ALICE AND THE FLY BY JAMES RICE
The Soul of Discretion by Susan Hill
THE NEW SIMON SERRAILER CASE
DC Simon Serrailler is faced with his worst crimes yet, and Lafferton is left reeling.
The cathedral town of Lafferton seems idyllic, but in many ways it is just like any other place. As part of the same rapidly changing world, it shares the same hopes and fears, and the same kinds of crime, as any number of towns up and down the land.
When one day DC Simon Serrailler is called in by Lafferton’s new Chief Constable, Kieron Bright, he is met by four plainclothes officers. He is asked to take the lead role in a complex, potentially dangerous undercover operation and must leave town immediately, without telling anyone not even his girlfriend Rachel, who has only just moved in with him.
Meanwhile, Simon’s sister Cat is facing difficult choice at work that will test her dedication to the NHS. But an urgent call about her and Simon’s father, Richard, soon presents her with a far greater challenge much closer to home.
To complete his special op, Simon must inhabit the mind of the worst kind of criminal. As the op unfolds, Lafferton is dragged into the sort of case every town dreads. And Simon faces the fight of his life.
Eagerly awaited by all aficionado of crime fiction. Not all great novelists can write crime fiction but when one like Susan Hill does the results is stunning. Susan Hill’s Serrailler novels are addictive and never allows us forget that horrible crimes happen in the midst of ordinary life.
FIRST LOVE IS DEADLY
What if your college sweetheart, the girl of your dreams, suddenly disappeared?
Twenty years later she’s back, she’s in trouble and she says you are the only one who can help her.
This psychological thriller that has you on the edge of your seat is very hard not to read in one sitting. Takes your breath away with a plot that twists like a corkscrew. A twisty sexy, electric thrill ride.
DEAR DAUGHTER BY ELIZABETH LITTLE
As soon as they processed my release Noah and I hit the ground running. A change of clothes. A wig. An inconspicuous sedan. We double backed once, twice, then drove south when we were really headed east. In San Francisco we had a girl who looked like me board a plane to Hawaii. Oh, I thought I was so clever. But you probably know that ‘m not.
Ten years ago, in a trail that transfixed America, Janie was convicted of murdering her mother. Now she’s been released on a technicality she’s determined to unravel the mystery of her mother’s last words, words that send her to a tiny town in the very back beyond. But with the whole of America’s media on her tail, convinced she’s literally got away with murder, she has to do everything she can to throw her pursuers off the scent. She knows she really didn’t like her mother. Could she have killed her?
JANIE JENKINS OWES HER MOTHER EVERYTHING. HER LOOKS. HER MONEY. HER MURDER CONVICTION
A really gusty, clever, energetic read, often unexpected, always entertaining. I loved Janie Jenkins sassy voice and Elizabeth little’s too. In the world of crime novels, Dear Daughter is a breath of fresh air. Needle-sharp writing that brings characters and atmosphere leaping off the page, and a vivid, original plot full of satisfying twists.
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN BY LIONEL SHRIVER
Eva never really wanted to be a mother, certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher, who tried to befriend him. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood and Kevin’s horrific rampage in a service of startlingly direct correspondences with her absent husband Franklyn. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her son may be responsible for driving him so holistically off the rails.
This was one the best books that I read in 2010. So many book lovers have read this page turning novel and all enjoyed it. For any book lovers who have not read this novel I highly recommend the book We Need To Talk About Kevin to you all.
THE POINT OF RESCUE BY SOPHIE HANNAH
Sally is watching the news with her husband when she hears the name she ought not to recognise Mark Brethrick. Last year, a work trip Sally has planned was cancelled at the last-minute. Desperate for a break from her busy life juggling work and a young family, Sally didn’t tell her husband that the trip had fallen through. Instead, she booked a week off work and treated herself to a secret holiday. All she wanted was a bit of peace some time to herself but it didn’t work out that way. Because Sally met a man Mark Brethrick. All the details are the same where he lives, his job, his wife Geraldine and daughter Lucy. Except that the man on the news is a man Sally has never, seen before. And Geraldine and Lucy Brethrick are both dead.
I read The Point of Rescue a long time ago and really enjoyed reading it. I have also read Hurting Distance. Sophie Hannah is an author every reader can rely on to produce page turning thrillers.
ACID ROW BY MINETTE WALTERS
The name the beleaguered inhabitants give to their sink estate. A man’s land of single mothers and fatherless children where angry, alienated youth control the streets into this battleground comes Sophie Morrision, a young doctor visiting a patient in Acid Row. Little does she know that she is entering the home of a paedophile and with reports circulating that a tormented child called Amy has disappeared, the vigilantes are out in force. Soon Sophie is trapped at the centre of a terrifying siege, with a man she has become to despise. Whipped to a frenzy by unsubstantiated rumour, the mob unleashes its hatred. Against authority the law and the pervert. Protecting Amy becomes the catch all defence for the terrible events that follow. And if murder is part of it. But is Amy really missing.
I read Acid Row a long time ago and since reading many more of Minettte Walters books Acid Row is my favourite.