Books

the house guest – hank phillippi ryan

the house guest – hank phillippi ryan

My second from Hank, and another fab read. She’s a big hit in the US but definitely deserves to be better known this side of the Atlantic – she writes so well, and her plots give corkscrews a run for their money and no mistake! In The House Guest, the hitherto rich and privileged Alyssa finds her world falling apart when her husband suddenly leaves her, until a chance meeting with a stranger at a bar lifts her spirits. Within the hour she’s offering her a place to stay, but is this apparently agreeable woman really as innocuous as she seems?

price to pay – dave sivers

price to pay – dave sivers

Dave is an old hand at crime (in the best sense!) and the author of several long-standing series. This is part of a series but reads well as a standalone, with some intriguing well-rounded characters. A satisfying and well-constructed police procedural.

the trial – jo spain

the trial – jo spain

I’m a sucker for courtroom drama, but this is a different kind of trial altogether – a drug trial. Add a mysterious long-ago disappearance and both a setting and a narrator that are hiding secrets and the result is a great read. Tense, topical and terrifyingly plausible.

the collector – john fowles

the collector – john fowles

One of my all-time top ten crime books. One of the first and best psychopath thrillers ever written, it’s both utterly chilling, and horribly hard to forget.

going wrong – ruth rendell

going wrong – ruth rendell

This is another of my all-time top ten crime books. A dark and deeply unsettling read about obsessive love, from the doyenne of crime herself, Ruth Rendell.

playing nice – jp delaney

playing nice – jp delaney

What would you do if you discovered that your child was switched with another baby at birth? Keep the child you’ve grown to love, or bring home your own flesh and blood? Because one thing’s for sure, you can’t have it both ways… Another corker from my friend JP Delaney, a real master of the dark domestic.

the nothing man – catherine ryan howard

the nothing man – catherine ryan howard

This one is a real cracker. Years after his crimes, a serial killer who was never caught reads his own story, as written by the only one of his victims left alive. Wonderfully clever and multi-layered.

the searcher – tana french

the searcher – tana french

The Searcher is as dense, rich and beautifully written as Tana French’s novels always are. But don’t expect fireworks or rollercoaster twists – this one is a long slow burn like a Galway peat fire.

your neighbour’s wife – tony parsons

your neighbour’s wife – tony parsons

What happens on a business trip, stays on a business trip. Or does it… ? It’s a story that’s been told many times before, but rarely as powerfully and classily as this.

lie beside me – gytha lodge

lie beside me – gytha lodge

Imagine waking up after a heavy night out finding a complete stranger lying next to you. A complete stranger who’s also well and truly dead…

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