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Books of the Month

Come and Find Me (DI Marnie Rome Book 5) by Sarah Hilary
Come and Find Me (DI Marnie Rome Book 5)
Sarah Hilary
Simply superb, Come and Find Me is one hell of a clever, twisting, powerful story. This series is one of my favourites and DI Marnie Rome returns here in splendid style. Taking place a short time after Quieter...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/03/2018
Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris
Bring Me Back
B. A. Paris
A tale in three parts and dual-narrative. Part one gives you the before and after Layla disappeared, part two when her lover Finn is haunted by her and part three, obviously enough, the conclusion. The narrative is in alternating chapters,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/03/2018
While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt
While You Sleep
Stephanie Merritt
Take an old house on the edge of a remote Scottish island, place an American artist running away from her marriage in it. She finds an old journal from 1869 written by Ailsa whose husband dabbled in the occult and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/03/2018

Other Featured Books this Month

The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey
The Dark Lake
Sarah Bailey
Told over a period of three weeks, with forays into the past, this thrilling debut gathers tension into a knotted tangled ball, before hurling it sky high. Set in Australia, a teacher is found murdered in the town lake with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2018
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner
Persons Unknown
Susie Steiner
Manon Bradshaw of Missing, Presumed is back only she is now pregnant, attached to the Cambridgeshire police but working on cold cases until a murder occurs close to the school her adopted son attends. He is arrested for it. He is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/04/2018
The Devil's Dice by Roz Watkins
The Devil's Dice
Roz Watkins
The first in the ‘DI Meg Dalton Thriller’ series is an addictive, absolute treat of a read. Meg recently moved forces and is now based in Derbyshire, she is thrown in the deep end when a lawyer is found dead...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/03/2018
End Game by Matt Johnson
End Game
Matt Johnson
A fiery, fast-paced, bullet of a read, and the last in the Robert Finlay trilogy. Continuing on from ‘Deadly Game’, Robert Finlay and Kevin Jones find themselves in the middle of a whole heap of trouble. A Superintendent from the Complaints Investigation...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/03/2018
The Pharmacist's Wife by Vanessa Tait
The Pharmacist's Wife
Vanessa Tait
Oh my, this is a fascinating, darkly powerful novel with biting attitude, set in Victorian Edinburgh. In the laboratory above a newly opened pharmacy, a wonder-drug is created, as the pharmacist experiments, his wife of six months discovers a world...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/04/2018
Perfect Match by D. B. Thorne
Perfect Match
D. B. Thorne
This is a heart in mouth, positively thrilling read, likely to scare you out of your wits if you've ever tried online dating and dating apps without putting safeguards in place. A serial killer is hunting down his victims as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/04/2018
Friends and Traitors by John (Author) Lawton
Friends and Traitors
John (Author) Lawton
A book of very distinct halves, the first introducing (or familiarising if you’ve read Lawson’s Troy series before) his society and characters, the second a beautifully paced spy story. The Troy series, of which this is one, fluctuates between the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/04/2018
Every Man a Menace by Patrick Hoffman
Every Man a Menace
Patrick Hoffman
Riveting, raw and gritty, this is a story that rockets around like a ball in pinball wizard’s championship run. Focusing on some of the players in a drug smuggling ring, this tale crosses oceans, and proves how cheap life can...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2018
Open Arms by Vince Cable
Open Arms
Vince Cable
This is a near future, post Brexit, political-cum-business thriller where Britain is seeking strong trade deals outside Europe. The protagonist, or so we initially believe, is Kate Thompson, a new, charming and good looking Tory trade minister who is sent...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2018
Love Like Blood by Mark Billingham
Love Like Blood
Mark Billingham

Format: Paperback - Released: 08/03/2018

Last Month's Featured Books

Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister

Anything You Do Say
Gillian McAllister
This book is currently being read by our editorial experts, so the reviews will be here soon...

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

Reader Reviewed The Woman in the Window
A. J. Finn
February 2018 Debut of the Month. Oh my word, this is an absolutely cracking psychological thriller. Anna is unable...

Gravesend by William Boyle

William Boyle
February 2018 Debut of the MonthA raw, convincing, achingly intimate and individual tale about actions and consequences. 16 years after the death of his brother, Conway wants revenge....

The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft

Reader Reviewed The Guilty Wife
Elle Croft
February 2018 Debut of the Month. A debut to make you question everyone and trust no one. Bethany isn’t an innocent, in fact, you could say she is far from...

The Last Summer by Andree Michaud

The Last Summer
Andree Michaud
A provocative, disturbing, yet oh so readable and gripping story set on the Canadian, US border in 1967. Two girls run wild during the summer holidays, then one disappears, altering,...

Once A Pilgrim by James Deegan

Reader Reviewed Once A Pilgrim
James Deegan
February 2018 Debut of the Month. Simply superb, this is a dark, gritty and stormingly fast read with real attitude. Formerly of the SAS, John Carr is now working in...

The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

Reader Reviewed The Perfect Stranger
Megan Miranda
A lovely psychological thriller where the unreliable narrator leaves you working hard following the facts and trying to figure out what really happened. One begins to wonder if this narrator,...

A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride

Reader Reviewed A Dark So Deadly
Stuart MacBride
Author famous for his excellent Logan McRae series presents a new police constable, one DC Callum McGregor. He is a man under internal investigation as he has accepted the blame...

Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit

Dirk Kurbjuweit
Revenge is a dish best served cold. Fear is a brilliant debut, a menacing tale of a family’s chilling journey, of a man’s best attempts to protect his loved ones....

The Taste of Blue Light by Lydia Ruffles

The Taste of Blue Light
Lydia Ruffles
February 2018 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: angry, witty and ultimately life-affirming coming-of-age story The Taste of Blue Light establishes Lydia Ruffles as an exciting...

The Girl Before by J. P. Delaney

The Girl Before
J. P. Delaney

A Game of Ghosts A Charlie Parker Thriller: 15. From the No. 1 Bestselling Author of A Time of Torment by John Connolly

A Game of Ghosts A Charlie Parker Thriller: 15. From the No. 1 Bestselling Author of A Time of Torment
John Connolly
The Number One bestseller. Fifteenth in the 'series of superb novels built around the haunted private detective Charlie Parker' (Daily Mail)

Scared to Death: A Gripping Crime Thriller You Won't be Able to Put Down by Kate Medina

Scared to Death: A Gripping Crime Thriller You Won't be Able to Put Down
Kate Medina
Another wonderfully twisty and chilling case in the ‘Jessie Flynn Crime Thriller’ series. Captain Ben Callan investigates a suspicious death on a base, as the case uncoils Dr Jessie Flynn...

The Frozen Woman by Jon Michelet, Don Bartlett

The Frozen Woman
Jon Michelet, Don Bartlett
Vilhelm Thygesen is a prominent left-wing lawyer and former cop, with a ponytail that “makes him look like an old hippie”, and a world-weary persona. When a frozen body is...

The Girl Who Ran by Nikki Owen

The Girl Who Ran
Nikki Owen
The final book in the ‘Project Trilogy’ and it’s an absolute belter as the story surges to a fittingly dramatic conclusion. In the present day Maria finds herself back at the Project...

Defectors by Joseph Kanon

Joseph Kanon
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Ex-American publisher Joe Kanon is a much underrated master of the classic espionage tale, best known for The Good German which was filmed with George...

Eyes Like Mine by Sheena Kamal

Reader Reviewed Eyes Like Mine
Sheena Kamal
February 2018 Debut of the Month. A wonderfully intense and dramatic thriller, one that highlights the background, exposes the concealed, yet is action-packed and constantly moving. Nora Watts gave up...

Insidious Intent (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 10) by Val McDermid

Insidious Intent (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 10)
Val McDermid

The Month Before's Featured Books

Shadow Man by Alan Drew

Shadow Man
Alan Drew
January 2018 Debut of the Month A whole series of impressive endorsements leads one to believe this to be a highly suspenseful thriller when actually it is a well-written, character...

White Bodies by Jane Robins

Reader Reviewed White Bodies
Jane Robins
January 2018 Debut of the Month Terrific, a two-sitting read if you can give it the space. Twin sisters, chalk and cheese; Callie, the narrator, plain and ordinary, Tilda, beautiful,...

Broken River by J. Robert Lennon

Reader Reviewed Broken River
J. Robert Lennon
January 2018 Book of the Month A masterclass in suspense awaits the reader in this almost understated, yet powerfully intense and dark novel. A family needing a fresh start move...

Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

Reader Reviewed Are You Sleeping
Kathleen Barber
January 2018 Debut of the MonthPoppy Parnell is an investigative journalist who digs into a case thirteen years old and produces a couple of podcasts. The first interviews ...

Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb

Deep Blue Trouble
Steph Broadribb
January 2018 Book of the Month Second in the Lori Anderson series and another electric humdinger of a read. Bounty hunter Lori Anderson is thrown in the deep end...

The Fate of Kings by Mark Stibbe, G. P. Taylor

The Fate of Kings
Mark Stibbe, G. P. Taylor
An authoritative yet easy to read, absolute romp of a novel set during the turbulence of the French Revolution. This is the first adventure in ‘The Chronicles of Thomas Pryce’,...

