LOST YOU by Haylen Beck

LOST YOU Haylen Beck (www.haylenbeck.com) Harvill Secker (www.penguin.co.uk) £14.99 Libby has decided on a well-deserved holiday and finds herself, with her three-year-old son Ethan, relaxing by the many pools of a resort complex on Florida’s gulf coast. When she befriends a married couple, one of whom takes an immediate shine to the precocious Ethan, Libby […]

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BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT by Gary Bell

BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT Gary Bell & Scott Kershaw Raven Books (www.bloomsbury.com) £12.99   Elliot Rook, Queen’s Counsel, is one of the greatest barristers practicing in Britain. Rarely beaten in the courtroom, Rook has a gift for proving guilty men innocent, and little in the way of a conscience to prevent him from doing his best […]

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NO WAY OUT by Cara Hunter

NO WAY OUT Cara Hunter Penguin Books (www.penguin.co.uk) £7.99 A house fire in an upmarket area of North Oxford leads to the gruesome discovery of two dead children. There is no sign of their mother, and their father – who was in London at a conference – isn’t answering his phone, or responding to any […]

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SHE LIES IN WAIT by Gytha Lodge

SHE LIES IN WAIT Gytha Lodge Michael Joseph (www.penguin.co.uk) £12.99 Late summer 1983 and six friends, on the cusp of adulthood, go camping in the forest. Star pupils, this is their last chance for a blow-out before they enter the realms of real life. Aurora Jackson is fourteen, and feels privileged to have been invited […]

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THE CAPITAL by Robert Menasse

  THE CAPITAL Robert Menasse Translated by Jamie Bulloch MacLehose Press (www.maclehosepress.com) £15 There’s a pig on the loose! And so begins one of the strangest, most enjoyable books you’ll come across this year. Part crime story, part examination of the different bodies that make up the European Union, all satire that totters, at times, […]

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THE TAKING OF ANNIE THORNE by C.J. Tudor

  THE TAKING OF ANNIE THORNE C.J. Tudor (CJTudorOfficial) Michael Joseph (www.penguin.co.uk) £12.99 After almost thirty years, Joseph Thorne returns to the Nottinghamshire town of Arnhill to take up a teaching position at the local academy. There’s more than the promise of employment that brings Joe back home: when he was a teenager, his eight-year-old […]

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THE LOST MAN by Jane Harper

  THE LOST MAN Jane Harper (janeharper.com.au) Little Brown (www.littlebrown.co.uk) £12.99 Nathan and Bub Bright meet at the local landmark known as the stockman’s grave, where the body of their middle brother, Cameron, lies roasting in the sun. Evidence suggests that Cameron spent his last few hours on earth chasing the headstone’s shadow around in […]

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