Dressed in garish Halloween costumes, two teenage girls run through a patch of dense woodland towards the outskirts of town. But before they can reach the safety of the streets beyond, they make a shocking discovery.
Following a piece of old rope, the girls find a large mound of freshly laid earth, undisturbed in the darkness of the trees. Clawing at the ground beneath them, they make contact with something solid. When they realise what they’ve discovered, the silence is broken by their piercing screams as they stare down at the shallow grave.
Without looking back, they run as fast as they can, failing to spot the person nearby watching their every move…
And when another grave is found just days later, it’s clear a serial killer is preying on the small town. But who is the killer watching now? And when will another grave be filled?
If you like Angela Marsons, Cara Hunter and Clare Mackintosh, you’ll love this heart-racing thriller from bestselling author, Carla Kovach. With gripping suspense and a twist you won’t see coming, Their Silent Graves will have you hooked from page one.
A British drama student, in New York without a green card, Claire takes the only job she can get: working for a firm of divorce lawyers, posing as an easy pick-up in hotel bars to entrap straying husbands.
When one of her targets becomes the subject of a murder investigation, the police ask Claire to use her acting skills to help lure their suspect into a confession. But right from the start, she has doubts about the part she’s being asked to play. Is Patrick Fogler really a killer . . . Or the only decent husband she’s ever met? And is there more to this set-up than she’s being told?
And that’s when Claire realises she’s playing the deadliest role of her life . . .
About the author
JP Delaney is a pseudonym for a British writer of psychological suspense who has previously written best-selling fiction under other names. THE GIRL BEFORE was an instant New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller and was published in over 40 countries. The follow-up, BELIEVE ME, was also an international bestseller. THE PERFECT WIFE will be published summer 2019. For more information, go to http://www.jpdelaney.co.uk or follow @jpdelaneywriter on Facebook.
I have to give this book a super ten out of ten for originality! It had me absolutely gripped while I read it at breakneck speed.
The setting was exciting. How could New York not be? Claire, a young woman escaping a huge career mistake for a second chance in a dazzling big city. Her character development was fantastic, so multilayered which kept me guessing. One minute I thought I knew her; the next, I doubted her. My knuckles gripping the page as the danger levels intensified.
The set up is fantastic. She already works in a dicey industry and in an underhand way and the threats to her position and credibility come in thick and fast as the story develops.
Patrick oozed allure and was the perfect character to star alongside Claire in this novel. His character was fantastically written and I greatly appreciated the research the author must have done to reference and use Baudelaire’s work in so much depth. I actually feel as though I learnt something too, without the feeling of actually sitting down to learn. It was easily dished up through the entertainment. In fact I devoured it. The poetry gave a special kind of depth to the whole story which will definitely make ‘Believe Me’ a book I’ll remember for a long time.
It gave me the chills, made me nervous, intrigued me, and given what’s happening in the world at the moment, made me miss live theatre.
It’s definitely a book for those who love the psychological thriller genre, especially one with a difference. Loved it!
The news of her mother’s death hits Nell as if she’s been shot. The letter must be some kind of prank, but who could be so cruel? Because Nell’s mother died nearly thirty years ago.
When Nell was just a tiny baby, her parents died in a car crash, leaving her to be raised by her devoted grandmother, Lilian. So when the lawyer’s letter arrives, informing her of her mother Sarah’s very recent death, it destroys everything Nell thought she knew. Her grandmother loved her, so why did she lie? And why did her mother abandon her?
Nell knows she can never recapture the years with her mother that were taken from her, and fears this will haunt her forever. Now she won’t rest until she finds out why she was so cruelly deceived. But her family’s past has been kept secret for a reason, and someone is desperate for it to stay that way. How much danger will Nell risk for the truth?
If you loved The Silent Patient, The Secret Mother, and The Wife Between Us, then this addictive thriller about dark family secrets and obsession will have you on the edge of your seat.
