If you’re looking for a really good book to while away the hours, you’re in luck! Books Editor, Zoe West, picks her favourites from the last month, and there’s something for everyone.

From classic thrillers to poignant dramas and uplifting novels that will put a smile on your face, we hope you enjoy…

Buried by Lynda La Plante

It’s always an exciting moment when the Queen of Crime announces a new book, and in this case – a new series. Creating the perfect mix of intrigue and gripping characters, DC Jack Warr finds himself drawn into a chilling investigation. When a badly burned body is discovered with millions of untraceable bank notes following a cottage fire, Jack must immerse himself in the criminal underworld to get to the truth. With high stakes and a fast paced narrative, you’ll be racing to the end.

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley

In her debut novel Clare Pooley shows off her effortless writing style with four very different and intriguing characters – all not quite who they seem. Take Julian Jessop – a seemingly flamboyant artist – who is actually a lonely widower. Wanting to share his truth, he writes it in a green notebook and leaves it for someone to find. Little does he know the impact it will have on the people it reaches. In a joyous read with characters you’ll truly grow to love, we learn what it means to be real, to put aside the façade and open up to who we really are.

The House at Silvermoor by Tracy Rees

In this thoughtful character-driven story we meet Josie and Tommy – both from humble backgrounds in Yorkshire, and both in search of a better life. As their fascination with The Sedgwicks – the local gentry – grows, their lives become entangled with the grand family and hidden secrets come to light. Josie and Tommy soon realise nothing is impossible in this evocative mystery.

The Lost Child by Emily Gunnis

Following on from the success of her debut novel, The Girl In The Letter, Emily Gunnis returns with an equally heartfelt and moving tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness. Journalist, Iris, wants to unlock the secrets of her mother’s past. Split between her 2014 investigation into a new mother on the run, and her mother Rebecca’s traumatic childhood on the coast in 1960s, the drama is perfectly pitched and the connections made grippingly constructed.

Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay

In this slick and addictive debut that’s got thriller writers hot under the collar we meet childhood friends, Jane and Marnie, who mean everything to each other. So when Marnie marries Charles – who Jdoesn’t like very much – Jane tells her first lie. But maybe she should have been honest with her friend from the beginning, because in this original and clever confession we soon learn how things can escalate…

Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan

On the back of her best-selling novel Anatomy of a Scandal comes another thought-provoking psychological drama. Delving into the dark side of motherhood, we encounter two women whose friendship is tested when Jess brings her baby into hospital with a story that doesn’t add up, and Liz is the doctor on call. Jess has devoted her life to her family – but is all as rosy as it seems? An important book exploring how everything changes once you become a mother – for good and bad.

The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate

We love a dual storyline and this story slips beautifully between Louisiana 1875 and 1987. Amidst the destruction of post-Civil War we meet three women setting off as unlikely companions – each in search of something different; Hannie, looking for her family. In 1987, Augustine finds herself teaching at an impoverished school. Trying to motivate her students she discovers a book that changes everything – a book about lost friends. An epic, historical journey guiding you beautifully through every emotion.

Only You by Kate Eberlen

If ever there was a time we need to be swept off our feet and transported elsewhere, this is it. Cue Kate Eberlen’s wonderfully romantic second novel, set in Rome. When Letty and Alf discover they are the only English speakers at an Italian class, they soon learn of each other’s love of dance. Although they come from different worlds, as they dance around the Piazza Navona, everything changes. As we discover what led them to both leave England, this perfectly-plotted novel really opens up – and we’re pretty sure you’ll find yourself planning a trip to the Eternal City pronto!