Yes, we just invented an entire new literary genre! Here are five books you’ll love in lockdown… and beyond.
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Ellie Mack is 15, the youngest of three children. Beloved by her parents, friends, teachers and her new boyfriend, she is looking forward to school summer holidays and her whole golden life stretching out ahead of her. And then she disappears. Ten years on and her mother Laurel is divorced and trying to put her life back together. When she meets a charming man in a café, flirtation develops into something deeper. But then she is introduced to his youngest daughter, Poppy, and the similarity between her and Ellie at the same age takes Laura’s breath away. Can she detach from the trauma and unravel the mystery?
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal for lunch every day… and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. A social misfit, she has no friends and that suits her fine. Then a colleague persists in pursuing an unlikely friendship and the walls Eleanor has built around herself start to wobble. But can she let them fall, if that means having to face up to her traumatic past? Despite the grim subject matter, this is a really funny read. Except when it’s not.
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Based on one of America’s most notorious scandals – in which a Memphis-based adoption organisation kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country – this tells the tale of 12-year-old Rill and her four younger siblings, who live a magical life aboard their family’s houseboat. But when their father rushes their mother to the hospital one night, strangers arrive and wrench them from all that is familiar. Cut to the present day and a chance encounter compels Avery Stafford her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history.
Missing William Tyrrell by Caroline Overington
One of Australia's most baffling and heartbreaking mysteries of recent times, this is an enthralling and eye-opening account of missing child William Tyrrell. On Friday 12 September 2014, the playful three-year-old boy dressed in a spider-man suit disappears from a quiet street in broad daylight. First thought to be lost in bushland, an intensive search brings no results and an abduction case is opened. No trace of William has ever been found. But how can a little boy just vanish? And why have we stopped looking?
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
Agoraphobic Anna Fox lives alone — a recluse who spends her day watching old movies, drinking wine and spying on her neighbours. When the Russells move into the house across the way, she gains a new focus. At first glance they seem to be the perfect family, a father, a mother and their teenage son. But when Anna is gazing out her window one night, she sees something she shouldn’t. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? Twisty and powerful, this Hitchcock-esque thriller is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense.