Book reviews by Waterstones

The Killing by David Hewson

If you’re craving some Scandinavian Crime now that Season 3 has finished on TV, why not revisit Sarah Lund and the Copenhagen Police Dept in this brilliant novelisation by David Hewson.

We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Book 2, which was published on January 3.

The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill

Susan Hill, writer of The Woman In Black, returns to send a few more chills up your spine with this eerie offering.

This is a delicious Victorian ghost story woven around the subject of a mysterious painting of Venetian masked revellers that hangs in a Cambridge professor’s study. Instead of imitating life it has the power to trap it... Pitch perfect in its spookiness.

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

This author’s first book, My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece, caused quite a stir. Her second looks sure to have her in the limelight once more. It’s a really clever book that keeps the reader guessing in many ways right through to the final few pages.

The main character is a teenage girl called Zoe – well, actually that’s not her real name. That’s because she’s writing a series of letters by email to a prisoner on death row in America and she wants – no, she needs – the whole exercise to be anonymous. The reader finds out early on in the book that Zoe has done something she sees as dreadful and unforgivable. What it was emerges as the book develops.

If I tell you it involves friendships with two boys who turn out to be brothers you might get an idea about what happens. But to tell you too much would give the game away. Suffice it to say that this is another book written for teenagers that will intrigue and engross many adults too.

The Science Magpie by Simon Flynn

Expand your knowledge as you view the history of the Earth on the face of a clock, tremble at the power of the Richter scale and learn how to measure the speed of light in your kitchen. This handy hardback is a perfect quick reference to all things science, poaching fascinating facts and information from its history and packing an astonishing amount into bite size chunks. This book is great for both laymen and boffins alike so if you’re only going to buy one science book this year, make it this one!