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Crime Mystery Thriller

Every Last Fear – Alex Finlay

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13 April 2021

Every Last Fear has a profound mystery underlying a clever perceptive plot that ravages a family through the most brutal and chilling encounters with killers and callously powerful people. What makes this murder mystery that little more poignant are the backdrop similarities with the Netflix true-crime series Making a Murderer.

Danny…


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Mystery Supernatural Thriller

Hyde – Craig Russell

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5 April 2021

Duality

Trembling nerves and thoughts filled with suspicion and unease are normal reactions when reading a Craig Russell novel. Hyde unfolds as a uniquely dark supernatural thriller with a recurring theme of duality that permeates many aspects of this story. The notion of the duality of nature is tantalising and chilling in…


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Mystery Thriller Womens Fiction

The Good Sister – Sally Hepworth

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26 March 2021

Contrivance

The Good Sister is a cleverly imagined story of sibling relationships and influences, especially as they are twins with one more dominant than the other. There is a backdrop of danger and uncertainty, as one of the sisters has a destructive personality disorder. The plot is extremely well delivered with…


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Historical Fiction Mystery

The Lost Apothecary – Sarah Penner

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22 March 2021

The Lost Apothecary is a beautiful tapestry of mystery, murder, suspense, guilt, discovery, and historical adventure, as it unfolds in the dark alleyways of late eighteenth-century London. With the second period in modern times, Caroline Parcewell is an American, visiting London on what was planned as her tenth wedding anniversary…


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Contemporary Fiction Mystery

Sorrowland – Rivers Solomon

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28 February 2021

Crossbreed

Rivers Solomon is an author who crafts stories about those marginalised, those seeking a voice, and those who experience inequality and intolerance. The writing is poetic and edgy, as Rivers Solomon uses a style to add another dimension to a very unique story. I was really enthused from the…


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Mystery Supernatural War

Good & Evil – Eric Giacometti

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27 January 2021

Power

Good & Evil is the much anticipated second book in the Black Sun Series. A hugely enthralling historical thriller that pitches the forces of the Allies against the Axis Powers in the Second World War, in a race to find four powerful supernatural swastika relics. The victor will achieve the…


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Mystery Thriller

Night Swim – Megan Goldin

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6 December 2020

Reputation

Night Swim is a tough review to write as it blends the most heartless, ugliest, damaging, atrocity, with a compelling mystery to investigate crimes committed in both the present and the past. An unsettling novel that illuminates the very deep sense of blame, depravity, vicious physical and psychological damage, horror,…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

The Whole Truth – Cara Hunter

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4 December 2020

Evidence?

I have followed Cara Hunter from her debut for good reason – she’s brilliant. One of my favourite thriller writers does it again, and she delivers another police procedural with her police team that we grow a deeper and deeper connection with. The Whole Truth is captivating, full of mystery, tension,…


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Mystery Short Stories

Backlight – Kanji Hanawa

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1 December 2020

Searching

An unnamed Japanese family leave their seven-year-old son at the side of a mountain road and drive off to teach him a lesson. Ten minutes later they return and he is missing. Various experts and searchers are brought in to help find the child and the search parties grow…


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Mystery Thriller

Scatter Her Ashes – Heine Bakkeid

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5 November 2020

Damaged

Scandinavian authors have created some of the most damaged protagonists in crime thrillers over the last few decades. Characters enduring psychological wounds, physiological scars and dark thoughts, leave you wondering how they could possibly solve the cases they embark on but they inevitably do. The main character in Scatter Her…

Peter Donnelly
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