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The Familiars by Stacey Halls (Bonnier Zaffre)

Out February 7

Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17-years-old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time. A letter she isn’t supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth deals her the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy. When she crosses paths with Alice Gray, a young midwife, Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby, and to prove the physician wrong. 

 

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri (Bonnier Zaffre)

Out May 2

Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo – until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape.

 

Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam (Chatto & Windus)

Out now

In the moments after the accident, Professor Chandra doesn’t see his life flash before his eyes, but his life’s work. All this success. All this stress. It’s killing him. He needs to take a break, start enjoying himself. In short, says his doctor, he Chandra should just follow his bliss…

 

The Gift of Friends by Emma Hannigan (Hachette Ireland)

Out February 28

This thirteenth and final novel from the beloved and inspiring Emma Hannigan is a life-affirming, uplifting story that celebrates the strength and joys of female friendship.

 

The Great Wide Open by Douglas Kennedy (Hutchinson)

Out now

It’s the middle of the New York 1980s. On the morning after Reagan’s massive second election landslide victory Alice Burns - a young ambitious book editor – is reading a manuscript about the morass that is family life. Flashback to 1971, fifteen-year old Alice is negotiating a disastrous family Thanksgiving at home in Connecticut and so begins a classic, yet highly original, coming-of-age story.

 

The Snakes by Sadie Jones (Chatto & Windus)

Out March 7

Bea and Dan, recently married, rent out their tiny flat to escape London for a few precious months. Driving through France they visit Bea’s dropout brother Alex at the hotel he runs in Burgundy. Disturbingly, they find him all alone and the ramshackle hotel deserted, apart from the nest of snakes in the attic.

 

Ann Devine, Ready for Her Close-Up by Colm O’Regan (Transworld Ireland)

Out February 7

Meet Ann Devine, a riddle, wrapped up in a fleece, inside a Skoda Octavia. Now that her youngest has flown the nest, Ann finds herself at a loose end. Until, that is, she is put forward for the Kilsudgeon Tidy Towns Committee.  Harmony is threatened when newcomers seem to be doing more damage than good and the last straw is when Ann’s pride and joy - a floral arrangement is trashed. She’s about to discover what it means to go viral…

 

Charlie Savage by Roddy Doyle (Jonathan Cape)

Out March 14

Meet Charlie Savage: a middle-aged Dubliner with an indefatigable wife, an exasperated daughter, a drinking buddy who’s realized that he’s been a woman all along… Compiled here for the first time is a whole year’s worth of Roddy Doyle’s hilarious, much-loved series for the Irish Independent.

 

A River in The Trees by Jacqueline O’Maghony (Riverrun)

Out now

1919- Ireland is about to be torn apart by the War of Independence. Hannah O'Donovan helps her father hide rebel soldiers in the attic, putting her family in great danger from the British soldiers. 2019- Ellen is at a crossroads: her marriage is in trouble and she's grieving the loss of a baby. After years in London, she decides to come home to Ireland to face her past.

 

When All Is Said by Anne Griffin (Sceptre)

Out now

At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He's alone, as usual - though tonight is anything but. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story. Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him.

 

Rules of the Road by Ciara Geraghty (HarperCollins)

Out February 5

When Iris Armstrong goes missing, her best friend Terry, wife, mother and all-round worrier, is convinced something bad has happened. And when she finds her glamorous, feisty friend, she’s right: Iris is setting out on a journey that she plans to make her last. The only way for Terry to stop Iris is to join her, on a road trip that will take her, Iris and Terry’s confused father Eugene onto a ferry, across the Irish sea and into an adventure that will change all of their lives. 

 

Crime & thrillers

 

Widows: Revenge by Lynda La Plante (Bonnier Zaffre)

Out February 21

Against all the odds, Dolly Rawlins and her gangland widows managed the impossible: a heist their husbands had failed to pull off. But though they may be in the money, they're far from easy street. Because Harry Rawlins isn't dead.

 

The Lost Man by Jane Harper (Little, Brown)

Out February 7

He had started to remove his clothes as logic had deserted him, and his skin was cracked. Whatever had been going through Cameron’s mind when he was alive, he didn’t look peaceful in death. Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbour, their homes hours apart.

 

#taken by Tony Parsons (Century)

Out April 18

The murder team in West End Central are reeling from the brutal death of a beloved colleague and they are all mourning in their own way. But when a young

mother is kidnapped by unknown assailants, Max Wolfe and his colleagues suddenly have a dangerous job to do. As Max Wolfe investigates the connection between the kidnapped woman and the head of a crumbling criminal empire, the hunt takes him from New Scotland Yard’s Black Museum to the glittering mansions of career criminals,

 

The Secrets You Hide by Kate Helm (Bonnier Zaffre)

Out February 7

Georgia Sage has a gift: she can see evil in people. As a courtroom artist she uses her skills to help condemn those who commit terrible crimes. But when she is drawn back into the trial that defined her career, she realises her own reckless pursuit of justice may have helped the guilty go free.

 

The Warning by Kathryn Croft (Sphere)

Out February 7

Three years ago, Zoe’s fourteen-year-old son Ethan was found drowned in a river by their home, along with his best friend Josh. With no witnesses, the police rule their deaths a tragic accident. Heartbroken by the loss of her child, Zoe and her husband Jake, along with their older son Harley, move away to try and rebuild their lives.

 

Sleep by CL Taylor (Avon)

Out March 21

To escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum, but when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat from the world turns into a deadly nightmare. Each of the guests have a secret, but one of them is lying – about who they are and why they're on the island. There's a murderer staying in the Bay View hotel. And they've set their sights on Anna

Twisted by Steve Cavanagh (Orion)

Out now

A bestselling crime writer, whose words have gripped the world. The only mystery greater than his stories is his true identity. One woman thinks she's found him - her husband has millions in the bank and a letter for the enigmatic author. But the truth is far more TWISTED...

 

Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain (Quercus)

Out February 7

Six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins dead. Olive Collins' dead body has been rotting inside number four for the last three months. Her neighbours say they're shocked at the discovery but nobody thought to check on her when she vanished from sight. 

 

The Last Thing She Told Me by Linda Green (Quercus)

Out March 7

Moments before she dies, Nicola’s grandmother Betty whispers to her that there are babies at the bottom of the garden. Nicola’s mother claims she was talking nonsense. However, when Nicola’s daughter finds a bone while playing in Betty’s garden, it’s clear that something sinister has taken place.

Catherine Devane