Book Reviews; New Fiction

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Book Reviews; New Fiction


Per fect Strangers by Tasmina Perry is published in hardback by Headline, priced pounds 12.99. Available now. Sophie Ellis is mourning the sudden demise of her father. She finds employment as a personal trainer and is swept off her feet in a whirlwind romance.

But things go wrong when her businessman lover Nick Cooper is found dead in a hotel room and Sophie becomes a prime suspect in a murder investigation.

She is forced to go on the run, not only from the police but dangerous criminals who seem to believe she has something valuable in her possession.

Meanwhile, American reporter Ruth Boden is in search of a story that will make her career. A veteran journalist with a good track record, she relies on her instinct and years of experience to fish for news.

When Nick's body is found, Ruth believes she's stumbled on an exclusive of a lifetime.

British novelist Tasmina Perry's glamorous chase thriller takes us from glitzy London to enchanting Paris, the busy streets of the United States and the breathtaking Scottish highlands. A great summer holiday read!

Leaving The Atocha Station by Ben Lerner is published in hardback by Granta, priced pounds 14.99. Available now. Adam Gordon, a young American poet on a literary fellowship in Madrid, is the main character in this well-crafted book that those who have lived abroad will no doubt identify with.

In a first novel that feels like it must be at least semi-autobiographical (Ben Lerner was a Fulbright poetry scholar in Spain), Adam spends his time getting to grips with the wine, women and song of his adopted city while procrastinating over his work and largely failing to understand much about anything.

Hailed by Jonathan Franzen as "hilarious and crackingly intelligent", Lerner's tale is deeper than just a comic novella about the daily life of a confused and horny student in a foreign city.

Indeed, he manages to convey, with the lightest of touches, the worldly truth that the truly profound and the totally mundane are sometimes a feather-width apart.

The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer is published in hardback by Atom, priced pounds 10.99. Available now.

Fairy tales are enjoying a revival on the big screen, with Snow White, Red Riding Hood, Jack And The Beanstalk and Hansel And Gretel all being given the modern treatment.

Chris Colfer, better known as Glee's Kurt Hummel, has decided to join the trend with his debut novel, which sees twins Alex and Conner Bailey accidentally falling into the Land of Stories, where fairy tales are real.

In modern-day story land, Goldilocks is a wanted fugitive, Red Riding Hood has her own kingdom after banishing wolves, and Queen Cinderella is about to become a mother. …

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