Book of the Month March 2016

Each month we will choose two books that we would like to recommend for adults and young people. We would be interested to hear your views on the titles so please let us know your thoughts via Facebook or Twitter.

Coffin Road by Peter MayCoffin Road

The million-selling author of the Lewis trilogy brings murder back to the Outer Hebrides. A man is washed up on a deserted beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris, barely alive and borderline hypothermic. He has no idea who he is or how he got there. The only clue to his identity is a map tracing a track called the Coffin Road. He does not know where it will lead him, but filled with dread, fear and uncertainty he knows he must follow it. A detective crosses rough Atlantic seas to a remote rock twenty miles west of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. With a sense of foreboding he steps ashore where three lighthouse keepers disappeared more than a century before – a mystery that remains unsolved. But now there is a new mystery – a man found bludgeoned to death on that same rock, and DS George Gunn must find out who did it and why. A teenage girl lies in her Edinburgh bedroom, desperate to discover the truth about her father’s death. Two years after the discovery of the pioneering scientist’s suicide note, Karen Fleming still cannot accept that he would wilfully abandon her. And the more she discovers about the nature of his research, the more she suspects that others were behind his disappearance. Coffin Road follows three perilous journeys towards one shocking truth – and the realization that ignorance can kill us. Another compulsive read from this popular author.

unbecomingUnbecoming by Jenny Downham

Three women – three secrets – one heart-stopping story.

Katie, seventeen, in love with someone whose identity she can’t reveal.  Her mother Caroline, uptight, worn out and about to find the past catching up with her.  Katie’s grandmother, Mary, back with the family after years of mysterious absence and ‘capable of anything’, despite suffering from Alzheimers.

As Katie cares for an elderly woman who brings daily chaos to her life, she finds herself drawn to her. Rules get broken as allegiances shift. Is Mary contagious? Is ‘badness’ genetic?

In confronting the past, Katie is forced to seize the present. As Mary slowly unravels and family secrets are revealed, Katie learns to live and finally dares to love.

The book tackles quite a few weighty issues and is incredibly enjoyable, cheerful and uplifting, considering the topics that it manages to cover.

To borrow these books, check out our catalogue to see if it’s in a library near you: http://bit.ly/1zSCJlf

 

 

 

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