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5 Great Reads To Cozy Up With This Winter

Assume the position with one of these little gems.

Baby, it's cold outside. So very cold. So forget about layering up and braving the weather this weekend and instead curl up in front of the heater with a blanket and a good book.

To help you get started, we've gathered five of the best new reads that are guaranteed to make you laugh, cry or get a little spooked. All you need is the hot chocolate and the Uggs.

Are you sitting comfortably?  Okay, we'll begin...

Suspense
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Brett and Kelly's relationship is competitive to say the least. The sisters have always tried to outdo each other. But despite their bitter jealousies, the pair have built a very successful business that helps disadvantaged women in Morroco.

Now, the pair have become the shining stars on Goal Diggers, one of America's most popular reality TV shows, which features a stellar cast of chic and uber-successful babes all striving to outshine each other -- all heavily orchestrated by the show's producers.

Vicious backstabbing, scathing social media attacks and finely-tuned scripting are all in a day's work. But just how far will the ladies go to draw in the viewers each week? And when sibling rivalry takes a turn for the worse, will it ultimately lead to murder? Ooh, juicy!

The Favourite Sister by Jessica Knoll, Pan Macmillan, $29.99

Page-turner
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Emily's career isn't working out the way she planned. Since leaving Miranda Priestly's office (yes, THAT Miranda Priestly, Weisberger wrote The Devil Wears Prada!), she's been working as an image consultant to the stars. But when her client list starts to dry up, she questions her next big opportunity.

Enter Karolina Hartwell, a gorgeous supermodel, whose scandalous actions -- both in and out of the bedroom -- make her prime fodder for the paparazzi cameras. In Karolina, Emily finds her comeback opportunity.

Along with their mutual gal pal, Miriam, the unlikely trio must band together to navigate the social land mines of the sexy -- and slightly over the top -- world of Greenwich, Connecticut.

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger, $29.99

Thriller
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There's nothing quite like a plot that develops in the same location over a number of hours or days. This novel takes that premise one step further because the drama unfolds inside a broken elevator in an empty office block.

Set in the lucrative world of Wall Street, it centres around four colleagues who are stuck in an office lift. The book opens with a bang -- the climax, in fact -- so you ultimately know where the story is going to take you.

To get out, they're going to have to work together as a team, stripping the veneer of camaraderie. So this means confronting their secret resentments of each other, rivalries and office politics they'd always pretended weren't there.

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin, $32.99

Crime
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Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovelady is finally laying her ghosts to rest. She's attending the funeral of Larry Glassbrook, the convicted child murderer she arrested some 30 years earlier.

Like something out of our worst nightmares, Glassbrook, a master carpenter and funeral director, would imprison his victims alive in the caskets he made himself and then bury them with creepy clay effigies.

His death was supposed to bring closure. But now, events from the past are starting to repeat themselves. So once again, Florence is drawn back to the Glassbrook's old house, where she discovers another effigy -- only this one bares a remarkable resemblance to herself. Could the killer still be at large?

The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton, $29.99

Feel-good
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Rosemary Peterson, 86, has seen a lot of things drastically change in her hometown of Brixton over the years. But one thing has remained constant -- the local swimming pool where she loves to bathe and socialise.

Now, like many of the local, traditional shops and amenities, the lido is being threatened with closure to make way for the usual urban developments such as shopping centres and apartment blocks.

Enter Kate, a 26-year-old cub reporter who's been assigned to write about the pool's closure. As Kate dives deeper into the lido's history, she pieces together not only a portrait of the pool but also one of its regular visitors, Rosemary -- and an unlikely friendship blossoms.

The Lido by Libby Page, $29.99

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