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Added 600 days ago. 05 March 2020

Beat the winter blues with a selection of new-season reads, recommended exclusively for WHSmith by Richard & Judy.


The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Richard's verdict:
"Deeply shocking and totally unexpected."

Alicia Berenson has the perfect life. She’s a famous painter, married to a fashion photographer and living in London, in a grand house with big windows. Then one day, she shoots her husband five times in the face.

Alicia hasn’t spoken a word since she murdered her husband, but criminal psychotherapist, Theo Faber, is determined to break her silence.

The debut novel from the famed screenwriter of ‘The Devil You Know’, starring Rosamund Pike, and ‘The Con is On’ starring Uma Thurman and Tim Roth.

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Judy's verdict:
"I love this complex and intense psycho-thriller."

Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones comes home to a letter that will reveal the identity of her birth parents. Ripping it open, she has only one thought in mind – “I’m finally going to know who I am.”

But what Libby doesn’t yet know is that twenty-five years ago, in a large Chelsea Mansion, police were called to reports of a baby crying. On arrival, they found a ten-month baby happily cooing in her crib and three dead bodies on the kitchen floor.

The Whisper Man by Alex North

Richard's verdict:
"One of the most unsettling, keep-the-light-on novels either of us have read for years."

Twenty years ago, in the sleepy town of Featherbank, a twisted serial killer abducted and murdered five young boys. The killer was known as ‘The Whisper Man’, for the way he would lure his victims by whispering at their bedroom windows at night.

Fifteen years later, Tom Kennedy moves to the town with his young son Jake. A new start in a new town, to heal after the sudden loss of a wife and mother. But soon after they move, another boy disappears, and Jake starts hearing whispering at his window.

Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

Judy's verdict:
"Set in a murky world of misogyny and murder."

Alison is a successful criminal lawyer charged with defending her first murder case. She has a doting husband and an adorable daughter. She also has a drinking problem and is having an affair with a colleague.

As she begins on her new case, Alison starts to receive threatening messages from someone who knows all her darkest secrets. Someone who wants to make her pay for what she’s done…

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Richard's verdict:
"I doubt you'll read a more atmospheric - physically atmospheric - novel this year."

The much-anticipated debut novel by a bestselling non-fiction writer.

For years, Kya Clark, known as the ‘Marsh Girl’ has haunted Barkley Cove, living quietly in the marshes along the North Carolina coast.

Then, one morning in 1969, the handsome young Chase Andrew is found dead, and the small-town name Kya as the prime suspect.

She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge

Judy's verdict:
"This is a really superior crime story."

It’s a scorching summer in 1983, and a group of teenagers decide to go down to the woods for a night of drinking and dancing. By morning, the youngest of the group, Aurora, has disappeared.

Thirty years later, Aurora’s body is discovered in a hideaway that only her friends knew about and Detective Jonah Sheens is put in charge of solving the long-cold case.

Sheens goes out to bring the friends back to the forest and confront them once again with the events that left one of them dead and the others changed forever.
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Get any of the 6 listed Richard and Judy book club picks for HALF PRICE with our unique discount code WFF20 from

T&Cs: This discount code is valid until 31st March 2020. This can only be used on books at RRP and is not valid with any other product or offer. Only available online, not in store. Subject to availability.

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