THE BUS BENCH WES BUNDY
Terribly naive’ and unworldly, unwed 17-year-old Edna Rollins firmly believes that only married girls have babies. She is devastated, bringing a child into the world the product of being raped nine months earlier. She rejects him and takes her own life two days after his birth. The infant is adopted by a childless couple who christen him Gerry and raise him in an idyllic setting in the farmland of central Ohio. Gerry’s childish crush on a TV new woman becomes an overwhelming obsession as he matures. When the network moves her aside for a new face, he is overwhelmed with grief. Her celebrity quickly fades as promotional billboards, placards and posters throughout the city are scrapped except for a solitary and forgotten bus bench which bears her image. Fearful that the bench, which has become his shrine will be discovered, he maneuvers it to an obscure place enabling him to meet and communicate with the love of his life. Learning that she has married a wealthy industrialist and moved to California, he orchestrates a cross-country journey to find her. The improbable characters he encounters on his journey ridicule his efforts, serving only to plunge himself deeper into finding her. An unforgettable chain of events ends in a face to face meeting. He finds her terminally ill which he blames on her husband. He formulates a swift and brutal “payback,” then kidnaps her taking her back home to Ohio and his beloved bus bench.
It was Rose’s comment that shocked Edna on a Saturday afternoon as she walked out with two small bags of groceries in her arms.
Better be careful with those bags Edna, looks like your baby is due any day.
Edna hurried away, feeling light-headed at such a comment.
Baby? What baby? I’m not even married for crying out loud. Seventeen year old Edna Rollins murmured to herself, I’m not gonna have a baby.
THE HISTORY MAJOR PHILLIP CASH
After a vicious fight with her boyfriend followed by a night of heavy partying, college freshman Amanda Greene wakes up in her dorm room to find things are not the same as they were yesterday. She can’t quite put her finger on it. She’s sharing her room with a peculiar stranger. Amanda discovers she’s registered for classes she would never choose with people that are oddly familiar. An ominous shadow is stalking her. Uncomfortable memories are bubbling dangerously close to her fracturing world, propelling her to an inevitable collision between fantasy and reality. Is this the mother of all hangovers or is something bigger happening?
THE HISTORY MAJOR by Phillip cash is his eleventh book. He has written elven novels including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, Battle for Darracia series, and Monsterland.
THE GOOD GIRL NICHOLAS SEARLE
Published 14th January 2016 by Viking
This is a life told back to front.
This is a man who has lied all his life.
Roy is a conman living in a small English town, about to pull off his final con. He is going to meet and woo a beautiful woman and slip away with her life savings. But who is the man behind the con?
What has he had to do to survive a life of lies?
And who has had to pay the price?
When only a good lie will reveal the truth. Roy is a con man. He tells the women that he meets that one of things he dislikes dishonesty. But he seems to think dishonesty is all right if you can get away with it. Do you understand him? This is what pulls you along turning your pages. Roy will confess to a women that his name is in fact not Brian. It’s Roy. Roy Courtnay. Brian was a kind of nom de plume for meeting women. I f you see what I mean. The Good Liar is Nicholas Searle’s first novel.
FIRE DAMAGE KATE MEDINA
Published January 2016 by Harper Collins
four-year-old Sami is deeply traumatised, and it’s up to psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn to unlock his terrifying memories. She needs to find out who ‘ the girl’ is but nothing can prepare her for the truth about what haunts him.
Meanwhile, Flynn’s former patient, Captain Ben Callan, is investigating the controversial death of an officer in Afghanistan. Shot only days before he was due to arrive home, there is only one suspect – a fellow soldier who is refusing to talk.
Flynn and Callan’s cases converge when a dead body is found washed up on a Sussex beach, revealing a connection between Sami and the dead soldier. And it soon becomes clear that what seemed to have its origins in Afghanistan began with a secret much closer to home.
