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Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

A modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice; Liz is a magazine writer in her late 30s whilst older sister, Jane is a yoga teacher. Kitty and Lydia are too busy looking beautiful to get jobs and Mary mysteriously disappears one night a week in between doing a master’s degree. Mrs Bennett is desperate to marry off her daughters, her husband is focused on a quiet life, hiding his money troubles. When Liz and Jane are summoned from New York after their father’s health scare, they get caught up in the Cincinnati social scene. Enter Chip Bingley, a reality TV show contestant and neurosurgeon, Fitzwilliam Darcy. I’m sure there’s no need to tell you what happens! This is the same story we know and love, brought kicking and screaming into the 21st century. With plenty of humour, the author tackles the same issues as the original text - class, family, gender and courtship. Hilarious, tender and faithful to the original, I loved every minute.


The Lost and Found
The Lost and Found
When She Was Bad
When She Was Bad

The Lost and Found by Cat Clarke

What happens to a family when a child goes missing? Laurel, 6 years old, is abducted from her family home. Her sister, Faith, has lived for 13 years without any resolution, the family damaged and scarred by their loss and the uncertainty. Then, one day, Laurel is found in the garden of their childhood house. Now what happens? How do mother, father and sibling react once the joyous reunion is over? How does Laurel react to being home? And why is Faith so uneasy? An intriguing story!

 

When She Was Bad by Tammy Cohen

Tammy Cohen weaves together what initially appear to be two entirely different stories to create an excellent psychological thriller. In the first, Amira, Paula, Sarah, Chloe, Charlie and Ewan have been working colleagues for years - they enjoy working alongside each other. Then, their manager is sacked and replaced by the immaculate, ambitious and driven Rachel and their workplace is no longer a pleasant environment. Rachel quickly decides that she wants rid of Sarah and Paula, she plays mind games with Amira and Charlie and flirts shamelessly with Ewan when it suits her. Meanwhile, the second story tells of a decades old American child abuse case. You know there is a link between the two stories but Tammy Cohen keeps you guessing to the very end, so producing a gripping read.

Girls on Fire
Girls on Fire
Truly, Madly, Guilty
Truly, Madly, Guilty

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

Set in the 90s, when Hannah meets Lacey, she is an outcast at school and bored with her life. Lacey transforms her into Dex and introduces her to Kurt Cobain, rebellion and Doc Martins. Together they push against the small town philosophies forced upon them. But Lacey has a secret that will change everything. Hard-hitting and fast paced, I was hooked from the opening pages. The friendships portrayed in the book are quick to ignite but you just know they won’t end well! The dual narration means the reader gets just enough information to leave you wanting more; I was desperate to find out Lacey’s secret and watch first hand as Hannah’s life spun out of control as she was swept up in the whirlwind of adolescent love, jealousy and passion.

 

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

When friends Clementine and Erika are invited to a neighbour’s barbeque, they have no idea that the day will changed their present lives and affect their relationships. Told in alternating chapters; focusing on the day of the barbeque and the present - several weeks later- we are drip fed clues on what actually happened to cause a fracture between Erika and Clementine, their respective partners and their neighbours, Vid and Tiffany. This slow reveal keeps you guessing as the tension build towards the inevitable. I was thoroughly immersed in the story and invested in the characters. Perfect summer reading material.

Snowblind
Snowblind
Don't You Cry
Don't You Cry

Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson

Siglufjordur is an idyllically quiet fishing village in Iceland, where no one locks their doors and the only way to get there is via a small mountain tunnel. Avi Thor Arason, a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik is learning his new job when a young woman is found bleeding in the snow and an old writer falls to his death in the local theatre - as the snow falls and an avalanche closes the tunnel it becomes clear there’s a killer on the loose. Very enjoyable Scandi noir blended with classic detective crime novel. Incredibly atmospheric!

 

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

In Chicago, Quinn’s flatmate, Esther, mysteriously disappears. It is totally out of character and Quinn files a missing persons report as well as investigating the disappearance herself. Her discoveries alarm her - shredded letters and photos, a woman contacting her about a room to rent, the death of Esther’s previous flatmate, Kelsey and a locksmith arriving to change the apartment’s locks. She convinces herself that Esther is planning to kill her just as she murdered Kelsey. Meanwhile, in a quiet lakeside Michigan town, Alex, who works at the local diner, becomes fascinated by a new customer whom he names Pearl. However, within a few days, it becomes apparent that Pearl is not what she seems. Told in alternating chapters from the points of view of Quinn and Alex, this is a slow burning thriller with the tension gradually mounting to a gripping conclusion. A great read!







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