Synopsis

Adult fiction


All the hidden truths - Claire Askew
This is a fact: Ryan Summers walked into Three Rivers College and killed thirteen women, then himself. But no one can say why. The question is one that cries out to be answered - by Ryan's mother, Moira; by Ishbel, the mother of Abigail, the first victim; and by DI Helen Birch, put in charge of the case on her first day at her new job. But as the tabloids and the media swarm, as the families' secrets come out, as the world searches for someone to blame... the truth seems to vanish. A stunningly moving novel from an exciting new voice in crime, All the hidden truths will cause you to question your assumptions about the people you love, and reconsider how the world reacts to tragedy.. Back

 

The sea queen - Linnea Hartsuyker
Ragnvald returns from fighting only to find his lands under the control of Atli the Slender, who claims to be there with King Harald's approval. Meanwhile, Ragnvald's old enemy Solvi and Svanhild, continue to roam the seas as successful raiders. Svanhild has chosen Solvi over her brother Ragnvald, and found peace in her decision alongside contentment in her new, lawless life. But the death of their son Eystein destroys the relationship between his parents. Svanhild flees and leaves Solvi to fend for himself, joining her brother at King Harald's court. As alliances ebb and flow, brother and sister are caught up in the different currents of war and it seems impossible they can each find happiness. Can Ragnvald support his king, and also stay true to his sister? As the decisive battle of Haverfjord approaches, Ragnvald must ask his sister to betray her honour and the man she once loved. Back



Strangers with the same dream - Alison Pick

From Alison Pick, Booker longlisted author of Far to go comes a suspenseful, dystopian reimagining of the founding of a kibbutz in 1920s Palestine. 'We came into their valley at dawn'. From three vastly different points of view, Alison Pick relates the story of a group of Jewish pioneers, many escaping violent homelands, who have come together to found a kibbutz on a patch of land that will later become Israel. With tightly controlled intensity, Pick takes us into three very different minds to show us how a utopian dream is punctured by messy human entanglements. Yet this is also the story of the land itself (present day Israel and Palestine), revealing the way the newcomers chose to ignore the fact that their valley was already populated, home to a people that the pioneers did not want to see. In writing of extraordinary, at times heartbreaking power, Pick has created unforgettable characters, haunted by ghosts and compromised by unbearable secrets. The novel's shocking conclusion is a tour de force, the work of a writer uniquely in control of her craft and with an extraordinary insight into the innermost workings of the human heart. Back

 

Four - Andy Jones
One weekend towards the end of summer, charged on drink and lust and love and disappointment, two couples exchange partners for a single night. But the repercussions will last a great deal longer. Told from the perspectives of all four characters, FOUR is a book about love, secrets, friendship and fidelity. A story full of dilemmas, deceits and twists that will keep you guessing until the final page.  Back


Women of the dunes - Sarah Maine
The gorgeously sweeping historical novel from Sarah Maine, the acclaimed author of The House Between Tides and Beyond the Wild River, perfect for fans of Kate Morton and Jenny Ashcroft. On the rugged, sea-lashed coast of west Scotland lies Ullaness: home to the Scottish legend of Ulla, a Viking woman who washed up on Scottish shores centuries ago. The legend will bring the stories of three different women together... In AD 800 there is Ulla, lost in a foreign country after her lover is brutally killed. Ellen, a servant-girl in the 1800s, catches the unwanted attentions of the master of the house's lascivious son. And, in the present day, there is Libby - an archaeologist who is determined to uncover an age-old mystery. When a body is excavated from Ullaness - the body of someone who was murdered long ago - the mystery deepens, and the fates of the three women become ever more tightly bound. Back

 


Cold blood - Robert Bryndza
She fell in love with a killer, now she's one too. The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside... When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She's worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before. As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim - the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago. Erika quickly realises she's on the trail of a serial killer who's already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack. But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it's too late? She's running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery...there's more than one killer. Brilliantly gripping, Cold Blood will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath to the heart-stopping and shocking ending. Back

 


Believe me - J. P. Delaney
In this twisty psychological thriller from the New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of The Girl Before, an actress plays both sides of a murder investigation One aspiring actress from the UK pays for her acting class in New York the only way she can: as a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers, hired to entrap straying husbands. When the police begin investigating one of her targets for murdering his wife - and potentially others - they ask her to help lure the suspect into a confession. But with the actress pretending to be someone she's not, differentiating the decoy from the prey becomes impossible - and deadly. Back

