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1. The Book of You - Claire Kendal

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A Richard and Judy Spring 2015 book club choice.

A mesmerizing tale of psychological suspense about a woman who must fight to escape an expert manipulator determined to possess her, Claire Kendal's debut novel is a sophisticated and disturbing portrait of compulsion, control, and terror that will appeal to fans of Before I Go to Sleep, The Silent Wife, and Into the Darkest Corner.

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2. The Versions of Us - Laura Barnett

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Eva and Jim are nineteen and students at Cambridge, when their paths first cross in 1958. Jim is walking along a lane when a woman approaching him on a bicycle swerves to avoid a dog. What happens next will determine the rest of their lives. We follow three different versions of their future - together, and apart - as their love story takes on different incarnations, twists and turns to the conclusion in the present day. What if one small decision could change the rest of your life?

A Richard and Judy Spring 2016 Book Club choice.

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3. I See You - Clare Mackintosh

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When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it's there. There's no explanation, no website; just a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it's just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that. Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move these women make?

A Richard and Judy Summer 2017 book club choice.

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4. The Glorious Heresies - Lisa McInerney

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We all do stupid things when we're kids. Ryan Cusack's grown up faster than most - being the oldest of six with a dead mum and an alcoholic dad will do that for you. And nobody says Ryan's stupid. Not even behind his back. It's the people around him who are the problem. The gangland boss using his dad as a 'cleaner'. The neighbour who says she's trying to help but maybe wants something more than that. The prostitute searching for the man she never knew she'd miss until he disappeared without trace one night . . .The only one on Ryan's side is his girlfriend Karine. If he blows that, he's all alone. But the truth is, you don't know your own strength till you need it.

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5. The Other Us - Fiona Harper

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Forty-something Maggie is facing some hard truths. Her only child has flown the nest for university and her marriage to Dan, is more than a little stale. When she spots an announcement on Facebook about a uni reunion, she can’t help wondering what happened to Jude Hanson. The same night Dan proposed, Jude asked Maggie to run away with him, and she starts to wonder how different her life might have been if she’d taken Jude up on his offer. One morning fantasising turns into reality. Maggie wakes up and discovers she’s back in 1992 and twenty-one again. But is she brave enough to choose the future she really wants?

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6. Parrot and Olivier in America - Peter Carey

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Commonwealth Writers Prize Winner and Miles Franklin Award Winner.

Olivier is a French aristocrat, the traumatised child of survivors of the Revolution. Parrot is the son of an itinerant printer who always wanted to be an artist but ended up a servant. Born on different sides of history, their lives are brought together by their travels in America.

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7. Djibouti LP - Elmore Leonard

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Shortlisted for the Crimefest Goldsboro Last Laugh Award 2012.

In a modern-day pirate story, ambitious documentary filmmaker Dara Barr and her right-hand man, Xavier LeBo, a 72-year-old African American seafarer, get more than they bargained for on the Horn of Africa.

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8. A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel - Lee Child

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Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 2012.

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9. The Light Between Oceans - M. L. Stedman

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A Richard and Judy Summer 2013 Book Club Choice.

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10. The Doll's House - Louise Phillips

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Winner of the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year

Thirty-five years ago Adrian Hamilton drowned. His death was reported as a tragic accident but the exact circumstances remained a mystery. Now his daughter Clodagh, visits a hypnotherapist who uncovers memories of her father’s death. And other memories come to light - the death of her baby sister.

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11. Before We Met - Lucie Whitehouse

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A Richard and Judy Summer Read 2014

Hannah Reilly has seized her chance at happiness. Until the day her husband fails to come home…

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12. This Dark Road to Mercy - Wiley Cash

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Shortlisted for the Specsavers CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year

A resonant new novel about a father's efforts to rescue his young daughters by the critically-acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller A Land More Kind Than Home

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13. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler

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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014.

Rosemary’s just started college, and she’s decided not to tell anyone about her family. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished from her life.

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14. A Colder War - Charles Cumming

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MI6's Head of Station in Turkey is killed in a mysterious plane crash. The Secret Intelligence Service wants the incident investigated – quickly and quietly. Arriving in Istanbul to investigate, Thomas Kell discovers that MI6 operations in the region have been fatally compromised. A traitor inside Western Intelligence threatens not just the special relationship, but the security of the entire Middle East.

A Richard and Judy Spring 2015 book club choice.

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15. A Boy Made of Blocks - Keith Stewart

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Meet thirty-something dad, Alex. He loves his wife Jody, but has forgotten how to show it. He loves his son Sam, but doesn't understand him. Something has to change. And he needs to start with himself. Meet eight-year-old Sam: beautiful, surprising, autistic. To him the world is a puzzle he can't solve on his own. But when Sam starts to play Minecraft, it opens up a place where Alex and Sam begin to rediscover both themselves and each other... Can one fragmented family put themselves back together, one piece at a time?

A Richard and Judy Spring 2017 book club choice.

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16. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2017

A STORY OF LOVE AFTER DEATH

'A masterpiece' Zadie Smith

'Extraordinary' Daily Mail

'Breathtaking' Observer

'A tour de force' The Sunday Times

The extraordinary first novel by the bestselling, Folio Prize-winning, National Book Award-shortlisted George Saunders, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War

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17. Can You Hear Me? - Elena Varvello

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1978. Ponte, a small community in Northern Italy. An unbearably hot summer like many others. Elia Furenti is sixteen, living an unremarkable life of moderate unhappiness, until the day the beautiful, damaged Anna returns to Ponte and firmly propels Elia to the edge of adulthood. But then everything starts to unravel. Elia's father, Ettore, is let go from his job and loses himself in the darkest corners of his mind. A young boy is murdered. And a girl climbs into a van and vanishes in the deep, dark woods...

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18. The Weight of Silence - Heather Gudenkauf

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19. Before I Go to Sleep - S. J. Watson

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Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers' Week Book Award 2012.

Selected for the longlist of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2012.

A Richard and Judy Book Club Spring 2012 title.

Winner of the CWA John Creasey Dagger 2011.

Selected for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2011 Longlist.

Shortlisted for the Galaxy Thriller & Crime Novel of the Year 2011.

To be filmed by Ridley Scott.

An amnesiac attempts to reconstruct her past by keeping a journal and discovers the dangerous inconsistencies in the stories of her husband and her secret doctor.

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20. The English Monster - Lloyd Shepherd

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A Waterstone Autumn Book Club 2012 title.

London, 1811. The twisting streets of Wapping hold many an untold sin. Bounded by the Ratcliffe Highway to the north and the Dock to the south, shameful secrets are largely hidden by the noise of Trade.

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