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Simon Lelic has worked as a journalist and currently runs his own business. He was born in Brighton in 1976 and recently returned with his family to live there. His first two novels Rupture and The Facility were huge critical successes. Rupture won a Betty Trask Award, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger and longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Simon was shortlisted in the New Writer of the Year category at the Galaxy British Book Awards.
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The heart-stopping thriller about a husband and wife who are hiding something from each other, and from you...This book won't let you go until you've found out the truth. Perfect for fans of Erin Kelly, Gillian Flynn and Fiona Barton.
July 2012 Book of the Month. Longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger 2012. Longlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2012. An author who is unafraid to tackle contentious subjects has a 12 year old killer as the dramatic centre of The Child Who. That he did it is not in question, it is why and the repercussions of the shocking act that drive this story on. Perfect for reading groups.
'Find what you were looking for, Inspector?' Every day the same question. A different uniform but the same question. They thought Lucia enjoyed being here. They thought that was why she kept coming back. But they were asking the wrong thing. She had found what she was looking for - she had found what she had been sent to discover - but she had found out more besides. The question was what to do about it. The question was whether to do anything at all. In the depths of a sweltering summer, teacher Samuel Szajkowski walks into his school assembly and opens fire. He kills three pupils and a colleague before turning the gun on himself. Lucia May, the young policewoman who is assigned the case, is expected to wrap up things quickly and without fuss. The incident is a tragedy that could not have been predicted and Szajkowski, it seems clear, was a psychopath beyond help. Soon, however, Lucia becomes preoccupied with the question no one else seems to want to ask: what drove a mild-mannered, diffident school teacher to commit such a despicable crime? Piecing together the testimonies of the teachers and children at the school, Lucia discovers an uglier, more complex picture of the months leading up to the shooting. She realises too that she has more in common with Szajkowski than she could have imagined. As the pressure to bury the case builds, she becomes determined to tell the truth about what happened, whatever the consequences . . .
Henry Graves has dedicated his life to the prison service, but he is unprepared for the challenge his new and secret assignment brings. Tasked with managing a government facility hidden deep in the countryside, Henry finds himself tested as never before: by the confused and frightened prisoners, by the sinister Dr Silk and, above all, by his conscience. Tom Clarke, a precocious but naive journalist, has his own problems meanwhile. His career - and his life - is turned upside down by the arrival of Julia Priestley, who seeks his help in finding her estranged husband, Arthur, an innocent dentist who has been arrested under severe new anti-terrorism legislation. The authorities admit they have taken him but will not say where he is being held - or why. Discovering a trail that implicates those at the very top of government, Tom and Julia begin a quest to find Arthur, and the truth about his incarceration. But some people will stop at nothing to keep the facility's secret hidden, and soon the couple find themselves fighting for their lives . . .
FOUR FRIENDS. ONE MURDER. A GAME THEY CAN'T ESCAPE FROM THE TOP TEN EBOOK BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE SEARCH PARTY, COMES THE SPINE TINGLING NEW THRILLER YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO PUT DOWN **Pre-order the next thrilling DI Fleet mystery NOW!** ---------- 'It was only a game.' Until a boy went missing. 'No one was meant to get hurt.' But a body has been found. 