• My Dark Vanessa

    My Dark Vanessa Book Cover My Dark Vanessa
    Kate Elizabeth Russell
    Thriller? Character Study? Gritty, Dark and Uncomfortable
    4th Estate
    March 31st
    E-book
    400+

    ALL HE DID WAS FALL IN LOVE WITH ME AND THE WORLD TURNED HIM INTO A MONSTER

    Vanessa Wye was fifteen years old when she first had sex with her English teacher.

    She is now thirty-two and in the storm of allegations against powerful men in 2017, the teacher, Jacob Strane, has just been accused of sexual abuse by another former student.

    Vanessa is horrified by this news, because she is quite certain that the relationship she had with Strane wasn't abuse. It was love. She's sure of that.

    Forced to rethink her past, to revisit everything that happened, Vanessa has to redefine the great love story of her life – her great sexual awakening – as rape. Now she must deal with the possibility that she might be a victim, and just one of many.

    Nuanced, uncomfortable, bold and powerful, and as riveting as it is disturbing, My Dark Vanessa goes straight to the heart of some of the most complex issues our age is grappling with.

    “It’s just my luck” He said. “That when I finally find a soulmate, she’s fifteen years old”.

    Thank you to 4th Estate Books and Netgalley…

  • The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

    The Two Lives of Lydia Bird Book Cover The Two Lives of Lydia Bird
    Josie Silver
    Romance/Contemporary
    Viking
    March 5th 2020
    Physical
    400+

    What if you could live your great love story again?

    Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They've been together for almost a decade, and Lydia thinks their love is indestructible.

    But she's wrong. Because on her 27th birthday, Freddie dies in a tragic accident.

    So now it's just Lydia, and all she wants to do is hide indoors and sob 'til her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to live her life well. So, enlisting the help of his best friend and her sister Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world and starts to live - perhaps even to love - again.

    Then something unbelievable happens, and Lydia gets another chance at her old life with Freddie. But what if there's someone in her new life who wants her to stay?

    “Most of life’s defining moments happen unexpectedly; sometimes they slide past you completely unnoticed until afterwards, if at all. The last time your child…

  • Grace is Gone by Emily Elgar

    Grace is Gone Book Cover Grace is Gone
    Emily Elgar
    Thriller
    Sphere
    February 2020
    Physical

    A small town’s beloved family.

    A shocking, senseless crime—and the dark secret at the heart of it all.

    Everyone in Ashford, Cornwall, knows Meg Nichols and her daughter, Grace. Meg has been selflessly caring for Grace for years, and Grace—smiling and optimistic in spite of her many illnesses—adores her mother. So when Meg is found brutally bludgeoned in her bed and her daughter missing, the community is rocked. Meg had lived in terror of her abusive, unstable ex, convinced that he would return to try and kidnap Grace…as he had once before. Now it appears her fear was justified.

    Jon Katrin, a local journalist, knows he should avoid getting drawn back into this story. The article he wrote about Meg and Grace caused rifts within his marriage and the town. Perhaps if he can help find Grace, he can atone for previous lapses in judgment. The Nichols’ neighbor, Cara—contending with her own guilt over not being a better friend to Grace—becomes an unexpected ally. But in searching for Grace, Jon and Cara uncover anomalies that lead to more and more questions.

    “𝘎𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘦’𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘪𝘳 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘧𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯 𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦. 𝘏𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰𝘺 𝘳𝘢𝘣𝘣𝘪𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵-𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘦𝘥 𝘤𝘶𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘬𝘪𝘥𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘳, 𝘵𝘰𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴…

  • The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

    The Wives Book Cover The Wives
    Tarryn Fisher
    Thriller/Suspense/Domestic Thriller
    HQ
    Audiobook: 30th December 2019 / UK Physical Book: 30th April 2020
    Audio and Physical

    Imagine that your husband has two other wives.

    You’ve never met the other wives. None of you know each other, and because of this unconventional arrangement, you can see your husband only one day a week. But you love him so much you don’t care. Or at least that’s what you’ve told yourself.

    But one day, while you’re doing laundry, you find a scrap of paper in his pocket—an appointment reminder for a woman named Hannah, and you just know it’s another of the wives.

    You thought you were fine with your arrangement, but you can’t help yourself: you track her down, and, under false pretences, you strike up a friendship. Hannah has no idea who you really are. Then, Hannah starts showing up to your coffee dates with telltale bruises, and you realize she’s being abused by her husband. Who, of course, is also your husband. But you’ve never known him to be violent, ever.

    Who exactly is your husband, and how far would you go to find the truth? Would you risk your own life?

    And who is his mysterious third wife?

    “It’s all too perfect, I think. When things are that perfect, something is wrong.”

