I Stop Somewhere TE Carter
(Simon & Schuster, £7.99) HYBRID Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones meets Roxane Gay’s Not That Bad.
IN A NUTSHELL Ellie’s boyfriend raped and murdered her, and now she’s trapped as a ghost, watching him shatter the lives of other girls. Told through the past and present, while her family search for her body, it examines how women are treated after reporting assaults. Watch out: there are no happy endings here.
FIRST LINE “They call the houses ‘zombies’ and our town is full of them.”
READ IT In a cosy cottage in the Lake District with chocolate and a blanket to hand. You’ll need comfort.