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Books of the Month

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
All the Missing Girls
Megan Miranda
August 2017 Book of the Month A clever, suspense-filled story told in reverse, from day 15 through to day 1, and boy does the premise work! Nicolette returns home after a letter from her dementia-ravaged father suggests an answer to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/08/2017
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Then She Was Gone
Lisa Jewell
August 2017 Book of the Month THEN - She was fifteen, her mother's golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. NOW - it's been ten years...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/07/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

The Child by Fiona Barton
The Child
Fiona Barton
Distant threads spin ever closer to create a compelling, emotional, and dramatic story. Set in 2012, with links to the 1970’s and 80’s, several women, for very different reasons find revisiting a tragedy from the past may alter the very...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/06/2017
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
The Good Daughter
Karin Slaughter
Gosh, what a story this is, dramatic, powerful, and so incredibly addictive. ‘The Good Daughter’ is a standalone novel from Karin Slaughter. 28 years ago, as murder tore apart their family in a small town in North Georgia, one girl...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/07/2017
The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker
The Fourth Monkey
J. D. Barker
July 2017 Book of the Month. A humdinger of a serial killer thriller in sheer overdrive, The Fourth Monkey is a winner from the get go, even if...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/06/2017
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. ...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/06/2017
The Boy Who Saw by Simon Toyne
The Boy Who Saw
Simon Toyne
Click here to view the page for the KOBO edition of this book. In Solomon Creed we were introduced to a mysterious hero, a Jack Reacher/Superman cross with shades of Jason Bourne. This is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017
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 lot more complicated. The story spins from Robin to Sarah,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/07/2017
The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan
The Unquiet Dead
Ausma Zehanat Khan
August 2017 Debut of the Month Provocative and stimulating, this debut crime thriller set in Canada, slams with impact. Two detectives begin an investigation into the death of a man who may have been involved in the Srebrenica massacre during...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/07/2017
Give Me the Child by Melanie McGrath
Give Me the Child
Melanie McGrath
August 2017 Debut of the Month A provocative tale that creeps over skin and worms its way into thoughts. A knock at the door one night reveals Cat’s husband has an 11 year old daughter Cat knew nothing about, then...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/07/2017
The Other Twin by L. V. Hay
The Other Twin
L. V. Hay
July 2017 Debut of the Month. Slickly suspenseful Brighton-set thriller in which the darkest recesses of human nature and social media are exposed following a young woman’s death. This dynamic debut tingles with tantalising twists, distrust...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2017
Testimony by Scott Turow
Testimony
Scott Turow
Legal thrillers by Scott Turow, since the classic Presumed Innocent, have always proved rewarding, and presented a multi-faceted X-ray of American society and its system through the travails of the fictional Kindle County and its gallery of fallible principals....
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/07/2017
Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys
Dangerous Crossing
Rachel Rhys
All aboard for an Agatha Christie-esque mystery set on a ship bound for the distant shores of Australia in 1939. As the world teeters on the edge of another war, working class Lily is about to plunge headlong into a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017
The Cutaway The gripping thriller set in the explosive world of Washington's TV news by Christina Kovac
The Cutaway The gripping thriller set in the explosive world of Washington's TV news
Christina Kovac
A compelling and stylish psychological thriller from a fine new voice in crime fiction. Indomitable Virginia Knightly is a TV producer with a self-confessed attraction to the “unknowable”, which is how she comes to investigate the disappearance of thirty-year-old Evelyn...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017
Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri
Kill the Father
Sandrone Dazieri
A huge, almost sprawling thriller awaits, yet one that is ferocious, intense, and so, so readable. Set in Italy, Dante Torre and Captain Columba Caselli, both tortured souls, are enticed into the investigation of a child who has gone missing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017
Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey
Let the Dead Speak
Jane Casey
An absolute belter of a crime novel, and the seventh in the ‘Maeve Kerrigan’ series. 18 year old Chloe returns home to find her mum missing and the house drenched in blood, Maeve, in her new role as a DS,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017
