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Book Review - February/March 24

February Fiction

As the year fully gets into its stride, why not immerse yourself in a new yarn from this selection of great offerings…

Queens of London by Heather Webb

Heather Webb crafts a tale of dark glamour and sisterhood in an intriguing look at Britain's first female crime syndicate, the ever-shifting meaning of justice, and the way women claim their power by any means necessary.

Queens of London isset in the murky post-WWI era of our capital, and the showcase is “a gang of women you've never heard of,” but one that decided the female of the species can indeed have it all.

Published by Sourcebooks Landmark on 6th February

The Fury by Alex Michaelides

From the author of The Silent Patient and The Maidens comes a compelling closed community thriller, as a former movie star throws a select party on a private Greek island whilst a murderer lurks in the shadows.

The story begins as former movie star Lana Farrar invites a select group to stay. It’s hot, sunny, perfect. A chance to relax and reconnect - and maybe for a few hidden truths to come out.

And they will, because nothing on the island is quite what it seems.

Published by Penguin Books Ltd on 1st February

Red Side Story by Jasper Fforde

The author of The Eyre Affair and The Constant Rabbit delivers a typically singular dystopia rich in wit and his own delightfully singular vision, as two citizens of a world whose hierarchies are based on the colour spectrum strike out on a quest looking for answers.

Eddie and Jane must negotiate the delicate Chromatic politics of society to find out what the 'something that happened' actually was, how society got to be this way, and crucially, is there ‘somewhere else’ beyond their borders.

It's a tale of a young couple's thirst for justice and answers in an implacably rigid society.

Published by Hodder & Stoughton on 6th February

The Guest by B.A. Paris

B.A. Paris never fails to deliver a great thriller and The Guest is no exception.

Trouble emerges when Iris and Gabriel come home from a make-or-break holiday to find Laure, one of their best friends, in their house. She is sleeping in their bed, wearing Iris' clothes, even rearranging the furniture. She has walked out on her husband – and their good friend – Pierre over his confession of an affair (and a secret child).

Iris and Gabriel want to be supportive, but as Laure's mood becomes more unpredictable, her presence begins to unravel secrets in all their pasts.

Published by Hodder & Stoughton on 20th February