The new books available in Knowsley’s libraries this July widely vary, with light summer reads, thrillers, crime novels, and more. There are also kinds of books you perhaps would haven’t thought about reading but could love, such as a book about childhood in the 1950s and the link between anxiety and the current world.
Discover your next read…
Simon Kernick – Dead Man’s Gift
MP Tim Horton arrives home to find his seven-year-old son has been abducted by a ruthless gang of kidnappers. All they have left behind is the brutally murdered body of the Horton’s nanny.
The gang’s demands are simple: Tim must sacrifice his own life in order to save his son’s life. It’s the ultimate dead man’s gift.
Peter Robinson – Careless Love
A young local student has apparently committed suicide and her body is found in an abandoned car on a lonely country road. She didn’t own a car and didn’t even drive so how did she get there? Where did she die? Did someone move her, and why?
Meanwhile, a man in his sixties is found dead wearing an expensive suit and carrying no identification. Post-mortem findings indicate he died from injuries sustained during a fall but the circumstances are a mystery.
Meanwhile, Annie’s father’s new partner, Zelda, comes up with a shocking piece of information that alerts Banks and Annie to the return of an old enemy. This is someone who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to get what he wants – and suddenly the stakes are raised and the hunt is on.
Nicci French – Day of the Dead
Eight years ago, Frieda Klein was walking alone late at night following the hidden, secret course of the River Fleet as it flows underground beneath King’s Cross and Farringdon Road until it reaches the river.
Frieda, a psychotherapist, found herself drawn into a case of kidnapping and murder. She solved the case but crossed paths with the mysterious, shadowy killer, Dean Reeve.
In the years that followed, Frieda was haunted by Dean Reeve, a violent, ghostly presence on the edge of her life. Now it’s the eighth and final day of Frieda’s dark week, in which she goes into the shadows in a final confrontation with Reeve.
Ann Granger – An Unfinished Murder
An Unfinished Murder is the sixth Cotswold village crime novel in Ann Granger’s Campbell and Carter series.
Mitchell and Markby come out of retirement to crack a cold case. As young children, Josh Browning and his sister, Dilys, stumbled across a dead body while playing on the outskirts of their Cotswold village. Terrified by what they’d seen, neither of them told a soul. Now, 20 years later, Josh finds the dead woman’s charm bracelet among his sister’s possessions.
Who better to tell than his trusted friend, the man he gardens for, retired Superintendent Alan Markby? As Markby listens to Josh’s confession, alarm bells start to ring. The dates and details tie in with a missing person case that was never solved…
Nadine Dorries – Shadows in Heaven
In post-war Tarabeg, two women are waiting for ambitious Michael Malone to return home. Rosie is the local schoolteacher and most people think she is promised to him. Just a few have guessed that he has secretly begun to ‘woo’ Sarah, whose brutal fisherman father would kill her if he knew.
Both Rosie and Sarah love Michael, both hope to become his wife and their lives will interweave in a tale of tangled secrets, old promises and new feuds. Michael Malone’s choice will have fateful consequences for everyone – especially, in due course, for his young daughter.
Lisa Jewell – Watching You
You’re back home after four years working abroad with a brand new husband in tow. You’re keen to find a place of your own. But for now, you’re living with your big brother, camped out in his spare bedroom. And then – quite unexpectedly – you meet the man next door.
He’s the head teacher of the local high school. He’s twice your age. And he’s devastatingly attractive. Soon you find you’re watching him. All the time. But what you don’t know is that someone is watching you. Or that what has started as an innocent crush is quickly turning into an obsession as dark as it is deadly.
Linwood Barclay – A Noise Downstairs
College professor Paul Davis is a normal guy with a normal life. Until, driving along a deserted road late one night, he surprises a murderer disposing of a couple of bodies. That’s when Paul’s “normal” existence is turned upside down. After nearly losing his own life in that encounter, he finds himself battling PTSD, depression, and severe problems at work. His wife, Charlotte, desperate to cheer him up, brings home a vintage typewriter to encourage him to get started on that novel he’s always intended to write.
However, the typewriter itself is a problem. Paul swears it’s possessed and types by itself at night. But only Paul can hear the noise coming from downstairs; Charlotte doesn’t hear a thing and she worries he’s going off the rails.
Paul believes the typewriter is somehow connected to the murderer he discovered nearly a year ago. The killer had made his victims type apologies to him before ending their lives. Has another sick twist of fate entwined his life with the killer—could this be the same machine? Increasingly tormented but determined to discover the truth and confront his nightmare, Paul begins investigating the deaths himself.
Santa Montefiore – The Temptation of Gracie
When Gracie Burton stumbles upon an advertisement for a week-long cookery course in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, she cannot resist, and puts her life savings into the trip.
Her only family – daughter Carina and granddaughter Anastasia – are hesitant about what has prompted this seemingly random venture. But they have no sense of Gracie’s past; of what could possibly be calling her to Italy. They have no idea that Gracie is harbouring the secret of an extraordinary life that preceded them…
Anne Tyler – Clock Dance
Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life: when she was 11 and her mother disappeared, being proposed to at 21, the accident that would make her a widow at 41. At each of these moments, Willa ended up on a path laid out for her by others.
