Pile by the Bed reviews Weyward by Emilia Hart, a debut that deals with a famliy of witches which has plenty to say about reclaiming power in the face of abuse.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Whispering Muse by Laura Purcell, another of her effective gothic horror stories, this one set in the nineteenth century London theatre scene.
Pile by the Bed reviews Love will Tear Us Apart by CK McDonnell the third book in the Stranger Times urban fantasy series.
Pile by the Bed reviews Cold People by Tom Rob Smith, the thriller writer’s not entirely successful post-apocalyptic exploration of humanity set in Antarctica.
Pile by the Bed reviews Expect Me Tomorrow by Christopher Priest which uses a true story from the nineteenth century as the springboard for an exploration of climate change.
Pile by the Bed reviews Ymir by Rich Larson a dark, intense and gritty science fiction debut with cyberpunk stylings set on an icy mining planet. Recommended
Pile by the Bed reviews This Wild, Wild Country by Inga Vesper, a historical crime novel that explores a range of cultural issues from the 1970s that are still prevalent today.
Pile by the Bed reviews Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson a crime novel set in and around the illegal clubs of London in the late 1920s.
Pile by the Bed reviews Okay Then That’s Great by Susannah Wise, a comedic, sometimes surreal ghost story dealing with grief and the vicissitudes of modern life.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Neom by Lavie Tidhar a return to the world of his breakthrough science fiction novel Central Station.
Pile by the Bed reviews Celestial by MD Lachlan and finds it a confusing collection of alternate history, mythology and science fiction.
Pile by the Bed reviews A Quiet Teacher by Adam Oyebanji a crime thriller with a spy story angle.
Pile by the Bed reviews We Spread by Iain Reid, a surreal and disorienting narrative from the perspective of an ageing protagonist put in a strange old age home.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean a resonant modern fanatasy in conversation with the tropes of classic fantasy and fairy tales.
Pile by the Bed reviews Essex Dogs by Dan Jones, debut historical fiction following a group of English soldiers at the start of the hundred years war between Britain and France.
Pile by the Bed reviews Drunk on All Your Strange New Worlds by Eddie Robson, a crime novel set in a post-alien contact future New York.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Partisan by Patrick Worrall – a debut Cold War thriller with chess at its centre and roots back to World War 2.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Half Life of Valery K by Natasha Pulley, historical fiction set in the 1960s and based on the true story of a Soviet radiation research facility.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Accomplice by Steve Cavanagh, the seventh in his consistently enjoyable Eddie Flynn conman-turned-lawyer series .
Pile by the Bed reviews May God Forgive by Alan Parks, the fifth book is in his gritty Harry McCoy series set in 1970s Glasgow.