Author: Fiona Barton
Performed by Clare Corbett
Released on Audible: January 2016
Category: Domestic Noir, Psychological, Audiobook, Book Review
Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she’d ever wanted: her Prince Charming.
Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.
But now Glen is dead and she’s alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.
There are three books in the Kate Waters series, which I didn’t realise at the time I purchased The Child (#2) so I’ve listened to them in completely the wrong order, finishing with the first story. The Widow is Fiona Barton’s debut and revolves around a missing two year old, Bella Elliott.
Author: Owen Mullen
Published: October 2019 by Bloodhound Books
Category: Domestic Noir, Psychological, Thriller, Suspense, Book Review
It’s been five years since Mackenzie Darroch was abducted and held captive in a derelict house.
She thought she’d found her way out of the darkness. She was wrong.
When she witnesses a car crash and saves the driver’s life, it sets in motion a chain of events that will alter both their futures.
Owen Mullen has again tackled important and relevant issues with insight and realism. The story, split into three parts comes from several perspectives, centring around Mackenzie Darroch and the refuge she runs for women who have suffered mental and physical abuse at the hands of men.
Author: Louise Beech
Published: April 2019 by Orenda Books
Category: Psychological, Contemporary Fiction, Book Review
Tonight is the night for secrets…
Pregnant Victoria Valbon was brutally murdered in an alley three weeks ago – and her killer hasn’t been caught.
Tonight is Stella McKeever’s final radio show. The theme is secrets. You tell her yours, and she’ll share some of hers.
I’ve read so many positive reviews and praise for Louise Beech’s writing that I have several of her, yet unread, books on my shelves. Call Me Star Girl is my first experience and I have to say the praise wasn’t exaggerated. The story exudes tension and atmosphere, with subtle twists and sudden surprises heightening the feelings of uncertainty and suspense.
Author: Brenda Guiton
Category: Romance, Psychological, Mystery, Contemporary Fiction, Book Review
A lightning romance and hastily arranged marriage takes Holly up north to live at the heart of Nathan’s family business – a luxurious log-cabin park on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. She has everything to look forward to, but within days of her arrival she falls prey to a series of unsettling events. It is obvious that someone doesn’t want her there.
Wanting to escape the miserable British weather, Holly, a self employed web designer, decides to accept her mother’s invitation to stay at her villa on the Costa de la Cruz.
Author: Karin Slaughter
Performed by Susie James
Published: July 2017 by HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Category: Crime Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Murder, Mystery, Book Review
One ran. One stayed. But who is…the good daughter?
Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s childhoods were destroyed by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father – a notorious defence attorney – devastated. And it left the family consumed by secrets from that shocking night.
The story begins with a look back in time as we discover the devastating events that shaped the lives of two sisters, Samantha and Charlotte Quinn, fifteen and thirteen respectively.
Author: Karin Slaughter
Published: September 2017 by HarperCollins
Category: Legal, Mystery, Psychological, Crime, Novella, Book Review
Protecting someone always comes at a cost.
At the age of thirteen, Charlie Quinn’s childhood came to an abrupt and devastating end. Two men, with a grudge against her lawyer father, broke into her home – and after that shocking night, Charlie’s world was never the same.
Charlie Quinn has made it her mission to help people who have no one else to turn to by becoming a defence attorney. She has no wish to be a high earner like her father, the notorious Rusty Quinn, defending those who more often than not deserved a prison sentence.
Author: Bryan Gruley
Published: December 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
Category: Psychological, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Book Review
Their son is gone. Deep down, they think they’re to blame.
Summertime in Bleak Harbor means tourists, overpriced restaurants, and the Dragonfly Festival. One day before the much-awaited and equally chaotic celebration, Danny Peters, the youngest member of the family that founded the town five generations ago, disappears.
The prologue sets the scene for a kidnapping so we know something bad is about to happen, but not who the perpetrators are.