Books of the Week

Books of the Week

Whether you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas or just a great read to pass those winter evenings, here’s our pick of the latest releases.

Revival by Stephen King
Published by Hodder & Stoughton, £20

The master of horror returns with a new foray into the dark side of life in a small New England town. Young Jamie forms a strong bond with a charismatic church minister, who shares his fascination for experiments with electricity. Years later, their paths cross again – the minister is now a showman presenting ‘portraits in lightning’ which captivate addict Jamie, but their renewed bond leads to a terrifying pact… Discover the many meanings of the word ‘revival’ in King’s disturbing new tale.
Great for: Fans of horror and dark fiction

Crossing the Line by Luis Suárez
Published by Headline Book Publishing, £20

Already a controversial figure due to his disciplinary problems, footballer Luis Suárez was among the Liverpool squad that so narrowly missed out on last season’s Premier League title. The sporting world was staggered when he bit a fellow player during a match at the World Cup this summer – it was the third time he had committed such an offence and he was subsequently banned for four months. The incident brought departure to Barcelona just weeks later and left Liverpool without their star striker for the 2014-15 season, but who is the real man behind the headlines?
Great for: Fans of football and dentistry

The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes
Published by Michael Joseph, £18.99

An attempted good deed and the subsequent car crash leads to life-changing events for an ordinary Dublim mum in the international bestseller’s latest novel. Married Stella finds her life turned upside down after an encounter with a Range Rover and its owner, taking her thousands of miles from home and turning her into a superstar, while back in Ireland her family is torn apart. But whilst real happiness is within her grasp, should she be happy or sad about her new situation? Keyes explores whether destiny or karma controls our lives, with her usual sparkling storytelling skill.
Great for: Fans of romance and uplifting drama

Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell
Published by HarperCollins, £20

Popular forensic sleuth Dr Kay Scarpetta returns in another gripping crime thriller, this time on the trail of a mysterious sniper who kills without leaving a trace. As the Chief Medical Examiner follows the clues, she begins to believe that the killer is sending her a message, but when the trail seems to lead to one of her own relatives, Scarpetta finds that these crimes are a little too close to home. This is the 22nd outing for Scarpetta, whose analytic expertise gives her investigations an extra edge for readers.
Great for: Fans of crime thrillers and murder mysteries

Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse and Other Lessons From Modern Life by David Mitchell
After originally shooting to fame in the C4 comedy Peep Show, David Mitchell has become something of a social commentator. As the voice of exasperated and old-fashioned common sense, Mitchell’s eloquent rants about the state of modern life have become a highlight of his newspaper articles and TV appearances. Here, everything from Downton Abbey to nuclear weapons feels his wrath as he dissects their absurdities with exacting and hilarious precision.
Great for: Fans of comedy, social commentary and middle-aged moaning