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SET TO BE ONE OF THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY, CONTROVERSIAL AND EXPLOSIVE DEBUTS OF 2017 - for fans of quality psychological suspense and reading group fiction: once you read this book you'll want to talk about it.
'NEW NAME .
Annie's mother is a serial killer.
The only way she can make it stop is to hand her in to the police.
But out of sight is not out of mind.
As her mother's trial looms, the secrets of her past won't let Annie sleep, even with a new foster family and name - Milly.
A fresh start. Now, surely, she can be whoever she wants to be.
But Milly's mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water.
Good me, bad me.
She is, after all, her mother's daughter...
Translated into over 20 languages, Good Me Bad Me is a tour de force. In its narrator, Milly Barnes, we have a voice to be reckoned with, and in its author, Ali Land, an extraordinary new talent.
Praise for Good Me Bad Me
'Original and compelling - what a sensational debut!' Clare Mackintosh, number one bestselling author of I See You and I Let You Go
'An astoundingly compelling thriller. Beyond tense. You hardly breathe. Best read in ages' Matt Haig
'I absolutely loved it and read it in less than a day. A proper page turner and brilliantly written' Edith Bowman
'This book is a work of twisted genius. It is going to be HUGE. Watch out for Ali Land' Bryony Gordon
'Ten pages into Good Me Bad Me, I became an Ali Land fan. Her beautiful, intimate voice immediately tugged me into the heart and mind of a serial killer's daughter and then wouldn't let go. Is there hope for this teenager's new life outside of her mother's horror? Original, intense, and utterly compelling, Good Me Bad Me is not just a terrific thriller but a psychological dive into a young girl's soul. It takes subtlety and perfect balance to maintain a dark tale like this, and Land never once stutters or makes you look away' Julia Heaberlin, author of Sunday Times bestseller Black-Eyed Susans
'A triumph of tension. I doubt I'll ever sleep again' Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of R&J bestseller The Last Act of Love
'Intelligent and disturbing, Good Me Bad Me had me hooked from the first page' Debbie Howells, author of Richard & Judy book club bestseller The Bones of You
Milly's voice is gripping and shocking. This is a book you will want to discuss with everyone you know' Claire Douglas, author of The Sisters and Local Girl Missing
'Good Me Bad Me is a novel that explodes off the page, with beautifully drawn characters and carefully executed pace. Heart rending, engrossing and ultimately terrifying, you'll be thinking about it a long time after you've turned the final page' Rowan Coleman, author of R&J bestseller The Memory Book
'Unbelievably good, utterly gripping' Jill Mansell
'Listen to the early praise for Ali Land's Good Me Bad Me because it's all true. It's dark, utterly gripping, brilliant'David Headley, Goldsboro Books
'I read this book in one compulsive gulp over two days and absolutely loved it. It's raw, superbly controlled and it chills to the bone' Richard Skinner
'You know from the first page you're in confident hands. A genuinely disturbing debut that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. Good Me Bad Me is going to be huge - and it deserves to be' Catherine Ryan Howard
'The best crime debut I've read in ages. Creepy, edgy and addictively twisted. I loved it' Sarah Hilary
'Ali Land's Good Me Bad Me is an intensely compelling exploration of nature versus nurture wrapped up in a page-turning psychological thriller. Darkly disturbing and beautifully written. What more could any reader want?' Sarah Pinborough
'Good Me Bad Me is an astonishing debut - technically sophisticated and emotionally heart wrenching. So many things are done well - the status jungle of girls school, the psychological dissonance of a dysfunctional family, the internal machinery of damaged children. I thought it was wonderful' Helen Callaghan, bestselling author of Dear Amy
'One word: Wow. What a brilliant book - believable, shocking, thought-provoking and utterly compelling. The writing, as well as being so pacey, is beautiful. This feels such a current and original book' T R Richmond,author of What She Left
'Good Me Bad Me is a compelling page-turner. Chilling and dark, it grips you and won't let go' Rebecca Done, author of The Secret We're Keeping
A MYSTERY VICTIM
A corpse is found: its identity extinguished in the most shocking manner imaginable.
Detective Ian Bradshaw can't catch the killer if no one can ID the victim. Out there, somewhere, a missing young woman may hold the answers.
A SECRET WEB
Journalist Helen Norton is about to uncover a massive criminal conspiracy. She just needs the final piece of the puzzle. Soon, she will learn the price of the truth.
