THIS MONTH’S SELECTION of new books are taken from the Richard and Judy winter selection and include three new authors and their debut novels.
As is usually the case, it’s an interesting and varied selection from Britain’s favourite husband and wife team.
The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder
by Sarah J Harris
THERE ARE THREE things you need to know about Jasper. One: He sees the world completely differently; Two: He can’t recognize faces – not even his own; Three: He is the only witness to the murder of his neighbour, Bee Larkham.
But uncovering the truth about what happened that night will change his world forever…
The Woman in the Window
by A J Finn
IT’S BEEN TEN MONTHS since Anna Fox last left home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house. Lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.
Anna’s only lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.
But one evening, a scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something horrifying. Now she must uncover the truth about what really happened. But if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?
Dear Mrs Bird
by A J Pearce
AMID THE FALLING BOMBS in 1941 London, Emmeline Lake dreams of becoming a fearless War Correspondent. Unfortunately, Emmy instead finds herself employed as a typist for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt at Woman’s Friend magazine.
Mrs Bird refuses to read, let alone answer, letters containing any form of unpleasantness, and definitely not those from the lovelorn, grief-stricken or morally confused.
But the thought of these desperate woman waiting for an answer at the most desperate of times becomes impossible for Emmy to ignore. She decides she simply must help and secretly starts to write back – after all, what harm could that possibly do?
JOANNA AND HER HUSBAND Alistair travel with their baby from Scotland to Australia to see Alistair’s mother. And to fight for custody of Alistair’s daughter Chloe against his Australian ex-wife.
However, when they arrive in Australia, Joanna and Alistair are forced to face an unthinkable tragedy that changes their lives and their marriage forever. It is the catalyst for a journey into the disintegrating psychology of a young woman, exposing the myths and truths of motherhood.