Oh the thrill of some new stories on the horizon to excite you! I seem to have been waiting an age for some of these books to be publish and some of them are STILL NOT AVAILABLE.
First of all on my most anticipated list is The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower. What could be more magical than a book about 18th century seafarers and mermaids?
It begins on an autumn night in 1785. Merchant Jonah Hancock waits anxiously for news of his ship, but a knocking at the door brings him instead a curio beyond his imagining: a sea goblin, a monster, a mermaid. As the whisper of his find spreads across London, Jonah finds himself swept into an ambitious, topsy-turvy world of collectors, voyeurs, brothels and courtesans and into the path of Angelica Neal, the most beautiful woman he has ever seen.
Then there’s Once Upon a River by the wonderful Diane Setterfield who wrote one of my favourite books, The Thirteenth Tale. I am hoping for this to be another suspenseful and richly atmospheric novel by her.
A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science?
A book I am really looking forward to getting my hands on is Louise O’Neill’s The Surface Breaks. Louise wrote the incredibly hard-hitting Only Ever Yours which I reviewed last year. Her latest book is a feminist re-imagining of The Little Mermaid.
Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice? What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice?
And lastly, I have apparently been seduced by some excellent marketing into wanting to read The Woman in the Window by A.J Finn. It promises to be yet another ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Girl on the Train’ neither of which I particularly enjoyed it must be said. But I cannot resist jumping on a thriller bandwagon. Perhaps this one really is full of the clever twists and suspenseful story-telling it promises?
A chronic agoraphobic, Anna Jones hasn’t left her home in ten months. Spending her days and nights cocooned within the safety of her house, Anna retreats into the safety of the black and white films she binge-watches in the company of her cat and one-too-many bottles of wine. A former child psychologist, she used to have a busy life, a husband, a daughter. Now her husband has left her, taking their daughter with him, and Anna is left haunting the rooms of their house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.
Her one constant lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.
But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But friendless, isolated and under suspicion from those she wishes to help, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?