By Zoë Channing, 10 Literature and Lifestyle

Saturday 26th October 2019

Book Club

New-Builds, Ghosts and Artificial Intelligence 

If you are in the process of buying a new-build home or have recently moved into one, then these two books may keep you up at night!

From the number one bestselling author, Peter James, comes The Secret of Cold Hill. The spine-chilling follow-up to The House on Cold Hill. Now a smash-hit stage play.

Cold Hill House has been razed to the ground by fire, replaced with a development of ultra-modern homes. Gone with the flames are the violent memories of the house’s history, and a new era has begun.

Although much of Cold Hill Park is still a construction site, the first two families move into their new houses. For Jason and Emily Danes, this is their forever home, and for Maurice and Claudette Penze-Weedell, it’s the perfect place to live out retirement.

Despite the ever-present rumble of cement mixers and diggers, Cold Hill Park appears to be the ideal place to live. But looks are deceptive and it’s only a matter of days before both couples start to feel they are not alone in their new homes.

There is one thing that never appears in the estate agent brochures: nobody has ever survived beyond forty in Cold Hill House and no one has ever truly left . . .

You don’t need to have read the first novel in the series to enjoy the second but if you do brace yourself for the chilling horrors ahead! 

17 Church Row – James Carol 

For fans of J. P. Delaney’s The Girl Before comes a thriller that makes us question the lengths we would go to, to keep our family safe. 

Three years ago, Nikki and Ethan Rhodes suffered a devastating loss when their four-year-old daughter Grace was tragically killed in a road accident. Ethan, a radio personality, escapes into work, leaving Nikki to care for their remaining child, Bella, who hasn’t spoken since that day.

Seeking a fresh start, the family moves into a revolutionary new house designed by renowned architect, Catriona Fisher. The house features a state-of-the-art security system, along with every amenity you could dream of.

For the Rhodes’ this is a chance to finally pick up the pieces and get on with their lives in a place where they feel totally safe.

But what if 17 Church Row isn’t the safe haven that they think it is? 

“17 Church Row” is a techno thriller like no other and it really does need to be read to be believed. Not so many moons ago, this story would have been classed as futuristic, even science fiction. Scarily, now a lot of the story’s premise can be described as very realistic and utterly believable. What the future holds with regards to artificial and even ‘actual’ intelligence is something that is very hard to comprehend and quite scary but with the modern ‘Alexa’ and ‘Siri’ in our households, nothing is unachievable and more and more, robots and AI are taking over manual tasks.

Both books are available to purchase from Number 10 Literature + Lifestyle, a small but perfectly formed, independent bookshop situated in Clitheroe. Specialising in crime fiction, Number 10 also offers a small selection of books for babies, children and young adults. Alongside the books is a carefully curated range of gifts, jewellery and homeware.

Almost any book, fiction or non-fiction can be ordered through Number 10.

Number 10 Literature + Lifestyle


10 Castlegate, Clitheroe BB7 1AZ

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