The Richard & Judy Autumn Book Club features returning novelist Jessie Burton, alongside two debut writers, in the six-strong line-up.
Kate Riordan kicks off the list, with her "sizzling psychological suspense" novel The Heatwave (Penguin). The story revolves around Sylvie, who returns to her family home in France where her eldest daughter died. Commenting on the book, Richard Madeley said: “Although there’s a thread of dread running through this compelling book, there are also enjoyable snippets about Provencal village life, suspicious locals, attractive solicitors, and endless sunny days.”
Judy Finnigan likened the protagonist of the next book, Harlan Coben's The Boy From The Woods (Penguin Random House), to Lee Child's hero. “There’s something of writer Lee Child’s character Jack Reacher in Wilde," she said, "a loner, a man of mystery. I think I fell a little in love with him.” The book follows the discovery of a child living in the backwoods of New Jersey, and a missing girl whose life is in danger.
Jessie Burton returns to the club for the second time with her latest novel The Confession (Picador). Set in 1980, the book explores love and mother-daughter relationships. Madeley described it as "beautifully written" and said the book "delves deeply into love, dominance, resentment, parenthood and friendship, and the way entire futures and lives can be ripped apart by a whim."
Debut author Jake Jones' memoir Can You Hear Me? (Quercus) details the life of an NHS ambulance paramedic and showcases the "chaos, intensity and occasional beauty of life on the frontlines of medicine in the UK". The memoir was described by Madeley as "utterly enthralling, compelling, often funny and sometimes tragic".
Fifty Fifty (Orion) by Steve Cavanagh, a thriller and legal drama following New York lawyer Eddie Flynn, and debut author Lara Prior-Palmer's Rough Magic (Ebury), complete the selection. Prior-Palmer's book details how she entered the Mongol Derby horse race at the age of 19, becoming the first woman ever to do so.
The book club is run with W H Smith.