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Authors Q

Matthew Quick – The Silver Linings Playbook

Pat gets out of psychiatric hospital to return home, he soon realises that he has been there for years, not the few weeks he thought. Now begins the search for his wife. This review contains spoilers.

Anna Quindlen – Rise and Shine

Anna Quindlen – Rise and Shine, Meghan says the wrong thing at the wrong time, causing both her and her sister Bridget’s lives to change forever.

Anthony Quinn – Curtain Call

During a rendezvous with a married man Nina interrupts an attempted murder, will she come forward to help capture “The Tie-Pin Killer”?

Julia Quinn – An Offer From A Gentleman

Sophie Beckett manages to sneak into Lady Bridgerton’s famed masquerade ball and meets her prince charming, but as her time at the ball runs out so does she. Now her prince charming is searching for her, but will he notice her when they meet?

Authors R

J. S. Rafaeli and Neil Woods – Good Cop, Bad War

Neil Woods worked undercover dealing with some of the most violent and unpredictable criminals in Britain, here is the true-account of his time.

Anushka Ravishankar – Moin and the Monster

After finding a monster under his bed Moin must keep the monster a secret from his parents and teachers while learning to live with its habits.

Wilson Rawls – Where the Red Fern Grows

Billy Colman helps a Redbone Coonhound that is fighting with some neighbourhood dogs and after nursing it to health set it free but from then on Billy wants two coonhounds of his own.

Philip Reeve – Mortal Engines Quartet

In this futuristic, desolate world, cities move around searching for smaller cities and towns to eat. No spoiler review by Krishnaa.

Kathy Reichs – Break No Bones

Temperance Brennan comes across a fresh skeleton amongst ancient bones when teaching at an archaeological school and is persuaded to stay on and investigate.

Lynda Renham – Fifty Shades Of Roxie Brown

With the help of her best friend Sylvie and Sylvie’s flatmate Felix, Roxie is setting out to solve a crime she witnessed while looking through her boyfriends telescope.

Kate Rhodes – River Of Souls

Alice Quentin is investigating a cold case of a brutal attack, reunited with DCI Burns and a fresh case washing up, the attack victim may be the key to preventing another murder.

Luke Rhinehart – The Dice Man

Luke Rhinehart’s bored life is about to get a lot more interesting as he lets the decisions of his life be decided by the role of the dice.

Anne Rice – The Claiming Of Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty gets retold with a twist, the Prince’s reward for breaking the enchantment is Beauty’s enslavement to him as she wakes to a world of seduction, desire and love.

Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

After finding out he’s the descendant of a Greek god, Percy sets out on an adventure to retrieve Zeus’ lightning bolt, a weapon of mass destruction.

Rick Riordan – The Son of Neptune

Here Alan, aged 9 reviews the second book in the Heroes of Olympus YA series, The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan.

Rick Riordan – Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase, a homeless boy finds out that he is the son of a Norse god, but great danger comes with this revelation.

Rick Riordan – Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor

Thor’s hammer has fallen into enemy hands, with the mortal worlds defenceless, Magnus Chase will have to go to the gods’ worst enemy for help, but will the price form help be too high to pay.

Rick Riordan – The Hidden Oracle

As punishment for angering his father Apollo is cast down to New York City. With so many enemies and no powers to protect him Apollo must head to the only safe place on earth, Camp Half Blood.

Mary Roach – Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Sex and Science

Sexual arousal and orgasms are two scientific phenomena, find out what science is doing to make the bedroom more satisfying.

David Gregory Roberts – Shantaram

Armed robber and heroin addict Gregory David Roberts escaped from an Australian prison and headed to a Bombay slum where he established a free health clinic and joined the mafia.

Derek Robinson – The RFC Trilogy

Oliver Paxton’s first mission is to lead four of his comrades, from England to France, in their shiny new BE2c fighters. Things don’t go to plan.

Deborah Rodriguez – The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

In the middle of a war zone Sunny not only finds a place to call home but a group of friends that will change the lives of the entire country.