Behind Her Eyes  by Sarah Pinborough
Behind Her Eyes
Sarah Pinborough
Oh my word, this book is devious, twisted, and an absolute knockout! The story, revolving around love, passion, suspicion, and deceit, kept me teetering on a razor sharp wire of uncertainty. Sarah Pinborough’s writing is sublime, it’s shrewd, artful, cunning,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017
Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land
Good Me Bad Me
Ali Land
Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Ooh, this truly is a fabulously captivating and unpredictable tale, and it kept me clinging to the very edge of my seat. Annie’s mother is a serial killer, Annie informs...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017
You Said Forever by Susan Lewis
You Said Forever
Susan Lewis
A gripping, emotional and tension-filled family drama. Charlotte and Anthony live and work on an artisan vineyard in New Zealand with their three children. They may be in paradise, yet the actions of eight year old Chloe begin to seriously...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017
The Darkness Within by Lisa Stone
The Darkness Within
Lisa Stone
July 2017 Debut of the Month. A simply told, yet dramatic and readable tale about a young man whose behaviour changes beyond all recognition after receiving a heart transplant. This is the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017
The Four Horsemen by Gregory Dowling
The Four Horsemen
Gregory Dowling
A captivating, vibrant, and exciting tale of secret societies, death and disorder in the middle of Venice in the 1750’s. This is the second in the ‘Alvise Marangon Mystery series’, set after ‘Ascension’. Alvise finds himself investigating the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/07/2017
Woman of State by Simon Berthon
Woman of State
Simon Berthon
July 2017 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. A fascinating, intelligent and penetrating political thriller set in Belfast, Dublin and London. In 1991 Maire steps into the centre of a storm that will...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/07/2017
The Ghost of Helen Addison by Charles E. McGarry
The Ghost of Helen Addison
Charles E. McGarry
A fascinating, charmingly descriptive murder mystery, where disturbing elements of satanism, visions, and ghosts creep through the story. Leo Moran, fastidious, exacting, and a private investigator, assists the police in a murder case. I will admit that it took me...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/07/2017
Wolves in the Dark by Gunnar Staalesen
Wolves in the Dark
Gunnar Staalesen
A ferociously gripping read from a Norwegian writing legend. Private investigator Varg Veum is in serious trouble, child pornography is found on his computer, from prison he starts to pull all the pieces together in a quest to discover who...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017
The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer
The Outcasts of Time
Ian Mortimer
An absolutely riveting walk through time. The moment I heard about ‘The Outcasts of Time’ I knew I had to read it, the premise is just fascinating. In 1348, brothers John and William are informed they have only six days...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017
The River at Night by Erica Ferencik
The River at Night
Erica Ferencik
July 2017 Book of the Month. Four middle-aged women and long-time friends with a checkered history embark for their yearly reunion meeting on a whitewater rafting expedition down the Allagash river in Maine where, inevitably, their...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017
They All Fall Down by Tammy Cohen
They All Fall Down
Tammy Cohen
This smart, sharp psychological page-turner will keep crime and thriller fans gripped for ‘just’ one more chapter until the early hours. It’s a riveting, read-in-one-sitting rollercoaster fuelled by engrossing emotional suspense. Hannah is in a high-suicide-risk psychiatric clinic, so when...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017
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 facility, and feels as though she is home....
Format: Ebook - Released: 15/06/2017
The Boneyard by Mark Sennen
The Boneyard
Mark Sennen
A hair-raising, chilling and thrilling tale, full of drama and fast-paced action. A suspected serial killer arrives in the UK and settles in Devon, one step out of place and the police are ready to pounce. This is the sixth...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/06/2017
Where Dead Men Meet by Mark Mills
Where Dead Men Meet
Mark Mills
Absolutely thrilling… this is a fast-paced, firecracker of a read, set in Europe as the Second World War is brewing. Why is Luke Hamilton, intelligence officer at the British Embassy in Paris the target of an assassination attempt? As Luke...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

The Whistler by John Grisham

The Whistler
John Grisham
The most corrupt judge in US history. A young investigator with a secret informant. John Grisham will keep you on the edge of your seat with his electrifying number one...

The Fireman by Joe Hill

Reader Reviewed The Fireman
Joe Hill
Tales of overwhelming pandemics striking our world are like buses: you wait for ages and all of a sudden, like a plague, they all emerge at the same time. Recent...

