A BUMPER SELECTION of new books have been added to the Library shelves this month ready to feed your summer reading pleasure, including two recent Richard and Judy recommendations.
However, despite this large crop of new titles, we’re not resting on our laurels and there will still be plenty of new books and DVDs arriving over the coming months, so keep checking back with us.
And don’t forget, if you have little ones visiting and you need to keep them occupied we have an extensive selection of books and DVDs suitable for all ages in our dedicated children’s section.
by C L Taylor
WHEN 15-YEAR-OLD BILLY WILKINSON goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire, is distraught, blaming herself. She’s not the only one. There isn’t a single member of Billy’s family who doesn’t feel guilty.
But the Wilkinsons are so used to keeping secrets from one another that it isn’t until until six months later, when an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the terrifying truth begins to surface.
Claire is sure of two things: Billy is still alive and that her friends and family had nothing to do with his disappearance. A mother’s instinct Is never wrong. Or is it?
If She Did It
by Jessica Treadway
ONE NIGHT CHANGED EVERYTHING – a father murdered in his bed, a mother beaten almost to death, a daughter who claims she knew nothing about her boyfriend’s murderous plans. But is she telling the truth?
Hanna can’t remember the details of what happened that traumatic night: she barely survived the brutal assault that left her a widow.
However, if she is to keep her husband’s killer in jail, she knows she has to try. Hanna hadn’t realised that those memories may cause her to question everything she thought she knew about her daughter…
by Martina Cole
AIDEN O’HARA HAS BEEN HEAD of the family since he was a kid, and he’s going to keep it that way. Jade Dixon watches his back.
Mother of his son, she’s the one who makes him so invincible. But Jade’s been in the game a lot longer than Aiden. She knows no-one is indestructible. And when you’re at the top, that’s when you’ve got to watch the hardest. Especially the ones closest to you.
Bring Me Back
by B A Paris
A YOUNG BRITISH COUPLE are driving through France on holiday when they stop for gas. He runs in to pay, she stays in the car. When he returns her car door has been left open, but she’s not inside. No-one ever sees her again.
Ten years later he’s engaged to be married; he’s happy, and his past is only a tiny part of his life now. Until he comes home from work and finds his new wife-to-be sitting on their sofa. She’s turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about because she is the sister of his missing first love.
As more and more questions are raised, their relationship becomes strained. Has his first love somehow come back to him after all this time? Or is the person who took her playing games with his mind?
by Fiona Barton
THIS RICHARD AND JUDY Spring Collection choice begins with a paragraph in an evening newspaper revealing a decades-old tragedy. Most readers barely give it a glance, but three strangers find it impossible to ignore.
For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another, it reveals the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. The child’s story will be told.
The Heart’s Invisible Furies
by John Boyne
ANOTHER RICHARD AND JUDY Spring Collection recommendation sees 16-years-old and pregnant Catherine Goggin cast out from her West Cork village. She makes her way to Dublin to start afresh. There she has no choices but to believe that the nun to whom she entrusts her child will find him a better life.
The baby is named Cyril by his adoptive parents, Charles and Maude Avery, a well-to-do, but deeply eccentric couple who, treat him more like a curiosity than a son. Through them he meets Julian Woodbead who, even from childhood, seems destined for a more infinitely more glamorous and dangerous life.
And so begins one man’s funny and moving search to find his place in the world that seems to delight in tormenting him at every turn. Cyril must navigate his emotions and desires in a search for that most elemental human need – happiness.
Island of Secrets
by Patricia Wilson
ALL HER LIFE LONDON-BORN Angelika has been intrigued by her mother’s past. Now planning her wedding, she knows she must visit the remote Crete village her mother grew up in.
Angie’s estranged Cretan grandmother, Maria, is dying. She welcomes Angie with open arms – it’s time to unburden herself, and tell the story she’ll otherwise take to her grave.
It’s the story of the German occupation of Crete during the Second World War, of horror, of courage and of the lengths to which a mother will go to protect her children.
And it’s the story of secrets that broke a family apart, and of three enchanting women who come together to heal the wounds of two generations.
The Hanged Man
by Simon Kernick
A HOUSE DEEP in the countryside where the remains of seven women have just been discovered… a cop ready to risk everything in the hunt for their killers. A man who has witnessed a murder and is now in fear of his life.
So begins the race to track him down before the killers do. For DI Ray Mason and PI Tina Boyd, the road ahead is a dangerous one, with bodies and betrayal at every turn.
I Know a Secret
by Tess Gerritsen
WHEN A YOUNG WOMAN is found dead, Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles are called to the scene. The body bears startling wounds, though the actual cause of death is a mystery.
Then another body is discovered – a seemingly unrelated crime, but the lack of an obvious cause of death shows they have more in common than it would first appear.
As Rissoli and Isles race to discover the link between the victims before the killer strikes again, a young woman watches from the sidelines. She has the answers they’re looking for.
The Restless Dead
by Simon Beckett
TOP FORENSIC EXPERT Dr David Hunter is facing an uncertain future – his career hangs in the balance and his personal life has taken a turn for the worse. So when he gets a call from Essex police, it comes at the perfect time.
A badly decomposed body has been found in the mudflats and salt marshes of the Backwaters. Could it be linked to two unsolved missing persons cases? But then more remains are discovered. And as these desolate wetlands begin to give up their grisly secrets Hunter is reminded that it’s not the dead we need to fear…
Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng
IN SHAKER HEIGHTS, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the roads to the colours of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead.
Enter Mia Warren, an enigmatic artist and single mother, and her teenage daughter Pearl. They rent a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair.
But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
Third and final series
THE SEXY, SOPHISTICATED drama is back for a final series. But all has changed as Katie, Trudy, Siobhan and Jessica are no longer friends…
The drama opens as Katie calls the girls together having not seen each other for months. But what could have caused these friends to split? As Trudy, Siobhan and Jessica join Katie, the drama moves back to five months earlier to reveal what happened. Back in the present, when one of the girls reveals a secret she has been hiding will they see that they’re better off with rather than without each other?
IN 1619 THE NEW BRITISH COLONY of Jamestown, Virginia, is on what feels like the edge of the world. For 12 years it has been populated only by men, but the settlement is shaken up when the first women, including Alice (Sophie Rundle), Verity (Niamh Walsh) and Jocelyn (Naomi Battrick) land in this breathtaking wilderness.
Twisting storylines follow the disruptive new arrivals as they make an immediate impact and are thrust into a new world of love, desire, power and survival.
ONE WOMAN VERSUS 300 million guns. In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane is the sought-after, formidable and ruthless lobbyist in DC.
But when she takes on the all-powerful pro-gun movement she finds herself at the centre of a terrifying battle and must decide if she’s willing to make sacrifices greater than she ever imagined – or will winning come at too high a price?