Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Book Club Books

We haven't done this for ages. A roundup of what is best to buy for book club. If it's your turn, here are some books I think you should look out for. Click on the covers to link through to my full review.

One of the best crime thrillers I have read recently, every Book Club should have a copy of Sharon Bolton's Little Black Lies. Set in the Falklands, where everybody knows everybody, it centres around a missing child, and it is gripping and intense. A wonderful read. Your husbands will enjoy it too

The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton is breathtakingly beautiful. Set in snowy Alaska, brave and strong Yasmin and her deaf daughter, Ruby defy death and the insiduous sinister something out there watching them, because they believe that Dad is out there, missing and in danger. A lovely book, by the author of Sister.

Freedom's Child is a debut novel by Jax Miller. It starts like this: "My name is Freedom Oliver and I killed my daughter."
Freedom has been my favourite protagonist in the last twelve months. She is edgy, foul mouthed and definitely weird, but also lovable. A wonderful read.

Playing with Fire by Tess Geritssen got five stars from me. Tess usually writes a forensic/medical thriller, as she started life as a doctor. Here she branches into historical fiction - the story of  Julie Ansdell who finds and old and rare piece of music and strange things start happening - and let me tell you, she's jolly good at it. The bonus is she wrote a piece of music to go with the book, and you can download it and listen to it while you read. Amazing.

Once we were brothers follows Ben, an 83 year old Jewish man back to his youth during the second world war, where he confronts the truth about what happened and accuses Elliot Rosenzweig (in the present day) of being a SS officer. Catherine Lockhart, a struggling advocate reluctantly listens to his story and must decide whether to take on his case.

Another author trying her hand at historical fiction is Kristin Hannah. The Nightingale is hands down her best book. Set in beautiful France during World War Two, the great thing about the telling of this tale is the uniquely female perspective. Two sisters have completely different experiences, yet both are brave, and confront the dreadful reality with courage. A lovely read.

Did you love Girl on The Train? Then you may just enjoy Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon. This is a new release in February this year. Alex, a journalist whose alcoholism is ruining her life rediscovers Amy Stevenson, who has been in a semi vegetative state for 15 years, following a traumatic incident in her teens. A quick read, this is a page turner of note.

There you go - hope you find something that you haven't read, and that you can put on your list.

Happy reading.

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