7 Richard and Judy picks you can't miss
The Richard and Judy book club picks for 2017 fiction are here. Here's our favourites from the list that we recommend you bury your nose into...
If you loved Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, this is the book for you. It's packs such a punch you'll be left feeling winded after the final page, and sometimes, that kind of drama is just what we want from a book. Laurel's daughter, Ellie, went missing ten years ago. She's never given up hope of finding her, but when she's swept off her feet by a charistmatic stranger, everything from her past comes rushing back. Because his daughter looks exactly like Ellie... It's deliciously dark and the characters will carve a special place into your heart. For twists, turns and tears, look no further.
When a woman is murdered after an internet date, Harry Hole is the only man to get to the bottom of it. The marks left on her body indicate a particularly vicious killer, and Harry is reluctant to return to the place that took everything from him...but it could be his chance to finally catch the one that got away. Jo Nesbo is the master of the crime thriller and will keep you white-knuckled and desperate for answers from page one. A rollercoaster read if ever there was one.
Told from the perspective of four different women, The Child is both a fast-paced mystery and emotional story about loss. Journalist Kate Waters is on the lookout for her next story, when the remains of a baby are found on a construction site. Her investigation leads her to the unsolved disappearance of a baby from a maternity ward in 1970. Suddenly the case moves beyond her article and Kate finds herself wanting to find answers for the family that's been grieving for over 40 years. It's an intriguing story that revisits the brilliant protagonist from The Widow - if you enjoyed that one, you'll love this.
What happens when the marriage of your dreams becomes your worst nightmare? Alice and Jake are about to find out. Newly married, successful and picture perfect, they are enticed by a mysterious wedding gift that asks them to join The Pact: an exclusive club for married couples that has certain rules. Rules that inspire a long and happy marriage. But when one of them breaks one of those rules, they're about to find out that The Pact membership is for life. Just like marriage. Wildly unnerving and full of suspense, it's an original thriller that'll have you gripped from start to finish.
This is a truly unforgettable, immersive story about family, identity, and love in all its many forms. Cyril is adopted and adrift. Born out of wedlock to a teenage mother, told he'll never be 'a real Avery' but his cold yet eccentric adoptive parents, he spends his life trying to discover who he really is. It's a long, lush escapist read that will really take your breath away and put you through a spectrum of intense emotions. We absolutely loved it.
Beatifully written and utterly engrossing, this is the haunting tale of Alice and her brother Mattew, based on the real Essex Witch Trials in the 1600s. After her husband dies, Alice returns to her home in Essex, where her brother lives. He is a strange and unpleasant man, and after listening to the whispers in the streets, she soon discovers he is obsessed with accusing women of witchcraft. But that's only the start of it, and she's forced to begin a dark and horrifying journey in order to save innocent lives. It's a gripping historical thriller and it's also pretty terrifying. Clever, pacey and sinister, it'll stay with you long after you've switched off the lights.
This is an electric read which will floor you with its twists and turns - believe us! When eight-year-old Daisy disappears from a family party, everyone claims they saw nothing, but DI Adam Fawley knows that nine times out of ten, it's someone the victim knew. That means someone is lying...and that Daisy's time is running out. Set in Oxford and with a wonderfully likeable lead detective, you'll be led through a wild maze with this one.