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‘For fans of Jodi Picoult and Liane Moriarty, this book is an intense page-turner… a book that you won't be able to put down until the very last page. It’s awesome, read it!’ Our Grand Life A new home can be a happy ending. Or a fresh start. Or a hiding place... Of all the emotions single mother Kate Jones feels as she walks into her brand new house on Parkview Road, hope is the most unexpected. She has changed her name and her daughter’s, and moved across the country to escape the single mistake that destroyed their lives. Kate isn’t the only woman on the street starting afresh. Warm, whirlwind Gisela with her busy life and confident children, and sharp, composed Sally, with her spontaneous marriage and high-flying career, are the first new friends Kate has allowed herself in years. Whilst part of her envies their seemingly perfect lives, their friendship might help Kate to leave her guilt behind. Until one day, everything changes. Kate is called to the scene of a devastating car accident, the consequences of which will test everything the women thought they knew about each other, and themselves. Can Kate stop her own secrets from unravelling, or was her hope for a new life in vain? From the bestselling author of The Silent Wife, The Woman I Was Before is a book about the things we hide from those closest to us – and the terrible consequences that keeping those secrets can have. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain. Readers love The Woman I Was Before: ‘It’s been a long time since I read a whole book in 24 hours but there was no way I was putting down The Woman I Was Before. No one writes complex, painful family love like Kerry Fisher. Real and raw but funny too. Loved it!’ Iona Grey, author of Letters to the Lost ‘Wow, what a corker of a novel… exactly the sort of novel that creeps into your life and you don’t want to put down… will keep you turning the pages, anxiously, excitedly and soon to reach a thrilling conclusion.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Loved it!!!! Fell in love with the characters, so real and relatable.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘I was absolutely smitten with this book! I enjoyed it from the first page to the last.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘I loved this book – I lost my whole Sunday reading – just couldn't put it down!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Kate’s secret, when revealed, is gut-wrenching... An excellent read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘A cracking character-driven story that enthralled me.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘5 stars! Kerry Fisher has once again nailed it with this fantastic book about how our lives may not really be as wonderful as we like to present them on social media.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘This is the first book I’ve read by Ms Fisher and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! It sucked me in from the beginning!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Wives and mothers have an inexplicable need to use social media to share cozy snapshots and smart hash-tags that give the sense of a bright and shiny life. Kerry Fisher writes an endearing story about what really happens outside of the photo frame for women who are dealing with the challenges life brings. A wonderful read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘There are secrets galore, some big, some bigger. Very well done!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Absolutely loved this book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘An excellent read.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars ‘I enjoyed every page.’ NetGalley Reviewer
Sometimes the people who seem the happiest have the most to hide. After her husband's affair upends her life, Elizabeth wants to forget the past and start over in a swanky suburb outside Washington D.C. There, she spends monotonous days going to Costco and day-drinking with her new best friend while trying to create a quiet, drama-free life for her family. And it seems to work - until an anonymous gossip blog begins spilling the women of Waterford's darkest secrets and targets Elizabeth. Now, the blurred conversations and blank spots in Elizabeth's mind give way to panic and anxiety. If her secrets - like a hospitalization for bipolar disorder and a suicide attempt - don't stay buried, she could crumble again. She's worked hard to make her life look Instagram perfect, and she needs everyone, including herself, to believe it. With her mental health in tatters and her marriage on the brink, Elizabeth fights to protect her family, her reputation, and her sanity. The past, however, has a way of not being forgotten. A delicious mix of gossip and darker narrative, The Secrets We Keep is a brilliant look at life in the social media age, friendship, and the stigma of mental illness.
Imagine you get home one day… and waiting for you on your doorstep is a gift. It is wrapped beautifully, and inside is a notebook, its pages empty. There is no message. But its sender has a story to tell. About a secret. About the little girl you once were. About everything you know about your family. The gifts keep arriving. But when tragedy strikes – leaving your beloved only daughter fighting for her life – the person who has been sending the gifts will have no choice but to come forward. And to finally tell the truth… A heartbreakingly beautiful novel about motherhood, loss and family secrets, for fans of Kerry Fisher, Susan Lewis and Jodi Picoult. Readers are loving What Became of Us: ‘Heartfelt, beautifully written and left me sobbing. A truly remarkable read that I could not put down, I was hooked from the very first page.’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Anna Mansell is truly one of my favourite writers… She writes with such emotion and flair that it’s impossible not to fall head over heels for her books. With raw characters and secrets being slowly unravelled, I struggled to put this book down. A true page turner.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘OMG… Wowzers, I couldn't get enough of it… A stunning read… One to remember.’ Nicki’s Book Blog ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘What an absolute heart-wrenching and emotional read. I truly didn’t see where the author was going with the plot, and it truly snuck up on me… A great storyline, and totally unexpected. This book will capture every emotion that you have, and it captivated me from page one. This book is unforgettable.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Anna Mansell is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and this book was the icing on the cake. I absolutely loved it. This was an excellent and at times heart wrenching story that pulled me right into it from the first page.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I can't say how much I loved this story!! Such a feel-good book. Had me hooked from the very beginning.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I absolutely LOVE this wonderfully enthralling story about family, motherhood and friendship… An absolutely unmissable read for me… I am in awe of the talent this author has for writing such absorbing and captivating stories and I confess to being tearful on more than one occasion… I recommend this novel as truly excellent, a 5* read in every possible way.’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A really lovely read… Heartbreakingly emotive.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Another great read by Anna Mansell. She is fast becoming a favourite of mine… A heartfelt emotional page-turner.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This book really packs a punch. Lots of twists and turns.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I loved this story! The details are incredible and it flows smoothly from each character in this puzzle needed to be solved!… Truly had me reading until I learned the truth! Excellent!’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Fabulous. This book captures your heart… I got so engrossed in this story… Enjoy the ride: it’s a good one.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘My first book by Anna Mansell and will definitely not be my last. Beautifully written, emotional, moving and heart-wrenching. It totally captivated me.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A beautiful and emotion-filled book… The author never disappoints and always has me glued to my chair as well as to my box of tissues.’ B for Bookreview ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This book captures your heart and makes you feel all kinds of feelings. I finished this in just a few hours since I couldn't put it down. I just had to find out what happened.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘THE book of the year!… I don’t think I have ever cried as much… heart-breaking and unputdownable… To say this story is a five-star read is an understatement. There are not enough stars in the world to show how much this book has touched me.’ Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ My darling girl, you lie so still, lashes fanning your cheeks, golden hair spread across your pillow. You’re so beautiful my heart aches. Your breath is so soft I can barely hear it, but at least I can see the steady rise and fall of your chest, every breath a promise. You’re still here. I’ve still got you. For now. Milly has always dreamed of being a mother. Adopted, she longs for a powerful connection with a child of her own. So, when she and her husband Matt are told they can’t have children, she’s heartbroken. Milly can barely believe it when her best friend and Matt’s brother offer to be donors. With everyone accepting and open, Milly believes nothing could go wrong. But none of the four are prepared for their feelings when Milly gives birth to beautiful baby Alice. Then, when Alice is still a little girl, she receives a devastating diagnosis. Milly’s whole world falls apart, and each of them is forced to face what it means to be a parent, and make impossible choices… for themselves, and for Alice. An unputdownable, heart-breaking, but ultimately uplifting story about the power of love and the true meaning of family. Fans of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain, and Gracie’s Secret will never forget Not My Daughter. Readers are loving Not My Daughter: ‘This book had me crying so badly. It broke my heart, never has any book been able to just wipe me out with such gut-wrenching sadness. A book of love, loss, and loyalty… BEAUTIFULLY DONE.’ Netgalley reviewer, 5 stars ‘An amazing and gut wrenching emotional story… So powerful… An emotional unforgettable book. I literally absorbed this book in one night. One beautiful written story of compelling motherly love.’ Gwendalyn Books, 5 stars ‘This is one of the best books I've ever read... no exaggeration. I was captivated… Wish there were more stars to give it... Amazing.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘The complexities of the situation are written in a truly beautiful, insightful way… Not My Daughter really stands out in terms of… how such an emotive, raw situation can also be turned into something kind of beautiful… It was real, and brutal, and heartbreaking, but it was honest, which made it all the most devastating to read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘A tragic, aching, emotional journey of love, discovery, heartache, forgiveness and hope. I couldn’t put it down and I didn’t want their story to end. I LOVED IT!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘This book made me cry, my heart is all wrenched out, my emotions are so raw that even breathing feels like a friction burn.’ Book Reviews by Shalini, 5 stars ‘An emotional rollercoaster from beginning to end. When I wasn’t reading, I was constantly thinking about Anna, Milly, and Alice… I didn’t want the story to end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘A beautiful novel... It’s incredibly moving, heart-breaking... I was so absorbed in the story I found it impossible to put down and when I wasn’t reading I was thinking about it. It made me think, it made me cry, and it made me thankful for my own healthy children. The story will stay in my thoughts for a long time.’ Netgalley reviewer, 5 stars ‘OMG… This book has me feeling every kind of emotion... Have a box of tissues ready for this one…Truly beautiful.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘It was so compelling… An emotive rollercoaster of a read. I’m sure I felt my heart literally break.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars
