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In a Dark, Dark Wood

Ruth Ware (Author)

THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER

A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB CHOICE

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BRITISH BOOK INDUSTRY AWARDS' BOOK OF THE YEAR

'This year's hottest crime novel'
Independent

Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since the day Nora walked out of her old life and never looked back.

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen party arrives. A weekend in a remote cottage - the perfect opportunity for Nora to reconnect with her best friend, to put the past behind her.

But something goes wrong.

Very wrong.

And as secrets and lies unravel, out in the dark, dark wood the past will finally catch up with Nora.

'Genuinely chilling and totally compulsive'
Sunday Mirror

'Mesmerising'
Guardian

'You won't be able to put down this creepy page-turner'
Closer

'A tense, terrifying novel'
Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go

The Woman in Cabin 10

Ruth Ware (Author)

THE SUNDAY TIMES & NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From the bestselling author of Richard and Judy pick In A Dark, Dark Wood comes Ruth Ware's new compulsive page-turner.

'Agatha Christie meets The Girl on the Train'
The Sun

This was meant to be the perfect trip. The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship.

A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse.

Except things don't go as planned.

Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.

Exhausted and emotional, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a mistake – either that, or she is now trapped on a boat with a murderer...

'Agatha Christie meets The Girl on the Train in this stupendously good read… Scary and unsettling, it’s' edge-of-your-seat stuff' The Sun

'A rollicking page-turner that reads like Agatha Christie got together with Paula Hawkins to crowdsource a really fun thriller' Stylist

'A tense, moody drama set on a press trip that goes horribly wrong… Ware has produced a fantastic variation on the woman-in-peril theme, with a plucky protagonist and a brilliantly claustrophobic setting' Sunday Times

Tell No Tales

Eva Dolan (Author)

Two men are kicked to death in brutal attacks.

Caught on CCTV, the murderer hides his face – but raises a Nazi salute.

In a town riddled with racial tension, Detectives Zigic and Ferreira from the Hate Crimes Unit are under pressure to find the killer.

But when a car ploughs into a bus stop early one morning, the Detectives have another case on their hands, and soon the media are hounding them for answers.

Riots break out, the leader of right-wing party steps into the spotlight, and Zigic and Ferreira must act fast – before more violence erupts.

'A rising star of crime fiction'
BBC Radio 4 Front Row

'Powerful'
Sunday Times

'Breathlessly exciting'
Sunday Mirror

'Gritty'
Daily Express

'Everyone should read this'
Sarah Hilary

'Frightening in its believability'
Big Issue

Swimming Lessons

Claire Fuller (Author)

The second novel from the author of Our Endless Numbered Days, which won the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize and was a 2016 Richard and Judy Book Club Pick.

'Thrilling, transporting, delicately realised and held together by a sophisticated sense of suspense...more than matches the power of Fuller's debut... Powerful , pleasing and pleasurable.' Sunday Times


'Gil Coleman looked down from the window and saw his dead wife standing on the pavement below.'

Gil's wife, Ingrid has been missing, presumed drowned, for twelve years.

A possible sighting brings their children, Nan and Flora, home. Together they begin to confront the mystery of their mother. Is Ingrid dead? Or did she leave? And do the letters hidden within Gil's books hold the answer to the truth behind his marriage, a truth hidden from everyone including his own children?

First One Missing

Tammy Cohen (Author)

'FIRST ONE MISSING gripped me from the beginning and didn't let go. It'll keep you guessing until the last chapter' JANE FALLON)

By the author of the Daily Mail montly bookclub favourite of 2015

Amazon average reviews: 4.4

'Astonishingly good' C L TAYLOR

'We guarantee you'll be gripped' Closer

There are three things no-one can prepare you for when your daughter goes missing:

- You are haunted by her memory day and night
- Even close friends can't understand what you are going through.
- Only in a group with mothers of other lost children can you find real comfort.

But as the parents gather to offer each other support in the wake of another disappearance, a crack appears in the group that threatens to rock their lives all over again.

Welcome to the club no one wants to join.


