The Guilty Party by Mel McGrath #bookreview @mcgrathmj @HQstories

The Guilty Party: A new gripping and shocking psychological thriller from bestselling author Mel McGrath by [McGrath, Mel]

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You did nothing. That doesn’t mean you’re innocent.

On a night out, four friends witness a stranger in trouble. They decide to do nothing to help.

Later, a body washes up on the banks of the Thames – and the group realises that ignoring the woman has left blood on their hands.

But why did each of them refuse to step in? Why did none of them want to be noticed that night? Who is really responsible?

And is it possible that the victim was not really a stranger at all?

MY THOUGHTS

The Guilty Party by Mel McGrath is a masterclass in plotting and suspense. I loved the clever way in which she weaved this tale together, starting out at a night out in Wapping when a group of friends witness something horrific, a woman being attacked, after a night out at a music festival. But is there more to this crime than first meets the eye? And when a woman, who they suspect is the person they saw, turns up dead the next day, washed up on the Thames, none of them are particularly keen on telling the police what they saw. This is despite a massive public appeal for witnesses to come forward.

This had a very complicated plot, but Mel McGrath’s writing is really readable. What I really liked about it was how incredibly detailed the book was and how she fleshed out her main protagonists, the four members of the group. I didn’t find any of the characters particularly likeable. I think the only character who I did feel for, was Cassie; the only member of the group who was trying to persuade the rest to go to the police with what they knew. I could see just how guilty she felt about staying silent on the matter and how this was beginning to eat away at her. It seemed to me that she was the only member of the group with a heart. And then I wanted to know why the rest of the group didn’t want to divulge this information? What possible reason could they have for not wanting to go to the police? Why wouldn’t they want to help?

This is a novel that will have you peering a little more closely at each character as Mel McGrath works backwards to peel back the layers, in what was going on in their lives in the lead up to the festival. I was utterly captivated as I waited to find out just what was going on and if there was anything they weren’t yet revealing about that one night that holds the plot together. I would just say though that there are some uncomfortable scenes, but Mel McGrath’s writing had me totally gripped, and I had to see how everything played out in the end.

This is one of the best books I’ve read this year, and I’ve no doubt that it has sealed a place in my top ten. It’s a book that will perhaps also make you question about how you would react if you were in a similar situation. The Guilty Party is a very dark read, but very absorbing.

Publisher: HQ

Publication date: 7th March 2019

Print length: 384 pages

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Betray Her by Caroline England #bookreview @CazEngland

I’m delighted to be sharing my review of Caroline England’s new novel Betray Her on my blog today.

Betray Her: The new gripping psychological thriller by the bestselling author of My Husband's Lies by [England, Caroline]

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Best friends forever.

That’s the pact you made.

You’d do anything for her.

And you have.

She’s always had it all.

If you could take it for yourself . . . would you?

MY THOUGHTS

It feels like a very long time since I read a book by Caroline England. When I heard she had a new novel coming out, I was very intrigued, and the cover made me feel even more so and the title as well, Betray Her. This is a tale about a friendship that goes down a very dark path and the tension simmered on every page. And there was that edgy feeling to this book which carried right the way through.

Jo and Kate meet at St. Luke’s private school and immediately strike up a friendship. They’re inseparable, they stand up for each other, and this carries on into later life. But as both of the girls grow older, their lives take them in different directions. Kate has made a success of her life, married to her teenage crush she now lives in a beautiful house, Jo meanwhile is single and has gone through some dark times, but their friendship has still remained intact.

What immediately kept me on my toes was Kate’s husband’s advances towards Jo. Tom becomes desperate to sleep with her, but she doesn’t want to destroy her friendship with Kate, it puts her in a very uncomfortable position. If she comes clean and tells her friend, then that will probably destroy Kate’s marriage. During these scenes, the atmosphere became very tense, and I wondered just how far Tom would be prepared to go to get what he wanted, and if Jo would succumb to his feelings for her.

This is a very dark book. As more details of the characters emerged, I began to understand that they weren’t the type of people who I first thought of them to be. There are some shocking revelations about Kate and Jo’s past in this book, some which readers may find upsetting. From previous novels I’ve read by Caroline England, I can see that friendships and relationships is something she is very good at developing. I became more invested in Jo and Kate as more details about them came to light I just had to keep turning the pages to find out what was going to happen to them next.