'Just some innocent fun.' Except one of them is a killer. Ready or not, here I come. It's time to play hide and seek again. THE WHISPER MAN meets THE GUEST LIST in this gripping story; DI Fleet is up against some of the most powerful people in the country as he attempts to discover the truth about what happened on the day of the game... ---------- WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT SIMON LELIC 'What a read! Not the mystery I thought I was getting. Then, not even the book, I thought I was getting. It's proper clever. Loved it' STUART TURTON, The Devil and the Dark Water 'A bloody good read and the very definition of unpredictable. Twisty, creepy, brilliantly paced and with a denouement I never saw coming' JOHN MARRS, What Lies Between Us 'Clever and atmospheric' MARK EDWARDS, The Hollows 'A brilliantly tense tale. Plus a whirlwind of an ending that's like riding a rollercoaster' ARAMINTA HALL, Perfect Strangers 'Skilful and compelling'Observer 'A marvel: intricate, complex and utterly gripping' ALEX LAKE, Seven Days 'A chillingly complex, well-crafted web' JANE CORRY, I Made A Mistake 'A skilfully-wovenmystery that oozes with tension' T M LOGAN, 29 Seconds 'Psychologically compelling and deeply moving ... Simon Lelic just gets better and better' DERVLA MCTIERNAN, The Good Turn 'A thriller that grabs you by the throat and never lets go. Taut, compelling and occasionally terrifying' ELLY GRIFFITHS, The Midnight Hour
TOP 10 EBOOK BESTSELLER 'HUGELY GRIPPING' Mark Billingham 'HEART-STOPPING' Elly Griffiths 'WHAT A READ!' Stuart Turton 16-year-old Sadie Saunders is missing. Five friends set out into the woods to find her. But they're not just friends... THEY'RE SUSPECTS. You see, this was never a search party. It's a witch hunt. And not everyone will make it home alive... THE CHALK MAN meets THE HUNTING PARTY in this gripping story; witness four suspects as, alongside DI Fleet, you attempt to discover the truth about what happened to Sadie... ____________________________ WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SIMON LELIC 'The unpredictable twists kept coming, just when I thought I'd worked out what was going on' Reviewer, Netgalley 'I read it in one session . . . a fabulous read' Alison, Netgalley 'The story gradually formed from a variety of perspectives with the picture gradually becoming clear and an outcome that I didn't see coming' Carol, Netgalley 'Wow. Didn't want to put this down' Lucy, Netgalley 'The ending was an absolute belter. I did NOT see it coming and yet it made perfect sense' Roxanne, Netgalley 'I LOVED this . . . extraordinarily addictive' Liz, Netgalley ____________________________ WHAT AUTHORS ARE SAYING ABOUT SIMON LELIC 'What a read! It's proper clever. Loved it' STUART TURTON 'A bloody good read and the very definition of unpredictable ' JOHN MARRS 'Clever and atmospheric' MARK EDWARDS 'Skilful and compelling' OBSERVER, THRILLER OF THE MONTH 'A brilliantly tense tale' ARAMINTA HALL 'A marvel: intricate, complex and utterly gripping' ALEX LAKE 'Expect twists aplenty' WOMAN'S WEEKLY 'Simon Lelic just gets better and better' DERVLA MCTIERNAN 'A chillingly complex, well-crafted web' JANE CORRY 'A skilfully-woven mystery that oozes with tension' T M LOGAN 'A thriller that grabs you by the throat and never lets go' ELLY GRIFFITHS 'Atmospheric and chilling. Fantastic read!' CARLA KOVACH
You don't know it exists, but when you have nowhere else to turn, the Haven will find you ... An adrenaline-fuelled adventure, third in the Haven series, by top thriller writer Simon Lelic. *The Haven, first in the series, shortlisted for the CrimeFest Awards* Our city. Our secret. Our rules. The Haven is a secret organisation - run by kids, for kids. But the police are on to them, and Ollie's friend Lily is locked up in an off-grid, high-security prison. Ollie and the Haven's investigations team are forced to choose: do they hide away and protect what they have? Or do they stay true to the Haven's mission, helping kids in trouble wherever - and whoever - they may be? It's a decision that will threaten the Haven's very existence ... What they're saying about The Haven: 'What a cool idea. Modern street kids doing it for themselves and kicking adult butt.' Charlie Higson 'One of those grab 'em by the throat thrillers that takes off on the first page.' Eoin Colfer 'Adventurous, and thrilling.' Harsh Budhdeo, age 11, LoveReading4Kids 'An action-packed book, rammed full of adventure and danger. I loved reading this book.' Bella Rix-Clancy, age 11, LoveReading4Kids 'A riveting read - fast-paced from the off and with breathless action. A perfect haven for young readers!' Chris Bradford, author of Young Samurai An explosive and compelling read from the writer of thrillers THE HOUSE, THE LIAR'S ROOM and RUPTURE, this is the third in the HAVEN series.
