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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.
Iâ€™m a big fan, she is so good at menace, female characters and building suspense. This is her ninth novel and she just gets better.Comparison: Mary Higgins Clark, Barbara Vine, Hilary Norman.
This compulsive author brings Alex Cross to London as global terrorism escalates and the city is under threat. Patterson’s short chapters all seem to end in cliff hangers so it’s nigh near impossible to put him down. Comparison: Lee Child, Jeffrey Deaver, Michael Connelly. Similar this month: William Landay.
A real page-turner, an easy read with a fascinating plot which takes you into the past and a suspicious death and the present where our unwary heroine, rushing where angels fear to tread, gets herself into some very real danger. Funny and exciting, you arrived at the end exhausted but with a sigh of relief as â€¦ but thatâ€™s for you to find out. Really most enjoyable.Comparison: Lauren Henderson, James Patterson, Carl Hiaasen.Similar this month: Tami Hoag, Janet Evanovich.
Every now and again a new crime novel comes along and you know it’s something special. This won the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey award for Best First Crime Novel. It’s first rate. A tale of corruption with an ending you really can’t guess; it’s mesmerising stuff.Comparison: Scott Turow, Richard North Patterson, Dennis Lehane.Similar this month: None but try Lisa Scottoline or James Patterson.
An obsession to find an ancient book that many believe doesnâ€™t exist lies at the centre of this jigsaw puzzle of a novel. Complex, intriguing and slow to build, it unfolds the mystery alongside a marriage falling apart and a deep love of books. Interestingly the publishers have made it look very like The Da Vinci Code when itâ€™s not even a thriller. Mystery, yes, a novel of reactions and relationships, but there is no thrust of excitement. Itâ€™s more Name of the Rose than Dan Brown.Comparison: Carlos Ruiz Zafon, A S Byatt, Dan Brown.Similar this month: None but Susanna Clarke.
Ace, terrific, any superlatived you like, this ideas-driven author writes like the dream his two protagonists believe they are part of. Itâ€™s science fiction, yes, itâ€™s fast-moving and explores ideas of time and fate, but itâ€™s perceptive and gripping so thriller readers may enjoy it too.Comparison: Stephen Baxter, Richard Morgan, Michael Marshall Smith.
The Tinder Box delves into strange goings on in a close-knit community following a particularly brutal murder. Small town prejudices lead the village to wage a hate campaign against an Irish family, believing labourer Patrick O'Riordan to be the culprit. Siobhan Lavenham is the only inhabitant of the village who believes in his innocence and protests loudly against the community's behaviour towards the O'Riordans. As more and more information is uncovered, even she starts to have her doubts about the events surrounding the murder. A fascinating examination of prejudice and loyalty.
More mysteries for Inspector Montalbano to investigate and in this third book we see slightly more of the personal side of our protagonist as his relationship with Livia develops. Still lots of food mentions to savour and if they make you peckish check out the notes at the back of the book describing some of the dishes further. Inspector Montalbano series:1. The Shape of Water2. The Terra-Cotta Dog3. The Snack Thief4. The Voice of the Violin5. Excursion to Tindari6. The Scent of the Night7. Rounding the Mark8. The Patience of the Spider9. The Paper Moon10. August Heat11. The Wings of the Sphinx
Catherine Sampson introduced us to the captivating character of Robin Ballantyne in her critically acclaimed debut novel Falling Off Air. In Out of Mind we find her investigating the disaperance of a close friend and soon getting into situations that are dangerous and beyond her control. We thinks it is easily as good.l
A chilling, frightening, hair-raising tale that I was unable to put down. Frank Corso, an author and reporter, is on the run from the Texas police with former lover Meg. In blizzard conditions they find shelter in an empty house and discover three bodies. I will tell you no more except this is a gripping tale of murder, enclosed communities and psychotic behaviour spanning almost forty years. Itâ€™s terrific.Comparison: Harlan Coben, Dennis Lehane, Michael Marshall.Similar this month: Stephen Leather, John Rickards.
I liked this straight away. It is the second to feature P.I. Alex Rourke and has that eerie feel of sinister American wintry, bleak countryside where the unexpected can happen. It does â€“ quite early on. Rickards then weaves several different strands of plot together into a neat, intelligent pattern. Heâ€™s very good.Comparison: Michael Marshall, Andrew Pyper, John Connolly.Similar this month: G M Ford, Vena Cork.
A horrifying opening chapter where childhood innocence and friendship is completely destroyed and the terrible secret sealed, to resurface ten years later. It is psychological thriller stuff from a new author ripe for going places.Comparison: Nicci French, Barbara Vine. Similar this month: Vena Cork, Louise Anderson.
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!