Caroline England’s writing grabs you from the very first page and pulls you into this dark tale about how friendships can turn toxic. This is a tension filled drama that will keep you glued to the page. Dark and twisty, Betray Her makes for an excellent read.

Publisher: Piatkus

Publication date: 14th March 2019

Print length: 368 pages

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The Evidence Against You by Gillian McAllister #bookreview blog tour @GillianMAuthor @Livvii

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Evidence Against You by Gillian McAllister. I’ve been a huge fan of Gillian’s work since I read her debut and her books just keep getting better and better.

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It’s the day Izzy’s father will be released from jail.

She has every reason to feel conflicted – he’s the man who gave her a childhood filled with happy memories.

But he has also just served seventeen years for the murder of her mother.

Now, Izzy’s father sends her a letter. He wants to talk, to defend himself against each piece of evidence from his trial.

But should she give him the benefit of the doubt?

Or is her father guilty as charged, and luring her into a trap?

MY THOUGHTS

Gillian McAllister knows how to write a gripping novel. Whenever she has a new book out it always go straight to the top of my reading pile, she is one of the best writers of psychological thrillers out there at the moment. Her latest The Evidence Against You is another absolutely compelling read that will keep you turning the pages.

Twenty years ago, Izzy’s mother was murdered and her body left in the woods. Izzy’s father was later found guilty of killing her. Now he has finally been released from prison and is keen to make amends with Izzy, but she soon realises that he means to try and convince her of his innocence. Izzy carefully begins to unpick the evidence that lead to her father’s trial and conviction and startling revelations begin to come to light. Could her father be telling the truth? Was someone else responsible for her mother’s murder?

One thing that Gillian McAllister really writes well in her novels is the relationships that her characters have, and in this book, this was especially the case with Izzy and her husband, Nick. I loved the way how Gillian fleshed out their marriage, and they really become real people, who you could just imagine being a couple that you know.

Izzy was a character who I could root for all the way through. She is someone who has gone through unimaginable turmoil, losing one parent to a heinous act and then to find out that it was her other parent who committed it. It must be very hard even to begin to imagine what that does to a person. Gillian kept me asking questions about Izzy’s dad, was he innocent or was he guilty? I was never sure if he was simply toying with her and I couldn’t help but feel for her as she attempted to try and make sense out of everything that was happening, especially when she was being told repeatedly that there was no mistake in the original conviction. It seemed impossible at times to think that she would ever get to the real truth, as so much time had passed since her mother’s death.

This is another brilliant book from Gillian McAllister that I was very excited to read and it did not disappoint. She is proving to be a psychological thriller writer who is at the top of her game. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

Publisher: Penguin

Publication date: 18th April 2019

Print length: 448 pages

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The Hidden Wife by Amanda Reynolds #bookreview @amandareynoldsj @Wildfirebks

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WHAT HAPPENED TO JULIA BLAKE?

She was young and beautiful, married to a famous author. They were celebrating their anniversary at their stunning country estate. So why did Julia Blake walk out of her perfect life, apparently leaving no trace?

Seren, a junior reporter for the local paper, can’t believe her luck when she lands an exclusive with Julia’s husband, Max. But as Seren spends more time at the couple’s remote mansion, probing ever deeper into the case, dark questions await.

What was Julia really like, behind closed doors? Was her marriage to this brooding, secretive man as perfect as it seemed? And did she really mean to disappear that night – or was she murdered?

MY THOUGHTS

The Hidden Wife is another twisty and a cleverly crafted psychological thriller from Amanda Reynolds, who is going from strength to strength. I really enjoyed her latest book which delves into the disappearance of the wife of a celebrity author, Max Blake, who still falls under the suspicion of the press and the police, even though no hard evidence has been found against him. Seren, a journalist with the local Herald, has the opportunity to interview him, and this is a big deal for the local paper which Seren starts to feel the pressure of. Can she get to the bottom of what happened to his wife, Julia?

All the time while I was reading this, I had this uncomfortable feeling that something was going to happen to Seren as she got closer and closer to Max as she peered into his life. Max was a character who I could never quite make my mind up about, and I thought that Amanda played this quite well. I could never be quite sure what had happened to his wife Julia and if he was involved in the disappearance or not. I did try and work it out along the way, but I didn’t have much success until quite close to the end when the events surrounding Julia’s disappearance started to become clearer.