“OMG I couldn’t put this one down. It was just that good… Definitely a tear jerker… Touched my heart so deeply and will affect me on some level for many years to come.” Blue Moon Blogger ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Mother-of-two, Ally has always dreamed of fostering—it feels like her chance to give back when she has been so lucky in life. And when seven-year-old Dylan joins her family in their big suburban home, Ally is overwhelmed by love. But Dylan doesn’t speak and Ally isn’t prepared for the impact he has on her family. Each day has its struggles, but she would never give up on the child now in her care. Dylan’s mother, Beth, can’t forgive herself for losing her son. He’s her world and she’ll do whatever it takes to get him back. Everything is different now, and he belongs with her. With his whole life at stake, which mother can truly give Dylan the love, security, and home he deserves? Which mother can help him find his voice? Beth and Ally sit on opposite sides. Two mothers, both desperate to do what is best for Dylan, but neither able to imagine their lives without him… A beautiful, powerful and ultimately uplifting story about the heartbreaking power of motherly love, for fans of Diane Chamberlain, Jodi Picoult and Jojo Moyes. Praise for When You Were Mine: “My poor heart will never be the same. A hole’s been punched straight through it. This is an incredible book… I cried so much… My eyes are still sore… This will stay with me for a long time.” The Book Lover’s Boudoir ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “With this heartwarming and at times heart-wrenching drama Kate is hot on the heels of the likes of Jodi Picoult and Kelly Rimmer… Tearjerking.” Rachel M Writer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “To say this story is a five-star read is an understatement. There are not enough stars in the world to show how much this book has touched me. It is sad, thrilling, gripping and completely pulls on your heart strings. Beautifully written.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This amazing book packs an emotion punch!… I could not put this down. I found myself originally on the side of one character, then the other. Both sides absolutely tear at your heartstrings… A must read.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Heart-breaking… I was completely engrossed… an incredibly moving story that tugs at the heartstrings… When I wasn’t reading I was thinking about it… A beautifully-written story with a perfect ending that will stay in my thoughts for a long time.” NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Kate Hewitt does a brilliant job portraying the best and hardest moments of being a mother… Sure to touch your heart, make you reach for Kleenex, and bring you insurmountable joy… Will resonate within your soul long after you finish reading it… One of those books that you never forget!” The Reading Snug ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Had me in bits from the beginning… [It is] like you are actually living the lives of the characters and once you have finished the books, you will not forget them!” Stressed Rach ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This book breaks your heart in pieces one by one and then slowly puts them back together again… Read this one in two sittings. I couldn’t put it down.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Kate Hewitt has wrecked me… Such a heartbreaking story… What is best for a child?… I cannot recommend this book any harder… Amazing.” Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A HELLO SUNSHINE x REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE WORK OF FICTION IN 2019 AN AMAZON BEST BOOK OF 2019 A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice--the real-life story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago. At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime. Their mission: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, where no one dares publish it, and help Pasternak's magnum opus make its way into print around the world. Glamorous and sophisticated Sally Forrester is a seasoned spy who has honed her gift for deceit all over the world--using her magnetism and charm to pry secrets out of powerful men. Irina is a complete novice, and under Sally's tutelage quickly learns how to blend in, make drops and invisibly ferry classified documents. The Secrets We Kept combines a legendary literary love story--the decades-long affair between Pasternak and his mistress and muse, Olga Ivinskaya, who was sent to the Gulag and inspired Zhivago's heroine, Lara--with a narrative about two women empowered to lead lives of extraordinary intrigue and risk. From Pasternak's country estate outside Moscow to the brutalities of the Gulag, from Washington, DC, to Paris and Milan, The Secrets We Kept captures a watershed moment in the history of literature--told with soaring emotional intensity and captivating historical detail. And at the centre of this unforgettable debut is the powerful belief that a piece of art can change the world.
This morning, I was packing up lunches, ironing, putting on the laundry I should have done last night. Now my precious daughter is accused of murder. When ten-year-old cousins Maddy and Brianna are arrested for a terrible crime, Maddy’s mother Juliet cannot believe it. How could her bright, joyful daughter be capable of such a thing? As the small village community recoils in horror, the pressure of the tragedy blows Juliet and her sister’s lives apart. And things get even worse when their daughters retreat into a self-imposed silence. Can anyone reach Maddy and discover the truth before her fate is sealed? Juliet is crushed. Nothing will ever be the same for her darling girl. But she knows that to find out what really happened that day, she and her sister must unlock the secrets of their own terrible past, a past they swore never to speak about again… The most unputdownable psychological thriller you’ll read this year from the bestselling author K.L. Slater. If you love The Wife Between Us or Gone Girl, you’ll be totally hooked on The Silent Ones. What everyone is saying about The Silent Ones: ‘OH, WOW, WOW, WOW… KL Slater does it again… I’m absolutely dumbfounded and flabbergasted… A story full of lies, twisted family values, sibling rivalry… A perfect psychological thriller that you will not want to put down… Outstanding.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Amazing!! One of the best thrillers I have read this year. I have enjoyed all of this author’s books and I think the author is highly underrated. This book should be at the top of the best sellers list. A must read!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘If I could give this book 6 stars I would, that's how good it is… A finale with more twists and turns than a labyrinth… The author builds up the tension and anticipation leading to a shocking climax. Absolutely brilliant.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘This book was SO GOOD! I couldn’t put it down! The twists, the family drama, the sibling wars, it was a total page-turner! This is by far the best psychological thriller I've read in a long time, and highly recommend it!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘WOW. This is an outstanding story. I was totally gripped from the beginning and on the edge of my seat throughout. Twists, turns, it has it all. AMAZING.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Woah! What a story and a half this one is!!!... I am a huge fan of this author’s and have to say, hands down, this is her best book to date and that is high praise indeed as her other books are fab also. Dark, twisted, brilliant!’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars ‘I absolutely could not put this book down! I read this book on one super hot day, and enjoyed every last bit. The book is full of suspense and keeps you guessing all the time. Just when you think that you know what is going on you are surprised yet again… Riveting.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘If you suffer from a pre-existing heart condition check with your doctor before reading!... I didn’t have a clue where the story was leading and I loved it.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘I devoured this book as it twisted and turned… If I had been standing up I would have been hopping from foot to foot as the surprises kept coming… An exciting psychological family thriller... The ending is breath-taking... I LOVED it, enjoyed every page.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘This book was AMAZING… There were seriously like four twists at the end, all of which left me with my jaw on the floor…If you like psychological thrillers PLEASE read this. I'm begging. It was AMAZING. 5 stars!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
NOW A MAJOR BBC SERIES STARRING LAURA CARMICHAEL Don't miss the electrifying new thriller from Michael Robotham - WHEN SHE WAS GOOD is out now 'A genuine page-turner and ideal holiday read. It leaves you unsettled and enthralled in equal measure' DAILY EXPRESS _____ Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it's Meghan Shaughnessy's. These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common - a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear. Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone. The compelling standalone psychological thriller that will break your heart into tiny pieces, from world-renowned author MICHAEL ROBOTHAM. 'Two terrific female characters, both with secrets. Add Michael Robotham's clean prose and whipcrack pacing. The result? A book you won't be able to put down, although you may occasionally want to hide your eyes' STEPHEN KING ____ Praise for Michael Robotham's pulse-pounding writing: 'Will have you turning the pages compulsively'The Times 'Robotham doesn't just make me scared for his characters, he makes my heart ache for them' Linwood Barclay 'Superbly exciting . . . a terrific read' Guardian 'A nerve-shredding thriller with the heart and soul so often missing from lesser crime and suspense novels. I couldn't stop reading, yet I didn't want Audie's story to end. Robotham is an absolute master' Stephen King on Life or Death
Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy's shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she's chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy's world. When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy's death and everyone's grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy's life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options—confess her deception or live her sister's life.