I enjoyed reading Fire Damage. It is the first in a series of crime novels featuring twenty – nine year old psychologist, Dr Jessie Flynn. It is first and foremost a story about families love and hate, kindness and cruelty, and destructive nature of some relationships. The fear and helplessness experienced by child trapped in a dysfunctional family is a very powerful emotion to examine. Sami Scott is a deeply traumatised boy who Dr Jessie Flynn is counselling. Something drove Jessie in to why she needs to understand the whys of human nature. Jessie Flynn’s profession not only explores situations from a psychological perspective but she has thoughts and feelings. She is a strong and independent woman.
THE HOLLOW MEN ROB McCARTHY
Introducing Dr Harry Kent former Army medic, hospital registrar, police surgeon, drug addict and defender of anyone the world would rather brush aside. His critics say he has a weakness for lost causes.
Usually the police work means minor injuries and mental health assessments. But Solomon Idris’s case is different. Solomon Idris has taken eight people hostage in a chicken takeaway, and is demanding to see a lawyer and a BBC reporter. Harry is sent in to treat the clearly ill teenager…before the siege goes horribly wrong.
When Solomon’s life is put in danger again from the safety of a critical care ward, it becomes clear he knows something people will kill to protect.
Determined to uncover the secret that drove the boy to such desperate action, Harry soon realises that someone in the medical world, someone he may not even know, has broken the doctor’s commandment do no harm many times over.
And now only he stands in the way of them causing further hurt.
The Hollow men. Some men heal others harm. This police procedural meets medical drama. This is the start of a major series from medical student and exceptional crime-writing talent. The Hollow Men is perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Val McDermind, and watchers of medical dramas from ER to silent witness. Rob McCarthy is a medical student in his fourth year of study, who started writing crime novel when the neuroantomy textbooks threatened to take his sanity. I am very pleased that he is currently working on two more stories featuring Dr Harry Kent.
published 25th February 2016 by Mulholland Books
You And Me, Always Jill Mansell
On the morning of Lily’s twenty-fifth birthday, it’s time to open the very last letter written to her by her beloved mother, who died when she was eight.
Learning more about the first and only real love of her mum’s life is a revelation. On the same day, Lily also meets Eddie Tessler, a man fleeing fame who just might have the ability to change her world in unimaginable ways. But her childhood friend Dan has his own reasons for not wanting Lily to get too carried away by Eddie’s attentions.
Before long, secrets begin to emerge and Lily’s friends and family become involved. In the beautiful Cotswold village of Stanton Langley, nothing will ever be the same again.
I adored reading this latest book by Jill Mansell. So much happens in the village of Stanton Langley. On the morning of Lily Harper’s twenty-fifth birthday, she opens up her letter by her late mother. Lily was the darling of Stanton Langley everyone loved her and was protective of her after the tragic early loss of her mum. When Lily’s mum died she was brought up by Coral and her late husband Nick. When Lily’s mum was eighteen she met Declan when they were both working in Barcelona. They parted as they both had to take up their places at university. Jo Harper then met Keir and got pregnant with Lily. Keir revealed his true colours as he did not want anything to do with Lily. Patsy is a hairdresser with an ex husband who was gay and married another man. And why is Eddie Tessler who is famous hiding in Pasty’s house?
UNDER THE ROSE SELECTED STORIES JULIA O’FAOLAIN
Julia O’Foalain is one of the most important Irish writers of the past half-century. Under the Rose is a selection of short stories taken from her many celebrated collections.
These are short stories about families and relationships, religion and politics, new life and mortality, and their settings range from Ireland and the USA to Italy and France. O’Faolain exposes the delusions of sexual desire, explores the failings of the Church and unpicks the casual brutalities of a patriarchal society. In an afterword, she considers the art of the story and the influences that continue to shape her work.
Powerful, profound and unflinching in their reflections on human experience, the stories in Under the Rose are masterpieces of the form.
Published by faber 17th March 2016