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Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult is published in hardback by Hodder & Stoughton, priced pounds 18.99. Available now.

Best-selling author Jodi Picoult, whose previous offerings have included My Sister's Keeper, which was made into a Hollywood film starring Cameron Diaz, has created yet another can't-putdown book in Sing You Home.

At the start of the novel, heavily pregnant music therapist Zoe tragically loses her unborn child, after several rounds of gruelling IVF treatment, at her baby shower.

Unable to cope with the loss, she throws herself into trying to have another baby, but husband Max files for divorce in the face of such ruthless determination.

Now single, Zoe meets guidance counsellor Vanessa at the school of one of her clients. The pair bond in more ways than they ever expected. But as their love blossoms and they begin to plan their lives together, elsewhere born-again Christian Max has plans of his own.

The relationship between Zoe and Vanessa makes a refreshing change and it's testament to Picoult's skills that you can really feel how much they love each other. Heart-warming stuff. 8/10 EMMA EVERINGHAM Those In Peril by Wilbur Smith is published in hardback by Macmillan, priced pounds 18.99. Available now.

Veteran author Wilbur Smith was born in modern-day Zambia, and has published a wide range of historical, adventure and thriller books since the publication of his first novel in 1964.

Those In Peril is an allout action adventure about modern-day piracy in Somalia, following the wealthy oil mogul Hazel Bannock as she employs her chief of security Hector Cross to rescue her kidnapped daughter.

A romance blossoms between the two as they take the fight to the pirates, adding an unsuspecting depth to the novel, amid the explosions, gunfire and murder, but the characters are all too often neglected in favour of the action.

This is a fast-paced thriller with lots to keep action junkies happy, but the dialogue is sloppy and there is a lot of technical waffle that detracts from the story.

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