    Thank you to HQ for an advance copy of ‘The Wives’…

  • Little White Lies by Philippa East

    Little White Lies Book Cover Little White Lies
    Philippa East
    Thriller
    HQ
    2020
    Physical

    She only looked away for a second…

    Anne White only looked away for a second, but that’s all it took to lose sight of her young daughter.

    But seven years later, Abigail is found.

    And as Anne struggles to connect with her teenage daughter, she begins to question how much Abigail remembers about the day she disappeared…

    “It was when it was over that all the rest began, all that led up to that night on the bridge. When I had…

  • Long Bright River

    Long Bright River Book Cover Long Bright River
    Liz Moore
    Mystery
    Hutchinson
    Jan 2020
    Physical
    480+

    Mickey Fitzpatrick has been patrolling the 24th District for years. She knows most of the working women by name. She knows what desperation looks like and what people will do when they need a fix. She’s become used to finding overdose victims: their numbers are growing every year. But every time she sees someone sprawled out, slumped over, cold to the touch, she has to pray it’s not her sister, Kacey.

    When the bodies of murdered sex workers start turning up on the Ave, the Chief of Police is keen to bury the news. They’re not the kind of victims that generate a whole lot of press anyway. But Mickey is obsessed, dangerously so, with finding the perpetrator - before Kacey becomes the next victim.

    📍 Kensington Ave, Philidelphia 📍The first place you go for drugs and sexThe last place you want to look for your sister

    I knew I…

  • Such A Fun Age

    Such A Fun Age Book Cover Such A Fun Age
    Kiley Reid
    Contemporary
    Bloomsbury
    Jan 2020
    Ebook

    When Emira is apprehended at a supermarket for 'kidnapping' the white child she's actually babysitting, it sets off an explosive chain of events. Her employer Alix, a feminist blogger with a 'personal brand' and the best of intentions, resolves to make things right.

    But Emira herself is aimless, broke and wary of Alix's desire to help. When she meets someone from Alix's past, the two women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know – about themselves, each other, and the messy dynamics of privilege.

    “It is very late for someone this small,” he said. “Is she your child?” “No” Emira laughed. “I am her babysitter.” “Alright, well, with…

  • In the Dream House

    In The Dream House Book Cover In The Dream House
    Carmen Maria Machado
    Memoir
    Serpent's Tail
    Jan 2020
    Audio

    In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing experience with a charismatic but volatile woman, this is a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse.

    Each chapter views the relationship through a different lens, as Machado holds events up to the light and examines them from distinct angles. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, Star Trek and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction, infusing all with her characteristic wit, playfulness and openness to enquiry. The result is a powerful book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.

    “Your back starts to hurt, and your feet, and a doctor says to you, direly, that you need to lose weight. You bawl your…

  • The Dilemma by B A Paris

    The Dilemma Book Cover The Dilemma
    B A Paris
    Domestic Suspense
    HQ
    Jan 2020
    Physical
    350

    It’s Livia’s fortieth birthday and tonight she’s having a party, a party she’s been planning for a long time. The only person missing will be her daughter, Marnie.

    But Livia has a secret, a secret she’s been keeping from Adam, her husband, until the party is over. Because how can she tell him that although she loves Marnie, she’s glad their daughter won’t be there to celebrate with her?

    Adam is determined everything will be just right for Livia and the party is going to be perfect… until he learns something that will leave him facing an unbearable decision. 

    “It reminds me of the haunted look I see in my own eyes. Suddenly I’m struck by the possibility that maybe he knows what…

  • The Chestnut Man

    The Chestnut Man Book Cover The Chestnut Man
    Søren Sveistrup
    Thriller
    2019
    Audio
    500

    One blustery October morning in a quiet Copenhagen suburb, the police make a terrible discovery. A young woman is found brutally murdered with one of her hands missing. Above her hangs a small doll made of chestnuts.

    Ambitious young detective Naia Thulin is assigned the case. Her partner, Mark Hess, is a burned-out investigator who's just been kicked out of Europol. They soon discover a mysterious piece of evidence on the chestnut man - evidence connecting it to a girl who went missing a year earlier and is presumed dead; the daughter of politician Rosa Hartung. But the man who confessed to her murder is already behind bars and the case long since closed.

    Soon afterwards, a second woman is found murdered, along with another chestnut man. Thulin and Hess suspect that there's a connection between the Hartung case and the murdered women. But what is it?

    Thulin and Hess are racing against the clock, because it's clear that the killer is on a mission that is far from over...

    “Chestnut man, do come in. Chestnut man, do come in. Have you any chestnuts that you’ve brought for me today? Thank you…