Fiction Book Chart: Books Everyone is Reading

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    *****THE INSTANT NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER***** The iconic Ian Rankin returns with the essential must-read thriller of the year."Loved In A House Of Lies. How does Rebus keep on getting better and better? Ian Rankin is a genius." LEE CHILD "One of British crime writing's greatest characters: alongside Holmes, Poirot and Morse ... Beautifully told, superbly constructed and utterly engrossing." DAILY MAIL "Absolutely wonderful. Clever, gripping, a fabulous read." KATE MOSSE "Rankin's Latest and Greatest. It is stunning. I didn't sleep for three nights reading it." JILLY COOPER * * * * * IN A HOUSE OF LIES... Everyone has something to hide A missing private investigator is found, locked in a car hidden deep in the woods. Worse still - both for his family and the police - is that his body was in an area that had already been searched. Everyone has secrets Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inquiry, combing through the mistakes of the original case. There were always suspicions over how the investigation was handled and now - after a decade without answers - it's time for the truth. Nobody is innocent Every officer involved must be questioned, and it seems everyone on the case has something to hide, and everything to lose. But there is one man who knows where the trail may lead - and that it could be the end of him: John Rebus. * * * * * "Grips from the first sentence. No one in Britain writes better crime novels today." EVENING STANDARD "There's no one like Ian Rankin for bringing us right into the world of detectives. In A House of Lies is a must-read." TANA FRENCH "Thrillingly told, with the best cast in contemporary crime, Rankin is one of the most significant social commentators of our time. Just read the book. It says it better than I can." DENISE MINA "Rankin remains the most consistent practitioner of finely crafted, richly detailed, literary crime novels being produced today. He's always been at the top of his game, and this latest is no exception." LINWOOD BARCLAY "A first-rate crime novel: tense, twisty and often very funny. A real joy - Rebus still makes sparks fly." ELLY GRIFFITHS "Definitely not to be missed. Rankin's at the top of his form here, and no reader will go away disappointed." PETER ROBINSON
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    THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, PICKED FOR THE ZOE BALL TV BOOK CLUB `Ruth Jones is excellent on human nature and why we make the mistakes we do. I felt for every character. Unputdownable.' Jojo Moyes ***** In her unmissable debut, actress and screenwriter Ruth Jones shows us the dangers of trying to recapture that which was once lost and failing to realise the beauty of what we already have. ***** `We spend most of our lives wishing we were somewhere else or someone else, or looking forward or harping back. Always thinking the grass is greener on the other side. But it never is. It's still grass. Just a different patch of it, that's all.' ***** The past has a habit of tracking us down. And tripping us up. When Kate was twenty-two, she had an intense and passionate affair with a married man, Callum, which ended in heartbreak. Kate thought she'd never get over it. Seventeen years later, life has moved on - Kate, now a successful actress, is living in London, married to Matt and mother to little Tallulah. Meanwhile Callum and his wife Belinda are happy together, living in Edinburgh and watching their kids grow up. The past, it would seem, is well and truly behind them all. But then Kate meets Callum again. And they are faced with a choice: to walk away from each other . . . or to risk finding out what might have been. Second chances are a rare gift in life. But that doesn't mean they should always be taken . . . ***** 'I love books about gnarly, messy relationships and this one kept me gripped from the beginning. A great read.' Jane Fallon `Heart-rending, provocative and astutely written, Never Greener is a love story about getting what you want and losing everything you need. Ruth's characters will stay with me for a long time.' Cathy Bramley
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    Former US president Bill Clinton teams up with the world's bestselling author James Patterson for The President is Missing, an edge-of-your-seat political thriller that finds a cyberterrorist attack crippling the whole of the United States.

    It's become clear there is a traitor in the President's cabinet and his life at risk. To survive, he's going to have to go off the grid and leave his protection...

    With Clinton's insider knowledge and Patterson's flair for page-turning storytelling, this thriller sheds light upon the inner workings and vulnerabilities of the American government...
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    The British Book Awards Book of the Year, Sally Rooney's Normal People has been shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2018 and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018. Published by Faber, the Conversations with Friends author brings readers a story that tackles politics, love and change with aplomb.

    Although Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town in rural Ireland, they couldn't be more different. However, when they both earn places at Dublin's Trinity College, they form a close bond that lasts for a long time...

