Namwali Serpell’s THE OLD DRIFT

This amazing novel is set in Zambia over two centuries and follows three generations from three families whose lives become coiled together. Namwali Serpell’s debut is not just genre defying but genre encompassing; part-fairy tale, part-historical epic, it is a tragic love story and cutting edge science fiction. This book literally has it all. With echoes of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas and Richard Powers’ The Overstory this sweeping, drifting story is a perfect commentary on the 21st Century and all its failings including those still to come.
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Dana Czapnik’s THE FALCONER

Every year there are amazing books written and brilliant new writers to be discovered but there is a hint of something extra special going on at the moment. With writers like Lisa Halliday and Sally Rooney I feel we are heralding in a new golden age of novelists. Lisa Halliday’s Asymmetry reads like a classic from the Richard Yates era and Sally Rooney’s Normal People is so assured and meticulously insightful you would be forgiven thinking both these writers were midway through their careers not at the start of them. You can add Dana Czapnik’s The Falconer to this list. It is quite simply an extraordinary novel and I don’t think I can adequately describe how much I love this book. … More Dana Czapnik’s THE FALCONER

Adrian McKinty’s THE CHAIN

This is a thriller that bolts out of the gate and doesn’t turn around until you are breathless and on the cusp of collapsing. Rachel is the single mother of a teenage daughter who has just beaten cancer and is on the verge of getting her life back on track after her divorce. That is until her daughter Kylie is abducted on the way to school one morning and Rachel receives a phone call telling her that if she wants her daughter back alive she must pay a ransom and then kidnap another child where she must repeat the process that is being done to her. Welcome to The Chain. The Chain goes on forever. The Chain cannot be broken. … More Adrian McKinty’s THE CHAIN

Taylor Jenkins Reid’s DAISY JONES & THE SIX

This book is an absolute firecracker of a novel. The fuse is lit the moment you open the book. It sparks and crackles as it burns as you get to know each character and the story builds until it explodes with every emotion you can think of; joy, despair, elation, misery, excitement and more. Your pulse literally races as you read this book and you will have a smile on your face one moment and be reaching for tissues the next. You will want to read the whole thing in one go and then sit down and listen to the great music of the era it depicts. … More Taylor Jenkins Reid’s DAISY JONES & THE SIX

Laura Lippman’s THE LADY IN THE LAKE

It is 1965 and Maddie Schwarz has come to the realization that she no longer wants to be married. Her marriage has not been terrible but after a dinner party with an old school friend she becomes aware that she is no longer in love with her husband. So Maddie moves out of their family home, rents an apartment downtown and begins a new life for herself. After being involved in the search for a missing girl Maddie decides she wants to be a journalist. She gets a job assisting the Mr Helpline column but Maddie wants to write and she has an eye for a story. When the body of a missing African-American woman is found the story gets little coverage. Maddie, sensing an opportunity starts digging into the story to try and find out what happened to The Lady in the Lake. But Maddie’s digging is going to stir open a lot of trouble. … More Laura Lippman’s THE LADY IN THE LAKE

Diane Setterfield’s ONCE UPON A RIVER

This is one of those rare books that has a little bit of everything; intrigue, mystery, a love story and the hint of something magical. It is an absolute joy to read and get lost in. As you get closer to the end of the book you are dying to find out what happens but at the same time you don’t want the book to finish. This is a book to treasure and book to share. … More Diane Setterfield’s ONCE UPON A RIVER