Hello everyone! As we’re edging closer to the end of the year and we’re all starting to think about what bookish delights 2015 will have in store for us, it’s time to bring back one of my favourite blog features. Curling up in bed with my favourite publishers’ catalogues and jotting down the books I want to read next year has become almost like a Christmas tradition for me, and this year is no exception.
And, as always, I want to share the books with you. Just like last year, I’m starting with Transworld Books whose novels, as regular blog readers will know, never fail to amaze me. They’re usually my first stop when I’m looking for a good thriller or a new women’s fiction author and they rarely disappoint. So, here are my top 5 Transworld books I’m looking forward to reading in 2015!
Here is a truth that can’t be escaped: for Mia ‘Rabbit’ Hayes,
life is coming to an end…
Rabbit Hayes loves her life, ordinary as it is, and the
extraordinary people in it. She loves her spirited daughter, Juliet; her colourful, unruly
family; the only man in her big heart, Johnny Faye.
But it turns out the world has other plans for Rabbit, and she’s OK
with that. Because she has plans for the world too, and only a
handful of days left to make them happen.
Here is a truth that won’t be forgotten: this is a story about
laughing through life’s surprises and finding the joy in every
Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens.
She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.
Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.
Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…
I’m lying here in a bed, my head full of regret, with only a little bird flitting through a tree to comfort me.
Friends want to visit, but I refuse them. So my carer Sheila has given me a task to keep me occupied.
An A-Z list. Think of a part of my body for each letter. Tell a little tale about it.
When I reach H for Heart, what will I say?
How we loved to string crocheted hearts in trees? How our hearts steadily unravelled?
So I begin with A. Adam’s apple.
Will you be there to catch me when I fall?
Elizabeth’s world is turned upside down when her husband dies in a tragic drowning accident.
How typical of her kind, generous husband – a respected police officer – to sacrifice his own life saving a complete stranger’s.
Or so she thinks.
What exactly was her husband doing at the lake that night? And what if his death isn’t the most difficult thing she will have to deal with?
Elizabeth must face the consequences of her husband’s actions. As she does so, it seems that the end of Mike’s life is only the beginning of his wife truly getting to know him.
Three confessions. Two liars. One killer.
Three friends have had their lives ripped apart. Their pasts haunt them. They are consumed by guilt. And they don’t trust anyone. Not even themselves.
But in their small, isolated, island community, trust is the only way to survive.
Now a child has gone missing.
And no one knows who to believe…
Transworld’s catalogues are never lacking a good thriller and these two sound brilliant. Sharon Bolton has been one of my favourite crime writers for a few years now so I’m always looking forward to what she comes up with next. I’m pretty sure Little Black Lies is going to be brilliant!
I haven’t read too much contemporary and women’s fiction lately, which is definitely something I want to change in 2015. I know for a fact that The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes will make me bawl my eyes out but I can’t wait to pick it up. I haven’t heard anything about The A to Z of You and Me or Surrounded by Water but both sound brilliant, for different reasons. (And why does The A to Z… remind me of The Fault in Our Stars?!)
Will you add any of these titles to your to-be-read lists? Have you read anything by these authors before?