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Books Archive

Month: August 2017

Tell No Lies (September 2017)

By Gregg Hurwitz

August 14, 2017

No Choice
Daniel Brasher is leaving behind his job as a probation counsellor working with hardened criminals to spend more time with his wife, now well again after serious illness.  However, nothing is ever that simple.

No Time
When he finds a scrawled messge in the post at work demanding ‘admit what you’ve done or you will bleed for it.  You have ’till midnite’, he is horrified – then relieved to discover it’s not addressed to him.  But he learns that the intended victim is already dead.

No Escape
More death threats signal a series of gruesome, seemingly inexplicable murders.  Until a note is addressed to Daniel himself.  And with the clock ticking, he must discover who wants him dead.  Any why.  Or become the next victim …

A Killer Harvest (August 2017)

By Paul Cleave

August 1, 2017

Joshua is convinced there is a family curse.

It’s taken loved ones from him, it’s taken his sight, and it’s the reason his father is killed tracking a serial killer.  But Joshua’s world is about to change.  With a new, groundbreaking surgery, his days of being blind are about to be over.  Joshua is being offered the opportunity to see the world through his dead father’s eyes.

As Joshua sees for the frist time, he catches glimpses of his father’s life, and of the lives his father hunted.  There are things about his dad that don’t add up…and it doesn’t take long for Joshua to discover a world darker than the one he has emerged from.

Decline & Fall on Savage Street (August 2017) – Athenaeum Book Club

By Fiona Farrell

August 1, 2017

An Athenaeum Book Club pick.

A house with a fanciful turret is build by a river.

Unfolding within its rooms are lives of event and emotional upheaval.  A lot happens.  And the tumultuous events of the twentieth century also leave their mark, from war to economic collapse, the deaths of presidents and princesses to new waves of music, art, architecture and political ideas.

Meanwhile, a few metres away in the river, another creature follows a different, slower rhythm.

And beneath them all, the planet moves to its own immense geological time.

With insight, wide-ranging knowledge and humour, this novel explores the same territory as its non-fiction twin, The Villa at the Edge of the Empire.  Writing in a city devastated by major earthquakes, Fiona Farrell rebuilds a brilliant, compelling and imaginative structure from bits and pieces salvaged from one hundred years of history.

A lot has happened.  This is now is might have felt.

The Little Breton Bistro (August 2017)

By Nina George

August 1, 2017

Marianne Messmann longs to escape a loveless marriage.  On a trip to Paris, she decides to leap off the Pont Neuf into the Seine, but is saved from drowning by a passer-by.  While recovering in hospital, Marianne comes across a painting of a beautiful port town in Brittany and decides to embark on a final adventure.

Once in Brittany, Marianne is swept up in an enchanting new way of life at ‘Ar Mor’ (The Sea) restaurant.  She meets Yann, the handsome painter, Genevieve, the fiery restaurant owner, Jean-Remy, the heartbroken chef, and many more friends who open her eyes to new possibilities.  Among food, music and laughter, Marianne discovers a new version of herself – passionate, carefree and powerful.  That is until her past comes calling.  And when it does, Marianne is left with a choice: to step back into the known or to cast it aside for an exciting and rewarding future.

The Music Shop (August 2017)

By Rachel Joyce

August 1, 2017

1988 Frank owns a music shop.  It is jam-packed with records of every speed, size and genre.  Classical, jazz, punk – as long as it’s vinyl, he sells it.  Day after day, Frank finds his cutomers the music they need.  But while he is loved by many people, Frank is happy alone.

Then into his life walks Ilse Brauchmann.

Ilse asks Frank to teach her about music.  His instinct is to turn and run.  And yet he is drawn to this strangely still, mysterious woman with her pea-green coat and her eyes as black as vinyl.  But Ilse is not what she seems.  And Frank has old wounds that threaten to reopen and a past he will never leave behind.

The Music shop is about learning how to listen and how to feel; it’s about second chances and choosing to be brave despite the odds.  Because in the end, music can save us all.

Finding Gobi (August 2017)

By Dion Leonard

August 1, 2017

‘This little dog has changed me in ways I think I’m only just beginning to understand.  Maybe I’ll never fully understand it all.  Yet I do know this: finding Gobi was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life.  But being found by her – that was one of the best.’

In the scorching heat, across arid plains and over the Tian Shan Mountains, Dion Leonard was competing in a gruelling 155-mile ultramarathon race through the Chinese Gobi Desert when a stray dog started running with him.  The lovable pup, who earned the name ‘Gobi’, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the treacherous landscape, managing to keep pace with him for nearly 80 miles.

As Dion witnessed the incredible determination of this small scruffy dog, he felt something change within himself.  He had always focused solely on winning a place on the race podium, but now his goal was simply to make sure that his new friend was safe, nourished and hydrated.  Although Dion did not finish first, he felt he had won something far greater and promised to bring Gobi back to the UK to become part of his family.

Back in the UK, Dion was working hard to bring Gobi home when he received a phone call that made his stomach drop.  Gobi was missing in a dangerous sprawling Chinese city of 3 million people.  Dion was determined to do everything in his power to find the little dog who had inspired him and won his heart – this was the start of a journey neither of them would ever forget, a roller-coaster ride that changed their lives forever.

Sleeping in the Ground (August 2017)

By Peter Robinson

August 1, 2017

A shocking mass murder occurs at a wedding in a small Dales church and a huge manhunt follows.  Eventually, the shooter is run to ground and things take their inevitable course.

But Banks is plagued with doubts as to exactly what happened outside the church that day, and why.  Struggling with the death of his first serious girlfriend and the return of profiler Jenny Fuller into his life.  Banks feels the need to dig deeper into the murders, and as he does so, he uncoveres forensic and psychological puzzles that lead him to the past secrets that might just provide the answers he is looking for.

The Secrets She Keeps (August 2017)

By Michael Robotham

August 1, 2017

Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is.

For Agatha, it’s Meghan Shaughnessy’s.

These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common – a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear.

Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.

The compelling new psycological thriller that will break your heart into tiny little pieces, from world-renowned author Michael Robotham.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (August 2017)

By Arundhati Roy

August 1, 2017

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on a journey of many years – the story spooling outwards from the cramped neighbouhoods of Old Delhi into the burgeoning new metropolis and beyond, to the Valley of Kashmir and the forests of central India, where war is peace and peace is war, and where, from time to time, ‘normalcy’ is declared.

Anjum, who used to be Aftab, unrolls a threadbare carpet in a city graveyard that she calls home.  A baby appears quite suddenly on a pavement, a little after midnight, in a crib of litter.  The enigmatic S. Tilottama is a much of a presence as she is an absence in the lives of the three men who love her.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once an aching love story and a decisive remonstration. It is told in a whisper, in a shout, through tears and sometimes with a laugh.  Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, mended by love – and by hope.  For this reason, they are as steely as they are fragile, and they never surrender.  This ravishing, magnificent book reinvents what a novel can do and can be.  And it deminstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy’s storytelling gifts.

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