About the author
Lesley attended the Curtis Brown Creative 6 month novel writing course in 2015/6, and in 2017 The Orchid Girls (then On The Edge) was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish fiction prize.
Lesley is the author of three psychological thrillers: The Orchid Girls, The Woman at 46 Heath Street and The Leaving Party.
Lesley spends her days writing in coffee shops in Kings Cross where she lives and works as a librarian. She loves the atmosphere and eclectic mix of people in the area. Lesley discovered Patricia Highsmith as a teenager and has been hooked on psychological thrillers ever since.
I loved this atmospheric psychological thriller. It gave me that uneasy feeling as I hurried through the pages, eager to discover what secrets and lies lay amongst them.
Nell’s character intrigued me. She had a past that brilliantly unfolded as the story progressed. Was her apprehension founded or was it an exaggeration? Could her grandmother, Lillian, really be as smothering as she’d remembered all those years ago?
I particularly enjoyed the letters to Mary, and the Sarah chapters, which showed just how this mystery had spanned over decades. The cousin’s character was a great addition, bringing a lot more tension into the book, and it had me questioning everyone’s motives and capabilities.
The seaside setting was also inspired. I found myself picturing the library and the beach and the oppressive house where Nell was staying. And the hook – brilliant! Mother dies, her daughter gets notice from a solicitor of this news and the daughter is totally shocked. Why? Because the daughter already thought her mother was dead.
‘I Know You Lied’ is a fine mystery filled with family drama and tension. It’s also a bit eerie. The thought of Nell staying in that creepy old house gave me the chills. If you love psychological thriller full of secrets that push to be uncovered, then this book is for you.
Cassie once did something so bad she’s never spoken about it since.
When her beloved son, Josh, dies suddenly in a tragic accident, Cassie is overcome with grief. And, as she cries on her husband’s shoulder, her phone lights up with a message that terrifies her.
I know what you did and I’m going to make you pay.
Somebody from Cassie’s past has found her and they want everyone to know just what kind of a woman she is.
As Cassie struggles to keep the message from her husband, someone knocks on the door of their perfect family home and Cassie discovers she isn’t the only person keeping secrets. Before her stands her son’s girlfriend – a girlfriend Cassie didn’t know about.
And when Cassie closes the door behind the new girlfriend, she has no idea who she has just let into her life. Her biggest secret is about to be revealed. And you won’t believe what Cassie does next…
A truly gripping page-turner that will keep you reading well into the night, The New Girlfriend is perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, My Lovely Wife and Gone Girl.
About the author
Bestselling Author, Sheryl Browne, writes taught, dark, twisty psychological thriller. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies where she completed her MA in Creative Writing. Sheryl has also obtained a Certificate of Achievement in Forensic Science and – according to readers – she makes an excellent psychopath. Sheryl’s latest psychological thriller THE NEW GIRLFRIEND comes to you from fabulous BOOKOUTURE. Her previous works include the DI Matthew Adams Crime Thriller series, along with contemporary fiction novels, The Rest of My Life and Learning to Love published by ChocLit.
Sheryl lives in Worcestershire UK with her husband and her timid rescue dog, Brie, whose little back legs were pinned after a road accident. She expects her family to grow, however. imminent arrivals being other rescue dogs with disabilities who need that extra special bit of love and care.
‘The New Girlfriend’ didn’t stop surprising me until the end. The revelations started off like a ripple, then a wave, before rapidly becoming a tsunami; threatening to drown every character.
It pulled on the heartstrings too. I felt the weight of Cassie’s grief and her secret threatening to tear her world apart. Carrying the burden of one of these would be enough for anyone. When Kim turned up with Cassie’s recently deceased son’s baby, Cassie did what a decent human being would.
Okay, it’s no secret that I always love Sheryl’s prologues and the prologue for this book was no exception. It’s full on ‘pow!’ It’s deadly, gripping, and the perfect banging start to a great psychological thriller. And the chapters that follow fantastically set up the rest of the book.
