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New Quick Reads for 2022

Eight book jacket covers on an orange background. Top text: 2022 Quick Reads.
14 April 2022

Essex Library Service are now stocking eight new exciting Quick Reads titles. Quick Reads are short, simpler reads for adults written by best-selling authors. The authors this year include popular authors Graham Norton, Santa Montefiore and Kate Mosse. Quick Reads are ideal if you have limited time, are returning to reading or simply prefer shorter stories.


Each library will receive a copy of the following:


Blind Spot by Paula Hawkins

Since they were kids, Edie, Jake and Ryan have been the closest of friends. When Jake is brutally murdered and Ryan accused of the crime, Edie's world is shattered. She is grief-stricken and afraid - with good reason. Because someone is watching. Someone has been waiting for this moment. Now that Edie is alone, the past she tried so hard to leave behind is about to catch up with her...

Borrow or reserve Blind Spot on our online catalogue


Sofia Khan and the Baby Blues by Ayisha Malik

Sofia is twice-divorced, living back at home with her mum and planning to adopt a baby. But then someone comes back from the past. Suddenly, she's faced with a choice. To do what's best for those she loves, Sofia might have to break her own heart. And she might find herself needing the last person she expected...

Borrow or reserve Sofia Khan and the Baby Blues on our online catalogue


The Black Mountain by Kate Mosse

It is May, 1706. Ana, a young Spanish woman, living in a small town on the coast of Tenerife, notices that the air feels strange and heavy and the birds have stopped singing. Very soon it will be a race against time for Ana to persuade the town that they are in danger and should flee. Will they listen?

Borrow or reserve The Black Mountain on our catalogue


Witness by Alex Wheatle

Cornell is having a bad time. Kicked out of school for a fight he didn't start, he finds himself in a Pupil Referral Unit. Here he makes friends with one of the Sinclair family. You just don't mess with the Sinclairs, and when Ryan Sinclair orders him to come with him to teach a rival some respect, Cornell witnesses something that will change his life.

Borrow or reserve Witness on our online catalogue


The Swimmer by Graham Norton

Helen is a retired teacher living on the Irish coast. She enjoys the peace and quiet - despite the burden of Margaret, her unpleasant sister. One day, Helen sees a man struggling in the sea and decides to investigate. She doesn't quite know what it is, but something about it feels very strange...

Borrow or reserve The Swimmer on our online catalogue


My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay

An abridgement of Lemn Sissay's bestselling memoir. My Name Is Why is a true story about growing up in care and fighting to succeed despite the cruelty and failures of the care system. How does a government steal a child and then imprison him? How does it keep it a secret? This story is how. This story is true.

Borrow or reserve My Name is Why on our online catalogue


The Cutting Season by M. W. Craven

Hanging from a hook in a meat packing plant isn't how Washington Poe wants to spend his weekend. He's been punched and kicked, and when the Pale Man arrives it seems things will soon go from bad to worse. The Pale Man is a contract killer, and he and his razor are feared all over London. But Poe knows two things the Pale Man doesn't. And now things are about to get interesting...

Borrow or reserve The Cutting Season on our online catalogue


The Kiss by Santa Montefiore

Madison has always known she had a different father to her siblings. Now that she's eighteen she wants to meet the man who shares her fair hair and blue eyes: Robert. Robert is a very lucky man. A big house, beautiful wife, three handsome sons. Robert must finally tell his family the truth. Will they ever be able to forgive him and accept Madison as one of their own?

Borrow or reserve The Kiss on our online catalogue