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02nd Feb 2019

5 brilliant new books to add to your must-read list this February

Keeley Ryan

You won’t be able to put them down.

There’s nothing more enjoyable when the temperatures drop than grabbing a good book and curling up in your favourite armchair.

Or even in front of your fire place, if that’s more your idea of cosy.

But if you’re stuck on what book to dive into this month, we can definitely help you with some inspiration.

From crime novels to love stories and everything in between, there’s been a number of incredible books hitting the shelves this year so far.

So here’s our pick of six of the best books to enjoy this February.

The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin

Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have been best pals since they were in their early twenties, when they first began navigating serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school.

Now they’re happily married wives and mothers with successful careers–Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon.

Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, are chaotic but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years.

Available February 7. 

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

Fixie Farr just can’t help herself: she just has to put things right. And when one day, a stranger in a coffee shop asks her to mind his laptop for a moment, it sends her on a journey she never expected.

Not only does Fixie agree, she saves the computer from pretty much certain disaster – and the computer’s owner, Sebastian, writes her an IOU as thanks…although Fixie never really intends to call in the favour. That changes when Fixie’s teenage crush comes back into her life, in need of her help – and she turns to Seb for assistance.

But when things don’t go to plan, Fixie ends up owing him big time – and the pair soon find themselves caught in a series of IOUs, ranging from small favours to life-changing ones. And leaving Fixie torn between what she’s used to and the kind of future she deserves.

Available February 7. 

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Alicia Berenson keeps a diary: not only is it an outlet, but a way to prove to her husband that everything is totally fine. She doesn’t want to worry him, or cause him pain – until one night, she shots him five times. And then she never says another word.

Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced that he can treat her, and becomes obsessed with investigating her crime – where he discovered that there may be more to her silence than anyone thought.

But can he find out what really happened? And if he does, would he wanted to hear the truth?

Available February 7.

You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian

From the author of Cat Person, the first short story to go viral, the book is a collection of satires about sex, dating and modern life. Which also happen to be horror stories.

Here are women at work, at home, on dates, at the doctor’s, with their families and with their friends. Here are women grappling with desire, punishment, guilt and anger.

These are stories that make you feel fascinated but repelled, scared but delighted, revolted but aroused.

Available February 7. 

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Tracker is well known for his skills as a hunter – and he always works alone. He is forced to break his own rules when he is asked to find a child who disappeared three years ago, leaving him joining a group of eight very different mercenaries working together to find the boy.

They follow the lost boy’s scent from one ancient city to another, into the dense forests and across deep rivers.

But as the search continues, Tracker begins to wonder: just who is the boy and why has he been missing for so long? Why are so many people determined to keep Tracker from finding him? Most importantly, though, who is telling the truth and who is lying?

Available February 28. 

A good book can do just about anything; from taking you on a wild and fantastical adventure to making you feel like an all-knowing super sleuth (if you figure out the killer twist).

Every week at #Bookmarked, we will be taking you through some of our all-time favourite books – as well as the newest novels hitting shelves in Ireland.