Alice lives in a world of unimaginable privilege but she has trouble discerning what is real and what her fertile imagination has invented.
When her troubled friend Bunny goes missing, Alice becomes obsessed with finding her. On the trail of her last movements, Alice discovers a mysterious invitation to 'Wonderland', billed as the party to end all parties: it's three days of hedonistic excess to which only the elite are welcome. And it may uncover what's happened to Bunny. Juno Dawson, one of the most popular young adult writers at work today, offers a modern day reworking of Lewis Carroll's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as she explores mental health, gender and privilege.
When happy-go-lucky twenty-something English couple Ruth and Adam are offered the chance to spend the summer house-sitting in New York, they can't resist. Just as they are settling into their new home in Brooklyn a striking young woman turns up on their doorstep. She is drenched from a rain storm and says she is a friend of the homeowners, who told her she could stay with them whenever she was in the city. Soon Eden is inside, charming the house-sitters. But why do Ruth and Adam quickly sense that Eden may not be who she claims to be? And will this person ruin the seemingly perfect life that the couple have planned for themselves?
If there has been one upside to lockdown, it's been a far greater awareness and appreciation of the nature all around us - whether we're living in the depths of the country or heart of the city. This guide, subtitled A Seasonal Guide to Nature's Wild Harvests, demonstrates just how much free food can be foraged if we know what to look for. Although written for a British audience, Ireland's biodiversity is largely similar and Wright - known for his work with River Cottage's Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall - shows us that there's a seemingly endless supply of edible delights around us, whether it's dandelions, sloe berries, samphire, wild garlic or - if you have the nerve - grasshoppers.
Bestselling thriller writer Jeffrey Deaver's latest central character, Colter Shaw, is an intriguing creation. Brought up off the grid, he learned to be a totally self-sufficient survivalist from his father Ashton.
He now earns his living as a professional reward seeker, criss-crossing America in his Winnebago camper van using his well-honed tracking skills to find people who have disappeared and for whom a reward is being offered. He's been attracted to a small town called Gig Harbour in Washington state, where rewards are being offered for finding two men, Erick Young and Adam Harper, accused of shooting the pastor of a church.
The church has offered $50,000, Erick's parents $1,060. Shaw's initial investigations suggest that the men are not, in fact, guilty of the hate crimes of which they have been accused. He is also fairly sure that the local police have no intention of capturing the youths alive.
Erick and Adam are heading to a religious cult whose compound is in the remote forests of northern Washington state. Shaw soon tracks down the fugitives, but when the older of the pair, Adam, does something surprising Colter knows that he must investigate further.
Sending Erick to safety, using his network of survivalist friends, he sets up a false identity, Carter Skye, and infiltrates the camp they were heading to, known as the Osiris Foundation. He soon realises that the foundation is a full-blown religious cult. Its leader is Master Eli, who dresses in white robes and is surrounded by acolytes who enforce the rules of the foundation strictly.
Master Eli is a magnetic and charismatic orator, even if his words and delivery sound remarkably like those of Donald Trump. He promises his brainwashed followers eternal life if they follow the motto: "Yesterday is the key to a better today and a perfect tomorrow." Any dissent is suppressed quickly by a cadre of paid mercenaries.
Now that he is a trainee member of the cult, Shaw's problem is how to get out. He has no weapons, no method of communication with the outside world and he fears a deadly apocalypse is looming. Deaver's second Colter Shaw adventure is hugely entertaining while politically and religiously disturbing - according to the author there are tens of thousands of cults active in America today.
There seems to be a new trend for authors to set their novels at the time of the book's publication, presumably so that the narrative feel fresh and up to date. That does present problems if events in real life conspire to overtake those in the fictional present.