The Fiction Hotlist – How about a book by Princess Michael of Kent- Agnès Sorel: mistress of beauty. The Queen of Four Kingdoms is dead. Agnès Sorel, her beautiful and innocent 14-year-old pupil, soon catches the attention of the mourning court. She captivates all she meets, but none more so than the newly crowned King of France, Charles VII. Employed as a demoiselle to his wife, Agnès discovers a burgeoning passion for the King that she can no longer refuse or deny. As their relationship deepens and Agnès’s influence over the King grows, she is viewed with suspicion by the court.
Or The doll, a New York Times bestselling thriller by Taylor Stevens
Information specialist Vanessa ‘Michael’ Munroe has a global reputation for getting things done, but her reputation has brought her dangerous enemies. Kidnapped by an unseen opponent and thrust into an underground world where women and girls are merchandise, and a shadowy figure known as The Doll Maker controls her every move, Munroe must use her unique set of skills to deliver a high-profile young woman into the same nightmare that she’s endured. Or condemn to torture/ certain death the person she loves.
Fancy some scifi? Symbiont by Mira Grant – The SymboGen-designed parasites were created to relieve humanity of disease and sickness but the implants in the majority of the world’s population began attacking their hosts, turning them into a ravenous horde. Now those who do not appear to be afflicted are being gathered for quarantine as panic spreads, but Sal and her companions must discover how the parasites are taking over their hosts, what their eventual goal is and how they can be stopped.
The snow angel by Lulu Taylor –A tale of 1960s London society and debutantes …