For years Letty has worked three jobs to support her two kids, who, until now, have been cared for by her mother. The children are devastated when their grandparents move back to Mexico, and Letty has to step up and be a mom. She comes up with a plan to escape their neighbourhood and their downtrodden lives, but will there be a happy ending?
Boy, Snow, Bird
BY HELEN OYEYEMI (R170, RIVERHEAD BOOKS)
A modern twist on Snow White; Boy Novak runs away from an abusive father in search of a better life. Best hairstyles for you quiz After marrying a widowed jewellery maker, she finds herself unintentionally behaving like an evil step-mother to teenage Snow. All the while, the husband she thinks she knows is keeping a secret of his own in this inventive novel.
BY MAGGIE MITCHELL (R310, ORION BOOKS)
Lois and Carly-May are abducted by a handsome, charismatic stranger when they are just 12 years old, and held captive for two months, with their families fearing the worst. Fast forward 20 years, and the girls are living separate lives, until their secret pasts are exposed, forcing them to face what happened before, and their secret longings.
The Moth Catcher
BY ANN CLEEVES (R471, PAN MACMILLAN)
A quiet community living in a secluded valley is thrown into turmoil when two men are found dead. Discovered separately, Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope soon finds out that the deceased are connected by their strange fascination with moths, and that the people living in the community hold some secrets of their own – which may turn out to be deadly.
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