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Susan Lewis is the bestselling author of over forty books across the genres of family drama, thriller, suspense and crime. Susan has joined Caboodlers' Corner as our Book Doctor and has picked five questions – sent in by Caboodlers just like you – to answer. All five Caboodlers will each receive a £15/€20 National Book Token.
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Hi Alice, I love that you would like to expand your reading to include books from around the world. I am often drawn to location or a translation so I'm happy to make some recommendations that have worked for me:Australia: The Dry, The Lost Man & The Survivors by Jane Harper, and The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.New Zealand: The Other Girl by C.D. Major.Italian: Elena Ferrante's The Lying Life of Adults (or any other of her books – they're all excellent).Russian/French: Suite Francaise (one of my all time favourites) by Irène Némirovsky.
Hi Meghan, I think the two you've mentioned are outstanding. Others I can recommend that deal with this subject are Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante, The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey, and my own book, Forgotten.
Hi Toni, In my opinion, some of the best books that deal with generational stories are by Susan Howatch. The Wheel of Fortune, Cashelmara, Penmarric, and Sins of the Fathers. Also, have you tried The Hardacre Family Saga by C.L. Skelton?
Hi Craig, I know what you mean about having enough of blood and murder – it also bothers me quite a lot that so many victims are female – or perhaps that's because we care more about women :) ). So, why not give one of these a try: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley, The Rock by L.J.Ross, or The Holiday by T.M. Logan. And almost anything by Daphne du Maurier.
Hi Melanie, I find some of the most uplifting books are those that have taken you on a journey to get there. With that in mind I’d love to recommend my own book, Stolen. Many of Marian Keyes' books are not only uplifting but very funny. I'd also recommend Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan, and The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley.
A perfect marriage…Golden couple Annie and David Crayce have it all. A loving marriage, three beautiful children and a thriving family business. Life couldn't be better. Until the unthinkable happens…
A perfect crime?A piece of damning DNA evidence has arisen, placing David as the prime suspect of a murder committed twenty-years ago. Annie is sure her David is innocent. But if he isn't guilty, then either his father or brother must be.
As the police investigate the cold case, so does Annie. Trawling through her old diaries, she begins desperately looking for answers. But it all comes down to a few lost hours she can't solve.
And Annie begins to doubt the one person she thought she knew best… her husband.Need urgent book advice? Why not visit your local bookshop where the booksellers will be happy to recommend your next read – find your nearest.
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