It’s 4 a.m. and Cathy Mason is watching dawn break over the Lovelace estate. By the end of the day, her community will be a crime scene. By the end of the week, her city will be on fire. In this gripping thriller, a death at police hands has repercussions far beyond one family plunged into grief. When violence grips Cathy’s estate, the dead man becomes a useful tactic (or an urgent threat) in political games at the highest level. So while lives are at risk on Cathy Mason’s estate, across London in Westminster, careers are being made, or ruined. From a Home Secretary’s attempts to unseat a Prime Minister, to a new Met Police Commissioner fighting for his job, to families torn apart, Ten Days shows what happens when politics, policing and the hard realities of living in London explosively collide.
One of last year’s most highly-regarded debut novels, winning several awards – finally out in paperback. This one comes very highly recommended.
In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother’s sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow – antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him. This extraordinary debut, full of unexpected humour and emotional truth, marks the arrival of a thrilling and significant new talent.
Dawn Prentice was already known to the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit. The previous summer she had logged a number of calls detailing the harassment she and her severely disabled teenage daughter were undergoing. Now she is dead – stabbed to death whilst Holly Prentice has been left to starve upstairs. DS Ferreira, only recently back serving on the force after being severely injured in the line of duty, had met with Dawn that summer. Was she negligent in not taking Dawn’s accusations more seriously? Did the murderer even know that Holly was helpless upstairs while her mother bled to death? Whilst Ferreira battles her demons, determined to prove she’s up to the frontline, DI Zigic is drawn into conflict with an official seemingly resolved to hide the truth about one of his main suspects. Can either officer unpick the truth about mother and daughter, and bring their killer to justice?
I don’t usually like books that move from the present to the past and back again, but this is an exception as it made the story work so well. The two time spans gradually got closer together while telling a riveting story of three generations of women, Bibi, Leila and Jess.
There is intrigue, scandal, criminal activity, cruelty, mistreatment, and many many lies. There is love too, love a mother has for her daughter so she’d protect her no matter what it costs her. Romantic love too.
A marvelous story with a well worked ending, don’t miss reading it.
Reserve The Girl from Lace Island
Healthy Libraries, a partnership project between Norfolk Libraries and Norfolk Public Health has been shortlisted for the national CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award.
For more information on the shortlist see here cilip.org.uk/lcla
Healthy Libraries is a county wide project to actively promote healthier living in Norfolk.
Dedicated awareness activities at Norfolk Healthy Libraries include slipper swaps targeting fall prevention and a smoothie bike aimed at raising awareness of the benefits of the government-recommended target of five a day fruit and vegetable portions.
Take a look at this short film about Healthy Libraries.
I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of David Snell’s new book Sing To Silent Stones: Violet’s War recently after responding to a request for readers on Twitter. It sounded just up my street being sold as “a stunning historical debut from David Snell, based on his own family’s journey through the wars.”
It arrived with quite a thump as the book is over 500 pages long but once I’d started it I found it almost impossible to put down – even the recent successes of TeamGB competitors couldn’t drag my nose from the pages.
The story starts just after the First World War with a little boy playing in the snow, his world is about to be turned upside down as he discovers that the people he’s called mum and dad are just foster parents and that the newly appeared Violet is in fact his mother.
The main book then takes up back in time to just before the war and a sheltered young lady, and only daughter of a wealthy, snobbish business man falls in love with an unsuitable, lower class man. Their actions on the day before Frank leaves for war reverberate through the rest of the book as Violet falls pregnant…
Whilst a fiction novel the story draws heavily on the family stories from both David and his wife; and I’m glad to know both of these things. The story is so detailed and well written that it felt real, I was almost convinced I was reading a biography at times but yet, just sometimes the plot becomes just a little too coincidental and I was worried that family stories had been embellished, and taken for real whereas it was just narrative licence.
If I’m honest I did prefer the part of the book set during the First World War and just after, it felt more real than the bits from the 1930s but once I got to the end I realised that this build up was necessary to create atmosphere for the sequel – Frank’s Story which is published in 2017 and that I can’t wait to read!
Many thanks to the publisher for the free copy, the book is now published and copies can be reserved from Norfolk’s Libraries.
The stunning new novel from the best-selling Richard and Judy Book Club author. Bellevue Gardens is a tranquil London square, tucked away behind a busy street. You might pass it without knowing it’s there. Here, through the imposing front door of Number 11, is a place of peace, of sanctuary and of secrets. It is home to Leonie; once a model in the sixties, she came to the house to escape a destructive marriage and now, out of gratitude, she opens her house to others in need. Rosa, Stef and Rick are running from their own problems. They have all found their way to Leonie’s home, each seeking refuge and searching for a new start. But then Leonie discovers that the house which has provided sanctuary for so many is under threat. Can she rescue the place that saved her all those years ago?
A story of two halves, partly set on the wild moors of Cornwall and partly in sophisticated London. Florrie links the two together, as unbeknown to her she is related to the wealthy and notorious London family, the Graces.
She has been living with her Gran since both her parents died, where there are many chores to do in order to make a living. Her Gran is dying and has written to Florrie’s grandfather in London, asking him to take her in. Florrie knows nothing of this until a cousin turns up on the day of the funeral to take her to London.
This is a story of families and friends, some of them cruel, some vindictive, some loving, some totally messed up. The characters are very well drawn, you feel as though you know them and want to give them advice.
There is doomed love, and much more.
Well worth reading this novel.
Reserve Florence Grace