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Like Heaven by Niala Maharaj

Ved Saran is a self-made businessman living in Trinidad. His honesty proves a disappointment to his greedy, manipulative, tight-knit family. Local dialect peppers the conversations but the narrative is such an easy read you won't find this a problem. Characters who inspire empathy and an evocative setting make for a pleasant and enjoyable reading experience. You'll be heading for the travel agents to book a Caribbean holiday.

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The Behaviour of Moths by Poppy Adams

This story resembles the life cycle of a moth – there are many layers, often exposing a darker side before transforming itself into something of beauty. The two sisters in the novel are vastly different - one is quiet, hermit-like, unassuming and very naive; the other is gregarious, outspoken but extremely selfish. The story explores their interaction and flits between the past and the present. A must-read book full of heartache, suspense, love – and you'll learn something of the study moths and butterflies.

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The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by W G Dahlquist

This is a gothic fantasy thriller packaged in a big, big book. So set some time aside for it because I guarantee you won't be able put it down. A sort of 'Fingersmith' meets 'Frankenstein' with touches of black humour that are entirely 21st century.

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Day by A L Kennedy

Alfred Day - a young man caught up in conflict. A sort of cross between the Good Soldier Svejk and Oedipus, with a dash of Dad's Army. And that's not to mention the rest of his crew, who have escaped from - who knows? But they are all completely bonkers. And then there's Joyce, with whom he has a not so brief encounter.

There is nothing quite like this book, so if you're up for a reading adventure, give it a go.

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