‘A taut, psychologically gripping, gut-wrenching thriller from one of my favourite writers.’ - LISA JEWELL

'Head and shoulders above the rest. Gripping' DAILY MAIL


The Final Silence

Stuart Neville (Author)

DI Jack Lennon and DCI Serena Flanagan must join forces to investigate a series of murders reaching back decades

Rea Carlisle inherits a house from an uncle she never knew – and with it a leather-bound book containing fingernails, locks of hair and a list of victims.

Horrified, Rea turns to the only person she can think of: old flame DI Jack Lennon. But Lennon has his own troubles, and they only get worse when a brutal murder places him in the crosshairs of one of the force's toughest detectives: DCI Serena Flanagan.

Lennon soon realises that running isn't an option, and an alliance with Flanagan is the only way to find a killer with nothing left to lose.

'A thriller writer at the top of his game'
Sunday Independent

'Packs a real punch'
Guardian

'Neville's best yet'
Sunday Mirror

'Confirms Neville's place in the first division of crime writers'
Spectator

Blood Sisters

Jane Corry (Author)

THREE LITTLE GIRLS SET OFF TO SCHOOL ONE SUNNY MAY MORNING.
WITHIN AN HOUR, ONE OF THEM IS DEAD.

From the author of the Sunday Times Top Ten and Kindle bestseller MY HUSBAND'S WIFE, comes an even more addictive, page-turning and powerful novel about two women bound by a deadly secret. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Erin Kelly and BA Paris.

Kitty lives in a care home. She can't speak properly, and she has no memory of the accident that put her here. At least that's the story she's sticking to.

Art teacher Alison looks fine on the surface. But the surface is a lie. When a job in a prison comes up she decides to take it - this is her chance to finally make things right.

But someone is watching Kitty and Alison.
Someone who wants revenge for what happened that sunny morning in May.
And only another life will do...

'A dark, complex and compelling thriller that kept me turning the pages until the end' B A Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors

'I have to admit I was scared that this latest offering from Jane Corry would not stand up to my expectations...My fears were totally unfounded. I devoured it.' Amazon reviewer

'Brilliant. Shocking. Immensely moving and utterly addictive. Jane Corry is the new queen of the psychological thriller. Don't miss this.' Kate Furnivall

'I absolutely loved this chilling and captivating book! Jane Corry is a true master of psychological suspense' Kathryn Croft, author of While You Were Sleeping

'Her characters are complex and chilling... the perfect summer read!' L J Ross, bestselling author of DCI Ryan series

'Jane Corry hooks us from page one with a chilling tale of betrayal and deceit. Prepare to be bled!' Jane Holland, author of Girl Number One

'Fans of psychological thrillers will be hooked after the first page' Closer

'Jane Corry weaves a morally complex, twisty tale' Kate Hamer

'A rollercoaster of dramatic twists...chilling and suspenseful' Elizabeth Haynes

Snap

Belinda Bauer (Author)

Snap decisions can be fatal . . .

On a stifling summer's day, eleven-year-old Jack and his two sisters sit in their broken-down car, waiting for their mother to come back and rescue them. Jack's in charge, she said. I won't be long.

But she doesn't come back. She never comes back. And life as the children know it is changed for ever.

Three years later, mum-to-be Catherine wakes to find a knife beside her bed, and a note that says: I could have killed you.

Meanwhile Jack is still in charge - of his sisters, of supporting them all, of making sure nobody knows they're alone in the house, and - quite suddenly - of finding out the truth about what happened to his mother.

But the truth can be a dangerous thing . . .


PRAISE FOR BELINDA BAUER:

'Belinda Bauer has shifted the boundaries of what makes a truly gripping, terrifying thriller. Imagine Thomas Harris crossed with Kate Atkinson and you still won't be close . . . will leave you breathless.' Daily Mirror

'Her thrillers are always compelling, always original, always brilliant. I will rush to read anything she writes.' Mark Billingham

'Belinda Bauer is a marvel. Her novels are almost indecently gripping and enjoyable.' Sophie Hannah

'Bauer's victims are so beautifully illuminated . . . you sense their fears oozing off the page.' Daily Express

'Bauer sees deeper than most into people's emotions.' The Times

'One of the leading names in crime fiction.' Stylist

Our Endless Numbered Days

Claire Fuller (Author)

WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE 2015

'Fuller handles the tension masterfully in this grown-up thriller of a fairytale, full of clues, questions and intrigue.' - The Times

'Extraordinary...From the opening sentence it is gripping' - Sunday Times

1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother's grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change.

Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared.

Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is Everything.

The Beautiful Dead

Belinda Bauer (Author)

They wanted the same things. Death - and an audience.

Eve Singer makes her living from death. As a TV crime reporter, she'll go to any length to get the latest scoop.

But when a twisted serial killer starts using her to gain the publicity he craves, Eve must decide how far she's willing to go - and how close she'll let him get . . .


'Evocative and disturbing' Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
'Excellent tension' The Times
'Spectacular' Sunday Times
'Crime novels don't get much better than this' C. L. Taylor

The Innocent Wife

Amy Lloyd (Author)

HOW DO YOU CONFRONT YOUR HUSBAND WHEN YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH?

Gripping psychological suspense from a brilliant new voice in crime fiction

'You can hear the ominous music from the first line onward - this is a fantastic thriller.' Lee Child

'An original, assured and compelling tale of obsession. Amy Lloyd is a startling new talent, destined to become a big name.' Peter James

Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl in Florida's Red River County. Now he's the subject of a true-crime documentary that's whipping up a frenzy online to uncover the truth and free a man who has been wrongly convicted.

A thousand miles away in England, Samantha is obsessed with Dennis's case. She exchanges letters with him, and is quickly won over by his apparent charm and kindness to her. Soon she has left her old life behind to marry him and campaign for his release.

But when the campaign is successful and Dennis is freed, Sam begins to discover new details that suggest he may not be quite so innocent after all ...

'If you're an addict of true crime documentaries, you will binge all night on The Innocent Wife. In this breathless, pounding ride, Amy Lloyd keeps us guessing about a convicted killer thrust into the world as innocent online hero and the woman who begins to reluctantly dig into his murky past.’ Julia Heaberlin, author of Black Eyed Susans

'I read The Innocent Wife in one sitting - a deliciously wry and dark exploration of fascinating subject matter that will keep you guessing until the last page. Amy Lloyd is a fresh and original new voice in thriller writing who deserves to go straight to the top.' - Sarah Pinborough author of Behind Her Eyes

'Loved The Innocent Wife! Dark, twisted and compelling. Kept me guessing and totally gripped! 5 stars’ CJ Tudor, author of The Chalk Man

The Innocent Wife is a stunner that leads the reader down a twisty path to a surprising, yet satisfying conclusion. You won't be able to stop turning the pages!’ --Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King's Daughter

'I devoured The Innocent Wife in one sitting! A unique setting, deeply flawed characters, a crackling mystery, and an unexpected ending make this a must-read!' Hollie Overton, author of Baby Doll.

Before I Knew Him

Anna Ralph (Author)

A dark and atmospheric thriller for fans of T M Logan’s LIES and Liz Lawler’s DON’T WAKE UP.

Leo Fisch is a young man with a brilliant future ahead of him. He is bright, sociable and on the verge of moving in with his girlfriend, Kathryn. Outwardly, at least, he seems happy.

When a sinister discovery is made in a forest near Leo's home town, a figure from childhood re-enters his life. David Caldwell is tough and aggressive – the very opposite of the company Leo now keeps. Unlikely friends, they are bound by a shared summer – and secret – they had sworn to forget.

As the past and present begin to collide, the life Leo has built for himself starts to unravel.

Now Leo must confront the boy he once was, and the events of that summer which threaten to destroy them both...

The Good Liar

Nicholas Searle (Author)

NOW A SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER

This is a life told back to front.

This is a man who has lied all his life.

Roy is a conman living in a small English town, about to pull off his final con. He is going to meet and woo a beautiful woman. He will swiftly move in with her and together they will live the seemingly calm life of a retired couple - evenings in front of the television, a little holiday in Berlin. Then he will slip away with her life savings.

