Highest Rated Books

The books in this section have all been rated very highly by our reviewers. The books have an average rating of 4.5 or higher and the number of high rating reviews the book receives is also taken into account.

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The Zig Zag Girl (Quercus)

4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars  from  2 reviews

When the body of a girl is found, cut into three, Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is reminded of a magic trick, the Zig Zag Girl. The inventor of the trick, Max Mephisto, is an old friend of Edgar's. They served together in the war as part of a shadowy unit called the Magic Men. Max is still on the circuit, touring seaside towns in the company of ventriloquists, sword-swallowers and dancing girls. ...

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The Last Anniversary (Penguin)

4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars  from  2 reviews

One abandoned baby. Two sisters with a secret. One chance to rewrite the past. Over seventy years have passed since sisters Rose and Connie Doughty found an abandoned baby near their home on the island Scribbly Gum. With no one to take care of it, Rose and Connie took the baby in as their own. Since then the 'Munro Baby Mystery' has brought fame and fortune, putting Scribbly Gum on the tourist map, es ...

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The Light Years: Cazalet Chronicles Book 1 (Pan)

4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars  from  2 reviews

Home Place, Sussex, 1937. The English family at home . . . For two unforgettable summers they gathered together, safe from the advancing storm clouds of war. In the heart of the Sussex countryside these were still sunlit days of childish games, lavish family meals and picnics on the beach. Three generations of the Cazalet family. Their relatives, their children and their servants - and the fascinating ...

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Behind Closed Doors (Century)

4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars  from  2 reviews

When fourteen-year-old Sophie Monroe suddenly vanishes one night it looks at first as though she’s run away from home. Her computer and mobile phone have gone, and she’s taken a bag full of clothes. As the police investigation unfolds a wealth of secrets from the surrounding community start coming to light. And it seems everyone has something to hide. For Detective Sergeant Andrea Lawrence, th ...

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The Husband's Secret (Penguin)

4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars  from  2 reviews

Mother of three and wife of John-Paul, Cecilia discovers an old envelope in the attic. Written in her husband's hand, it says: to be opened only in the event of my death. Curious, she opens it - and time stops. John-Paul's letter confesses to a terrible mistake which, if revealed, would wreck their family as well as the lives of others. Cecilia - betrayed, angry and distraught - wants to do the rig ...

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy) (Hodder Paperbacks)

4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars  from  2 reviews

Errand requiring immediate attention. Come. The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. 'He never says please', she sighed, but she gathered up her things. When Brimstone called, she always came. In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the o ...

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The Chessmen (Lewis Trilogy 3) (Quercus)

4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars  from  2 reviews

THE NEW START. Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal game-hunting taking place on the island. THE OLD FRIEND. This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill - a local poacher, Fin's teenage intimate, and possessor of a long-buried secret. THE FINAL CHAPTER. But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn and Fi ...

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Dying Fall: A Ruth Galloway Investigation (Ruth Galloway 5) (Quercus)

4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars  from  2 reviews

Ruth's old friend Dan Golding thinks he has made a discovery that will change archaeology forever - but he needs Ruth's help. Then, Dan is killed in a fire, leaving Ruth with one clue: the tomb of the Raven King. DCI Nelson is also rediscovering the past. He meets his friend Sandy Macleod, now at Blackpool CID, who tells him there are mysterious circumstances surrounding Dan's death. A Neo-Nazi group at ...

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The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next) (Hodder Paperbacks)

4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars  from  2 reviews

'The Eyre Affair' is unlike any novel I have encountered before, and it deserves to be read, and loved by a great number of people. Imagine if Lewis Carroll had decided to write a detective story, which became a love story, which grew into a thriller, which ended up as an astonishing, highly entertaining page-turner that confounds expectations, and you have some idea of the scope of this novel. Jasper ...

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Simple Life (Arrow)

4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars  from  2 reviews

Dinah Steward has a secret. Hidden beneath the comfortable family life she shares with her successful husband Matthew and their two sons lies a shameful secret that has haunted Dinah for fifteen years. She and Matt never speak of it or the impossible choice he forced her to make all those years ago: they think the cracks have been papered over. But when a chance encounter brings the past into sharp focus ...

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Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy 2) (Headline)

4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars  from  2 reviews

Deborah Harkness has done us proud with her magnificent, enthralling, engrossing sequel to 'Discovery of Witches'. Her weaving of time and ancient lore, of modern science and alchemy, or vampires, daemons and all-too-mortal humans is magical, wonderful and utterly addictive. You won't be able to put it down, so set aside a weekend and be prepared for some very late nights...

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Night Waking (Granta Books)

4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars  from  2 reviews

Historian Anna Bennett has a book to write. She also has an insomniac toddler, a precocious, death-obsessed seven-year-old, and a frequently absent ecologist husband who has brought them all to Colsay, a desolate island in the Hebrides, so he can count the puffins. Ferociously sleep-deprived, torn between mothering and her desire for the pleasures of work and solitude, Anna becomes haunted by the discovery ...

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