Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

It’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything…

Dead End by Rachel Lynch BLOG TOUR

When the seventh Earl of Lowesdale is found hanging from the rafters at Wasdale Hall, everyone assumes the aging, hard-partying aristocrat had finally had enough of chasing the glory of his youth. But when the coroner finds signs of foul play, DI Kelly Porter is swept into a luxurious world where secrets and lies dominate. At the…

Hyem by Robyn Bolam

Robyn Bolam’s new collection, Hyem, explores what and who makes us feel at home. Both people, and creatures – from whales off Kaikoura in New Zealand, New Forest cicadas, fish in the Thames, wrens, robins and starlings, to a climbing fox – face challenges to find homes where they can thrive. Hyem lets you walk London…

Thunderbird by @DorotheaLasky

“In lines that remind me of the way William Carlos Williams insisted that only the imagination gives us access to reality, Lasky’s poems evoke a practice of living, as bloody and awful and lovely as living can ever be.”–Julia Bloch, “Bitch” “The beautiful thing about Lasky, in all her work, but particularly here, is her…

Little Fires Everywhere by @pronounced_ing

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the…

Raven’s Wing: Stories by @JoyceCarolOates

In this her boldest, most intense collection yet, Oates probes the violence and passion that lie just behind conventional lives. Setting many of her stories in the New Jersey area where she lives, Joyce Carol Oates “does not waste a word”.–St. Louis  *** [Billy was at the Meadowlands track one Saturday when the accident happened…

Lullaby by Leïla Slimani

When Myriam, a mother and brilliant French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work, she and her husband are forced to look for a caretaker for their two young children. They are thrilled to find Louise: the perfect nanny right from the start. Louise sings to the children, cleans the family’s beautiful apartment in Paris’s upscale…

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by @kierstenwhite

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn’t had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her “caregiver,” and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything–except a friend. Victor is…

The Pied Piper (Bloodlands Collection #6) by Harold Schechter

With makeup and an affected Elvis pout, Tucson’s Charlie Schmid was a crude parody of a bad-boy heartthrob. In 1964, he still had a hold on girls who’d follow him anywhere. He murdered three of them. It was the dawn of the free-love movement—perfect for a magnetic madman who’d also foreshadow its end a few…

The Woman in the Woods by @jconnollybooks

It is spring, and the semi-preserved body of a young Jewish woman is discovered buried in the Maine woods. It is clear that she gave birth shortly before her death. But there is no sign of a baby. Private detective Charlie Parker is engaged by the lawyer Moxie Castin to shadow the police investigation and…