The Spring 2017 Richard & Judy Book Club reads.
I first came across the Richard and Judy book club during their Summer 2011 reads when I worked a Whsmiths. The book club is in association with Whsmiths so it’s no surprise we came across them while working there. One of my top 5 favourite books is a pick from the Spring 2012 book club picks ‘Me before You’ by Jojo Moyes – you can read more about it here.
The book club has been running since 2010 and each year releases Spring, Summer and Autumn picks. The Spring 2017 edition features 8 titles this year which I am going to take a look at:
Lying In Wait – Liz Nugent
‘Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder. However, needs must – because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants.’
This sounds like a good one, a wife persuading her husband to commit a murder to get something she wants (I wonder what it is she wants that much!). Sounds like it might be full of suspense and dark twists. You can read Richard and Judy’s review here.
A Boy Made of Blocks – Keith Stuart
‘One of the most original and absorbing novels we’ve read this year. Keith Stuart draws on his extraordinary experiences with his own autistic son to produce a deeply moving, very funny, and utterly gripping story. If you don’t enjoy it, we’ll buy hats and eat them.’
This sounds like a nice one to read, giving an insight into someone else’s life, especially featuring an interesting subject and how people overcome difficulties always seem to make for good books.
Mad Girl – Bryony Gordon
‘Bryony Gordon has OCD. It’s the snake in her brain that has told her ever since she was a teenager that her world is about to come crashing down: that her family might die if she doesn’t repeat a phrase 5 times, or that she might have murdered someone and forgotten about it. It’s caused alopecia, bulimia, and drug dependency. And Bryony is sick of it. Keeping silent about her illness has given it a cachet it simply does not deserve, so here she shares her story with trademark wit and dazzling honesty.’
I’m not sure what to make of the blurb for this one, it doesn’t give much away at all! But it looks like it will be a good one to raise awareness of mental health issues and one that others will be able to relate to. If you want to know more about this book, you can read Richard & Judy’s review here.
Baby Doll – Hollie Overton
‘Lily has been abducted from outside her high-school gates. For eight long years she’s been locked away from the outside world. During that time she’s changed from a girl into a woman. She’s had a baby. And now she has seized her chance and escaped. Running for her life, with her daughter in her arms, she returns to her family and the life she used to know – to her much-loved twin sister Abby, her mum, her high-school boyfriend – and her freedom. But is it possible to go back?’
The Muse – Jessie Burton
‘On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn’t know she had, she remains a mystery – no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery. The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences.’
I really enjoyed ‘The Miniaturist’ by Jessie Burton so I am looking forward to reading this too. I love these escapism novels that talk about fine art and rich, upper class families, I find them really voyeuristic and also feel like I’m educating myself at the same time.
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep – Joanna Cannon
‘England, 1976. Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined.’
I am sure that last time I was at the cinema there was a trailer for this book. I have tried to find the trailer on YouTube but I have had no luck so maybe I’m going mad! You can read Richard and Judy’s review here.
I’m Travelling Alone – Samuel Bjork
‘When the body of a young girl is found hanging from a tree, the only clue the police have is an airline tag around her neck. It reads ‘I’m travelling alone’. In response, police investigator Holger Munch is immediately charged with assembling a special homicide unit. But to complete the team, he must track down his former partner, Mia Kruger – a brilliant but troubled detective – who has retreated to a solitary island with plans to kill herself. Reviewing the file, Mia finds something new – a thin line carved into the dead girl’s fingernail: the number 1. She knows that this is only the beginning.’
I love a crime/mystery novel and this one sounds so good, because it sounds so original and unique. This will be once that I will be asking to get for my birthday! Really intriguing blur and I bet even better read!
Lie with Me – Sabine Durrant
‘Paul has a plan. He has a vision of a better future, and he’s going to make it happen. If it means hiding or exaggerating a few things here and there, no harm done. But when he charms his way on to a family holiday… And finds himself trapped among tensions and emotions he doesn’t understand… By the time he starts to realise that however painful the truth is, it’s the lies that cause the real damage… Well, by then, it might just be too late.’
I’m not sure if I like the sound of this one, it’s the only one of the list that doesn’t really appeal to me from the blurb alone. But you can read Judy’s review of the book below – it might change your mind if like me, the blurb didn’t convince you.
Have you read any of these books or any of the previous Richard and Judy picks? As always let me know in comments!