The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith UK cover

Last year, the announcement that Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling introduced a wave of readers to the disgruntled private detective, Cormoran Strike, who returns in The Silkworm. Our favourite one-legged detective is approached by Leonora Quine, who hires Cormoran to find her husband, Owen, who has been missing for over a week. Owen is a writer, and an unreliable one at that, frequently disappearing to work on manuscripts or to try and garner more publicity. This is the longest he has been away, and Leonora is running…

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn cover

I have intended to read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn for a long time, and I have to say that I regret not starting this amazing book much sooner. The book is told from the dual perspectives of Nick and Amy Dunne, with the chapters alternating between each one’s story and describing their marriage in minute detail. It was a match that began perfectly before slowly spiralling downward as the honeymoon period wore off and both realised they weren’t so well suited after all. Now it is their fifth wedding…

A Love Like Blood by Marcus Sedgwick cover

[color-box]A Love Like Blood by Marcus Sedgwick Hodder (27 Mar 2014), Ebook: 320 pages, Crime / Thriller Website • Goodreads • Amazon UK / US Rating: [/color-box] Best known for his young adult fiction, Marcus Sedgwick’s A Love Like Blood marks his first foray into the adult market, with a novel that carefully treads the border between supernatural and crime. Opening with a flashback to his time as an officer in the Second World War, Charles Jackson witnesses a horror in Paris, descending into a bunker only to see a…

The Heist by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg cover

[color-box]The Heist by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg (O’Hare & Fox #1) Headline Review (18 Jun 2013), Hardback: 309 pages, Comedy Thriller Janet Evanovich • Lee Goldberg • Series Listing • Amazon UK / US Rating: [/color-box] Working with a criminal might be an FBI agent’s worst nightmare, but that is the premise of this new series by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg which begins with The Heist. At the book’s opening, FBI agent Kate O’Hare is on the trail of master con artist, Nick Fox, whom she has been trailing…

Presumed Dead by Shirley Wells cover

Presumed Dead by Shirley Wells is a fast-paced crime novel that draws you in from the very first page, and you definitely won’t be left disappointed. The novel begins by describing the predicament of our protagonist, Dylan Scott, who is currently separated from his wife and living in a rented apartment with his mother. He hates living like this, especially as he was dismissed from the police force for using undue force on an assailant. However, he lives in hope that his wife will come around and take him back as…

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling cover

THE CASUAL VACANCY by J.K. Rowling PUBLISHER: Little Brown RELEASE DATE: 27th Sept 2012 FORMAT: Hardback, 503 pages GENRE: Thriller, Realist When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first…

Belinda Bauer - Black Lands

BLACKLANDS by Belinda Bauer PUBLISHER: Corgi RELEASE DATE: 2nd Jan 2011 FORMAT: Paperback, 346 pages GENRE: Crime/Thriller Twelve-year-old Steven Lamb digs holes on Exmoor, hoping to find a body. Every day after school, while his classmates swap football stickers, Steven goes digging to lay to rest the ghost of the uncle he never knew, who disappeared aged eleven and is assumed to have fallen victim to the notorious serial killer Arnold Avery. Only Steven’s Nan is not convinced her son is dead. She still waits for him to come home,…

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