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  • Writer's pictureRachel Abbott

Into the Water – Paula Hawkins

I don’t think I know anybody who hasn’t read The Girl on the Train. But Hawkins’s next book does not disappoint. It is an urgent, satisfying read that hinges on the stories we tell about our pasts and their power to destroy the lives we live now it’s a book that’s bound to have everybody talking.

Friend Request – Laura Marshall

I was lucky enough to receive a pre-release copy of this book, and it’s everything you might expect it to be when you realise it’s about a woman who receives a friend request on Facebook, but the person who it appears to be from has been dead for over twenty years. The intrigue and confusion ramps up throughout the book until you have no idea who to trust. Wonderful stuff!

The Unseeing – Anna Mazzola

I don’t often read historical fiction for no other reason than I usually have so many thrillers to read, but I recently met Anna Mazzola at The Alderney Literary Festival, and couldn’t resist picking up a copy of her book. What I love about this book is the sense of time and place. It’s set in the mid nineteenth century, and somehow the author manages to evoke a sense of how it was to live in London back then – the sights, smells and sounds. And it’s the story of a murder – a particularly gruesome one – so right up my street after all!


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