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Have you decided to read more this year, or read something totally different from your usual selection? We’ve found a few new books that will grab your attention and may even force you to remember why you love reading all over again.

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The Summer of Living Dangerously, by Julie Cohen. Published by Headline Fiction, $32.99.

Heartbreaking, witty and deliciously romantic, Julie Cohen is back with her fabulous new novel. A gorgeously warm, funny and heartbreaking story about facing up to your past and finding out what – and who – you really want…


Alice Woodstock has her life under control. She’s successful and she’s happy – as long as she continues to ignore the hurt from her past. But when said past walks back into her life in the shape of Leo – the man she married too young, ran away to Paris with and who ultimately broke her heart – Alice is desperate for an escape route. She finds the perfect thing – a new job as a tour guide in a Regency stately home. But as she immerses herself in acting out the stories of the house, Alice begins to see parallels with her own life, forcing her to confront her feelings about what she wants and, finally, live in the real world.




The Girl in the Steel Capped Boots, by Loretta Hill. Published by Random House, $32.95.

Let me burst your city bubble for you. This is the Pilbara. And it’s the Pilbara that makes the rules . . .’ ??Lena Todd is a city girl who thrives on cocktails and cappuccinos. So when her boss announces he’s sending her to the outback to join a construction team, her world is turned upside down.  Lena’s new accommodation will be an aluminium box called a dongar.  Her new social network: 350 men.  Her daily foot attire: steel-capped boots.  Unfortunately, Lena can’t refuse. Mistakes of the past are choking her confidence. She needs to do something to right those wrongs and prove herself. Going into a remote community might just be the place to do that, if only tall, dark and obnoxious Dan didn’t seem so determined to stand in her way.



After the Darkness, by Honey Brown. Published by Penguin Australia, $29.95.

It’s only by chance that Trudy and Bruce Harrison notice the isolated ocean view gallery on their way home from holiday . . .  It’s not listed on any tourist pamphlet.  There are no other visitors.  Within the maze of rooms the couple begins to feel uneasy.  They are right to.  The next few hours will rip them from their safe, comfortable existence forever.??Bruce and Trudy escape from the gallery, bruised and brutalised.  But a man is dead.  Was someone else there that day?  Did the attack even happen the way they remember it?  Their doubts grow until they can no longer trust anyone, not even each other.  There is no return from the dark places their fear will push them. ?Trilling, stylish and strikingly atmospheric, After the Darkness is an extraordinary psychological suspense that examines the very moral codes by which we live.  In the fluid boundary between good and evil, where do we draw the line?


The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness, by Brianna Karp. Published by Harlequin, $29.99.

Brianna Karp entered the workforce at age ten, supporting her mother and sister throughout her teen years in Southern California. Although her young life was scarred by violence and abuse, Karp stayed focused on her dream of a steady job and a home of her own. By age twenty-two her dream became reality. Karp loved her job as an executive assistant and signed the lease on a tiny cottage near the beach.??Then the Great Recession hit. Karp, like millions of others, lost her job. In the six months between the day she was laid off and the day she was forced out onto the street, Karp scrambled for temp work and filed hundreds of job applications, only to find all doors closed. When she inherited a thirty-foot travel trailer after her father’s suicide, Karp parked it in a Walmart parking lot and began to blog about her search for work and a way back.??Karp began her journey as a homeless person terrified and ashamed. Fear turned to awe as she connected with others in her same position whose remarkable stories inspired her to become an activist for the homeless community.


So Much Pretty, by Cara Hoffman. Published by Random House, $32.95.

When 19-year-old local waitress, Wendy White, disappears, the small town of Haeden, New York, is shaken to its core. Nothing like this has ever happened in this rural idyll and the police make little headway with the case, assuming that Wendy most likely ran away. But, six months later, Wendy’s tortured body is found in the nearby woods. And she has only been dead a matter of days…


Local reporter, Stacy Flynn, desperate for a big story, knows that Wendy’s case could be her big break. But, with little help from the local police, she’s forced to investigate alone – though no one in the town is willing to talk about it. Told from various perspective’s – Wendy’s, Stacy’s and high school student Alice’s – this compelling tale of murder, revenge and violence builds slowly and eerily to a shocking and unforgettable conclusion.



The Innocent, by Taylor Stevens. Published by Random House, $32.95.

Eight years ago, a man walked five-year-old Hannah out the front doors of her school and spirited her over the Mexican border, taking her into the world of a cult known as The Chosen. ??Now, after years of searching, childhood survivors of the group have found the girl in Argentina. But getting her out is a whole new challenge. For the rescue they need someone who is brilliant, fearless and utterly ruthless.  And that person is Vanessa Michael Munroe.  Because the only way to get Hannah out is for Munroe to go in … ??The Innocent is the sequel to the international bestseller The Informationist , which introduced the extraordinary, take-no-prisoners heroine Vanessa Munroe.


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