January 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 January.


Freefall is a stunning debut thriller that explores the deep and complex bond between mothers and daughters. It is written by Jessica Barry, pseudonym for an American author, who has lived and worked in London for the past fifteen years. Freefall is coming out on 8 January but has sold in more than seventeen territories around the world and has also secured a major Hollywood film deal. Recommended by Karin Slaughter, who has sold over 35 million copies of her crime novels, says it “opens a full throttle and never lets up” – this is one to keep an eye out for in the bookshops.

The Suspect

The Suspect is written by the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author, Fiona Barton. Her debut, The Widow, was published in thirty-five countries and optioned for television. The Suspect is published on 24 January and is Fiona’s third thriller. Two eighteen-year-old girls go missing during their gap year in Thailand and as the case unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think… Gillian McAllister, author of ‘Everything but the truth’ reviewed it as “Superb writing, often blackly funny, with characters I feel I know. A fast-paced whodunnit with heart”.


And finally, Elastic, a non-fiction book that is about the power of flexible thinking. Written by Leonard Mlodinow, a winner of the PEN/E. O Wilson Award and the author of The Grand Design, together with Stephen Hawking. Leonard is a trained physicist, but he has also been writing for television series, such as Star Trek. By unlocking the secrets of our flexible minds, Elastic, explains how to thrive in a world full of change, when the ability to adapt is key. Mark Williams, author of Mindfulness, reviews it as “A book of sparkling intelligence, written with humour and grace. If you only read one book of accessible science this year, let it be this one.” Elastic is published on 8 January.

Annakarin Klerfalk

Anna Klerfalk runs the Intersaga literary agency and used to run the Waterstones bookstore in Chiswick. You can read more about her and Intersaga here.


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