 


No time to cry - James Oswald
From one of the UK's biggest crime writers - the man brought you the bestselling Inspector McLean novels - comes a phenomenal new series guaranteed to have your heart in your mouth. Undercover ops are always dangerous, but DC Constance Fairchild never expected things to go this wrong. Returning to their base of operations, an anonymous office in a shabby neighbourhood, she finds the bloodied body of her boss, and friend, DI Pete Copperthwaite. He's been executed - a single shot to the head. In the aftermath, it seems someone in the Met is determined to make sure that blame for the wrecked operation falls squarely on Con's shoulders. She is cut loose and cast out, angry and alone with her grief... right until the moment someone also tries to put a bullet through her head.There's no place to hide, and no time to cry. Back

 


Lethal white - Robert Galbraith
'I seen a kid killed . . . He strangled it, up by the horse.'
When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside. And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike's own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been - Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much more tricky than that . . .The most epic Robert Galbraith novel yet, LETHAL WHITE is both a gripping mystery and a page-turning next instalment in the ongoing story of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott. Back

 


The fifth to die - J. D. Barker
Murder. It's a family affair. In the midst of one of the worst winters Chicago has seen in years, the body of missing teenager Ella Reynolds is discovered under the surface of a frozen lake. She's been missing for three weeks... the lake froze over three months ago. Detective Sam Porter and his team are brought in to investigate but it's not long before another girl goes missing. The press believes the serial killer, Anson Bishop, has struck again but Porter knows differently. The deaths are too different, there's a new killer on the loose. Porter however is distracted. He's still haunted by Bishop and his victims, even after the FBI have removed him from the case. His only leads: a picture of a female prisoner and a note from Bishop: `Help me find my mother. I think it's time she and I talked.' As more girls go missing and Porter's team race to stop the body count rising, Porter disappears to track down Bishop's mother and discover that the only place scarier than the mind of a serial killer is the mind of the mother from which he came. Perfect for fans of Helen Fields, Val McDermid and Jo Nesbo this gripping and twisted thriller will have you wondering, how do you stop a killer when he's been trained from birth? Back

 


Blackpool lass - Maggie Mason
The perfect read for fans of Mary Wood, Kitty Neale, Val Wood and Nadine DorriesOrphaned and destitute, will Grace find her own way in the world?When Grace's Ma passes away and her Da's ship sinks with all hands, Grace is utterly alone in the world. She's sent to an orphanage in Blackpool, but the master has an eye for a pretty young lass. Grace won't be his victim, so she runs, destitute, into the night. In Blackpool, she finds a home with the kindly Sheila and Peggy - and meets a lovely airman. But it's 1938, and war is on the horizon. Will Grace ever find the happiness and home she deserves? Back

 


The botanist's daughter - Kayte Nunn
Discovery. Desire. Deception. A wondrously imagined tale of two female botanists, separated by more than a century, in a race to discover a life-saving flower . . . In Victorian England, headstrong adventuress Elizabeth takes up her late father's quest for a rare, miraculous plant. She faces a perilous sea voyage, unforeseen dangers and treachery that threatens her entire family. In present-day Australia, Anna finds a mysterious metal box containing a sketchbook of dazzling watercolours, a photograph inscribed 'Spring 1886' and a small bag of seeds. It sets her on a path far from her safe, carefully ordered life, and on a journey that will force her to face her own demons. In this spellbinding botanical odyssey of discovery, desire and deception, Kayte Nunn has so exquisitely researched nineteenth-century Cornwall and Chile you can almost smell the fragrance of the flowers, the touch of the flora on your fingertips . . . Back


The ghost tree - Barbara Erskine
Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile, left rootless by the end of her marriage, career and now the death of her father, from whom she had long been estranged. She is faced with the daunting task of clearing his house, believing he had removed all traces of her mother. Yet hidden away in a barely used top-floor room, she finds he had secretly kept a cupboard full of her possessions. Sifting through the ancient papers, Ruth discovers the diary and letters written by her ancestor from the eighteenth century, Thomas Erskine. As the youngest son of a noble family now living in genteel poverty, Thomas always knew he would have to make his own way in the world. Unable to follow his brothers to university, instead he joins first the navy and then the army, rising through the ranks, travelling the world. When he is finally able to study law, his extraordinary experiences and abilities propel him to the very top and he becomes Lord Chancellor. Yet he has made a powerful enemy on his voyages, who will hound him and his family to the death - and beyond. Ruth becomes ever more aware of Thomas as she is gripped by his story, and slowly senses that not only is his presence with her, but so is his enemy's. Ruth will have to draw upon new friends and old in what becomes a battle for her very survival - and discover an inner power beyond anything she has imagined. Back



