These are the 10 best books to read this month

Joanne Finney
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From Good Housekeeping

As restrictions get tighter again and most of us will be spending our days indoors, finding good books to get lost in is more important than ever. 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.

The City Of Tears by Kate Mosse

The second book in Mosse’s The Burning Chambers series, this is the author at her best: it’s thrilling, atmospheric, immersive. Transporting the reader to 16th-century France, the book opens in the gilded streets of Paris, where a royal wedding is about to take place. An invitation to attend comes for Minou and her husband Piet, but what she doesn’t know is that her family’s oldest enemy will be there. At more than 500 pages, it’s an ideal winter read.

Rescue Me by Sarra Manning

Romance and dogs – what’s not to love? When Margot and Will both fall for Staffie pup Blossom at the animal shelter, they agree to share her care – but things get difficult once they realise they can’t stand each other. This uplifting love story is full of humour and the characters (especially Blossom!) are wonderful.

The Smallest Man by Frances Quinn

I haven’t come across a character I’ve loved as much as Nat Davy for a long time. Nat is a dwarf who is given as a gift to new Queen of England Henrietta Maria (wife of Charles I) in 1625. While the period detail is fascinating, it’s Nat’s journey to overcome perceptions and achieve big things that makes this debut so good.

Girl A by Abigail Dean

Lex and the other Grace children grew up in captivity, abused by their parents, until she managed to escape one day and get help. Years later, after her mother dies in prison, Lex returns to the ‘House of Horrors’ to confront her past and her estranged siblings. This haunting, bruising drama has a gut-punch of a twist.

The Therapist

Paris is back on the form that made her debut, Behind Closed Doors, such a hit. After Alice moves into a fancy gated community with her partner Leo, she discovers that the previous owner, therapist Nina, was killed there. As she tries to find out what happened, her neighbours tighten ranks to keep their secrets. I loved this twisty thriller.

The Art Of Falling by Danielle McLaughlin

At the heart of this lyrical novel is Nessa, a middle-aged woman betrayed by her husband and struggling to hold on to her sense of self. Her salvation is an exhibition she’s organising at the gallery where she works – until a woman shows up to lay claim to the artist’s most famous artwork.

The Prophets by Robert Jones, Junior

Set on a plantation in the Deep South, this tells the moving story of an illicit relationship between two young men, who find an escape from the brutal world of their masters in each other’s arms. The writing is beautifully evocative – a book you’ll be thinking about long after you’ve finished it.

The Survivors by Jane Harper

Australian author Harper’s debut, The Dry, won a host of awards when it came out in 2017. Her latest, set in a small Tasmanian coastal town, is the same mix of brooding atmosphere and clever plotting. When a woman is found dead on the beach, it reopens a cold case about a teenager who went missing 12 years before.

The Push by Ashley Audrain

Blythe is determined to do things differently from her own mum, but after her daughter, Violet, is born she starts to fear there is something very wrong with her child. Weaving together the voices of three generations of women, this chilling tale barrels along towards a dark, thought-provoking ending.

Exit by Belinda Bauer

This darkly funny crime novel has possibly the most unique concept I’ve come across: 75-year-oldFelix is part of a network called the Exiteers, who sit with people who have chosen to end their lives. Except on his most recent mission, something goes wrong and Felix finds himself on the run for murder. For fans of Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie books.

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