Rather be the Devil by Ian Rankin

Reader Reviewed Rather be the Devil
Ian Rankin
A truly fabulous blast of crime fiction. John Rebus continues to ignore retirement, and an unsolved case haunts his thoughts as he shoulders his way into the middle of a...

The Good Assassin by Paul Vidich

The Good Assassin
Paul Vidich
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Reluctant 1950s spy George Mueller whom we first encountered in the impressive An Honorable Man, is posted to pre-Castro Cuba...

Cast Iron Enzo Macleod 6 by Peter May

Cast Iron Enzo Macleod 6
Peter May
Peter May's new thriller, and the red-hot finale to the cold-case Enzo series. In 1989, a killer dumped the body of twenty-year-old Lucie Martin into a picturesque lake in the...

The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths

The Chalk Pit
Elly Griffiths
Something evil is waiting in the dark tunnels under Norwich - forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway had better watch her step...

Sunday Morning Coming Down A Frieda Klein Novel by Nicci French

Sunday Morning Coming Down A Frieda Klein Novel
Nicci French
It's always darkest before the light. In the chilling seventh instalment of the bestselling, critically acclaimed Frieda Klein series, evil circles close to home. Psychotherapist Frieda Klein's home is her...

Blood Sisters by Jane Corry

Blood Sisters
Jane Corry
Three little girls set off to school one sunny May morning. Within an hour, one of them is dead. Fifteen years later, Alison and Kitty are living separate lives. Kitty...

An Act of Silence by Colette McBeth

An Act of Silence
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,...

Chaos by Patricia Cornwell

Chaos
Patricia Cornwell
The twenty-fourth engrossing thriller in her high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. One summer evening in New England, two young girls stumble upon a body. Forensic pathologist Dr....

The Bone Field by Simon Kernick

Reader Reviewed The Bone Field
Simon Kernick
A series? By Simon Kernick? Yes please! Two faces, who were unknown to each other in previous books, join forces in this powerful, fast moving and intoxicating tale. Trouble starts...

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

Ragdoll
Daniel Cole
Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. A simply sensational and thrilling debut! Met police detectives William Oliver Layton-Fawkes and Emily Baxter find themselves smack bang in...

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

The Last Days of Night
Graham Moore
New York, 1888, a gilded age when science has become the new deity and the scene for an outstanding gem of an historical thriller by the author of THE...

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

The City of Mirrors
Justin Cronin
The epic doomsday scenario trilogy comes to a triumphant conclusion after ten years or so with this final and much-expected volume, following the visceral impact of The Passage and...

Mile High by Rebecca Chance

Mile High
Rebecca Chance
It's no secret that behind the Chance pseudonym stands mystery writer Lauren Henderson, and this background explains why her tremulous bonkbusters move along with such tremendous pace and verve. Set...

Betrayal by Martina Cole

Betrayal
Martina Cole
Martina Cole’s twenty-third East End thriller is as raw and involved as one has come to expect. With huge family betrayals and some very nasty goings-on indeed. It fair pounds...

You Belong to Me by Colin Harrison

You Belong to Me
Colin Harrison
Maxim Jakubowski July 2017 Highly Recommended. It's been too long since Harrison, very much a writer's writer whose sinuous and hypnotic, obsessive plots always leave their...

The Force by Don Winslow

The Force
Don Winslow
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A doorstopper saga of a novel by Winslow, who has now moved away from his triumphant and award-winning novels about the...

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

Nemesis
Brendan Reichs
July 2017 NewGen Book of the Month. In a Nutshell: Lord of the Flies with added asteroid action A uniquely-premised psychological page-turner...

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Friend by Dorothy Koomson

Reader Reviewed The Friend
Dorothy Koomson
Oh what a thrilling and gloriously dramatic tale this is! A violent attack on a parent takes place within the grounds of a private school in Brighton, just days later,...

The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Power
Naomi Alderman
Winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017. What if the power to hurt were in women's hands? Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - teenage girls find...

Shepherds and Butchers by Chris Marnewick

Shepherds and Butchers
Chris Marnewick
South Africa, 1987. Apartheid. When Leon, a white 19-year-old prison guard working on death row commits an inexplicable act of violence, killing seven black men in a hail of bullets,...

