These are the best books to read this month

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With longer, lighter days, there's hopefully more time for reading. Whether you want a page-turning thriller, a gripping historical novel or a feel-good read, we've got some great choices out this month.

Sandwich by Catherine Newman

Newman’s debut We All Want Impossible Things was one of my favourite books of last year, and I would recommend this new one just as highly. A holiday in the house on Cape Cod that her family has stayed in for years leaves fiftysomething Rocky grappling with a long-held secret. This explores the compromises of a long marriage and the bittersweetness of children leaving home so beautifully.

Maybe, Perhaps, Possibly by Joanna Glen

The author of word-of-mouth hit All My Mothers returns with a magical, moving story about two misfits who might find happiness together, if they can learn to trust each other. Addie has lived most of her life on the tiny island of Rokesby, but she wants more; Sol is grieving his mother’s death and a terrible betrayal by his father.

Spoilt Creatures by Amy Twigg

Iris is feeling lost when she meets the mysterious Hazel and moves into her womenonly commune, chasing promises of solace and sisterhood. At first it seems idyllic, but as flashbacks reveal exactly what happened at the cult-like Breach House, the sense of dread builds. An extremely accomplished debut.

Welcome To Glorious Tuga by Francesca Segal

A slice of sunshine in book form! Newly qualified London vet Charlotte takes up a fellowship on a tiny South Atlantic island to study endangered tortoises – but she’s also there to try to track down her dad who she knows very little about. The descriptions of the island and its community are particularly gorgeous.

Lucky Day by Beth Morrey

This is a must-read for all people-pleasers! After receiving a bump to the head on the way to work, fortysomething Clover has somewhat of a personality change and, rather than saying yes to everything as she usually does to keep the peace, starts to speak her mind – with explosive results. I loved this funny, thought-provoking read.

Going Home by Tom Lamont

Following a shocking tragedy, Téo finds himself living back in his childhood home with his elderly father, Vic, and caring for the two-year-old son of a school friend. Told in four voices, this is a bittersweet and moving debut that beautifully explores male friendship and what it means to be a father.

Someone In The Attic by Andrea Mara

Anya is relaxing in her bath when she hears a noise upstairs – and 30 seconds later, she’s dead. So begins this super-creepy, addictive thriller, which layers mystery upon mystery. Not one to read late at night!

How To Age Disgracefully by Clare Pooley

I’ve been a fan of Pooley’s writing since her first novel, The Authenticity Project. She’s just brilliant at writing comic ensemble pieces – in her charming new novel, a ragtag group of over-70s band together (along with a teenage dad and his toddler) to save their local community centre. Warm, witty perfection.

Only Here, Only Now by Tom Newlands

An electrifying debut that reminded me of Shuggie Bain. Fourteen-year-old Cora lives on an estate in a run-down Scottish town with her disabled mum and a string of her boyfriends. If that sounds depressing, it’s not at all; hope and humour lift it up

The Burial Plot by Elizabeth Macneal

Another gripping Victorian thriller from the author of The Doll Factory. After a robbery gone wrong, Bonnie flees London to be a maid in a widower’s neo-Gothic mansion – but is she just a pawn in someone’s plan?


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