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Mr Nobody

Mr Nobody

Author: Catherine Steadman Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/01/2020

*** Memento meets Sharp Objects in this superb thriller from the bestselling author of Something in the Water, a 2019 Richard & Judy Book Club pick *** When a man is found on a Norfolk beach, drifting in and out of consciousness, with no identification and unable to speak, interest in him is sparked immediately. From the hospital staff who find themselves inexplicably drawn to him; to international medical experts who are baffled by him; to the nationalpress who call him Mr Nobody; everyone wants answers. Who is this man? And what happened to him? Neuropsychiatrist Dr Emma Lewis is asked to assess the patient. This is her field of expertise, this is the chance she's been waiting for and this case could make her name known across the world. But therein lies the danger. Emma left this same small town in Norfolk fourteen years ago and has taken great pains to cover all traces of her past since then. But now something - or someone - is calling her back. And the more time she spends with her patient, the more alarmed she becomes. Has she walked into danger? Praise for Something in the Water 'Worthy of Hitchcock' Sunday Times 'Arresting . . . deftly paced, elegantly chilly . . . Something in the Water is a proper page-turner' The New York Times `High-octane, heart-pounding read'Good Housekeeping 'A thriller for our times . . . Catherine Steadman is a fresh and playful new voice' Louise Candlish `Will leave you questioning your own morality' Grazia `The perfect beach read' Reese Witherspoon (Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick) `Superbly written' B A Paris `Addictive'Sunday Express `A fascinating moral dilemma, a fast-paced examination of the slippery slope and the precarious foundations our middle-class lives are built on' Gillian McAllister `Thrilling and thought-provoking' Riley Sager

The Driftwood Girls

The Driftwood Girls

Author: Mark Douglas-Home Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

Two missing women. Two decades apart. A gripping and atmospheric mystery that journeys from the dramatic lochs of Scotland to the icy depths of the North Sea... Kate and Flora Tolmie have always lived with a mystery: what happened to their mother, Christina? Twenty-three years ago, she vanished without trace from coastal northern France, leaving her young daughters orphaned and alone. Now Flora is also missing. In desperation, Kate searches her Edinburgh house, and finds a piece of notepaper with just one name: Cal McGill. Cal is a so-called sea detective, an expert on the winds and the tides, and consequently an exceptionally gifted finder of lost things - and lost people. Kate hopes that Cal might not only find her sister, but also unlock the mystery that has overshadowed both women's lives: what happened to their beloved mother all those years before? Unfortunately, Cal doesn't think he can help. But that's only because he hasn't yet realized that the dark undercurrents of the case will ultimately lead him back dangerously close to home . . .

No Fixed Line

No Fixed Line

Author: Dana Stabenow Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/01/2020

The next thrilling instalment of the Kate Shugak series. ... though there is no fixed line between wrong and right, There are roughly zones whose laws must be obeyed. It is New Year's Eve, nearly six weeks into an off-and-on blizzard that has locked Alaska down, effectively cutting it off from the outside world. But now there are reports of a plane down in the Quilak mountains. With the National Transportation Safety Board unable to reach the crash site, ex-Trooper Jim Chopin is pulled out of retirement to try to identify the aircraft, collect the corpses, and determine why no flight has been reported missing. But Jim discovers survivors: two children who don't speak a word of English. Meanwhile, PI Kate Shugak receives an unexpected and unwelcome accusation from beyond the grave, a charge that could change the face of the Park forever. 'An antidote to sugary female sleuths: Kate Shugak, the Aleut private investigator' NEW YORK TIMES. 'Crime fiction doesn't get much better than this' BOOKLIST.

The Home

The Home

Author: Sarah Stovell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

A gritty, dark and devastating psychological thriller centring around three troubled girls in a children's home, by the bestselling author of Exquisite When the body of pregnant, fifteen-year-old Hope Lacey is discovered in a churchyard on Christmas morning, the community is shocked, but unsurprised. For Hope lived in The Home, the residence of three young girls, whose violent and disturbing pasts have seen them cloistered away... As a police investigation gets underway, the lives of Hope, Lara and Annie are examined, and the staff who work at the home are interviewed, leading to shocking and distressing revelations ... and clear evidence that someone is seeking revenge. A gritty, dark and devastating psychological thriller, The Home is also an emotive drama and a piercing look at the underbelly of society, where children learn what they live ... if they are allowed to live at all.

