Guardian book reviews by Laura Wilson

June 2019

If you are amongst the 60% of UK residents who, according to a recent study, have suffered due to nuisance neighbours, then Louise Candlish’s new novel, Those People (Simon & Schuster, £12.99), is guaranteed to have you vibrating with impotent fury on behalf of the denizens of Lowland Way in south London, whose smugly peaceful […]

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May 2019

After the award-winning fictionalised account of 1950s serial killer Peter Manuel, The Long Drop, Denise Mina returns to the present day with Conviction (Harvill Secker, £12.99), a thoroughly modern tale of sexual and financial predation and social media. Anna McDonald is on the run from an unspecified traumatic incident in her past. Having fled London, […]

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April 2019

The King’s Evil (HarperCollins, £14.99) is the third novel in Andrew Taylor’s superbly realised series set in seventeenth century London and featuring government investigator James Marwood and his friend Cat Lovett. The sequel to The Ashes of London and The Fire Court takes place in 1667 and finds the heirless Charles II busy ‘healing’ the […]

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March 2019

Anthony Good’s debut novel, Kill [redacted] (Atlantic, £12.99) is a delicate but merciless portrait of a man in the grip of a mental breakdown. When retired headteacher Michael’s wife is killed in a terrorist attack on the London underground, he decides to kill the politician whose policies he considers to be ultimately responsible for her […]

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February 2019

A closed world murder mystery inside a postapocalyptic thriller, The Last by Hanna Jameson (Viking, £12.99) is set in a remote Swiss hotel. American historian Jon Keller, there for a conference, reads about the end of the world on the internet. Nuclear attacks take out major cities and destroy communications until the twenty people remaining […]

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