Must Read Books for 2018
If you’re one of those people who never finds time to read but wants to make it a part of your daily life, or indeed if you love nothing more than settling down with a good book, well you’ve come to the right place. Here at The MALESTROM there’s always time for a bit of reading, and we’ve selected some un-put-downable, informative, thrilling, thought provoking and life-affirming books set to hit the shelves in the not too distant future, that’ll enhance your literary landscape, and make you all the more interesting on those Thursday nights down the local boozer.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
The story centres on four young siblings in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the late sixties, who after visiting a gypsy fortune teller are each given the exact dates of when they will die. A bold and ambitious tale of life, family and how informed decision making can have wide ranging consequences. Benjamin explores the lives of the family as they navigate their way into adulthood and furthermore old age. This one is set to be top of the bestseller lists for months to come.
‘If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?’
Released Jan 9th. Order your copy HERE
Grist Mill Road by Christopher Yates
This dark and intelligent thriller tells the story of a childhood crime and the long term consequences the incident had on the perpetrator, witness and victim. Twenty-six years later and Patrick, his wife Hannah and Matthew are reunited in New York City laying bare the experience that unites them all and a complex and mysterious web must be unravelled. Exploring the blurred line between truth and memory, expect tension throughout and plenty of twists.
‘I remember the gunshots made a wet sort of sound, phssh phssh phssh, and each time he hit her she screamed. Do the math and the whole thing probably went on for as long as 10 minutes. I just stood there and watched.’
Released on 9th Jan. Order your copy HERE
Full Wolf Moon – Dr. Jeremy Logan by Lincoln Child
One for the X-Files generation, Lincoln Child’s new thriller follows the tribulations of Jeremy Logan an enigmalogist (an investigator who specializes in analyzing phenomena that have no obvious explanation), who heads to an isolated retreat in the Adirondack mountain region in Northern New York to write his book. What he discovers is a community reeling from the gruesome death of a hiker, and a set of clues that indicate a scenario that can’t possibly be true, or can it?
‘On the trail of a killer who cannot possibly exist’
Released on 6th Feb. Pre-order your copy HERE
When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn’t the Life You Want by Mike Lewis
Stuck in a rut? Then this might well be the book for you. Do you often find yourself daydreaming about a life less ordinary? Is there a calling left unanswered? An urge to achieve something more satisfying than your current work/life scenario? In When to Jump, Mike Lewis speaks to over forty people from all different walks of life who took the leap of faith and achieved their dreams. Inspiring, instructive and reassuring, a great read.
‘Nothing will change unless you make the change – the journey starts here.’
Released on 11th Jan. Order your copy HERE
No Hunger in Paradise: The Players. The Journey. The Dream by Michael Calvin
Every young boys dream? To become a Premier League footballer. The truth however is of the 1.5 million boys who play organised youth football in England only 180 will become a Premier League pro. That’s a success rate of 0.012 per cent. From non-league grounds to the dizzying heights of the Premier League’s super clubs, Calvin explores a world where young children are commodities and takes an in depth look at the journey to the top.
‘What’s your dream, son?’
Released on 11th Jan. Order your copy HERE
The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken by The Secret Barrister
Those familiar with the hugely successful The Secret Footballer will understand the parallels of how this concept goes. After launching a successful blog about his life as a Junior Criminal Barrister, revealing the inner workings of the legal world the SB managed to secure a lucrative book deal which will undoubtedly bring his experiences to a wider audience. Delving into the importance of the criminal justice system – from the criminals to the lawyers, the victims, witnesses and officers of the law, here is the best and worst of humanity, all struggling within a broken system. A sure fire hit in the making.
‘I’m a barrister, a job which requires the skills of a social worker, relationship counsellor, arm-twister, hostage negotiator, named driver, bus fare-provider, accountant, suicide watchman, coffee-supplier, surrogate parent…’
Released on 22nd March. Pre-order your copy HERE
Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit
This thriller by Dirk Kurbjuweit ramps the suspense up to 10 as it tells the story of a German family being harassed by a stalker in their basement below who are getting precious little in the way in protection from any of the powers that be. Which means matters may have to be taken into the hands of law abiding father Randolph, but at what cost? With a firm twist in its tail Fear is very much one read worth sticking with.
‘You’d die for your family. But would you kill for them?’
Released on 25th January. Pre-order you copy HERE