David F. Ross – The Last Days Of Disco

Bobby Cassidy and his friend Joey are starting their mobile disco “Heatwave” but with Fat Franny as their competition, they are in for a bumpy ride with hilarious consequences.

David F. Ross – The Rise And Fall Of The Miraculous Vespas

With the smash hit record of 1984 under their belt, the only way Max Mojo’s band wants to head is towards international stardom, but can this group of misfit make it?

Gabriel Roth – The Unknowns

Eric, a socially awkward nerd is happy when creating complex computer programs, he has made his millions and now wants love, but when he finds it he is going to realize humans are much more complex.

Howard Roughan & James Patterson – Don’t Blink

James Patterson & Howard Roughan join to create this terrifying crime novel. No spoiler review by Siobhan Dale.

J.K. Rowling – The Casual Vacancy

‘The Casual Vacancy’ is the first adult book published by Harry Potter author, J. K. Rowling. No spoiler review by Alessandra Quattrocchi.

J. K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potters very unremarkable life consists of living in a cupboard under the stairs, until a letter addressed to Harry arrives inviting him to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

J. K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry potter returns to Hogwarts for his second year, when messages start appearing regarding the Chamber of Secrets, Harry finds himself in the middle of another adventure.

J. K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Sirius Black has escaped the prison of Azkaban, with Dementors guarding Hogwarts will he really be heading for the school? Contains Spoilers.

J. K. Rowling – Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

Hogwarts are hosting the Triwizard Tournament for wizards aged 17 and over, who will be the lucky few to compete?

J. K. Rowling – Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix

Dolores Umbridge, senior undersecretary to the minister of Magic takes over as the new defence against the dark arts, but many more changes will be following at Hogwarts this year!

J K Rowling – Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Draco is given a mission by Voldemont, but his mother goes to Severus Snape and makes an unbreakable vow to assist and protect her son, but what will that really mean for Severus?

J K Rowling – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The time has come for Harry to finish the battle set out for him on the night of his parents death, but before he goes up against Voldemort he must find the remaining horcruxes.

J K Rowling – Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

Magizoologist Newt Scamander’s stay in New York should be just a brief stopover, but when he misplaces his case and magical beasts escape he must recapture them or there will be trouble for everyone.

J. K. Rowling / Jack Thorne – Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

As Harry juggles his overworked job within the Ministry of Magic, being a father of three and a husband his youngest son Albus struggles with the weight of the Potter family legacy.

Gretchen Rubin – The Happiness Project

The search for true contentment is the subject in The Happiness Project, follow the year-long attempted discovery.

Robert Ryan – Dead Man’s Land

The first in the Dr Watson series, with no Sherlock by his side, Watson must uncover the mystery in the trenches.

Robert Ryan – Death on the Ice

Death on the Ice is Robert Ryan’s novelisation of one of the greatest adventures of all time. Reviewed here by Reading Addicts regular, Campbell McAulay.

William Ryan – The Holy Thief

Captain Alexei Korolev must enter the realm of thieves, rulers of Moscow’s underworld to solve a string of murders.

William Ryan – The Constant Soldier

When soldier Paul Brandt returns home wounded and ashamed he finds his village has changed, in the dark shadows of an SS rest hut for those who manage the concentration camps Brandt glimpses a female prisoner who he must protect.

Authors S

J.D Salinger – For Esmé – with Love And Squalor

A collection of short stories by J.D Salinger. Reviewed by Sarah Smith.

J.D.Salinger – The Catcher in The Rye

Read our user-submitted book review of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, as reviewed by Reading Addict, The Enchanted Reader.

Barbara Samuel – Madame Mirabou’s School of Love

Our reviewer, Teresa M loved this romance novel from Barbara Samuel, rating it four out of five on her bookometer.

Marjane Satrapi – Persepolis

This graphic novel styled memoir follows Mariane Satrapi growing up in Iran during the time of the Islamic revolution.

Jocelyne Saucier – And the Birds Rained Down

Tom and Charlie decide to live the rest of their lives in a remote forest their only connection to the world outside is a couple of pot growers, but as summer comes it brings two women to their hide away.