‘will have you gripped from start to finish, so much so that you really don’t want to stop reading!’ (5 stars) Reader review 'I was hooked straight in from the first chapter and it really didn't let up. Fast paced and thrilling.’ (5 stars) Reader review You know everything about your husband. Don’t you? He loves you. He loves your children. He’d never put his family in danger. One of these is a lie. It started like any other day at the hairdressers where Sally works as a stylist... until her first client innocently shows her a family photograph; a photograph that causes Sally to collapse in shock. In one moment, Sally discovers that Tom has been hiding an explosive secret – one that could tear apart the life they’ve built together. Faced with an impossible dilemma - search for the truth, or keep her contented life? – Sally is about to discover that even those closest to us have secrets... and that sometimes the truth is the last thing we want to hear. A completely gripping, suspenseful psychological thriller that fans of T.M. Logan, My Lovely Wife and K.L. Slater won't be able to put down. Readers can’t get enough of The Secrets He Kept: ‘I read this in one sitting, loved it!! Quickly paced, great story!! Kept me guessing to the very end!!’ (5 stars) Reader review ‘I loved, loved this book. It was engaging from the first page and kept me up half the night.’ Reader review ‘Every few chapters provide a new twist in this story, all ending with a very satisfying conclusion...I could not recommend this book more!’ (5 stars) ‘Wow, this was one gripping read!...A roller coaster of a read that thrills and excites.’ (5 stars) Reader review ‘a fast paced and twisty ride that kept me gripped from start to finish...kept me addicted till the very last page.’ Reader review ‘A fast paced, twisty domestic thriller...an engrossing read with a likable character and a host of thrilling twists and turns, enjoy!’ Reader review ‘I was intrigued by this book from the start... A highly recommended and enjoyable read’ Reader review ‘a very compelling thriller...I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy psychological thrillers.’ Reader review ‘The moment the first jaw-dropping bombshell landed in the first chapter, I was hooked... Clever cliff-hangers...and a twist you couldn't guess even if you tried. A gripping, hard-hitting read’ (5 stars) Reader review ‘a splendid thriller that will leave you guessing until the end...I would recommend this book to anyone who loves psychological thrillers.’ (5 stars) Reader review ‘What a brilliant fast paced book. I was guessing all the way through.’ (5 stars) Reader review ‘Fantastic read! Great plot that grabs you from the very beginning. A masterful story that keeps you endlessly intrigued...HIGHLY RECOMMEND!’ (5 stars) Reader review ‘A brilliant roller coaster of a read...full of twists and turns and I was gripped from the very first page’ Reader review ‘The characters were well drawn and the story flowed seamlessly. Highly recommended.’ (5 stars) Reader review ‘kept me fully engaged from beginning to end...a riveting and twisty tale that will have you racing to get to the bottom of it all.’ Reader review ‘The story is full of twists and turns and kept me hooked throughout...will have you flying through the chapters to see how it will all unravel.’ Reader review ‘loved all the twists and turns; kept me guessing! I really enjoyed this, read it in one sitting!’ (5 stars) Reader review
A Vicarage Christmas: A Texas Legacy Romance
‘I was completely hooked right from the start and had trouble tearing myself away from it… Will have you reading well into the night racing through the pages.’ Once Upon A Time Book Blog, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Emma held the photo for a long moment before her eyes focused on the girl’s face. She dropped it and let out a muted cry. The girl was Tessa. Loving wife and mother Emma rarely thinks about the day twenty-five years ago that her friend Tessa fell to her death, or the secret that she made Emma swear to keep just hours before. But when her marriage implodes, Emma and her daughter find themselves moving into the headmaster’s former cottage on the grounds of her old school – Denham House. And there, Emma finds the photograph: an explicit image of Tessa, looking directly at the camera. Old friends Marlee and Clementine, are home for a reunion. But they don’t want to talk about Tessa’s accident, and with the demands of single parenthood, Emma has plenty to distract her… but she can’t shake the image of the photograph. Or the thought that it’s proof of something she had long suspected: Dr Brownley, now headmaster, was involved with Tessa. Was it a mistake to keep quiet about what she knew? Marlee and Clementine have their own complex feelings about returning to their hometown. And when Emma starts to question what really happened to Tessa, each woman must deal with the consequences of decisions they made all those years ago. Because the more Emma digs into the past, the more she discovers that everyone remembers it differently, and that the innocent schoolgirls she thought she knew are hiding some very big secrets. A page-turning novel about family drama, lies, and the secrets we keep to protect those we love. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, The Silent Wife and Kerry Lonsdale. Readers love Good Little Liars: ‘I absolutely loved this book… There were so many twists and turns. I honestly thought I knew who the murderer was, I was so wrong. I was gripped all the way through.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Wow, I didn’t see that coming… Bravo!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘I was gripped and found myself feverishly flipping pages to discover the truth pronto. There are twists upon twists upon twists, many that blindside you with suspense in spades making this a real page-turner. An addictive must-read tailored to those who appreciate female-centred compulsive and moving thrillers.’ Goodreads Reviewer ‘So vivid… kept me reading well into the night. I loved the little plot twists and was not expecting the ending at all.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Really great read... The author takes us on a roller-coaster… Loved all the twists and turns and how everyone was somehow connected. Great book.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘A fun and fast-paced read and is one that I would highly recommend to fans of Big Little Lies!’ Suse’s Book Reviews ‘I loved this unputdownable book! It was a thrilling, unnerving read. The characters were realistic. The plot was gripping and fast-paced. Run, do not walk, out to get this fab book.’ NetGalley Reviewer ‘Very fast paced, original, and chilling. I think that you are in for a rollercoaster ride of emotions and shocks!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘I read this in one day… perfect.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘This is a gripping mystery that had me racing through the pages.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Absolutely loved!... a strongly developed mystery along the lines of Ruth Ware's The Lying Game and Donna Tartt's The Secret History’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘This book is a page turner and I highly recommend it.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“Had me from the first page and didn't let go until the last.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, Goodreads reviewer “Literally takes your breath away.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, Goodreads reviewer “This book has it all!!!!!!!!!!!” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, Goodreads reviewer My life is like one of those cheap snow globes my twins collected when they were younger. Shiny and pretty on the outside, blurred beyond recognition when shaken. Ever since her twin girls left home, Marisa has felt there’s something missing from her life. Her sprawling mansion is no longer filled with laughter and chaos, and she’s desperate to feel needed... and to be distracted from the secret she’s been hiding from her husband for all these years. Coffee with her best friends might be the only thing holding Marisa together. But Claire and Elly have their own secrets. Like why Claire hasn’t been to work in weeks, or why Elly won’t tell anyone who’s buying her flowers. When Jodi, a pregnant young girl, turns up at Marisa’s doorstep, Marisa is quick to come to her aid. She sees herself in Jodi and she knows how devoting yourself to looking after others can take up all your time in the most marvellous way. But Jodi’s arrival quickly pushes everyone’s lies to the surface. The father of her unborn child is someone the women know very well, and Marisa starts to wonder if her obsession with helping Jodi might come at a devastating price… The Scandal has a twist that will take your breath away. An emotionally charged novel about secrets, affairs and perfect small towns from USA Today bestseller Nicola Marsh that will be devoured by fans of Kerry Fisher, Big Little Lies and The Other Woman. What readers are saying about The Scandal: “This book has it all!!!!!!!!!!! Scandal, secrets, lies, murder, mystery, love. You think you have figured out, but do you?... My first book by Nicola Marsh, won’t be my last.