Here’s our edit of the most exciting new crime and thriller book releases to look forward to this year.
When Cold Hill House went up in flames, so did the memories of its violent history. Now it's been replaced by a new development of ultra-modern houses, and although construction is still underway, the first two families can't wait to move into their new homes. But it's not long before they start to feel uncomfortable in their new homes. And one thing the estate agents never mentioned; no one ever lived beyond forty in Cold Hill House . . .
The Lockwoods have just moved into their brand new home, ready for a fresh start. But the other residents on The Avenue hold some dark secrets, there’s even a killer among them. DC Wildeve Stanton has been investigating the killer for six months when the next victim makes things personal. Will she stop the murders before someone else falls prey?
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From the author of the Vera and Shetland series comes The Long Call, the first novel in Ann Cleeve’s new Two Rivers series. Detective Matthew Venn has returned to North Devon where he grew up in, and ultimately turned his back on, a strict evangelical community, losing his family in the process. He’s returned, not only because he is mourning the death of his father, but because he is taking on his first case in the Two Rivers region. A man has been found stabbed to death on the beach, and Venn’s investigation will take him straight to the heart of the community he left behind.
A stunning psychological thriller told from three differing viewpoints – father, mother and daughter – which asks the question: ‘what would you do if your child was accused of murder?’. A Nearly Normal Family is the thriller everyone will be talking about this summer.
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When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study with the mysterious Dr Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money and leave. But things quickly get out of hand and Jessica finds herself caught in Dr Shield’s manipulative experiments, no longer able to trust what is real in her life.
The Other End of the Line is the twenty-fourth book in Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano series and sees the inspector investigating the murder of local dressmaker Elena while the police are at the heart of efforts to help an influx of migrants who have arrived in the town.
Murder, secrets, revenge, and just a touch of romance combine in this noir-inspired thriller with a twist which is sure to keep you gripped until the very last page. Aloysius Archer wants to start a new, peaceful life in Poca City after serving a prison sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. But he takes on more than he bargained for when he starts work as a debt collector for local business tycoon Hank Pittleman and becomes involved with some of the town's most dangerous residents.
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Barry Sutton is on a quest for the truth. Across the country people are waking up with memories of a life they have not lived. Are they victims of a mysterious, new disease affecting memory? Or is something terrible happening to the very fabric of reality? Recursion is the follow-up to the time twisting thriller Dark Matter.
Homeland Security agent, Kit Steel, is determined to keep one of the world’s most dangerous criminals, Vincente Carpio, behind bars after he was responsible for the death of her husband and young son. But manipulative Carpio still has influence on the outside and knows how to use it. Harbour Union chief, Cormac McConnell, controls everything that happens on Boston’s waterfront, and someone wants him out of the way. After an attack he barely survives, he’s certain he’s been betrayed by one of his crew. These events come together in a thrilling race against time, in a world of mob bosses, con artists and international terrorism.
Redemption is the fourth book in bestselling author David Baldacci’s thrilling Amos Decker series. FBI consultant Amos Decker returns to his home town of Burlington, Ohio to mark the birthday of his daughter who was brutally murdered, along with his wife, four years ago. But then he is tracked down by the first man he ever arrested for murder, and realises he may have made a fatal mistake all those years ago.
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Roy Grace is back in this new thriller from best-selling author Peter James. Across the globe people are being tricked by the same internet scam - the person they met online, who they loved dearly, does not exist. But this scam comes with a deadly price for anyone who tries to expose it.
From Sandie Jones, author of The Other Woman, comes this twist-filled domestic thriller about a wife, her husband and her best friend. After the death of her first husband, Alice has remarried and life is good. She has a successful career, two wonderful children, a beautiful house and a loyal best friend, Beth. When Alice begins to have suspicions that her husband may be being unfaithful, the first person she turns to is Beth. Because of course she can trust her best friend, can’t she?
June, 1781. A body hangs upon a hook at a London dock - the victim of torture and branded with a slaver's mark. Captain Harry Corsham quickly finds himself embroiled in this mystery, plunged into an investigation full of secrets and the looming threat of mortal danger.
Poison is spreading through Bruncliffe, with a spate of horrific canine poisonings happening throughout the village. Samson O’Brien of the Dales Detective Agency is distracted, he’s being questioned by the police about a murder and secrets from his past are about to be exposed. With suspicion directed at him, can Sansom and his partner Delilah find the poisoner before it’s too late?
