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Review: Thin Air by Michelle Paver

The year is 1935 and Stephen, along with his brother, Kits, are part of a five-strong team of mountaineers that plan to tackle one of the world’s most dangerous peaks: Kangchenjunga. Kits quite literally wants to follow in the footsteps of his idols, those that attempted the mountain in 1907, known as the Lyell Expedition. Only two survived, with five men from the expedition dying on the mountain following terrible accidents and brutal weather. Though five died, only four of them were buried. As the plucky 1935 team begin their ascent, Stephen’s excitement ebbs away and is replaced with the haunting feeling that they’re not alone on the mountain.

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Review: The Roommates by Rachel Sargeant

When Imo starts university, she dreams of a fresh start, or rather a chance to return to the Imo she used to be, before her whole family was turned upside down. Moving into her halls, she quickly becomes friends with her flatmates; the well-off and haughty Tegan, the level-headed and Mumsy Phoenix, and the eccentric and somewhat manic Amber. But Imo can never fully relax, especially as she keeps noticing a strange man keeping watch around campus. When Amber takes off without a word, Imo is convinced something terrible has happened. She refuses to let a girl go missing without a trace. Not again.

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Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Years after a tragic accident that claimed the life of their youngest son, the Hardcastles are throwing an extravagant party that reunites all of the guest that were present that fateful day at Blackheath, decades ago. This party will end in another tragedy; the death of their only daughter, Evelyn. But Evelyn won’t die just once. She’ll keep dying, until Aiden, a guest of the Hardcastles, can figure out who kills her. Every day Aiden wakes up in another body, frantically battling the mind of his hosts in order to solve the mystery and escape the hold that Blackheath has over him. If he lives a full day in his eighth and final host without delivering the murderer, he’ll start all over again with no memory of what he’s discovered so far. That’s if he can make it that long. There’s others hunting the killer in Blackheath, and some of them will kill to make sure they escape first.

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Review: Dark Matter by Michelle Paver

As the Second World War brews across Europe, Jack Miller seizes an opportunity to escape London, where he lives in poverty and loneliness. He joins an Arctic expedition as a wireless operator, and whilst he’s conscious of the class differences between himself and his crewmates, they quickly warm to each other. So when Jack ends …

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Review: The Truants by Kate Weinberg

Kate Weinberg’s debut novel, The Truants, pulls dark academia out of the elite and picturesque colleges of America and plunges it into a Brutalist-style university found in the east of England. Jess Walker begins her undergraduate degree enthralled by her enigmatic professor, Lorna Clay, whose class on the master storyteller Agatha Christie sets the scene for the rest of the novel and its mysteries. The Truants is a story about stories, but in particular, it’s about the reliability of our storytellers. Just how much of what they’re telling us is the truth?

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Review: Last of the Magpies by Mark Edwards

The electrifying conclusion to the three-part thriller series The Magpies, Last of the Magpies puts to bed the furious game of cat and mouse that psychopath Lucy has been playing with Jamie and Kirsty for years. After Lucy’s last-minute escape, Jamie teams up with true crime podcast host Emma in a bid to flush out his tormentor and end her reign of terror over both his and Kirsty’s lives, once and for all.

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Review: Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton

Lavinia has everything that Louise is missing, so when the two become unlikely best friends, Louise’s life is turned upside down. The parties get wilder, the bills get bigger, and Louise begins to question how far she’ll go keep this up, to have a life like Lavinia’s, or Lavinia’s life itself.

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Review: The Wych Elm by Tana French

Toby’s perfect life is brutally interrupted when a seemingly random burglary leaves him physically and mentally traumatised. When he gets the devastating news that his beloved Uncle Hugo is dying, he decides to move into his childhood summer home, The Ivy House, to care for him and recoup himself. But when his nephew discovers a human skull in the wych elm at the bottom of the garden, Toby is forced to question everything he thought he knew about his idyllic teenage summers at The Ivy House.

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Review: The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts

The Flower Girls follows Hazel’s life as an adult, given a new identity as a child after her and her sister committed a brutal act against another child. Hazel, too young to understand, was given a new identity and went on to lead a relatively normal life, whilst her sister, Laurel, has spent her life since in prison. But when a young child goes missing at the same hotel that Hazel and her boyfriend are staying, Hazel’s past begins to rear it’s head, and threatens to ruin everything.

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