This was cleverly plotted, and I liked how all the strands pulled together as the novel drew towards its conclusion. There was a bombshell moment towards the end which just left me desperate to find out what was really going on; I just had to ignore everything else and read to the last page right away, and it made for a very exciting finale as the final secrets were revealed. It did make me realise where Amanda was heading with this all along, and it was done very well.

As well as wanting to get to the bottom of what had happened to Julia and her relationship with Max, I thought that Seren also had a very interesting backstory as well. I’m still thinking about what is happening in her life after finishing the book as there is part of her story which I’m sure will leave readers with questions. It’s not directly linked to the main plot, but there is definitely enough intrigue here for me to want to find out more about her. I’m wondering if Amanda has any plans to return to Seren at some point in the future.

This is another excellent read from Amanda that I definitely recommend. It will keep you guessing right the way through. Hugely enjoyable.

Publisher: Wildfire

Publication date: 31st March 2019

Print length: 400 pages

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Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell #bookreview @Caroline_writes

I finally got round to reading Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell a few weeks ago, which is also the first book I have read by her. Now I can see what I have been missing out on. Caroline is an excellent writer and I can’t wait to read more of her work.

Silent Victim by [Mitchell, Caroline]

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Emma’s darkest secrets are buried in the past. But the truth can’t stay hidden for long.

Emma is a loving wife, a devoted mother…and an involuntary killer. For years she’s been hiding the dead body of the teacher who seduced her as a teen.

It’s a secret that might have stayed buried if only her life had been less perfect. A promotion for Emma’s husband, Alex, means they can finally move to a bigger home with their young son. But with a buyer lined up for their old house, Emma can’t leave without destroying every last trace of her final revenge…

Returning to the shallow grave in the garden, she finds it empty. The body is gone.

Panicked, Emma confesses to her husband. But this is only the beginning. Soon, Alex will discover things about her he’ll wish he’d learned sooner. And others he’ll long to forget.

MY THOUGHTS

I’ve always had Caroline Mitchell’s books on my radar, but it’s only now that I’ve finally got round to reading one. Silent Victim is a stand-alone psychological thriller, so if you’re new to Caroline’s books as well, this is probably a good place to start. This is a dark, dark, twisty book that held me captivated right from the first page.

Caroline’s opening prologue raises lots of questions about our main character, Emma who makes a startling confession right on page one. The set-up here is absolutely brilliant, and I immediately wanted to get to the bottom of what it was that she had done and it compelled me to read on to find out more. It made for such a gripping opening and from here on in it gets twisty and so much darker. We then learn that Emma and her husband Alex are leaving their country home in Essex for Leeds. Emma can’t wait to see the back of the place, but why? What is it about her home that haunts her so much? What secrets is she keeping?

Caroline weaves a very clever tale here that delivers so many surprising twists, it is definitely just-a-one-more-chapter kind of read, when you are so desperate to find out the answers. It’s so hard to talk about the plot of this book without giving any details away. I think what captivated me the most was finding out more about Emma’s earlier life which Caroline takes us back to as we begin to learn what took place, which then subsequently leads to the events which are happening in the present. There are some bombshell moments throughout the book which kept me thinking about the direction the story was going to take next. Caroline is very good at her twists.

The tension throughout the book is spot on. All the way through, I felt concerned for Emma as she battled with the demons from her past. But I could also never quite make up my mind about her, could I trust her? I was thinking about this more and more when further details about her life were revealed.

I’m now definitely going to be catching up on Caroline’s previous books, and I have a few of them on my kindle library already. I thoroughly enjoyed my first Caroline Mitchell book, and I can’t wait to read more from her.

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publication date: 1st March 2018

Print length: 325 pages

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Sleep by C.L. Taylor #bookreview blog tour @callytaylor @AvonBooksUK

I’m delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for Sleep by C.L. Taylor today on my blog, I’ve been a fan of her novels for a while now, but this one I think, is her best yet.

Sleep: Pre-order the twistiest, most suspenseful thriller of 2019! by [Taylor, C.L.]

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All Anna wants is to be able to sleep. But crushing insomnia, terrifying night terrors and memories of that terrible night are making it impossible. If only she didn’t feel so guilty…

To escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum, but when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat from the world turns into a deadly nightmare.

Each of the guests have a secret, but one of them is lying – about who they are and why they’re on the island. There’s a murderer staying in the Bay View hotel. And they’ve set their sights on Anna.

Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One deadly lie.

Someone’s going to sleep and never wake up…

MY THOUGHTS

Sleep is my favourite book yet by C.L. Taylor. It’s a dark, claustrophobic read that will keep you gripped right from the first page.

