17 Degrees Winter Reads


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It’s been so hard to choose this edition, as there have been some amazing new books being released over these last few months. January and February are full of fabulous choices and I’m sure you’ll find something to keep you reading through these dreich winter months.





Thank You For The Music


Everyone knows DAISY JONES & THE SIX, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now. If you love music, you’ll love this fantastic almost-memoir of a brilliant fictional band that imploded at the height of their career. This is written in such a convincing way that I was searching for their albums on Spotify and felt like I was right there on tour with them. If you loved ‘A Star is Born’ you’ll be pulled right into this heady mix of sex drugs and rock’n’roll with Daisy and her band, experiencing the highs and lows of fame with them on Sunset Strip and Whiskey a Go Go. If you missed this when it was first released, treat yourself now the paperback is out. I guarantee a wild ride through the 70’s band scene with this stylish depiction of the Fleetwood Mac era that you will not be able to put down.






The Road To Nowhere


She sleeps, a pale girl in a white room . . .Driving home one night, stuck behind a rusty old car, Gabe sees a little girl’s face appear in the rear window. She mouths one word: ‘Daddy.’ It’s his five-year-old daughter, Izzy. He never sees her again. Gabe spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe that Izzy is dead. Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Because Fran knows the truth. She knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter. She knows who is responsible. And she knows what they will do if they ever catch up with her and Alice. This is a blisteringly good read that will hook you from the very first page. I adore CJ Tudor and her latest offering is her best one yet. A five star winter read.







If You Go Down To The Woods Today…

When Elijah stumbles across thirteen-year-old Elissa, in the woods where her abductor is hiding her, he refuses to alert the police. Because in his twelve years, Elijah has never had a proper friend. And he doesn’t want Elissa to leave. Not only that, Elijah knows how this can end. After all, Elissa isn’t the first girl he’s found inside the Memory Wood. As her abductor’s behaviour spirals out of control, Elissa realises that outwitting lonely Elijah is her only hope of survival. Their game of deception and betrayal will determine both their fates, and decide whether either of them will ever leave the Memory Wood. A totally gripping novel that locks you into their cat-and-mouse game of survival. If you’re bored of thriller-by-numbers, you’ll love this original and twisty page turner. Not one for reading if you are in the house alone as it’ll definitely give you the jitters. 






Countdown To Tragedy

Three hours is 180 minutes or 10,800 seconds. It is an eternity waiting for news. Or a countdown to something terrible. In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens. This breathtaking novel is told from the point of view of the people at the heart of it, from the wounded headmaster in the library, unable to help his trapped pupils and staff, to teenage Hannah in love for the first time. From the parents gathering desperate for news at the gates, to the 16 year old Syrian refugee trying to rescue his little brother and the police psychologist who must identify the gunmen. All of these individuals experience the most intense hours of their lives, where evil and terror are met by courage, love and redemption. This is a read you won’t be able to forget, buy it and experience it for yourself. 




Save The Planet And Your Waistline 

Minimum fuss, maximum flavour, completely vegetarian and all for £1 per person. If that sounds too good to be true then this is definitely the book for you. Bestselling author Miguel Barclay shot to fame as ‘The One Pound Chef’, delivering easy recipes that really work, at prices everyone can afford. His goal is simple: to encourage you to cook simple and tasty meals at home and all for £1 per person. With his ingenious recipes and budget-friendly cookbooks, he’s here to show you how to cook nutritious vegetarian food without the expense, using everyday cupboard staples and familiar ingredients Meat-Free One Pound Meals includes over 85 vegetarian recipes, to not only help save you money and get healthy but also help you do your bit for the planet. What’s better than getting healthy and clearing your conscience too? A great way to kick start 2020


Mix Tape by [Sanderson, Jane]





The Tracks Of Your Years

You never forget the one that got away. But what if ‘what could have been’ is yet to come?Daniel was the first boy to make Alison a mix tape. But that was years ago and Ali hasn’t thought about him in a very long time.  Then Dan’s name pops up on her phone, with a link to a song from their past. For two blissful minutes, Alison is sixteen again – back in Sheffield, dancing in her skin-tight jeans. And so begins a new mixtape. Ali and Dan exchange songs – some new, some old – across a lifetime of different experiences, until one of them breaks the rules and sends a message that will change everything… Everyone who’s ever made a lovesick mixtape – or longed to be sent one  – will fall for this book and it’ll definitely send you down memory lane. I’d love to see this as a movie; it’s just irresistible. Buy it to inject a little romance into a  January day. 