Julie Schumacher – Dear Committee Members

Read our book review of Julie Schumacher’s novel Dear Committee Members, as described by Campbell McAuley.

Grant Scott, Barry Miles and Johnny Morgan – The Greatest Album Covers of All Time

Contains Spoilers!

Take a look through some of the best album covers of all time, from pop to folk and everything in between, this wonderful visual record of art in the music industry is an essential read for music lovers around the world.

Jeremy Scott – The Ables

When Phillip’s dad sat him down for a talk he expected the sex talk, but to his surprise his father told him of his inherited power of telekinesis and his enrolment into superhero high school.

Maurice Sendak – Where The Wild Things Are

An iconic book inspiring a movie and an opera, one of the best loved books of all time. No spoiler review by Campbell McAulay.

Dr Seuss – The Lorax

The Lorax by Dr Seuss is a silly children’s book with a more serious subtone about looking after what we have and not being too greedy. Reviewed by Jessica Cross aged 9 1/2.

Elif Shafak – Honor

After immigrating to London Pembe and Adem’s marrage falls apart, with Adem leaving the honor of the family falls on the eldest son’s shoulders, but what will happen when his mother begins to spend time with another man?

Natasha Sharma – Squiggle Takes a Walk

With the help of Squiggle’s adventure through the pages of a note book, readers learn about different types of punctuation.

Sidney Sheldon – Bloodline

A mysterious accident leaves Elizabeth in control of her father’s international empire Roffe and Sons, but as she chooses to save the company instead of selling, could she be heading for an accident of her own?

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein

Victor Frankenstein is obsessed with bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, after assembling a human being form stolen body parts, but is horrified at his creation.

Lucius Shepard – Softspoken

Not your average ghost story says Sammy Evans in this comprehensive review of Lucius Shepard’s supernatural tale, Softspoken set in rural South Carolina in a decaying antebellum mansion. Released in 2013.

Ruth Shidlo – Murder in the Choir

Detective Inspector Helen Mirkin is setting out to investigate the disappearance of opera singer Araceli Pena, but after finding her dead body and shortly after meteoric composer  Israel Berger is killed, Helen must find out if these deaths are connected.

Anita Shreve – The Lives of Stella Bain

Waking in a hospital in northern France, her name (Stella Bain) is one of the very few things she remembers, now Stella sets out to find out how she is.

Lionel Shriver – We Need to Talk About Kevin

Eva Khatchadourian is coming to terms with the atrocities her son committed. This tale will keep you thinking long after the last page.

Neal Shusterman – Unwind

Parents/Guardians have the right to sign their 13-18 year old to be unwound. Conner, Risa and Lev are all destined for such a procedure, which involves having all their organs transplanted into other people.

Neal Shusterman – Unwholly

The way people think about unwinding is changing, but with the demand so great will this practice still continue?

Neal Shusterman – Unsouled

The mission continues, to put a stop to unwinding forever, while others just want revenge for what was done to them. Will any of them get their wish?

Nevil Shute – A Town Like Alice

Nevil Shute’s classic wartime romance novel, A Town Like Alice. Harrowing, exciting and thoroughly enjoyed by Reading Addict Lee Bridge.

Nevil Shute – On the Beach

A review of the classic war novel On the Beach, where Shute imagines the aftermath of a nuclear fallout in a stunning novel, considered a classic.

Nevil Shute – Trustee From the Toolroom

A review of Nevil Shute’s final novel, Trustee from the Toolroom. Described as ‘feel-good’ by our regular reviewer, Campbell McAulay.

Robert Silverberg – Recalled to Life

A review of the classic futuristic sci-fi novel, Recalled to Life. One of Silverburg’s early works, reviewed here by Reading Addict Lee Bridge.

John Simmons – Leaves

The residents of Ophelia Street are in for a eventful year in this book on life. A special mention to the detailed description of the seasons changing that will give you a unique look at this fictional street.

Jake Wallis Simons – Jam

Read our book review of Jam by Jake Wallis Simons, which has been submitted to us by Reading Addict, Jayson Peel, who sent it in via the Foxy Bookshelf.

