Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex – an assured and absorbing debut based on the true story of the locked door disappearance of a group of lighthouse keepers.
Pile by the Bed reviews Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, a story about what it means to be human that is thematically consistent with his broader body of work.
Pile by the Bed reviews City of Vengeance a debut crime novel by screenwriter DV Bishop set in and around historical events in 16th Century Florence
Pile by the Bed reviews The Fall of Koli – the final ominously named book in MR Carey’s post-apocalyptic Ramparts Trilogy and finds that the long journey was worth the effort
Pile by the Bed reviews The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean, a grim survival thriller that is based on issues of people trafficking and slavery.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Last Good Man by Thomas McMullen a post-apocalyptic dystopia that considers the power of crowd-sourced justice.
Pile by the Bed reviews Gallowglass by Simon Morden, a space survival story set in a climate-change affected future.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Open Water, the assured debut novel by British author Caleb Azuma Nelson.
Pile by the Bed Reviews Clair Whitfield’s debut crime novel People of Abandoned Character, a Jack the Ripper-adjacent novel centred around an abusive relationship.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends The Stranger Times a new comic urban fantasy set in Manchester by CK McDonnell
Pile by the Bed reviews The Trials of Koli (The Ramparts #2) by MR Koli – returning for more adventures in a verdant, but dangerous post-apocalyptic Britain.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends the long awaited new fantasy novel by Susanna Clarke, Piranesi and finds it to be a gem of modern fantasy that was well worth the wait.
Pile by the Bed reviews V2 by Robert Harris, a novel which looks at the development and use of the V2 rocket in World War 2 and the attempts to prevent V2 attacks on London.
Pile by the Bed reviews the very British crime debut The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, featuring a group of unstoppable retiree amateur detectives.
Pile by the Bed reviews Summerwater by Sarah Moss – a series of incisive linked stories set on a single, rainy day at a Scottish holiday camp.
Pile by the Bed reviews Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell a joyful look at the late 1960s music scene which can stand alone but has plenty of connections to other Mitchell works.
Pile by the Bed reviews If I Can’t Have You by Charlotte Levin, a debut thriller involving obsession and stalking.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Cleaner by Mark Dawson, rerelease of a title about a killer with a heart of gold that spawned a plenty of sequels.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Sandpit by Nicholas Shakespeare, a post- Cold War thriller that grapples with the complexity of modern global affairs.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Constant Rabbit by British fabulist Jasper Fforde – a broad satire that takes on immigration and prejudice.