Book Review

The Secrets Between Us

By Louise Douglas
Published by Black Swan
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A chance encounter: When Sarah meets dark, brooding Alex, she grasps his offer of a new life miles away from her own. They’ve both recently escaped broken relationships, and need to start again. Why not do it together? A perfect life: But when Sarah gets to the tiny village of Burrington Stoke, something doesn’t add up. Alex’s beautiful wife Genevieve was charming, talented, and adored by all who knew her. Why would Genevieve walk out on her perfect life? Why has no one heard from her since she did so? A web of lies: Genevieve’s family and all her friends think that Alex knows more about her disappearance than he’s letting on.

Perfect People

By Peter James
Published by Pan
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A wealthy professional couple, Swede John and Briton Naomi, are grieving over the death of their only son from a rare hereditary disease that is the product of a rare interaction between their gene pools. Understandably, they want to try controversial new treatment that will ensure that any future children do not run the same risk. But their optimism is challenged when the eccentric doctor who treats them dies in a suspicious helicopter crash, they find that Naomi is carrying twins and a fundamentalist group threatens to kill their children as ‘spawn of Satan’.

Yet none of that is as scary as the reality, when the children are born with abilities beyond their parents’ dreams, which could make them a new breed of humanity.

Rumours

By Freya North
Published by Harper
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Everybody’s talking, but what’s really going on?
Rumour has it that Stella Hutton landed her new job thanks to family connections. She’s guarded about her past and private about her new life.
Over in Long Dansbury, there’s always a rumour circulating about Xander, but the eligible bachelor shrugs off village gossip.
Then a rumour starts that Longbridge Hall is up for sale. Home to the eccentric Fortescues, it has dominated Long Dansbury lives for centuries.
Stella is summoned to sell the estate. But Xander grew up there. His secrets and memories are not for sale. He’ll do anything to stand in Stella’s way. Anything but fall in love.

The Stranger’s Child

By Alan Hollinghurst
Published by Picador
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In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge schoolmate, a handsome, aristocratic young poet named Cecil Valance, to his family’s modest home outside London for the weekend. George is enthralled by Cecil and soon his sixteen-year-old sister, Daphne, is equally besotted by him and the stories he tells about Corley Court, the country estate he is heir to. Over time, a tragic love story is spun, even as other secrets lie buried until, decades later, an ambitious biographer threatens to unearth them.