Five thrilling reads to get your heart pumping
17 March 2015
By Pan Macmillan
Think ruthless criminals, corrupt cops, obsessive love and the villainy that operates on both sides of the law.
The Informant by Susan Wilkins
Penned by former telly scriptwriter Susan Wilkins, The Informant introduces you to the infamous Phelps family. Think ruthless criminals, corrupt cops, obsessive love and the villainy that operates on both sides of the law.
As a drug-fuelled teenage tearaway, Kaz Phelps took the rap for her little brother Joey over a bungled armed robbery and went to jail. Six years later she's released on licence. Joey is a charming, calculating and cold psychopath. he worships the ground Kaz walks on and he's desperate to get her back in the family firm. All Kaz wants is a fresh start and to put the past behind her. When Joey murders an undercover cop, DS Nicci Armstrong is determined to put him behind bars. What she doesn't realize is that her efforts are being sabotaged by one of their own and The Met is being challenged at the highest level.
start reading the informant
The Liar’s Chair by Rebecca Whitney
If you are looking for your next Gone Girl fix, The Liar’s Chair is a twisty psychological thriller about a seemingly perfect relationship that's actually toxic underneath.
Rachel Teller and her husband David appear happy, prosperous and fulfilled. The big house, the successful business... they have everything. However, 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...
start reading the liar's chair
Heartsick by Chelsea Cain
With a cat and mouse relationship to rival Silence of the Lambs¸ Heartsick is the first in a series starring beautiful serial killer Gretchen Lowell and Detective Archie Sheridan.
When beautiful serial killer Gretchen Lowell captured her last victim - the man in charge of hunting her down - she quickly established who was really in control of the investigation. So why, after ten days of horrifying physical and mental torture, did she release Detective Archie Sheridan from the brink of death and hand herself in? Two years on, Archie now returns to lead the search for a new killer, whose recent attacks on teenage girls have left the city of Portland reeling. Shadowed by vulnerable young reporter Susan Ward, Archie knows that only one person can help him climb into the mind of this psychopath...
start reading heartsick
Dead Simple by Peter James
Dead Simple is the first case for detective superintendent roy grace, in which a harmless stag night prank ends up with four dead bodies and one missing fiancé.
It was meant to be a harmless stag-night prank. A few hours later Michael Harrison has disappeared and his friends are dead. With only three days to the wedding, Detective Duperintendent Roy Grace is contacted by Michael's beautiful, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper. Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison's whereabouts is saying nothing. But then he has a lot more to gain than anyone realizes...
start reading dead simple
Never Look Back by Clare Donoghue
Tension so taut you'll feel your scalp tingle, Never Look Back is a chilling and compelling police procedural set in South East London.
Three women have been found brutally murdered in South London, the victims only feet away from help during each sadistic attack. Sarah Grainger is rapidly becoming too afraid to leave her house, she knows that someone is watching her. A cryptic note brings everything into terrifying focus, but it's the chilling phone calls that take the case to another level. DI Mike Lockyer heads up the regional murder squad. With three bodies on his watch, and a killer growing in confidence, he frantically tries to find the link between these seemingly isolated incidents. What he discovers will not only test him professionally but will throw his personal life into turmoil too.
start reading never look back
main image (c) rosmary / flickr.com