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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.
July 2013 eBook of the Month. A fantastic and frankly terrifying thriller from the bestselling partnership of Mark Edwards and Louise Voss who wrote Catch Your Death. Out of the blue Amy gets an email from her ‘sensible’ sister saying she is off traveling and not to look for her. Sensing something is wrong Amy starts digging and is drawn into the dark and seductive world of anonymous internet hook-ups. She has also unwittingly attracted the attention of a killer who uses social media as his stalking ground...A cautionary tale in these modern times!
An intelligent, emotionally engaging family drama cum mystery, from the screen writer of ITV's Scott & Bailey, following the effects on three families after a fatal road accident. How would your family feel if your reckless driving caused the death of a nine year old girl? How would you feel if you couldn’t remember any of it but had to live with the guilt? The everyday setting makes the moral dilemmas and the story even more compelling as it could happen to anyone of us - we think this will have you hooked.
The unsettling, gripping and fast-paced style established in the The Hypnotist and The Nightmare continue in the third book in the Joona Linna series, The Fire Witness.Detective Inspector Joona Linna, under internal review by the National Police for an alleged infraction, is on leave to solve some troubling personal business when he is called in to "observe" the investigation of a gruesome and strange murder at Birgittagarden, a youth home for wayward teenage girls.Psychologically tense and with great appeal to fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo. A 'Piece of Passion' from the editor...‘Two savage murders at a girls’ remand home north of Stockholm, a girl from the home on the run in a stolen car, with a little boy strapped into the back seat and, several hundred miles away, a clairvoyant who claims to know what happened...it is a case only Detective Inspector Joona Linna is able to solve. The Fire Witness is the third outing for Lars Kepler’s taciturn detective, first encountered in The Hypnotist and then in The Nightmare. It is one of the most gripping thrillers I have ever read: well written, intelligently plotted and with a truly heart-stopping climax. I defy anyone not to gasp in surprise when the meaning of the title, The Fire Witness, is revealed. Scandinavian crime at it’s very, very best.’ Patrick Janson-Smith In addition, some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
Innocent people are dying. Who will be next? Find out in the second Detective Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg from #1 ebook bestseller Paul Finch. A vicious serial killer is holding the country to ransom, publicly - and gruesomely - murdering his victims. When a man is burnt alive on a bonfire, it seems like a tragic Guy Fawkes Night accident. But with the discovery of a young couple on Valentine's Day - each with an arrow through the heart - something more sinister becomes clear. A 'calendar killer' is on the loose. Detective Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg is up against it.
My name is Piper Hadley and I went missing on the last Saturday of the summer holidays three years ago. When Piper and her friend Tash disappeared, there was a huge police search, but they were never found. Now Tash, reaching breaking point at the abuse their captor has inflicted on them, has escaped, promising to come back for Piper. Clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and his stalwart companion, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz, force the police to re-open the case after Joe is called in to assess the possible killer of a couple in their own home and finds a connection to the missing girls. But they are racing against time to save Piper from someone with an evil, calculating and twisted mind.
August 2013 Debut of the Month. A dark, taut, chilling, high-concept psychological suspense thriller for fans of Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson and Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. Ten years ago Amy Archer went missing. Then a stranger introduces her mother to a little girl who seems to be Amy - but she hasn’t aged a day... What has happened to Amy and how far will her mother go to find the truth? In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Second Life of Amy Archer a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'This story has everything. It's a chilling psychological thriller, a peek into the world of psychics and reincarnation, and a heart-rending tale of loss, grief and remorse...' - Lynda DeFreitas. Scroll down to read more reviews.
She thought she'd seen the back of the Delaneys. How wrong could she be... Annie Carter should have demanded to see their bodies lying on a slab in the morgue, but she really believed the Delaney twins were gone from her life for good. Now sinister things are happening around her and Annie Carter is led to one terrifying conclusion: her bitter enemies, the Delaney twins, didn't die all those years ago. They're back and they want her, and her family, dead.
Those who play with fire are going to get burned ...Seven years ago Martin Chadwick set fire to a Manchester pub, not knowing a teenager was sleeping inside. Chadwick's release from prison is imminent, with journalists gearing up for a good old-fashioned media lynching. With the victim's father telling the papers he is out for revenge, DS Jessica Daniel is left to keep an eye on Chadwick and his fiery eighteen-year-old son. If that's not enough to keep her occupied, a private investigator is doing a fine job sticking his oar in, it looks like there's a schoolgirl suicide ring in operation, her car is working a little too well, and the endless rain continues to pound her northern home.
August 2013 Book of the Month. A clever, well-plotted thriller with dozens of characters and plot lines... But how are they all connected? Linwood Barclay, yet again, has written a cracking fast-moving thriller that won’t disappoint. A schizophrenic savant, who has memorised street maps around the world, gets dragged into a dangerous conspiracy and political coverup when he see a woman being murdered on an online map website. Click here to see what our Reader Review Panel thought of Linwood Barclay's novel, A Tap on the Window.
Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim. Appearing in English for the first time, The Bat is the legendary first novel from the worldwide phenomenon Jo Nesbo.
One of Maxim Jakubowski's Books of the Year 2013. A smashing first novel from the screenwriter of DEAD CALM and the MAD MAX movies, this has been hyped as in the footsteps of DAY OF THE JACKAL, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and other recognised landmark classics of the thriller genre and, for once, this is no exaggeration! The gripping tale of the cat and mouse and high octane chase of a terrorist by one of the most alluring and enigmatic loner sleuths since Jack Reacher, this is an unputdownable thriller for the 21st Century that will have you sweating and gasping all the way to its explosive conclusion. Memorable characters, always the unexpected, non-stop action, this is a first class excursion behind the often murky scenes of international spying and all its ambiguities, with a villain whose evil knows no bounds but whose motives are none the less understandable and stem from human error and a hero whose talents are dazzling but somehow retains his humanity. Add the scariest of female serial killers, the bad lands of Afghanistan, biological warfare and forensic minutiae and you get what could become the thriller of the year, let alone the month. Maxim Jakubowski's September 2013 Book of the Month.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. British author Smith returns to post revolution Russia with a bleak tale in which a Red Army desertor returns to his village to find it devastated and his family gone. Is the work of men or the devil? His chase for the truth takes him across snowy plains and forests while he holds his own secrets back. Impressively atmospheric, and on a par with his wonderful, earlier Russian-snow-set THE CHILD THIEF, this will keep you awake at night.
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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!
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