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All engrossing, pure escapist, nail-biting anxiety, mind bending terror and psychological twists. We’re not sure why it’s so appealing. Good though, isn’t it! You might also like to browse our Crime and Mystery category.
Donâ€™t you just love the title? And itâ€™s so true, Zane manages to paint really vivid pictures of the Icelandic landscape â€“ very dramatic. It takes a while to get into the plot but then it builds to a good, exciting twist. However, this is a literary thriller and, in between, the passages of love, loss and persistent light are beautifully told.Comparison: Christopher Brookmyre, James Hawes, Colin Bateman.Similar this month: Andrew Greig, Anthony Horowitz.
The perfect hero, Jack Reacher; men want to emulate him, women adore him. I fell in love with him in Killing Floor, eight books ago, when he had just been chucked out of the army, disillusioned, becoming a drifter ready to pounce on the side of right when needed and I’ve watched him develop as time has bashed him about. But now, suddenly, we’re back in 1990 for a prequel to Killing Floor, Reacher is a US military policeman and has to obey orders! He has a mum, we learn more of his brother and we feel for him as the seeds of discontent are planted. For Reacher fans this is a must, those new to Lee Child will have no trouble starting here. It is, after all, the beginning. Then you must read Killing Floor and get hooked for he is one of the best in the adventure/thriller genre - honest, and he is British. Comparison: Gerald Seymour, Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben.Similar this month: Michael Marshall, Chris Ryan.
Renowned children writer’s first adult novel and what fun he has had. A tasteless joke overheard in a pub sends our protagonist off in search of its origins. It is a crazy scenario, full of incident which suddenly changes gear and becomes a surreal tale, a thriller, a wacky caper. Interesting, clever, unusual and a little sinister.Comparison: Ben Elton, Stephen Fry, Douglas Adams.Similar this month: Jasper Fforde, Tom Sharpe.
First published in 1934, THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE caused a scandal with its explosive mix of violence and sex, and immediately became a bestseller. The torrid story of Frank Chambers, the amoral drifter, Cora, the sullen and brooding wife, and Nick Papadakis, the amiable but inconvenient husband, has become a classic of its kind, and established Cain as a major novelist with a spare and vital prose style and a bleak vision of America. THE AUTHOR James M. Cain was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1892. Having served in the US Army in World War 1, he became a journalist in Baltimore and New York in the 1920s. He later worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood. Cain died in 1977.
Wow, he doesn’t let up. It’s been four years since we had one of these international blockbusters and he’s got seventeen bestsellers under his belt. He still delivers a cracking good plot-based yarn with unexpected twists and good characters. You’ll love it. Comparison: John Grisham, Jeffrey Archer, James Patterson. Similar this month: David Baldacci, Nelson DeMille.
I am always on the lookout for something a little different in the thriller area and despite not being a new author, this one fills that bill. Itâ€™s big-corporation crime and espionage stuff, very clever with some great twists, good characters, a nice love interest, that does not detract from the central plot but strangely helps to accelerate the pace, and lots of real page-turning addiction. Great stuff. He has written three other novels (High Crimes was filmed with Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd). This is his best but enjoy the others too. This title is also available as an Audiobook in CD format.Comparisons: John Grisham, Richard North Patterson, Harlan Coben.Similar this month: Faye and Jonathan Kellerman, Graham Hurley.
Skeletons that appear old are found in the basement of a pizza parlour in a building that has a history which brings rivals Tempe Brennan and detective Luc Claudel to spar against each other again. This is classic forensic science/detective stuff with Tempe’s love interest, Andrew Ryan, being somewhat evasive too, all adding to a tremendous plot. She is really very good indeed. Comparisons: Patricia Cornwell, Karin Slaughter, Tess Gerritsen.Similar this month: Val McDermid, Hilary Bonner.
Robert Crais is not just a novelist; heâ€™s also written for TV for the likes of LA Law and Hill Street Blues. LAPD enlists the help of private investigator Elvis Cole, when an unidentified corpse turns up whose background and clues at the scene uncover a troubling picture about the man who may have been Elvis's father. As Elvis and his long-term partner Joe, approach the true identity of the dead man, they unwittingly walk straight into a hornet's nest with catastrophic consequences. Comparisons: Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly
Writing as Nicci French, husband and wife team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French have quickly established themselves as leading lights in the murky waters of psychological crime writing and have now embarked on their first series, featuring psychotherapist Frieda Klein, after a raft of stand alone thrillers. In her 4th outing, Frieda returns to the sleepy coastal town of her youth with its damaging memories to help out a close friend's daughter but it only serves to revive her own past monsters and an agonising case unfolds in which a tide of suffering soon threatens to engulf her. Gritty psychological suspense of the highest order, this is unputdownable stuff to read with the lights very much on. A memorable series.
He is big in the States, endorsed by some of the best of his peers, Tom Clancy and Stephen Coonts amongst them, but his books have only recently arrived over here. Now he has picked up one of the best of our thriller writers to endorse him too, Frederick Forsyth, and if you are a lover of the high tension, fast-paced, clever thrillers then you should â€˜discoverâ€™ him now. To catch up with the American market, four of his earlier novels were published very closely together so youâ€™ve got some great reading ahead of you. They all feature a charismatic, brave but humanly flawed, protagonist, Mark Beamon; youâ€™ll love getting to know him.Comparisons: Lee Child, Harlen Coben, Glen Meade.Similar this month: Gerald Seymour, Graham Hurley.
A real page-turner with the plot unfolding from the point of view of all the main characters. Highly suspenseful, from a major American author. If you are new to her you have 24 backlist titles to catch up on! Some are seriously better than others, and this is one of the best.Comparisons: Nora Roberts (some), Hilary Norman, Barbara Vine.Similar this month: Val McDermid, Hilary Bonner.
From one of the world's best-loved storytellers comes a magical novel of adventure and discovery. This is the final instalment of Isabel Allende's celebrated inspirational trilogy of the journeys in Africa of Alexander and his grandmother Kate, along with their animal spirits Jaguar and Eagle. The novel soars with radiant settings and spirits, corruption and slavery amongst a clan of pygmies, and ultimately, an extraordinary friendship. Between them all, they launch a spectacular and precarious struggle to restore freedom and return leadership to its rightful hands. Although Allendeâ€™s legion of fans will enjoy this trilogy it is very different from her usual novels. Teenagers, however, will absolutely devour it. Comparisons: Wolf Brother, Shadowmancer
Picture it. You’re going on holiday. The bags are packed and the family is ready, you’re at the gate, the plane is boarding, you’ve decided to start your brand new, especially purchased thriller right away. Suddenly, you’re immersed into the corridors of intrigue, conspiracy, murder, espionage and you don’t know who to trust. The plane has left without you. So has the family. You haven’t even noticed. At least you have a good book … and the whole house to yourself for a week!
This section is crammed with dangerously compelling adventures that will have your nails bitten and nervous system tested to the full. From Dan Brown, Stieg Larsson and James Patterson to Fred Vargas, Bernard Minier and C.J Sansom, there’s enough here to keep you ‘head-down and out-of-it’ for years. There’s certainly time to read one more before the family gets back from Torremolinos … and that’s where we come in!