The Summer of Impossible Things - Rowan Coleman, Ebury - out Thursday ON a sad return to her mother's Brooklyn birthplace following her suicide, Luna discovers a magical ability to transport herself back to the heady disco days of 1977.
Can she use her power to right the wrong that blighted her beloved mother's life? Smartly crafted, sumptuously written, a glorious time-travelling adventure.
The Child - Fiona Barton, Bantam - out Thursday THE follow up to bestseller The Widow sees the return of tenacious reporter Kate Waters, whose journalistic antenna is set twitching by the discovery of a baby's skeleton on a London building site.
Determined to uncover the truth about the death, Kate starts delving into the past.
Told from the perspective of four women, punchy chapters race along, revealing how their stories combine to take the puzzle from a bleak beginning to an even murkier and more tangled conclusion.
Barton is a fine storyteller and this expertly executed thriller, full of grittily authentic detail about the police and newspapers, is made even more pleasurable by a killer twist in the tale.
Exquisite - Sarah Stovell, Orenda - out Friday THE instant chemistry between drifter Alice and famous author Bo develops into an intense but toxic relationship. The characters are untrustworthy so you won't know what to believe. But you won't be able to put the book down until you find out. A superb debut.