5 New Books

The Girl Before BY J.P. DELANEY (QUERCUS)

While recovering from the traumatic loss of her baby, Jane comes across a beautiful house which she intends to make her sanctuary. But her new home – designed by a mysterious architect – comes with a long list of bizarre rules for tenants to abide by. When she discovers that the previous tenant, Emma, met her untimely death after moving in, Jane can’t help but wonder if she’ll meet the same with psychological suspense.

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In The Maid’s Room BY HAGEN ENGLER (JACANA)

Local author Engler’s latest novel is as funny as it is thought-provoking. Dopey hipster Disco Dave sets his sights on making his mark on the Port Elizabeth social scene, but soon realises that things don’t come as easy as expected for a white man in post-1994 SA. In an effort to save serious bucks he rents out his house and moves into the domestic worker’s room. To Disco’s dismay, his new tenant, Sizwe, moves in and takes over Disco’s life; he makes his ex-girlfriend pregnant and lands Disco’s dream job. The storyline is a quirky, hilarious spin on SA’s divided racial lines.

Red Earth BY TONY PARK (PAN MACMILLAN)

During a botched hijacking on the outskirts of Durban, Suzanne Fessey’s baby is taken. As helicopter tracker pilot Nia Carras and wildlife researcher Mike Dunn pursue the kidnappers, there’s a suicide bombing, and KwaZulu-Natal descends into chaos. While terror unfolds, Mike and Nia continue their pursuit, but they begin to suspect that Suzanne is more than a concerned mother. You won’t want to put this one down.

Under The Sun BY LOTTIE MOGGACH (PAN MACMILLAN)

Anna packed up and left her small London a new life with her handsome artist beau. Together they work on renovating a small farmhouse on the coast of Spain but Michael soon ends the relationship and returns to London. Broken-hearted and for English expats who, like her, are trying but failing to go home. When Simon, a local businessman asks Anna if he can rent the farmhouse, she’s convinced her luck is changing… until a body washes up on the beach. A gripping page-turner.

The House Of Secrets BY SARRA MANNING (LITTLE, BROWN)

Zoe and Win are desperate for a fresh start and moving into a new home seems like the perfect solution. During renovations, they come across a suitcase that’s been locked in a cupboard for 80 years; inside is a wedding dress and a diary belonging to a woman named Libby. Zoe becomes drawn to Libby and her fascinating life story unfolds one diary entry at a time, but soon her curiosity turns into an obsession. A feel-good, compelling read about loss, friendship, and discovery.

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