The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

With a seemingly ordinary title, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins transforms an ordinary, everyday commuter into a potential witness (or suspect) in a disappearance case. Every morning Rachel Watson catches the 8:04 train to London, noticing that it always stops at the same signal point and offers a view of a particular house each day. She fantasises about the life of the couple that live in this house, having named them Jason and Jess and imagining them to have a happy marriage and a perfect relationship. Rachel…

The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth

In a perfect start to the New Year, The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth is about the journey for the truth and laying your old demons to rest in order to start anew. Melody Pieterson was attacked and left for dead six years ago, with her friend and neighbour, David Alden, being arrested for the attack. Her apparent error of judgement has left her unable to trust her own instincts, making her reclusive and fearful in her own home. She now lives with her fiancé, Sam, in a…

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…

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…

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