C.L. Taylor always manages to hook me very early on in her novels, and she manages tension so well. The end of each chapter always leaves me wanting more. The novel opens as a horrific car accident takes place, taking the lives of two people and severely injuring another. Anna is the person who was at the wheel of the car involved in the accident. She is haunted by the deaths of her colleagues who were in the car with her and blames herself. Desperate for a fresh start, Anna relocates to a remote Scottish island. But someone is keen to make sure Anna hasn’t forgotten what she’s done, and they are eager to make sure that she pays for her role in her colleague’s deaths.

The claustrophobic setting of the hotel on the Scottish island, where Anna starts a new job made this book a real winner for me. There was a growing sense of alarm and danger, especially as they realised they were beginning to run out of food. The group of guests all have their own, well-crafted backstories and as Anna started to believe that she was being targeted, I didn’t know who I could trust. C.L. Taylor created a splendid locked room mystery, and she brought to life a truly isolated setting, especially when the storm struck leaving the guests and Anna stranded in the hotel.

This is an absolutely must-read for fans of psychological thrillers. I remember how chilling I found the ending of C.L. Taylor’s last book and she delivers another brilliant one here, after finishing it I’m still thinking about the characters and what they’re all getting up to. And I think I’m going to be thinking about them for a while.

A top read from C.L. Taylor. I was never sure how this book was going to pan out, and the tension kept me glued to the pages.

Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for the invitation to join the blog tour and for sending me a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 4th April 2019

Print length: 368 pages

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Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain Book Review @SpainJoanne @QuercusBooks

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Six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins dead.

In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people’s lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege – the residents have it all. Life is good.

There’s just one problem.

Olive Collins’ dead body has been rotting inside number four for the last three months. Her neighbours say they’re shocked at the discovery but nobody thought to check on her when she vanished from sight.

The police start to ask questions and the seemingly flawless facade begins to crack. Because, when it comes to Olive’s neighbours, it seems each of them has something to hide, something to lose and everything to gain from her death.

MY THOUGHTS

Dirty Little Secrets is an excellent example of how to write a psychological thriller. I remember being totally gripped by Jo Spain’s previous novel The Confession last year, so I jumped at the chance to read her second and I dived into it straight away; Jo Spain has delivered another brilliant book. Told from the perspectives of residents within a tight-knit community it makes for an utterly compulsive read that I could not put down.

The gated community known as Withered Vale is a collection of exclusive properties for the very wealthy. At the beginning of the book, one of the residents, Olive Collins, is found dead, but here’s the thing, her body was left rotting away in her house for three months before it was discovered. How could anyone not have checked on her in all that time, or realised that something was wrong? Already I could feel the tension as I wondered which of the neighbours knew something about Olive’s death and if any of them had played a part in it.

This book really will make you examine your own neighbours just that little more closely. Within such a small, tight-knit space there are some very different characters, who all have their own sets of problems. And it becomes very clear that none of them were particularly keen on Olive. So was one of them responsible for her death?

Jo Spain gets to know the psychology of her character’s really well, as I was reading I had suspicions of just about all of them. We also get to hear from Olive’s perspective, I found this unusual at first, because at this point, she is already dead, but as I got into the story, I thought it worked really well. We often don’t get to hear from the perspectives of victim’s in crime novels, so this is what made Dirty Little Secrets a really interesting read. I’m sure Olive is a character who will provoke strong opinions among readers.

This is an excellent, character-driven novel that I am a big, big fan of. Jo Spain has leapt onto my list of must-read authors. She creates a real sense that everyone in this book is hiding something and I just had to know what the truth was.

Thank you to Quercus Books and Netgalley for providing me with an advance review copy.

Publisher: Quercus

Publication date: 7th February 2019

Print length: 416 pages

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The Party by Lisa Hall #bookreview @LisaHallAuthor @HQstories

The Party: The gripping new psychological thriller from the bestseller Lisa Hall by [Hall, Lisa]

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It was just a party. But it turned into a nightmare.

When Rachel wakes up in a strange room, the morning after a neighbour’s party, she has no memory of what happened the night before. Why did her husband leave her alone at the party? Did they row? Why are Rachel’s arms so bruised? And why are her neighbours and friends so vague about what really happened?

