New Adult Fiction Added to Stoneleigh Library Stock - January 2019

The following adult fiction books have been added to Stoneleigh Library stock during January 2019. Clicking on the book title (red underlined) will bring up a popup window listing which libraries the book is available at. Simply scroll down this list to see if the title is currently available for loan at Stoneleigh or whether it has been borrowed by another library customer.


Rebecca Fleet (2018)


When Caroline and Francis receive an offer to house swap, they jump at the chance for a week away from home. After the difficulties of the past few years, they've worked hard to rebuild their marriage for their son's sake; now they want to reconnect as a couple. On arrival, they find a house that is stark and sinister in its emptiness - it's hard to imagine what kind of person lives here. Then, gradually, Caroline begins to uncover some signs of life - signs of her life. The flowers in the bathroom or the music in the CD player might seem innocent to her husband but to her they are anything but. It seems the person they have swapped with is someone she used to know; someone she's desperate to leave in her past. But that person is now in her home - and they want to make sure she'll never forget.This is a startingly original, eccentric debut novel about fathers, sons, and ways of dying. Now a major Tim Burton movie starring Ewan MacGregor.

Book Details: PB/9781784163440/THR/2018
[Book selected and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

The French girl

Lexie Elliott (2018)
We all have our secrets. They were six university students from Oxford - friends and sometimes more than friends - spending an idyllic week together in a French farmhouse. It was supposed to be the perfect summer getaway - until they met Severine, the girl next door. For Kate Channing, Severine was an unwelcome presence, her inscrutable beauty undermining the close-knit group's loyalties amid the already simmering tensions. And after a huge altercation on the last night of the holiday, Kate knew nothing would ever be the same. There are some things you can't forgive. And there are some people you can't forget - like Severine, who was never seen again. Now, a decade later, the case is reopened when Severine's body is found in the well behind the farmhouse.
Book Details: PB/9781786495563/THR/2018
[Book selected and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

Kate Furnivall (2018)


Germany, 1945. Klara Janowska and her daughter Alicja have walked for weeks to get to Graufeld Displaced Persons camp. In the cramped, dirty, dangerous conditions they, along with 3,200 others, are the lucky ones. They have survived and will do anything to find a way back home. But when Klara recognises a man in the camp from her past, a deadly game of cat and mouse begins. He knows exactly what she did during the war to save her daughter. She knows his real identity. What will be the price of silence? And will either make it out of the camp alive?

Book Details: PB/9781471172304/FIC/2018
[Book selected and purchased by Surrey Library Service]
Joanne M Harris (2018)
The Blue Salt Road' balances passion and loss, love and violence, and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless, wild young man. Passion drew him to a new world, and trickery has kept him there - without his memories, separated from his own people. But as he finds his way in this dangerous new way of life, so he learns that his notions of home, and your people, might not be as fixed as he believed.
Book Details: PB/9781473222212/SF/2018
[Book selected and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

Behind the Door

Giorgio Bassani (2017)

[Originally Published 1972 in Italian as "Dietro la porta"]


In the fourth book of the Romanzo di Ferrara cycle, Bassani paints a moving portrait of a 1930s childhood in which even the familiar classroom and playground dramas begin to reflect the sinister forces at work in fascist Italy. This powerful tale of friendship and rivalry in the face of the ever encroaching spectre of adulthood adds yet another intricate thread to Bassani's rich tapestry of his native city, Ferrara.


Book Details: PB/9780141192130/FIC/2007

 [Book selected and financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]



The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

Giorgio Bassani (2007)

[Originally Published 1972 in Italian as "Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini"]


This is a haunting, elegiac novel which captures the mood and atmosphere of Italy (and in particular Ferrara) in the last summers of the thirties, focusing on an aristocratic Jewish family moving imperceptibly towards its doom. The story takes place largely in the garden of a wealthy Jewish family in Ferrara where young Jews meet to play tennis after being forced out of the local club by Fascists. The garden becomes an island of civilization in a brutal world.


Book Details: PB/9780141188362/FIC/2007

 [Book selected and financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]



The Daughter

Lucy Dawson (2018)


17 years ago, something happened to Jess's daughter Beth. The memory of it still makes her blood run cold. Jess has tried everything to make peace with that day, and the part she played in what happened. It was only a brief moment of desire - but she'll pay for it with a lifetime of guilt. To distance herself from the mistakes of the past, Jess has moved away and started over with her family. But when terrifying things begin happening in her new home, seemingly connected to what happened to Beth, Jess knows that her past has finally caught up with her. Somebody feels Jess hasn't paid enough, and is determined to make her suffer for the secrets she's kept all these years.


