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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…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

When She Was Good – Michael Robotham

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17 October 2020

Disentangle

When She Was Good is a gritty and nerve-racking thriller that reveals a backdrop of unthinkable child abuse, and a cast of characters that are absorbing and mysterious. Cyrus Haven and Evie alternately narrate the story as two characters that are brilliantly drawn and captivating. Both have disturbing pasts but…


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Crime Mystery

One by One – Ruth Ware

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14 September 2020

Elimination

The concept of One by One is really appealing in an Agatha Christie way, where a remote location gets cut-off from the outside world and one by one the stranded characters are murdered, with the killer being one of them.

Erin and Danny operate a ski chalet in France and are hosting…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Snow – John Banville

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3 September 2020

Shroud

A deeply attentive plot that is clever and watchful through the characters that are so wonderfully drawn. There are many subtle nuances that enable John Banville to play with scenarios that are intriguing to observe, particularly the relationship between the preeminent catholic church in Ireland and the protestant citizens…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Lost Souls – Jonathan Kellerman

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9 August 2020

Disentangle

Lost Souls is an intriguing slow-burn investigative thriller featuring Deputy Coroner Clay Edison in the third instalment of the ‘Clay Edison’ series. As a new parent Clay and his wife Amy have structured their work-life balance to provide the best care they can to their new-born insomniac daughter while saving…


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Historical Fiction Mystery

Once Upon a River – Diane Setterfield

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26 July 2020

Tributaries

Once Upon a Thames (River) is a beautiful story of mystery, family and community, wonderfully coloured with the art of storytelling, not only in relation to the novel itself but the celebrated pastime of locals in the story at The Swan in Radcot near Oxford. The historic Thames is the…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

Founder of The Reading Desk, supporting readers, authors, publishers and book industry. Top Reviewer on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley peter@thereadingdesk.com

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