#LeedsReads recommends

The miniaturistThere are some great reads here, all new this week in Leeds Libraries.

Abbott, Megan – The fever   – A chilling story about guilt, family secrets, and the lethal power of desire.

Burton, Jessie – The miniaturist  -Debut novel. 1686. Eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman from the countryknocks at the door of a grand house in Amsterdam, to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt.  His extraordinary wedding gift is a cabinet-sized replica of their home, to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways. Mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, she uncovers its secrets & realises the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? Will she be the key to their salvation or architect of their downfall?

 Carey, M R – The girl with all the gifts – Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her ‘our little genius’. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favourite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad

Dahl, Arne – To the top of the mountain      Scandi crime fans. A young football supporter gets knocked down by a beer mug in a well-known pub in Stockholm. He dies on the floor of the pub. It’s a meaningless crime, far from the heydays of the Intercrime, which has now been dispersed. Paul Hjelm and Kerstin Holm have to deal with it. And when they do, something happens. In the background of the restaurant there are things going on, things they slowly come to grips with. These things seem to be connected to other, and much more gruesome, violent crimes in Sweden this midsummer.

Doyle, Roddie – The guts – Jimmy Rabbitte is back. The man who invented the Commitments back in the eighties is now 47, with a loving wife, four kids – and bowel cancer. Jimmy still loves his music, and he still loves to hustle – his new thing is finding old bands and then finding the people who loved them enough to pay money for their resurrected singles and albums. On his path through Dublin he meets two of the Commitments – Outspan, whose own illness is probably terminal, and Imelda Quirk, still as gorgeous as ever. He is reunited with his long-lost brother and learns to play the trumpet      

Drabble, Margaret – The pure gold baby  – Anna is a child of special, unknowable qualities. She is happy, always willing to smile at the world around her, but she also presents profound challenges. For her mother Jess, still in her early 20s, her arrival will prove life-transforming.

 Nesser, Hakan – The G file  -Fifteen years have passed and the G file remains the one case former Chief Inspector Van Veeteren has never been able to solve. But when Verlangan’s daughter reports the private detective missing, Van Veeteren returns to Maardam CID once more. For all Verlangan left behind was a cryptic note; and a telephone message in which heEat my heart outclaimed to have finally discovered the proof of G’s murderous past

 Pilger, Zoe – Eat my heart out      Bit different A satirical tale of modern life – anti-romance with an anti-heroine!  

Robertson, James – The professor of truth   -21 years after his wife and daughter were murdered in the bombing of a plane over Scotland, Alan Tealing still does not know what really happened. Obsessed by the details of what he has come to call The Case, he is sure that the man convicted of the atrocity was not responsible

Schaeffer, Susan – The madness of a seduced woman – Set at the end of the 19th century and based on actual events, this novel tells the story of a beautiful young woman’s love, the obsession that takes hold of her, and the destruction that obsession brings to her and those around her  

Silvestre, Edney – If I close my eyes now – ‘I can still feel her blood on my fingers. If only I had closed my eyes then, or kept my mouth shut, not told anyone about our discovery by the swimming hole, it might not have stopped our childhood, dead’  

Sloss, Aria B – Autobiography of us – A gripping debut novel about friendship, loss and love; a confession of what passed between two women who met as girls in 1960s Pasadena, California

Tsiolkas, Christos – Barracuda   Bit different. Story of a talented working class young swimmer trying to make it.Stevens – The innocent    

Tucker, Neely – The ways of the dead   Addictive, twisty. One of best reviewed thrillers of the year.   

Van Booy, Simon –  The illusion of separateness 5* from award winning author of ‘Love begins in winter.