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars “INCREDIBLE!... I was convinced multiple times that I had it figured out when I never actually did… It will stick with me for a while afterwards and I don't think I've ever read a thriller quite like this one before.” Goodreads reviewer “Oh my goodness this book was fabulous… [an] all-consuming, completely engrossing story. The ending was incredible and not what I predicted at all. Amazing. Highly recommended. Five big stars.” Psycho-Thrilla Books, 5 stars “Holy smokes… will rock you to the core… it's not just a scandal it's a gut-wrenching sucker punch that literally takes your breath away… I never saw that shocker coming towards me. Nicola's books are amazing and I can't wait to see what she's brewing up next! I'll take two please!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars “I. Loved. This… I didn't see the ending coming until the moments that it was happening… it was impossible to pick who it could be.” Coffee And Trainspotting, 5 stars “I just absolutely loved it… I can’t say enough good things about this book. Between the plot, characters and all the twists in this book it made it an easy and fast read. I would definitely recommend it.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars “A thrill ride that keeps you guessing and is full of surprises… Just when it appears that the story is drawing to a close there pops out another shock. It will keep you guessing till the last page and does not disappoint.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars “I thought I had the plot figured out quite a few times but this story twists and turns at a rapid pace and I loved it!” Crafty Fox, 5 stars “Loved loved loved this book. Really terrific and different from all the other novels… unique and mesmerizing, it had me from the first page, and didn't let go until the last.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars “Captivating and believable… The ending was what I most love about this story. It came out of nowhere.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars “A damn good read!... It truly was scandalous… The way this author weaved this tale of secrets and lies was amazing to say the least.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars “A fabulous read full of treachery and deceit… twisty and thrilling… not what I had been expecting at all. I can't wait to see what wonderful treat Nicola Marsh has in store for me, next!” Brianne’s Book Reviews, 5 stars “Absolutely fantastic had me gripped!!! Loved it!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
National Bestseller! "Unflinching and unforgettable. Little Secrets has everything you want in a thriller" —Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Lock Every Door Overwhelmed by tragedy, a woman desperately tries to save her marriage in award-winning author Jennifer Hillier's Little Secrets, a riveting novel of psychological suspense. All it takes to unravel a life is one little secret... Marin had the perfect life. Married to her college sweetheart, she owns a chain of upscale hair salons, and Derek runs his own company. They're admired in their community and are a loving family—until their world falls apart the day their son Sebastian is taken. A year later, Marin is a shadow of herself. The FBI search has gone cold. The publicity has faded. She and her husband rarely speak. She hires a P.I. to pick up where the police left off, but instead of finding Sebastian, she learns that Derek is having an affair with a younger woman. This discovery sparks Marin back to life. She's lost her son; she's not about to lose her husband, too. Kenzie is an enemy with a face, which means this is a problem Marin can fix. Permanently.
I moved closer to the little girl, afraid that our voices would be caught by the monitor. ‘What happened to you, Lucy? Can you tell me?’ When Sophie’s life falls apart, she accepts an invitation from a childhood friend, Caroline, to visit her family’s beautiful beach house, situated at the mouth of an isolated cove, miles from the nearest town. The silence is broken only by the rhythmic crash of the waves against the jagged black rocks below. But when Sophie arrives, she finds her friend much changed. Caroline – who used to be so warm and confident – is secretive and on-edge, spending long, unexplained hours away from her family. And then there’s Caroline’s little daughter Lucy – who stopped speaking soon after they moved in. Caroline assures Sophie that it’s only a phase, but Sophie thinks Lucy looks a little uncared for, a little afraid… Then one night Sophie is woken by a scream and runs to find Lucy, out of bed and at the attic window, staring in terror at the view below. When Sophie goes to look, her blood runs cold… What secrets hide behind closed doors in this isolated house by the sea? A compelling domestic drama from the USA Today bestselling author of Gracie’s Secret. Perfect for fans of Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door. What readers are saying about The First Wife: ‘I loved this book! From the moment I started, I couldn't stop reading it… The author did an amazing job… Kept me guessing until the very end… I loved it!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘The First Wife is a stunning page-turner I did not want to put down… The ending is so twisted and fascinating... Just WOW! Unbelievably fantastic read. This is the best book I’ve read so far in 2020. Worth more than 5 stars to me.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘What an amazing book by Jill Childs… This story had me hooked from the first chapter and I read it practically in one sitting!... I never saw the twist at the end coming! I cannot wait to recommend this book to all!’ NetGalley reviewer ‘The story draws you in from page one and as soon as the two friends are reunited, it's clear that it's a far from happy household… The writing is both descriptive and atmospheric and just as you think you have the whole thing worked out, there's a totally unexpected twist which I didn't see coming. A great read and highly recommended - in fact if I could give it more than five stars I would!’ Jo Lambert Books Blog, 5 stars ‘A gripping read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘A chilling, edge-of-your-seat read that will knock the life right out of you!! A must read!! Another brilliant author that keeps you entertained from the very first page!!’ Goodreads reviewer ‘Love all books from this author and this was a brilliant read… It was definitely a page-turner and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout, all with interesting characters and I can certainly recommend. Well done Jill I look forward to your next read.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars ‘The First Wife has an unbelievable twist that I just didn’t see coming!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars ‘Dark, creepy with a dash of gothic charm I was gripped from the beginning. The relationship built between Sophie and Lucy was beautiful and as mentioned the ending shocked me! The perfect thriller / mystery.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars ‘A brilliant mystery/thriller with a lot of awesome characters and a strong domestic plot line! Intriguing and twisty! Does not disappoint!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars ‘This was an amazing book. Everything from Jill goes above and beyond. This is one of the best. Thought-provoking and wonderfully well-written. The final chapters were so heart-wrenching I was close to tears. Didn't want it to end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
A heartbreaking page-turner for fans of Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain from USA Today bestselling author Kate Hewitt.
