Category mysteries

BLACKOUT by Sarah Hepola - Two Roads Books

In June Two Roads publish an incredible new memoir of addiction and recovery – Sarah Hepola’s Blackout. To all extents and purposes a fairly functional alcoholic, editor Sarah’s biggest problem with drinking was blacking out: losing time and memories, and waking up in random places with a blank space in her head where the last few hours should have been.

Memory is such a fundamental part of who we are and how we see ourselves that it’s little wonder it’s such a rich area for writers, and so in the run-up to Sarah’s fabulous book here are a couple of other recent ‘memory’ books to get you in the mood.

Elizabeth is Missing, Emma Healey

Both a gripping detective story and a moving study of dementia, Emma Healey’s debut novel tells the story of Maud, whose best friend Elizabeth has gone missing, and whose sister, Sukey, went missing seventy years earlier. Something is nagging at her; some wrong that needs to be righted, or a crime that needs to be uncovered, or a connection that needs to be made, but as the shoutline says – how can you solve a mystery when you can’t remember the clues?

Elizabeth is Missing

Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything, Sally Magnusson

Sally Magnusson’s mother, Mamie, was a bundle of energy, intelligence and wit. Then everything changed. Slowly, insidiously, she started to forget what she was doing, where she was going and who she was. Weaving together the story of Mamie’s slow decline with glimpses of the incredible woman she was, Where Memories Go is a beautifully written chronicle of the sorrow, unexpected laughs, pain and ultimately of the love involved in caring for someone with dementia.

Where Memories Go


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Guest blogger: Valerie Appleby, Assistant Editor Two Roads

I’m not much of a mystery reader, but something about Josephine Tey’s Brat Farrar intrigued me. Perhaps it was the horse on the front cover, or perhaps the title that I just couldn’t place (I admit, I thought it was a Gaelic phrase before discovering it was actually just the name of the protagonist), but when I first discovered this book in the manuscript pages of Will Schwalbe’s The End of Your Life Book Club, I was tempted to read it right away.Brat Farrar, Josephine Tey

As it happened, I wasn’t alone. After selecting Brat Farrar for the eighth Two Roads book club, I was inundated by requests to join from my colleagues in Hodder towers. Several of my peers mentioned it was one of their favourite books, others proclaimed they’d been dying to read. I’m pleased to announce that this book lived up to all its hype.

Brat Farrar is a mystery of sorts (we’ll get to that) about the Ashbys, a family of seven on a large estate in southern England. When Mr and Mrs Ashby die in a plane crash, the value of their estate is frozen until their eldest child (who is also a twin) turns twenty-one and legally inherits the property. But

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shortly after his parents’ death, he mysteriously vanishes, assumed to have committed suicide. continue reading »

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