The other Miss Bridgerton - Julia Quinn
She was in the wrong place...Fiercely independent and adventurous, Poppy Bridgerton will only wed a suitor whose keen intellect and interests match her own. Sadly, none of the fools from her London season qualify. While visiting a friend on the Dorset coast, Poppy is pleasantly surprised to discover a smugglers' hideaway tucked inside a cave. But her delight turns to dismay when two pirates kidnap her and take her aboard a ship, leaving her bound and gagged on the captain's bed...He found her at the wrong time...Known to society as a rascal and reckless privateer, Captain Andrew James Rokesby actually transports essential goods and documents for the British government. Setting sail on a time-sensitive voyage to Portugal, he's stunned to find a woman waiting for him in his cabin. Surely, his imagination is getting the better of him. But no, she is very real-and his duty to the Crown means he's stuck with her. Can two wrongs make the most perfect right When Andrew learns that she is a Bridgerton, he knows he will likely have to wed her to avert a scandal-though Poppy has no idea that he is the son of an earl and neighbor to her aristocratic cousins in Kent. On the high seas, their war of words soon gives way to an intoxicating passion. But when Andrew's secret is revealed, will his declaration of love be enough to capture her heart... Back

 


The rules of seeing - Joe Heap
Sun Nova is 32 years old and she is about to see the world for the very first time. Jillian Safinova, Nova to her friends, can do many things. She can speak five languages. She can always find a silver lining. And she can even tell when someone is lying just from the sound of their voice. But there's one thing Nova can't do. She can't see. When her brother convinces her to have an operation that will restore her sight, Nova wakes up to a world she no longer understands. Until she meets Kate. As Kate comes into focus, her past threatens to throw them into a different kind of darkness. Can they each learn to see the world in a different ... and open their eyes to the lives they could have been living all along? Back

 


The boy at the door - Alex Dahl
Cecilia Wilborg has the perfect life. A handsome husband, two beautiful daughters and a large house in the picture postcard town of Sandefjord. When she picks her daughters up from swimming club one evening, the receptionist asks her to drop off a little boy, Tobias, whose mother has failed to turn up. As Cecilia pulls up to the house he says is his home, she realises something is not right. This house is a wreck, no family could live there. So she reluctantly takes Tobias home with her, until his mother can be found. But no one ever comes for Tobias. And as he settles in to Cecilia's family home, dark secrets from her own past begin to force their way back to the surface, threatening to shatter the perfect picture she's pieced together... Back

 


In the blood - Ruth Mancini
Criminal defence lawyer Sarah Kellerman takes on a case of a young single mother accused of the unthinkable: poisoning her own baby. With salt. The mother, Ellie, denies the charges, but even as Sarah begins to believe her, something about her story doesn't add up. And if Ellie didn't harm her child, then who did? Balancing the case with raising her disabled four-year-old son, Sarah becomes more and more involved, overstepping professional boundaries in an attempt to uncover the truth. The hospital refuses to give answers and a key witness disappears, but it's only when her own son becomes unwell does she realise she's been drawn into a dangerous game. And the lengths family will go to protect their blood. Back

 


The other woman - Daniel Silva
She was his best-kept secret ... In an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. It is the story of a man she once loved in the Beirut of old, and a child taken from her in treason's name. The woman is the keeper of the Kremlin's most closely guarded secret. Long ago, the KGB inserted a mole into the heart of the West--a mole who stands on the doorstep of ultimate power. Only one man can unravel the conspiracy: Gabriel Allon, the legendary art restorer and assassin who serves as the chief of Israel's vaunted secret intelligence service. Gabriel has battled the dark forces of the new Russia before, at great personal cost. Now he and the Russians will engage in a final epic showdown, with the fate of the postwar global order hanging in the balance. Gabriel is lured into the hunt for the traitor after his most important asset inside Russian intelligence is brutally assassinated while trying to defect in Vienna. His quest for the truth will lead him backward in time, to the twentieth century's greatest act of treason, and, finally, to a spellbinding climax along the banks of the Potomac River outside Washington that will leave readers breathless. Back

 


