The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
Ooo, I was hooked on this thriller from the first line and absolutely loved every minute of this book. There’s real tension and the sense of a lurking menace throughout. Also some thoughtful insight into the damage and danger caused by secrets and the denial of the possibility that alternative explanations might exist.
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
Sometimes upsetting, although never gratuitously so, this thriller is about appearance and reality. Nothing is quite what it seems. It’s not an unreliable narrator situation, as in The Girl on the Train; more like an unreliable everything else. I could sense something wasn’t right, but I didn’t see the twist coming. And that’s always nice!
Sleep No More by P.D. James
Six short stories published here together for the first time. Revenge and murder work very well together in these satisfying tales. The hardback is a lovely edition for a present, too!
CWA Anthology of Short Stories: Mystery Tour
Contributing authors include Ann Cleeves, C.L. Taylor and Kate Ellis, among many others. There’s a real mix of material in here, too. Every story feels fresh, like it’s the first of its kind. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Cold, Cold Heart by Christine Poulson
I really enjoyed this story of a crew isolated in the Antarctic winter of constant darkness, knowing there is a killer among them. Investigations both on the base and back in England allow a lovely double thread of tension that builds gradually. The descriptions of the icy landscape are fascinating and add to the eeriness. Well worth a read.
The Serpent Pool by Martin Edwards
Set in the Lake District, this fantastic novel comes with some gruesome murders, plenty of suspicious characters, an interesting literary backdrop, and a satisfying conclusion. What’s not to like?
Chase by Linwood Barclay
This is Barclay’s first children’s book. When twelve-year-old Jeff meets Chipper the dog his life will never be the same again. For this is no ordinary dog. And the authorities will stop at nothing to make sure no one finds that out… It’s an intelligent and fast-moving book. Overall, an enjoyable read.
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