But who is the man behind the con and what has he had to do to survive this life of lies?

And why is this beautiful woman so willing to be his next victim?

Friday's Child

Georgette Heyer (Author)

'Georgette Heyer is unbeatable.' Sunday Telegraph. A beautifully repackaged edition of one of the best of the best.

Rejected by Miss Milborne, the Incomparable, for his unsteadiness of character, wild Lord Sheringham is bent on avenging Fate.

Vowing to marry the first woman to cross his way, who should he see but Hero Wantage, the young and charmingly unsophisticated girl, who has loved him since childhood ...

A Traitor in the Family

Nicholas Searle (Author)

'While her husband prepared to murder a young man he had never met, Bridget O'Neill completed her packing for Christmas with her in-laws.'

Francis O'Neill is a terrorist, trained to kill for his cause. Bridget is his wife, expected to be loyal and stand by her husband. She has learned not to hope for much more, until the day she glimpses, for the first time, the chance of a new life. A life without violence, without secrets, and without knocks on the door in the dead of night. A life without her husband.

But what if freedom for Bridget means grave danger for Francis?

In A Traitor in the Family, bestselling author, Nicholas Searle, tells a story of shocking, intimate betrayal. Can a treacherous act of the most personal kind ever be, in this darkly violent world, an act of mercy?

All the Good Things

Clare Fisher (Author)

What if you did a very bad thing... but that wasn't the end of the story
'An extremely moving, emotional rollercoaster of a debut novel' 5* Goodreads review

Twenty-one year old Beth is in prison. The thing she did is so bad she doesn't deserve ever to feel good again.
But her counsellor, Erika, won't give up on her. She asks Beth to make a list of all the good things in her life. So Beth starts to write down her story, from sharing silences with Foster Dad No. 1, to flirting in the Odeon on Orange Wednesdays, to the very first time she sniffed her baby's head.
But at the end of her story, Beth must confront the bad thing.
What is the truth hiding behind her crime? And does anyone - even a 100% bad person - deserve a chance to be good?

All the Good Things is a story about redemption and hope for fans of Nathan Filer, Stephen Kelman and Emma Healey


Heartfelt, heartbreaking, and genuinely joyous (Francis Spufford, author of 'Golden Hill')

Compassionate and beautifully written (Carys Bray, author of 'The Museum of You')

I raced through this beautiful novel, which oscillates between pain and hope, anger and joy. An important novel which celebrates the fact that good things exist inside every person, no matter how ignored or hidden. (Sarah Butler, author of 'Ten Things I've Learned About Love' and 'Before the Fire')

A heartbreaking, vital and seamless insight into a life that might otherwise be ignored or judged. The voice of Bethany is perfect - compelling, whip-smart and deeply affecting. (Emma Jane Unsworth, author of 'Animals')

If I could have given this book six stars I could. . So beautifully written and so insightful (5* Goodreads review)

In this profoundly moving but surprisingly funny debut novel, Clare Fisher has given voice to people on the fringes of society, people with a story like any of us (5* Netgalley review)

This empathetic beautiful story will have you bawling your eyes out (5* Goodreads review)

'All The Good Things' is a well written and heartbreaking novel (5* Goodreads review)

Utterly riveting, cunningly written and bursting full of character (4* Netgalley review)

This really is a wonderful debut... a beautiful story about social exclusion, the vulnerability of women and girls, and the unfortunate ones who fall through the cracks (4* Goodreads review)

'All The Good Things' by Clare Fisher is a highly charged emotional read that just grabs you right in the heart (4* Goodreads review)

[This] novel will challenge preconceptions about the kind of people who end up in care; the kind of people who end up in prison; the kind of people who do terrible things (4* Goodreads review)

Cold Christmas

Alastair Gunn (Author)

A chilling CHRISTMAS CRIME . . .

In the small village of Cold Christmas there's a church that faces the wrong way . . . What has it to do with the three dead men found in a London flat?