Pieces of her - Karin Slaughter
The electrifying new thriller from international bestseller Karin Slaughter explores the deadly secrets kept between a mother and daughter. What if the person youthought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all?AndreaCooper knows everything about her mother Laura. She's knows she's spent herwhole life in the small beachside town of Gullaway Island; she knows she'snever had any more ambition than to live a quiet life as a pillar of thecommunity; she knows she's never kept a secret in her life. Because we all knowour mothers, don't we? But all thatchanges when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly seesa completely different side to Laura. A side which is a million miles from thequiet, gentle woman who brought her up. And more than that, news coverage ofthe mall attack puts Laura's face on every TV screen in the country - and leavesher terrified. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura she was someonecompletely different. For nearly 30 years she's been hiding from her previousidentity, lying low in the hope that no one will ever find her and re-open thewounds left by the terrible events which made it impossible for her ever to goback. But now she's been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again. Twenty-fourhours later Laura is in hospital, shot by an intruder who's spent thirty yearstrying to track her down and discover what she knows. Andrea is on a desperatejourney following the breadcrumbs of her mother's past. And if she can'tuncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either of them ... Back

 


The party - Lisa Hall
How well do you know the person you sleep beside? A missing wife...Tom thought his life was perfect. Until his wife vanishes turning his seemingly world upside down. But the nightmare is only just beginning...A secret past...As Tom searches for missing Claire he discovers secrets about his wife's past that don't add up, making him question everything he once took for granted. A lie that changes everything. Because some secrets are best left hidden and Claire's past is about to catch up with them all... Back

 

Non-fiction


Danger music - Eddie Ayres
Eddie Ayres has a lifetime of musical experience - from learning the viola as a child in England and playing with the Hong Kong Philharmonic for many years, to learning the cello in his thirties and landing in Australia to present an extremely successful ABC Classic FM morning radio show. But all of this time Eddie was Emma Ayres.In 2014 Emma was spiralling into a deep depression, driven by anguish about her gender. She quit the radio, travelled, and decided on a surprising path to salvation - teaching music in a war zone. Emma applied for a position at Dr Sarmast's renowned Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, teaching cello to orphans and street kids.In Danger Music, Eddie takes us through the bombing and chaos of Kabul, into the lives of the Afghan children who are transported by Bach, Abba, Beethoven and their own exhilarating Afghan music. Alongside these epic experiences, Emma determines to take the final steps to secure her own peace; she becomes the man always there inside - Eddie. Back

 


Endeavour: the ship and the attitude that changed the world - Peter Moore

The Enlightenment was an age of endeavours. From Johnson's Dictionary to campaigns for liberty to schemes for measuring the dimensions of the solar system, Britain was consumed by the impulse for grand projects, undertaken at speed. 'Endeavour' was also the name given to a Whitby collier bought by the Royal Navy in 1768 for an expedition to the South Seas. A commonplace, coal-carrying vessel, no one could have guessed that Endeavour would go on to become the most significant ship in the history of British exploration. Endeavour famously carried James Cook on his first great voyage, visiting Pacific islands unknown to European geography and charting New Zealand and the eastern coast of Australia for the first time. But Endeavour has a secret history that few know about. She brought Europeans their first experience of the Great Barrier Reef and was there at London's Wilkes Riots in 1768. At the Battle of Brooklyn Heights in 1776, she witnessed the bloody birth of the United States of America. She carried Newcastle coal, botanists, Hessian soldiers, a Polynesian priest and the remains of the first kangaroo to arrive in Britain. According to Charles Darwin, she helped to add a hemisphere to the civilised world. NASA would name a space shuttle after her. To others she would be a toxic symbol, responsible for the dispossession of the oldest continuous human society and the disruption of many others. No one has ever told Endeavour's story before. Peter Moore sets out to explore the different lives of this remarkable ship, from the acorn that grew into the oak that made her, to her rich and complex legacy. Back

 