Hidden Killers by Lynda La Plante

Hidden Killers
Lynda La Plante
Prime Suspect lovers are in for a treat for this once again gives us a large slice in the development of Jane Tennison. In the eponymous book published last year...

Troll by D. B. Thorne

Troll
D. B. Thorne
A macabre miss-your-tube-stop thriller in which online trolling turns into real-life terror for a young investigative journalist. By day, Sophie works for a celebrity scandal magazine. By night she’s a...

Hunting the Hangman by Howard Linskey

Hunting the Hangman
Howard Linskey
A truly fascinating and totally engrossing read about the assassination plot against one of the most feared and hideous Nazi leaders of the Second World War. This may be classed...

The White Road by Sarah Lotz

The White Road
Sarah Lotz
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. South Africa author Lotz has a devious talent for claustrophobic tales that balance precariously between thriller and sheer horror and her...

The One by John Marrs

The One
John Marrs
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. An ingenious and quite gripping psychological thriller based on the use of DNA matching for a new style of dating, this...

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to the Eagle Has Landed by Mike Ripley

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to the Eagle Has Landed
Mike Ripley
Maxim Jakubowski June 2017 Book of the Month. Following on from Martin Edwards' splendid, award-winning Golden Age of Murder, about Christie...

Burning Angels by Bear Grylls

Burning Angels
Bear Grylls
Fresh from fighting death in Ghost Flight, Will Jaeger - The Hunter - returns for his second high-octane adventure.1942, and SS Lieutenant Herman Wirth uncovers an ancient...

Exquisite by Sarah Stovell

Reader Reviewed Exquisite
Sarah Stovell
June 2017 Book of the Month. Wow! This is a cracking psychological thriller. Told in first person from two different viewpoints it...

Reconciliation for the Dead by Paul E. Hardisty

Reconciliation for the Dead
Paul E. Hardisty
This third explosive political page-turner featuring Claymore Straker sees the justice-driven protagonist back in South Africa testifying before Desmond Tutu’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Gripping disclosures reveal why Clay was...

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Reader Reviewed Fierce Kingdom
Gin Phillips
June 2017 Book of the Month. We are in America. Joan takes her four year old son Lincoln to the zoo regularly....

Defectors by Joseph Kanon

Defectors
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...

Marked for Life by Emelie Schepp

Marked for Life
Emelie Schepp
A dramatic, sinister and deeply tense tale set in Sweden. Prosecutor Jana Berzelius works with police investigators after a man is found murdered in his home. He is the head...

The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis

The Honeymoon
Tina Seskis
Oh my, this is intense, shocking, and an absolute winner. Jemma is on an island in the Maldives, her husband of just one week is missing, is he alive, or...

The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dry
Jane Harper
Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn't rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members...

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

The Lying Game
Ruth Ware
Four friends. One promise. But someone isn't telling the truth. The twisting new mystery from bestselling phenomenon Ruth Ware. The text message arrives in the small hours of the night....

Forever and a Death by Donald E. Westlake

Forever and a Death
Donald E. Westlake
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Sadly missed US crime legend Westlake's books were often the object of many classic Hollywood adaptations, but he is also remembered...

Obsession by Amanda Robson

Obsession
Amanda Robson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Two seemingly happy couples: Rob and Carly, Jenni and Craig. But one fateful day, one happens to ask her husband who...

Rebus Anniversary Box Set by Ian Rankin

Rebus Anniversary Box Set
Ian Rankin
A must for collectors, a beautifully designed collector's hardback set of Knots & Crosses, Black and Blue and Exit Music with exclusive extra material only available in...

Bullseye by James Patterson

Bullseye
James Patterson
As the most powerful men on earth gather in New York for a meeting of the UN, Detective Michael Bennett receives intelligence warning that there will be an assassination attempt...

Home by Harlan Coben

Home
Harlan Coben
'ANOTHER INSTANT COBEN BOLITAR CLASSIC' Michael J Fox For ten long years two boys have been missing. Now you think you've seen one of them. He's a young man. And...

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