Helen Simonson – Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

The death of his brother leads Major Ernest Pettigrew to find an unexpected friendship in fellow booklover Jasmina Ali, but not everyone in the village approves of this newfound friendship.

Iqdish Singh – The Turmoil

Realm has been brought back, but with it comes Akariops and anxiety in the world. Reviewed By Vibhu.

Parismita Singh’ – Mara and the Clay Cows

After making a pair of cows from clay they come to life and when they begin to talk Mara, accompanied by Shiroi set out on an adventure to find the Chief Magician.

Curtis Sittenfeld – The Man of My Dreams

Everyone want to find their soul mate, Curtis gives honest characters and a true insight into the search. No spoiler review by Teresa M.

Sivadasa – Listen, O King!

As the noble King Vikramaditya carries a possessed corpse through the cremation ground the witty ghost tells tales and asks puzzling riddles.

Karin Slaughter – Martin Misunderstood

Martin Misunderstood is less than average man in an average world, read about his story in this darkly comic tale. No spoiler review by Teresa M.

Kendra Smith – Jacarana Wife

Katie, pregnant and homesick finds out that Tom’s been unfaithful and heads to England, but surprisingly she’s actually looking forward to returning to a Australia.

Tom Rob Smith – Child 44

A historical suspense thriller set in Stalin’s era, the first in the Child 44 trilogy by Tom Rob Smith.

Wilbur Smith – River God

The first in the Ancient Egypt series compacts so much into the story you won’t want to put it down. No spoiler review by Timothy Nancarrow.

Robert Southworth – Spartacus Talons of an Empire

Spartacus survived the slave rebellion in 73BC and the action and adventures continue as history is re-imagined in this fictional perspective.

Robert Southworth – Spartacus II; The Gods Demand Sacrifice

Crassus is out for revenge, he sends out a relentless and savage hunter to pursue Spartacus and his allies who know how to fight in an arena but who must now flee.

Jo Spain – With Our Blessing

D I Tom Reynolds is working the case of an elderly woman he believes is linked to the notorious Magdalene Laundries but as he follows the trail to a isolated convent it becomes clear that the killer is inside and not finished getting vengeance for the sins of the past.

Kathryn Springer – The Dandelion Field

Ginevieve and her daughter Raine find themselves in Banister Falls when their car breaks down, in order for Raine to have a bright future Gin promises they can stay till Raine finishes high school but a lot can happen in that short amount of time.

Shalini Srinivasan – Gangamma’s Gharial

Gangamma comes across a gharial shaped earring that can transport her anywhere, when she uses the earring she finds an unlikely friendship with a twelve years old girl.

Simone St James – The Other Side of Midnight

Delve into the world of the psychics, mediums and frauds as we join Ellie Winters in her mission to uncover her sole rival Gloria Sutter’s murder.

Richard Stark – Point Blank

Parker, a professional thief gets double crossed by his partner Mal, who takes it all including his wife, leaving him for dead. He didn’t do a good enough job and now Parker wants revenge.

Julie Starr – Magic To Memphis

Jessie’s intentions of competing in a music contest in Memphis become a fight for survival after receiving a box of her dad’s possessions.

M. L. Stedman – The Light Between Oceans

During their years on the isolated island Janus Rock, Tom and Isabel have had two miscarriages and a stillbirth. When a boat is washed up containing a dead man and a baby, Isabel is convinced it’s a “gift from God”.

June Steenkamp – Reeva: A Mother’s Story

June Steenkamp talks about her time sitting in the Pretoria courtroom, Reeva’s life and her own life after the verdict.

Gertrude Stein – Tender Buttons

Gertrude’s best known work is separated into three section; food, objects and rooms. Read what Molly thought of her works.

John Steinbeck – East of Eden

East of Eden is a classic novel by John Steinbeck, reviewed here by Melissa Turney.

John Steinbeck – The Grapes of Wrath

Among the thousands of people migrating west to find the land of opportunity are the Joad Family, will they find what they are looking for?

Philip Van Doren Stern – The Greatest Gift

This short story follows George Pratt as he considers taking his own life that is until he is shown the world without him in it. The story is the inspiration for the Classics Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful life.

Kathryn Stockett – The Help

Skeeter is fresh out of college and considered a failure due to the fact she’s not married, but that’s not stopping her from writing a book about the treatment of the black maids in her town.

Cheryl Strayed – Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail

Cheryl Strayed’s memoir follows her epic journey inspired after the loss of her mother to cancer. Raw and Gritty according to our reviewer.

Jonathan Stroud – The Bartimaeus Sequence

The Bartimaeus Sequence is a trilogy series by Jonathan Stroud. This review is of the entire series, aimed at 9-11 year olds but loved by all ages.

Jonathan Stroud – The Lockwood & Co. Series

For years London’s streets at night have become the playground for ghosts, can the ghost hunters, Lockwood and co stop these paranormal creatures and save the city?

Ravi Subramanian – The Bankster

The Bankster is a suspense novel by Indian writer, Ravi Subramanian where our banking culture is as much under suspicion as the characters.

Peter Swanson – The Kind Worth Killing

Ted and Lily meet in an airport waiting for the same flight, drinks and confessions pass Ted’s lips and a deal is made that will have the pair in a game of survival.

Meera Syal – The House of Hidden Mothers

Shyama and Toby want to have a child but are unable, Mala is trapped in an oppressive marriage and want an escape. The three make a deal to all get what they want but can it be that easy?

Authors T

Ayesha Tariq – Sarah

Sarah is an obedient Pakistani daughter and bottles up her anger, but as the bottle reaches its capacity can she keep the cap on her emotions.

C. L. Taylor – The Lie

The Lie is a psychological thriller by C. L Taylor. Twisty and turny and full of suspense according to our reviewer, Claire Knight.

Laini Taylor – Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the first in the YA fantasy trilogy of the same name with magic between the pages. Award winning, but lacking depth according to our reviewer.

Corrie Ten Boom – The Hiding Place

Corrie and her family live above the watchmaker shop that Carrie’s father runs, their strong morals lead them to help Jewish people during the war.

Denis Theriault – The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman

Read our book review of Denis Theriault’s touching novel surrounding haikus – The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman.

Erik Therme – Mortom

Andy Crowl is the sole beneficiary in Craig Moore’s will and inherits a rundown house in the town of Mortom. Andy’s obsession of playing the game sets him off following the clues, but what will the outcome be?

Hunter S. Thompson – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Journalist Raoul Duke’s report on the Mint 400 motorcycle race gets side tracked when his attorney Dr Gonzo and Raoul start experimenting with a variety of recreational drugs.

Leah Thomas – Because You’ll never Meet Me

Oliver, with his allergy to electricity and Moritz who among other disabilities has a pacemaker, through letters these two become friends but with it comes the wish to get more from life.

Scarlett Thomas – The End of Mr Y

Strange fiction, suspense and plenty of fantasy about in Scarlett Thomas’ The End of Mr Y. Reviewed by Reading Addicts regular, Campbell McAulay, and destined to be a cult classic according to the Telegraph!

Cate Tiernan – Balefire

With her father’s death Thais gets thrown into the world of witchcraft with the revelation she has a twin sister.

J.R.R. Tolkien – The Hobbit

Classic fantasy from Tolkien, but our reviewer first experience with the author, and she loved it!

Charles Todd – Ian Rutledge Mystery Series

Returning from WWI to London and his job as a Scotland Yard inspector, Ian Rutledge is suffering from shell shock which manifests through the voice of Hamish, a soldier who was under his command.

Calvin Trillin – Tepper Isn’t Going Out

For Murray Tepper there is nothing better than sitting in his car reading his newspaper in peace but what starts with numerous drivers wanting his parking space soon grows to people wanting to join him sitting in his car.

Donald Tyson – Necronomicon

Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft creation, this occult fiction novel should be a pleasure for fans of the author. Reviewed here by prolific Reading Addicts reviewer, Campbell McAulay.

Donald Tyson – Alhazred : Author of Necronomicon

A young necromancer’s autobiography through his torture, mutilation and banishment. Reviewed here by Campbell McAulay.