The chapters set in the year before really gave a feel for Josh and Kim’s relationship, and their characters were developed with skill. I found myself wary for him, excited too, and then tense, then concerned for her. My thoughts about what was happening were everywhere and at the end when the reveals started to happen, I’m like ‘no way’ and ‘wow.’ It’s fab, fast and emotionally explosive.
Grab a lot of snacks and shut yourself away for a few hours with this book. Another cracking read by Sheryl Browne. Loved it!
Release date – 3rd August 2020.
Thanks for reading!
Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.
I was never missing. I just didn’t want to be found.
On a bright summer’s day in 2013, Freya Rivers disappears, leaving twin sister Imogen behind. Did Freya leave to travel alone without telling anyone?
When friend Emily also disappears three days later, Imogen knows there’s something dark lurking beneath the surface.
Five years later, Imogen is living in Australia, having searched the world for her sister. So, when her mother calls, she knows it’s time to return home.
Because Emily is back. And she has a child with her.
Where has Emily been and why did she disappear?
Does she know Freya’s whereabouts?
Imogen is desperate to uncover the truth about her twin and the truth is closer to home than she ever imagined…
About the author
Vikki Patis is a bestselling psychological suspense author. Her third novel, Girl, Lost, was published by Bloodhound Books in May 2020 and became a Top 100 bestseller on Amazon. The Diary and The Girl Across the Street were published by Bookouture in 2018 and 2019, and have sold over 30,000 copies.
She is also the author of Weltanschauung, a self-published short story collection, and her BSc dissertation, I Ink, Therefore I Am, was published by Lambert Publishing in 2016.
When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found with her head in a book, baking gluten free cakes, or walking in the Hertfordshire countryside. She lives with her partner, two cats, and a wild golden retriever puppy. To find out more about Vikki’s books, follow @VikkiPatis on Twitter, vikkipatisauthor on Instagram, or visit her website, vikkipatisauthor.com.
This book had me caught up in the story – big time! It was written in such an engaging way, I felt close to the characters and easily empathised with what they were going through. I felt the sadness of Debs and Imogen, not knowing what had happened to Freya and I couldn’t help but feel for Emily too. I almost wanted to close my eyes as danger crept up on them.
‘Girl, Lost,’ is so well written and captures the youth of the main characters with such authenticity. They were well rounded and deep. The mystery of where Freya went kept me totally glued, sneaking moments I didn’t have spare to carry on reading.
I’d like to mention the setting too. I really got a feel for Plymouth, the sea, the sand and Plymouth Hoe. The location was anchored brilliantly.
I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who loves a deep psychological thriller, one in which you’ll have no choice but to emotionally invest. The relationship between Emily and Ella was something else, giving a real sad pang as I anticipated all what might come their way.
DI Sara Ramsey has yet another tough case to solve when a primary school teacher turns up murdered.
The murderer has an agenda and is crossing names off his list.
Not caring about the risks…he only has one thing in his sight… retribution.
About the author
M A Comley is a KINDLE UNLIMITED ALL-STAR author as well as being a New York Times, USA Today, Amazon Top 20 bestselling author, she has topped the book charts on iBooks as a top 5 bestselling and reached #2 bestselling author on Barnes and Noble. Over two and a half million copies sold world wide. She’s a British author who moved to France in 2002, and that’s when she turned her hobby into a career.
When she’s not writing crime novels as well as caring for her elderly mother, she’s either reading or going on long walks with her rescue pup Labrador, Dex.
Here is a list of her books, Cruel Justice, Impeding Justice, Final Justice, Foul Justice, Guaranteed Justice, Ultimate Justice, Virtual Justice, Hostile Justice, Tortured Justice, Rough Justice, Dubious Justice, Calculated Justice, Twisted Justice, Prime Justice, Heroic Justice, Shameful Justice, Immoral Justice and Overdue Justice. There are several novellas and short stories in the series too.
No Right To Kill, Killer Blow, The Dead Can’t Speak, Deluded and The Murder Pact in the DI Sara Ramsey series.
