January 2020's best book releases including 'One Of Us Is Next' and Jill Mansell's new read

Caroline Allen
From Nora Ephron to Jill Mansell, these are the books to know about in January 2020 [Photo: Getty]

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2020 is an exciting year for book releases and we’re starting strong with January’s selection.

It certainly wasn’t easy to whittle it down to just 12, but these books will both uplift and restore you. After all - that seems to be the theme of the month. It’s full of books that are so good you get completely lost in them and forget it’s January altogether.

Many people will have committed to a reading challenge this year and these books are all worthy enough to be the first books you read this decade.

With books from big names like Jill Mansell and James Patterson, you won’t be short of new year, new book inspiration.

The Other People, CJ Tudor | 23 January 2020

This book is chilling. It’s the type of book you need to read with the lights on and the doors locked but it’s so gripping you won’t regret the mild night terrors.

Gabe is driving home one night from work and sees his daughter’s face appear in the rear window of the car in front. What follows is a creepy tale as we begin to find out just what happened to her.

Lost Hills, Lee Goldberg | 1 January 2020

This is so great. It’s a modern-day detective novel written in a way that’s even appealing to people who don’t typically like detective novels.

Eve Ronin becomes a mini-celebrity after a video of her off-duty arrest of an abusive movie star goes viral. As a result, she becomes the youngest female homicide detective in the department’s history as she takes on the grit and glamour of LA.

One Of Us Is Next, Karen McManus | 9 January 2020

This is the much-anticipated sequel of One Of Us Is Lying - which you definitely need to read first to enjoy this to the fullest.

Bayview starts playing a sinister game of Truth Or Dare. Residents must choose to reveal their darkest secrets or do a deadly dare. They need to find out who’s behind the game before it’s too late.

It Started With A Secret, Jill Mansell | 23 January 2020

If you’re feeling a bit miserable (what with all the rain and the fact that all the Christmas anticipation is over) you need to get your hands on this book.

It’s an uplifting, romantic book about a woman who swears off romance - well, until she meets an actor’s grandson and things start to change for the better.

A beginner’s Guide To Free Fall, Andy Abramowitz | 1 January 2020

This book follows the life of Davis Winger who, by all accounts, has it all. In one day, all of that changes and we read how he navigates the ever-changing pace of life.

It’s thoughtful - it leaves you thinking about it long after you’ve devoured it and our only regret is that we didn’t make it last a bit longer.

Queenie, Kimberley Chambers | 23 January 2020

This book is simply brilliant and a great read for people interested in just post-war London, the East End specifically, which was hit very hard during WWII.

We’ve been waiting for this for a long time and it doesn’t disappoint. Queenie befriended Mrs O’Leary, the mother of the two kingpins of the East End and it follows her life through the backstreets of Whitechapel.

Big Sky, Kate Atkinson | 23 January 2020

We’re very excited for the return of Jackson Brodie, who has (for this novel) relocated to a quiet seaside town which might look pretty on the surface, but there’s something sinister lying underneath.

If you’re into crime fiction, you’ll love this. It offers so much more, though - particularly Kate Atkinson’s enjoyably dry humour - a theme which runs throughout her books.

I Feel Bad About My Neck, Nora Ephron | 9 January 2020

This book has become somewhat of a bible since it came out in 2006. We had to include the latest edition of this book in our round-up because it has a new introduction from Everything I Know About Love author, Dolly Alderton (which is sublime, by the way).

Nora’s wisdom and wit has influenced a generation and we’re so pleased her writing lives on in the latest edition of I Feel Bad About My Neck.

Haven’t They Grown, Sophie Hannah | 23 January 2020

Haven’t They Grown is stunningly clever - as are all of Sophie Hannah’s books (Little Face is one of our favourites).

The chilling plot tries to piece together why one of the old friends of the main character, Beth, still has children of the same age even though 12 years have passed. It reminds us of Little Face as far as the sharp writing goes, but the plot is truly unique.

Motherwell: A Girlhood, Deborah Orr | 23 January

This candid memoir opens up about what it was like to grow up in Motherwell as well as the oftentimes conflicting - yet core - relationships children have with their parents.

It looks into how the places you come from can play vital roles in everything you believe in and how breaking the status quo can be an act of ultimate rebellion. A must-read.

Adults, Emma Jane Unsworth | 30 January 2020

We’ve been waiting for this since the award-winning author, Emma Jane Unsworth wrote Animals.

Adults is a satirical look at the age of self-promotion, a hilarious take on how our social media accounts might portray one thing and our actual lives quite another. We’d recommend reading Animals, too, because Emma Jane Unsworth is wonderfully talented.

Agatha, Anne Cathrine Bomann | 12 December 2019

This book is a special addition to this month’s round-up because although the hardback is already out, the paperback won’t come out until later this year.

It’s about a psychiatrist who’s counting down towards his upcoming retirement. He doesn’t have anyone in the way of friends and family and lives a rather meagre existence. That is until Agatha, one of his last ever clients, walks through the door and makes him question everything he ever knew about life.

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