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Irish Bestsellers 20th February 2021

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broken souls Patricia Gibney
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It’s a cracking week for new releases, with six new releases in the Top 20 alone! Not at the top though – Charlie Mackesy’s The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse is still no. 1, closely followed by Edith Eger’s beloved The Choice. Notable new entries include Sarah J. Maas’ newest release in the Court of Thorns and Roses series, A Court of Silver Flames at no. 6; Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library at no. 9; American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins at no. 13; Above Water by Trish Kearney at no. 15; and just sneaking into the Top 20 is Bill Gates with How to Avoid A Climate Disaster. And over in the Mass Market Fiction chart, romance fans are working their way through Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton backlist, as no. 3, An Offer From A Gentleman, makes its appearance with its older siblings.

This week’s featured book is the highly-rated, most recent release from Patricia Gibney, Broken Souls. Here’s the blurb:

‘She shivered, though the kitchen was warm. Icicles of foreboding trickled down her spine. With trembling hands she whipped back her hair at the nape of her neck. As she turned away from the window, she missed the shadow passing by.’

One dark winter’s morning, bride-to-be Cara Dunne is found hanging in her home, dressed in her wedding dress, with a lock of hair removed. Detective Lottie Parker is first on the scene. Looking at Cara’s bruised and battered body, she wonders who could have hated her enough to kill her at the happiest time of her life. 

The case takes a darker turn that afternoon with another shocking discovery – the broken body of a second young woman, pushed from the roof of the hospital where she worked. Fiona Heffernan was also due to be married, and her body is clad in a wedding dress, a lock of her hair cut off. 

The killings seem so personal that Lottie is convinced the girls have been killed by someone they knew. When she goes to break the news to Fiona’s family, she’s on the alert for anything suspicious. But then she makes a discovery that causes her blood to run cold – Fiona’s eight-year-old daughter Lily didn’t return home from her dance recital that afternoon. Terrified that Lily will be the next victim of a twisted and dangerous individual, Lottie takes the case into her own hands, risking her life when she comes face-to-face with the killer…

If you love Karin Slaughter, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, you’ll be hooked by this heart-stopping thriller from Patricia Gibney. Broken Souls will keep you guessing until the very last page!

Read what everybody is saying about Broken Souls:

‘Brilliant as always and totally addictive and I loved it!!… This is a thrill a minute police procedural that just doesn’t let up, so many twists and lots going on it really is unputdownable but that comes as no surprise as every book in this series has been a 5 star read … Patricia Gibney as always writes a superb story never letting up on the action and once more providing us another 5 star read and highly recommended. ‘ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I love the twists and turns in the plot that keep you guessing right to the end. And that ending! My heart was breakingI cannot wait for the next one!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I absolutely love this series with Lottie Parker and was so looking forward to reading this. It was as brilliant as all of the other books in this series. A great storyline with all the usual twists and turns we expect from Patricia’s writing but a few red herrings in there. Just as I think I have it figured out a spanner is thrown into the works and I have to think again. I couldn’t put it down. Bring on the next book, I can’t wait!!’ Netgalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A fabulous mix of thrills, mystery, psychological mind twists and a clever, thick plot …a gripping page-turning, riveting bookHighly recommend Broken Souls.’ Goodreads Reviewer
What an amazing book. I couldn’t put it down. had my attention from start to finish. plenty of suspense and twists and turns. just when i thought i had it figured out i was proven wrong. will definitely recommend. can’t wait for more.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I have to say I got very excited when I saw book 7 was out in the Detective Lottie Parker series, it’s no secret that I love these books… How much can one woman take… Another great police procedural twisty mystery to get your teeth into, I cannot fault these books ever, it has it all… Murder, love drama, family dramas…. How Lottie Parker is still a sane woman is beyond me!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

And now this week’s charts, with the Top 20 followed by the Top 10 in each category.