Epic hikes of the world: explore the planet's most thrilling treks and trails - Lonely Planet
With stories of 50 incredible hiking routes in 30 countries, from New Zealand to Peru, plus a further 150 suggestions, Lonely Planet's Epic Hikes of the World will inspire a lifetime of adventure on foot. From one-day jaunts and urban trails to month-long thru-hikes, cultural rambles and mountain expeditions, each journey shares one defining feature: being truly epic. In this follow-up to Epic Bike Rides and Epic Drives, we share our adventures on the world's best treks and trails. Epic Hikes is organised by continent, with each route brought to life by a first-person account, beautiful photographs and charming illustrated maps. Additionally, each hike includes trip planning advice on how to get there, where to stay, what to pack and where to eat, as well as recommendations for three similar hikes in other regions of the world. Hikes featured include: Africa & the Middle East: Cape Town's Three Peaks (South Africa)Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)Camp to Camp in South Luangwa National Park (Zambia) Americas: Angel's Landing, Zion National Park (USA)Skyline Trail, Jasper National Park (Canada)Concepcion volcano hike (Nicaragua) Asia: 88 Sacred Temples of Shikoku Pilgrimage (Japan)Markha Valley (India)Gubeikou to Jinshanling on the Great Wall (China) Europe: Wordsworth's Backyard: Dove Cottage and around Rydal and Grasmere (UK)Alpine Pass Route (Switzerland)Camino de Santiago (Spain) Oceania: Sydney's Seven Bridges Walk (Australia)The Routeburn Track (New Zealand)Kokoda Track (Papua New Guinea). Back

 


Evolution: the human story - Alice Roberts and Fiona Coward
This unrivalled illustrated guide to human evolution brings you face to face with your ancient ancestors. Travelling back in time almost eight million years, the book charts the development of our species, Homo sapiens, from tree-dwelling primates to modern humans. Evolution investigates each of our ancestors in detail and in context, from the anatomy of their bones to the environment they lived in. Key fossil finds are showcased on double-page feature spreads. Detailed maps show where each species has been found and plot the gradual spread of humans around the world. The book has been fully updated to include the latest discoveries and research - including the newly discovered species Homo naledi - and presents the latest thinking on some of the most captivating questions in science, such as whether modern humans and Neanderthals interacted with each other. Written and authenticated by a team of acknowledged experts and illustrated by renowned Dutch paleoartists the Kennis brothers, Evolution presents the story of our species with unique richness, authority, and detail. Back

 

New Zealand Non-fiction


Kiwi backyard: inspirational landscape design ideas and plans for your own backyard - Andy Ellis and James McLeod
Inspired by Andy's backyard segments on TVNZ1's Seven Sharp this book is perfect for anyone dreaming of making changes at their own place. It features a wide range of backyards from Kiwi heroes like Kieran Read, Richie and Gemma McCaw, Sir Graham Henry, Wayne Smith, Wyatt Crockett, Sir Richard Hadlee, Izzy Dagg, George and Kayla Whitelock, Jason Gunn, Dan Carter's folks, Al Brown, Matt Watson and Jason Kerrison. Each has a different theme, for instance the inner city sanctuary, native haven, Kiwi kid's playground, traditional garden or the entertainer's utopia so there's something for everyone. In addition there are generic plans drawn up by landscape architects Kamo Marsh that give practical ideas for creating your ideal backyard, as well as planting lists for each different theme. Back

 


Life on the road: Kiwi trucking stories - Randolph Covich
Kiwi truckies are the unsung heroes of New Zealand - the men and women who make great personal sacrifice and often risk their lives to keep our country running. The people who devote their life, in some way or another, to what is often a hard and lonely passion. Life on the Road gathers together their fascinating stories. It captures the humour, tragedy, action and extremes of the trucking world, by turns moving between the dramatic, light-hearted and surprising - including runaway trucks, skirmishes with the law, nostalgic tales of the early pioneers, love stories, and more than one practical joke. Whether you're a trucking die-hard or just love the wide open road and a cracking good yarn, Life on the Road is a gripping insight into the real lives of Kiwi truckies. Back

 


The missing files: unsolved New Zealand missing persons cases - Scott Bainbridge
According to the New Zealand Police, around 8000 people go missing in this country every year. While 95 per cent of these people are found within 14 days, there remains a small number of people who are never found. Back

 


Mission to motherhood: a powerful story of infertility, surrogacy and the journey to becoming a parent - Amira Mikhail

Imagine if you were told that you may never have children, that you'd never hold your own baby in your arms. And yet, what if you could find a way? Mission to Motherhood will inspire anyone facing the possibility of a childless future. Author Amira Mikhail shares her powerful story of how she tackled and overcame obstacle after obstacle on her journey to motherhood - from fibroids, endometriosis, infertility and miscarriage, through IVF and surrogacy, to finally bringing her baby into the world. `When I felt alone, stressed and afraid, hearing other women's stories pulled me through.' The power of shared experiences propelled her to write this book for those who are still suffering alone, who are victims of the `silent epidemic' of infertility. This is a story of hope, courage and determination, and a refusal to give up the dream of motherhood. Back

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