In Her Eyes an unputdownable, twisty psychological thriller

In Her Eyes an unputdownable, twisty psychological thriller

Author: Sarah Alderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

FROM THE AUTHOR OF FRIENDS LIKE THESE, THIS WILL KEEP YOU UP ALL NIGHT. You're at home with your family. You think you're safe. You're wrong... Ava's life is the kind other people envy: loving husband; great kids; beautiful house. Until the night a violent home invasion turns the dream into a nightmare, and leaves her beautiful daughter fighting to survive. And then things get worse. Ava realises that the attack wasn't random. Someone is targeting her family. Why? Who could hate them enough to kill? Ava must find out what really happened that night, to save those she loves from even greater danger. But when everyone around you has been lying, how do you decide who to trust? And Ava has secrets of her own... For fans of The Silent Patient, The Wife Between Us and Perfect Child, In Her Eyes is a dark and twisty thriller. You're about to find out that home is where the hate is. WHAT THE READERS ARE SAYING 'Exciting and full of family drama, I definitely recommend!' 5* 'Rarely gives you room to breathe . . . This is highly recommended and I enjoyed every minute and sleepless night of this novel' 5* 'Wow! What a book! Pulled me right in from the beginning and did not let go. There were so many twists and turns in this book I was left speechless at times' 5* 'With every chapter I suspected somebody different and was completely blown away by the ending. Certainly one of the best thrillers of 2019' 5* 'WOW' 5* 'If you want to be kept hanging by a thread on the edge of your seat... this is the book for you' 5* 'Amazing! I cannot get over how hooked this had me!' 5*

If She Wakes

If She Wakes

Author: Michael Koryta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

New York Times bestselling author Michael Koryta, the 'master' (Stephen King) of American thriller writing, returns with an electrifying new novel about two women fighting for their lives against an enigmatic killer. Tara Beckley is a college senior assigned to chaperone a visiting engineer to a conference. On the road, she is the victim of a brutal accident that kills the engineer but leaves Tara in a vegetative state - or, at least, so her doctors think. Really, Tara is the prisoner of locked-in syndrome, fully alert, but unable to move a muscle. Trapped in her body, she discovers that someone powerful wants her dead. But why? And what can she do, lying in a hospital bed, to stop them? Meanwhile, Abby Kaplan, an insurance investigator, is assigned to Tara's case. A former stunt driver, Abby has returned to Maine after a disaster in Hollywood left a beloved actor dead and her own reputation - and nerves - shattered. She has nothing left to give to the case, but she can tell there's more to the accident than meets the eye. When Abby starts asking questions, things spin out of control fast, leaving her boss murdered, Abby on the run, and an enigmatic young hit man on her heels. If She Wakes is a tension-filled thriller from one of the masters of the genre.

The Mothers

The Mothers

Author: Sarah J. Naughton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

'Gripping, tense, taut and brilliant. You'll be begging your friends to read it so you can discuss it over and over again.' - Rebecca Reid, Grazia Five Women. They meet at their NCT Group. The only thing they have in common is they're all pregnant. Five Secrets. Three years later, they are all good friends. Aren't they? One Missing Husband. Now the police have come knocking. Someone knows something. And the trouble with secrets is that someone always tells. For fans of Big Little Lies, The Rumour and I Invited Her In, this is first class psychological suspense from the critically acclaimed Sarah J Naughton.

When the Dead Come Calling The Burrowhead Mysteries

When the Dead Come Calling The Burrowhead Mysteries

Author: Helen Sedgwick Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/01/2020

In the first of the Burrowhead Mysteries, an atmospheric murder investigation unearths the brutal history of a village where no one is innocent. When psychotherapist Alexis Cosse is found murdered in the playground of the sleepy northern village of Burrowhead, DI Strachan and her team of local police investigate, exposing a maelstrom of racism, misogyny and homophobia simmering beneath the surface of the village. Shaken by the revelations and beginning to doubt her relationship with her husband, DI Strachan discovers something lurking in the history of Burrowhead, while someone (or something) equally threatening is hiding in the strange and haunted cave beneath the cliffs.

