As the shortest month in the year, February brings a glimmer of hope that spring is just around the corner. But until then this month’s wintry mix of cold evenings and crisp mornings come as the perfect excuse to stay wrapped up warm indoors discovering new books.
Tana French fans will rejoice at the news of a new spellbinding standalone book hitting shelves this month – and if that wasn’t enough to send a chill down your spine, February also promises brilliant second novels from authors of Disclaimer and The Chalk Man. With only 28 days until March, there’s no time to waste.
The best books out in February:
The Wych Elm by Tana French
Tana French’s dark and hypnotic new standalone tells the suspenseful story of a man who finds himself caught up in a murder case that threatens the heart of his family and his own sense of self. If you’ve never tried one of Tana’s books before, The Wych Elm is the perfect place to start – we can’t recommend this gripping character study highly enough. Read an extract from the book here.
The Taking of Annie Thorne by C J Tudor
The Chalk Man author C J Tudor returns this month with a chilling, creepy new tale. Packed full of tension, this absorbing page turner transports us to a claustrophobic small town that’s hiding a secret darker than anyone could imagine. It’s eerie, unnerving and seriously addictive, so prepare to be thrilled. Read an extract here.
The Secretary by Renee Knight
From the bestselling author of Disclaimer comes The Secretary – a tense, menacing thriller about power, revenge and the consequences of crossing the dangerous line between loyalty and obsession. Clever and twisty, this is one page turner that grips from the very first page to the last.
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
Suspenseful, dark and deeply atmospheric, Jane Harper’s third book does not disappoint. Following two brothers as they search for the truth about their sibling’s tragic death in the outback, it’s an intriguing slow burner of a mystery boasting brilliantly crafted characters and compelling writing.
Never Tell by Lisa Gardner
Detective D D Warren and Flora Dane must work together to establish what really happened in an apparently open-and-shut murder case – and whether the perpetrator is innocent, or guilty as charged. This is an unputdownable, nail-biting thriller that shouldn’t be missed. Read the first chapter here.
The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths
Take a trip to Norfolk in Elly Griffiths’s brand new Ruth Galloway mystery, which follows the archaeology professor and the police as they return to an old case that still holds deadly secrets. Picking up one of these stories is like reuniting with a whole cast of old friends you know so well. What more could you want from a favourite crime series?
Perfect Liars by Rebecca Reid
Three women walk into a dinner party, but only two will walk out. This is Mean Girls with murder, perfect for those who loved Big Little Lies, The Girlfriend and The Fifth Letter. Dark and funny, this is a real page turner that you’ll race through, desperate to find out what happens. Meet the characters in the book here.
Out of the Dark by Gregg Hurwitz
Gregg Hurwitz’s creation Evan Smoak – aka Orphan X – is back for his fourth outing this month, and this time he’s set his sights on the most powerful and heavily guarded person in the world: the President of the United States. Fast-paced and action-packed, Out of the Dark will hook you in and leave you desperate for more. Don’t miss it.
Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce
Fans of Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard won’t want to miss this sharp, slick debut novel about a successful lawyer juggling her first murder case and her own illicit affair with her colleague. We promise you’ll find yourself engrossed in this deceptively clever story of fear and desire, jealousy and betrayal, love and hate.
One False Move by Robert Goddard
What price can you put on an incredible power? And just how far will people go to keep hold of it? If you like Peter May, Stuart MacBride and Peter Robinson, you’ll soon find yourself on the edge of your seat with this original, inventive and brilliantly plotted mystery that quickly becomes a heart-stopping thriller.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Alex Michaelides’ debut is a suspenseful thriller about a woman’s brutal and random act of violence against her husband and the psychotherapist obsessed with uncovering her motive. Fast-paced and complex, with a twist you won’t see coming, this is one book that’s hard to forget in a hurry.
Marked For Death by Tony Kent
Criminal barrister Michael Devlin must race to bring a killer to justice before it’s too late in this second fast-paced thriller from the author of Zoe Ball book club pick Killer Intent. This is a book packed with twists, turns and surprises that will leave you utterly gripped. Get ready for a roller coaster of a ride!
The pick of the paperbacks
These beauties have already hit the shelves in hardback and are newly available in paperback this month.
Have we missed any of the best books out in February? Let us know in the comments below!