Her other successful series are: The DI Sally Parker thriller series, which includes WRONG PLACE, NO HIDING PLACE, COLD CASE, Deadly encounter and Lost Innocence
The DI Kayli Bright Trilogy – The Missing Children, Killer on the Run, Hidden Agenda, Murderous Betrayal and Dying Breath.
The Hero series, TORN APART, END RESULT, IN PLAIN SIGHT, DOUBLE JEOPARDY and CRIMINAL ACTIONS.
There are three books in the Intention series, Sole Intention, Grave Intention and Devious Intention.
Plus a couple of standalone novels – EVIL IN DISGUISE and FOREVER WATCHING YOU.
I’ve also penned a cozy mystery Private Investigator series – Murder at the Wedding, Murder at the Hotel and Murder by the Sea.
As well as co-authoring the Deception Series co-authored by fellow NY Times bestselling author, Linda S Prather Clever Deception, Tragic Deception and Sinful Deception.
If you fancy a lighter read, why not try one of my romances: A Time to Heal, and A Time for Change–Based on a TRUE story. I also have a selection of short stories and novelettes available which I know you’ll enjoy.
You can find out more about me at the following blogs.
Oh wow! What a way to start this fast moving murder mystery. It had me tense from the start. There are several other books in this series so I feel I know detectives Sara and Carla really well, and I do love the crime scene manager, Lorraine, with her wit. Again, it was like rejoining old friends when I started this story.
The killer’s methods of murder in this book were terrifying and I loved the chapters from this mystery person’s point of view. They gave such insight and added to the fear I felt for the victims.
Another enjoyable read in the series. Another fantastic case to solve and another chance to spend time with the team. If you love a police procedural with a fair bit of action, then this is it. It’s a page turner, that’s for sure!
I will add a warning, it’s a tragedy in more ways than one. A few sad moments can be expected. Grab your tissues too!
100 years ago young women were killed in this workplace. Is history about to repeat itself?
Rachel, a young woman in serious debt, needs to find a job fast before she’s made homeless. She gets a lucky break when she is offered a great position in a successful company. Then she discovers that the building was once a Victorian sweatshop with a tragic history. Is this why Rachel feels something increasingly sinister?
Soon her new job becomes a living nightmare. Rachel desperately wants out, but she has no other way of escaping her debts. She’s trapped. Then she makes a shocking discovery.
Haunted by the death of others and as the present and past begin to close in, Rachel needs to find answers before she finds herself in grave danger…
What is really going on in her workplace?
And can she ever escape her inner demons?
I found this novel extremely claustrophobic. With every chapter, it felt like the vice was tightening.
Stuck in the job from hell with no option but to keep at it, I felt trapped along with Rachel. In my mind, I found myself willing her to admit defeat and leave; to go home and beg Daddy for some more money. But where would the fun in that be? There was a story to tell and it was going to be told. Rachel had her reasons for not running home and I loved how her character was explored in this respect.
At times, this novel felt creepy in a supernatural way. With the backstory of the dead women in the basement and the dog, it had me looking over my shoulder as I read it in the dark early morning hours.
Dreda has a way of making normal everyday things feel sinister and for good reason, her characters in this book held secrets that I as the reader couldn’t work out. I had my theories but they changed every five minutes.
Trap Door was definitely a page turner for me as I love a psychological thriller. I think it would also appeal to readers who, like me, enjoy a little horror. Fab read!
About the author
Her Majesty The Queen awards Dreda an MBE in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List
‘Breathless from the first word and thrilling to the last.’ Lee Child
When DS Felicity Springer is reported missing after a police training conference, the countdown to find her begins…
On her way home after an exhausting weekend, with colleagues she can’t wait to escape, Felicity notices something odd about the white van in front of her. A hand has punched through the car’s rear light and is frantically waving, trying to catch her attention.
Desperate to help, Felicity dials 999 and calls it in. But whilst on the phone, she loses control of the car on the icy road, crashing straight into the vehicle ahead.
