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8 books to cozy up with this winter

Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel Rebecca, The Winters is the story of a young woman who’s engaged to a wealthy politician and recent widower … living a life of luxury in his home on Long Island with him and his daughter from his first wife. The daughter makes life a living hell, and the first wife haunts her imagination. Like Rebecca, it’s all about a family’s dark secrets … Lisa Gabriele’s novel is gripping and haunting … an amazing read. Harvill Secker, R290



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Thirty years ago a group of school friends go camping in the forest. Aurora is over the moon that she’s been allowed to tag along with her older sister. But Aurora never comes back. All along the friends have claimed innocence, but Aurora’s body has now been found in a hideaway only they knew about. Six friends. One killer. She Lies in Wait is Gytha Lodge’s debut novel and it’s tremendous. Michael Joseph, R290



Sally was 10 years-old when she stabbed a little boy to death. Close to 50 years later, she’s got a new identity and lives quietly in a small town. But a single mum hears a rumour at the school gates … a notorious child killer is living nearby. It’s a rumour she doesn’t intend passing on, but one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back. Lesley Kara’s The Rumour is an amazing, gripping read … with a brilliant twist! Penguin, R290



Fifteen-year-old Kassie is burdened, she says, with an awful gift. She knows how and when you’ll die. She claims she can feel it, and when she feels the murder of the first victim of a serial killer, she’s caught up in the hunt. She’s working with Adam, a consulting psychologist with the Chicago Police … but he’s not sure Kassie really has a gift, or if she’s far more dangerous than she lets on. A Gift for Dying is a brilliant stand-alone thriller from MJ Arlidge. Penguin, R290



Stress. Anxiety. Panic. The number of people living with these disorders has rocketed in recent years. According to Mary Birch, learning to breathe properly can help substantially. Breathe is a four week, step-by-step programme which helps you retrain your breathing pattern. It includes guidelines on lifestyle, food, exercise and nutrition, as well as stories of people who have transformed their lives in positive ways. Little Brown, R305



Police detective by day, celebrity food truck chef by night. Now Caleb Rooney has a new title. Most Wanted. Caleb is a detective in the Major Crimes department of the New Orleans Police, and in the carnival days leading up to the annual Mardi Gras, he comes under investigation for murder. He’s accused of committing the crime in the line of duty, but he’s fighting the charges. Then he discovers his city is under threat of attack – and the terrorists may be local! James Patterson always delivers enjoyable reads, and The Chef will delight fans. Penguin, R290.


At a remote forest hotel, guests arrive and settle in, all of them looking forward to a relaxing weekend miles from anywhere. Watching their fellow guests with interest, (as everyone does), they keep a polite distance. When a violent storm begins, the guests find themselves completely cut off from the outside world. Nobody can get in – or out. Then the first body is found and the horrifying truth comes to light. One of the guests must a killer – and they’re well and truly trapped! Shari Lapena’s An Unwanted Guest will keep you guessing. Penguin, R290


Paige, the daughter of a financial advisor and a paediatrician, has run away. Addicted to drugs and an abusive boyfriend, she’s made it clear she doesn’t want to be found. One day her father, Simon, catches a glimpse of her, busking in New York City’s Central Park. Wasted, damaged, homeless. He begs her to come home, but she runs again – and this time he follows, finding himself in a dark and dangerous world. Drugs, crime and murder … and a typical Harlan Coben twist that will knock you sideways. Run Away is a brilliant weekend read… Penguin, R270
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