Book Review: The Winners (Beartown #3) by Fredrik Backman

“There’s no life liek youth, no love like first love, no friends like teammates.”

The third book in Fredrik Backman‘s Beartown series and set to be released on 5th October, The Winners is set two years after the events that no one wants to think about. As the locals of Beartown struggle to overcome the past, great change is on the horizon. Someone is coming home after a long time away. Someone will be laid to rest. Someone will fall in love, someone will try to fix their marriage, and someone will do anything to save their children. Someone will submit to hate, someone will fight, and someone will grab a gun and walk towards the ice rink.

So what are the residents of Beartown willing to sacrifice for their home? Everything.

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Book Review: Deep Water by Emma Bamford

“This summer, prepare to visit paradise…”

Set to be released on 7th July, Deep Water by Emma Bamford follows newly-wed couple Jake and Virginie who leave behind their busy lives in London behind and buy a yacht, looking to travel and explore. During their time in Malaysia, they hear of an isolated island full of unspoiled beaches. When they arrive, they discover they are not the only visitors and quickly become entangled with an alternative community of sailors, living a back-to-basic lifestyle. But is life there as idyllic as it seems? Soon, Jake and Virginie’s adventurous dream turns into a terrifying nightmare.

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READALONG: The It Girl by Ruth Ware

“Everyone wanted her life. Someone wanted her dead.”

Due to be published on 8th August, The It Girl by Ruth Ware follows Hannah and Will who, relieved to put their past behind them, are expecting their first child. But when Hannah finds out that the man convicted of killing her best friend from university over ten years ago has died, Hannah’s world is rocked. April was vivacious, bright, and the ultimate It girl. But by the end of the second year, she was dead. Now, Hannah’s recollection of the night is brought into question, when a young journalist comes knocking and presents new evidence that he may have been innocent all along. But if it wasn’t him, who did kill April?

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Book Review: The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman

“A woman has gone missing. But did she ever really exist?”

Set to be released on 1st July, The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman follows Mia Eliot who has travelled from London to LA for pilot season. This is her big chance to make it as an actor in Hollywood, and she is ready to do whatever it takes. At an audition, she meets Emily. What starts as a simple favour takes a dark turn when Emily goes missing and Mia is the last person to see her. Then a woman turns up, claiming to be Emily, but she is nothing like Mia remembers. Starting to question her own sanity, she goes on a desperate and dangerous search for answers, knowing something is very, very wrong. In an industry where everything is about creating illusions, how do you know what is real? And how much would you risk to find out?

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Book Review: Nighthawking (Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler #2) by Russ Thomas

“He can’t bear to think of her that way, all cold and dead and wasting away in her grave beneath the rose bushes. He’d always pictured her whole, whenever he thought about her. All peaceful and sleeping. The way she’d looked when he buried her.”

The second book in the Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler series, Nighthawking by Russ Thomas sees Tyler investigate the murder of a foreign student whose body is found in the city’s Botanical Garden by a nighthawker on the hunt for antiquities. Alongside Detective Constable Amina Rabbani, and struggling against shrinking budgets and manpower in their department, both are shunted onto the investigation. But when the victim is identified as a Chinese national from a wealthy family, the case takes on a new urgency to prevent an international incident. As Tyler and Rabbani dig further into the victim’s life, it becomes clear that there’s more to her studies and relationships than meets the eye. Meanwhile, someone else is watching these events. Someone who knew the victim, and might hold the key to what happened the night she vanished.

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