The Couple Next Door Author: Shari Lapena Publisher: Corgi Books Pages: 344 / Price: €10.25
This major new talent in thriller writing keeps you glued to the page in search of answers: “What would you be capable of when pushed past your limits?” and “How well do we know those around us? All posed in a thriller documenting every parent's worst fear.
The Heart's Invisible Furies Author: John Boyne Publisher: Penguin Pages:591 / Price: €16.50
A novel to make you laugh and cry, it reminds us of the human spirit's redemptive power. Boyne's enraged vision of society is its strength. The appalling comedy of Cyril's childhood and youth are the heart of an achievement.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Author: J.K. Rowling Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Pages: 293 / Price: €25.75
This screenwriting debut by J.K. Rowling makes clear from the outset that Newt, the main character, is not Harry 2.0. Newt, a thirty-something public servant, has access to a wide canvas that includes much more familiar troubles.
The Refugees Author: Viet Thanh Nguyen Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Pages: 209 / Price: €17.55
Prizewinning Nguyen's superb new short story collection has a poignant dedication: “For all refugees, everywhere”. Immigration is a hot topic in the US, igniting intense emotions on both sides. Nguyen doesn't take a political position, but each of the eight stories has moments of poetry and emotion.