January: Most popular Talking Books

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1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The monster showed up just after midnight. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild.

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2. Cut Dead by Mark Sennen

When three women are found headless and mutilated in a pit on a farm, it's a return to a chilling case for DCI Savage and her team. For the killings bear all the hallmarks of The Candle Cake Killer, a man who mutilated and killed his victims on consecutive midsummer's days, leaving no clue apart from a piece of birthday cake. The police were unable to catch him, and for several years the Candle Cake Killer lay dormant. But now he's back and Midsummer's Day is fast approaching.

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3. The Affair by Amanda Brooke

When Nina finds out that her fifteen-year-old daughter, Scarlett, is pregnant, her world falls apart. Scarlet won't tell anyone who the father is, and Nina is scared that the answer will destroy everything. As the suspects mount - from Scarlett's teacher to Nina's new husband of less than a year - Nina searches for the truth: no matter what the cost.

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4. A Family Secret by Josephine Cox

Marie has been carrying a secret for years, one that could ruin the lives of those she loves most, and the guilt she feels weighs heavily. Her granddaughter, Cathy, is a most cheerful young woman, and in the first flush of love. The secret Marie is about to tell her will not only change her future, but rewrite her past.

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5. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

This in the fifth consecutive month this international bestseller has featured in our chart, including an appearance at number 2 in our Most Popular Talking Books of 2016.

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. 'Jess and Jason', she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she's only watched from afar. Now they'll see: she's much more than just the girl on the train.

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6. Dead Gone by Luca Veste

A serial killer is stalking the streets of Liverpool, gruesomely murdering victims as part of a series of infamous unethical and deadly psychological experiments. When it becomes apparent that each victim has ties to the City of Liverpool University, DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi realise they're chasing a killer unlike any they've hunted before - one who doesn't just want their bodies, but wants their minds.

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7. City of Bones by Michael Connelly

Harry Bosch investigates the 20-year-old murder of a 12-year-old boy, whose bones are unearthed in the Hollywood Hills. Unearthing hidden stories, he finds the child's identity and reconstructs his fractured life, determined that he not be forgotten.

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8.  A Place Called Home by Dilly Court

Born out of wedlock when her mother was only 14, Lucy Pocket has spent all her life in the care of her disreputable but charming grandmother, Eva. They move from one poor lodging house to another, until her wealthy paternal grandfather buys her from Eva, determined to bring Lucy up to be a lady. When her grandfather dies, his despicable nephew cheats Lucy out of her inheritance, except for a run-down lodging house in Whitechapel, where she is forced to look after his three illegitimate children. Jilted by her would-be fiancé, Lucy is determined to make a life for herself and the children, and to search for her long lost grandmother, creating the family she has always longed for.

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9. In Love and War by Lily Baxter

August 1914. With the approach of war about to bring tragedy and heartache to families all over England, Elsie longs to do her duty for King and country. She heads to London to act as an interpreter for thousands of Belgium refugees. And when the opportunity arises, she joins the foreign office, travelling to France as an undercover agent. When circumstances force her to return home, she joins the FANYs. On the battlefields of Europe, she must find the courage to help save lives, each day hoping that one day she'll be reunited with the man she loves.

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10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling

Despite the fact the first book in the Harry Potter series was published more than 15 years ago, the Boy Wizard dominated our chart of the Most Popular Talking Books of 2016, and still clings to the top 10 in January as well.

Harry Potter believes himself to be an ordinary boy. Or at least as ordinary as living in a cupboard under the stairs of the his aunt and uncle's house can be. All that changes with the arrival of a letter, inviting Harry to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he finally learns the truth about his parents' death, and that nothing in his world will ever be ordinary again.

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