around the world.

Three Things About Elsie – Joanna Cannon

Richard and Judy author Joanna Cannon is back with a much-anticipated second novel after her fantastic debut, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep.

84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly a man who died sixty years ago? This book will teach you many things, but here are three of them:1) The fine threads of humanity will connect us all forever.2) There is so very much more to anyone than the worst thing they have ever done.3) Even the smallest life can leave the loudest echo.

Perfect Death – Helen Fields

If you’re a fan of Karin Slaughter and M.J. Arlidge then you’ll love Helen Fields’ gripping new thriller in the DI Callanach series.

Unknown to DI Luc Callanach and the newly promoted DCI Ava Turner, a serial killer has Edinburgh firmly in his grip. The killer is taking his victims in the coldest, most calculating way possible – engineering slow and painful deaths by poison, with his victims entirely unaware of the drugs flooding their bloodstream until it’s too late. But how do you catch a killer who hides in the shadows? A killer whose pleasure comes from watching pain from afar? Faced with their most difficult case yet, Callanach and Turner soon realise they face a seemingly impossible task…

The Child – Fiona Barton

Tantalisingly tense and engrossing, Richard and Judy Spring 2018 pick The Child by Fiona Barton is about the coming to light of a long-buried secret.

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. For another, it reveals the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. The Child’s story will be told.

Friend Request – Laura Marshall

When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past, her heart nearly stops. Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook but Maria Weston has been missing for over twenty-five years. She was last seen the night of a school leavers’ party, and the world believes her to be dead. Particularly Louise, who has lived her adult life with a terrible secret. As Louise is forced to discover the truth about what really happened, the only thing she knows for sure is that Maria Weston disappeared that night, never to be heard from again, until now.

Filled with twists and heart-stopping moments, Friend Request will make you think twice about accepting a friend request on Facebook!

The Doll Funeral – Kate Hamer

The Doll Funeral is a dazzling follow-up to Kate Hamer’s breakout debut, The Girl in the Red Coat, and an exquisitely mysterious novel about the connections that remain after a family has been broken apart.

On Ruby’s thirteenth birthday she finds out the couple who raised her aren’t her parents at all. Her real mother and father are out there somewhere, and Ruby becomes determined to find them. Venturing into the forest with nothing but a suitcase and the company of her only true friend, the imaginary Shadow Boy, Ruby discovers a group of siblings who live alone in the woods. The children take her in, and while they offer the closest Ruby’s ever had to a family, Ruby begins to suspect that they might need her even more than she needs them.

How to Stop Time – Matt Haig

Richard and Judy Spring 2018 pick How to Stop Time by Matt Haig is a compelling story about time travel, but not as we know it.

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. As long as he keeps changing his identity he can keep one step ahead of his past – and stay alive. The only thing he must not do is fall in love but that’s much easier said than done.

The River Maid – Dilly Court

A story of romance and intrigue, The River Maid is a stunning new novel from much-loved author Dilly Court.

Set in London in 1854, twenty-year-old Essie Chapman lives with her father in poverty stricken Limehouse, working on the river as a boatman. Her life seems set before her, never to leave this part of London and forever at her father’s beck and call. Then, one night, she must transport a mysterious man from a foreign ship to the banks of the Thames. When curiosity gets the better of her, Essie follows him and unwittingly becomes involved in something far greater than she could ever have guessed. Finding herself on a ship bound for the penal colonies in Australia, this is only the start of a remarkable journey taking her to the other side of the world and back again.

Camino Island – John Grisham

Set on an idyllic island off the coast of Florida, John Grisham’s new book is the perfect beach read. Camino Island begins with the heist of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s manuscripts from Princeton University’s main library. Valued at $25 million, the five manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s only novels are amongst the most valuable in the world. A resort-town tale, Bruce Kable runs Bay Books on Camino Island and earns a living in trading rare first editions, which makes him a prime suspect for the theft of the manuscripts. Meanwhile a mysterious private company enlists the help of a young struggling novelist, Mercer Mann, who spent summers on Camino Island as a child. Now she’s being asked to return to get close to an infamous bookseller and find out more about his interesting collection of manuscripts.

Trademark Grisham, Camino Island is a highly entertaining and engaging crime thriller which will leave you wanting more.

The Thirst – Jo Nesbo

Much to the delight of his fans around the world, Jo Nesbo has returned to his international bestselling Harry Hole series in Richard and Judy Spring 2018 pick, The Thrist.

When 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. But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him. That is until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case.