Little by little, Rachel pieces together the devastating events that took place in a friend’s house, at a party where she should have been safe. Everyone remembers what happened that night differently, and everyone has something to hide. But someone knows the truth about what happened to Rachel. And she’s determined to find them.

The Party is the gripping new novel from bestseller Lisa Hall.

MY THOUGHTS

Lisa Hall is back with a compelling new thriller, in her new novel The Party. I was totally gripped by this book, and I wanted to find out what had happened on the night our main character, Rachel attends a friend’s house party, only to wake up there the next morning, convinced she has been raped. This is a very quick read which can very easily be read in one sitting, once you start reading you will find it very difficult to put down.

Rachel was a character who I really felt for as she tried to come to terms with what had happened to her and uncover who had raped her. Lisa Hall explores just how harrowing it can be for a person to experience this and the effects it has on their family and friends. I felt that I couldn’t trust anyone close to Rachel, not even some members of her own family and close friends and I could sense how uncomfortable she felt on the page.

I think Rachel is a character who will divide readers. I think most will probably feel for her for what she is going through, but there is also the aspect that up until very recently she herself was having an affair. It doesn’t paint her in the best light, and this was a part of the story I kept thinking back to as I tried to work out what had exactly happened on the night of the party.

Lisa Hall delivers a hard-hitting ending, I did think I had it worked out who the culprit was, but Lisa totally managed to surprise me. The story kept me gripped right from the first page and it was a very twisty read. I can’t wait to read what she writes next.

Publisher: HQ

Publication date: 12th July 2018

Print length: 289 pages

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The Woman in the Dark by Vanessa Savage #bookreview @VvSavage @TheCrimeVault

The Woman in the Dark: The must-read addictive thriller of 2019 by [Savage, Vanessa]

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For Sarah and Patrick, family life has always been easy. But when Sarah’s mother dies, it sends Sarah into a downwards spiral. Knowing they need a fresh start, Patrick moves the family to the beachside house he grew up in.

But there is a catch: while their new home carries only happy memories for Patrick, to everyone else it’s known as the Murder House – named for the family that was killed there.

Patrick is adamant they can make it perfect again, though with their children plagued by nightmares and a constant sense they’re being watched, Sarah’s not so sure.

Because the longer they live in their ‘dream home’, the more different her loving husband becomes . . .

MY THOUGHTS

The Woman in the Dark is such a tense, claustrophobic read with a very disturbing premise. A family looking for a fresh start are pushed to the brink as lies and deceit threaten to tear them apart, and there is more than enough tension to give you shivers.

It was the premise of this book which first drew my attention as well as the clever opening paragraph which straight away made me think that I was in for an exciting read. Sarah, Patrick and the rest of their family decide to start anew with a house move, the same house that Patrick lived in when he was a child, and it holds perfect memories for him which he is keen to recreate. But since Patrick was there the property has become known as ‘The Murder House,’ following the brutal murder of a family which took place there several years earlier, and their arrival at the house prompts several of the locals to turn their heads. But Patrick is adamant he can make it the way how it was when he knew it, but can things ever be how they were?

I really liked the creepy vibe of the house, and I thought that Vanessa Savage played this very well, especially as we started to get to learn more about the family. It continued to make me think that there were dark secrets still to be uncovered, and there is plenty of deceit and unnerving truths to discover, as Vanessa gradually begins to unravel the dark truths that haunt both Sarah and Patrick.

I, and I’m sure many people will be when others come to read this, was totally on Sarah’s side when Patrick announced that he wanted to move into the house. Why on earth would anyone want to move somewhere where a family had been killed, no matter what the family connection was? And then I wanted to know why Patrick was so drawn to his former home especially after what had happened. And this is one of the points which make it such a fascinating read. What Vanessa also kept me thinking was, was there something more at work here that I just wasn’t quite seeing.

This is a book that will really make you care and think about the characters, and there are some who will get under your skin. Vanessa Savage keeps the tension turning up a notch and delivers a shocking ending. This is definitely recommended by me for lovers of psychological thrillers. Excellent stuff.

Publisher: Sphere

Publication date: 10th January 2019

Print length: 384 pages

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Some Of My Most Anticipated Reads of 2019

A very Happy New Year to you all. I hope you had a fantastic break over the Christmas period and that you’re looking forward to a new year filled with exciting books. And there are lots of books to look forward to which are being released this year.

I decided to take a short break from blogging over Christmas and over the last couple of weeks, I’ve managed to catch up on a few reads that have been waiting patiently, on my TBR pile, for far too long. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on these books very soon.