Intrigo is an incredible collection of remarkable Scandi-noir short stories from the esteemed Hakan Nesser. Each of the five stories in this book are full of dark secrets, compromising lies, and mysterious pasts just waiting to be discovered.
Ruby Darke returns in this brand new gangland thriller from best-selling author, Jessie Keane. Having fought her way to the top of the retail industry, not always on the right side of the law, it seems that Ruby can finally relax with her daughter and son by her side. But it doesn’t take long for enemies old and new to start circling . . .
DC Jo Boden was eleven years old when her sister was brutally murdered by her boyfriend. Now, sixteen years later, he is being released, with a documentary being made to prove his innocence. Jo grew up believing her sister was perfect, but what if she wasn’t? This psychological thriller is perfect for fans of Clare Mackintosh and Lisa Jewell.
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Frank Peter’s life is complicated and it only gets more so when he discovers a frightened young woman hiding on his property in the middle of winter. He takes her in and learns her tragic story, having been trafficked by those who had promised her the world. But it’s not long before the men that brought her here start looking for her and Frank has no idea what they’re capable of . . .
A woman on her way from home from work is held up at gunpoint, chloroformed and kidnapped, but released just hours later unharmed and with all her possessions. A spate of these seemingly harmless kidnappings leaves Inspector Montalbano baffled but determined to get to the bottom of this mystery.
Sean and his tracker dog Benny work in Africa preventing poaching and protecting precious wildlife. So when a colleague is almost killed by a planted bomb explosion, he is horrified and determined to get to the bottom of it. Can Sean find the bombmaker and keep his personal life together at the same time?
Ray Celestin is back with the third instalment of his neo-noir City Blues Quartet crime series. Private Investigator Ida Davis is called to New York to investigate the murders of four people. But it soon becomes clear that there is a greater conspiracy behind these deaths and it will take Ida right into the dark heart of New York.
Jules and Holly are best friends and have been there for each other through the best times, and the worst. But, when Jules’ daughter accuses Holly’s son of a terrible crime, their friendship is turned upside down. Will it ever be the same again? And what will be the consequences of the devastating accusation?
Tom Marcus served as a Surveillance Officer in MI5 for over a decade, dedicating years of his life to protecting his country from harm. In I Spy, he shares his story of a life lived in the shadows and the person he became in order to stay alive.
When investigative reporter Ross Hunter answers the phone to Dr Harry Cook, his life changes forever. Harry claims that he’s been given absolute proof of God’s existence, and he wants Ross’s help to get the world to take him seriously. The credibility of all the world’s religions is under threat, if Ross can survive enough to present the evidence . . .
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When Kate falls pregnant as a teenager, she’s shocked. But she’s determined to do right by her daughter, giving her the loving childhood that Kate never had. Life as a single mother is hard, but the struggles only bond Kate and Becky closer. Kate couldn’t be prouder when Becky gets a position as a trainee journalist, but then an awful event changes Kate’s life forever. When she comes across a story that Becky was researching, she begins to wonder if something more sinister is going on.
The sixth gripping book in Lin Anderson’s Rhona MacLeod series sees Rhona return to the Isle of Skye, where she stumbles across what appears to be a crime scene, but without a victim. When a body is found at the bottom of the cliffs two days later, Rhona begins to search for a link between these events and a group of missing army medics on leave from Afghanistan.
The fourth novel in Michelle Davies’s Maggie Neville series, Dead Guilty sees DC Maggie Neville investigating a cold case that may not be as cold as it seems. Maggie arrives in Majorca as part of a Met team investigating the death of seventeen-year-old Katy Pope ten years ago, but then another British girl goes missing on the island . . .
It’s 1939 and Europe is on the brink of war. As Charles Mossman encounters a hate-filled Nazi sympathiser rally in New York, he confronts one of them, with deadly consequences. Two years later he is released from prison and all he wants is to make amends to his family. But support for the Allies is driving the Nazi sympathisers underground, and Charles is certain that dark forces are exploiting them.
For even more edge of your seat recommendations, watch the Book Break episode below, where Emma shares the psychological thrillers everyone is going to be talking about this year:
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