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Books that will draw you in this autumn

The evenings are getting darker which makes it the perfect time to curl up with a good book. Here are four page-turners recommended by our friends at Whitcoulls.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Every so often a book comes along which is epic in scope. Pachinko follows four generations of a family in the 20th century in Korea and Japan. The story opens with Sunja, the daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life. Facing harsh discrimination and poverty in their adopted country, this is a fascinating tale of love and survival. Like the game the book is named after, life is often about taking chances and making your own luck.




Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri
A murder and apparent child abduction outside Rome prompt a routine police investigation. However the city’s Chief of Police suspects that more help is needed on the case. Enter two of Italy’s top analytical minds: Colomba Caselli, a detective still reeling from her own personal trauma, and Dante Torre, a man who spent his childhood in captivity. Together this unusual duo unravel the bizarre details of a case that’s darker than they could have ever imagined.  This complex, clever thriller kept us guessing and could well be the next best thing since I Am Pilgrim.




The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
Born out of wedlock in 1940s rural Ireland, Cyril Avery is given a home with a well-to-do couple in Dublin. His eccentric adopted parents tell him that although he’s an Avery he’s not a real Avery. With no connection to his birth mother and shunned by his adopted family, Cyril finds himself adrift in the world. He spends the next decades struggling to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more. One minute hilarious and the next minute heart-breaking, The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a profound novel which will stay with you long after you’ve finished the last page.




Summary Justice by John Fairfax
William Benson is a convicted murderer who's done his time. He qualifies as a lawyer and - against much opposition - starts to practise at the Bar. He's an outsider looking in, and takes on a seemingly impossible case in his quest to ensure that innocent people, like himself, are not wrongly convicted. He's aided in this by a young woman who first saw him being taken down from the Old Bailey, and many years later is herself now a lawyer with a maverick streak and an eye for justice. Summary Justice's clever premise is very well delivered. It had us completely drawn in, right to the very end. If you like a good legal thriller, look no further.

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