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The Boy Who Saw Si­mon Toyne

Adult Fic­tion Thriller The sec­ond book in a new thriller se­ries from Sun­day Times best­selling au­thor, Si­mon Toyne.

Who is Solomon Creed? A dan­ger­ous psy­chi­atric pa­tient, who has es­caped from a fa­cil­ity in Amer­ica, or an in­no­cent am­ne­siac try­ing to es­tab­lish his true iden­tity? His search for the truth about him­self takes Solomon to the south­ern French town of Cordes. But his ar­rival co­in­cides with the mur­der of an el­derly French tai­lor, the words “Fin­ish­ing what was be­gun” daubed in blood on the walls.

Dead in the Dark Stephen Booth

Adult Fic­tion Mys­tery Ten years ago, Reece Bower was ac­cused of killing his wife, a crime he al­ways de­nied.

Ex­ten­sive po­lice searches near his home in Bakewell found no trace of An­nette Bower's re­mains, and the case against him col­lapsed.

But now mem­o­ries of the orig­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion have been res­ur­rected for De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Ben Cooper — be­cause Reece Bower him­self has dis­ap­peared, and his new wife wants an­swers.

Cooper can’t call on the Ma­jor Crime Unit and DS Diane Fry for help un­less he can prove a mur­der took place — im­pos­si­ble with­out a body.

Shrink­ing Vi­o­lets: The Se­cret Life of Shy­ness Joe Mo­ran

Adult non-fic­tion 155.232MOR Shy­ness is a per­va­sive hu­man trait, and yet the cul­tural his­tory of shy­ness has re­mained largely un­writ­ten—un­til now.

With in­ci­sive­ness, pas­sion, and hu­mour, Joe Mo­ran of­fers an eclec­tic and orig­i­nal ex­plo­ration of what it means to be a “shrink­ing vi­o­let.” Along the way, he pro­vides a col­lec­tive bi­og­ra­phy of shy­ness through por­traits of such shy peo­ple as Charles Dar­win, Charles Schulz, Gar­ri­son Keil­lor, and Agatha Christie, among many oth­ers. To be shy, he de­cides, is not sim­ply a bur­den, it is also a gift — a dif­fer­ent way of see­ing the world.

Goblin Ever Dun­das

Adult Fic­tion Gen­eral Ian McEwan’s Atone­ment meets Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth in this ex­tra­or­di­nary de­but.

A novel set be­tween the past and present with mag­i­cal re­al­ist el­e­ments. Goblin is an out­cast girl grow­ing up in Lon­don dur­ing World War II. Af­ter wit­ness­ing a shock­ing event, she in­creas­ingly takes refuge in a self-con­structed but mag­i­cal imag­i­nary world.

In 2011, a chance meet­ing and an un­wanted phone call com­pels an el­derly Goblin to re­turn to Lon­don and face the ghosts of her past. Will she dis­cover the truth buried deep in her frac­tured mem­ory or re­treat to the safety of near mad­ness?

Be­fore We Were Yours Lisa Win­gate

Adult Fic­tion Re­la­tion­ships Two fam­i­lies, gen­er­a­tions apart, are for­ever changed by a heart­break­ing in­jus­tice.

Born into a world of wealth and priv­i­lege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all. But when Avery re­turns to Aiken, a chance en­counter with May Bon­her, an el­derly woman she’s never met be­fore, leaves Avery deeply shaken.

Based on the true story of a sys­tem of or­phan­ages that was ul­ti­mately deemed re­spon­si­ble for the kid­nap­ping and sell­ing of thou­sands of chil­dren in il­le­gal adop­tions, in this story Win­gate has cre­ated a riv­et­ing, heart-wrenching read

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