Welcome to the new Richard and Judy Winter 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.

The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell

A house in the woods called Dark Place, owned by a rich mysterious family. The disappearance after a party one night of a local teenager and her boyfriend, leaving the girl’s distraught mother to bring up their baby son. A year later, case unsolved, a village newcomer finds a sign in her garden - “DIG HERE”. So begins this rich, Gothic murder/mystery, full of suspense and startlingly dark twists. A triumph... Read More

False Witness by Karin Slaughter

A stunning hard hitting thriller that pulls no punches. Lawyer Leigh Collier finds herself forced to defend a man accused of rape, in a high profile case which threatens to destroy her. Because the defendant knows the truth about a devastatingly violent incident in her past and is determined to bring Leigh down. Her fans know Karin Slaughter doesn’t shy away from provocative social issues. This novel is a powerhouse...Read More

One Hundred Year of Lenni & Margot by Marianne Cronin

What a thoroughly engaging, heartwarming, funny and fascinating book this is. Lenni is 17 and has months, if not weeks, left to live. Margot is 83 and can look back on a long lifetime of memories. The two become close in the hospital where both are confined. This is a gentle unwrapping of the gift of life, be it long or short. A total joy... Read More

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

The Nazis were book-burners. As a Jewish philosopher so presciently wrote a century before, those who burn books ultimately burn people. That understanding of evil is at the heart of this thrilling story. Beautiful Odile Souchet lands her dream job at the American Library in Paris. But it is 1939; war has begun, and France is about to fall to Hitler’s war machine. The American Library will be duly ‘purified’, so Odile and her fellow librarians go undercover and join the French resistance. Their chief weapons, books. ..Read More

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

A stylish, gripping and tense mystery thriller, and a heart wrenching love story. Hannah meets and marries Owen, a widower, in a whirlwind romance and they live happily near San Francisco. Then Owen disappears, leaving Hannah a note saying only “Protect her.” He means Bailey, his difficult and resentful 16 year old daughter. Hannah discovers her great love is a stranger with a dangerous past. Who is he? Where is he? And what has he done? A pacy novel about lies, love and identity...Read More

The Searcher by Tana French

We loved this beautifully written, slow-burner of a story. A retired US city cop seeks peace and tranquility in the green hills of remote rural Ireland. Instead, he finds himself inexorably sucked into a missing person mystery. Death, danger and brutality lie just beneath the surface of what he thought was idyllic small-town life. Couldn’t put it down... Read More