    This exquisite love story is all about how a person can change another person's life in so many ways and how difficult it is to talk about how we feel...
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    This powerful book tells the heartbreaking love story between Lale Sokolov, the tattooist of Auschwitz, and the woman he tattooed, Gita. Readers of Schindler's List and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas will love this extraordinary story full of love, loyalty and friendship.

    In 1942, Lale arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau and was given the job of tattooing the prisoners. Little did he know that scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

    Waiting in line to be tattooed was a terrified young girl named Gita. And for Lale - a dandy, jack-the-lad, bit of a chancer - it was love at first sight. He was determined to not only survive himself, but to ensure Gita did too.
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    Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series is hugely popular (the Prime series is well worth a watch) and this book finds the detective obsessing over the unsolved murder of Daisy Clayton.

    Daisy was killed over 10 years ago and although Detective Renee Ballard has faced everything the LAPD's graveyard shift has thrown at her, she's never met Harry Bosch - that is until tonight...

    Ballard and Bosch know every murder tells a story - and Daisy's case reads like an as-yet-unfinished tragedy. Will the duo be able to bring the truth to light?
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    'A new Lucy Diamond book is one of the happiest highlights of my calendar' Katie Fforde, bestselling author of A Country Escape Frankie, a talented illustrator who lives with her partner Craig and his young son Fergus, sets off to Yorkshire determined to trace her father, Harry Mortimer. But when she arrives, she is horrified to find Harry and his wife Jean are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary with their children, family and friends. Frankie's unexpected arrival throws the close-knit family into disarray and causes a devastated Jean to disappear, leaving the rest of the Mortimers to cope without her. As Harry's wife and children struggle to come to terms with this shock revelation, Frankie's own happiness is threatened. She and Craig must decide how to face their new, uncertain future together. Warm, witty and ultimately uplifting, Something to Tell You is a novel about love, courage and what it means to be a family. Praise for Lucy Diamond: 'A hugely satisfying read' Heat 'Full of emotion and insight - it really makes you think' Katie Fforde, bestselling author of A Summer at Sea 'Warm, witty and wise' Daily Mail
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    The 23rd book in Lee Child's Jack Reacher series finds our hero embarking on a quest into his father's past...

    Jack Reacher is planning on going on an epic road trip across America from Maine to California but he doesn't get very far. While driving through the New England woods, he sees a sign to the town where his father was born and detours into it...

    At the same time, a car breaks down close by... Two young Canadians are trying to get to New York City to sell a treasure and find themselves stranded at a lonely motel in a strange place in the middle of nowhere.

    Meanwhile, Jack searches for answers...
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    ******** There's laughter, tears and a huge amount of love in HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS The new book from BESTSELLING and BELOVED Carole Matthews. 'You can't do better than to sink into Happiness for Beginners' KATIE FFORDE 'Fun, fantastic and brimming with Matthews magic' MILLY JOHNSON 'An irresistibly warm-hearted story' TRISHA ASHLEY 'Warm, witty and hopeful - I was charmed' SARAH MORGAN 'The queen of funny, feel good fiction' MIKE GAYLE ******** Molly Baker is living her best life. Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the twenty-five-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There's Anthony the anti-social sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature pig, Teacup. Molly runs the farm as an alternative school for kids who haven't thrived in mainstream education. It's full on, but she wouldn't have it any other way. So when the well-groomed Shelby Dacre turns up at Hope Farm asking to enrol his son Lucas, Molly isn't fazed. But Lucas is distant and soon Molly realises he might be more of a handful than she anticipated. And then there's the added problem that his dad is distractingly handsome. Molly has her beloved farm to think of - could letting Lucas and Shelby in be a terrible mistake, or the start of something wonderful? An absolute must-read from the queen of romance Carole Matthews, Molly's story will make your heart sing. Why do readers love Carole Matthews? 'So warm' Jenny Colgan 'The perfect escape' Woman 'Gorgeous' Katie Fforde 'I laughed and cried and marvelled' Cathy Bramley 'Witty, funny and incredibly touching' Heat
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    Readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Choice will love this story about the smallest library in the world - and the most dangerous.

    Fourteen-year-old Dita and her parents are taken from Prague and sent to live in Auschwitz, imprisoned by the Nazis. Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp when Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious books the prisoners have smuggled past the guards - and she agrees.