The Turning Tide

When a man is found on a Norfolk beach, drifting in and out of consciousness, with no identification and unable to speak, interest in him is sparked immediately. The national press call him Mr Nobody.  Who is this man? And what happened to him? Dr Emma Lewis is asked to assess the patient. This is the chance she’s been waiting for and this case could make her name. But therein lies the danger. Emma left this same small town in Norfolk fourteen years ago and has taken great pains to cover all traces of her past since then. But now something – or someone – is calling her back. You will not be able to put this book down as you get drawn into its tense and intriguing plot. It’s a gripping page turner that asks us to think about identity and belonging as we attempt to solve the unanswered questions that are cleverly woven into its narrative.


The Guest List: The new crime thriller from the bestselling author of The Hunting Party by [Foley, Lucy]






Nice Day For A White Wedding 

The brand new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Hunting Party.On a remote island, guests gather for the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater. The wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead. And as a storm unleashes its fury on the island, everyone is trapped. Old grudges and veiled hostilities begin to come to light as the happy event turns into a gripping whodunnit with everyone a suspect and with motives coming to light thick and fast. If you loved The Hunting Party then you will adore The Guest List and enjoy its atmosphere of tension and claustrophobia as you try and work out who is to blame. Lucy Foley has a real talent for keeping her readers guessing. A perfect read for a winter afternoon in front of the fire!







One Wrong Move

A body is found bricked into the walls of a house. From the state of the hands, it’s clear they were buried alive and had tried to claw their way out before they died. Soon, the victim is linked to a missing person’s case and DS Adam Tyler is called. As the sole representative of South Yorkshire’s Cold Case Review Unit, Tyler recognises his role for what it is – a means of keeping him out of the way, following an ‘incident’ When he discovers he has a connection to the case that hopelessly compromises him, he makes the snap decision not to tell his superiors- and that’s when things really start to unravel. This is an intriguing premise that really lived up to my expectations and Adam Tyler is one of my favourite new detectives. If you love Tana French then you’ll definitely be a fan of ‘Firewatching’ – a great new voice in crime fiction. 





Time Stands Still

Just because she knows that her former best friend lives near the football ground, that doesn’t mean she has to drive past her house and try to catch a glimpse of her. Why would Beth do that, and risk dredging up painful memories? She parks outside Flora’s house and watches from across the road as Flora and her children, Thomas and Emily, step out of the car. Except – There’s something terribly wrong. Flora looks the same, only older – It’s the children that are the problem. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily Braid were five and three years old. Today, they are still five and three. They are Thomas and Emily without a doubt – but  they haven’t changed at all. They are no taller, no older. Why haven’t they grown? Sophie Hannah is a master of keeping her readers guessing and her new book is no exception- whatever the genre she delivers. Absolutely loved this compellingly creepy read.







Happy New You

This is the perfect read to kick start a new year. Divorced and struggling with mental health problems, Bella Mackie could barely find the strength to get off the sofa, let alone piece her life back together. Until one day she did something she had never done of her own free will – she pulled on a pair of trainers and went for a run. Before she knew it, her mood was lifting for the first time in years. In Jog On, Bella explains with hilarious and unfiltered honesty how she used running to battle crippling anxiety and depression. This funny, moving and motivational book will encourage you to say ‘jog on’ to your problems and get your life back on track – no matter how small those first steps may be. I loved this honest and refreshing look at turning your life around. A fantastic read for a whole new you in 2020





Home Isn’t Always Where The Heart Is 

 A gritty, dark and devastating psychological thriller centring around three troubled girls, by the bestselling author of Exquisite. When the body of pregnant, fifteen-year-old Hope Lacey is discovered in a churchyard on Christmas morning, the community is shocked, but unsurprised. For Hope lived in The Home, the residence for young girls, whose violent and disturbing pasts have seen them cloistered away. As a police investigation gets underway, the staff who work at the home are interviewed, leading to shocking and distressing revelations … and clear evidence that someone is seeking revenge. A dark and compelling read, The Home is also asks us to take a long hard look at the care system and the impact it can have on young lives. Sarah Stovell’s books draw you into the story and hold you tight until you finish. Grab a copy of The Home and discover her for yourself. 


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I absolutely love the job of choosing these 12 books and hope that you enjoy some new and interesting reads in 2020  I’ve tried to choose books that will appeal to a wide range of readers – whether you enjoy fiction or prefer something motivational to get your year off to a good start. Let me know what you think…

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