Our edit of the best crime and thriller books of 2018, from shocking true crime to creepy psychological thrillers.
The first in a new series from David Baldacci, Long Road to Mercy introduces female FBI special agent, Atlee Pine. After losing her twin sister in a horrifying incident as a child, Atlee has dedicated her life to hunting down those who hurt others. Sent to investigate a case in the Grand Canyon, she’ll have to confront new monsters, and old nightmares.
Here, David introduces his new protagonist.
Five women enter the Australian outback as part of a team-building and resilience exercise . . . but only four come back. It’s not clear what happened, and each of the women are telling a different story. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk must decipher this tangled web of secrets and lies to find the missing woman, dead or alive.
Sisters Brett and Kelly Courtney are the shining stars of Goal Diggers, one of the most popular reality shows on American television that follows five fiercely competitive self-made women. Jealousy and secrets abound as the five co-stars fight to reach the top, and things take an even darker turn when season four ends in murder . . .
When eleven-year-old Thea finds her best friend Billie murdered, she decides it’s up to her to find the killer. Assisted by Billie’s ghost and the spirits of four other dead girls, Bille won’t stop until she solves the case. But will her determination lead her down a dark path?
This shocking and intelligent thriller is the debut novel from Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Unstable Vanessa is obsessed with her ex-husband and his new, younger fiancé, and she’ll stop at nothing to make sure they don’t get married. But what’s really driving her obsession - is it jealousy or something else?
Hitchcock fans will love this clever domestic thriller about an agoraphobic woman who becomes obsessed with the neighbours she watches from her window. Anna Fox has been too afraid to leave her house since a traumatic event disrupted her life almost a year ago. She spends her days drinking wine and spying on her neighbours – until she witnesses a shocking scene. This is Rear Window meets Girl on the Train.
Wild Fire is the final book in Ann Cleeves’ bestselling Shetland series, and is a must for any Shetland fans. Hoping for a better life for their autistic son, an English family move to Shetland. But it’s not long before a young nanny is found dead on their property, and rumours of an affair spread like wildfire. Can DI Jimmy Perez solve the most disturbing case of his career?
Here, Ann Cleeves talks to us about the series.
Compulsive gambler Kipp Brown is on a losing run. But his streak of bad luck takes a turn for the worse when his teenage son is kidnapped. To get him back, Kipp will have to pay. Ignoring instructions, he contacts the police and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is brought in to investigate what, at first, seems like a straightforward case of kidnap . . .
Capture or Kill is the thrilling first novel in the Matt Logan series from former MI5 operative Tom Marcus.. Matt Logan and his team are working to bring down two brothers who are orchestrating a major terrorist attack, but Logan is frustrated by the rules they’re forced to play by. When he’s offered the chance to join a new operation, ‘Blindeye’, it seems like his dreams have come true . . .
The Root of Evil is the gripping second book in Håkan Nesser’s Inspector Barbarotti series. When Inspector Barbarotti receives a letter describing a murder which is about to take place in the quiet town where he lives, the police take action immediately. But it’s too late. When more letters arrive, it’s a race against time to stop the killer in time.
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Belinda Bauer’s latest crime novel is undoubtedly one of her best. On a hot summer’s day, three siblings wait in their broken-down car for their mother to return with help. But she never comes back. Three years later and the siblings’ lives have changed irreversibly. As the eldest of the three, Jack must protect and support his young sisters, all while he tries to find the truth of what really happened to his mother . . .
This shocking novel, based on author Roberto Saviano’s research into the child gangs of Naples, tells the story of Nicolas, who rises through the ranks to become a gang leader known as the ‘Maharajah’. But soon the violence around him spirals out of control . . .
Watch Roberto Saviano talk about the real-life child gangs of Naples, here.
When popular and beloved high school student Lucinda Hayes is murdered, the news rocks her sleepy Colorado community. Told from the viewpoints of Cameron; the boy who loved her too much, Jade; the girl jealous of her perfect life, and Russ; the troubled police officer assigned to the case, this is a dark and compelling study of three characters with a mystery at its heart.
Matthew Shardlake is back in the seventh novel in C. J. Sansom’s bestselling Shardlake series. In the summer of 1549, amid the chaos of Kett’s Rebellion, Shardlake is sent to investigate the murder of Edith Boleyn, a distant relative of his employer Lady Elizabeth - daughter of Henry VIII. As a second murder is committed, he gets drawn deeper into the mystery and danger surrounding the case.
Learn more about the true historical events that inspired Tombland, here.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is the incredible true story of the Golden State Killer, an elusive predator responsible for over fifty horrific sexual assaults and ten brutal murders. Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist, was determined to find the culprit and spent years researching and writing this modern masterpiece, tragically passing away before the book’s publication and the killer’s ultimate unmasking and capture in April 2018.
Bad Blood is the incredible true story of the rise and shocking downfall of the biotech startup company Theranos and its charismatic CEO Elizabeth Holmes. John Carreyrou, the award-winning journalist who first investigated the company, tells the full shocking tale of ambition and corporate fraud in Silicon Valley.
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