Humber Boy B Shocking Page Turning Intelligent Psychological Thriller Series with Cate Austin

Author: Ruth Dugdall
Publisher: Legend Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781910394601
Release Date: 2015-04-01
Genre: Fiction

'Superbly written... The plot twists and turns on the way to a nail-biting finale. A compelling read.' The Sun The gripping third novel in the best-selling Cate Austin series. A clever, sophisticated, psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, S.J. Watson, B A Paris and Sophie Hannah

Nowhere Girl Shocking Page Turning Intelligent Psychological Thriller Series with Cate Austin

Author: Ruth Dugdall
Publisher: Legend Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781910394649
Release Date: 2015-10-31
Genre: Fiction

'Timely and beautifully written... Highly recommended.' --Mark Edwards The gripping fourth novel in the best-selling Cate Austin series. A clever, sophisticated, psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, S.J. Watson, B A Paris and Sophie Hannah

The Sacrificial Man Shocking Page Turning Intelligent Psychological Thriller Series with Cate Austin

Author: Ruth Dugdall
Publisher: Legend Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781908248152
Release Date: 2011-06-13
Genre: Fiction

'Utterly chilling and enthralling from the first line to the last.' Karen Maitland The gripping second novel in the best-selling Cate Austin series. A clever, sophisticated, psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, S.J. Watson, B A Paris and Sophie Hannah

Someone Else s Son A page turning psychological thriller with a breathtaking twist

Author: Samantha Hayes
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780755379804
Release Date: 2011-01-20
Genre: Fiction

What would you do if your teenage son was stabbed to death in the school playground? That's a question chat-show host Carrie Kent can well imagine posing to any one of her studio guests. Her daily morning TV show deals with real life in all it's grubby glory - from underage sex to benefit swindlers, cheating partners to DNA testing. It's a million miles away from her perfect, polished existence... But when she gets a call to say that her beloved son Max has been murdered, Carrie and her ex-husband Brody will have to enter a world of poverty, fear and violence if they want to find out what really happened. And when the shocking truth is finally revealed, will they be able to live with it...? A tense and powerful emotional thriller that asks: Do we ever really know our children?

See How They Run

Author: Tom Bale
Publisher: Bookouture
ISBN: 9781910751688
Release Date: 2016-05-06
Genre: Fiction

How far would you go to save your family? In the dead of night, new parents Alice and Harry French are plunged into their worst nightmare when they wake to find masked men in their bedroom. Men ruthless enough to threaten their baby daughter, Evie. This is no burglary gone wrong. The intruders know who they're looking for a man called Edward Renshaw. And they are prepared to kill to get to him. When the men leave empty handed, little do Alice and Harry realise that their nightmare is just beginning. Is it a case of mistaken identity? Who is Renshaw? And what is he hiding? One thing is clear they already know too much. As Alice and Harry are separated in the run for their lives, there is no time to breathe in their fight to be reunited. And with their attackers closing in, there is only one choice: STAY ALIVE. OR DON'T. Terrifying, unputdownable and full of twists and turns, this stunning thriller will have you on the edge of your seat right to the very last page. Read what everyone is saying about See How They Run 'Tom Bale is one of the best British thriller writers around' Simon Kernick 'Fast paced, shocking turns and thrilling scenes which make the reader focus purely on the characters' plight within the pages. See How They Run is a fantastically thrilling whirlwind of a book. It is a tense, masterful lesson in putting ordinary characters into extraordinary circumstances and watching the story unfold. A highly entertaining 5 star read for me!' Bibliophile Book Club 'Heart-poundingly brilliant, the tension was palpable. I could almost hear the adrenaline coursing through my veins. The action is non stop, I could hardly catch my breath.' Sincerely Book Angels 'See How They Run is a perfect thriller with moments that make you hold your breath and hope that everything will be OK. A fantastic novel that will make you double check and then triple check you locked your back door.' Blabbering About Books 'Totally intense read, which I couldn't put down. I actually thought I was going to have a heart attack it got my heart racing that much!' Chelle's Book Reviews

Black Out

Author: Lisa Unger
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 9780307338471
Release Date: 2009-04
Genre: Fiction

A woman has to quickly piece together disturbing events--one of which is the murder of her psychologist--before her past comes to claim her future and her daughter.