From the attic of Driftwood House there are stunning views of the deep green sea and sapphire sky. But Rosie can’t tear her eyes away from the faded photograph in her hands, and the words written on the back that will change everything… Back in the tiny seaside village of Heaven’s Cove after the death of her mother, all Rosie Merchant wants is to hide her tears, rent out her childhood home, and get back to her ‘real’ life, away from the gossiping villagers and wild Devon weather she escaped from years ago. She’s surprised to find a smiling man in hiking boots – local farmer Liam – waiting on the stone doorstep. His kind offer to help clear crumbling, isolated Driftwood House is hard to refuse, and despite Rosie’s determination not to let anyone get close, soon they’re walking and laughing together along the clifftops. As clouds scud across the endless sky and green waves crash against the shore, Rosie is reminded that nowhere is more beautiful than home. Then, up in the attic of Driftwood House, Rosie stumbles across a photo which exposes the heart-stopping truth about how her mother came to live at Driftwood House years ago… and Liam only seems concerned about the implications for his own nearby farm. Did he know this painful secret all along, and should she run from Heaven’s Cove for good? Or will facing up to her devastating family history mean Rosie can finally put down roots in this beautiful place? Get whisked away to the rugged, sweeping Devon coastline in this gripping story about old secrets, learning how to trust, and finding where home is. Fans of Debbie Macomber, Barbara O’Neal and Mary Alice Monroe will adore this gorgeous and uplifting read. Read what everyone’s saying about Secrets at the Last House Before the Sea: ‘Wow, wow, wow!!!! I absolutely loved this book!!!... I was captivated… The tears began flowing before I got to the end of the first chapter… my heart literally broke… wonderful… stunning… kept me hooked until the very last word… Loved, loved, loved it!!!’ Stardust Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Captivating and heart-warming… A perfect summer read… I was absolutely hooked from page one until 1.30am in the morning when I finished having not been able to put it down.’ Bookworm1986, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Absolutely breathtaking! From the first chapter, I was hooked and loved every moment… truly a beautiful tale… outstanding.’ Cara's Book Boudoir, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Had me gripped and wanting more… I had to tear myself away from reading to head off to work… absolutely loved this book.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Gorgeous… I was mesmerised… This is a story that keeps you guessing… beautiful… idyllic… fabulous… pure escapism, heart-warming, and left me with a smile on my face.’ Whispering Stories, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Liz Eeles whisked me away… vivid and gorgeous… amazing… exceptional… wonderful… delightful.’ Berit Talks Books ‘Put on the kettle for some tea and grab yourself a scone… because you are going to want to binge read Secrets at the Last House Before the Sea… gripping and emotional page-turner!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A wonderfully addictive read… I read this book in a day and would whole-heartedly recommend it.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This was a gem of a novel!... Beautiful characters in a beautiful story!’ Goodreads reviewer ‘A charming, cozy, uplifting book… absolutely loved.’ Goodreads reviewer
The unforgettable story of a young woman's odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes on her journey to redemption. Astrid is the only child of a single mother, Ingrid, a brilliant, obsessed poet who wields her luminous beauty to intimidate and manipulate men. Astrid worships her mother and cherishes their private world full of ritual and mystery - but their idyll is shattered when Astrid's mother falls apart over a lover. Deranged by rejection, Ingrid murders the man, and is sentenced to life in prison. White Oleander is the unforgettable story of Astrid's journey through a series of foster homes and her efforts to find a place for herself in impossible circumstances. Each home is its own universe, with a new set of laws and lessons to be learned. With determination and humor, Astrid confronts the challenges of loneliness and poverty, and strives to learn who a motherless child in an indifferent world can become. Oprah Winfrey enjoyed this gripping first novel so much that she not only made it her book club pick, she asked if she could narrate the audio release.
For almost three decades, renowned baby-seller Georgia Tann ran a children's home in Memphis, Tennessee — selling her charges to wealthy clients nationwide, Joan Crawford among them. Part social history, part detective story, part expose, The Baby Thief is a riveting investigative narrative that explores themes that continue to reverberate today.
‘A heartbreaking tale’ THE SUN ‘Exceptionally beautiful’ MIRANDA DICKINSON They’ll always have each other...won’t they?
‘I was sitting on the edge of my seat unable to stop reading… Mind-blowing and totally unexpected conclusion… Exceptionally good!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars Nell is the perfect child; more beautiful and more likeable and more loveable than me. If my pretty little sister never came home again, I’d finally be free from the terrible secret we share… Anna is a wonderful mother. She gave up a career she loved to stay home with her children and her kind, polite daughters, Nell and Ivy, are a credit to her. As is Bay, her stepdaughter, whom Anna adores as much as her own two girls. But everything changes the day Anna’s middle daughter’s beauty catches the eye of a stranger in a café… Quiet, sensitive Nell doesn’t want to have her face on a billboard for all to see. But she knows her family desperately needs the money, and perhaps it would be nice to have her mother’s full attention for the first time since Bay arrived? Could this be the escape from her stepsister’s twisted games Nell has been longing for? But the moment Nell steps in front of a camera, the devastating secret she and Bay have been keeping breaks the surface – and the bonds of this close-knit family forever. But with both Nell and Bay insisting they’re innocent, can either girl really be trusted? As Anna’s perfect blended family unravels around her, she is forced to pick a side. To save one daughter, Anna must betray another. Choosing the wrong girl will be more dangerous than anyone could ever have imagined… An unputdownable read-all-night family drama that explores the dark consequences of sibling rivalry and the heart-wrenching emotional cost of keeping secrets from those you love. Perfect for fans of Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere and My Dark Vanessa. Readers love The Pretty One: ‘Just wow!… broke my heart into a million little pieces… one of the best books I've ever read… not to be missed!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘I was sitting on the edge of my seat unable to stop reading… mind-blowing and totally unexpected conclusion… Exceptionally good!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars ‘Extremely addictive… many times I wanted to scream… I couldn't read the book fast enough and was flipping pages until early in the morning.’ bookworm86, 5 stars ‘Gripping and unputdownable! I was enthralled from the first few pages and couldn't stop.’ AGJBooks&Gems, 5 stars ‘Completely and utterly impossible to put down… completely gripped… completely addictive… I absolutely recommend this book.’ Little Miss Book Lover 87, 5 stars ‘Reading with bated breath until the last gripping page. Wonderful. A bestseller for sure.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars ‘I was literally carrying my kindle around the house. I took it with me to read while I waited for the toast to pop, I was reading while watching TV and yes, I even took it with me to the loo. I could not put it down.’ FabulousKerry, 5 stars ‘Wow!… such a must-read. I was completely consumed by it and could not put it down. Totally intriguing and addictive… Be warned, once you start to read this book, you’ll find it very hard to put down. A real “one more chapter” book… kept me reading late into the night.’ SIBZZREADS, 5 stars ‘I couldn't stop reading this fabulous book. Had me on the edge of my seat until I reached the mind-blowing conclusion… I couldn't stop reading!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