You don't know it exists, but when you have nowhere else to turn, the Haven will find you ... An adrenaline-fuelled adventure, second in the Haven series, by top thriller writer Simon Lelic. *The Haven, first in the series, shortlisted for the CrimeFest Awards* Our city. Our secret. Our rules. When pupils start going missing from a prestigious boarding school, Ollie Turner knows it's a job for the Haven. Below the city streets, the Haven is a sanctuary for kids run by kids. Ollie and the Haven's investigations team put their lives on the line, going undercover to find the missing children. But little do they realise that a deadly enemy awaits them - one with plans to destroy everything they hold dear. What they're saying about The Haven: 'What a cool idea. Modern street kids doing it for themselves and kicking adult butt.' Charlie Higson 'One of those grab 'em by the throat thrillers that takes off on the first page.' Eoin Colfer 'Adventurous, and thrilling.' Harsh Budhdeo, age 11, LoveReading4Kids 'An action-packed book, rammed full of adventure and danger. I loved reading this book.' Bella Rix-Clancy, age 11, LoveReading4Kids 'A riveting read - fast-paced from the off and with breathless action. A perfect haven for young readers!' Chris Bradford, author of Young Samurai An explosive and compelling read from the writer of thrillers THE HOUSE, THE LIAR'S ROOM and RUPTURE, this is the second in the HAVEN series.
This high-octane, high-stakes London-set thriller is a fast-paced read with contemporary resonance about kids who get caught up in gang culture as a result of being forgotten by government and overlooked by adults. Orphan Ollie’s life is turned upside-down when his guardian is captured and attacked in front of him and he discovers The Haven, a secret subterranean organisation of kids and teenagers who look after and educate each other with no adult intervention. “We’ve come to realise that grown-ups don’t always have kids’ interests at heart,” explains one of The Haven’s leaders. This stimulating set-up is propelled by a gripping race against time to find a missing kid, the murderous menace of a woman bent on destroying the city, and the threat that The Haven itself might be dying as a result of diminishing incomers and depleting donations from former members. The compellingly thought-provoking concept is deftly delivered through accessibly snappy writing and, as such, I’d recommend it to reluctant readers and those with shorter attention spans as well as devoted fans of teen thrillers, providing as it does an instant hit of action, intrigue and narrative energy. What’s more, this is the first in a series, and readers will no doubt be left eagerly awaiting the second instalment.
THE DARKLY ADDICTIVE THRILLER THAT READERS CAN'T STOP TALKING ABOUT. IF YOU LIKED WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, YOU'LL LOVE THIS ________________________________ 'Brilliantly chilling' Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home and In the Dark 'You'll try to outguess the plot but always be one step behind' C J Tudor ________________________________ One Room. Two Liars. No Way Out FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE HOUSE, COMES THE NEW SPINE-TINGLING THRILLER YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO PUT DOWN Susanna Fenton has a secret. Fourteen years ago she left her identity behind, reinventing herself as a counsellor and starting a new life. It was the only way to keep her daughter safe. But everything changes when Adam Geraghty walks into her office. She's never met this young man before - so why does she feel like she knows him? Then Adam starts to tell her about a girl. A girl he wants to hurt. And Susanna realises she was wrong. She doesn't know him. BUT HE KNOWS HER. ________________________________ What authors are saying 'Had me in a headlock from the start and wouldn't loosen its grip till the last page' John Marrs 'Deliciously dark and clever' Mark Edwards 'Taut, unsettling and brilliantly done' Tim Logan 'It will have you up all hours of the night!' Kathryn Croft 'Brilliant ... complex characters that draw you in and won't let you go' Amy Lloyd ________________________________ What readers are saying ***** 'I read it in one session . . . a fabulous read' Alison, Netgalley ***** 'Wow. Didn't want to put this down' Lucy, Netgalley ***** 'I LOVED this . . . extraordinarily addictive' Liz, Netgalley ***** 'Spine-chilling, creepy, riveting . . . The Liar's Room is a very, very good book' Nicki, Netgalley
The Girl Before meets The Couple Next Door in a Hitchcockian thriller about a couple who moves into their dream neighborhood only to discover nothing is as it seems...The perfect couple. The perfect house. The perfect crime.Londoners Jack and Syd found their dream home: lots of space, a great location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it. Everything is exactly what they hoped for when they move in--except Jack makes a disturbing discovery in the attic, and Syd begins to wonder about the girl next door. And they each keep the other in the dark.A mistake.Because someone has just been killed outside their back door, and now the police are watching them. This is their chance to prove they're innocent--or to get away with murder. Whose story do you believe?
