Mirror Book Club: Reader ‘hooked’ by gripping book of the month We

Our latest book of the month, We Know You Know by Erin Kelly, gripped most of the Mirror Book Club readers.

“This is one of the best books I’ve read this year,” said Ann Sweeney.

“Once you start reading, you can’t put it down. It’s well written and the story leaps at you from the first page with all the twists and turns that take you further into the characters and their stories. I can’t wait for her next book.”

Irene Gibson will be lending it to her friends.

“A moving story with suspense, tackling complex themes of motherhood, relationships and vulnerability, and the fraught subject of how we provide care for the mentally ill,” she said.

“Beautifully written and a really good read!”

Tonight we review Sweet Dreams, by Dylan Jones and Mirror Book Club members look back at the most recent book of the month, We Know You Know, by Erin Kelly

“It’s such a good read!” agreed Kiren Parmar. “I even took it to the gym with me and read it on the cross trainer!” And Katrina Jane was also fully engrossed.

“Very gripping and had me hooked,” she said.

“I read this book in two days,” said Lisa Kartanou.

“It hooked me in from the beginning and didn’t let go until the end!

“And there’s a surprising twist in the story to undo your preconceptions. Wow!” And Angela Dougherty is a new convert to Erin Kelly.

“This is the first time I have read an Erin Kelly book, but it certainly won’t be the last,” she said.

Although it took David Norman a couple of attempts to get into We Know You Know, it quickly became “a gripping read”.

Andrea Filter liked it but she also thought it wasn’t a patch on the author’s other books.

“I was actually a little disappointed as I loved all of Erin Kelly’s other books, especially The Poison Tree, so had very high expectations.

“It didn’t exactly have me sitting on the edge of my seat. A little too slow for me.”

Join the debate and read our next book of the month!

Mirror Book Club members have chosen An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.

In this novel, which won the Women’s Prize for Fiction, newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream. Then Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years in prison for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit.

Devastated and unmoored, Celestial finds herself struggling to hold on to the love that has been her centre, taking comfort in Andre, their closest friend.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

But then Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned and he returns home to resume their life together.

We’d love you to give An American Marriage a read and let the Mirror Book Club know what you think at
facebook.com/groups/mirrorbookclub.

We’ll print your feedback here on November 20.

We have 25 copies  of An American Marriage to give away to Mirror Book Club members. For a chance to win, simply like the post announcing the giveaway in our Facebook group before Monday.

Serpentine, by Philip Pullman

Penguin, £7.99

Ghosts by Dolly Alderton and Serpentine by Philip Pullman

Set between the events of the His Dark Materials trilogy and The Book Of Dust trilogy, this short story follows Lyra Silvertongue to the Arctic.

There she meets Dr Martin Lanselius, diplomatic consul of the witches of the North, and recounts their conversation in which Lyra learns more about herself, her daemon and their sometimes fraught relationship.

Beautifully illustrated with wood-cut engravings, it takes fans on a shortbut sweet visit to Pullman’s multiverse.

by HUSTON GILMORE

Sweet Dreams, by Dylan Jones

Faber, £20

Dylan Jones rewinds to 1975 when art school students and soul boys with a passion for Bowie, Roxy Music and fancy dress laid the groundwork for punk in this nostalgic read.

As their experimentation was co-opted by darker forces, they evolved into New Romantics, heavily influencing the worlds of music and fashion and sowing the seeds of 80s pop culture. A cast of thousands recall the energy of a period that saw Britain evolve from black and white to glorious technicolour.

by CHARLOTTE HEATHCOTE

Ghosts, by Dolly Alderton

Fig Tree, £14.99

Dolly Alderton’s debut novel is as warm-hearted, wise and observant as her bestseller Everything I Know About Love.

Nina, 31, is floundering. Her dad is disappearing as dementia takes hold, her mum is in the middle of a midlife crisis, and her friends are settling down. And following a short but intense relationship, new love Max has vanished from her life.

In this heartfelt, funny and insightful tale, Alderton explores the gulf between our dreams and harsh reality.

by EITHNE FARRY

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