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The House Between Tides, by Sarah Maine

Following the death of her last living relative, Hetty Deveraux is left with an intriguing inheritance, Muirlan House. This ancestral family home, located on a remote Scottish island, is now a crumbling ruin. Hetty sees in this house the opportunity for a new start, away from London and her strained relationship. She journeys to this isolated Scottish island to establish the scale of the repairs. But when a skeleton is unearthed under the floorboards, the past is now right in front of her. What happened at Muirlan House all those years ago? And how will this new information change Hetty’s plans for the future? Read More »

The Sanatorium, by Sarah Pearse

Although on compassionate leave from her job as a police detective, Elin Warner has no desire to travel. But, when an invitation to her estranged brother’s engagement party arrives, she cannot refuse. So she finds herself in an ultra-modern and very isolated hotel in the Swiss Alps. The new hotel might be the height of luxury, but Elin senses a strange feeling about the place. Maybe it is only the hotel’s history as a sanatorium?
However, they wake up the next morning to find her brother Isaac’s fiancée is missing. With the hotel cut off from the outside world by a major snowstorm, Elin is tasked by the Swiss police to investigate the disappearance. As time passes and they are no nearer to finding her, the remaining hotel guests begin to panic. But nobody has realised that another woman is also missing. Read More »

The Ice, by Laline Paull

A frozen corpse emerges from a glacier under the startled eye of a cruise ship full of tourists. The body is quickly identified as Tom Harding, who was lost in an accident over three years ago. Tom’s friend Sean survived the accident but has lived with the uncertainties and guilt ever since. But what other secrets lie hidden in this cold and unpredictable place? Read More »

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

Offred is a Handmaid and her sole purpose in life is to breed. Her existence is strictly controlled and highly restricted by the totalitarian regime under which America now lives. The birth rate has declined so drastically that certain measures have been put in place. Offred has been assigned to a high-ranking Commander and his Wife, to provide them with a baby.
If she fails or disobeys in any way, she faces a public hanging or exile into the barren radioactive wastelands. But Offred remembers her life before becoming a Handmaid. She remembers her name, her family and the freedom she used to enjoy. Will the threat of execution or exile be enough to stop her from seeking out her family and freedom? Read More »

Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi

Effia and Esi are sisters, but they have never met. Born in Ghana, on Africa’s Gold Coast, they are destined for very different futures. One will be sold into slavery and journey to America. The other will become the wife of a white man, a slave trader. The consequences of these very different fates will be felt through the generations. This is their story and the story of those who came after them. Read More »

The Last Letter from Your Lover, by Jojo Moyes

When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in hospital in 1960, she does not remember anything. Not the terrible car accident that put her in hospital. Not her husband or her friends, nor even who she is. Discharged and returned home, Jennifer feels like a stranger in her own life, and certainly in her marriage bed. By chance, she comes across a hand-written letter urging her to leave her husband and run away. The letter is signed simply “B”.
In 2003, journalist Ellie comes across the same letter in her newspaper’s archive. She is determined to track down the people in this letter and find out their story. Her career is floundering and she hopes this feature will set it straight again. But the letter has connected with her on a personal level as well. Maybe in finding these lovers from long ago and unearthing their story, she will be able to make sense of her confused love-life as well. Read More »

The Boy in the Suitcase, by Lene Kaaberbøl & Agnete Friis

Nina Borg is a Red Cross nurse living in Copenhagen with her family. She is dedicated to her work and to helping people in need. So, when her old friend Karin calls her in a panic and asks for her help, she cannot say no. Karin gives Nina the key to a storage locker at the station and asks her to retrieve the contents. Nina was in no way expecting what she finds. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy, drugged and naked. Read More »