The weather forecast for the next few weeks is pretty depressing – cold, rain & even some snow. Sort of weather that readers love because it’s a great excuse to curl up with a book (like we need an excuse). As we’re at the start of a new year, we thought we would highlight some new authors for you to try. So here’s a selection of recently published debut novels. You never know, you might discover a new favourite writer among them.
Pretty is by Maggie Mitchell – Lois and Carly-May are just twelve years old when they’re abducted, driven across the country, and imprisoned in a remote, isolated hunting lodge for two months. That summer, under the watchful gaze of their kidnapper, they form a bond which will never be broken.
In a dark, dark wood by Ruth Ware – Someone’s getting married, someone’s getting murdered. ‘This year’s hottest crime novel’ – Independent
Dark rooms by Lili Anolik – A coming-of-age novel set in the ambiguous and claustrophobic world of an exclusive New England prep school.
Gunner girl by Clare Harvey – Clare Harvey is an ex-army wife. The Gunner Girl was inspired by her mother-in-law’s experience during WWII and written while her husband was on active service in Afghanistan.
Boo by Neil Smith – A novel about starting over in the afterlife in the vein of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones. When Oliver ‘Boo’ Dalrymple wakes up in heaven, he thinks he died of a heart defect at school. But Boo discovers he’s a ‘gommer’, a kid who was murdered. What’s more, his killer may also be in heaven. With help from his volatile classmate Johnny, Boo sets out to track down the mysterious Gunboy who cut short both their lives. The odd but endearing Boo relates his astonishing heavenly adventures in a heart-rending story written to his beloved parents.
The liar’s chair by Rebecca Whitney – Rachel and David appear happy, prosperous and fulfilled. The big house, the successful business …They have everything. However, control, not love, fuels their relationship and David has no idea his wife indulges in drunken indiscretions. When Rachel kills a man in a hit and run, the meticulously maintained veneer over their life begins to crack.
Ghost flight by Bear Grylls – the Bourne Identity meets Indiana Jones in Bear’s debut thriller
Fishnet by Kirstin Inness – One young woman’s search for her missing sister as she is drawn into the world of escorts and prostitution. Inness is a freelance writer who writes for the Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday,and the Herald.
How I lost you by Jenny Blackhurst – Emma Cartwright has just been released early on parole after serving time for the murder of her 12-week-old son Dylan, an event she has no memory of. But someone has just sent her a photograph of a toddler. What if Dylan is actually alive? And everything she’s been told is a lie?
Blood relatives by Stevan Alcock – a coming of age tale set against the backdrop of the Yorkshire Ripper murders.
Try not to breathe by Holly Seddon – recommended by Tess Gerritsen for its “razor-sharp, fast-paced plot and wonderfully complex characters”.
Freedom’s child by Jax Miller – Freedom has spent the last eighteen years living under Witness Protection, after being arrested for her husband’s murder. She put her two children up for adoption, but now her daughter has gone missing, so Freedom slips her handlers to go search for her, little realising that she herself is being tracked by her husband’s sadistic family who are out for revenge…
The last days of disco by David Ross – Set in 1980s Ayrshire. Fat Franny Duncan is the undoubted King of the Ayrshire Mobile Disco scene but the future is uncertain. A new partnership is coming and is threatening to destroy the big man’s Empire…