Curl up with a good book
Hattie Hoffman knows the power of acting – that becoming whatever your audience wants you to be will make them love you and give you that power. In Mindy Mejia’s The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman Hattie is stabbed and killed on the opening night of her high school play. As Sheriff Del Goodman investigates he discovers the full extent of Hattie’s acting talents – the shifting identities that held their small town in thrall. As mask after mask is ripped away, Del realises the girl he thought he knew was a lie and what he finds out about the true Hattie is something no one in town will ever forget. Quercus, R302
One Folgate Street is a perfect house. It’s a beautiful, ultraminimalist dwelling designed by an enigmatic architect. However, when Jane decides to rent it, she discovers conditions are attached in the form of a long list of exacting rules. In JP Delaney’s The Girl Before, after moving in, she also discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there – and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of Emma’s. Twist after twist catches the reader off guard as Emma’s past and Jane’s present become entwined in this nail-biting portrayal of psychological obsession. Quercus, R272.