Pinned in the seat and unable to move, Felicity feels a sudden whoosh of cold air across her face. Someone has opened the passenger door… and they have a gun.
With Felicity missing and no knowledge of whether she is dead or alive, DS Nikki Parekh and DC Sajid Malik race to find their friend and colleague.
But Felicity was harbouring a terrible secret, and with her life now hanging in the balance, Nikki can only hope that someone will come forward and break the silence…
The next gripping crime thriller in the D.S. Nikki Parekh series, for fans of Angela Marsons and L.J. Ross
What a shocker! This book really delves into the world of human slavery at its worst. I felt the horror of it while gripped to the pages, dying to find out how it was all going to end. It was packed with cruelty, coldness and the darker side of human nature. I shuddered for the victims and knowing that this type of exploitation really goes on, the story was even more disturbing.
I loved Nikki’s character. She’s gutsy, straight-talking and easy to like. The relationship exploration between DS Nikki Parekh and DS Felicity Springer was really fresh and had me wondering how I’d react if I were in Nikki’s position.
On a whole, this novel was what I’d definitely call fast and furious. It shifts at speed, it’s full of action and has more grit than a grit-spreading truck during a snowstorm. Definitely one to go on your list if you love a police procedural with stacks of action and an explosive ending. I thought it was brill!
About the author
Born in Scotland, Made in Bradford sums up Liz Mistry’s life. Over thirty years ago she moved from a small village in West Lothian to Yorkshire to get her teaching degree. Once here, Liz fell in love with three things; curries, the rich cultural diversity of the city … and her Indian husband (not necessarily in this order). Now thirty years, three children, two cats (Winky and Scumpy) and a huge extended family later, Liz uses her experiences of living and working in the inner city to flavour her writing. Her gritty crime fiction police procedural novels set in Bradford embrace the city she describes as ‘Warm, Rich and Fearless’ whilst exploring the darkness that lurks beneath.
Struggling with severe clinical depression and anxiety for a large number of years, Liz often includes mental health themes in her writing. She credits the MA in Creative Writing she took at Leeds Trinity University with helping her find a way of using her writing to navigate her ongoing mental health struggles. Being a debut novelist in her fifties was something Liz had only dreamed of and she counts herself lucky, whilst pinching herself regularly to make sure it’s all real. One of the nicest things about being a published author is chatting with and responding to readers’ feedback and Liz regularly does events at local libraries, universities, literature festivals and open mics. She also teaches creative writing too. Now, having nearly completed a PhD in Creative Writing focussing on ‘the absence of the teen voice in adult crime fiction’ and ‘why expansive narratives matter’, Liz is chock full of ideas to continue writing.
In her spare time, Liz loves pub quizzes (although she admits to being rubbish at them), dancing (she does a mean jig to Proud Mary – her opinion, not ratified by her family), visiting the varied Yorkshire landscape, with Robin Hoods Bay being one of her favourite coastal destinations, listening to music, reading and blogging about all things crime fiction on her blog, The Crime Warp.
Janey Markham is thrilled to be moving with her family to Buckingham Crescent, the smartest address in a desirable suburban town.
Worried she’ll be excluded by the glossy local mothers, Janey is thrilled when she meets Tanya, the kind of woman she has always looked up to. Tanya takes Janey under her wing, and her teenage daughter Angel is amazing with Janey’s little boy. As Janey and Tanya grow closer, Janey feels she can finally leave her troubled past behind.
But then everything changes…
In a weak moment over a bottle of wine, Janey finds herself telling Tanya her most shocking secret. Why wouldn’t she trust her new friend?
The following day, Janey sees Angel, with a man old enough to be her father, pushing someone into a car. The next day a body is found and police appeal for witnesses – and share a picture of the same car…
When Janey tells Tanya she is going to the police, Tanya turns threatening. She’ll stop at nothing to defend Angel, even if her daughter is guilty. If Janey says anything, Tanya will make sure that her dark secret gets out.
