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Books Archive

Month: February 2020

The Assistant (February 2020)

By S. K. Tremayne

February 25, 2020

She watches you constantly

Newly divorced Jo is delighted to move into her best friend’s spare room almost rent-free.  The high-tech luxury Camden flat is managed by a meticulous Home Assistant, called Electra, that takes care of the heating, the lights – and sometimes Jo even turns to her for company.

She knows all your secrets

Until, late one night, Electra says one sentence that rips Jo’s fragile world in two: ‘I know what you did.’  And Jo is horrified.  Because in her past she did do something terrible.  Something unforgivable.

Now she wants to destroy you

Only two other people in the whole world know Jo’s secret.  And they would never tell anyone.  Would they?  As a fierce winter brings London to a standstill, Jo begins to understand that the Assistant on the shelf doesn’t just want to control her; it wants to destroy her.

The Other People (February 2020)

By C. J. Tudor

February 25, 2020

She sleeps, a pale girl in a white room …

Driving home one evening, stuck behind a rusty old car, Gabe sees a little girl’s face appear in the rear window.

She mouths on word: ‘Daddy.’

It’s his five-year-old daughter, Izzy.

He never sees her again.

Three years later, Gabe spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe that Izzy is dead.

Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the motorway.  Not searching.  But running.  Trying to keep one step ahead of the people who want to hurt them.

Because Fran knows the truth.  She knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter.  She knows who is responsible.  And she knows what they will do if they ever catch up with her and Alice …

Mr Nobody (February 2020)

By Catherine Steadman

February 25, 2020

Who is Mr Nobody?

When a man is found on a Norfolk beach with no identification and unable to speak, interest in him is sparked immediately.  From the hospital staff who find themselves inexplicable drawn to him, to international medical experts who are baffled by him, to the national press who call him Mr Nobody – everyone wants answers.  Who is this man?  And what happened to him?

Some memories are best forgotten.

Neuropsychiatrist Dr Emma Lewis is asked to assess the patient.  This is her field of expertise, this is the chance she’s been waiting for and this case could make her name known across the world.  But therein lies the danger: Emma left this same town fourteen years ago and has taken great pains to cover all traces of her past since then.

Places aren’t haunted – people are.

The more time Emma spends with her patient, the more alarmed she becomes.  Does he know the one thing about her that no one is supposed to know?

The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep (February 2020)

By H. G. Parry

February 25, 2020

For his entire life, Charley Sutherland has concealed an unusual ability he can’t quite control: he can bring characters from books into the real world.

But when literary characters start causing trouble throughout the city and threatening to destroy the world, he learns he’s not the only one with his ability.  Now, it’s up to Charley and his reluctant older brother, Rob, to stop them – hopefully before they reach The End.

Grown Ups (Febraury 2020)

By Marian Keyes

February 24, 2020

They’re a glamorous family: The Caseys.

Johnny Casey, his two brothers Ed and Liam, their beautiful, talented wives and all their kids spend a lot of time together – birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, weekends away.  And they’re a happy family.  Johnny’s wife, Jessie – who has the most money – insists on it.

Under the surface, though, conditions are murkier.  While some people clash, other people like each other far too much …

Everything stays under control until Ed’s wife, Cara, gets concussion and can’t keep her thoughts to herself.  One careless remark at Johnny’s birthday party, with the entire family present, starts Cara spilling out all their secrets.

In the subsequent unravelling, every one of the adults finds themselves wondering if it’s time – finally – to grow up?

Who Did You Tell? (February 2020)

By Lesley Kara

February 24, 2020

It’s been 192 days, seven hours and fifteen minutes since her last drink.  Now Astrid is trying to turn her life around.

Having reluctantly moved back in with her mother, in a quiet seaside town away from the temptations and painful memories of her life before, Astrid is focusing on her recovery.  She’s going to meetings.  Confessing her misdeeds.  Making amends to those she’s wronged.

But someone knows exactly what Astrid is running from.  And they won’t stop until she learns that some mistakes can’t be corrected.

Some mistakes, you have to pay for …

The Secret of Cold Hill (February 2020)

By Peter James

February 24, 2020

Cold Hill House has been razed to the ground by fire, replaced with a development of ultra-modern homes.  Gone with the flames are the violent memories of the house’s history, and a new era has begun.

Although much of Cold Hill Park is still a construction site, the first two families move into their new houses.  For Jason and Emily Danes, this is their forever home, and for Maurice and Claudette Penze-Weedell, it’s the perfect place to live out retirement.  Despite the ever present rumble of cement mixers and diggers, Cold Hill Park appears to be the ideal place to live.  But looks are deceptive and it’s only a matter of days before both couples start to feel they are not alone in their new homes.

There is one thing that never appears in the estate agent brochures: nobody has ever survived beyond forty in Cold Hill House and no one has ever truly left …

The Vinyl Detective – Flip Back (February 2020)

By Andrew Cartmel

February 24, 2020

At the height of their success, the electric folk band Black Dog invited journalists to a desolate island for an infamous publicity stunt: the burning of a million dollars.  But the stunt backfired and the band split up, increasing the value of their final album vastly.  It’s this album that Tinkler’s got his eye on, and he hires none other than the Vinyl Detective and Nevada to hunt a copy down.

Narrowly avoiding a killing spree, negotiating deranged Black Dog fans, and being pursued by hack celebrity Stinky Stammer and his camera crew, the Vinyl Detective and Nevada discover that perhaps all was not as it seemed on the island – and that in the embers of that fire are clues to a motive for murder …

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