So when she receives a phone call telling her that her son’s ex-girlfriend has been shot and needs her help, she drops everything and flies across the country. The spur-of-the-moment decision to look after this woman – and her nine-year-old daughter, and her dog – will lead Willa into uncharted territory. Surrounded by new and surprising neighbours, she is plunged into the rituals that make a community and takes pleasure in the most unexpected things.
Evie Grace – A Place to Call Home
A Place to Call Home is the third and final saga in Evie Grace’s Maids of Kent Trilogy.
With doting parents and siblings she adores, 16-year-old Rose Cheevers leads a comfortable life at Willow Place in Canterbury. With a bright future ahead of her, she dreams of following in her mother’s footsteps and becoming a teacher.
Then one traumatic day turns the Cheevers’ household upside-down. What was once a safe haven has become a place of peril, and Rose is forced to flee with the younger children. Desperate, she seeks refuge in a remote village with a long lost grandmother who did not know she existed.
But safety comes at a price, and the arrival of a young stranger with connections to her past raises uncomfortable questions about what the future holds. Somehow, Rose must find the strength to keep her family together. Above all else, though, she needs a place to call home.
Ruth Illingworth – A 1950s Irish childhood: From catapults to Communion Medals
1950s Ireland was the age of De Valera and John Charles McQuaid. It was the age before television, before Vatican II, and before home central heating. It was a time when motor cars and public telephones had wind-up handles, when boys wore short trousers and girls wore ribbons, when nuns wore white bonnets and priests wore black hats in church.
This delightful collection of nostalgic photographs and memories will appeal to all who grew up in 1950s Ireland and will jog memories about all aspects of life as it was.
Kate Elysia – No Way Out
Kate’s ordeal began when she was living in sheltered accommodation, and she was violently introduced to an Asian sex ring. Traumatised and alone, she was too weak to try to escape or even tell anyone. Four years later, she had been passed between over 70 men in the West Midlands, was on drugs, and suffered with PTSD so severe she was on the edge of suicide. So when Operation Chalice came to recruit her, would she be strong enough to turn the tables and bring her abusers down?
Cara Hunter – In the Dark
A woman and child are found locked in a basement room, barely alive…
No one knows who they are – the woman can’t speak and there are no missing persons reports that match their profile. Also, the elderly man who owns the house claims he has never seen them before.
The residents of the quiet Oxford street are in shock – how could this happen right under their noses? But DI Adam Fawley knows that nothing is impossible. And that no one is as innocent as they seem.
Matt Haig – Notes on a Nervous Planet
The world is messing with our minds, and rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone and we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index.
How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad?
How do we stay human in a technological world?
How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious?
After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig and he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him.
Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the 21st century.
Karen Swan – The Greek Escape
Before every new beginning, there must be an ending . . .
Running from heartbreak, Chloe Marston leaves her old life in London for a fresh start in New York. Working at a luxury concierge company, she makes other people’s lives run perfectly, even if her own has ground to a halt. But a terrible accident forces her to step into a new role, up close and personal with the company’s most powerful clients. Charismatic Joe Lincoln is one of them and his every wish is her command, so when he asks her to find him a secluded holiday home in the Greek Islands, she sets about sourcing the perfect retreat.
But when Tom, her ex, unexpectedly shows up in Manhattan and the stability of her new life is thrown off-balance again, she jumps at the chance to help Joe inspect the holiday house; escaping to Greece will give her the time and space to decide where her future truly lies. Tom is the man she has loved for so long but he has hurt her before – can she give him another chance? And as she draws closer to Joe, does she even want to?
Molly Corbally – An Armful of Babies and a Cup of Tea
After serving as a nurse in WW2, Molly Corbally joined the brand new NHS to become of the first official District Health Visitors, attending to mothers and babies from all walks of life in the picturesque village near Coventry she came to call home. Times were hard, and many families were battling with disease and poverty.
Armed with only her nursing training, her common sense and a desire to serve, Molly set out to win over a community and provide a new and valuable service in times of great change.
An Armful of Babies is a vivid portrait of rural England in the post-war years, and a testament to an NHS in its own infancy and to what hasn’t changed: the bond between parents and their children, and the importance of protecting that.
Fanny Blake – An Italian Summer
Sandy is in her fifties, and at a crossroads in her life: she’s a teacher and respected by her pupils, but she feels she is being sidelined in favour of younger colleagues. So when her mother dies, leaving her a sealed envelope addressed to an unknown woman living in Naples, Sandy decides to head to Italy to resolve the mystery by delivering the letter herself.
She books herself on to a small sightseeing trip from Rome to Naples and the Amalfi Coast, hoping to meet some like-minded people along the way. Who is the mysterious woman she is searching for? And will Sandy find friendship, or even love, along the way?
Kelly McLean – My Dad the Guv’nor‘
Lenny McLean, better known as The Guv’nor, was a legendary and sometimes terrifying figure: a bare-knuckle fighter, bouncer and, in later life, an actor. However, behind his towering demeanour was a loving father who provided a safe haven for his children. For his only daughter, Kelly, his status brought with it a reputation both to live up to, and sometimes escape.
The connection between father and daughter became even more apparent as Kelly began to battle her own mental health issues that, as a mum to two young children, would threaten to destroy her life.
In this incredibly frank and emotional memoir, Kelly McLean provides a unique insight into life growing up as the daughter of one of the last old-school fighters, featuring many previously untold stories. This is the story of East End life from a woman who has seen it, lived it, and sometimes been plagued by it.