This preview highlights titles to be published in January 2019
01 Top sellers
Literary Stefan Merrill Block
Oliver Loving Atlantic, 3rd, £8.99, 9781786492104
Tis is the story of a school shooting in a Texan town, and the shy, lonely teenager who has been in a coma ever since. Told from a mix of perspectives and times—Oliver, as the school dance approaches and he dreams of getting closer to the mysterious Rebekkah; his mother Eve, whose life has fallen apart in the 10 years since Oliver was shot—it’s an extraordinary novel about family and secrets. Block sees to the heart of teenage loneliness, and the heartbreak of a mother left with a son neither alive nor dead, as he slowly exposes the truth about the night of the shooting.
A J Pearce Dear Mrs Bird Picador, 10th, £7.99, 9781509853922
Début Te début Sunday Times bestseller, set in London in 1941, where
Emmeline finds herself typing letters for a formidable magazine agony aunt, and begins secretly writing back to her desperate corre- spondents. Picador says the hardback has already sold more than 15,000 copies and the paperback release will be supported by a nationwide marketing and publicity campaign. I found this charming, very Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society-esque. Emmeline is a sparky, sassy guide and Pearce’s writing fizzes with energy.
Josephine Cox A Woman’s Fortune HarperFiction, 10th, £7.99, 9780008128449 A new paperback package and a “major” marketing and publicity campaign for Cox’s story of the Carter family, who are torn from their home in the middle of the night.
who is desperate to find out what happened to her 15-year-old daughter during the four days she went missing. “As gripping as its predeces- sor,” said Elle.
Lisa Jewell Watching You Arrow, 24th, £7.99, 9781784756277 An innocent crush develops into a dangerous infatuation in this new psychological thriller from the bestselling Jewell. Arrow says that Then She Was Gone was one of its biggest breakthrough titles of last year.
J P Delaney Believe Me Quercus, 24th, £7.99, 9781787472426 This new thriller from the author of the bestselling The Girl Before was in the top 10 for two weeks, says Quercus. It sees a British drama student, living in New York without a green card, working as a honey- trap for a firm of divorce lawyers. Then one of her targets becomes the focus of a murder investigation.
Luke Allnutt We Own the Sky Trapeze, 10th, £7.99, 9781409172284
Tis is one of those dreadfully embarrassing books which has you struggling to hold back the tears on public transport. Inspired by the author’s own cancer diagnosis, it tells the story of Anna and Rob, from their first encounter at university to the child they have after two miscarriages, Jack. And how Jack’s cancer diagnosis plays out, for him and the couple’s marriage. Orion is comparing it to Jodi Picoult and David Nicholls. Great reviews from the nationals, rights sold in 30 countries, more than 400 reviews from readers on Goodreads, and a stonkingly good cover.
Triller Araminta Hall
Our Kind of Cruelty Arrow, 10th, £7.99, 9781787460027
I have pretty much read my fill of thrillers which hinge on a troubled female protago- nist. Tis, which details how a secret game between a couple goes very, very wrong, turns the usual direction of thrillers on its head; as Hall writes in an afterword, she “wanted to change the perspective away from all the brilliant damaged women I’d read in the last few years, and reveal a damaged man”. A new look for the paperback, which gives us the clever tagline “He says it’s love. She says it’s obsession”, as well as a quote from Gillian Flynn: “I loved it, right down to the utterly chilling final line.”
Giovanna & Tom Fletcher Eve of Man Michael Joseph, 24th, £7.99, 9780718184124 A speculative young adult novel from the husband and wife—both bestsell- ing authors—in which the first girl is born for a generation. I’m including it here because it has definite crossover appeal, and Michael Joseph says it has been one of its most pre-ordered titles.
Emma Healey Whistle in the Dark Penguin, 10th, £8.99, 9780241327654 The author of Elizabeth is Missing’s new novel follows the story of Jen,
Lynda La Plante Murder Mile Zaffre, 24th, £7.99, 9781785764684 In 1979, Jane Tennison, now a detective sergeant, is after a serial killer.
Stuart MacBride The Blood Road HarperFiction, 24th, £7.99, 9780008208240 In the new Logan McRae thriller, a detective inspec- tor believed to have been buried two years earlier turns up dead in a crashed car. A national author tour and major consumer campaign across all platforms is planned, says HarperCollins.
Clare Mackintosh Let Me Lie Sphere, 10th, £7.99, 9780751564884
Anna, whose mother and father both committed suicide, starts to look into their deaths after having a baby of her own. By
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