But to kick the New Year off, I thought I would share with you some of my most anticipated reads that I am looking forward to this year. I’ve also included the purchase links beneath the blurbs.

Red Snow (A Tuva Moodyson Mystery Book 2) by [Dean, Will] 10th January 2019

TWO BODIES

One suicide. One cold-blooded murder. Are they connected? And who’s really pulling the strings in the small Swedish town of Gavrik?

TWO COINS

Black Grimberg liquorice coins cover the murdered man’s eyes. The hashtag #Ferryman starts to trend as local people stock up on ammunition.

TWO WEEKS

Tuva Moodyson, deaf reporter at the local paper, has a fortnight to investigate the deaths before she starts her new job in the south. A blizzard moves in. Residents, already terrified, feel increasingly cut-off. Tuva must go deep inside the Grimberg factory to stop the killer before she leaves town for good. But who’s to say the Ferryman will let her go?

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16th May 2019 Never Be Broken (D.I. Marnie Rome 6) by [Hilary, Sarah]

Children are dying on London’s streets. Frankie Reece, stabbed through the heart, outside a corner shop. Others recruited from care homes, picked up and exploited; passed like gifts between gangs. They are London’s lost.
Then Raphaela Belsham is killed. She’s thirteen years old, her father is a man of influence, from a smart part of town. And she’s white. Suddenly, the establishment is taking notice.
DS Noah Jake is determined to handle Raphaela’s case and Frankie’s too. But he’s facing his own turmoil, and it’s becoming an obsession. DI Marnie Rome is worried, and she needs Noah on side. Because more children are disappearing, more are being killed by the day and the swelling tide of violence needs to be stemmed before it’s too late.

NEVER BE BROKEN is a stunning, intelligent and gripping novel which explores how the act of witness alters us, and reveals what lies beneath the veneer of a glittering city.

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The Whisper Man by [North, Alex] 13th June 2019

If you leave a door half-open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken…

Still devastated after the loss of his wife, Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake move to the sleepy village of Featherbank, looking for a fresh start.

But Featherbank has a dark past. Fifteen years ago a twisted serial killer abducted and murdered five young boys. Until he was finally caught, the killer was known as ‘The Whisper Man’.

Of course, an old crime need not trouble Tom and Jake as they try to settle in to their new home. Except that now another boy has gone missing. And then Jake begins acting strangely.

He says he hears a whispering at his window…

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2nd May 2019 Deadland (DS Alexandra Cupidi Book 2) by [Shaw, William]

YOU CAN RUN

The two boys never fitted in. Seventeen, the worst age, nothing to do but smoke weed; at least they have each other. The day they speed off on a moped with a stolen mobile, they’re ready to celebrate their luck at last. Until their victim comes looking for what’s his – and ready to kill for it.

YOU CAN HIDE

On the other side of Kent’s wealth divide, DS Alexandra Cupidi faces the strangest murder investigation of her career. A severed limb, hidden inside a modern sculpture in Margate’s Turner Contemporary. No one takes it seriously – not even the artwork’s owners, celebrity dealers who act like they’re above the law.

YOU CAN DIE

But as Cupidi’s case becomes ever more sinister, as she wrangles with police politics and personal dilemmas, she can’t help worrying about those runaway boys. Seventeen, the same age as her own headstrong daughter. Alone, on the marshes, they’re pawns in someone else’s game. Two worlds are about to collide.

Kent and its social divisions are brilliantly captured in Deadland, a crime thriller that’s as ingeniously unguessable as it is moving and powerful.

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You Die Next (Starke & Bell) by [Marland, Stephanie, Broadribb, Stephanie] 4th April 2019

A group of urban explorers stumble into a murderer’s kill room in a derelict film studio. Terrified, they run, thinking they are safe. Then a message appears on their video channel: Who dies next?

As DI Dominic Bell and his team investigate the series of murders in hidden locations across London, they fail to find the connection between the victims. The only person who can help is Clementine Starke, an academic researching adult thrillseekers. However, Clementine is haunted by dark and violent obsessions, including her former relationship with DI Dominic Bell.

As the body count rises, Clementine Starke and DI Dominic Bell form an uneasy alliance to hunt the killer. But as they close in on their prey, and things turn personal, Clementine has to decide which side of the law she’s really on.

