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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.
The indisputable queen of the violent, gritty, gangland thriller which, although concentrates on the woman’s view of this seedy underworld, I wholeheartedly recommend her to the male reader too. Just try her, she’s got something special.Comparison: Sheila Quigley, Mandasue Heller, Jake Arnott.Similar this month: None, but try Margaret Murphy or Lynda La Plante.
Simon Kernick is fast becoming one of the top crime writers in Britain today and at Lovereading we have been fans for a long time. Here we have another gritty, fast paced, suspense-filled triumph. This one is going to have you up until the wee small hours eager to reach the dramatic climax. Highly recommended.
With a supercharged blend of action, deception, and suspense, Cross Fire is James Patterson's most visceral and exciting Alex Cross novel ever. Alex Cross’ deadliest adversary, The Mastermind (Kyle Craig) is back, and he’s about to destroy everything – and everyone – Alex Cross loves.
November 2010 Book of the Month. This is the new psychological thriller from the acclaimed author of The Missing. A serial killer is on the loose who wants to watch his victims’ burn and DC Maeve Kerrigan is determined to put a stop to him but how when you have no clues to who he is?… It’s gripping and utterly compulsive leaving you gasping for breath as you get to the last page. Jane Casey's new novel, The Reckoning, is out now.
November 2010 Book of the Month. A chilling end of the world as we know it saga, this first volume of a trilogy has all the impact of Stephen King’s THE STAND in breadth of vision and length. Following a failed military experiment, America falls to a zombie/vampire epidemic and only a curious little girl and a group of doughty survivors hold the key to survival. A truly epic masterpiece that will have you hanging on for dear life for both its conclusion and the next volume. Lovereading comment: More than just a supreme thrill-ride, but something with the resonance and power of myth, The Passage is epic storytelling at its very best. A story that powerfully articulates our deepest fears and hopes, The Passage will move, captivate and be impossible to forget. From Bill Massey, the publisher who found The Passage: What could an innocent child and a psychotic killer have in common? One of them could destroy us all; one could save us, But which is which? It takes a special book to pose such dark and deep questions. A very special one to answer them. And a great one to weave them into a hypnotically powerful piece of storytelling that will take over your waking hours and invade your dreams. Welcome to the world of the Passage. It's your world - our world. But change is on its way. And not all change is good. Turn the page and be among the first to take the journey. Here are a few comments from staff at the Publishing House, Orion: I was so obsessed with it... a towering work... one of the most amazing books I've read... an extraordinary novel... the most exciting book I've read for a decade... I couldn't put it down and its size became a virtue... an epic and vivid masterpiece of suspense and adventure... Genius, there is no other word for it... read it and you will not be disappointed.
This is the 13th in the Scarpetta series and although Cornwell seemed to go off the boil a little with the previous couple in the series she is back on form with this, although a slightly different style by writing in the third person rather then first. Once you get used to the new style she is as compelling as ever. Kay Scarpetta’s beloved niece, Lucy, plays a big role in this one.Comparison: Karin Slaughter, Tess Gerritsen, Kathy Reichs.
This is the tale of the haunting, in modern times, of a girl by a ghost exactly resembling her own dead mother. Encountering this ghost imprisoned in the East wing of the Great House Kate is gradually drawn in and compelled to unravel the terrible story of this place. The reader too will feel utterly drawn in to follow Kate’s story through the author’s masterful storytelling powers and the two worlds, modern and historical are woven together in to a web in which the reader has no desire to leave but instead continue turning the pages to the surprising denouement. Through the Tales of Shabby Tattler, a one-eyed vagabond whose power of description seems to bring to life those he depicts, Kate is drawn into a past in which she finds herself a living victim, trapped by circumstance and helpless to alter the terrifying unfolding of events. This is the first in a trilogy of Gothic tales through which, in a ‘Danse Macabre’ moves the dark enigmatic figure of the ‘Shabby Tattler’, the cunning man. Tale-teller and myth-maker is he, or puppet-master of these strange plays, conjuring appearances and disappearances, scenes of tragedy and comedy: manipulator of souls with strings invisible?
The epic new legal thriller from international number one bestselling author John Grisham. An innocent man is days from execution and only a guilty man can save him. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man? Brilliant suspense coupled with edge of your seat drama will ensure readers can’t stop reading it until they’ve read the last page.
November 2010 Book of the Month. Boxed set comprising revised hardback editions, with maps, of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, plus a fourth volume containing essays by those who knew and worked with the author, as well as other original material.
April 2012 Guest Editor Paul Torday on The Long Good-bye... There are other contenders for the invention of the wisecracking, tough but romantic private eye, but if Raymond Chandler wasn’t the first, I think he was the best. In this novel Philip Marlowe takes risks to defend a man who turns out to be not worth the trouble. And he falls for a woman who turns out to be definitely worth the trouble. Almost every line of this book is a joy, and Chandler is a lot more than a thriller writer. His style is laconic, yet at times his descriptions of people and places are almost lyrical.
October 2010 Book of the Month. A new Harry Bosch, which is always a treat. Harry is brought in to help out defence lawyer Mickey Haller on a case Mickey has been asked to prosecute rather than defend. Maybe the alarm bells should have gone off at that point! Another great thriller from one of the best.
A speculative thriller with genetic engineering at its heart and a race-against-time finale. It’s good, fast paced stuff with plenty of human interest and likeable main characters, less so the supporting cast!
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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