New book club shortlist

BOOK CLUB | 2018

A couple of times a year we put together a shortlist of books and our (Women Aloud St Albans) members vote on the ones they’d like to read for our monthly book club. 

If you’re local to St Albans and want to come along to our monthly book club you can reserve your place on meetup. If you can’t join us in person; we’ll post each time we’re reading a new book….and you’re very welcome to get involved by commenting on the blog post to let us know what you thought of the book.

Here’s our latest book club shortlist:

  1. A Cupboard Full of Coats by Yvvette Edwards
    Crushed by shame, Jinx’s life is little more than a shell; estranged from her husband, she’s relieved when he takes her son with him. Then Lemon knocks at the front door, like the night she’d killed her mother hadn’t happened at all, and Jinx is forced to confront her past. But Lemon has his own secrets to share, and together they unravel an unforgettable family drama, stoked with violence and passion. 268 pages
  2. Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
    The last of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. They discover a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind’s worst nightmare. Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. 608 pages
  3. Close to Home by Cara Hunter 
    Eight-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from a family party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying. DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows that nine times out of ten, it’s someone the victim knew. That means someone is lying…And that Daisy’s time is running out. 400 pages

  4. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
    In Shaker Heights, a placid suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned. No one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is play by the rules. Enter single mother Mia who arrives with her daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. When friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at an unexpected and devastating cost. 400 pages

  5. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
    When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. The death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not. This book is about prejudice and power; it is about that which divides and unites us. It is about opening your eyes. Soon to be a film. 528 pages

  6. The Break by Marian Keyes
    Amy’s husband Hugh says he isn’t leaving her. He loves her; he’s just taking a break – from their marriage, their children and their life together. But when does a break become a break up? A lot can happen in six months. And it’s enough to send Amy and her family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers teetering over the edge. If Hugh returns, will he be the same man? And will Amy be the same woman? Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then isn’t she? 672 pages
  7. The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
    Near an isolated mansion is a beautiful garden with a collection of “butterflies” – women who’ve been kidnapped and tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a man who’ll go to any length to hold beauty captive. When the garden is discovered, FBI agents are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But a survivor, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself, as the more she shares, the more the agents have to wonder what she’s still hiding. 286 pages
  8. The Dry by Jane Harper
    It hasn’t rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years, and tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty. Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral, and is drawn into the investigation. As questions mount and suspicion spreads, Falk is forced to confront a secret which Luke’s death threatens to unearth. 416 pages
  9. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
    She was 15, her mother’s golden girl. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a stranger who sweeps her off her feet. But what really takes her breath away is his 9-year-old daughter is the image of Ellie. Now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back. What really happened to Ellie? And who still has secrets to hide? 448 pages
  10. This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
    Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary tells you everything about life on and off the hospital ward. 256 pages

I hope there might be a book or two in this list which sparks your interest. If you’d like more book suggestions please visit our book club page >  If you’ve read a good book recently, I’d love to know what it is [pop a comment on this post]. And if you’re local to St Albans, you’re very welcome to join our Women Aloud St Albans book club >

Happy reading. x

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