These are the best books to read this month

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The 10 best books to read nowGood Housekeeping UK

With the weather we've been having, there's nothing for it but to stay inside and get stuck into a good book! There's a whole host of fantastic books on their way in 2024, including dazzling debuts and new books from some of our most loved authors. Whether you want a page-turning thriller, a gripping historical novel or a feel-good read, we've got some great choices out this month.

Nuclear Family by Kate Davies

When Lena decides to surprise her twin sister, Alison, and father, Tom, with DNA testing kits for Christmas, it opens up a whole can of worms – not least concerning the identity of the girls’ biological father and whether they should try to find him. I loved this funny, thoughtful book about identity and what family really means.

The List Of Suspicious Things by Jennie Godfrey

There’s been a buzz around this novel set in 1970s Yorkshire – for good reason. The papers are full of news of the Yorkshire Ripper and, when 12-year-old Miv’s father starts to talk about moving the family south for safety, she and her friend set about trying to catch the killer. Endearing characters and nostalgic details make this a must-read.

Night Swimmers by Roisin Maguire

Grace lives alone in Ballybrady, a small village on the east coast of Northern Ireland, happy in her own company, until Evan and his young son move in next door. The 50-year-old Grace is a fabulous character – there’s a touch of Olive Kitteridge in her rather misanthropic outlook, yet you can’t help but wish the best for her.

Knife Skills For Beginners by Orlando Murrin

A cookery school is the setting for this murder mystery billed as MasterChef meets The Thursday Murder Club – a pretty appealing pairing! When a dead body is found in the kitchen, chef Paul Delamere is the main suspect and, in order to clear his name, he must find the real killer from among his culinary students.

The Art Of Belonging by Eleanor Ray

When her marriage falls apart, Amelia and her daughter, Charlotte, move back home to live with Amelia’s estranged mother, Grace. Along the way, there’s the mystery of a missing teacher to solve, a secret miniature railway and stick insects; this is a delightful, big-hearted story of family and forgiveness.

Maude Horton's Glorious Revenge by Lizzie Pook

Set in 1850s London, this is the story of the titular Maude’s search for her missing sister, Constance, last seen boarding a ship bound for the Arctic. Told through Constance’s journal entries and Maude’s experiences in Victorian London’s underworld, it’s an entertaining tale of adventure and dark goings-on.

Nightwatching by Tracy Sierra

I barely breathed while reading this incredibly tense, chilling thriller. Set over a few hours in an isolated New England home, a woman hides with her two young children from an intruder – but as the night wears on, the reader slowly comes to realise that there is more going on than just a break-in.

Green Dot by Madeleine Gray

The age-old story of a younger woman falling for an older, married work colleague gets a fresh twist in this darkly funny novel. Gray’s writing is witty and sharp and 24-year-old Hera is a character you’ll root for (even when wanting to shake some sense into her!).

The Secret Of Blythswood Square by Sara Sheridan

A gripping novel about two women fighting to make their names in the male-dominated world of photography in 1840s Glasgow. An unlikely friendship forms between an heiress dealing with her father’s secrets after his death, and a working-class girl hired as an assistant.

The Women by Kristin Hannah

The author of The Nightingale returns with a sweeping, emotional read about the women in the Vietnam War. Frankie is a young nurse who follows her brother to war and finds herself posted to a field hospital where the heat is exhausting and heartbreaks happen daily.

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