Psychological thrillers by women and about women, such as Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and I Let You Go, have been big news over the last few years and the popularity of this kind of dark crime fiction, known in the book industry as ‘grip-lit’, shows no signs of waning.
Get ahead of the curve by picking up one of these gripping mysteries from the next generation of female thriller writers.
Ani FaNelli is the woman who has it all: the glamorous job, the designer wardrobe, the handsome and rich fiancé. But behind her meticulously crafted facade lies the darkest of pasts . . .
When a documentary producer invites Ani to tell her side of the chilling and violent incident that took place when she was a teenager, she hopes it will be an opportunity to prove how far she's turned her life around since then. She'll even let the production company film her lavish wedding, the final step in her transformation.
But as the wedding and filming converge Ani's immaculate veneer starts to crack and she is forced to question whether breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for - or, will it at long last, set Ani free?
Start reading Luckiest girl alive
Life is good for Anna Wright – she's a successful media executive with a great boyfriend and a lovely home. But Anna’s perfect life starts to crumble from the moment she meets a handsome stranger.
As her professional life becomes increasingly pressured and poisonous, and the attacks on Hampstead Heath causes the atmosphere near home to turn dark, Anna’s obsession with the intriguing stranger intensifies…
Start reading rebound
Marcia Williams thought she knew her son. She thought he was safe. She was wrong.
Marcia is heading to the Old Bailey. She's going there to do something no mother should ever have to do: to attend the trial of the boy accused of her son's murder.
She's not meant to be that woman; Ryan, her son, wasn't that kind of boy. But Tyson Manley is that kind of a boy and, as his trial unfolds, it becomes clear that it's his girlfriend Sweetie who has the answers Marcia so badly needs and who can - perhaps - offer Marcia some kind of hope for the future. But Sweetie is as scared of Tyson as Ryan should have been and, as Marcia's learned the hard way, nothing's certain. Not any more..
start reading the mother
Twelve years ago, Linda's sister Anna was murdered. Her killer was never caught, but Linda saw him.
Now, all these years on, she's just seen him again. On TV.
He has since become a well-known reporter, and Linda – a famous novelist and infamous recluse – knows no one will believe her if she accuses him, so she does the only thing she can think of: she writes a thriller, Blood Sisters, about a woman who is murdered, her killer never caught.
When the book is published, she agrees to give just one media interview. At home. To the one person who knows more about the case than she does…
Start reading the trap
When eighteen-year-old Rosie Anderson disappears, the idyllic village where she lived will never be the same again.
Local gardener Kate is struck with guilt. She'd come to know Rosie well, and thought she understood her - perhaps better even than Rosie's own mother.
Rosie was beautiful, kind and gentle. She came from a loving family and she had her whole life ahead of her. Who could possibly want to harm her? And why?
Kate is convinced the police are missing something. She's certain that someone in the village knows more than they're letting on. As the investigation deepens, so does Kate's obsession with solving the mystery of what happened to Rosie.
start reading the bones of you
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Rachel Teller and her husband David appear happy, prosperous and fulfilled.
However, control, not love, fuels their relationship and David has no idea his wife indulges in drunken indiscretions. When Rachel kills a man in a hit and run, the meticulously maintained veneer over their life begins to crack.
Destroying all evidence of the accident, David insists they continue as normal. Rachel though is racked with guilt and as her behaviour becomes increasingly self-destructive she not only inflames David's darker side, but also uncovers her own long-suppressed memories of shame.
Start reading The Liar's chair
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