The Loneliest Girl in The Universe by Lauren James

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Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away? 

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew member on a spaceship bound for a new planet.  She is the loneliest girl in the universe, until she hears that a second spaceship has launched from Earth, with a single passenger on board.  A boy called J.

Their only communication is via email, and the messages take months to transmit, yet Romy finds herself falling in love.  But what does she really know about J?  And what do the strange new messages from Earth mean?  Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone … 

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The Devil’s Claw by Lara Dearman

The Blurb On The Back:

I’m not afraid of the darkness … Only what it hides.

Jennifer Dorey thinks she is safe.

Following a traumatic incident in London, Jennifer has returned to her childhood home in Guernsey, taking a job as a reporter at the local newspaper.

After the discovery of a drowned woman on a beach, she uncovers a pattern of similar deaths that have taken place over the past fifty years.

Together with DCI Michael Gilbert, an officer on the verge of retirement, they follow a dark trail of island myths and folklore to ‘Fritz’, the illegitimate son of a Nazi soldier.  His work, painstakingly executed, has so far gone undetected.

But with his identity about to be uncovered, the killer now has Jennifer in his sights.

And home is the last place she should be. 

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Without A Word by Kate McQuaile

The Blurb On The Back:

Lillian had phoned, telling her to get Skype up and running.  “I have so much to tell you.”  Then suddenly the knock on the door.  “Sorry, Orla, I’d better see who it is,” she said.  Orla waited.  The seconds became minutes.  She didn’t know how long she waited before she realised that something terrible had happened. 

Ten years later, Lillian’s sudden disappearance remains unsolved and Orla has found it impossible to move on.  Then Orla received an unexpected visit from the detective who led the investigation into Lillian’s vanishing.  Detective Ned Moynihan has been receiving anonymous notes accusing him of having failed to investigate the case properly.  He assumes the notes are coming from Orla, but she knows nothing of them – is somebody trying to tell the truth about what really happened to Lillian that night? 

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My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

The Blurb On The Back:

Sometimes strength is not the same as courage.

Sometimes leaving is not the only way to escape.

Sometimes surviving isn’t enough. 

At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall; that chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it; that her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world. And he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her with him.

She doesn’t know why she feels so different from the other girls at school; why the line between love and pain can be so hard to see; why making a friend may be the bravest and most terrifying thing she has ever done and what her daddy will do when he finds out …

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