DCI Antonia Hawkins has a killer to catch. Only she can't predict what is waiting for her at the end of the chase.

Nobody remembers the young men entering the abandoned London flat a few weeks ago. Nobody cares if they left.

Until the unbearable smell of decay.

DCI Antonia Hawkins is called in to view the dead men; three, lying neat in a row. There's no damage to the bodies, no obvious cause of death. Is this a suicide pact? Or is that just how it's meant to look?

If there is a link between the three very different men then Hawkins needs to find it, and fast. Because unless she does, more are going to die. And they might not all be strangers.


'Stunning plot twist which I never saw coming . . . brilliantly done' Crime Fiction Lover on My Bloody Valentine

'A truly terrifying debut novel' My Weekly on The Advent Killer

'This is a strong, spell-binding crime novel that shows much promise of dark treasures to come from this author' Crimesquad on The Advent Killer

Last Time I Lied

Riley Sager (Author)

She says she's innocent. But everyone lies...

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

But then three of her friends went into the woods and never returned…

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

Then She Was Gone

Lisa Jewell (Author)

NOW WITH NEARLY 400 5* REVIEWS – THE BOOK EVERYONE KEEPS TALKING ABOUT. And this is what they're saying:

'Grips to the point of OBSESSION'

'My life STOPPED while I read this book'

'My heart was THUMPING in my chest'

'This is EDGE OF YOUR SEAT reading'

'This book left me BREATHLESS'

'Cancel all plans and BUY THIS BOOK'


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She was fifteen, her mother's golden girl.
She had her whole life ahead of her.
And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone.

Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet.

But what really takes her breath away is when she meets his nine-year-old daughter.

Because his daughter is the image of Ellie.

Now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.

What really happened to Ellie? And who still has secrets to hide?

My Sister's Bones

Nuala Ellwood (Author)

'RIVALS THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN AS A COMPULSIVE READ' The Guardian

If you can't trust your sister, then who can you trust?

Kate Rafter has spent her life running from her past. But when her mother dies, she's forced to return to Herne Bay - a place her sister Sally never left.

But something isn't right in the old family home. On her first night Kate is woken by terrifying screams. And then she sees a shadowy figure in the garden...

Who is crying for help?
What does it have to do with Kate's past?
And why does no one - not even her sister - believe her?

The 'shocking' 'haunting' and 'riveting' thriller about the secrets even those closest to us keep, this book will keep you turning the pages late into the night. For fans of Clare Mackintosh, C L Taylor and Erin Kelly.

'For lovers of The Girl on the Train ...a tense story with multiple twists and turns' Prima

'***** Wow...creeps slowly up your spine, grips you round the throat and doesn't let you go! ' Amazon reviewer

'A gripping rollercoaster ride of a thriller' Christobel Kent, author of The Loving Husband

'Compelling ... Brimful of tension, twists and darkness, this one grabbed me on the first page and didn't let go' Woman and Home

'Twists and turns until the last page' Tammy Cohen

'A stunning book. Compelling, unsettling and powerful this is a book that will stay with me for a long time.' C. L. Taylor

'Nuala Ellwood has created a tale that is gripping, engrossing and surprising at every turn. I loved it' Rowan Coleman

'Couldn't put the lights out until I'd finished it! Gripping, emotional and very well-written' Emma Curtis, author of One Little Mistake

'An accomplished and page-turning thriller. It twists and turns in so many directions it's impossible to guess where it's going next' Nicholas Searle, author of The Good Liar

'Loved I Let You Go and Behind Closed Doors? My Sister's Bones is guaranteed to be this year's most twisty and twisted read - you'll never see what's coming!' Ava Marsh, author of Untouchable

'Ellwood's protagonist Kate is a female hero in the best sense, flawed but brave' Helen Callaghan, author of Dear Amy

'My Sister's Bones is a tense, atmospheric, deliciously dark story' Amanda Jennings, author of In Her Wake

'A twisty psychological thriller. I raced through it in one sitting!' Lucy Atkins, author of The Other Child

'This book is amazing - harrowing and compelling' Luana Lewis

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