The covers of books like The Librarian, The Thursday Murder Club, The Sanatorium and others, diagonally against a yellow background.

 

I’m always delighted to recommend books I’ve enjoyed. I hope you’ll love these as much as I did. Happy reading! 

The Librarian by Salley Vickers (2018)

I’ve always loved this author’s books. I also adore libraries and mysteries so this ticks all three boxes! It’s the 1950s and Sylvia is a young librarian who moves to a market town where she falls in love with an older man. But there is an underlying web of complications. (Aren’t there always when it comes to love?!). I won’t say more for fear of spoiling the plot, but this book bears Salley’s hallmark of good writing and a great yarn. I was also lucky enough to interview her when she came to speak at our local literary festival.

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (2020)

Why did I warm to this so much?  It’s not just the humour or the intelligent writing. Or the different quirky characters. Or their age demographic – mainly OAPs. Or their previous jobs in high places. Or their fascination with solving blood-thirsty murders. Or the cosy upmarket residential home setting. It was all of the above. I was lucky enough to get a proof before it hit the bookshelves (Richard and I share the same talented editor) and I can’t wait for his next one. 

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse (2021)

This is the kind of book that sends tingles down your spine just from the title!  Personally, I’d be a bit spooked out if I had to stay in a hotel that was once a sanatorium,  but Elin – who happens to be a detective – feels obliged to accept her estranged brother’s invitation to his engagement party. Then his fiancée disappears. I couldn’t resist a twisty, chilling plot like this. I was on the edge of my seat from beginning to end!

Perfect by Rachel Joyce (2013)

This is another writer whom I would follow until the end of time. I love her ear for words and those intriguing characters. It’s 1972.  11-year-old Byron and his friend are launching a campaign called Operation Perfect to save his mother from an ‘impending crisis’. Fast-forward to the present day when Jim is cleaning the tables of a café. He has OCD. Nothing appears to link these two stories, but two seconds can change everything… I’m a sucker for time-slip books.  As an author, it gives you scope to create tension. As a reader, it keeps you turning those pages. This is a story which makes you think about the scary, uncertain ‘what ifs’ of life.

The Sentinel by Lee Child (2020)

I came across Lee Child when I was in prison. No. I wasn’t doing time. I was working as a writer in residence of a high security male prison. My students were passionate about Lee Child, so we would read him during book club in the prison library. This book has all the ingredients of a gripping jaw-dropper. When Jack Reacher gets off the bus in a town near Nashville, he’s planning on just stopping for a cup of coffee. Then he discovers the town is in the grip of a cyber-attack. Of course there’s more but like all good thrillers, the twists are part of the mystery! 

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson (2018)    

I have to admit that it was the double by-line that made me want to read this book – as well as the title. Great writing and great plotting. It’s the kind of book that has to be written by those in the know, and it would be hard to find a more compelling author duo than these two. It adds realism to the shivers. I passed the book round family and friends and now it sits on the bedside table in the guest room.  You can borrow it – but I’d like it back!

The Lies We Tell is the latest domestic thriller from Sunday Times bestseller Jane Corry. 

  • The Lies We Tell

  • 'Everything I love in a book' LISA JEWELL
    'Leaves you asking - what would I do? Jane Corry's best yet' BA PARIS

    Sarah always thought of herself and her husband, Tom, as good people. But that was before their son Freddy came home saying he'd done something terrible. Begging them not to tell the police.

    Soon Sarah and Tom must find out just how far they are willing to push themselves, and their marriage, to protect their only child . . .

    As the lies build up and Sarah is presented with the perfect opportunity to get Freddy off the hook, she is faced with a terrifying decision . . .

    Save her son . . . or save herself?

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    WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT JANE CORRY

    'Absolutely brilliant...full of twists and turns that left me positively breathless' Angela Marsons

    'A python of a book; it draws you in gently at first and then the coils of tension begin to tighten and refuse to let you go...' Jane Shemilt

    'Readers you are in for a tremendous treat - a roller-coaster of a ride that will leave you screaming, 'No!' on more than one occasion' Carol Wyer

    'What an addictive read! Extremely clever storytelling with terrific pace and real emotional depth too. I loved it' Teresa Driscoll

    'Corry often explores darker themes, and those living on the fringes of society and this book is no exception: gritty, real, interesting and clever. Highly recommended' Gillian McAllister

    'An absorbing and gripping masterpiece, skilfully plotted with superbly drawn characters who will stay with you long after you've finished reading' Kathryn Croft

    'I love all Jane Corry's books but this is her best yet. So clever, compulsive and twisty with a reveal I never saw coming. Superb' Claire Douglas

    ' Exhilarating and heartbreaking in equal measure, this story will stay with me for a long time' Nuala Ellwood

    'Jane Corry is at the top of her game and her latest novel cements her place as one of the superstars of the genre' Phoebe Morgan

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