    And so Dita becomes the secret librarian of Auschwitz, responsible for the safekeeping of the small collection of titles, as well as the 'living books'. But books are dangerous, they make people think. And nowhere are they more dangerous than the children's block - where the slightest transgression can result in execution...
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    From the author behind the award-winning TV series Big Little Lies, this captivating book is a funny yet poignant novel that will be enjoyed by readers of Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn.

    Nine perfect strangers, each hiding an imperfect life. A luxury retreat cut off from the outside world. Ten days that promise to change your life. But some promises - like some lives - are perfect lies...
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    Shari Lapena, the author of bestselling thrillers The Couple Next Door and a Stranger in the House, returns with the nerve-wracking An Unwanted Guest.

    All of the guests at Mitchell's Inn are looking forward to a relaxing weekend deep in a forest miles away from civilian life. However, there's a storm raging that cuts them off completely from the outside world.

    Nobody can get in - or out of - the inn and then a body is found. It dawns on the guests that there is a killer among them. And nowhere to run...
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    Jeffrey Archer's Heads You Win is a page-turner set in Leningrad in Russia in 1968.

    From an early age it is clear that Alexander Karpenko is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, Alexander and his mother will have to escape Russia if they hope to survive...
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    The Outsider is another chilling story from the master of horror, Stephen King.

    There's been a horrifying crime and all the hard evidence points to a single suspect. But he was 70 miles away, with an alibi that checks out...

    Detective Anderson sets out to investigate and wonders if a suspect can indeed be in two places at the same time...
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    Dilly Court returns with Nettie's Secret, a stunning saga novel set in late 19th century London.

    Thanks to her hapless father, Nettie Carroll has had to grow up quickly. While Nettie is sewing night and day to keep food on the table, her gullible father has trusted the wrong man yet again...

    Left with virtually nothing, Nettie's dad decides their only hope lies across the English Channel in France. Nettie has nothing to lose so heads with him but then she discovers a secret that could save her entire family.
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    The gripping new novel by Sunday Times Number One bestseller Victoria Hislop is set against the backdrop of the German occupation of Greece, the subsequent civil war and a military dictatorship, all of which left deep scars. Athens 1941. After decades of political uncertainty, Greece is polarised between Right- and Left-wing views when the Germans invade. Fifteen-year-old Themis comes from a family divided by these political differences. The Nazi occupation deepens the fault-lines between those she loves just as it reduces Greece to destitution. She watches friends die in the ensuing famine and is moved to commit acts of resistance. In the civil war that follows the end of the occupation, Themis joins the Communist army, where she experiences the extremes of love and hatred and the paradoxes presented by a war in which Greek fights Greek. Eventually imprisoned on the infamous islands of exile, Makronisos and then Trikeri, Themis encounters another prisoner whose life will entwine with her own in ways neither can foresee. And finds she must weigh her principles against her desire to escape and live. As she looks back on her life, Themis realises how tightly the personal and political can become entangled. While some wounds heal, others deepen. This powerful new novel from Number One bestseller Victoria Hislop sheds light on the complexity and trauma of Greece's past and weaves it into the epic tale of an ordinary woman compelled to live an extraordinary life. Victoria Hislop. Discover for yourself why 10 million readers worldwide love her books. 'Hislop's passionate love of the country breathes from every page' Daily Mail on Cartes Postales from Greece 'Fascinating and moving . . . Hislop writes unforgettably about Cyprus and its people' The Times on The Sunrise 'Sweeping, magnificently detailed and ambitious' The Sunday Times on The Thread 'Meticulously researched historical narrative and imaginative storytelling' Telegraph on The Return
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    The Lake House author Kate Morton's six novel The Clockmaker's Daughter features a mesmerising combination of secrets, lies and mysteries.

    A woman is killed, another disappears, and the truth of what happened slips through the cracks of time. Over the next century and beyond, Birchwood Manor welcomes many newcomers but guards its secret closely - until another young woman is drawn to visit the house because of a family secret of her own...

