A Fractured Winter by Alison Bailie. Published by Bloodhound

Olivia thought she had buried her past in Scotland, and seemed to be living the dream with a lovely home, husband and children. Now, girls in the area are disappearing and it would appear that Olivia’s secret has been uncovered. Is her family safe? Are her children going to be the next to disappear? No spoilers here, so I can’t reveal Olivia’s past, but I can promise that readers will have a wild ride uncovering the answer for themselves


Envy by Amanda Robson. Published by Avon UK

We all envy the “perfect” women, the ones who seem to have it all, the ones with the perfect bodies, homes and families. Erica has certainly envied her neighbor Faye, who seems to have it all, until Faye’s daughter disappears, that is. Police question Erica, with all the time she has spent watching her neighbor, surely Erica has seen something. Robson paints an unsettling tale of obsession and jealousy, read it with the lights on

Broken by Betsy Reavley. Published by Bloodhound

It was supposed to be a vacation of sorts, time to sort out her life, but Annabel walks right into the middle of a murder mystery. A killer has cut a swathe through the Suffolk coast, and although the police are doing everything they can to track him, thus far they have had no luck. Meanwhile, Annabel has met Jude and has actually started to believed that her life may begin to turn around. Annabel is wrong. In this novel, little of what the reader perceives to be the truth actually is, providing a thrilling ride of suspense and mayhem

Home for Erring and Outcast Girls by Julie Kibler. Published by Crown

Cate Sutton enjoys her work at a college library in Texas, she loves the books, the quiet and the solitude it often allows her. But she’s drawn out of her shell by the discovery of a graveyard on the grounds of the old Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls.  The home was a place that was supposed to protect young women who had fallen on hard time, or given in to the “sins of the flesh”. In reality the home was anything but a safe place and Cate searches her libraries archives to understand more about the women who languished there 100 years earlier. She finds the stories of two young women in particular, Lizzie Bates and Mattie McBride who suffered unspeakable loss and tragedy, and finds herself drawn to them, even identifying with them and the choices she’s made in her own life. This is such a stunning story, history has largely forgotten women in general and these women, poverty stricken and sometimes illiterate have vanished without a trace. Kibler allows them to speak through her beautiful and moving story

The Spies of Shilling Lane by Jennifer Ryan. Published byCrown

At the height of World War II, Mrs. Braithwaite travels to London to visit her daughter after she’s unceremoniously removed as head of the Women’s Voluntary Services in her village. Not a woman to be trifled with, Mrs. Braithwaite goes into battle mode when she discovers her daughter has gone missing, not even the Nazis and their relentless bombardment of London will stop her from finding her daughter.  Mrs. Braithwaite, an old fashioned busy body with some rather annoying habits took a little getting used to, but I began to warm up to her as the story progressed and she began to grow as a character. I loved the Chillbury Ladies’ Choir, and this is a lovely followup

Keep You Close by Karen Cleveland. Published by Ballantine

Stephanie Maddox has sacrificed everything, including her family, to put in the time to have a  job that exposes corruption at the highest levels of the U.S. government.  But her personal life has suffered, and now she regrets losing the close relationship she always wanted with her son Zachary.  When she finds a loaded gun in her son’s bedroom and gets a visit from the counter terrorism squad that alerts her that her son is involved in something unthinkable, Stephanie wonders if her ambition drove her son to commit a desperate act. Yes, this is a thriller, but underneath it all is the underlying guilt all working women feel (and are made to feel) when they cannot spend all the time they would like with their children