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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.
Described by Pulitzer Prize Winning author Jennifer Egan (A Visit from the Goon Squad) as ‘a rare thing a genuine literary thriller - suspenseful and packed with dramatic events’ - and we can only agree that this page-turner is a masterful piece of writing, full of insight and a ‘must read’. A Thousand Pardons is an elegant, audacious, gripping and sharply observed novel about a marriage in ruins and a family in crisis; about the limits of self-invention and the seduction of self-destruction. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for A Thousand Pardons, a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'There is something in A Thousand Pardons that every reader can relate to' - Linda Hill. Scroll down to read more reviews.
September 2013 Book of the Month. Dark, thought-provoking and always highly entertaining, the razor sharp, devilishly witty vigilante serial killer Dexter is back and he has Hollywood in his sites.The Miami police department is overflowing with actors getting real experience of police work for a film but the star takes a particular interest in the blood splatter analyst - not realising his unique nocturnal activities are definitely not special effects.While the TV series may have gone a bit off the boil, of late, the books continue to deliver - we love’em.
A highly addictive, sublimely plotted psychological thriller about marriage, private security and journalistic scandal. A young pickpocket is pulled from the tracks of a subway station seconds before an oncoming train's arrival. When a video of the incident briefly emerges it unlocks a mystery that goes back over a decade.A top class read from one of the finest young crime writers around.
Winner of the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award at CrimeFest 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2013. Maxim Jakubowski's November 2013 Book of the Month. Winner of the CWA John Creasey Dagger 2013. Sheldon Horowitz is 82, a retired American Marine and reluctantly moves to Oslo to where his granddaughter has settled. Confronted by an ugly crime, he goes on the run with a six-year old boy and has to use all his past skills, despite fading faculties and the ravages of age, to escape a fierce gang and confront the failures of his past life and, hopefully, redeem himself. Tense, gently humorous, unsentimental and often tragic, this thrilling tale spins a new angle on the theme of the involuntary sleuth struggling on unknown ground and proves profoundly humane and touching and highlights a gripping vision of the bleakness of Scandinavia and northern landscapes quite unlike that previously described by the recent vogue of Nordic crime authors. The revelation of a major new talent. Derek B. Miller said: “My sincere thanks to the judges and the Crime Writers' Association. This award feels less like a victory than a wonderful form of encouragement. And I appreciate that, deeply, because no one has ever encouraged me to write before. Tolerated me writing … sure. But encouraged me? Not as much. So thank you.” September 2013 Debut of the Month. Sarah Broadhurst's view... This, as a good chase thriller, is thrilling but add a conscience and some fascinating personal history to the main character and suddenly you have something very special. Our hero, unusually, is 82 years old! He is rescuing a child who witnessed his mother being murdered by Kosovo thugs. So we have the thugs and the police chasing a cantankerous old American Jew and the lad across Norway. That in itself is an excellent plot but this thriller has so much more. It looks at the Norwegian culture, Jewishness, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, war criminals, drug dealers, police tactics and more. An interesting book on several dimensions with a strong plot and plenty of space to explore different ideas. Highly recommended for both genders, thriller lovers and book club/reading groups. CWA Judges' comment: “Tension, humour and tragedy are combined in this beautifully-written contribution to Nordic noir with a twist from an English-speaking author. With a central character who is original, wonderfully humane and convincing, this debut novel cleverly avoids many the genre's clichés and pitfalls and emerges triumphant as a fully-dimensional gem.”
The Ranger, first in a new series featuring Quinn Colson an ex-army Ranger adjusting to life in a rugged and corrupt Mississippi town, is a contemporary book with a dash of classic western and noir. This exciting thriller was shortlisted for the prestigious Edgar Best Novel Award in 2012 and is highly recommended. The author, Ace Atkins, is much admired by other crime authors such as Michael Connelly and Elmore Leonard and it is easy to see why once you start reading. Click here to view Ace Atkins' new book, The Lost Ones.
Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2013. I do love this author’s structure. We have a crime … or do we? We have a court case but what is Joanna being tried for? We have multi-voices but never a full explanation and so the plot builds in a compulsive spiral of doubt. It is not until the final pages and after twist upon twist that we are finally given a punch in the stomach, an ending that still leaves a question. Did she or didn’t she? Is she mad or not? You’ve got to read this inventive domestic drama to find out. Highly recommended, read it and then all her others, particularly The Donor. She is very special.
Set in Moscow just after WW2 this is a superbly written historical thriller full of secrets, lies and adultery - which in communist Russia at that time really were deadly sins.Two children from Moscow’s Elite educational establishment (School 801) are found dead on a bridge near the Kremlin and this sparks a witch hunt, overseen by Stalin himself that forces children to testify against their parents. Based on a true story and packed with historical detail, bringing post-war Russia compellingly to life, this is an addictive, heart-breaking novel. Click below to listen to an extract from the audiobook edition of this title.
Second in this superbly written thriller series, set in backwoods Mississippi finds, ex-army ranger and now sheriff Quinn Colson battling Mexican drug cartels and a shocking bootleg baby racket. Crime Noir and Western are expertly blended with sharp, sparse prose and dark, expertly drawn characters. One of the best thrillers we have read this year. Click here to see the first book in the Quinn Colson series, The Ranger.
September 2013 eBook of the Month. A fast-paced, highly enjoyable classic action adventure novel set just before the outbreak of WW1. Jack McColl travels the world as a luxury car salesman but he is also in the part-time employ of the embryonic British intelligence services feeding back titbits of information he uncovers. Suddenly however he finds himself in the midst of a dangerous and deadly plot by the Germans that could derail any hope of winning the impending war. This is the first in a new series from this accomplished writer, perfect for fans of Wilbur Smith or Frederick Forsyth.
One of our Books of the Year 2013. A fantastic read which is truly unputdownable. There are many threads at the centre of which lies an old photograph. There are many dead bodies too (12)! Silenced witnesses, crooked police and a terrific protagonist. I loved every stolen moment of it despite it dripping in blood. Highly recommended. September 2013 Book of the Month. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Never Coming Back a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'A cracking fast paced story in the David Raker series. You will not want to put it down.' - Marion McCaffery. Scroll down to read more reviews. Creating David Raker by Tim Weaver... 'I became very interested in the idea of writing a series when I fell in love with the work of Michael Connelly. His taut, brilliant Harry Bosch novels were a conduit to the world of American crime fiction, to classic characters like Philip Marlowe and Lew Archer, and to modern masters like James Ellroy. But while the genius of Chandler and MacDonald – and especially their creations – was obvious, what I loved in particular about Connelly’s books was the fact that Bosch’s world never stopped moving. It evolved. It grew. It lived.' Click here to read the full comment.
DI Sean Corrigan, and his unnerving ability to think like the dark criminals he chases, is back for a blistering 2nd case. When women start disappearing from their homes in broad daylight a desperate search ensues as missing persons become murder victims. Authentic and terrifying crime fiction with a psychological edge, by an ex-Met detective. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Stuart MacBride.
September 2013 Book of the Month. A clever tale of a life of repressed hatred and years of planned revenge and retribution. It all ends in tragedy for some and an uncertain peace for others. Questions are left unanswered. The reader's imagination must fill in the gaps which means that days later you are still thinking about it. It certainly shows how hatred is such a destructive emotion.
White Knuckle Rides
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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