I have decided to restart this feature in order to showcase some of the lovely books that I have either bought or kindly been sent. These will all be reviewed on the blog soon so do let me know if you have any thoughts on them or any other recommendations!
My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry (Penguin, 520 pages, 25th August 2016) It's the perfect love story. Lily meets Ed at a party, and on their second date, he proposes. She's a lawyer, he's an up-and-coming artist. They own a beautiful flat in London and
mix with all the right people. But Lily has a secret. Something from her past, that is soon to collide with her present. And she thinks her new husband is hiding something too. The vows that they made will soon be tested to the very limits.
The Samaritan by Mason Cross (Orion Books, 409 pages, out now) For years, a sadistic serial killer has been preying in lone female drivers who have broken down. The press dub the killer 'the Samaritan', but with no leads, the police investigation quickly grinds to a halt. That's when Carter Blake volunteers his services. He's a skilled manhunter who shares some uncomfortable similarities to the man the police are tracking. As the slaughter intensifies, Blake must find a way to stop it...even if it means bringing his own past crashing down on top of him,
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (Picador, 720, out now) When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel painting pursuing fame in the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity.
Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addictio
n, success and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize is Jude himself; by midlife a terrifyingly talented lawyer yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by a degree of trauma that he fears he will not only be unable to overcome- but that will define his life forever.
A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale (Tinder Press, 359 pages, out now) Harry Cane has followed tradition at every step, until an illicit affair forces him to abandon the golden suburbs of Edwardian England and travel to the town of Winter in the newly colonised Canadian prairies. There, isolated in a beautiful but harsh landscape, Harry embarks on an extraordinary journey, not only of physical hardship, but also of acute self-discovery.