With just the right mix of twisty surprises and good old fashioned human drama, our May book club selection is the perfect jumping off point to summer reading. In THE SHADOW YEAR by Hannah Richell a group of college students venture upon a remote hideaway and decide to it claim for themselves, carving out an existence apart from the real world. But over the course of one summer, the real world they’ve worked so hard to escape begins to intrude upon their utopia, and each of their lives are changed forever as a result. Thirty years later a grieving young woman inherits the house, and the mystery that lies within its walls is slowly uncovered as she renovates the home. Suspenseful. Moving. Clever. THE SHADOW YEAR is the perfect book to kick off your summer reading binge. Make sure you grab your copy today.
We’ve got five copies of THE SHADOW YEAR up for grabs this month. See the entry form below for details.
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On a sultry summer’s day in 1980, five friends stumble upon an abandoned lakeside cottage hidden deep in the English countryside. For Kat and her housemates, it offers an escape, a chance to drop out for a while. But as the seasons change, tensions begin to rise and when an unexpected visitor appears at their door, nothing will be the same again. Three decades later, Lila arrives at the same remote cottage. With her marriage in crisis, she finds solace in renovating the tumbledown house. Little by little she wonders about the previous inhabitants. How did they manage in such isolation? And why did they leave in such a hurry, with their belongings still strewn about? Most disturbing of all, why can’t she shake the feeling that someone might be watching her? THE SHADOW YEAR is a mesmerizing story of tragedy, lies and betrayal.
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* * * Before she became a writer, Hannah Rihell worked for ten years in the publishing industry and was lucky enough to market books by authors such as Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, David Mitchell, Jojo Moyes, Stephenie Meyer and David Nicholls, to name just a few. She emigrated to Australia from the UK in 2005, and spent two years working for Universal Pictures in Sydney. Hannah began to write in early 2008 while she was on maternity leave, and the result was her first novel, Secrets of the Tides, which was picked for the 2012 Richard & Judy Book Club, the Waterstones Book Club and was shortlisted for the Australian Independent Bookseller Best Debut Fiction Award, ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year (2013) and ABIA Newcomer of the Year (2013). Her second novel The Shadow Year, published in 2013. Hannah became an Australian citizen in 2010 but still returns to England whenever possible, to visit family and enjoy the green grass of home.