500 pages of pure adrenalin rush … if you like thrillers that keep you guessing, you’re going to love Lindwood Barclay’s Find You First. The possible heirs of a tech billionaire, who’s recently discovered he has a terminal illness, are being killed off one by one. With enough twists and turns to make you giddy, red herrings to keep you on your toes and a killer twist in the tale, this is our thriller of the month. Could not put it down! •She wanted a child, so she took one. Call Me Mummy (another debut novel, this one by Tina Baker) kicks off as Mummy – a glamorous, uptight woman who has everything except a child, kidnaps five-year-old Tonya (Mummy’ll have to change that name, so common). But Tonya’s not the perfect child Mummy was expecting … in fact, she’s a foul-mouthed mini version of her real mum, Kim, who’s been labelled ‘scummy mummy’ by the media, and thinks she deserves to have her other children removed from her care too. Thrilling, harrowing, bleak … and unputdownable. Both available from exclusivebooks.co.za • Mother. Daughter. Angel. Monster? When Lisa Jewel, one of our favourite authors, endorses a book, saying ‘Set my nerves jangling,’ you know it’s a not-to-be-missed read. The Push revolves around mother Blythe, who wants to give her first child, Violet, all the love she deserves … all the love her own mother withheld. But Violet’s not an easy child, demanding, fretful, unsmiling. And for Blythe, it’s a case of motherhood being not at all what she hoped for, and everything she feared. Dark, disturbing, gripping … Ashley Audrain’s debut novel is all that and more.
We need at least one book this month where mums and daughters love, comfort and support. Hello Danielle Steel. The Affair revolves around a family of successful women (typical DS … it’s all designers and TV stars, a fashion magazine editor and a court judge) … and life’s perfect and glam. Until one is heartbroken and humiliated when news of her husband’s affair is splashed over the pages of the newspaper. Mum and daughters come together to heal … and all five realise family is what matters most in life. • You’ve seen the series on Netflix … Kristin Hannah’s Firefly Lane kicks off in the early 1970s, when an unlikely friendship is formed between two girls, one that lasts through 30 years. They’ve been through a lot, but one act of betrayal may be the hurdle that tears them apart. Read it, then share with your best friend.
Oh, joy! A new JD Robb. Not so joyful for successful young sculptor Arial Bryd, who’s found murdered in her studio. At first glance, it looks to Lt Eve Dallas and her partner, the lovely, wacky Peabody, to be the outcome of an argument with a jealous partner but it soon becomes clear that there is much more to this case than a lovers’ quarrel turned fatal. White supremacy, misogyny and religious fanaticism … Eve and her team delve into the dark world of a secret order … and find more than just Arial’s murderer. We love this series … and Faithless in Death’s the latest bestseller. • Twelve years is a long time to wait when you’re planning the perfect revenge. A dozen years after her best friend died under mysterious circumstances, Lizzie finally feels she can move on. At the time, Alice’s friends and family suspected Lizzie played a part in her death. She was, after all, with Alice when she died. But Lizzie has no memory of the accident … all she knows is she would never have hurt her. Now moving into a new home with her fiancé, she’s going to get on with her life. But someone has other ideas! Lesley Kara’s The Dare is another stay-up-all-nighter … brilliantly thrilling. • Natalie is called to jury duty and she, along with 11 others, need to decide if a young man accused of a crime is guilty. The Verdict, eventually, is not guilty. And although Natalie was foreman, and pushed for the decision, she’s not convinced it was correct. And when she bumps into the accused at a store one day, she decides to investigate further. CJ Cooper’s The Verdict is a dark thriller, with a good twist, but neither Natalie nor the accused are likeable characters … she’s deeply unhappy, bitter and vengeful, he’s deceitful … you can’t help but feel they deserve everything they get.
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