Six friends. One killer. Who do you trust? A teen girl is missing after a night of partying; thirty years later, the discovery of her body reopens a cold case in “a scorching portrait of friendship and its betrayal.” (Nicci French). “This enjoyably chilling suspense tale . . . conveys both the thrills and the dangers of being a teenager on the brink of adult independence.”—The New York Times Book Review On a scorching July night in 1983, a group of teenagers goes camping in the forest. When they wake in the morning the youngest of their group, Aurora Jackson, has disappeared. An exhaustive investigation is launched, but no trace of the teenager is ever found. Thirty years later, Aurora’s body is unearthed in a hideaway that only the six friends knew about, and Jonah Sheens is put in charge of solving the long-cold case. Back in 1983, as a young cop in their small town, he had known the teenagers—including Aurora—personally, even before taking part in the search. Now he’s determined to finally get to the truth of what happened that night. Sheens’s investigation brings the members of the camping party back to the forest, where they will be confronted once again with the events that left one of them dead and all of them profoundly changed forever. This searing, psychologically captivating novel marks the arrival of a dazzling new talent, and the start of a new series featuring Detective Chief Inspector Jonah Sheens. Praise for She Lies in Wait “A novel that literally makes you hold your breath then gasp out loud.”—Val McDermid “She Lies in Wait is an atmospheric, deeply satisfying, well-written mystery whose resolution rings true after lots of false leads and blind alleys. A remarkably adept first novel. One hopes there will be many more to come.”—Daily Herald “The mystery intrigues and twists, offering enough red herrings and moments of police procedural to please fans of the genre.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “What a marvel! A corkscrew-twisty, knife-sharp thriller—yet it doubles as a tender ode to loss and longing. Prepare to be haunted.”—A. J. Finn, author of the New York Times bestseller The Woman in the Window
A teen girl is missing after a night of partying; 30 years later, the discovery of her body reopens a cold case in "a scorching portrait of friendship and its betrayal." (Nicci French).
One crime. One witness. One question . . . Why didn't he call the police? When a vibrant young woman is murdered while on a video chat, a small-town detective wades into a circle of friends and lovers with dangerous secrets--in the new novel from the acclaimed author of the "enjoyably chilling"* She Lies in Wait. *The New York Times Book Review Aidan Poole logs on to his laptop late at night to Skype his girlfriend, Zoe. To his horror, he realizes that there is someone else in her flat. Aidan can only listen to the sounds of a violent struggle taking place in the bathroom--and then the sound of silence. He is desperate to find out if Zoe is okay. But then why is he so hesitant to call the police? When Aidan's cryptic messages finally reach them, Detective Chief Inspector Jonah Sheens and his team take the case--and discover the body. They soon find that no one has a bad word to say about Zoe, a big hearted young artist at the center of a curious web of waifs and strays, each relying on her for support, each hiding dark secrets and buried resentments. Has one of her so-called "friends" been driven to murder? Or does Aidan have the biggest secret of them all?
From the international bestselling author of Unraveling Oliver comes a “dark, captivating psychological thriller” (People) lauded by A.J. Finn—#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window—as “extraordinary…crackles and snaps like a bonfire on a winter’s night.” My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it. On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life: married to a respected judge, mother of a beloved son, living in the beautiful house where she was raised. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax. For fans of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn, this is “a devastating psychological thriller...an exquisitely uncomfortable, utterly captivating reading experience” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
‘Bloody brilliant... I was hooked.’ Ginger Book Geek ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Omg!! What an amazing and thrilling story!!!’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Gripping.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Twist after twist after twist!’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘All the stars from me.’ Rona Halsall ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I have never, ever read a whole book in one day… until now.’ Booked Up Girl ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ When a beautiful, local teenage girl is found strangled in the cold, dark woods a mile from town. The prime suspect is the seemingly-gentle drifter who found Tanya’s body. Detective Finnegan Beck, recently demoted from his high-powered job in Dublin and relocated in disgrace to the small Irish town of Cross Beg, is the police officer in charge, and he seems to be the only person who can’t escape the feeling that Tanya wasn’t killed at random. As he digs deeper into the shadows of Cross Beg, he begins to realise it isn’t the sleepy backwater he’d first believed. Everyone here has something to hide. Tanya had a boyfriend, whose name no one knew. A best friend with a loose relationship with the truth. And a habit she thought she’d kept hidden from everyone. But, just as Beck believes he is making progress, the body of one of the suspects is found drowned in the river. Is the killer just getting started? Everyone in the town seems to have something they would die to protect. But who has a secret they’d kill for? This debut novel from a powerful new Irish voice is the first in a gripping series that will feature the brilliant, haunted Detective Finnegan Beck who won’t rest until justice is found. Perfect for fans of LJ Ross, Joy Ellis and Patricia Gibney. Readers are loving Where She Lies: ‘Bloody brilliant... Oh my goodness me... one seriously, fantastically and brilliantly written book with cracking characters and cracking storylines. I was hooked on this book from the first moment I met Detective Finnegan Beck... addictive... simply unputdownable... the pages were turning that quickly that it was almost as if the pages were turning themselves... the world could have ended and I wouldn’t have known... several times that I almost found myself reading through my fingers... In short, I totally and utterly flipping well loved reading ‘Where She Lies’... simply outstanding... a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.’ Ginger Book Geek ‘A page-turning, don't-put-it-down, yes-you-will-be-up-all-night kind of read… amazing!’ SPW Writes, 5 stars ‘Reminds me a lot of Harry Bosch.’ Goodreads reviewer ‘Gripping... pulls you in, from the very beginning right till the end... keeps you guessing till the end... unrelenting pace... excellent writing... The needle of suspicion keeps moving from one suspect to another... thrilling... If you loved the detective series of Harry Bosch or Cormoran Strike, you will enjoy this one.’ Goodreads reviewer ‘Excellent ... this was one I couldn't put down... jaw-dropping. ’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Gripping… deserves more than the 5 stars.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Powerful… riveting ... stunning.’ Plucked from the Stacks, 5 stars ‘If you like Harry Hole Series by Jo Nesbø, you shouldn't miss this one... gripping.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Cracking... made me tear through the pages... I thought I knew whodunnit it. I wasn’t even close! ... gripping.’ Between My Lines ‘Started with a bang and just kept going! The twists kept coming... I couldn't put it down. I cannot wait to read more from this author!’ Goodreads reviewer, ‘Brilliant.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Tense, powerful and emotional... gripped my attention from the very first page and I couldn’t tear my eyes away... fantastic.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars ‘Excellent... I was hooked... I can't wait to return to Detective Beck and his story.’ Star Crossed Reviews ‘It's hard to believe this is a debut novel! ... Finnegan feels like a character you've known for years, who has had his troubles and is now facing the results ... not only flawed, but brilliant (think PBS' Sherlock Holmes).’ Bless Their Hearts Mom, 5 stars ‘Had me gripped ... a page turner.’ Goodreads reviewer ‘Excellent... 5 stars read.’ Goodreads reviewer ‘Will I be reading book 2? Yes definitely.’ Nigel Adams Bookworm ‘Crikey, I wasn't expecting the bad guy to be HIM! ... I was pulled into the story from the very beginning and every time I had to put the book down, I couldn't wait to pick it up again... All the stars from me and looking forward to the rest of the series.’ Rona Halsall, 5 stars
Six friends. One killer. Who do you trust? 30 years ago you believed you were telling the truth about a missing friend. But now the body's been found - and it's murder. Maybe it's time to stop believing your own lies . . . Because everyone remembers that night differently. And only one person knows the truth. _________ 'A novel that literally makes you hold your breath then gasp out loud' Val McDermid 'What a marvel! A corkscrew-twisty, knife-sharp thriller . . . Prepare to be haunted' A J Finn, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window 'An engaging tale of lust, rivalry and murder' The Sunday Times 'A dark, deep, terrific thriller and a scorching portrait of friendship and its betrayal' Nicci French 'A stunning debut. Brilliantly formed characters and a twisty, clever plot' Heidi Perks, bestselling author of Now You See Her
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“A marital saga so pitch-black it makes Gone Girl look like the romance of the decade... [The Woman Inside] resembles past smashes like Big Little Lies and The Woman in the Window.”—Entertainment Weekly An impossible-to-put-down domestic thriller about secrets and revenge, told from the perspectives of a husband and wife who are the most perfect, and the most dangerous, match for each other. Paul and Rebecca are drowning as the passion that first ignited their love has morphed into duplicitous secrecy, threatening to end their marriage, freedom, and sanity. Rebecca, in the throes of opioid addiction, uncovers not only her husband’s affair but also his plan to build a new life with the other woman. Spiraling desperately, she concocts a devious plot of her own—one that could destroy absolutely everything. The Woman Inside is a shockingly twisty story of deceit, an unforgettable portrait of a marriage imploding from within, and a cautionary tale about how love can morph into something far more sinister. It’s a novel about how people grow apart and how those closest to us can be harboring the most shocking of secrets.
"A compulsive page-turner with a shocking twist--get ready to stay up all night!" --Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars "This conversation-starting page-turner is...Fatal Attraction meets Big Little Lies." --Kirkus Reviews Gabe and Elyse have never met. But they both have something to hide. Quiet, shy Elyse can't believe it when she's cast as the lead in her Portland high school's production of Romeo and Juliet. Her best friend, Brynn, is usually the star, and Elyse isn't sure she's up to the task. But when someone at rehearsals starts to catch her eye--someone she knows she absolutely shouldn't be with--she can't help but be pulled into the spotlight. Austin native Gabe is contemplating the unthinkable--breaking up with Sasha, his headstrong, popular girlfriend. She's not going to let him slip through her fingers, though, and when rumors start to circulate around school, he knows she has the power to change his life forever. Gabe and Elyse both make the mistake of falling for the wrong person, and falling hard. Told in parallel narratives, this twisty, shocking story shows how one bad choice can lead to a spiral of unforeseen consequences that not everyone will survive.
Twelve-year-old Molly and her ten-year-old brother, Michael, have never liked their seven-year-old stepsister, Heather. Ever since their parents got married, she's made Molly and Michael's life miserable. Now their parents have moved them all to the country to live in a house that used to be a church, with a cemetery in the backyard. If that's not bad enough, Heather starts talking to a ghost named Helen and warning Molly and Michael that Helen is coming for them. Molly feels certain Heather is in some kind of danger, but every time she tries to help, Heather twists things around to get her into trouble. It seems as if things can't get any worse. But they do—when Helen comes.