The Five Books You Need To Read This Month

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Read all about it! These are the five best new-releases of the month, according to our book editor.


BLOOD RIVER by Tony Cavanaugh (Hachette, $32.99)

It’s Brisbane in 1999 and the rains won’t stop. The waters of the Brisbane River are rising when the first body is found. And then another. And another. Homicide Detective Constable Lara Ocean is fronting the city’s first serial-killer investigation. The pressure is on in this gripping crime thriller.


ALLEGRA IN THREE PARTS by Suzanne Daniel (Pan Macmillan Australia, $29.99)

This stellar debut novel follows Allegra, an 11-year-old girl who shuttles between warring grandmothers who live next door to each other but couldn’t be more different. Hers is a story of family, second-wave feminism, faith, friendship and that Pacific Highway servo that used to sell those bloody good burgers.


FAKE by Stephanie Wood (Penguin Random House, $34.99)

When Stephanie Wood met Joe and embarked on an exhilarating romance with him, she didn’t expect to find a web of lies under the covers of her happily ever after. In this riveting read, Wood threads her personal story with research based on interviews with other victims across the world, psychologists and love experts.


BIG SKY by Kate Atkinson (Penguin Random House, $32.99)

Jackson Brodie is back! Nine years after Kate Atkinson’s last instalment in the bestselling series, the former British soldier and policeman makes his highly anticipated return with a brand-new mystery. Working as a private investigator, Brodie brings his trademark big heart and witty charm to a quaint seaside town.


WORDSLUT by Amanda Montell (Nero, $32.99)

This feisty novel is a fascinating exploration of everyday gendered language. Funny yet informative, Amanda Montell’s debut will teach you how to deal with catcallers, the history of curses and every genderbiased insult in between. Bitch, please. 

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