January is coming to an end (finally!) and we are looking forward to snuggling down with a good read.
New titles will be hitting the shelf, or your Kindle virtual library, in the coming weeks and below we list our top five books we can’t wait to get lost in.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Dubbed ‘the debut novel of the season’, this psychological thriller following a famous painter Alicia Berenson who is married to an equally famous photographer who both live a lavish life in London. So what makes her pick up a gun and shoot her seemingly perfect husband in the face five times and never speak again? Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist, is determined to get her talking.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Game of Thrones will be back on our screens very soon and to accompany the series, why not dive into the Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (the writer behind the famed trilogy Bone Season). The 804-page book comes with its own character index, timeline and glossary and you’re going to need it to follow the story of The House of Berethnet that has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door. Ead Durya is secretly protecting her with forbidden magic while across the dark sea, Tane has trained to be a dragonrider.
The Familiars by Stacey Halls
Everyone seems to be talking about this book based on real events and set during the Pendle witch trials of 1612. It explores the rights of women in the 17th century by following a pregnant Fleetwood Shuttleworth who has gone through a series of unsuccessful births. After seeing letter from her doctor to her husband saying that she will not survive birth, she looks to midwife named Alice Grey who wants to help her deliver a healthy baby. But is there more to Alice than meets the eye?
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
If you are a fan of doomsday scenarios, and is one of the millions who loved Bird Box on Netflix, then you will fly through this literary prize winner’s book based on people falling asleep in Southern Californian town of Santa Lora, and not waking up. There is panic, the town is quarantined, but those sleeping are dreaming heightened dreams, which a summoned psychiatrist is trying to unravel.
Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce
Loved Gone Girl and Girl On The Train? Then you’re in for another female-lead thriller. Alison is not the perfect wife or a mother, and someone finds out about her imperfections and wants to make her pay. Meanwhile, she is given her first murder case to defend, but all is never as it seems. We are pretty sure you’ll want to read this book one sitting.