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A taut, suspense-filled thriller, A Small Weeping takes the reader on a gripping journey from the inner city to the wilds of the Outer Hebrides, and deep into the darkest depths of human nature. The body of a prostitute is found at Glasgow’s Queen Street Station, her hands, pointing towards her feet, placed as if in prayer, a small flower pressed between the palms. Psychologist Solomon Brightman is called to assist DCI Lorimer in the murder hunt, with the hope that his lateral thinking will shine a light on the case from a different angle. But before any conclusions can be drawn, the body of a nurse is discovered at The Grange, a private clinic. Aside from the careful arrangement of the corpses, there is no obvious connection between the victims; Lorimer and Solomon are still very much in the dark. Then a third body turns up, and it seems increasingly clear that they have a serial killer on their hands. Like for like: Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Denise Mina. Lorimer and Brightman series:1. Never Somewhere Else2. A Small Weeping3. Shadows of Sounds4. The Riverman5. Pitch Black6. Glasgow Kiss 7. Five Ways to Kill a Man
British romantic suspense par excellence. She mixes human relationships, the highs and lows of different loves, a terrorist plot which is quite frightening and lots of drama, together in an explosive cocktail. Warning, have Kleenexes to hand by the end. She is a highly competent, dramatic author with lots of backlist to get hooked into.Comparison: Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Sidney Sheldon.Similar this month: None, but try Nicholas Sparks, Sarah Rayne.
A really satisfying read, real characters, complex but believable plot and as a Londoner I loved the local refrences. Highly recommended.
Missing vials of a deadly virus hold a desperate bunch together during a Christmas blizzard. Scary, thrilling, one of his best and totally compulsive. Whatever this man’s subject matter, from mediaeval history, World War II to contemporary thriller, he is always brilliant. All his books are highly recommended to both genders and all ages. Comparison: Clare Francis, Nelson DeMille, Jack Higgins.Similar this month: Guy Walters, Jeffery Deaver.
Excellent study of life as a cook in the eighteenth century turns into a compelling whodunit which keeps you guessing right up to the end. As with all good whodunits, I shouldnâ€™t tell you any more.Comparison: Iain Pears, Robert Goddard, Charles Palliser.Similar this month: None, but try Jude Morgan for historical detail and Barbara Nadel for whodunit.
The king of social satire with a tale of gruesome murders linked to the new craze of retracing one’s past through the web – Friends Reunited. He writes beautifully, a very clever man. You must try him. Comparison: Stephen Fry, Rupert Morgan’s Let There Be Lite, David Nobbs.Similar this month: None but do try William Nicholson or William Sutcliffe.
This review is provided by bookgroup.info.This extraordinary novel by William Nicholson (better known as the playwright responsible for Shadowlands and co-screenwriter of Gladiator) is a surprise from start to finish. The narrator is a young man, passive to the point of inertia, whose motto is 'Life is hard and then you die'. He spends his time in his bedroom doing nothing - really nothing at all - until a pigeon gives him a sign that he should get away. This sets him off on a Kafkaesque journey where he is hurtled from violence to danger and back again via a cast of strange characters. His wry and, at times, very funny commentary reveals his personality (which is actually quite lovable) and its development along the way. It is a philosophical and spiritual journey and I have to admit that, as someone with a profound distrust of religion, I was tempted to put the book down as soon as the G word was mentioned. I had to remind myself that I read because I want to know what other people have to say and to keep my mind open. I'm glad I did because ultimately it's a thought-provoking book that calls for an oblique and humane perspective on the world. It also engendered a very lively discussion amongst our group.Sarah Broadhurst's view...Renowned childrenâ€™s author has written his first adult novel that he describes as â€œa thriller about the meaning of lifeâ€. It stars a normal teenager with no direction, no ambition and no motivation who sort of falls into hitch-hiking round Europe. With no destination, he goes wherever the lorry driver is going enduring the manâ€™s philosophical chat along the way. Borders are crossed and suddenly we are in very foreign territory indeed, a dangerous, frightening Kafka-esque place and our teenager walks into a nightmare. Reading it is like receiving a sharp punch in the stomach. A staggeringly impressive work.Comparison: Bernhard Schlinkâ€™s The Reader, Jim Crace, J M Coetzee.Similar this month: Yasmina Khadra, William Sutcliffe.
A powerful tale of madness and the complications of investigating murder inside a mental hospital. I was very impressed. It is wordy in places, highly insightful into mental illness and the care the inmates have for each other, an unusual read. A sort of One Flew Over the Cuckooâ€™s Nest crossed with Agatha Christieâ€™s And Then There Were None; nerve jangling stuff.Comparison: Michael Marshall, Ken Kesey, Denise Mina.Similar this month: Jack Kerley, Sarah Rayne.
His last book, Hard Landing, saw undercover policeman Dan Shepherd in trouble in prison. Now he is an assassin in a very tough and dangerous world. The action is good, the storyline is good, at times riveting and the further developments, the quirky and personal complications, endear one to the on-going hero. In fact, the whole thing is good.Comparison: Lee Child, Robert Crais, Harlan Coben.Similar this month: Karin Slaughter, Michael Cordy.
Although set in 2011 and obviously fiction, the background to this, the workings of Downing Street, the power struggles and manipulation â€¦, they have got to be real, based on now, and itâ€™s fascinating for he, of course, worked for the Government as Director of Communications and Press Secretary to several MPs.Comparison: Michael Dobbs, Edwina Currie, Sue Crosland.Similar this month: None, try Anthony Horowitz for satire, Glenn Meade for the thriller element.
Following on from the quite brilliant The Straw Men comes another high calibre, tense and chilling serial killer tale with those who survived still in the sights of the powerful strawmen. Itâ€™s the lonely and desperate against the unknown, something Michael Marshall is particularly good at. I cannot praise it enough. I donâ€™t know if Science Fiction thrillers are to your taste but you might be interested to know that Michael Marshall is also Michael Marshall Smith, the author of four outstanding futuristic works of which I would particularly recommend Only Forward - and he is British.Comparison: Harlan Coben, Thomas Harris, Michael Connelly.Similar this month: Lee Child, Chris Ryan.
An above-average New York drugs, kidnapping tale involving a dedicated Italian mafia hunter from Naples using unusual techniques in the Big Apple. Accompanied by a female agent, befriending a useful street urchin and seriously upsetting the mafia, this builds to an intriguing twist in a fast, highly recommended read. He has a terrific backlist to indulge in too, especially Sleepers and Gangster.Comparison: Mario Puzo, Michael Connelly, George Pelecanos.Similar this month: Lee Child, Michael Marshall.
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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