One Way ★★★★★ SJ Morden, Gollancz, R295
Frank Kittridge is serving a life sentence for murder, yet that doesn’t stop him being approached to go to Mars. He will be part of a team of skilled inmates who will build and maintain Mars Base One while serving out their sentences. Frank is all in – he could do with a change of scenery. However, when the chain gang arrives on the Red Planet and the crew members start to die, Frank needs to play detective or risk ending up in a body bag. Morden delivers action from the first sentence, a refreshing plot, and a shocker of a twist. Thrilling, hard to put down, and deeply satisfying – this book is the perfect trip for an offworld escape that will leave you reeling.