Welcome to the new Richard and Judy Spring 2021 Book Club, featuring six new titles chosen by our favourite book-loving couple to get us reading, thinking and talking about exciting new stories. As usual, we will have everything you need to get the most out of the book club, including reviews by Richard and Judy! Get reading today and join in with the conversation online afterwards.

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

American Dirt has one of the most dramatic opening chapters either of us can remember reading. A Mexican drugs cartel hit-squad massacres a family enjoying a barbecue in their beautiful Acapulco garden. Their chief target is the father, a campaigning journalist who has written one expose too many about the cartel. But his wife and eight-year-old son somehow escape the slaughter and, within hours, go on the run. Will they make the US border? Even if they get there, can they cross it? Utterly gripping... Read More

Playing Nice by JP Delaney

What do you do if you discover your beloved two-year-old child was swapped at birth? And that the real parents want him back? Pete Riley, shocked, stunned but decent, tries to be civilised and “share”. But Theo’s birth father, Miles, is a psychopath. He’s not interested in “playing nice” and will stop at nothing to get Theo back. This is a taut, riveting thriller, tapping into every parent’s worst nightmare...Read More

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Purgatory was thought to be the half-way house between this life and Paradise. Sinners went there to expiate their sins before being allowed into Heaven. Matt Haig’s Midnight Library is not so very different: an ethereal institution midway between life and death where past decisions can be re-made in a bid to create the perfect life. But for Nora Seed, returning to her own forks in the road will turn out to be the most dangerous thing she’s ever done. Absolutely gripping...Read More

The Holdout by Graham Moore

Ten years ago, in a sensational L.A. trial, a jury wanted to convict a black teacher of the murder of his white teenage pupil, Jessica. The lone “holdout” was Maya Searle, who convinced her fellow jurors to acquit, enraging public opinion. Now, a decade later, a TV documentary investigates the trial and reunites the original jurors. One, claiming to have dramatic new evidence, is found murdered in Maya’s hotel room, and she becomes chief suspect. A terrific, totally gripping legal thriller...Read More

The Sight of You by Holly Miller

Joel has prophetic dreams about those he loves. The prophesies always come true, be they good or bad. So, when he dreams about the fate of the woman he loves, what should he do? Tell her? What would you do? A romantic tale to melt a heart of ice and make the driest-eyed reader weep... Read More

The Recovery of Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

For the first eighteen years of her life Rose Gold was desperately ill. Hospitals, surgeries, feeding tubes and a wheelchair are all she remembers of her childhood. Then her twisted mother, Patty, is rumbled and sentenced to five years for child abuse. When she comes out Rose Gold is waiting for her, full of forgiveness. Or is she? A disturbing revenge novel, dark, and a total page turner... Read More