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Day of the Dead

Nicci French

At long last, a final reckoning is coming for Frieda Klein . . .

On a north London high street, a runaway vehicle crashes to a halt. The man in the driving seat was murdered a week earlier.

On Hampstead Heath, a bonfire blazes: in the flames lies the next victim.

As autumn leaves fall, a serial killer runs amok in the capital, playing games with the police. The death toll is rising fast, and the investigation is floundering.

But this is no ordinary killer, and every new victim is intended as a message to just one woman.

Because psychologist Frieda Klein is in hiding. And someone is coming to find her . . .
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After seven stunning novels, Frieda Klein's duel with her dark nemesis finally comes to a climax - and only one can make it out alive.

Sticks and Stones

Jo Jakeman

'A revenge thriller to make you punch the air in solidarity’ Eva Dolan, author of This Is How It Ends
‘A gripping story, sensitively told’ Laura Marshall, author of Friend Request
‘Deliciously dark and gripping’ Emily Koch, author of If I Die Before I Wake

Imogen’s husband is a bad man. His ex-wife and his new mistress might have different perspectives but Imogen thinks she knows the truth. And now he’s given her an ultimatum: get out of the family home in the next fortnight or I’ll fight you for custody of our son.

In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable: she locks her husband in the cellar. Now she’s in control. But how far will she go to protect her son and punish her husband? And what will happen when his ex and his girlfriend get tangled up in her plans?

Sticks and Stones is a deliciously twisting psychological thriller from an unforgettable new voice.

'Revenge is a dish served with lashings of relish in this vivid, blackly comic suspense novel, as three women fight back against an abusive partner. I cheered them on to the bloody end' Louise Candlish

‘Sensational – pacy, twisty and darkly funny with well-rounded characters' Roz Watkins, author of The Devil’s Dice

'A cracking book. Darkly funny, yet also touching and emotive. Plus, full of suspense and twists. Buy it!' CJ Tudor, author of The Chalk Man

A brilliant debut from an author with a sharp wit and a keen understanding of human nature. I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough’ Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle

Red Sky at Noon

Simon Sebag Montefiore

‘An epic adventure story set against the most awful war in history. Ridiculously good’ Dan Snow

'The black earth was already baking and the sun was just rising when they mounted their horses and rode across the grasslands towards the horizon on fire …’

Imprisoned in the Gulags for a crime he did not commit, Benya Golden joins a penal battalion made up of Cossacks and convicts to fight the Nazis.

He enrols in the Russian cavalry, and on a hot summer day in July 1942, he and his band of brothers are sent on a desperate mission behind enemy lines.

Switching between Benya's war in the grasslands of Southern Russia, and Stalin's plans in the Kremlin, between Benya's intense affair with an Italian nurse and a romance between Stalin's daughter and a journalist also on the Eastern Front, this is a sweeping story of passion, bravery and human survival where personal betrayal is a constant companion, and death just a heartbeat away.

Praise for Red Sky at Noon

'Red Sky at Noon is an epic adventure story set against the backdrop of the most awful war in human history. The master historian shape-shifting into the brilliant novelist. Ridiculously good’. Dan Snow

'Mythic and murderous violence in Russia…there are power-drunk Nazis and Soviet traitors, including a particularly memorable villain …Written with brio & deep knowledge of its fascinating subject matter… a deeply satisfying pageturner.' - Book of the Month, The Times

'In this third volume of The Moscow Trilogy, the fate of combatants and civilians is often harsh. With his feel for vivid and immediate drama and impressive research, the author evokes the extreme turbulence and violence impacting on individuals. Writing with passion, Montefiore makes the point that, up against the huge forces of war, the struggle for personal resolution can be tragic - but never wasted.' - Daily Mail

'The final instalment of Montefiore's loosely connected Moscow Trilogy: amidst the killing and the chaos, a group of prisoners are offered a chance of redemption on a secret mission behind enemy lines on horseback. Montefiore has a keen sense of place and an eye of unexpected details. Switching between the frontline on the Russian steppes and Stalin in the Kremlin, this is an EXCITING FAST-PACED ADVENTURE AND A LAMENT FOR LOVE IN DARK AND BRUTAL TIMES.' - Mail on Sunday

'I devoured Red Sky at Noon. A heartstopping, heartbreaking, technicolour epic. A grand homage to the Russian masters Babel & Grossman, echoes of Hemingway & Dostoevsky, and a propulsive delight that is entirely Montefiore's own. Gripping storytelling allied with intimate, unsqueamish knowledge of Russian history - a special combination.' - AD Miller, author of Snowdrops

'The gripping final instalment of the Moscow Trilogy tells of a man wrongly imprisoned in the Gulags and his fight for redemption. Love in dark times, meticulously researched... In this searing tale of love and war, most moving is the redemptive relationship between a soldier and a nurse that blooms amid the brutality. An homage to the author's favourite Russian writers and the Western masterpieces of Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy and Elmore Leonard, such influences pervade this atmospheric tale told in the author's distinct own voice.' - Observer

Origin

Dan Brown

Sunday Times #1 Bestseller
New York Times #1 Bestseller

The global bestseller - Origin is the latest Robert Langdon novel from the author of The Da Vinci Code.