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

Reader Reviewed Anatomy of a Scandal
Sarah Vaughan
January 2018 Book of the Month This brilliantly biting thriller explores the unpleasant underbelly of power in all its forms, from the all-pervasive influence of the privileged elite, to the...

The Ice by Laline Paull

Reader Reviewed The Ice
Laline Paull
January 2018 Book of the Month Her first novel, The Bees, (shortlisted for the Baileys Prize) was an astonishing work of speculative fiction, a stunning novel. This, her second,...

Life of Crime by Kimberley Chambers

Reader Reviewed Life of Crime
Kimberley Chambers
January 2018 Book of the Month A thoroughly entertaining, raw, and fast-paced read, stuffed full of tension and drama. Jason Rampling didn’t have the best start in life, he...

Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon

Don't Close Your Eyes
Holly Seddon
A convincing, powerful, and dramatic psychological thriller. Twins Robin and Sarah are living separate lives, each face their own difficulties, yet danger beckons and life is about to get a...

Save Me by Mandasue Heller

Save Me
Mandasue Heller
An oh so readable and intriguing physiological thriller. One night Ellie Fisher unexpectedly saves a life, however her good turn turns her world inside out, and places her own life...

City Without Stars by Tim Baker

City Without Stars
Tim Baker
In Ciudad Real, Mexico, women are being raped, murdered and mutilated. The police have reported 300 deaths of young maquiladora girls from the factories, yet not found a single clue...

Close to Home by Cara Hunter

Close to Home
Cara Hunter
Someone took Daisy Mason. Someone YOU KNOW. Last night, 8-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from her parents' summer party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything - or at...

I'll Keep You Safe by Peter May

I'll Keep You Safe
Peter May
Million-selling Peter May marks his return to the Isle of Lewis.

By the Light of the Moon by Dean Koontz

By the Light of the Moon
Dean Koontz
A powerful action thriller that deftly combines drama, humour and spellbinding characters in a furiously paced plot that will leave you wanting more.

Dis Mem Ber by Joyce Carol Oates

Dis Mem Ber
Joyce Carol Oates
Seven feverishly unsettling works, confronting the dangers that surround us and the dangers that lurk within.

Essex Poison by Ian Sansom

Essex Poison
Ian Sansom
Swanton Morley is an honorary guest at the Colchester Oyster Festival. But when the mayor dies suddenly at the civic reception suspicion falls on his fellow councillors. Is it a...

An Act of Silence A gripping psychological thriller with a shocking final twist by Colette McBeth

An Act of Silence A gripping psychological thriller with a shocking final twist
Colette McBeth
A powerful psychological thriller about a mother faced with an impossible choice, and the consequences of her decision for years to come. Perfect for fans of Apple Tree Yard,...

The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer

The Doll Funeral
Kate Hamer
They're not my real parents, but they tell me what to do, and what to say. But there are things I won't say. I won't tell them I'm going to...

Hydra by Matt Wesolowski

Matt Wesolowski
A wonderfully distinctive, intense, and piercing read. In 2014 a young woman Arla Macleod kills her family, later, as investigative journalist Scott King begins to unravel the story with podcasts...

Say Nothing by Brad Parks

Say Nothing
Brad Parks
Hugely suspenseful - with its fascinating insight into the US judicial system and its politics of influence and nepotism - Say Nothing is, above all, the poignant story of the...

Sirens by Joseph Knox

Joseph Knox
Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Justifiably already highly-praised, this debut by a young Manchester author deserves all the generous encomiums and more lavished on it....

The Owl Always Hunts at Night by Samuel Bjork

Reader Reviewed The Owl Always Hunts at Night
Samuel Bjork
A chilling, stimulating, intensely dark tale set in Norway. A young woman is found dead in woodland on the edge of Oslo Fjord, with her body arranged in a strange,...

No Middle Name The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories by Lee Child

No Middle Name The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories
Lee Child
Jack 'No Middle Name' Reacher, lone wolf, knight errant, ex military cop, lover of women, scourge of the wicked and righter of wrongs, is the most iconic hero for our...

The Black Book by James Patterson

The Black Book
James Patterson
The son of Chicago's Chief of Detectives whose twin sister, Patti, also followed in their father's footsteps, Billy would give up everything for the job - including his life. But...

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone
Lisa Jewell

The Thirst Harry Hole 11 by Jo Nesbo

The Thirst Harry Hole 11
Jo Nesbo
36 MILLION BOOKS SOLD WORLDWIDETHERE'S A NEW KILLER ON THE STREETSA woman is found murdered after an internet date. Until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and...

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