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Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore

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It is around midnight and Lydia is closing up the Bright Ideas Book Store for the night when she hears strange noises coming from the upper store, the sounds of books falling to the floor.

She is...

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Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore

Sour Heart

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A series of humorous and gritty short stories about Chinese immigrants living in New York. The stories are all about people striving to find an identity outside of their nationality and their family.

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Last Seen Alive

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Jamie and Libby have had a hard time of late so when the opportunity comes to get away they decide to take it.

'The Hideaway' is an idyllic home on the beach front in Cornwall and Libby...

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All Things New

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Jessa has suffered with anxiety and panic attack for years but has techniques to make sure nobody else knows. But one night she gets in a car accident which leaves her with facial scarring and a brain...

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The Secrets She Keeps

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The Secrets She Keeps is about the unexpected friendship between two pregnant woman who couldn’t be more different. Meghan has the perfect life, a perfect sport presenter husband and two perfect...

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Don't Close Your Eyes

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Robin and Sarah are twin sisters who have grown apart and haven’t seen each other for a number of years.

Robin is agoraphobic and hasn’t left her house in years. She relies on a series of...

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Don't Close Your Eyes

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is the latest offering from the author of The God of Small Things. Arundhati Roy is a staggeringly lyrical writer and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is a prime...

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Depths

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Lars Tobiasson-Svartman is a naval engineer charged with making depth soundings to find a navigable channel for the Swedish navy.

Close to where soundings are taken Lars discovers a barren skerry...

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Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index

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It has been sixty-five days since Juniper Lemon’s sister died in a car accident. Juniper has taken Camilla’s bag to school with her, a memento to help her through her first day back at...

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All The Ways The World Can End

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Lenny is obsessive about listing all possible ways the world could end. It is the only control she has in a world that is rapidly spiralling out of control.

Her dad is dying of cancer and her best...

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All The Ways The World Can End

Thirteen Reasons Why

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When Clay receives some cassette tapes in the mail he is curious to see what they contain.

The message recorded on the tapes is from his crush, Hannah Baker. The only problem is Hannah committed...

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Shelter

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  • Currently 4.5/5

In Spring 1944 Connie arrives in the Forest of Dean fleeing from the devastating losses she faced in Coventry and carrying a massive secret.

Around the same time Seppe arrives at a camp for Italian...

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Greatest Hits

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It has been ten years since singer/songwriter Cassandra Wheeler last produced an album. Ten years in which she has secluded herself from a world she felt was too painful to live in.

Now Cass has...

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The Confusion of Languages

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Cassie and Margaret are two American expats living in Jordan a few months after the Arab Spring. Their friendship is one of circumstance, two opposites thrown together in the face of absent husbands....

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The Goldfish Boy

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  • Currently 4.2/5

Twelve year old Matthew Corbin suffers from OCD due to his severe phobia of germs. He increasingly confines himself to his bedroom and he hasn’t been to school for weeks.

When his...

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You Don't Know Me

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An unnamed defendant stands accused of murder. The night before closing speeches he decides to put his truth across and sacks his lawyer who dealt only in half-truths. In order know what happens the...

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One Of Us Is Lying

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  • Currently 4.3/5

A cross between 'The Breakfast Club' and 'Desperate Housewives.'

A high school student's mysterious death during detention put four of his classmates in the spotlight....

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Five Go Parenting

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n this book the gang report their cousin and wife for a crime. Shortly afterwards they are visited by Wendy from social services. It turns out Rupert and his wife had a baby called Lily. The gang...

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Five Give Up The Drink

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Five Give Up The Drink is a brilliant reworking of the much loved books by Enid Blyton. Bruno Vincent writes them very much in Enid Blyton’s style but is very much directed at an adult reader....

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The Excursionist

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This book follows Jack Kaganagh as he attempts to complete his mission to visit 100 countries before his 45th birthday.

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