Here are eight new book releases in the month of February, including the story of a single father who accepts a well-paying job to live in a haunted house and record any strange happenings, a film professor who agrees to teach at her former school where she finds out the truth about a case from over 20 years ago, and a man connected to a murder suspect through a DNA match.
A SPELL OF GOOD THINGS
BY AYOBAMI ADEBAYO
Eniola is a young boy whose father has just lost his job and cannot afford to pay his school fees.
Pushed into poverty, he spends his time running errands for the local tailor and begs on the streets.
Meanwhile, Wuraola comes from a well-respected family and is a young doctor in her first year of practise, about to be engaged to a politician’s son.
Set in modern Nigeria, the story explores political corruption and societal expectations through the narratives of the two protagonists.
I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU
BY REBECCA MAKKAI
Twenty-three years ago, a student of a prestigious boarding school in New Hampshire was murdered and the school’s athletic trainer was convicted of the crime.
Now a successful film professor and podcaster, Bodie Kane is invited by her former school to teach a course. She agrees and returns to the school where her former roommate was murdered.
When one of her students chooses the murder case as her podcast assignment, Bodie becomes wrapped up in the investigation and wonders if the police really did arrest the right person.
THE SPITE HOUSE
BY JOHNNY COMPTON
Single father Eric Ross comes across an ad for a well-paying job opportunity as a caretaker of the Masson House.
In order to get his hands on a six-figure sum, he has to live in the house and record any strange happenings as proof of para-normal activities.
Desperate for money, Eric moves in together with his two daughters and start their new life in one of the most haunted places in Texas.
SOMEONE ELSE’S SHOES
BY JOJO MOYES
Nisha Cantor lives a glamorous life with her wealthy husband, while Sam Kemp is the sole breadwinner as her husband is going through a difficult time.
One morning at a gym, Sam mistakes Nisha’s bag for her own and finds a pair of six-inch high Christian Louboutin red shoes while Nisha ends up with a knock-off Marc Jacobs bag and a pair of worn-out black pumps.
Late for a meeting, Sam wears her new shoes with a new-found confidence.
When Nisha arrives at the hotel, she finds out she’s been locked out of the penthouse by her husband and she no longer has access to her bank account. As part of their divorce settlement, Nisha will have to give back the shoes.
BY LISELLE SAMBURY
Daisy can see dead people, a power that has made her life in ghost-packed Toronto challenging.
When her mother inherits a secluded mansion, Daisy welcomes the opportunity for a fresh start after breaking up with her boyfriend.
Ten years later, Brittney and Jayden are doing a show where they investigate haunted places. For their new season, they’re investigating a mansion that Brittney’s mother claimed has changed her life for the better and what happened to the young girl who used to live there.
BY PHILIP FRACASSI
Tyson Parks is a famous writer struggling with his career, waning book sales and a looming deadline.
On his 59th birthday, he receives an antique desk from his longtime girlfriend who hopes the gift would inspire him.
Tyson’s writing, while much faster than before, has become disturbing. But his publishers are more than happy with the turnaround time and they’re convinced his next work will be a huge hit.
Meanwhile, a woman is looking for an artefact that her family has been hunting down for centuries.
IT’S ONE OF US
BY JT ELLISON
Married couple Olivia and Park have been trying to have a child but all their attempts have been unsuccessful. One day the police show up and announce that DNA results from a recent murder indicate the prime suspect is Park’s son. Olivia then discovers her husband has fathered not one but over two dozen children as a result of donating sperm in the past.
DEATH OF A TRAITOR
BY MC BEATON
Quick-witted but unambitious policeman Hamish Macbeth investigates the disappearance of Kate Hibbert who was last seen lugging a heavy suitcase to the bus stop. When Kate’s body is found, Hamish sets out to solve the case despite his clashing views with his superiors and begins to suspect there’s more to the case than what he initially thought.