Woman in the Water

Woman in the Water

Author: Katerina Diamond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

The Sunday Times bestselling author of The Teacher is back with a new twisty thriller I'm alive. But I can't be saved . . . When a woman's body is found submerged in icy water, police are shocked to find she is alive. But she won't disclose her name, or what happened to her - even when a second body is discovered. And then she disappears from her hospital bed. Detectives Adrian Miles and Imogen Grey follow their only lead to the home of the Corrigans, looking for answers. But the more they dig into the couple's lives, the less they understand about them. What's their connection to the body in the river? Why have other people they know been hurt, or vanished? And can they discover the dark truth of their marriage before it's too late? Smart, shocking and twisty - perfect for fans of Cara Hunter and Karin Slaughter. Praise for Katerina Diamond: `All hail the new Queen of Crime' Heat `Deliciously dark . . . Keeps her readers guessing throughout, as she leads us on a very secretive, VERY twisted journey' Lisa Hall, author of The Party `Packed with twists until the last page' Closer

No Fixed Line

No Fixed Line

Author: Dana Stabenow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

The next thrilling instalment of the Kate Shugak series. ... though there is no fixed line between wrong and right, There are roughly zones whose laws must be obeyed. It is New Year's Eve, nearly six weeks into an off-and-on blizzard that has locked Alaska down, effectively cutting it off from the outside world. But now there are reports of a plane down in the Quilak mountains. With the National Transportation Safety Board unable to reach the crash site, ex-Trooper Jim Chopin is pulled out of retirement to try to identify the aircraft, collect the corpses, and determine why no flight has been reported missing. But Jim discovers survivors: two children who don't speak a word of English. Meanwhile, PI Kate Shugak receives an unexpected and unwelcome accusation from beyond the grave, a charge that could change the face of the Park forever. 'An antidote to sugary female sleuths: Kate Shugak, the Aleut private investigator' NEW YORK TIMES. 'Crime fiction doesn't get much better than this' BOOKLIST.

A Silent Death

A Silent Death

Author: Peter May Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

A SILENT VOW Spain, 2020. When ex-pat fugitive Jack Cleland watches his girlfriend die, gunned down in a pursuit involving officer Cristina Sanchez Pradell, he promises to exact his revenge by destroying the policewoman. A SILENT LIFE Cristina's aunt Ana has been deaf-blind for the entirety of her adult life: the victim of a rare condition named Usher Syndrome. Ana is the centre of Cristina's world - and of Cleland's cruel plan. A SILENT DEATH John Mackenzie - an ingenious yet irascible Glaswegian investigator - is seconded to aid the Spanish authorities in their manhunt. He alone can silence Cleland before the fugitive has the last, bloody, word. Peter May's latest bestseller unites a strong, independent Spaniard with a socially inept Scotsman; a senseless vendetta with a sense-deprived victim, and a red-hot Costa Del Sol with an ice-cold killer.

Hunted

Hunted

Author: Arne Dahl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

'Arne Dahl is one of the true greats of Scandinavian crime fiction' MARK BILLINGHAM 'Dahl's intelligent mastery of the genre delivers a flawless atmospheric thriller - chilling in every sense' The Sunday Times Crime Club What happens when the cops become the prey? It starts when Desire Rosenkvist of Stockholm Police receives a letter. Two things are immediately clear: the letter she holds in her hands was written in a state of utter desperation and paranoia. And it contains details of one of her old murder cases, which only the murderer could know. Desire contacts private investigator Sam Berger, who sets off to the remote north of Sweden with his colleague Molly Blom to find the author of the letter and to stop them in their tracks. But someone wants to keep them from getting to the bottom of the mystery at any cost and is watching their every move. What happens when the cops become the prey? A dark and gripping Scandi-thriller set in the snowy tundra of rural Sweden, from international bestseller Arne Dahl.