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Help choose Paul’s next book

Every time I finish a book, one question invariably comes up: what next?

We’ve all been there – it is one of the hardest decisions we readers have to make at any given time (except maybe what chocolate bar goes best with what author…)

So, this time I am handing over the choice to you – our customers. I have listed 5 books from the recent past that I haven’t read for one reason or another and I am leaving it in your hands to make the decision for me. When I have read it, I will post a review here – it may help you decide whether you want to read it.

Simply choose one of the following options (or all of them if it makes you feel good) and at the end of the week, the book with the most votes is “the chosen one.”

1) Leave a comment here on the blog;
2) Leave a comment on the post on Facebook;
3) Vote on the poll that is on Facebook as well.

Make sure you check our Facebook page on Friday to see which book you chose.

The Railwayman's Wife

The Railwayman’s Wife – Ashley Hay
In a small town on the land’s edge, in the strange space at a war’s end, a widow, a poet and a doctor each try to find their own peace, and their own new story.

In Thirroul, in 1948, people chase their dreams through the books in the railway’s library. Anikka Lachlan searches for solace after her life is destroyed by a single random act. Roy McKinnon, who found poetry in the mess of war, has lost his words and his hope. Frank Draper is trapped by the guilt of those his treatment and care failed on their first day of freedom. All three struggle with the same question: how now to be alive.

 

 

 

The Kill Room

The Kill Room – Jeffery Deaver
Robert Moreno, an American citizen living in South America, is shot in the Bahamas by a sniper. The killing was commissioned by the U.S. government, who received a tip-off that Moreno was planning a terrorist attack on a U.S. oil company headquarters. But this intelligence was fatally incorrect: anti-American Moreno ordered a protest at the oil company, not an attack.

Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are drafted in to investigate. While Sachs traces Moreno’s steps in New York, Rhyme travels to the scene of the crime in Nassau, where he finds himself on a dangerous path trailed by the sniper himself. As details of the case start to emerge, the pair discover that not all is what it seemed. Can they achieve justice and escape with their lives intact?

 

 

Little White Lies

Little White Lies – Lesley Lokko
In a luxury villa in Martha’s Vineyard, Annick and Rebecca leave their young children in the care of their friend Tash, who’s made millions from her fashion business. By the end of the afternoon, one of the children will have vanished…

Annick, the daughter of an actress and an African prince, has spent a life hiding from the truth of her family’s wealth. Orphaned at a young age, Rebecca and Tash have always felt more like family than friends. But can she truly trust them?
Rebecca, the dutiful daughter of a financial dynasty, has spent a lifetime pleasing her parents. Can she find the courage to please herself?
And Tash, who’s worked so hard to escape the poverty of her mother’s Russian roots, now has the world at her feet – so why is she struggling to keep a grip on her life?

 

The Quarry

The Quarry – Iain Banks
Kit doesn’t know who his mother is. What he does know, however, is that his father, Guy, is dying of cancer.

Feeling his death is imminent, Guy gathers around him his oldest friends – or at least the friends with the most to lose by his death. Paul – the rising star in the Labour party who dreads the day a tape they all made at university might come to light; Alison and Robbie, corporate bunnies whose relationship is daily more fractious; Pris and Haze, once an item, now estranged, and finally Hol – friend, mentor, former lover and the only one who seemed to care.

But what will happen to Kit when Guy is gone? And why isn’t Kit’s mother in the picture? As the friends reunite for Guy’s last days, old jealousies, affairs and lies come to light as Kit watches on.

 

The Storm at the Door

The Storm at the Door – Stefan Merrill  Block
Just outside Boston, in 1963, Frederick Merrill found himself a patient in the country’s premiere mental hospital, a world of structured authority and absolute control – a forced regression to a simpler time even as the pace of the outside world accelerated into modernity.

Meanwhile, in a wintry New Hampshire village hours to the north, Frederick’s wife Katharine struggled to hold together her fracturing family and to heal from the wounds of her husband’s affliction. Nearly fifty years later, a writer in his twenties attempts to comprehend his grandparents’ story from that turbulent time, a moment in his family’s history that continues to cast a long shadow over his own young life.

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