Sinéad Moriarty's delicious tenth novel, The Secrets Sisters Keep, is the story of three sisters, three life-altering problems and one eternal truth: nobody knows you quite like a sister! Sinéad's writing mixes the worldly wit of Jane Green with the down-to-earth warmth and insight of Marian Keyes and will remind people just how important their sisters - and their friends-who-are-like-sisters - are to them. The Devlin sisters rely on each other - but some things are just too painful to share, even when your sisters are your best friends ... Mum-of-four Julie thought that if her family had more money, life would be easier. But now that they've inherited a fortune, her problems are only starting. Lawyer Louise is used to having life go exactly as she wants it to. So accepting that she cannot control everything in her world is beyond her. And former model Sophie can just about cope with getting older - that's until her ex-husband finds a younger model. All three women think that some battles are best fought alone. Maybe they need to think again ... Praise for Sinéad: 'Moving, disarmingly honest and at times laugh-out-loud funny' Sunday Times 'One of the brightest voices in modern women's fiction' Bella 'Sinead Moriarty can bring readers from hilarity to heartbreak with great deftness' Sunday Independent 'Touching, warm, funny and emotional. She has the gift of telling a very emotive story with grace and empathy' Woman's Way
‘I absolutely loved this book, it was a beautiful story about love, loss and family. The characters were so well drawn I felt I knew them, and I didn't want to finish the book because that would mean saying goodbye to these wonderful characters.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ When you lose the love of your life, how do you find yourself again? For Tabitha, the day that changed everything started like any other. She woke up, slid her feet into fluffy slippers, wrapped herself in a dressing gown and tiptoed out of her bedroom, leaving her husband Andy sleeping. Downstairs, she boiled the kettle and enjoyed a cup of tea as the sun rose. Upstairs, Andy’s alarm sounded, and Tabitha took him a freshly brewed coffee, like every other morning. Except today, the incessant beeping rang out and her husband hadn’t stirred. She called his name, she nudged his shoulder. But Andy wouldn’t wake up. Three years later Tabitha is trying her hardest to get by in the shadow of her grief. She may have lost the love of her life but she won’t give up on the family they dreamed of. Fostering troublesome teenage girls and a newborn baby is a chance to piece together her broken heart. But being a mother isn’t easy, and neither is healing the heartache she carries around. After losing everything, could saving these three children help Tabitha save herself too? This stunning tale will make you laugh and cry in equal measure, hold your loved ones close and see the beauty in the little things in life. Fans of Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain will love this moving and uplifting story. Readers absolutely love The Day that Changed Everything: ‘An emotional read!... I do warn you to have some tissues available!... An emotional rollercoaster. It’s a heart-warming, endearing and inspirational story of love, loss and family. Would definitely recommend!’ Stardust Book Reviews ‘Beautiful… I couldn’t stop crying… Never has a book had such a dramatic effect on me… I sniffed and smiled, I cried and laughed out loud. The writing got to me, the emotions overwhelmed me, the hope and joy… was indescribable.’ Book Reviews by Shalini, 5 stars ‘I devoured it in one sitting… I was floored by this novel… After all, when a woman whose heart was completely broken opened her home to take in children, well, that was enough for me to be fully committed and truly affected.’ Robin Loves Reading, 5 stars ‘I absolutely loved this book, it was a beautiful story about love, loss and family. The characters were so well drawn I felt I knew them, and I didn't want to finish the book because that would mean saying goodbye to these wonderful characters.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘This was a very uplifting read that I could not put down! This story touched my heart. This will pull at your heart strings… This is a must read!!’ Crossroad Reviews, 5 stars ‘An incredibly heartfelt and moving novel. So well written, with great characters. You definitely the tissues when reading though!’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Had me hooked from the start and I read it in two sittings… A wonderful story that offers its reader hope and by the end I was bursting with so many emotions as these characters had worked their way into my heart. An inspiring must-read.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars ‘What an inspiring and uplifting novel…Insightful, thought-provoking and beautifully written… Warm, emotional and hugely satisfying.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘A beautiful story… Flowing prose, masterful… I recommend to every reader, be prepared to cry.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘An emotional read. A beautifully written book that moved me.’ Goodreads Reviewer ‘Catherine Miller has given us such a gift in this story. I sat down and just devoured this novel… A surprising jewel of a book. You won't regret this read.’ Shelley’s Book Nook, 5 stars ‘An emotionally charged read that is uplifting and heartwarming!... A beautifully written ending to this lovely book that will stay with you long after reading it! A pure delight.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
Perpetual optimist Claire Harte-Mathias and her disabled husband, Jon, run a successful foundation to help people with spinal cord injuries. One night, Claire witnesses a woman leap to her death from a bridge, and the tragedy sparks murky childhood memories that leave her confused and frightened. As Claire becomes obsessed with trying to understand the power the haunting memories have over her, she's torn between blocking them from her mind entirely and trying to unearth their source. Putting both her marriage and self image on the line, she struggles to uncover the truth, only to discover that the past, present and future are connected in ways she never dreamed. Library Journal called Brass Ring "well-written" and "suspenseful." Brass Ring was a Literary Guild and Doubleday alternate selection.
After his blockbuster success of Little Black Girl Lost, and Little Black Girl Lost II Keith Lee Johnson takes us back to 1950's New Orleans, into the world of betrayal, envy, lust, and murder, where everyone has ulterior motives. The past resurfaces in this third installment of the life and times of seventeen year old Johnnie Wise. Truth has its consequences and Johnnie has a lot to answer for. The innocent girl we met in the first installment of this compelling series is gone; all that remains is the self-absorbed, self-righteous courtesan who is now complicit in three murders. She is surrounded by enemies who will stop at nothing to see that she pays for her past indiscretions. Two-hundred and fifty thousand dollars of the money that Sharon Trudeau (Johnnie's Stockbroker) stole is missing--the money Bubbles gave to Johnnie after killing Sharon in a Fort Lauderdale Hotel. The cops think Johnnie's involved and they want answers. Someone has to answer for Sharon's murder. Will Johnnie land on her feet again? Or has her luck finally run out?