'Fans will not be disappointed' The Times


Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of an astonishing scientific breakthrough. The evening’s host is billionaire Edmond Kirsch, a futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world.

But Langdon and several hundred guests are left reeling when the meticulously orchestrated evening is suddenly blown apart. There is a real danger that Kirsch’s precious discovery may be lost in the ensuing chaos. With his life under threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao, taking with him the museum’s director, Ambra Vidal. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

To evade a devious enemy who is one step ahead of them at every turn, Langdon and Vidal must navigate the labyrinthine passageways of extreme religion and hidden history. On a trail marked only by enigmatic symbols and elusive modern art, Langdon and Vidal will come face-to-face with a breathtaking truth that has remained buried – until now.


‘Dan Brown is the master of the intellectual cliffhanger’ Wall Street Journal
‘As engaging a hero as you could wish for’ Mail on Sunday
‘For anyone who wants more brain-food than thrillers normally provide’ Sunday Times

Look For Me

Lisa Gardner

BY THE INTERNATIONAL NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR

'Terror, twists, and trepidation. Look for Me is a triple-salvo thriller.' Kathy Reichs

'A complex crime scene, a missing girl, a ticking clock: no one writes a more page-turning, gut-wrenching, edgy thriller. Look For Me is a page turner par excellence.' Tess Gerritsen

'Starts with a bang and never lets up! An utterly absorbing story about troubled families and twisted fates.' Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door
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Detective DD Warren and Flora Dane are in a race against time to save a young girl's life – or bring her to justice.

A family home has become a crime scene. Four are dead, savagely murdered. One – a sixteen-year-old girl – is missing.

Did she have a lucky escape? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister?

Detective D. D. Warren is on the case, as 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 could be victim or suspect. All they know is that the girl is silently pleading:

Look for me...

In The Dark

Cara Hunter

A woman and child are found locked in a basement room, barely alive ...

No one knows who they are - the woman can't speak, and there are no missing persons reports that match their profile. The elderly man who owns the house claims he has never seen them before.

The inhabitants of the quiet Oxford street are in shock - how could this happen right under their noses? But DI Adam Fawley knows that nothing is impossible.

And that no one is as innocent as they seem . . .

Hellbent

Gregg Hurwitz

A dark conspiracy. An innocent victim. And one man hellbent on making it right. The explosive new Orphan X thriller from bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz.

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'Do you need my help?'

They called him Orphan X. Evan Smoak used to be a government secret weapon.

Then he ran and became the man you call on when you've nowhere else to turn.

This time it's a teenage runaway called Joey.
Like Evan she's no innocent: she was brought up inside the same programme that raised him.

Now Evan must find Joey before those hunting her do.
Which is where the trouble begins.

Because this might not be about Joey at all.
And if it's not, then it must be about Evan.

But finding out why could kill them both ...

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'A masterpiece of suspense and thrills' Daily Mail

'The page-turner of the season' The Times

'A rival to Reacher' Independent

Zero

Marc Elsberg

A GUARDIAN THRILLER OF THE MONTH

'[Exposes] the dark underbelly of social media giants' societal control via the manipulation of data. Elsberg is nothing if not prescient; this is all pre-Cambridge Analytica.' Barry Forshaw, Guardian

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The gripping bestselling global thriller for fans of Dave Eggers' THE CIRCLE and Channel Four's BLACK MIRRORS.

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Welcome to the Freemee lifestyle app:

They can give you confidence, power, fame and all the friends in the world.

But what will they take in return?

For fans of BLACK MIRROR and Dave Eggers’ THE CIRCLE

When a teenager is shot dead after chasing a criminal in the street, investigating journalist Cynthia Bonsant is led to the popular social media platform Freemee, a competitor to Facebook whose lifestyle app claims to give you everything you need to succeed in life.

But there is someone who warns against its evils: Zero, the world’s most-wanted activist, known for exposing the toxic truths behind social media giants and their pursuit of total control.

As Cynthia gets closer to unravelling the evil mastermind behind the Freemee site, she herself becomes a target. But in this world of hidden cameras, data glasses and hyper-smart phones there is nowhere to hide . . .