Janey faces an impossible choice. Stay quiet about what she saw that terrible day. Or speak up, and destroy the family she has worked so hard to protect…
About the author
Kim is the million-copy bestselling author of twelve standalone psychological crime thrillers.
Order of publication:
SAFE WITH ME (2016)
THE MISTAKE (2017)
THE VISITOR (2018)
THE SECRET (2018)
FINDING GRACE (2019)
THE SILENT ONES (2019)
THE APARTMENT – AUDIBLE ORIGINAL only (2019)
THE APARTMENT – eBook & paperback format also available (2020)
LITTLE WHISPERS (2020)
Her titles are published in eBook by Bookouture and in paperback by Sphere (UK) and Grand Central (USA). She also writes Audible Originals which are subsequently published in ebook and paperback formats by Amazon Publishing.
For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected an impressive stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.
Before graduating in 2012, she gained literary agent representation and a book deal. As Kim says, ‘it was a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’
Kim is a full-time writer. She has one daughter, two stepsons and lives with her husband in Nottingham.
Publishers: Bookouture, Sphere, Grand Central, Audible
Suburban based psychological thriller at its very best!
Buckingham Crescent should have been the start of a new and fabulous life for Janey and her family, but secrets, deceit and lies will always put a stop to that.
So, who’s to blame? With whispers on the school playground, an overworked husband and a new set of friends with dynamics that Janey can’t quite fathom, there’s definitely something rumbling under the surface – but who is to be believed and who is lying? Where the blame lies is a huge question. I was treated to so many suspects and plenty of potential motives.
I loved the writing, it was so easy to read and keep reading. I really enjoyed how I as the reader got to experience the unfolding of the story along with Janey as she made her discoveries. It was definitely a case of, just when you thought you knew, think again – and then maybe, think again. Also, Susan’s chapters had an eerie feel to them – almost spine tingling.
The denouement was exciting and a proper race to the end. And I loved the final chapter. Just perfect!
A beautiful home. A loving wife. And in-laws to die for.
Gemma Robinson comes into Elliot’s life like a whirlwind, and they marry and settle into his home. When she asks him if her parents can come to stay for a couple of weeks, he is keen to oblige – he just doesn’t quite know what he’s signing up for.
The Robinsons arrive with Gemma’s sister, Chloe, a mysterious young woman who refuses to speak or leave her room. Elliot starts to suspect that the Robinsons are hiding a dark secret. And then there are the scars on his wife’s body that she won’t talk about . . .
As Elliot’s in-laws become more comfortable in his home, encroaching on all aspects of his life, it becomes clear that they have no intention of moving out. To protect Gemma, and their marriage, Elliot delves into the Robinsons’ past. But is he prepared for the truth?
From the two million copy bestselling author comes a tale about the chilling consequences of welcoming strangers into your home.
About the author
Mark Edwards writes psychological thrillers in which scary things happen to ordinary people.
He loves hearing from readers and always responds. Mark can be contacted in the following ways:
Eek! This book totally scared and angered me. Having people stay at your house is always an uncomfortable experience, there’s no denying it. Elliot welcomes his new in-laws with enthusiasm. After all, everything in his life had slotted neatly into place. Great job, gorgeous house, lovely new wife and the best neighbours.
It reminded me a little of the film ‘Pacific Heights’ starring Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine and Michael Keaton, which is one of my favourite thrillers. To have everything you’ve lovingly restored treated so badly – grrr! Angry again.
To say I was gripped is an understatement. Once this book had planted its opening chapters in my mind, I couldn’t put it down. The plot was sophisticated and I love that Elliot was a scientist too. An awesome amount of research must have gone into some elements of this storyline.
As I read on, my tensions were rising. Just as you think things can’t get any worse, they do. To think, the amount of power someone could have over you is terrifying. This book is a must read for any psychological thriller fans. It’s fast, tense and dark. And the ending, whoah! Put it on your read list, now.