Author: Vivian Barz
Published: August 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
Category: Crime, Mystery, Murder, Paranormal, Book Review
An unlikely pair teams up to investigate a brutal murder in a haunting thriller that walks the line between reality and impossibility.
When small-town police officers discover the grave of a young boy, they’re quick to pin the crime on a convicted felon who lives nearby. But when it comes to murder, Officer Susan Marlan never trusts a simple explanation, so she’s just getting started.
Skipping over the prologue, which I thought was too long and actually unnecessary since the characters don’t feature again, Police Officer Susan Marlan responds to a road traffic accident where the decades old remains of a child’s body is discovered buried next to a telephone pole that had been knocked down.
Author: Diane Setterfield
Published: December 2018 by Transworld Digital
Category: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Folklore, Suspense, Romance, Book Review
On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames, the regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open and in steps an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a child.
Hours later, the dead girl stirs, takes and breath and returns to life.
Is it a miracle?
Is it magic?
And who does the little girl belong to?
The River Thames is at the heart of this story, along with those who live and work on or around it. The Swan, an ancient inn, sitting on the banks of the river is the focal point of the local community, where the tradition of storytelling thrives.
Author: Christopher Rice
Published: February 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
Category: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Book Review
Kidnapped and raised by serial killers, Charlotte Rowe suffered an ordeal that made her infamous. Everyone in the world knew who she was. But no one in the world has any idea what she’s become…
Following on from Bone Music, Blood Echo wastes no time and dives straight into the action, giving an insight into the psyche of a serial killer who is on the hunt for his next victim. Little does he know he’s the one being hunted.
Author: Susanne Jansson ~ translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles
Published: September 2018 by Mulholland Books
Category: Crime, Mystery, Mythology, Swedish Noir, Book Review
In the remote Swedish wetlands lies Mossmarken: the village on the edge of the mire where, once upon a time, people came to leave offerings to the gods.
Biologist Nathalie came in order to study the peat bogs. But she has a secret: Mossmarken was once her home, a place where terrible things happened. She has returned at last, determined to confront her childhood trauma and find out the truth.
This is a story of two halves for me. On one hand there’s the darkness, sense of unease and mystery surrounding the crime and paranormal element, on the other a lot of wading through unnecessarily detailed accounts that brought a slow burning but intriguing plot almost to a standstill.
Author: Lucy Foley
Published: December 2018
Category: Psychological, Murder, Mystery, Contemporary, Book Review
All of them are friends. One of them is a killer.
During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago. For this vacation, they’ve chosen an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands—the perfect place to get away and unwind by themselves.
The story begins on New Year’s Day 2019 as a body is found in the grounds of the exclusive Loch Corrin, an estate in the Scottish Highlands, by the gamekeeper, Doug.
Author: T.A. Williams
Published: August 2018 by Canelo Escape
Category: Festive Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, Book Review
It’s the dream Christmas: snow, mountains… and, er, an ex-boyfriend. But can Zoe still find love in the Alps?
Dumped on Christmas Eve by her long-term boyfriend, it’s been a rough year for Zoe Lumsley. But then she gets an invitation she can’t refuse: an all expenses paid skiing holiday with old university friends.
Zoë Lumsley had barely stepped into her flat after a few days spent with her parents when the phone rang.
Author: Karin Slaughter
Published: August 2018 by HarperCollins
Category: Crime, Thriller, Mystery, Psychological, Book Review
What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all?
Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small town of Gullaway Island; she knows she’s never had any more ambition than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life.
Three years ago thirty-one year old Andrea (Andy) left New York and returned home to help nurse her mother Laura, after a breast cancer diagnosis. Andy has no drive or ambition and no meaningful personal relationships to speak of. Her mother has made her life so agreeable that Andy doesn’t know how to begin to take control herself.
Author: Claire Askew
Published: August 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Murder, Mystery, Book Review
All the Hidden Truths is the story of a tragic shooting at an Edinburgh college and its aftermath. It is narrated by three women at the heart of the story – the mother of a victim and the mother of the shooter, and DI Helen Birch who is tasked in solving the case. The book is both a “knotty crime novel” and a story of grief “trying to make sense of something that defies reason”.
The three main characters are introduced individually, and the story is told from the perspective of each of them.
Author: Bette Lee Crosby
Due for Publication on 27th March by Lake Union Publishing
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Family, Romance, Book Review
Aspiring journalist Meghan Briggs has always been the responsible one in the family. So when her father passes away unexpectedly, leaving behind his at-risk business, she steps up to save his legacy—even if that means putting her own dreams on hold.
Tracy couldn’t be more different from her sister. She’s always been the rebellious type, without much direction in life. But in the wake of her latest romantic disaster, she finds herself moving back home as a single mother.
The Summer of New Beginnings is a sweet, touching story of the sometimes difficult situations that beset the Briggs family.
Author: Christopher Rice
Published: 1st March 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
Category: Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Book Review
Charlotte Rowe spent the first seven years of her life in the hands of the only parents she knew—a pair of serial killers who murdered her mother and tried to shape Charlotte in their own twisted image. If only the nightmare had ended when she was rescued.
Trina Pierce was abducted as a baby and spent her first seven years with the killer couple who murdered her mother. They wanted to ‘train’ her to be just like them. After she was rescued from the clutches of the serial killers, Abigail and Daniel Banning, her nightmare should have ended, but her father saw fit to exploit her experience, through the tabloid press and the movie industry. That, together with a weird stalker who admired the Banning’s, gave Trina the incentive to escape and detach herself from everything her life had been and had become by going to live with her grandmother.