Picks from Amazon’s Top 100 books 2014


Amazon’s best 100 books of 2014 have been chosen by their editorial team, here’s just a taster with 4 novels that sound good.

Euphoria by Lily King – Lily’s new novel (she wrote the critically-acclaimed  Father of the Rain) is the story of three young, gifted anthropologists in 1933 caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens theirs bonds, their careers, and ultimately their lives. Set between World War I and II and inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is an enthralling story passion, possession, exploration and sacrifice. The novel won the New England Book Award for Fiction 2014

Little liesLittle Lies by Liane Moriarty. Rated 5 star by 6 Leeds readers – Jane hasn’t lived anywhere longer than six months since her son was born five years ago. She keeps moving in an attempt to escape her past. Now this idyllic seaside town  has pulled her to its shores and Jane finally feels like she belongs.

She has friends in the feisty Madeline and the incredibly beautiful Celeste – two women with seemingly perfect lives … and their own secrets behind closed doors. Then a small incident involving the children of all three women occurs in the playground causing a rift between them and the other parents. Minor at first but escalating fast, until whispers and rumours become vicious and spiteful ..ending in murder.

The Secret Place by Tana French. Crime/detective –The secret placeThe photo shows a boy who was murdered a year ago. The caption says, ‘I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM’. Detective Stephen Moran hasn’t seen Holly Mackey since she was a 9-year-old witness to the events of Faithful Place. Now she’s 16 and she’s shown up outside his squad room, with a photograph and a story.

Even in her exclusive boarding school, in the golden world Stephen has always longed for, bad things happen & people have secrets. The previous year, Christopher Harper, from the neighbouring boys’ school, was found murdered on the grounds. Now in the ‘Secret Place’ – the school noticeboard where girls can pin up their secrets anonymously – Holly found the card.

 We are not ourselves by Matthew Thomas – The product of a stormy upbringing in an Irish Catholic enclave of New York City, Eileen craves stability. Coming of age in the early sixties, she meets and marries a young scientist named Edmund Leary. But while Eileen wants more for her family, Ed won’t give up teaching for a better-paid job. Inadvertently Eileen starts to climb her own career ladder in nursing. She pushes Ed into finding a new home, but it becomes clear that his resistance is part of a deeply troubling psychological shift