An Extra Pair of Hands
Wellcome Collection, £12.99, pp208
Over the past two decades, the bestselling author has been a carer three times: to her father suffering from Parkinson’s, to her widowed mother and presently to her mother-in-law, the exuberant Granny Rosie. Unafraid to depict the exhausting reality of caring, her timely story is compassionate and humane, judiciously blending the personal with the political; as she eloquently argues, “care is a feminist issue”.
W&N, £14.99, pp368
Following on from his global bestselling debut, The Silent Patient, Michaelides returns with a psychological thriller steeped in Greek mythology. London-based psychotherapist Mariana Andros is trying to come to terms with the death of her beloved husband. When a close friend of her niece, a student at the University of Cambridge, is murdered, Mariana becomes embroiled in the mysterious activities of a group of elusive students known as the Maidens and their enigmatic professor, Edward Fosca. Tautly plotted and impeccably paced, it’s an intelligent and propulsive second novel.
After the Silence
Riverrun, £8.99, pp400
Ten years ago, on the fictional island of Inisrun, a young woman was murdered but nobody was ever charged with the crime. A decade later, two documentary film-makers have arrived to interview residents and try to uncover the truth. Exploring themes of class, wealth, desire and coercive control, O’Neill’s psychological thriller is a meticulously researched and emotionally astute exploration into the far-reaching impact of domestic abuse.
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