A cat-and-mouse thriller for fans of Mark Billingham, Sarah Hilary and Rachel Abbott that unfolds in a number of terrifying hidden locations across London. Readers who enjoyed Thomas Harris’s Hannibal series will be thrilled by the deadly relationship between DI Dominic Bell and Clementine Starke.

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4th April 2019 Dead Man’s Daughter (A DI Meg Dalton thriller, Book 2) by [Watkins, Roz]

DI Meg Dalton isn’t prepared for her latest case. A ten year old girl is found running through the woods, barefoot and wearing only a blood-soaked nightdress. She has no memory of what happened to her, but her father is found stabbed to death in their nearby house.

At first, Meg blames an intruder – but why had the girl’s murdered father been so obsessed with the creepy statues in the woods, and with the girl’s recent heart transplant?

Meg’s investigation leads her down a chilling path. The girl has been having nightmares, and seems to remember things that happened to her heart donor. Who was the donor and what happened to them? Could this have anything to do with the murder of the girl’s father?

Meg is forced to question her deepest beliefs to discover the shocking truth before the killer strikes again…

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On My Life: an unputdownable, moving, twisty thriller by [Clarke, Angela] 7th March 2019

Framed. Imprisoned. Pregnant. 

Jenna thought she had the perfect life: a loving fiancé, a great job, a beautiful home. Then she finds her stepdaughter murdered; her partner missing.

And the police think she did it…

Locked up to await trial, surrounded by prisoners who’d hurt her if they knew what she’s accused of, certain someone close to her has framed her, Jenna knows what she needs to do:

Clear her name
Save her baby
Find the killer

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5th March 2019 

Two solar eclipses. Two missing girls.

Sixteen years ago a little girl was abducted during the darkness of a solar eclipse while her older sister Cassie was supposed to be watching her. She was never seen again. When a local girl goes missing just before the next big eclipse, Cassie – who has returned to her home town to care for her ailing grandmother – suspects the disappearance is connected to her sister: that whoever took Olive is still out there. But she needs to find a way to prove it, and time is running out.

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Dead Inside: A totally gripping and terrifying serial killer thriller (Maggie Jamieson Crime Thriller, Book 1) by [Holten, Noelle] 31st May 2019

When three domestic abuse offenders are found beaten to death, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she is facing her toughest case yet.

The police suspect that Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood – who is connected to all three victims – is hiding a dark secret. Then a fourth domestic abuser is brutally murdered. And he is Lucy’s husband.

Now the finger of suspicion points at Lucy and the police are running out of time. Can Maggie and her team solve the murders before another person dies? And is Lucy really a cold-blooded killer?

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2nd May 2019 Little Darlings by [Golding, Melanie]

THE TWINS ARE CRYING.
THE TWINS ARE HUNGRY.

LAUREN IS CRYING.
LAUREN IS EXHAUSTED.

Behind the hospital curtain, someone is waiting . . .

After a traumatic birth, Lauren is alone on the maternity ward with her newborn twins. Her husband has gone home. The nurses are doing their rounds. She can’t stop thinking about every danger her babies now face. But all new mothers think like that. Don’t they?

A terrifying encounter in the middle of the night leaves Lauren convinced someone or something is trying to steal her children. But with every step she takes to keep her babies safe, Lauren sinks deeper and deeper into paranoia and fear. From the stark loneliness of returning home after birth, to the confines of a psychiatric unit, Lauren’s desperation increases as no one will listen to her. But here’s the question: is she mad, or does she know something we don’t?

Loosely inspired by the ghostly folktale The Brewery of Eggshells, where a mother becomes convinced her twins are in danger, Little Darlings offers a fresh perspective on modern motherhood, postnatal psychosis and the roles women play. It has always been thus: folk tales do not spring from whimsy; they warn us and teach us, and speak to the fear in us all.

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Cruel Acts by [Casey, Jane]  4th April 2019

How can you spot a murderer?

Leo Stone is a ruthless killer – or the victim of a miscarriage of justice. A year ago, he was convicted of the murder of two women and sentenced to life in prison. But now he’s free, and according to him, he’s innocent.

DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent are determined to put Stone back behind bars where he belongs, but the more Maeve finds out, the less convinced she is of his guilt.

Then another woman disappears in similar circumstances. Is there a copycat killer, or have they been wrong about Stone from the start?

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These are just some of the books I’m excited about this year. If you think I’ve missed anything out please do let me know in the comments. Let me know as well if you’re looking forward to reading any of these.