    As the mystery of The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton begins to unravel, we discover the stories of those who have passed through Birchwood Manor since that fateful day in 1862.
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    Conn Iggulden, the bestselling author of the Emperor, Conqueror and The Wars of the Roses series' returns to the Ancient World with a ferociously bloody epic . . . In the Ancient World, one army was feared above all others. 401 BC. The Persian king Artaxerxes rules an empire stretching from the Aegean to northern India. As many as fifty million people are his subjects. His rule is absolute. Though the sons of Sparta are eager to play the game of thrones . . . Yet battles can be won - or lost - with a single blow. Princes fall. And when the dust of civil war settles, the Spartans are left stranded in the heart of an enemy's empire, without support, without food and without water. Far from home, surrounded by foes, it falls to the young soldier Xenophon to lead the survivors against Artaxerxes' legendary Persian warriors. Based on one of history's most epic stories of adventure The Falcon of Sparta masterfully depicts the ferocity, heroism, and savage bloodshed that was the Ancient World.
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    Rear Window meets The Girl on the Train in Lesley Pearce's The House Across the Street. It's a psychological thriller that asks what would you do if you lived opposite a murderer?

    It's 1964 and 23-year-old Katy Speed is fascinated by her neighbour Gloria and what happens in her house across the road. She's noticed mysterious women arrive in a black car most Saturdays and then witnesses the house burn to the ground. Katy is horrified when her father is then arrested and charged with murder... She vows to prove his innocence.
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    An epic tale of courage, betrayal and undying love, Courtney's War is the latest entry in Wilbur Smith's bestselling Courtney series.

    Saffron Courtney and Gerhard von Meerbach are thousands of miles apart, struggling for their lives. Although opposed to the Nazi regime, Gerhard is fighting for the Fatherland hoping to one day rid Germany of Hitler, while Special Operations Executive Saffron is being hunted by Germany's most ruthless spymaster.

    As they encounter evil at every turn, the two lovers must make a hard decision: do they sacrifice themselves? Or do whatever they can to survive in the hope that they will one day be reunited?
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    Offering an evocative and female-led twist on the famous tale of The Iliad, Man Booker-winning author Pat Barker's The Silence of the Girls has been shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction and the Costa Novel Award.

    When Greek Queen Helen is kidnapped by Trojans, the Greeks are hot on her pursuit and besiege the city of Troy. Trapped in the Greek soldiers' camp is another captured queen, Briseis. Condemned to be bed-slave to Achilles, the man who butchered her family, she becomes a pawn in a menacing game between bored and frustrated warriors...
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    Gail Honeyman's debut novel Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a worthy winner of the Costa First Novel. Praised by Jojo Moyes, it follows Eleanor as she seems content to live a simple life. She wears the same work clothes, eats the same things and buys the same bottles of vodka for the weekend.

    However, one random act of kindness is about to change her life forever... Eleanor soon learns that she will need to build up her courage if she's to successfully live in this new world.

    Covering themes including loneliness and kindness, this is a page-turning read that has won praise from the likes of Jojo Moyes.
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    Treat yourself to a glorious novel full of food, sunshine, friendship and love! Things haven't always been straightforward in Poppy's life but her dreams are finally within her reach. She's moving into a cottage in beautiful Nightingale Square, close to the local community garden, where she can indulge her passion for making preserves and pickles. She may not have the best relationship with her family but she is surrounded by loving friends, and feels sure that even her grumpy new neighbour, Jacob, has more to him than his steely exterior belies. But the unexpected arrival of Poppy's troubled younger brother soon threatens her new-found happiness and as the garden team works together to win community space of the year, Poppy must decide where her priorities lie and what she is prepared to fight for ... Readers everywhere are falling in love with Heidi Swain's writing: `A lovely, sweet, summery read' Milly Johnson `Wise, warm and wonderful' heat 'A ray of reading sunshine!' Laura Kemp, author of A Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness `Sparkling and romantic' My Weekly
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    The thrilling new romance from E L James, author of the phenomenal #1 bestselling Fifty Shades trilogy.

    London, 2019. Life has been easy for Maxim Trevelyan. With his good looks, aristocratic connections, and money, he's never had to work and he's rarely slept alone. But all that changes when tragedy strikes and Maxim inherits his family's noble title, wealth, and estates, and all the responsibility that entails. It's a role he's not prepared for and one that he struggles to face. But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who's recently arrived in England, possessing little more than a dangerous and troublesome past. Reticent, beautiful, and musically gifted, she's an alluring mystery, and Maxim's longing for her deepens into a passion that he's never experienced and dares not name. Just who is Alessia Demachi? Can Maxim protect her from the malevolence that threatens her? And what will she do when she learns that he's been hiding secrets of his own?

    From the heart of London through wild, rural Cornwall to the bleak, forbidding beauty of the Balkans, The Mister is a roller-coaster ride of danger and desire that leaves the reader breathless to the very last page.