Book Details: PB/9781786813305/THR/2018
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]



Everything You Told Me

Lucy Dawson (2017)


Saturday morning, dawn. Mother of two Sally finds herself on a cliff top, miles away from home. The place is familiar but the journey is a blank. She's lost the last ten hours of her life. To all appearances, Sally was there to jump. She had nothing on her apart from a suicide note when the local police took her in. But Sally knows she would never leave her children behind. Which leaves the question: who has done this to her? And who would believe Sally if she told?


Book Details: PB/9781782396277/THR/2017
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

His Other Lover

Lucy Dawson (2008)


When Mia begins to suspect that her boyfriend is having an affair she decides to fight back. With everything to play for, she is about to discover a capacity for deceit she never knew she had. After all, when Happy Ever After is at stake, any weapon at your disposal is fair game - isn't it?


Book Details: PB/9780751540529/FIC/2008
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

Little Sister

Lucy Dawson (2012)


In the dead of night, Kate learns that her sister, Anya, has gone missing in Mexico. As terror seeps into her, she is catapulted back to the tragedy of their youngest sister's death, when they were teenagers. To Kate's horror, everyone begins to accept Anya is gone. But Kate simply won't.


Book Details: PB/9780751542516/FIC/2012
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

The One that Got Away

Lucy Dawson (2010)


Would you risk your future for a night with your past? Molly Greene loves being married. Exciting adventures lie ahead for her and husband Dan that will change their lives for ever, but Molly's not sure they're making the right choices.


Book Details: PB/9780751542523/FIC/2010
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

What My Best Friend Did

Lucy Dawson (2009)


When Alice meets Gretchen for the first time, it feels a bit like falling in love. Life's got a bit boringly grown-up of late: weekends at weddings and baby-showers, celebrating friends' transitions to a life she isn't quite up for yet, and, at home, a sweet-and-stable boyfriend she suspects she's outgrown. Gretchen Bartholomew, with her air of impulsiveness and intuitive style, is that rarest of things: a proper, new friend who knows how to have fun. Even the added complication of Gretchen's gorgeous brother, Bailey, might actually be just what Alice needs. Before she knows what's hit her, Alice's brilliant new best friend is turning her world upside down.


But Gretchen has a dark secret, which - like a time bomb ticking in her hand - won't stay hidden for ever. The explosion may teach them both more than they ever wanted to know about how female friendships can go wrong.


Book Details: PB/9780751540512/FIC/2009
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

You Sent Me a Letter

Lucy Dawson (2016)


At 2am on the morning of her 40th birthday, Sophie wakes in the darkness of her bedroom - and finds a stranger watching her from the foot of her bed. The intruder hands her a letter and issues an ultimatum: the message is to be opened before her forthcoming party, in front of gathered family and friends, at exactly 8pm. Any failure to comply will not end well. Sophie can only think of one person who hates her enough to have hired a professional to menace her like this: her fiancé's ex-wife. But what can the letter possibly contain? And why must it be read in front of everyone she loves best?


Book Details: PB/9781782396222/FIC/2016
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

The Daughters of Cain

Colin Dexter (2016)  [Originally Published 1994]


When a corpse is discovered in a North Oxford flat, the police have no weapon, no suspect, no motive. Within days of taking over the case, Chief Inspector Morse and Sergeant Lewis uncover startling new information about the life and death of Dr Felix McClure.

Book Details: PB/9781447299264/THR/2016
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

The Dead of Jericho

Colin Dexter (2016)  [Originally Published 1981]


In this investigation Morse has a woman's address on a crumpled piece of paper in his pocket but he does not expect to return there the same day when a suicide is reported.

Book Details: PB/9781447299202/THR/2016
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]


Last Bus to Woodstock


Colin Dexter (2016)  [Originally Published 1975]



'Do you think I'm wasting your time, Lewis?'
Lewis was nobody's fool and was a man of some honesty and integrity.
'Yes, sir.'
An engaging smile crept across Morse's mouth. He thought they could get on well together . . .'



The death of Sylvia Kaye figured dramatically in Thursday afternoon's edition of the Oxford Mail. By Friday evening Inspector Morse had informed the nation that the police were looking for a dangerous man – facing charges of wilful murder, sexual assault and rape. But as the obvious leads fade into twilight and darkness, Morse becomes more and more convinced that passion holds the key . . .


Last Bus to Woodstock is the novel that began Colin Dexter's phenomenally successful Inspector Morse series.


