The pick of this month’s fiction
The Killing Grounds Jack Ford HQ, June 29
A former military man-turned-investigator is tortured by his past – battles with Somali pirates have left him in a dark. And when he goes to the Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a plane, what he finds is much more sinister.
The Things We Thought We Knew Mahsuda Snaith Doubleday, June 15
Ravine and Marianne used to be best friends. Ten years on, Ravine is confined to bed, plagued by chronic pain, while Marianne has disappeared. What happened that day and where has Marianne gone? This is a debut work that explores remembering, forgetting, and lives from Bangladesh to Europe.
McGlue Ottessa Moshfegh Vintage, June 29
Salem, Massachusetts, 1851. Sailor McGlue wakes up in his ship’s hold to learn that he has killed his one-time best friend Johnson. He is suffering from a head injury and simply wants to blot out all recollections of his past. Moshfegh’s novel Eileen was shortlisted for the Booker Prize last year.