Take your pick from the best new reads of the week
Viking. Out Thursday.
Jaded from the job and bruised by divorce, Chicago cop Cal retires to a small town in Ireland, planning nothing more pulse-raising than doing up his tumbledown new home and a spot of fishing.
But an appeal for help from a local teenager whose elder brother has gone missing draws him into the sort of dark conspiracy that rural communities bury best.
This compulsive, beautifully written thriller – part modern Western, part satisfying mystery – is brilliantly character-driven, perfectly evoking life in a small Irish town.
Robert Matzen Mirror Books. Out Thursday.
Hollywood star Audrey Hepburn was the epitome of elegance. But she was always haunted by her childhood in occupied Holland in the Second World War, where she was starved, battered by bombs and her relatives were murdered by the Nazis. This account of her complex life is harrowing but fascinating.
CJ Cooke HarperCollins. Out now.
Down on her luck, troubled Lexi cons her way into a plum nannying job – by stealing the identity of the rightful candidate. But her actions start to look foolhardy as, deep in the Norwegian forest, strange events occur – turning her dream job into a nightmare. A darkly magical gothic chiller.