The new Richard and Judy list for summer
Helen Dunmore – The Lie
It is 1920, and an orphaned and penniless young man returns to his native Cornwall after fighting in the First World War. Frederick, his best friend from childhood, died in the trenches and now his ghost torments Daniel nightly by appearing to him covered in mud. Daniel initially hangs on to his sanity after the horrors he had experienced. But ahead of him await the terrible consequences of a lie. This book is simply magnificent; an astounding achievement.
M J Arlidge – Eeeny Meeny
This debut novel is an electric no-holds-barred thriller. The heroine is D.I. Helen Grace, a policewoman haunted and flawed by her own traumatic past. She investigates a bizarre series of murders in which pairs of victims are abducted and imprisoned, forcing one of each couple to kill the other in order to survive and escape. Grace finds the link lies in her own past. This book is dark, creepy, vivid and enthralling
Julie Cohen – Dear Thing
The emotional complexities of infertility and infidelity are explored with warmth and sensitivity in this compelling story. Claire has the perfect life – she is beautiful, happily married, with a gorgeous home. But her contentment is marred by one tragedy – she can’t have a baby. Romily is Claire’s husband Ben’s best friend. She’s also secretly in love with him. When she offers to be a surrogate for the couple, complicated emotions swirl to the surface.
Lucie Whitehouse – Before we met
Hannah Reilly falls madly in love with the perfect man, marries him, and one day he doesn’t come home. She knows nothing about Mark’s family – he won’t talk about them. Gradually the secrets and lies about his past begin to emerge, with deadly consequences. This is a ‘marriage thriller’, as in the hugely popular Gone Girl. How much do we really know about the person we fall in love with? A fast, taut and terrific read
Sinead Moriarty – Mad about you
Mad About You is a perfect light summer read. It follows Emma and James Hamilton’s life-changing journey from Dublin to London to start a new life with their young children. But soon, bizarre text messages from a stranger – and suggestive anonymous gifts – lead Emma to believe that someone is intent on driving her out of her home and her marriage. Fast paced, funny, and quirky.
Khalid Hosseini And the mountains echoed
Khaled Hosseini has done it again. Another stunner of a novel from the man who brought us The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. The story of Pari and her devoted brother Abdullah, their harsh but happy life in an isolated Afghan village, and what fate has in store for them, is beautifully, hauntingly written. A profoundly moving and deeply rewarding storym
Terry Hayes Iam Pilgrim
‘The only thriller you need to read this year’ says the sticker on our copy of this mould-breaking thriller, and it’s true. To read I Am Pilgrim is to go on an adventure, and by the time you reach the last page you won’t know if you are more exhausted or exhilarated. An international spy thriller right up there with the best.
Robert Harris – An Officer and a spy
Yet again Robert Harris takes a true-life historical sensation and twists it into a gripping novel. The infamous Dreyfus Affair divided turn-of-the-century France; the framing of distinguished Jewish Army officer, Alfred Dreyfus, on trumped-up charges of spying. He spent years imprisoned on notorious Devil’s Island before his name was finally cleared. Harris has us by the throat from page one.