Welcome to the new Richard and Judy Summer 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.

V2 by Robert Harris

A fabulous emotional tearjerker of a novel about two mothers and one girl. Meet Rudi, a German rocket scientist who dreams of launching rockets to the moon. Instead, he is forced by the Nazis to develop the infamous V2, the world’s first truly ballistic missile. Can he follow their orders? Meanwhile what of Kay, a young English intelligence officer sent to occupied Europe to find and destroy the V2 launch sites? A gripping, human story – Harris at his best... Read More

That Night by Gillian McAllister

A grippingly dark standalone thriller. A hot summer night in an Italian holiday villa is the setting for this tense psychological drama. Frannie, the youngest of three grownup siblings, makes a desperate phone call. She’s accidentally run a man down; she needs help. Cathy and Joe rush to their sister’s side. The man is clearly dead. Should they call the police and see their sister incarcerated in an Italian jail? Or bury the body and pretend it never happened? What would YOU do? And could you possibly get away with it? A twisty, gripping and emotional thriller...Read More

The Idea of You by Robinne Lee

There’s a touch of the Macron marriage about this love story: an older woman falling for a much younger man, and her passion being fully reciprocated. Robinne Lee skilfully describes how what starts as an exciting fling between Solene, a 39-year-old art gallery owner, and a 20 year old rock star, develops into a genuine love affair. This is a terrific holiday read... Read More

People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd

Emmy Jackson is an Instagram sensation, a mummy blogger telling the “unvarnished truth” about motherhood while flogging expensive merchandise to her adoring followers. Dan, her husband, knows Emmy’s a total hypocrite, but hey, she’s making a fortune. But out on the fringes of the Internet lurks a sinister stalker, intent on murderous revenge. A terrific modern thriller, tight, sharp and scary...Read More

When She Was Good by Michael Robotham

Evie Cormac was found cowering in a secret hiding place after a brutal murder in the same house. That was six years ago, and still no-one can discover who she really is: she’s a living mystery. That’s partly because everyone who has ever tried digging into her past winds up very dead indeed. So, when forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven launches his own investigation, he is playing with fire. Because some very evil people want Evie – the only living witness to their crimes – permanently silenced. Utterly gripping...Read More

The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

On Christmas Eve, 1617, a violent storm suddenly erupts over Vardo, a remote Norwegian island, and every man on the island drowns as their fishing boats are engulfed. To survive, the wives take over the fishing themselves. They become independent, but are hunted and tried as witches by god-fearing zealots. An incredible book, chilling and mesmerising. And a true story... Read More