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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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Crime Thriller

Judas Horse – Lynda La Plante

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17 March 2021

Conspirator

Lynda La Plante returns with her second book in the Jack Warr series, and I have to say this one is highly accomplished with a compelling storyline. I had an issue with the first book, but La Plante has delivered a police procedural thriller that is amongst the best…


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Crime Thriller

The Shadow Man – Helen Fields

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14 February 2021

Delusion

The Shadow Man is a unique crime thriller, spiced with supernatural undertones and a horror scene waiting to befall those caught in a killer’s path. The hunt for the Shadow Man is a formidable investigative task as his kidnapped victims share no similarities and whose lives have nothing in common.

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Historical Fiction Thriller

City of Tears – Kate Mosse

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9 February 2021

Upheaval

Kate Mosse has a wonderful grasp of European (particularly French) history and with such clever unassuming detail, brings The City of Tears alive with a fictional narrative that is interlaced with fascinating real events. This is the second book in the Burning Chambers series and continues the epic adventure of Minuo…


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Crime Thriller

The Ruthless – David Putnam

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1 February 2021

Cold-Blooded

The Ruthless is a crime thriller with a gritty authenticity that is at home in the disquieting battle between crime and law enforcement. An engrossing plot and complex characters ensure that this novel is hard to put down. This is the eighth book in the Bruno Johnson series and while…


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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 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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