AN 'INNOCENT' KILLER
True-crime writer Tom Carney receives letters from a convicted murderer who insists he is innocent. His argument is persuasive - but psychopaths are often said to be charming...
WHAT IS THE DARK THREAD RUNNING THROUGH THESE CRIMES?
Praise for Howard Linskey:
'One of the best new writers around. This is a must-read series' Mark Billingham
'Linskey has taken a sharp swerve towards the big time ... He has elevated his writing to a level of complexity and humanity seldom approached by British writers previously. A new name on our criminal horizon' Maxim Jakubowski
'This is lacerating fare that makes most current crime fiction look like thin gruel' Financial Times
'Brilliant ... This is first class stuff, an unstoppable tale, a real page-turner not to be missed' Sarah Broadhurst
'Linskey delivers a flawless feel for time and place, mixed with unrelenting pace' The Times (Top Five Thrillers of the Year)
'Immensely satisfying, utterly compelling. Prepare to add another name to your must-read list' Eva Dolan
Jack Ryan Jr. returns in Locked On, the gripping thriller from Tom Clancy.
The Ryans - father and son - are fighting on two fronts . . .
When a deadly terrorist alliance creates the potential to blackmail any world power into submission, it's got to be stopped before it is too late. That's just the trigger Jack Ryan Jr needs to take his work for shadowy intelligence agency The Campus from the back room to the sharp end: black ops.
Meanwhile, his father, Jack Ryan Sr, campaigning for re-election as US President, is up against a privately funded vendetta to discredit him. Caught at the heart of the conspiracy is former Navy SEAL, John Clark. And Ryan Sr soon discovers that being his friends could have deadly consequences.
With the breakneck speed and military action scenes that have made him the premier thriller writer of our time, Tom Clancy delivers a novel of high-tech warfare in which the enemy within may be even more devastating than the enemy without.
Locked On follows the gripping Dead or Alive and The Teeth of the Tiger as the explosive third novel in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Jr. series.
Praise for Tom Clancy:
'Truly riveting, a dazzling read' Sunday Express
'A brilliantly constructed thriller' Daily Mail
A stunning debut - part psychological thriller, part detective novel - from a powerful and distinctive new voice.
The murder of a first-year university student shocks the city of Durham. The victim, Emily Brabents, was from the privileged and popular set at Joyce College, a cradle for the country's future elite.
As Detective Inspector Erica Martin investigates the college, she finds a close-knit community fuelled by jealousy, obsession and secrets. But the very last thing she expects is an instant confession . . .
The picture of Emily that begins to emerge is that of a girl wanted by everyone, but not truly known by anyone. Anyone, that is, except Daniel Shepherd. Her fellow student, ever-faithful friend and the only one who cares. The only one who would do anything for her . . .
Praise for Bitter Fruits:
'There is a gripping, economic precision in this highly charged thriller.'
'Grabbed me from the first page and wouldn't let go. A compelling read, beautifully written ... A tense, captivating tale, brilliantly told'
'Once I started reading it I couldn't stop. A brilliantly plotted and utterly gripping thriller.'
'Superbly gripping ... A very assured page-turning storm I read in one sitting.'
'A psychological police procedural ... An intelligent and thrilling debut.'
Peter Guttridge, author and former Observer crime critic
'Intriguing and sinister with masterful plotting and tension. A bittersweet read by a new crime author I can't wait to read again.'
'A thought-provoking, atmospheric and emotional page turning thriller - brimming with mystery and suspense. I absolutely loved this novel, and devoured it from cover to cover.'
Can you ever really trust a vampire?
Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits - talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of the dead aren't usually dangerous; they just like to talk ... a lot.
The undead are another matter.
Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires. But when the bloodsucking mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she's forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection.
The undead senators won't help her for nothing, and Cassie finds herself working with one of their most powerful members, a dangerously seductive master vampire - and the price he demands may be more than Cassie is willing to pay .....
When Zoe Barry walks into Professor David Connolly's office and announces that she is his daughter, he is left reeling. Suddenly his family - imperfect, flawed, but working - is trying to find space for someone new.
But Zoe's stories don't quite add up and lies become indistinguishable from truths. The family struggle to make sense of whether she is a sister, a daughter, a friend, an enemy. But no one could have expected where it all might end.
Because they have let into their home a girl that they do not know. And now everything they have built has begun to violently, determinedly, break apart.
Published: 2 Jun 2016
The Firm meets House of Cards in this gripping second thriller from the author of My Name is Nobody, the UK's most exciting new spy writer.
