ADULTERY BY PAULO COELHO
This is Linda’s story.
She’s lucky. She knows that.
It’s what makes being unhappy worse.
Her friends advise taking medication. But Linda wants to feel more, not less.
A meeting with a politician, and ex-boyfriend, reawakens a side of her that she respectable wife, devoted mother and ambitious journalist thought had disappeared. She embarks on a relationship that is addictive, dangerous and undeniably exciting. But the consequences are far-reaching.
Provocative and profound, ADULTERY is about discovering passion in the life you live and learning what it means to be free. This is a thought-provoking and inspiring read for anyone who has ever wondered, ‘is this it?’
NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE BY ADAM NEVILL
Darkness lives within…
Cash strapped, working for temping agencies and living in shared accommodation, Stephanie Booth feels she can fall no further. So when she takes a new room at the right price, she believes her luck has finally turned. But 82 Edgehill Road is not what it appears to be.
It is not only the eerie atmosphere of the vast, neglected house, or the disturbing attitude of her new landlord, Knacker McGuire, that makes her uneasy it’s the whispers behind the fireplace, the scratching beneath the floors, the footsteps in the dark, and the young woman weeping in neighbouring rooms. When Knacker’s menacing cousin Fergal arrives, the danger exceeds her darkness imaginings.
But this is merely a beginning, a gateway to horrors beyond Stephanie’s worst nightmare. And in a house where no one listens to the screams, will she ever get out alive?
A wonderfully creepy and disturbing novel.
THE CUTTING ROOM BY LOUISE WELSH
When Rilke , a gay auctioneer, comes upon a hidden collection of violent and highly disturbing photographs, he feels compelled to discover more about the deceased owner who coveted them. Soon he finds himself sucked into an underworld of crime, depravity and secrets desire, fighting for his life. Rilke is drawn into a world of illicit urges powerful obsessions.
I read The Cutting Room when it first came out and have never added it to my reviews until now. I really enjoyed reading The Cutting Room . The story is about crime, pornography ,erotic, sex and money.
A GIFT FROM BOB BY JAMES BOWEN
HOW A STREET CAT HELPED ONE MAN LEARN THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS.
In this poignant story, James Bowen recalls the last Christmas he was to spend on the streets, busking and selling the Big Issue with his cat. Bob before his life changed forever.
In 2010, the weather was as bleak as his prospects. Christmas had always been the time he dreaded. Now at least he had Bob by his side and his friend Belle but his health was poor and he had no money for food or warmth. There was no choice but to venture out onto the frozen streets to earn enough for his electricity and with luck afford some small treats for Christmas as well.
What James learned through this toughest of times was to give his new life with Bob and Christmas a meaning it had never had before.
James Bowen is the author of the best-selling A Street Cat Named Bob and The World According to Bob.
He found Bob the cat in 2007 and the pair have been inseparable ever since. They both live in north London.
TAKING HOLLYWOOD BY SHARI KING
ONE FATEFUL NIGHT. A LIFETIME OF LIES. THE ULTIMATE SCANDAL.
1993 In front of a galaxy of stars, three young film makers accept their Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Davie Johnston, Zander Leith and Mirren McLean, childhood friends from a rough housing estate in Glasgow, have taken Hollywood by storm. Only now they know what they did to get there.
2013 Twenty years later Davie Johnston is the top host and reality show producer in town. Mirren McLean is a respected writer and movie director and Zander Leith is box office gold. But they haven’t spoken to each other in twenty years, their relationship devastated by one horrific secret. Thousand of miles away, a young ambitious journalist discovers a tantalizing story from the past. Tinsle Town beckons. And in a town where nothing is as it seems, she is determined to expose the kind of scandalous drama that usually only happens in movies.
HERRING GIRL BY DEBBIE TAYLOR
Twelve-year-old Ben has always felt that he was born into the wrong body. When Mary, his therapist, suggests hypnosis as a way to help him understand why he doesn’t identify as a boy, Ben finds himself the unlikely conduit for a herring girl called Annie, who lived over a century earlier in the same fishing port.
Under the spell of hypnosis, Annie comes alive through Ben, and with her the startling story of her life, and her mysterious death. As the events surrounding Annie’s final days start to emerge her secret affair with young fisherman Sam, the violent jealousy of his rival Tom, the pregnancy fears of her best friend Flo, the abject paranoia of her brother Jimmy both Ben and Mary find themselves embroiled in a puzzling saga from the past. And if as psychoanalytic research suggests souls tend to reincarnate in groups repeatedly down the centuries, it could be that those close to Ben today were involved in the dramas of 1898, and a murder could still be among them, waiting to strike again.
Moving back and forth in time between 1898 and the present day, Herring Girl is an extraordinary ambitious novel which evokes a long-vanished world and reveals how the secrets of our past hidden lives are never too far away.
A vividly imaginative, sensuous and atmospheric novel.
This is the fourth novel from acclaimed author and editor of Mslexia magazine.
GETTING COLDER BY AMANDA COE
Sometimes the harder you look, the less you find.
They were colour-supplement darlings of the 1980s
Patrick, the sexy, ferocious young playwright, scourge of an enthralled establishment, and Sara, who abandoned her two children to fulfil her destiny as Patrick’s beautiful, devoted wife and muse.
Thirty-five years later, Sara’s death leaves Patrick alone in their crumbling house in Cornwall, with his whisky, his writer’s block and his undimmed rage against the world. But bereavement is no respecter of life’s estrangements, and Sara’s children, Louise and Nigel, are now adults with memories, questions and agendas of their own. What was their mother really like? Why did she leave them? What has she left them? And how can Patrick without the love of his life?
Getting Colder is a perceptive, witty and moving novel about love and its attendant casualties. The story will send shivers down your spine and will leave you haunted long after you have read the final page. It is without question a terrific debut, full of energy and colour, as propulsive as a thriller.