Thriller and Suspense

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.

Picture You Dead

Picture You Dead

Author: Peter James Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/09/2022

Discover the darkness that lurks around every corner in the latest instalment of Peter James’s award-winning detective series, which is now a major ITV programme starring John Simm as Roy Grace.

My Other Husband

My Other Husband

Author: Dorothy Koomson Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2022

Someone's trying to frame me for murder. But I can't prove my innocence. Because then I'd have to confess about... my other husband. Cleo Forsum is a bestselling novelist turned scriptwriter whose TV series, 'The Baking Detective' is a huge success. Writing is all she's ever wanted to do, and baking and murder stories have proved a winning combination. But now she has decided to walk away from it all - including divorcing her husband, Wallace - before her past secrets catch up with her. As Cleo drafts the final ever episodes of the series, people she knows start getting hurt. And it's soon clear that someone is trying to frame her for murder. She thinks she knows why, but Cleo can't tell the police or prove her innocence. Because then she'd have to confess about her other husband . . . A series of terrifying murders. A set of complex lies. And a woman with no way to clear her name. My Other Husband is the latest gripping thriller from the Queen of The Big Reveal.

Books of the Month
The Last House on the Street

The Last House on the Street

Author: Diane Chamberlain Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2022

A small town divided by prejudice. A secret that won't remain silent... The stunning new novel from the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Silent Sister and Big Lies in a Small Town. This unmissable and gripping Book Club read will stay with you. 1965. A young white female student becomes involved in the fight for civil rights in North Carolina, falling in love with one of her fellow activists, a Black man, in a time and place where an interracial relationship must be hidden from family, friends and especially the reemerging Ku Klux Klan. As tensions rise in the town, she realises not everyone is who they appear to be. 2020. A recently widowed architect moves into the home she and her late husband designed, heartbroken that he will never cross the threshold. But when disturbing things begin to happen, it's clear that someone is sending her a warning. Who is trying to frighten her away, and why? Decades later, past and present are set to collide in the last house on the street...  

eBooks of the Month
When You Are Mine

When You Are Mine

Author: Michael Robotham Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2022

Join a fast-paced riveting read as it explodes out of the blocks and is so readable, you can just sink into the pages and allow yourself to be consumed by the story. Police Officer and daughter of a gangster Philomena finds herself in trouble when she arrests a detective after being called to potential domestic abuse. Award-winning author Michael Robotham is a former investigative journalist working with clinical and forensic psychologists, and he knows how to make things feel real, to play with your thoughts and send them spiralling. The main character Phil narrates and feels on the edge of her own life, never quite fitting in. She is plunged into a world of pain and comes out fighting. I raised an eyebrow and became frustrated at some of her decisions, which shows just how invested I was in her. Some of the heavy-hitting topics range from domestic violence and revenge, to corruption within the old boys network, and they are contained within a thrilling and stimulating story with a whammy of an ending. When You Are Mine is a feisty, stimulating, and ultimately extremely satisfying read.

Books of the Month
The Last Party

The Last Party

Author: Clare Mackintosh Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/08/2022

Oh my word, I’m jumping up and down with excitement over this one and so so glad to be in at the beginning of the DC Morgan mystery series. Clare Mackintosh certainly knows how to throw one heck of a reading party. Murder strikes on New Years Eve, DC Ffion Morgan is more than aware that there are plenty of suspects, and she just happens to be hiding a secret of her own. The first few pages set the mood quite perfectly, the adventure, the excitement, the body… The location is incredibly atmospheric, the village, holiday homes, and lake can be felt, even seen in glorious colourful detail. There are a fair number of characters to meet, but I didn’t ever feel lost, they all settled in and whether a walk-on part or main characters, I felt as though I knew every single one. Ffion is truly fabulous, her outward devil-may-care attitude clashes with her whip-smart intelligence. Local issues, grudges, scandal and slander swagger their way across the pages. The plotting is tight, with a wickedly barbed humour adding a real edge to proceedings. As I travelled backwards and forwards in time and information fell into place, the ending arrived to smack me in the face. This is a belter of a read in its own right, and as a start to a new series it’s given me goosebumps of anticipation. Sweeping in to join our Star Books list, The Last Party throws all the right moves, not only hugely entertaining, it’s remarkably compelling and clever too.

Star Books
My Name is Jensen

My Name is Jensen

Author: Heidi Amsinck Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/07/2022

Guilty. One word on a beggar's cardboard sign. And now he is dead, stabbed in a wintry Copenhagen street, the second homeless victim in as many weeks. Dagbladet reporter Jensen, stumbling across the body on her way to work, calls her ex lover DI Henrik Jungersen. As, inevitably, old passions are rekindled, so are old regrets, and that is just the start of Jensen's troubles. The front page is an open goal, but nothing feels right..... When a third body turns up, it seems certain that a serial killer is on the loose. But why pick on the homeless? And is the link to an old murder case just a coincidence? With her teenage apprentice Gustav, Jensen soon finds herself putting everything on the line to discover exactly who is guilty ...

