Welcome to Spring and welcome to April’s book choices! To match the (hopefully) light weather, we have a heart-warming, picturesque fable…but in case the clouds are still rolling in, we have a darker, more mysterious thriller – but both should raise some questions and get you thinking.
Look out for more exclusive blogs about both books over the coming weeks – not only from us but the authors, editors and agents.
The Sudden Departure of the Frasers by Louise Candlish
This is a lie.
When Christy and Joe Davenport are handed the keys to Number 40 on picture-perfect Lime Park Road, Christy knows it should be a dream come true. Strange, then, that the house was on the market for such a low price. That the previous owners, the Frasers, renovated the entire property and yet moved out within a year. That none of the neighbours will talk to Christy.
As curiosity gives way to obsession, Christy finds herself drawn deeper into the mystery of the house’s previous occupants – and the dark and shocking secret that tore the street apart…
Follow Louise on Twitter @louise_candlish and check out her website, www.louisecandlish.co.uk. The Sudden Departure of the Frasers will be published in the UK by Penguin on 21st May 2015 and in the US by Michael Joseph on 1st September 2015.
The Museum of Things Left Behind by Seni Glaister
When a young English girl on her gap year is mistaken for a member of the British royal family, she is given access to every corner of Vallerosan society, and her interventions and insights begin to heal the dysfunctional country.
Reminiscent of the fantastical fables of Italo Calvino and Jonas Jonasson – or Wes Anderson’s “Grand Budapest Hotel” – this is a tour de force of endless invention; a hilarious, enchanting and surprisingly relevant tale which will make you see the world as if freshly minted.
Find out more about Seni and her novel by following her on Twitter @BookPeopleSeni. The Museum of Things Left Behind will be published in the UK by Fourth Estate on 21st May 2015.