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The Searcher

Tana French

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.

Dutch Girl

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.

The Nest­ing

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.

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