The Girl on the Train was the book everyone was talking about when it hit the shelves (and the bestseller lists) a few years back … and Paul Hawkins’ second novel, Into the Water, is going to be just as hot. An addictive psychological suspense read about a river, a small town, and more than one death, it’s not an easy read – it’s narrated in first and third person by 11 voices – but it’s certainly gripping from the first page to the last. Penguin Random House, R295 • Another book you simply have to read is Ragdoll, a breakout debut novel by 31-year-old Daniel Cole. Being hailed as a publishing sensation – the rights sold in Germany for seven figures – it’s described as a pulse-pounding police procedural with the pace of a thriller. It kicks off with the discovery of a ‘body’ – actually the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together like a puppet. The case is led by Detective William ‘Wolf’ Layton-Fawkes, who discovers the killer has six more people on his kill list, and Wolf has only a short time to save them. It’s completely unputdownable from the first page … quite brilliant and most certainly the book of the year. Orion, R275.