Hello everyone! As 2013 is slowly coming to an end and next year’s upcoming books are starting to appear on bookish websites, I decided to bring a new feature to the blog. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll bring you some of those 2014 book releases which I’m really excited about and which I’ve added to my ever-growing to-be-read list. I’m hoping to feature a different publisher every week or every two weeks, starting with Transworld Books. Transworld has been one of my favourite publishers for a long time so when a shiny new catalogue landed on my doorstep the other day, I was ecstatic. I went through their list of upcoming titles and selected those six I’m looking forward to the most. Here goes…
Here is a small fact – you are going to die.
1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
Some important information – This novel is narrated by death.
It’s a small story, about:
some fanatical Germans
a Jewish fist fighter
and quite a lot of thievery.
Another thing you should know – Death will visit the book thief three times.
‘Somebody!’ I half-sob and then, more quietly, ‘Please.’ The words seem absorbed by the afternoon heat, lost amongst the trees. In their aftermath, the silence descends again. I know then that I’m not going anywhere…
Sean is on the run. We don’t know why and we don’t know from whom, but we do know he’s abandoned his battered, blood-stained car in the middle of an isolated, lonely part of rural France at the height of a sweltering summer. Desperate to avoid the police, he takes to the parched fields and country lanes only to be caught in the vicious jaws of a trap. Near unconscious from pain and loss of blood, he is freed and taken in by two women – daughters of the owner of a run-down local farm with its ramshackle barn, blighted vineyard and the brooding lake. And it’s then that Sean’s problems really start…
What would you do if a young girl knocked on your door and asked for your help? If it was snowing and she was freezing cold, but you were afraid and alone? What would you do if you let her in, but couldn’t make her leave? What if she told you terrible lies about someone you love, but the truth was even worse?
Stella has been cocooned in her home for three years. Severely agoraphobic, she knows she is safe in the stark, isolated house she shares with her husband, Max. The traumatic memories of her final case as a psychologist are that much easier to keep at a distance, too.
But the night that Blue arrives on her doorstep with her frightened eyes and sad stories, Stella’s carefully controlled world begins to unravel around her…
‘Call your mother.’
‘What do I say?’
This is how it begins.
Lone women terrorised and their helpless families forced to watch – in a sick game where only one player knows the rules. And when those rules change, the new game is Murder.
Living with her parents in the dank beach community of Limeburn, ten-year-old Ruby Trick has her own fears. Bullies on the school bus, the forest crowding her house into the sea, and the threat of divorce.
Helping her Daddy to catch the killer might be the key to keeping him close.
As long as the killer doesn’t catch her first…
Ex-Detective Lacey Flint has quit the police for a safer, quieter life. Or that’s what she thinks.
Living alone on a houseboat, she is trying and failing to get over the love of her life, undercover Detective Mark Joesbury. But Mark is missing in action and impossible to forget.
And danger won’t leave Lacey alone…
When she finds a body floating in the river, wrapped in white burial cloths, she can’t resist asking questions. Who is this woman and why was she hidden in the fast-flowing depths?
And who has been delivering unwanted gifts to Lacey?
Someone is watching her very closely. Someone who knows exactly what makes her tick…
Sophie started out life bright, beautiful and loving. By age three, she was still non-verbal. Then she stopped making eye contact. She was finally diagnosed with autism. Her condition doesn’t make life easy for her mum or her older sister, Angie. Sophie has an ear-splitting, siren-like keen when she’s upset – so they’ve been evicted from their home many times.
But one day, Angie watches Sophie in the back garden. She is transfixed by the Great Dane on the other side of the fence. She is calm, and quiet. Sophie doesn’t even like dogs. Just this dog.
And so begins a new way of life for the family – as the unlikeliest of bonds form.
So many brilliant titles coming up! I’ve been meaning to read The Book Thief for a while but never got round to actually picking it up – it’s definitely going on my 2014 to-be-read list, though. (And this is by far the best, most eye-catching cover I’ve seen for the novel) Simon Beckett’s books (Written in Bone and Whispers of the Dead, in particular) have also been on my wish list for a long, long time and Stone Bruises sounds just as intriguing as those two. The last sentence sold it for me – what happens at the farm?!
Sharon Bolton’s new book doesn’t need an explanation – I absolutely love her writing and the Lacey Flint series, and the fact that it comes out about a week before my birthday makes it even more special. CAN’T. WAIT.
Will you add any of these titles to your to-be-read lists? Have you read anything by these authors before?