Thrills, murders, secrets, mysteries … and a very South African story. The perfect excuse to grab a solar lamp and enjoy load-shedding.
We’re massive fans of Evan Smoak, who as a youngster was taken from his foster home, code-named Orphan X and trained to be a lethal weapon in a top secret Cold War programme. On discovering the programme was evil, he escaped, and used his considerable skills to help people in dire need. Into The Fire by Gregg Hurwitz is the fifth Orphan X thriller – and a riveting stand-alone read. Do yourself a favour – if you haven’t already done so, read the first four too. Outstanding. Penguin, R290.
Eve Dallas and her talented team – along with gorgeous husband Rorke – are tasked with solving a particularly tricky mystery in JD Robb’s Golden in Death. Why would someone want to kill Kent Abner, a model doctor, husband, father and neighbour? He’s found dead in his town house, then so is a second victim. Eve is racing against time to track a serial killer who’s using a weapon that could wipe out half Manhattan. Nail-biting stuff. Little Brown, R285
Livia has a secret. It’s about her daughter, Marnie, who’s one of the few people she loves who won’t be at her 40th birthday party. She’s waiting until after the party to share the secret with her husband, Adam. Adam has a secret, too. He’s arranged for their daughter to come home as a surprise guest. But he’s heard some devastating news. Should he tell Livia now, or let her enjoy her party first? A heartbreaking decision in The Dilemma by BA Paris. Harper Collins , R305
Kate’s phenomenal ability to identify criminals in crowds of thousands is apparently destroyed after a brain injury in a car accident. In The Other You, Kate meets Rob after the accident and he nurses her back to health. With him she feels safe and loved – until the day she looks at Rob and knows, with absolute certainty, that he’s been replaced by an imposter. Is she right, or is it all in her damaged mind? JS Monroe’s story is a riveting psychological thriller. Head of Zeus, R295
Between 1976 and 1994, South Africa endured a time of turbulence. Young Hamish Fraser, lives in suburban Joburg where his beloved housekeeper serves him fish fingers for lunch. Hamish – chorister, horse rider, schoolboy actor – and in his dreams, 1st XV rugby star – climbs trees and loves a girl named Reggie. Reggie & Me by James Hendry is the story of an odd child growing up in a conflicted, scary, beautiful society – a young South African who hasn’t learned the rules. An entertaining read that could well give Spud a run for his money. Pan Macmillan, R290