England in naher Zukunft. Da der Ausbruch einer lebensbedrohlichen Seuche droht, greift die Regierung zu drakonischen Mitteln: Alle Trager des Virus werden in einer geheimen Einrichtung, einer Art Klinik, zwangsinterniert. Doch nicht alle "e;Insassen"e; haben gesundheitliche Probleme. Arthur Priestley, ein ganz normaler Zahnarzt, findet sich eines Tages in der Einrichtung mitten in einem brutalen Verhor wieder - und kampft verzweifelt um Erklarungen und um seine Freiheit. Drauen riskiert seine Frau Julia mit Hilfe eines Journalisten Leib und Leben, um ihren verschwundenen Mann zu finden. Doch die Mauern eines Systems, das Menschenversuche als Pflege des Gemeinwohls verkauft, sind unuberwindbar. Fast ...
Leo Curtice scheint das groe Los gezogen zu haben. Der bisher wenig erfolgreiche Anwalt wird Pflichtverteidiger in einem spektakularen Fall: Ein erst zwolfjahriger Junge hat auf brutale Weise eine Elfjahrige ermordet. Wider Erwarten packt Leo der Ehrgeiz, dem Jungen wirklich helfen zu wollen. Doch er rechnet nicht mit der Hexenjagd, die nun beginnt. Und dann kommt es zur Katastrophe, die sein Leben auf immer verandern wird. Simon Lelics aufwhlendes Meisterstck ber Schuld und Vergebung, Liebe und Pflicht
Nachdem der junge Lehrer Samuel Szajkowski mit seinem Amoklauf funf Leben auf einen Schlag beendet hat, scheint die Zeit an der Londoner Eliteschule stehengeblieben. Der Direktor ist sich einig mit den Oberen der Polizei: Dieser Fall muss so schnell wie moglich in Vergessenheit geraten. Schlielich ist offensichtlich, dass Samuel ein Psychopath war. Doch Ermittlerin Lucia May hat ein ungutes Gefuhl und stellt sich bald die Frage, die sonst niemand stellen will: Was trieb einen kultivierten, schuchternen Mann zu diesem grauenvollen Verbrechen? Wie ein Puzzle setzen sich die Aussagen der Lehrer, Kinder und Eltern, die sie befragt, zu einem erschutternden Bild zusammen. Lucia stot auf Sensationslust, Verzweiflung, Verleugnung - und auf beunruhigende Gemeinsamkeiten mit dem Lehrer. Als der Druck von oben, den Fall nun endlich zu begraben, immer groer wird, steht fur sie fest: Sie wird die Wahrheit enthullen. Was auch immer es sie kosten mag ... Ein toter Lehrer von Simon Lelic: Spannung pur im eBook!
Shortlisted for the Galaxy New Writer of the Year 2010. September 2010 Debut of the Month. CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Finalist 2010. It has been some time since I picked up a first novel that I literally couldn’t put down but this tale about a shooting in a school, the months that precede it and the consequences for all parties is one such. It is police procedural stuff, a whydunit as opposed to a whodunit, which is told in the third person with all the recorded testimonies that build up the case coming in first person monologues slowly piecing the whole picture together. It’s about bullying, isolation, turning a blind eye and pursuing the truth and it is very, very good. Highly recommended. Comparison: Helen Fitzgerald, Daniel Clay, Neil Cross. CWA Judges’ comments: 'Not all victims are innocent and not all perpetrators are guilty. This book explores the reconstruction of a horrific crime with its background and its complex motivations in the everyday context of an urban school. Where does autocracy end and where does bullying begin?'