Oscar Quinn is the best and the brightest of his generation. The youngest fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, he's destined for a glittering academic career. But then a mysterious letter arrives inviting him for an interview with Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee. The role hasn't been advertised. He appears to be the only candidate. And the salary on offer seems almost too good to be true.
Soon Quinn finds himself plunged into the heart of power. He gets his own office in the Palace of Westminster, a cut-price deal on a luxurious apartment in Chelsea and a chance to work on some of the nation's most highly-classified secrets.
But when he learns that the security services are asking questions, Quinn begins to discover a dark truth buried at the centre of his new life. The last person to do his job died suddenly, and now his apartment is under surveillance and his movements are being watched. Was the previous researcher's death really just an accident? Or something much worse?
Trapped in the middle of a terrifying conspiracy, Quinn is forced to consider stepping outside the law to save those he loves. But who can be trusted? And can he survive long enough to find out...
The Catholic Church's best-kept secret. The ancient scrolls which threaten that secret. And a journalist prepared to discover the truth at any cost.
1947, the Qumran Valley. Ancient scrolls are discovered that the Vatican desperately tries to suppress. Only five men know of their existence. But now four of the men have been found dead . . .
Priest and double agent, Rafael, is sent to investigate. The evidence he discovers may implicate journalist Sarah Monteiro, who already knows too many of the Church's secrets.
Finding themselves dangerously entangled in a life-threatening conspiracy that the church will go to any length to protect, Rafael and Sarah must uncover the truth before the killers do . . .
'A hugely entertaining Victorian mystery' New York Times
'I enjoyed this - properly creepy and Gothic' Ian Rankin
A spellbinding concoction of crime, history and horror - perfect for fans of Sherlock Holmes and Jonathan Creek.
New Year's Day, 1889. In Edinburgh's lunatic asylum, a patient escapes as a nurse lays dying. Leading the manhunt are legendary local Detective 'Nine-Nails' McGray and Londoner-in-exile Inspector Ian Frey.
Before the murder, the suspect was heard in whispered conversation with a fellow patient - a girl who had been mute for years.
What made her suddenly break her silence? And why won't she talk again? Could the rumours about black magic be more than superstition?
McGray and Frey track a devious psychopath far beyond their jurisdiction, through the worst blizzard in living memory, into the shadow of Pendle Hill - home of the Lancashire witches - where unimaginable danger awaits...
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Praise for The Strings of Murder:
'This is wonderful. A brilliant, moving, clever, lyrical book - I loved it. Oscar de Muriel is going to be a name to watch.' Manda Scott
'One of the best debuts so far this year - a brilliant mix of horror, history, and humour. Genuinely riveting with plenty of twists, this will keep you turning the pages. It's clever, occasionally frightening and superbly written - The Strings Of Murder is everything you need in a mystery thriller.' Crime Review
What if science proved the existence of the human soul?
'If Stephen Hawking and Stephen King wrote a novel together, you'd get The Flicker Men. Brilliant, disturbing, and beautifully told' Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of the Wool series
Eric Argus, a washed-out quantum physicist given one last shot at redemption
An investigation into the mysterious composition of light and matter
Unexpected and unprecedented evidence for the existence of the human soul
A staggering revelation about the hidden structure of the universe. And an unimaginable reality that should never have been uncovered . . .
Praise for Ted Kosmatka:
'A well-written, utterly convincing thriller that left my mind reeling for days. It latched on after the first chapter and didn't let go until the last word ... as thoughtful as it is thrilling. It kept me up way, way past my bedtime.' Daniel H. Wilson, author of Robopocalypse
'Prophet of Bones contains some incredibly tantalizing glimpses of hard science in a world constrained by theological received truth, and the detailed discussions of scientific methodology just add to the fascination' i09.com
'A masterwork of intrigue and menace ... I was enthralled ... An eye-opening and page-turning read without parallel' Clive Cussler
Ferdinand von Schirach's The Collini Case has been at the top of the German charts since publication and will be loved by all fans of Bernhard Schlink and John le Carré.
A murder. A murderer. No motive.
For thirty-four years Fabrizio Collini has worked diligently for Mercedes Benz. He is a quiet and respectable person until the day he visits one of Berlin's most luxurious hotels and kills an innocent man.
Young attorney Caspar Leinen takes the case. Getting Collini a not-guilty verdict would make his name. But too late he discovers that Collini's victim - an industrialist of some renown - is known to him.
