The Woman in the Wood by Lesley Pearse

In brief: Twins Maisy and Duncan are sent to live with their grandmother after their mother is taken into care. Everything goes well until Duncan goes missing… The good: Surprising and unputdownable in places. The not-so-good: Dialogue a bit stilted at times. Why I chose it: Have never read Lesley Pearse before, thanks to Penguin... Continue Reading →

A Game for all the Family by Sophie Hannah

In brief: Justine has moved from London to do Nothing. But when her daughter tells her that her best friend George has been expelled from school wrongfully, Justine is determined to fight. Things start to go pear-shaped when she's told George doesn't exist and the threatening phone calls start… The good: Absolutely unputdownable – you'll... Continue Reading →

The Underwriting by Michelle Miller

In brief: The news that #1 dating app Hook is going public astounds Wall Street. But for those involved, it's the start of a long journey that will take them to a place they don't expect. The good: There's always something astounding on the next page as the story combines work, love, murder, drive, sex... Continue Reading →

Woman of the Dead by Bernhard Aichner

In brief: Blum is a woman on a mission after his husband's death – avenge him by bringing down the perpetrators of a group he was investigating. The good: Blum is unique – I didn't know whether I wanted to be her friend or hide from her. The not-so-good: Blum can be cold-blooded, and things... Continue Reading →

Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger

 In brief: Ian's no longer the boy who got teased mercilessly in The Hollows. Now he's a successful graphic novel artist and author with a lovely girlfriend, Megan. One problem: his childhood friend Priss won't leave him alone and things begin to turn sinister… The good: Action packed, you never know when Priss will turn... Continue Reading →

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

In brief: Mia has been kidnapped, but things don't go as planned. What really happened to Mia in that tiny cabin and will her family be destroyed in trying to find out? The good: I liked the way it was told in before/after sections – it really gave a feel for the impact of Mia's... Continue Reading →

Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse

In brief: Hannah's idyllic marriage begins to crack when Mark doesn't return home one night. The subsequent ride is full of twists, turns and things nobody expected. The good: The plot makes some incredible hairpin turns that just can't be predicted, making the book impossible to put down. The not-so-good: Some may dismiss this as... Continue Reading →

Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach

In brief: Leila's a loner after her mum dies. She discovers a website called Red Pill and then is asked to become Tess, a real person who wants to disappear. How will she manage this? The good: Highly original premise, very modern. The not-so-good: I liked Tess more than Leila! Why I chose it: Prize... Continue Reading →

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

A quick rundown… A taut psychological thriller with just two players, Nick and Amy. Strengths: Very gripping and meticulously planned. Weaknesses: You could take the ending as the ultimate solution – or not. Why I read it: This book has garnered a lot of attention since it was published. Pages: 399 Published: 2012 Publisher: Weidenfeld... Continue Reading →

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