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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.
Coben’s literally unput-downable thrillers really must be tried. He writes these dark, emotional tales alongside a crime series featuring a security agent, Myron Bolitar. They are good but these stand-alone, psychological thrillers are in a different league. Comparison: Dennis Lehane, William Landay, John Rickards.Similar this month: Michael Connelly, John Case.
Love is much more than just '0s' and '1s' in this highly paced novel about high tech match making. All is not well in Eden - when an apparently 'perfect' couple are found dead - seemingly from a double suicide?Comparison: Michael Crichton, Nelson de Mille, Ken Follet. Similar this month: Allan Folsom, Jeff Abbott.
The title illustrates many facets of division in this compelling book, his best since The Horse Whisperer. In chapter one we are presented with a girlâ€™s body embedded in the ice on a mountainside in Montana and the mystery begins, not with the girlâ€™s identity but with why she came to be there. Picking through the past, watching the characters change over the years and manipulating our emotions with theirs, Evans has produced a powerful, sensitive tale of a family falling apart, of the ideology of youth turning sour and of the pain of love, all centred around eco-terrorism. It is very good indeed.Comparison: Thomas Eidson, Leif Enger, Pat Conroy.
Highly enjoyable and fascinating insight into the workings of the American legal system where devious dealings border on the illegal. Itâ€™s a great read, reminiscent of early John Grisham. Highly recommended. This title is also available as an Audiobook, in either CD or cassette format.Comparison: John Grisham, Lisa Scottoline, G M Ford.
I think we’ve all been waiting for another Gorky Park for the atmosphere of that far outshone the plot. Now we have its equal with the backdrop of Chernobyl. The portrayal of the scale of the disaster and its aftermath is mind-numbing. Oh, we have suspected suicide, mysterious informers, more deaths, a fleeting romance, the Russian Mafia and, of course, the weary, cynical, out-of-favour Moscow investigator Renko, but it’s the setting that really steals the show here. The explanation for the killings and how they were carried out could have been more intriguing but my expectations had been roused to such a level that it would have been almost impossible to satisfy them in this truly atmospheric read. Comparison: Robert Harris, Ken Follett, Glenn Meade.Similar this month: Allan Folsom, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Romantic suspense where mystery, murder, kidnapping and intrigue rattle along at a great pace against the interesting backdrop of an alternative therapy clinic and dream interpretation. It is very compulsive.Comparison: Sandra Brown, Nora Roberts, Susan Lewis.Similar this month: None but try Santa Montefiore or Lisa Gardner.
A thriller with a refreshingly different slant for here the chase, the mystery, the duplicity and skulduggery all revolve around a multi-million pound world of musical instruments, in particular a Stradivarius. Comparison: Paul Carson, Robert Harris, Philip Hook. Similar this month: Ann Granger, Lisa Gardner.
A great big fat book, 896 pages, but written in short, breathless chapters that leave you racing to the next so you really donâ€™t feel the length. Interlinking the past and the future with Russian undertones and too many strands to detail here, it really is a most compulsive read. Highly recommended.Comparison: Nelson de Mille, David Baldacci, Frederick Forsyth.Similar this month: Martin Cruz Smith, Stel Pavlou.
Barcelona, a city of secret police and secret love. In it a bookseller’s son finds a forgotten novel and stumbles upon a mystery as all copies of the author’s books are sought and destroyed by a sinister character who calls himself after the devil. The reason why and the intrigue surrounding the author’s fate hold us through this extraordinarily compulsive, yet satisfactorily literary thriller, one of the best books of the year. Quite brilliant. This title is also available as an Audiobook, in CD format. Comparison: Iain Pears, Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason, Giles Foden.
Exlusive Limited Edition. Barcelona, a city of secret police and secret love. In it a bookseller’s son finds a forgotten novel and stumbles upon a mystery as all copies of the author’s books are sought and destroyed by a sinister character who calls himself after the devil. The reason why and the intrigue surrounding the author’s fate hold us through this extraordinarily compulsive, yet satisfactorily literary thriller, one of the best books of the year. Quite brilliant. This new edition contains the first chapter of The Angel's Game, Ruiz Zafon's eagerly awaited new novel. Comparison: Iain Pears, Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason, Giles Foden.
Tense and exhilarating, this book just kept getting better with every page. The pleasant slow start creating characters and atmosphere builds to a climax that literally took my breath away. You know itâ€™s coming but are shocked anyway, along with the characters. In essence itâ€™s a thriller but with a very human story. The portrayal of wilderness fire-fighting is quite outstanding. An exceptional read.Comparison: Nicholas Evans, Michael Marshall, Patricia Tyrrell.Similar this month: None but try Stel Pavlou, Martin Cruz Smith.
The Godfather’s final chapter relates that “The bloody victory of the Corleone family was not complete …” and so the Puzo’s estate decided it should be. This takes up Michael’s story from 1955-65, from Las Vegas to New York and is no doubt full of authentic detail but, interesting though it is, it lacks the spark of the master, but if you’re a devotee you should read it.Comparison: Mario Puzo, James Ellroy, Lorenzo Carcaterra.Similar this month: None but try William Landay.
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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