Debut Books of the Month
The Very Nice Box

The Very Nice Box

Author: Laura Glackett, Eve Gleichman Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/07/2022

Ava Simon designs storage boxes for STAEDA, a slick Brooklyn-based furniture company. She's hard-working, obsessive and heartbroken from a tragedy that killed her girlfriend and upended her life. It's been years since she's let anyone in. But when Ava's new boss - the young and magnetic Mat Putnam - offers Ava a ride home one afternoon, an unlikely relationship blossoms. Ava remembers how rewarding it can be to open up - and, despite her hesitancy, she starts to fall for him. But what if Mat isn't who he claims to be? The Very Nice Box is a darkly comic and suspenseful novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat until its gripping finale. It's at once a satire of toxic masculinity and a big-hearted account of grief, friendship and trust.

State of Terror

State of Terror

Author: Louise Penny, Hillary Rodham Clinton Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/07/2022

STATE OF TERROR follows a novice Secretary of State who has joined the administration of her rival, a president inaugurated after four years of American leadership that shrank from the world stage. A series of terrorist attacks throws the global order into disarray, and the secretary is tasked with assembling a team to unravel the deadly conspiracy, a scheme carefully designed to take advantage of an American government dangerously out of touch and out of power in the places where it counts the most. This high-stakes thriller of international intrigue features behind-the-scenes global drama informed by details only an insider could know.

Audiobooks of the Month
Dark Horse

Dark Horse

Author: Gregg Hurwitz Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/07/2022

Pre-order the electrifying new adventure in the Sunday Times bestselling series - in which Orphan X faces his most challenging mission ever . . . THE HERO Evan Smoak: former off-the-books assassin - code name Orphan X. His world is divided into those who deserve his help and those who've brought his singular brand of justice upon themselves. THE VICTIM A desperate father reaches out. His teenage daughter Anjelina has been kidnapped by a brutal criminal cartel and spirited over the border into Mexico. And while money is no object, Evan soon realises that his prospective client's past is as clouded and compromised as his own. THE MISSION If Evan is going to put his life on the line to rescue Anjelina, he must first decide whether he can act on behalf of a bad man. And even then, up against the men who are holding his daughter, there will be no guarantee of success ... Packed with edge-of-your-seat suspense, memorable characters, explosive action and razor-sharp plotting, Dark Horse confirms Gregg Hurwitz's place alongside Lee Child, David Baldacci, James Patterson and Harlan Coben as a master of the modern thriller.

The Daves Next Door

The Daves Next Door

Author: Will Carver Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/07/2022

The lives of five strangers collide on a London train carriage, as they become involved in an incident that will change them all forever. A shocking, intensely emotive and wildly original new thriller from Will Carver... A disillusioned nurse suddenly learns how to care. An injured young sportsman wakes up find that he can see only in black and white. A desperate old widower takes too many pills and believes that two angels have arrived to usher him through purgatory. Two agoraphobic men called Dave share the symptoms of a brain tumour, and frequently waken their neighbour with their ongoing rows. Separate lives, running in parallel, destined to collide and then explode. Like the suicide bomber, riding the Circle Line, day after day, waiting for the right time to detonate, waiting for answers to his questions: Am I God? Am I dead? Will I blow up this train? Shocking, intensely emotive and wildly original, Will Carver's The Daves Next Door is an explosive existential thriller and a piercing examination of what it means to be human ... or not. 

Cold, Cold Bones

Cold, Cold Bones

Author: Kathy Reichs Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/07/2022

In a profession like this, you're bound to make enemies... An eye... It all starts when Dr Temperance Brennan finds a box on her porch. Inside is a fresh human eyeball with GPS coordinates etched into it. They lead her to a macabre discovery in a Benedictine Monastery, and soon after she discovers a mummified corpse in a state park. ...for an eye There seems to be no pattern to these killings, except that each mimics a killing connected to something a younger Tempe experienced, or barely escaped. Someone is targeting her, and she needs to figure out why before they strike again. And then her daughter Katy disappears. Someone is playing a dangerous game with Tempe. And they won’t stop until they have taken everything from her... Electrifying, heart-stopping and compulsive, this is Tempe’s most personal and dangerous case yet...

Public Opinion

Public Opinion

Author: Nathan Pettijohn Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/07/2022

A morally graphite fixer working under the identity of Melvin, Herb works to make Hollywood’s rich and famous problems go away using his own blend of hacking, extortion and character assassination. In ‘Public Opinion’ by Nathan Pettijohn, we see Melvin drawn further and further into the controversies surrounding a remake of Maquis de Sade’s ‘Justine’. And there’s no scandal too big or too small for Melvin to work on, for the right price. Melvin’s character is very open throughout, about what he’s doing and how he’s doing it, it reminded me of the arrogant hedonism I recall from Jordan Belfort as portrayed in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ - even the moments when Melvin is on the back foot are almost glossed over in arrogance, with him always looking for a spin on the situation. Despite the cast of characters being mainly unlikeable, I was still compelled to turn the page, curious to see what on earth could happen next, and whether Melvin would be able to weasel himself and others out of it. Will his work finally come back to bite him in the end? ‘Public Opinion’ is a thriller set in the darker side of LA and the film industry. Touching on plenty of topical issues, just not from the perspective that you’d expect. This book is cleverly written though I would say not for those easily morally outraged. The plot will leave you thinking both about the ability of those with power and influence to slide out of consequence, and how easily influenced the media, and we who consume it, can be.  Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador

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