he by John Connolly

he John Connolly (www.johnconnollybooks.com) Hodder & Stoughton (www.hodder.co.uk) £16.99 In Santa Monica’s iconic Oceana Apartments, an old man lives out the last days of his life, reminiscing on the many years that brought him to this point. Furthermost in his mind is his best friend, a man he knew as Babe, and whom he loved […]

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BROKEN BRANCHES by M. Jonathan Lee

BROKEN BRANCHES M. Jonathan Lee (jonathanleeauthor.com) Hideaway Fall (www.hideawayfall.com) £8.99 Ian Perkins is the latest in a long family line to inhabit the remote Cobweb Cottage, which sits in the shade of a sycamore tree that has reputedly cursed his family for generations. Tragedy – the suicide of his elder brother – was the catalyst […]

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YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT by Daniel Kehlmann

YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT Daniel Kehlmann (www.kehlmann.com) Translated by Ross Benjamin (www.rossmbenjamin.com) Riverrun (www.quercusbooks.co.uk) £10.00 A writer heads to the hills, retreating to a snow-bound chalet, with his wife and four-year-old daughter to try and write a sequel to his breakthrough film. While the solitude should allow them to enjoy each other as family, the […]

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LEOPARD AT THE DOOR by Jennifer McVeigh

LEOPARD AT THE DOOR Jennifer McVeigh (www.jennifermcveigh.com) Viking (www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk) £7.99 Eighteen-year-old Rachel Fullsmith has returned to Kenya after a six-year exile following the death of her mother. But the colony to which Rachel is returning is significantly changed from when she was twelve. Her father is now living with another woman and her son; her […]

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ALL THE GOOD THINGS by Clare Fisher

  ALL THE GOOD THINGS Clare Fisher (clarefisherwriter.com)Viking (www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk) £12.99 Beth is 21 and in prison, her life ruined by a bad thing that she feels there is no atonement for. Her counsellor, Erika, gives Beth a notebook and asks her to write down all the good things in her life. “But what if…I can’t […]

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I AM RADAR by Reif Larsen

I AM RADAR Reif Larsen (reiflarsen.com) Harvill Secker (www.vintage-books.co.uk) £16.99 In April 1975, in New Jersey, Radar Radmanovic is born, a black child with white parents. While his father, Kermin, accepts the child’s “condition”, his mother, Charlene, is driven to discover some kind of cure. Her search leads the family to northern Norway and the […]

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THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR by Joël Dicker

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR Joël Dicker (joeldicker.com) Translated by Sam Taylor Maclehose Press (maclehosepress.com) £20.00 Late in the summer of 1975, Nola Kellergan disappeared from the small seaside town of Somerset, New Hampshire. Almost thirty-three years later, her body is found buried on Harry Quebert’s land, along with the original manuscript of […]

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