Last Time I Lied

Riley Sager

'Breathtaking. This swift, red-blooded thriller set my pulse thrumming' - A. J. Finn, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

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Have you ever played two truths and a lie?

It was Emma's first summer away from home. She made friends. She played games. And she learned how to lie.

Then three of her new friends went into the woods and never returned. . .

Now, years later, Emma has been asked to go back to the newly re-opened Camp Nightingale. She thinks she’s laying old ghosts to rest but really she’s returning to the scene of a crime.

Because Emma’s innocence might be the biggest lie of all. . .

A gripping new thriller that you won't be able to put down with a plot that will keep you guessing. If you enjoyed A. J. Finn's The Woman in the Window, you'll love Last Time I Lied

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What readers are saying:

'I absolutely loved this unputdownable, gripping mystery, full of jaw-dropping twists' - Nicki on Netgalley, 5 stars

'Had me guessing right until the end, fantastic read!' - Gemma on Netgalley, 5 stars

'A brilliantly plotted and twisted character driven story, chilling, scary and absolutely compelling. Highly recommended!' - Paromjit on Netgalley, 5 stars

'Written like an old school horror movie - I love it' - Stacie on Netgalley, 5 stars

'Brilliant book with a final twist I wasn't expecting' - Lucy on Netgalley, 5 stars

Our Friends in Berlin

Anthony Quinn

‘The best spy novel set in wartime London. A masterpiece’
Edward Wilson, author of A Very British Ending

London, 1941. The city is in blackout, besieged by nightly air raids from Germany. Two strangers are about to meet. Between them they may alter the course of the war.

While the Blitz has united the nation, there is an enemy hiding in plain sight. A group of British citizens is gathering secret information to aid Hitler’s war machine. Jack Hoste has become entangled in this treachery, but he also has a particular mission: to locate the most dangerous Nazi agent in the country.

Hoste soon receives a promising lead. Amy Strallen, who works in a Mayfair marriage bureau, was once close to this elusive figure. Her life is a world away from the machinations of Nazi sympathisers, yet when Hoste pays a visit to Amy’s office, everything changes in a heartbeat.

Breathtakingly tense and trip-wired with surprises, Our Friends in Berlin is inspired by true events. It is a story about deception and loyalty – and about people in love who watch each other as closely as spies.

Triple Homicide

James Patterson

James Patterson's greatest detectives together for the first time! Three electrifying stories from the case files of Alex Cross, Michael Bennett and the Women’s Murder Club

DETECTIVE CROSS: An Alex Cross Thriller
An anonymous caller has promised to set off deadly bombs in Washington, DC. A cruel hoax or the real deal? By the time Alex Cross and his wife, Bree Stone, uncover the chilling truth, it may already be too late….

THE MEDICAL EXAMINER: A Women’s Murder Club Thriller (with Maxine Paetro)
A woman checks into a hotel room and entertains a man who is not her husband. A shooter blows away the lover and wounds the millionairess, leaving her for dead. Is it the perfect case for the Women’s Murder Club – or just the most twisted?

MANHUNT: A Michael Bennett Thriller (with James O. Born)
Someone attacked the Thanksgiving Day Parade directly in front of Michael Bennett and his family. The television news called it 'holiday terror' – Michael Bennett calls it personal. The hunt is on….

Watching You

Lisa Jewell

You’re not the only one watching.


‘Page one intrigued me. Page three hooked me. By page five, I was consumed. This compulsive, propulsive novel is both a seize-you-by-the-throat thriller and a genuinely moving family drama. Stellar.’ – A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window
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You’re back home after four years working abroad, new husband in tow.

You’re keen to find a place of your own. But for now you’re crashing in your big brother’s spare room.

That’s when you meet the man next door.

He’s the head teacher at the local school. Twice your age. Extraordinarily attractive. You find yourself watching him.

All the time.

But you never dreamed that your innocent crush might become a deadly obsession.

Or that someone is watching you.


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Family secrets, illicit passion and an unexplained murder? It can only be the gripping new novel from Lisa Jewell, #1 bestselling author of Then She Was Gone.
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'If you only pick one summer read this year, make it Watching You. I inhaled it in one sitting. A gripping plot, characters you love but can't trust, and a thumping emotional heart, Lisa Jewell has done it again.' Sarah Pinborough, author of Behind Her Eyes and 13 Minutes

'Then She Was Gone was my favourite thriller last year and this is even better. Brilliantly plotted and impossible to put down, it kept me guessing until the very end.' - Alice Feeney, author of Sometimes I Lie

'She's done it again! Lisa Jewell has penned the page-turner of the summer. Emotionally-engrossing and utterly compelling, with a mystery that keeps you gripped until the last heart-wrenching page.' - Tammy Cohen, author of They All Fall Down

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