Book Details: PB/9781447299073/THR/2016
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]



The Secret of Annexe 3

Colin Dexter (2016)  [Originally Published 1986]


Chief Inspector Morse seldom allowed himself to be caught up in New Year celebrations. So the murder inquiry in the festive hotel had a certain appeal. It was a crime worthy of the season. The corpse was still in fancy dress. And hardly a single guest at the Haworth had registered under a genuine name .

Book Details: PB/9781447299226/THR/2016
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

The Wench is Dead

Colin Dexter (2016)  [Originally Published 1989]


The body of Joanna Franks was found at Duke's Cut on the Oxford Canal on 22nd June 1859. As Inspector Morse is recovering from a perforated ulcer he discovers an account of the 140 year old investigation and is convinced that two innocent men were hanged.

Book Details: PB/9781447299233/THR/2016
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by SurreyLibrary Service]

Take Me In

Sabine Durrant (2019)  


A hot beach. A young family on holiday. A fatal moment of inattention. And now Dave Jepsom is in their lives. Dave Jepsom, with his muscles, his pale eyes, his expressionless face. He saved their child. How can they ever repay him? Especially as what he seems to want in return is everything. He's in the streets they walk down. He's at the office where they work. He's at their front door, leaning on the bell. If only they could go back. Back to when the lies were still hidden. Before the holiday, before the beach, before the moment that changed everything. Before Dave. But it's never how it starts that matters. It's always how it ends.

Book Details: PB/9781473608399/THR/2019
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

Catch Your Death

Loiuse Voss & Mark Edwards (2012)  


Twenty years ago, Kate Maddox was a volunteer at a research centre where scientists hunted for a cure for the common cold virus. That summer, Kate fell in love with a handsome young doctor, Stephen, but her stay ended in his tragic death and Kate fled to a new life in the US.



Now Kate is back in England and on the run with her young son, this time from her vile husband. But a chance encounter sets her on a terrifying path of discovery. What really happened at the Cold Research Unit two decades ago?



Pursued by both her estranged husband and a psychotic killer who is obsessed with his prey, Kate must fight to solve the puzzle of the past – uncovering a sickening betrayal and a truth more horrifying than she could ever have imagined…

Book Details: PB/9780007460700/THR/2012
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

Follow You Home

Mark Edwards (2015)


It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, a final adventure before settling down. But after a perfect start, an encounter with a young couple on a night train forces Daniel and Laura to cut their dream trip short and flee home.



Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow never to talk about what happened that night. But as they try to fit into their old lives again, they realise they are in terrible danger—and that their nightmare is just beginning…

Book Details: PB/9781503944374/THR/2015
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

Howards End

E.M. Forster (2012) [Originally Published 1910]


'The poor cannot always reach those whom they want to love, and they can hardly ever escape from those whom they love no longer. We rich can'


This book is a heartbreaking and provocative tale of three families at the beginning of the twentieth century: the rich Wilcoxes, the gentle, idealistic Schlegels and the lower-middle class Basts. As the Schlegel sisters try desperately to help the Basts and educate the close-minded Wilcoxes, the families are drawn together in love, lies and death. 


When impetuous Helen Schlegel believes herself to be in love with Paul, the youngest of the Wilcox sons, she sparks off a connection between the two families that leads to collision.



Frequently cited as E. M. Forster's finest work, Howards End brilliantly explores class warfare, conflict and the English character.


Book Details: PB/9780141199405/FIC/2012
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

A Whiff of Cyanide

Guy Fraser-Sampson (2017)


The third volume of the bestselling Hampstead Murders sees the team become involved with a suspicious death at a crime writers' convention. Is this the result of a bitterly contested election for the Chair of the Crime Writers' Association or are even darker forces at work? Peter Collins, who is attending the convention as the author of a new book on poisoning in Golden Age fiction, worries that the key clue to unlock this puzzle may be buried within his own memories. A character called Miss Marple offers her advice, but how should the police receive this? Meanwhile an act of sudden, shocking violence and a dramatic revelation threaten tragic consequences...

Book Details: PB/9781911129769/THR/2017
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

The Lord of the Flies

William Golding (2011) [Originally Published 1954]


When a plane crashes on a remote island, a small group of schoolboys are the sole survivors. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast. From the prophetic Simon and virtuous Ralph to the lovable Piggy and brutish Jack, each of the boys attempts to establish control as the reality and brutal savagery of their situation sets in.



Since it was first published in 1954, William Golding's classic debut novel has remained a stark allegory of civilization, survival, and human nature, raising timeless and profound questions about how easily society can slip into chaos and savagery when rules and order have been abandoned.


