February 2019 Books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for February.

To Kill the Truth

To Kill the Truth is a new political thriller from the author of To Kill the President. It’s written by a British journalist, Jonathan Saul Freedland, who goes under nom de plume Sam Bourne. To Kill the Truth takes us to the edge of anarchy, a world without truth in which the history will be re-written.

Taking on the hot-topics of Black Lives Matter protest, Holocaust denial and deception at the highest level, this is an explosive cat-and-mouse thriller to look out for. Charles Cumming calls it “A dazzling thriller” and Jeffrey Archer simply said “Read this book.” To Kill the Truth is out on 21 February.

The Buried Girl

The Buried Girl is a haunting, psychological, standalone thriller from the bestselling author Richard Montanari. His writing is known for his fast-paced story line that is easy to pick up and hard to put down ie. the perfect commute read. Dr Will Hardy and his daughter move to the country town of Abbeyville, after the death of his wife. The chief of police is investigating a series of missing young people that goes back decades.

Is Will’s past somehow linked to the missing girls? The Buried Girl is published on 14 February, and with James Ellroy calling him “A master storyteller” and Publishers Weekly saying ”A specialist in serial killer tales… a wonderfully evocative writer”, this is one to get caught up in.

The Secretary

The Secretary, which is also published on 21 February, is written by Renee Knight. Her widely acclaimed debut novel, Disclaimer, was a Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller. Renee Knight worked as a documentary-maker for the BBC before turning to writing. The Secretary is a shivery tale of psychological suspense, featuring characters both disturbing and compelling.

Christine, “The Secretary”, has been hired to be the personal assistant to well-known and wealthy Mina. Christine is devoted and loyal but she hears and sees everything, which will eventually come with a high price. Fiona Barton said “Clever, clever, clever. Renee leads us on a deeply unsettling exploration of the limits of loyalty. Believe me, chats by the photocopier will never be the same…”

Annakarin Klerfalk

Anna is a literary agent based in Chiswick who is keen to hear from authors trying to get their books published. Contact her on anna@intersaga.co.uk. She used to run the Waterstones bookshop in Chiswick. You can read more about her and Intersaga here

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