Now Leinen is caught in a professional and personal dilemma. Collini admits the murder but won't say why he did it, forcing Leinen to defend a man who won't put up a defence. And worse, a close friend and relation of the victim insists that he give up the case. His reputation, his career and this friendship are all at risk.
Then he makes a discovery that goes way beyond his own petty concerns and exposes a terrible and deadly truth at the heart of German justice . . .
The Collini Case is a masterful court room drama that will have readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish.
'A magnificent storyteller' Der Spiegel
'A murder trial full of political explosiveness: thrilling, clever, staggering' Focus
'Ferdinand von Schirach brilliantly draws you under his spell' Bunte
Ferdinand von Schirach was born in Munich in 1964. Today he works as one of Germany's most prominent defence lawyers in Berlin. His short story collections Crime and Guilt became instant bestsellers in Germany and are translated in over thirty territories.
John Holliday, army ranger turned historian, is the Indiana Jones of conspiracy thrillers.
Ex-army ranger turned historian John Holliday is in search for the truth behind the ancient and deadly Templar order. Putting their lives in danger, Holliday and his good friend Eddie once again travel the world on the trail of a deadly Templar plot.
The latest rip roaring adventure from Paul Christopher following on from The Sword of the Templars, The Templar Cross, The Templar Throne, The Templar Conspiracy, The Templar Legion, Red Templar, Valley of the Templars and Lost City of the Templars.
Paul Christopher is the pseudonym of a bestselling US novelist who lives in the Great Lakes region.
Red Templar is Paul Christopher's sixth book in the historical thriller series following John Holliday on his quest to uncover the secrets of the ancient Templar Order.
Army Ranger and historian John Holliday has spent his life crossing the globe uncovering the truth behind the ancient Templar Order. Now, finally returning home, he is intercepted at by a mysterious Russian, Genrikhovich, with an astonishing secret...
Genrikhovich claims to know the location of the long-lost Templar sword, Aos - one of four taken from the Holy Land at the fall of Acre. He believes it is the companion to Holliday's own Templar sword. Holliday is sent on a deadly and bloody quest into the dark heart of Russia, where the Templars have wielded power for centuries.
But can Genrikhovich be trusted? Will Holliday's hunting for the truth finally kill him? And what is the greatest Templar secret of all?
Red Templar is Paul Chritopher's latest action-packed conspiracy thriller that will take readers to the heart of an ancient secret society.
Paul Christopher is the pseudonym of a bestselling US novelist who lives in the Great Lakes region.
Paul Christopher's Valley of the Templars is the next exciting John Holliday novel.
Retired Army Ranger John Holliday and his friend Eddie travel to Cuba in search of Eddie's mysteriously vanished brother-and find themselves desperately trying to stop a shocking plot of a secret Templar cabal that has been growing for five hundred years. As the conspiracy tightens the corrupt and dying Castro regime in an iron grip, Holliday must find Eddie's brother before it is too late . . . and the secret horror of what lies in the Valley of Death is revealed.
Valley of the Templars is the latest rip-roaring adventure thriller from the author of The Sword of the Templars. John Holliday returns in this gripping adventure. Fans of Chirs Kuzneski, Charles Brokaw and Dan Brown won't be able to put this down.
Paul Christopher is the pseudonym of a bestselling US novelist who lives in the Great Lakes region.
A photograph found in the effects of a murdered polar explorer reveals evidence of something that should not be there. A military team from a top-secret unit is dispatched. But the South Atlantic in winter is about the most hostile environment on earth. And before you can fight, first you have to survive . . .
Complex, rocket-paced, and dripping with authenticity, Deception Island is a unique thriller that conveys the details of the intelligence world, survival techniques, combat tactics and military hardware so convincingly that there will be questions asked in the MoD about just who it is that might have written this book . . .
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From Roald Dahl, the master of the sting in the tail, a newly collected book of his darkest stories.
'VENGEANCE IS MINE INC. will undertake, on your behalf and in absolute confidence, to administer suitable punishment and in this regard we respectfully submit to you a choice of methods (together with prices) for your consideration'
Enter the dark and deceiving world of Roald Dahl's stories for adults. Among ten tall tales of deception and cunning you'll read about how revenge is sweeter when carried out by someone else, how to get away with the perfect murder, the old man whose wagers end in a most disturbing payment and the card sharp so good at cheating his life takes a sudden turn.
Roald Dahl reveals even more about the darker side of human nature in seven other centenary editions: Lust, Madness, Cruelty, Trickery, War, Innocence and Fear.
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