Welcome to the new Richard and Judy April 2022 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.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The thing about LA is that everyone wants to hang out with the rich and famous. It’s almost a civic duty. So, when Nina Riva – super-celeb, super-surfer, supermodel – throws her annual end-of-summer party, anyone who’s anyone wants to be there. They should be careful what they wish for. Because by midnight, the party has spiralled into utter chaos and by dawn the family mansion lies in smoking ruins. A terrific generational story about love, secrets and unavoidable, inevitable destiny... Read More

Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena

In a quiet wealthy neighbourhood in New York State, a rich elderly couple is brutally murdered after a tense, unhappy Easter dinner with their three adult children. They stand to inherit millions, so obviously all three are suspects. But which, if any, member of this dysfunctional family is the killer? What happened on that peaceful Easter Sunday, and why? Tense and unputdownable...Read More

The Beloved Girls by Harriet Evans

In this mesmerising historical novel, Catherine vanishes on the eve of her wedding anniversary, pursuing a strange shadowy figure from her past. We follow her back in time to an old country house and the Hunters, a family in the grip of an ancient local ritual with pagan overtones. Over a hot, languorous summer, a heavy air of menace culminates in tragedy. One of those novels you can’t put down... Read More

The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

A brilliant novel about passion versus solidity and continuance with the comfortable, comforting patterns of the past. Will Elle throw everything away – her long and happy marriage to Peter, her family’s approval and respect – in return for a re-kindled passion with Jonas left smouldering from their youth? Great story-telling set in the backwoods of Cape Cod. JFK would have enjoyed this book...Read More

Out of her Depth by Lizzy Barber

Rachel is a classic ingenue, a young innocent from a dreary London suburb who finds herself pitched headlong into the sophisticated world of the rich and privileged, courtesy of her dream summer job in Italy. But danger lurks in the shadows cast by the hot Tuscan sunlight. Bedhopping, backstabbing and betrayal end in sudden death – and Rachel’s life corkscrews into a totally unexpected direction. Utterly engrossing...Read More

Tell me Your Lies by Kate Ruby

Lily will do anything to protect her family secrets. Rachel is her troubled daughter, addicted to drink and drugs. Amber is the therapist Lily hires to cure her daughter. What could possibly go wrong? Everything. When Amber weaves her dangerous spell over Rachel, Lily realises her family is lost. A perfect holiday read...Read More