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Kirsty Smith’s Reading List

If it hasn’t become apparent by now, the world’s gone a little bit mad. You might find yourself saturated in news updates, statistics and, well, scary stuff. While it’s always good to be informed, we think it might be time to give yourself a break.

Our Kirsty’s a bit of a book worm, so we asked her to come up with some recommendations for anyone looking to lose themselves in a nice bit of fiction while in lockdown. What’ve you got for us, then?


Before I Go To Sleep – S J Watson

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“This has been one of my favourites since I got back into reading. Not wanting to spoil anything; there’s a big twist that I really didn’t see coming. I liked how the plot gradually built, giving away just enough at the right moments to keep you gripped.”


In Her Shadow – Mark Edwards

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“Another favourite of recent times. Lots of family secrets that are unveiled until you finally discover the truth… a murder covered up as a suicide. Ooo. Very suspenseful.”


Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

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“A little less gripping than the rest on the list, but a great read none the less. I had to take my time to really get into it, but I loved the use of multiple narrators, the way the story grows and builds to a crescendo to reveal the big picture.”


The Fear – C L Taylor

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“I won’t lie, this one was difficult to read at times… it’s pretty messed up. However, I loved how fast-paced it was, multiple twists keep you hooked. It’s a very compelling read and hard to put down.”


Here To Stay – Mark Edwards

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“I’ll close the list with a scary one. A totally ordinary person who falls in love with the wrong person, and I’ll leave it at that… Another thriller, very gripping.”