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 20th February 2021
TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp1,632
2Choice,The:A true story of hopeEger, EdithRandom House Grp1,414
3Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRandom House Grp1,217
4Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp1,035
5Grown UpsKeyes, MarianPenguin Grp876
6Court of Silver Flames,AMaas, Sarah J.Bloomsbury Grp852
7Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Grp845
8How to Be Good With MoneyMcGee, EoinGill Group830
9Midnight Library,TheHaig, MattCanongate Grp714
10Find You FirstBarclay, LinwoodHarperCollins Grp690
11Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House Grp669
12Pinch of Nom Quick & Easy:100 Delicious, Slimming RecipesFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KatePan Macmillan Grp647
13American DirtCummins, JeanineHeadline Grp598
14Whole New Plan for Living,ALucey, JimHachette Books Ireland Grp524
15Above WaterKearney, TrishHachette Books Ireland Grp523
16Women Don’t Owe You PrettyGiven, FlorenceOctopus Publishing Grp493
17Our Little CrueltiesNugent, LizPenguin Grp491
18Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins Grp476
19Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Grp465
20How to Avoid a Climate DisasterGates, BillPenguin Grp445
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 20th February 2021
Mass Market Fiction
1Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair1,035
2Grown UpsKeyes, MarianPenguin Books Ltd 876
3Midnight Library,TheHaig, MattCanongate Books613
4American DirtCummins, JeanineTinder Press598
5Our Little CrueltiesNugent, LizPenguin Books Ltd 491
6Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion (an Imprint of The Orion380
7Bridgerton: The Duke and IQuinn, JuliaPiatkus Books364
8Bridgerton: The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons Book 2)Quinn, JuliaPiatkus Books347
9Bridgerton: An Offer From A Gentleman (Bridgertons Book 3)Quinn, JuliaPiatkus Books333
10Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers305
Original Fiction
1Court of Silver Flames,A:A Court of Thorns and RosesMaas, Sarah J.Bloomsbury Publishing PLC852
2Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking845
3Find You FirstBarclay, LinwoodHQ690
4Four Winds,TheHannah, KristinMacmillan434
5Home StretchNorton, GrahamCoronet Books433
6Broken SoulsGibney, PatriciaSphere427
7Survivors,TheHarper, JaneLittle,Brown417
8Girl ADean, AbigailHarperCollins Publishers386
9Life SentencesO’Callaghan, BillyJonathan Cape379
10Godmothers,TheMcInerney, MonicaWelbeck Publishing Group346
Paperback Non Fiction
1Choice,The:A true story of hopeEger, EdithRider & Co1,414
2How to Be Good With MoneyMcGee, EoinGill Books830
3Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House UK Ltd623
4Whole New Plan for Living,ALucey, JimHachette Books Ireland524
5Above WaterKearney, TrishHachette Books Ireland523
6Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books465
7Dark BlueCarthy, ShaneO’Brien Press Ltd311
8Stardust BabyLawlor, LisaMirror Books289
9Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland269
10Ghost In The Throat,ANi Ghriofa, DoireannTramp Press252
Hardback Non Fiction
1Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,632
2Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRider & Co1,217
3Pinch of Nom Quick & Easy:100 Delicious, Slimming RecipesFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KateBluebird647
4Women Don’t Owe You PrettyGiven, FlorenceCassell493
5How to Avoid a Climate DisasterGates, BillAllen Lane445
6How to Make Anything Gluten FreeExcell, BeckyQuadrille Publishing345
7Old Ireland in ColourBreslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press316
8Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the ScienceO’Neill, LukeGill Books285
9Thirty-Two Words for Field:Lost Words of the Irish LandscapeMagan, ManchánGill Books219
10Daly Dish,The:100 Masso Slimming Meals for EverydayDaly, Gina & Daly, KarolGill Books214
1Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins476
2Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End (Book 15)Kinney, JeffPuffin413
3We Were LiarsLockhart, E.Hot Key Books399
4Cat Kid Comic ClubPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.298
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball (Book 14)Kinney, JeffPuffin296
6Dog Man 9: Grime and PunishmentPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.276
7Ickabog,TheRowling, J.K.Little, Brown Books for Young 252
8The Invisible StringKarst, PatriceLittle, Brown Young Readers233
9Tom Gates 18: Ten Tremendous TalesPichon, LizScholastic218
10They Both Die at the EndSilvera, AdamSimon & Schuster Childrens Boo204
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