John Lavery –

As we head into Autumn and the nights get chillier and bed more inviting for a sleep-in, it seems appropriate for me to send a few book reviews your way – and I’ve read some good ones recently. Here are three guaranteed to keep you turning pages:

Luckiest Girl Alive – Jessica Knoll

I was desperate for something to read that would keep me turning the pages, so I started googling “thriller”, “new york times bestseller” and “similar to girl on the train” until I came across this one.

Ani Fanelli works in a magazine in New York City and has a handsome, rich fiancé, a dream job and a sexy apartment. In fact, you sort of hate her at first, as she bitches her way through her day and puts down anyone who might get in her way. But then, slowly, her past is revealed, and, just as slowly, her morality and weaknesses begin to show themselves. Ani was in the centre of the most horrific thing that ever happened to her small town, but she was also a survivor of another dark event. This is the story of survival, revenge and knowing oneself. It’s also a cracker of a read. Be warned, dark material. Not for the faint-hearted.Review of luckiest girl alive

A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

This was the choice for our book club read over Christmas. It was adapted into a film and is up for the Best Foreign Film Oscar this year. Ove is similar to Ani, in that he seems unlovable and un-relatable at first. But then his kindness comes out, as do the reasons for his cantankerous m anner. Ove, who doesn’t think he has anything to live for, might just find a reason in the annoying new and old neighbours he’s done his best to avoid for so long. This one is a tearjerker but ultimately quite affirming and enjoyable. Also very easy to read.

The Trespasser – Tana French

I’m a relatively new convert to Tana French’s detective novels, which feature a new detective protagonist and narrator each time. This means you can read them out of order, or you can enjoy them in order and find out the back-stories of the peripheral characters as you go. It has been a long time since I’ve been so absorbed in a book as I was with The Trespasser. The twists come both from the unreliability of the narrator and the unpredictability of the supporting cast. The scenes in which the cops interrogate the suspects are thrilling and exhausting and the final leap to the truth is shattering. Highly recommended.Review of Tana French The Trespasser