Book Details: PB/9780571273577/FIC/2011
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

Travels With My Aunt

Graham Greene (1999) [First Publsihed 1969]


Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time in over fifty years at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral. Soon after, she persuades Henry to abandon Southwood, his dahlias and the Major next door to travel her way, Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, Paraguay. Through Aunt Augusta, a veteran of Europe's hotel bedrooms, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society: mixing with hippies, war criminals, CIA men; smoking pot, breaking all the currency regulations and eventually coming alive after a dull suburban life.

Book Details: PB/9780099282587/FIC/1999
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder

Sarah J. Harris (2018)


Jasper is not ordinary. In fact, he would say he is extraordinary. Synaesthesia paints the sounds of his world in a kaleidoscope of colours that no one else can see. But on Friday, he discovered a new colour - the colour of murder. He's sure something has happened to his neighbour, Bee Larkham, but no-one else seems to be taking it as seriously as they should be. The knife and the screams are all mixed up in his head and he's scared that he can't quite remember anything clearly. But where is Bee? Why hasn't she come home yet? Jasper must uncover the truth about that night - including his own role in what happened.

Book Details: PB/9780008256395/THR/2018
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

The Prime of MS Dolly Greene

E.V. Harte (2017)


In the heart of South West London, just a short stroll from the Thames, lies an enclosed and overgrown bike path and a single row of cottages. Its name is Tinderbox Lane. Foremost among the Lane's hotpotch of loyal residents is professional tarot reader, Dolly Greene: divorced and permanently broke, she shares her tiny house with her 21-year-old daughter Pippa. When, one stiflingly hot summer's day, Dolly reads the cards for the voluptuous and highly-sexed Nikki, her usually professional patter is interrupted by a sudden vision - a flash of Nikki's face, covered in blood and bruises. Death hangs over the magnificent Nikki - but there is an etiquette to reading tarot and Dolly will not talk of murder to her client. A few days later when the body of a battered woman is washed up by Chiswick Bridge, Dolly is haunted by the belief that Nikki's time may have come.

Book Details: PB/9781472124241/THR/2017
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

Their Unexpected Babies

Louisa Heaton (2018) 


After her best friend agrees to be her surrogate, Dr Leah Hudson’s dream of being a mum is finally coming true! But throwing caution to the wind for one night with sexy Dr Ben Willoughby has shocking consequences… Leah’s pregnant! Now, with two babies depending on her, Leah must push her feelings for committed bachelor Ben aside―unless he proves that Leah and the babies can depend on him.

Book Details: PB/9780263269536/ROM/2018
[Book selected and purchased by Surrey Library Service]


Susan Howatch (2004)  


There were two subjects which lonely widower Edward de Salis never discussed: his dead wife and his family home in Ireland, 'matchless Cashelmara'. So when he meets Marguerite, a bright young American with whom he can talk freely about both, he is able to love again and takes her back to Ireland as his wife. But Marguerite soon discovers that married life is not what she expected, and that she has married into a troubled family bitterly divided by love and hatred. Cashelmara becomes the curse of three generations as they play out their fates in a spellbinding drama, which moves inexorably towards murder and retribution.

Book Details: PB/9780751535358/FIC/2004
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

The Drawing of the Three

Stephen King (2012) [Originally Published 1987]


This second volume in the epic series 'The Dark Tower' both stands alone and continues the adventures of Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger, who encounters three mysterious doors which open - for Roland, and Roland alone - to different times in our world. He must draw the three who should accompany him on the road.



In 1980s New York, Roland joins forces with defiant Eddie Dean. The second door leads to the 1960s and conflicted civil rights activist Odetta Holmes. The final door reveals Jack Mort, a deadly serial killer, in the 1970s. Mort is stalking Jake, the young boy Roland met in Mid-World.



As titanic forces gather, a savage struggle between underworld evil and otherworldly enemies threatens to bring an end to Roland's journey toward the Dark Tower...

[The Dark Tower Series: Volume 2]


Book Details: PB/9781444723458/SF/2012
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

The Wastelands

Stephen King (2012) [Originally Published 1991]


In the third volume in the epic series 'The Dark Tower', Roland of Gilead is moving ever closer to the Dark Tower, which haunts his dreams and nightmares. Revelations begin to unfold about who and what is driving him forward.

[The Dark Tower Series: Volume 3]
Book Details: PB/9781444723465/SF/2012
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]

Wizard and Glass

Stephen King (2012) [Originally Published 1997]


Roland of Gilead and his fellow pilgrims determine to reach the Dark Tower, but their quest is rife with confrontation, conflict and sacrifice - from a vast computer system which bargains in riddles to Roland's old enemy Walter and the wizard's glass.

[The Dark Tower Series: Volume 4]

Book Details: PB/9781444723472/THR/2012
[Book selected by FSL and purchased by Surrey Library Service]