Author: Linwood Barclay
Published: September 2015 by Orion
Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Book Review
The morning it all started, newspaper reporter David Harwood had plenty to worry about. A single parent with no job, forced to return with his young son to the small town of Promise Falls to live with his parents, the future wasn’t looking too rosy. So when his mother asked him to look in on his cousin Marla, who was still not quite right after losing her baby, it was almost a relief to put the disaster his own life had become to one side.
Five years ago, after his wife died, David Harwood and his young son, Ethan, left Promise Falls after David gave up his job as a reporter for the Promise Falls Standard, and accepted an editing position at the Boston Globe. It wasn’t ideal though, as David’s work meant he was out most evenings and missed spending time with his son. When he heard the Standard needed a reporter he opted to return and move in with his parents until he found a place. On his first day back at work the paper closed. Not an auspicious start but things were about to get a whole lot worse.
Author: Jane Harper
Published: February 2018 by Little, Brown Book Group UK
Category: Thriller, Suspense, Book Review
FIVE WENT OUT. FOUR CAME BACK…
Is Alice here? Did she make it? Is she safe? In the chaos, in the night, it was impossible to say which of the four had asked after Alice’s welfare. Later, when everything got worse, each would insist it had been them.
Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.
Force of Nature has a measured pace, similar to that of The Dry, except the conditions are the total opposite. Instead of a life threatening, damaging drought, it’s the depths of winter, freezing cold, wet and windy. Set mostly in the rugged wilderness that is the Giralang Ranges, with the unforgettable association to the serial killer, Martin Kovac, the story follows a group of five women on a team building exercise, a corporate retreat, hiking the bush trail over the course of a weekend. Only four came back.
Author: Lisa Gardner
Due for Publication on 8th February by Cornerstone Digital
Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Book Review
The home of a family of five is now a crime scene: four of them savagely murdered, one—a sixteen-year-old girl—missing. Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister? Detective D.D. Warren is on the case—but so is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane. Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who, whether as victim or suspect, is silently pleading, Look for me.
Not realising this was number 9 in a series when it was offered for review, I feel I’ve missed the much of subtleties and development of the characters, although there are references to the basic backstories which do help.
This is something I haven’t done for some time, but I’ve been feeling the need for a splurge in a real book store instead of online. I know, it’s much more expensive but you know, the feel… and that new book smell…can’t beat it 😉 These are the books that came home with me.
Cal discovers a secret ‘playroom’ in the basement, complete with video equipment, and it looks as though there’s a missing recording.
How does the stolen DVD connect to the other disturbing events that are happening in the town? As Cal investigates further, and more people start dying in mysterious circumstances, it’s clear that someone is targeting Promise Falls. But who – and how far will they go?
I haven’t read the first book yet, but it’s waiting on my kindle.
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Author: Helen Fields
Published: 25th January 2018
Category: Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Police Procedural, Book Review
Unknown to DI Luc Callanach and the newly promoted DCI Ava Turner, a serial killer has Edinburgh firmly in his grip. The killer is taking his victims in the coldest, most calculating way possible – engineering slow and painful deaths by poison, with his victims entirely unaware of the drugs flooding their bloodstream until it’s too late.
Ava Turner, newly promoted to DCI after the retirement of her friend, former boss and mentor, DCI Begbie, is still finding her feet both in her professional and private life. Her colleagues on the Major Investigations Team feel the distance her promotion has caused and their interactions are now less casual, particularly the friendship between Ava and Luc, now she’s the boss. When Begbie’s body is found in his car, a distressed Ava refuses to accept or believe he’s committed suicide, as the scene suggests. She decides to do her own investigating and uncovers more than she bargained for, placing her in terrible danger.
Author: Carl Rackman
Published Independently November 2017
Category: Historical Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Book Review
The North Atlantic, 1940. A British destroyer pounces on a seemingly abandoned U-boat, leading to a spine-chilling encounter.
Five years later, the US Navy destroyer Brownlee grimly prepares to battle a swarm of Japanese kamikazes at Okinawa.
Mitch “Lucky” Kirkham, a young gunner on the Brownlee, wakes up miraculously unscathed after his crewmates are killed in a fearsome kamikaze strike.
Carl Rackman is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors. His debut novel Irex, was published in 2016, closely followed by Voyager, and now we have Jonah, a suspenseful and compelling thriller.
In a foreboding prologue the crew of the Royal Navy Destroyer, HMS Venator, spot a Nazi U-Boat showing no signs of life, just sitting on the surface of the ocean. Seizing the chance to get rid of the enemy vessel they were not at all prepared for the hair-raising behaviour of the few survivors.