ONE OF PEOPLE MAGAZINE’S BEST NEW BOOKS “A searing and intimate memoir about love turned deadly.” —The BBC “An intimate illumination of sisterhood and loss.” —People When Sheila Kohler was thirty-seven, she received the heart-stopping news that her sister Maxine, only two years older, was killed when her husband drove them off a deserted road in Johannesburg. Stunned by the news, she immediately flew back to the country where she was born, determined to find answers and forced to reckon with his history of violence and the lingering effects of their most unusual childhood—one marked by death and the misguided love of their mother. In her signature spare and incisive prose, Sheila Kohler recounts the lives she and her sister led. Flashing back to their storybook childhood at the family estate, Crossways, Kohler tells of the death of her father when she and Maxine were girls, which led to the family abandoning their house and the girls being raised by their mother, at turns distant and suffocating. We follow them to the cloistered Anglican boarding school where they first learn of separation and later their studies in Rome and Paris where they plan grand lives for themselves—lives that are interrupted when both marry young and discover they have made poor choices. Kohler evokes the bond between sisters and shows how that bond changes but never breaks, even after death. “A beautiful and disturbing memoir of a beloved sister who died at the age of thirty-nine in circumstances that strongly suggest murder. . . . Highly recommended.” —Joyce Carol Oates
‘Wow!!! Just absolutely wow!!!… Clear your schedules before you start this and get the tissues ready!… I was absolutely hooked… in tears by the end! Welcome to my top authors list!’ Bookworm86, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ My darling child… I can already feel your tiny fingers gripping mine; smell your soft hair. But how do I keep you safe? Heartbroken and alone, Ali arrives at her grandmother’s old house on the beach. Perhaps here, she can escape her past, and make a home for her unborn child. Greeted by the familiar scent of roses and the sounds of the waves, Ali feels instantly safe. The couple next door, Michael and Meg, welcome Ali into their seemingly perfect world with their glamorous home and beautiful baby. Ali feels an instant connection and knows she has made the right choice for herself and her baby. But Meg is holding onto a dark secret. As a powerful bond grows between the two women, Michael leaves suddenly for a work trip, and Meg becomes impulsive – unpredictable. As Meg’s behaviour becomes ever more erratic, Michael shows no signs of returning, and Ali begins to worry. Are she and her unborn child safe? And what about her own devastating secret... the one she ran from? An unputdownable and heartbreaking read about how far we will go to protect those we love the most, from the bestselling author of Who We Were Before. Perfect for fans of The Silent Daughter, Diane Chamberlain and Kerry Lonsdale. This book was previously titled Safe from Harm. Readers are hooked on A Mother’s Lie: ‘Wow, what a totally gripping read… Nothing in this book was as I predicted… I absolutely could not put this book down.’ Sibzzreads, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This is a story that grabbed my heart!... an intriguing, emotional novel with an ending you just will not even imagine!… this one has quickly become one of my favourite’s this year!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘My eyes were teary more than a few times. I would give this novel 10 stars out of 5 if this were possible.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I read this book in a day. It was so good.’ Books with Wine and Chocolate, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A total emotional roller coaster of a read!… I would give more than five stars to if I could!’ Jo Lambert, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I loved it!… This is a truly great read and will keep you up long after bedtime.’ Read Rate Review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This is an emotional and addictive page turner, brilliantly plotted and full of suspense. It's a must read!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I was glued to the pages throughout as I rode the emotional rollercoaster. Happiness, devastating sadness, anger, fear, surprise. This book had it all. I loved it!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘The twist was amazing. Devoured this in one sitting.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Get ready to be emotionally and mentally wrecked.’ Jessica Reads It, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘An amazing story that will grab the reader and not let go… the perfect book to read.’ Robin Loves Reading, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A hard-hitting, stunning novel about secrets and silence—and how sooner or later the truth must be spoken There was so much anger brewing in the child that sometimes Alicia feared for all of them. And now she had gone and done this terrible thing. This terrible, terrible thing. Tara has lost her voice. She knows there was pain and fear but she cannot remember anything else. Now she can only answer the questions with silence. Minnie has buried her voice for years, losing herself in silence and isolation, keeping her secrets safe and her broken heart concealed. Liam finds refuge in silence; it is a place to go to when he cannot get the words out. Kate cannot speak for herself just yet. People are only separated from each other by moments, fate, and coincidence. One teenage mistake, one shocking choice, and one terrible night will lead to courage found, voices raised, and the truth finally spoken.
The acclaimed debut novel by the author of Little Fires Everywhere. “A taut tale of ever deepening and quickening suspense.” —O, the Oprah Magazine “Explosive . . . Both a propulsive mystery and a profound examination of a mixed-race family.” —Entertainment Weekly “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
Growing up with his mother in Germany, Peter Debauer knows little about his father, an apparent victim of the Second World War. But when he stumbles upon a few pages from a long-lost novel, Peter embarks on a quest that leads him across Europe to the United States, chasing fragments of a story within a story and a master of disguises who may or may not exist. Homecoming is a tale of fathers and sons, men and women, war and peace. It reveals the humanity that survives the trauma of war and the ongoing possibility for redemption.
I've waited years for the perfect girl, yet she was right in front of me all along. My best friend, Natalie, has been by my side through everything. Leaning on my shoulder, borrowing my sweatshirts…and making my pants too tight when she flashes me that sassy smile that drives me crazy. But she has no idea about that last part. She doesn't have a clue I've felt this way about her for years. Until one night after too many cocktails, we fall into bed together. I'm flirting with my forever…she just doesn't know it yet. This book is a sexy, slow-burning best-friends-to-lovers romance with a guaranteed HEA and no cheating. Dive in, and get ready to melt for Cam!
“All Her Little Secrets is a brilliantly nuanced but powerhouse exploration of race, the legal system, and the crushing pressure of keeping secrets. Morris brings a vibrant and welcome new voice to the thriller space.” —Karin Slaughter, New York Times and international bestselling author In this fast-paced thriller, Wanda M. Morris crafts a twisty mystery about a black lawyer who gets caught in a dangerous conspiracy after the sudden death of her boss . . . A debut perfect for fans of Attica Locke, Alyssa Cole, Harlan Coben, and Celeste Ng, with shades of How to Get Away with Murder and John Grisham’s The Firm. Everyone has something to hide... Ellice Littlejohn seemingly has it all: an Ivy League law degree, a well-paying job as a corporate attorney in midtown Atlanta, great friends, and a “for fun” relationship with a rich, charming executive, who just happens to be her white boss. But everything changes one cold January morning when Ellice arrives in the executive suite and finds him dead with a gunshot to his head. And then she walks away like nothing has happened. Why? Ellice has been keeping a cache of dark secrets, including a small-town past and a kid brother who’s spent time on the other side of the law. She can’t be thrust into the spotlight—again. But instead of grieving this tragedy, people are gossiping, the police are getting suspicious, and Ellice, the company’s lone black attorney, is promoted to replace her boss. While the opportunity is a dream-come-true, Ellice just can’t shake the feeling that something is off. When she uncovers shady dealings inside the company, Ellice is trapped in an impossible ethical and moral dilemma. Suddenly, Ellice’s past and present lives collide as she launches into a pulse-pounding race to protect the brother she tried to save years ago and stop a conspiracy far more sinister than she could have ever imagined…
‘OMG this book! So so so heartbreaking, my heart broke… My god it was fabulous, the writing style and storyline were brilliant and well written... This book will stay with me for a long long time and definitely on my favs of 2020!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I will not think about it anymore. I won’t think about her. My lost little sister with her beautiful smile, her chestnut-coloured eyes. My sister who I couldn’t protect. If you passed Alice on the street, you couldn’t help but smile. At how she holds hands with her husband, Jack, who she has been with since she was at university. At the way she admires her three boys, the centre of her universe. But if you looked very closely, you’d see how tightly she holds Jack’s hand, afraid to let go. You’d see how carefully she watches her boys, scared to look away. You’d see her smile fading in a matter of seconds, and the pain she hides behind her eyes. She has told Jack that she ran away from home when she was younger – but she didn’t tell him the whole story. Her husband doesn’t know about the guilt she bears about her little sister she failed to save. Now, after a lifetime of fresh starts, Alice can feel her past playing catch-up. She is sure she is being watched, certain she is being followed. She may not be able to stop her secret coming out – but can she stop the world she has lovingly built collapsing in on her? This utterly heartbreaking, beautifully written and gripping family drama examines just how far we are willing to go for our loved ones, and the desperate decisions we make when we have no other choice. Fans of Jodi Picoult, Kerry Fisher and Liane Moriarty will be blown away by this incredibly moving tale. Readers absolutely love The Nowhere Girl: ‘One of a kind. I think fans of Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty and others will love this one. I was blown away by the story and the characters.’ Crossroad Reviews ‘Jeez, Louise!!! This story kept me reading and reading like there was no tomorrow!... I adored it… It made my heart sing and weep. It made my eyes leak and my mouth smile. It was utterly gripping and devastating.’ B for Book Review, 5 stars ‘An incredible book by an incredible writer!... Had me hooked from the very first page and kept me reading right through the night. I am a relatively slow reader but I devoured this book in one sitting as I just couldn’t put it down.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Wow, just wow!!!!!... So amazing and beautifully written... I loved it so much... An emotional rollercoaster that I never wanted to get off from.’ Blue Moon Blogger, 5 stars ‘Jaw-droppingly good!... One of the most evocative, captivating books that I had the pleasure to have read… Exquisitely crafted… Unequivocally one of the best books that I have read.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘All I can say is WOW!… I couldn’t put the book down.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘OMG… What can I say?... Nicole took me on a journey… It felt so real, I cried.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘WOW… I loved this one.’ Goodreads Reviewer ‘Oh my, what a story! I absolutely loved it from beginning to end.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Captivating. I was hooked from the first sentence and had to keep reading until I got to the end… It had my heart racing… I wish I could give it SIX stars!’ Reading Down Under, 5 stars ‘Oh my goodness, what a fantastic book… A definite “edge of seater”. Well done, Nicole, I look forward to your next masterpiece.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars ‘I couldn’t stop reading!... I read the last half of the book all in one morning (during a snow day from school!). Couldn’t put it down!... I am not a person who typically gets emotional when I read books but the last 4–5 chapters had me so emotionally connected.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘I finished just moments ago and the only word that comes to mind is “wow!” I am blown away by the author’s ability to create such a painful, beautiful story… I felt everything from joy to anger. This story deserves great praise. I will be telling everyone about it and can’t wait for people to read it!’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
INSTANT INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER A beautiful tale of hope, courage, and sisterhood—inspired by the real House of Mercy and the girls confined there for daring to break the rules. Growing up in New York City in the 1910s, Luella and Effie Tildon realize that even as wealthy young women, their freedoms come with limits. But when the sisters discover a shocking secret about their father, Luella, the brazen elder sister, becomes emboldened to do as she pleases. Her rebellion comes with consequences, and one morning Luella is mysteriously gone. Effie suspects her father has sent Luella to the House of Mercy and hatches a plan to get herself committed to save her sister. But she made a miscalculation, and with no one to believe her story, Effie’s own escape seems impossible—unless she can trust an enigmatic girl named Mable. As their fates entwine, Mable and Effie must rely on their tenuous friendship to survive. Home for Unwanted Girls meets The Dollhouse in this atmospheric, heartwarming story that explores not only the historical House of Mercy, but the lives—and secrets—of the girls who stayed there. “Burdick has spun a cautionary tale of struggle and survival, love and family — and above all, the strength of the heart, no matter how broken.” — New York Times Book Review “Burdick reveals the perils of being a woman in 1913 and exposes the truths of their varying social circles.” — Chicago Tribune
America's next favorite Australian author! "With jaw-dropping discoveries and realistic consequences, this novel is not to be missed. Perfect for lovers of Big Little Lies." —Library Journal, starred review Small, perfect towns often hold the deepest secrets. From the outside, Essie’s life looks idyllic: a loving husband, a beautiful house in a good neighborhood, and a nearby mother who dotes on her grandchildren. But few of Essie’s friends know her secret shame: that in a moment of maternal despair, she once walked away from her newborn, asleep in her carriage in a park. Disaster was avoided and Essie got better, but she still fears what lurks inside her, even as her daughter gets older and she has a second baby. When a new woman named Isabelle moves in next door to Essie, she is an immediate object of curiosity in the neighborhood. Why single, when everyone else is married with children? Why renting, when everyone else owns? What mysterious job does she have? And why is she so fascinated with Essie? As the two women grow closer and Essie’s friends voice their disapproval, it starts to become clear that Isabelle’s choice of neighborhood was no accident. And that her presence threatens to bring shocking secrets to light. The Family Next Door is Sally Hepworth at her very best: at once a deeply moving portrait of family drama and a compelling suburban mystery that will keep you hooked until the very last page.
Here is Kate Atkinson at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves. What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to? Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, she finds warmth even in life's bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past.
Touching, funny, and bittersweet, this is a story that will make you laugh, cry, and call your best friend to tell her you love her. 30-year-old Dee Harper and her husband, Luke, are blissfully happy. Everyday she makes her loyal parents Val & Don incredibly proud. Jen has been her best friend and 'adopted sister' since their days of teenage crushes, bad 90's make-up and huge hair. They are just like any other group of family and friends, living life, getting by with equal measures of love and laughter. Until one day everything changes. Dee is gone, killed by a reckless driver, leaving the people she loved to deal with their grief in different ways. A marriage is rocked as a parent becomes consumed with seeking justice. A husband struggles to accept the loss of his wife and their future. And a friend discovers that there were shocking secrets that went unshared. But all of them have to learn that the only way forward is to let go of the past. What readers are saying about A LIFE WITHOUT YOU: 'Another great story from Shari Low; again showing her in understanding of human emotions, and human frailty. I definitely recommend it!' 'Such superb writing that you are completely drawn in and captivated by each character ... you will not be able to stop reading from the moment you start' 'Brilliant from start to finish'
‘Wow!!!!… An absolutely fantastic unputdownable psychological thriller… It kept me on the edge of my seat and then in the edge of my bed until late at night as I just could not put it down!!!… I was captivated.’ Bookworm86 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The call comes on an ordinary Sunday afternoon to say your sister has been admitted to hospital with a serious head injury. But you don’t have a sister… do you? You’ve never doubted your parents. You’ve loved them without question your whole life. But your stepmother is uncharacteristically speechless, and your father isn’t well enough to understand. So you get in your car. Turn the key in the ignition. Knowing everything behind you is a lie. Not knowing what lies ahead: the truth… or something far darker? A deliciously dark and twisty tale of deception, secrets and family ties, The Liar’s Daughter is perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, The Woman in the Window and The Family Upstairs. Readers are loving The Liar’s Daughter: ‘Holy Moly!… I LOVED it!… There are just SO many secrets that made my head spin… I was tricked, kept in the dark and that rug was firmly pulled from my feet… A book that will sink its claws into you. It made me question everything… Enough twists to keep your head spinning as if you have been on the Waltzers!!’ Zooloo’s Book Diary ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Straight out FABULOUS!!… Every..... Single..... Time.... I thought I had it figured out I got a surprising twist. Don't ya just love that?… I literally could not put this book down.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Wowzers!!… What a rollercoaster this was, just when you think you had worked it out bang Rona pulls out another twist… Gripping all the way to the end… My book of the year.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Deliciously dark and twisty… Will have you locking all the doors and flipping pages in order to find out what happened… Seriously one of the best psychological thrillers I’ve read in a long time!… Your heart will be pounding!’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Absolutely love this book, read it so fast… One of the best thrillers of the year. I highly recommend it.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Hands down one of the best thrillers I’ve read so far this year… Will have your heart racing, your palms sweaty, and your breath stuck in your throat. The suspense gets that overwhelming. Wear a neck brace when you read this one!… It’s a twisty roller coaster ride… Just when you think the story is going in one direction, another sudden, unexpected twist jerks it in another… The ending is brilliant!’ Book Rant Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘It’s 4AM where I am and I had to tell you how much I loved this one. I stayed up all night when I only intended to read one chapter. Do yourself a favor, get this page turner full of twists, secrets, surprises. You have no idea what to expect next. Just when you think you know — you have no clue.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘From the very beginning a feeling of creepiness crept into the book. I felt I had to be on guard the whole time. There never seemed to be a safe place. It was like there was always someone watching, following your every move and that’s just great... I thoroughly enjoyed it.’ B for Bookreview ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This book just goes off like a rocket – believe me it just gets better and better. There’s a particular point where you realise there is so much more to this story and the twists and turns start. I stayed up into the early hours to finish [it].’ Fiction Cafe Book Club ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