Breath Work

Author: Lee Byrd
Publisher:
ISBN: 0595496873
Release Date: 2009-11
Genre: Fiction

Murders are rare in Vermont and almost unheard of in the sleepy Connecticut River town of Oak Pond. But in a single day, Oak Pond Chief of Police Jake Frazier has not one, but two murders to solve. Two woman therapists, both involved in bizarre New Age therapies, have been killed on the same day, though in different parts of town. Without the investigative tools available to large police departments, Frazier must rely on other sources and he enlists the help of ex-FBI profiler Ellen Coffey and forensic psychiatrist Hank Clark, to try and solve the crime. In addition to Vermont natives, the town is made up of wealthy transplants, trust fund babies, and educators who might pose a problem. The shock of the murders propels both factions toward a collision of lifestyles traditional and progressive. Keeping the peace between the two hampers Frazier, Clark and Coffey's investigation but also leads them to unearth an alarming world of alternative psychological practices. As Frazier struggles to understand what happened that April day in his pristine town, he will also come face to face with a deadly world of mind manipulation and emotional abuse, one that might just signal the end of his position as chief of police in Oak Pond. Breath Work makes you shiver as you turn each page!...certain to become a classic USA Travel Magazine You have elements of love, murder, the law, and a cult-like group never really have a point where you can put the book down. The Book Journal Byrd has created realistic characters, a lively plot, and well-researched background the dialog rings true, and the Vermont setting makes one want to visit during the spring. Breath Work is an enjoyable mystery about an unfortunate subject that routinely crops up in the headlines. San Francisco Book Review

Horror and Science Fiction Films IV

Author: Donald C. Willis
Publisher:
ISBN: 0810830558
Release Date: 1997-01-01
Genre: Performing Arts

This fourth title in a unique series that combines reference and analytical qualities in chronicling the horror and science fiction genres, Horror and Science Fiction Films IV brings the earlier three volumes in the series up to date, concentrating on the period from 1984-1994, as well as updating entries from the previous volumes and adding newly-discovered titles from 1900-1983. Entries in the main list include credits, cast, synopsis, and annotation. The introduction lists 1995 releases in the genres and 1996 releases through the summer, cites the more memorable films in the genres for both the current period and 1900-1984, and serves as an index to key titles in the main list, including long-lost titles such as the -obscure silent Were Tiger and the 1931 The Phantom. Willis includes many films from around the world that are not found in any other English-language film reference work. One appendix provides thumbnail descriptions of problem and peripheral films; another updates entries in the first three books with alternate titles; and a third appendix serves as an index to the approximately 7,000 films listed in the first three volumes in the series as well as in the current volume, thus bringing the total number of films covered in this series to roughly 11,000 titles.

Dark Places

Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Broadway Books; 1 Reprint edition (May 4, 2010)
ISBN:
Release Date: 2010-05-04
Genre: Fiction

FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF GONE GIRL Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer. Editorial ReviewsFrom Publishers WeeklyStarred Review. Edgar-finalist Flynn's second crime thriller tops her impressive debut, Sharp Objects. When Libby Day's mother and two older sisters were slaughtered in the family's Kansas farmhouse, it was seven-year-old Libby's testimony that sent her 15-year-old brother, Ben, to prison for life. Desperate for cash 24 years later, Libby reluctantly agrees to meet members of the Kill Club, true crime enthusiasts who bicker over famous cases. She's shocked to learn most of them believe Ben is innocent and the real killer is still on the loose. Though initially interested only in making a quick buck hocking family memorabilia, Libby is soon drawn into the club's pseudo-investigation, and begins to question what exactly she saw—or didn't see—the night of the tragedy. Flynn fluidly moves between cynical present-day Libby and the hours leading up to the murders through the eyes of her family members. When the truth emerges, it's so twisted that even the most astute readers won't have predicted it. (May) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.From The New YorkerLibby Day, the protagonist of Flynn’s disturbing second novel, was, as a seven-year-old, the only survivor of her family’s brutal murder by her older brother, an event dubbed by the media the “Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” Twenty-five years later, she has become a hardened, selfish young woman with no friends or family. Since the tragedy, her life has been paid for by donations of well-wishers, but, with that fund now empty, Libby must find a way to make money. Her search leads her to The Kill Club, a secret society of people obsessed with the details of notorious murders. As Libby tries to gather artifacts to sell to The Kill Club (whose members, it turns out, doubt the guilt of her brother), she is forced to reëxamine the events of the night of the murder. Flynn’s well-paced story deftly shows the fallibility of memory and the lies a child tells herself to get through a trauma. Copyright ©2008 Click here to subscribe to The New Yorker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.From Bookmarks MagazineCritics agreed that with the publication of Dark Places, Flynn’s success with Sharp Objects was no fluke. Here she crafts a compelling protagonist—a troubled, self-proclaimed liar who embarks on a painful journey of self-discovery and redemption. Many reviewers praised Flynn’s sophisticated narration: the novel alternates between Libby’s adult voice and those of her brother and mother on the day of the murders. If a few too many female villains and some clumsy plotting mar the flow, never mind; most readers will enjoy this “soul quest, the tale of a woman’s coming to terms with herself and with the consequences of her selfish, childish, fearful choices”—and will look forward to Flynn’s next offering (Chicago Sun-Times). Copyright 2009 Bookmarks Publishing LLC --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.From Booklist*Starred Review* Libby Day’s mother and two younger sisters were viciously slaughtered when she was seven, and her brother, Ben, against whom she testified, has been incarcerated ever since. Twenty-five years later, Libby is still suffering from the aftereffects of the notorious murders. Although it sometimes takes her days to work up the psychic energy to wash her hair, she is not quite the timorous victim the press makes her out to be. When she finds out that the trust fund set up in her name is about to run out of money (the do-gooders have long since moved on to fresh tragedies), she starts gouging money from members of the Kill Club, a group of true-crime fans obsessed with the Day murders. Greedily pricing family memorabilia, wondering how much the Kill Club creeps will pony up for an old birthday card, she learns that none of them believes her brother committed the crime. As she starts investigating, the narrative returns to the day of the murders, intercutting Libby’s current-day hunt with the actual events of the day. Despite the fact that the ending is known from the get-go, Flynn (Sharp Objects, 2006) injects these chapters with unbearable tension. And unlovable Libby, mean-spirited and greedy, shows her true colors and her deep courage. A gritty, riveting thriller with a one-of-a-kind, tart-tongued heroine. --Joanne Wilkinson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.ReviewNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Named one of the Best Books of 2009 by Publishers Weekly A Weekend TODAY “Top Summer Read” The New Yorker's Reviewers' Favorite from 2009 A 2009 Favorite Fiction Pick by The Chicago Tribune “[A] nerve-fraying thriller.” —The New York Times “Flynn’s well-paced story deftly shows the fallibility of memory and the lies a child tells herself to get through a trauma.” —The New Yorker “Gillian Flynn coolly demolished the notion that little girls are made of sugar and spice in Sharp Objects, her sensuous and chilling first thriller. In DARK PLACES, her equally sensuous and chilling follow-up, Flynn…has conjured up a whole new crew of feral and troubled young females….[A] propulsive and twisty mystery.” —Entertainment Weekly “Flynn follows her deliciously creepy Sharp Objects with another dark tale . . . The story, alternating between the 1985 murders and the present, has a tense momentum that works beautifully. And when the truth emerges, it’s so macabre not even twisted little Libby Day could see it coming.” —People (4 stars) “Crackles with peevish energy and corrosive wit.” —Dallas Morning News “A riveting tale of true horror by a writer who has all the gifts to pull it off.” —Chicago Tribune "In her first psychological thriller, Sharp Objects, Flynn created a world unsparingly grim and nasty (the heroine carves words into her own flesh) written with irresistibly mordant humor. The sleuth in her equally disturbing and original second novel is Libby Day....It's Flynn's gift that she can make a caustic, self-loathing, unpleasant protagonist someone you come to root for.” —New York Magazine “[A] gripping thriller.” —Cosmopolitan "Gillian Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabre.” –Stephen King “Another winner!” —Harlan Coben “Gillian Flynn’s writing is compulsively good. I would rather read her than just about any other crime writer.” —Kate Atkinson “Dark Places grips you from the first page and doesn't let go.” —Karin Slaughter “With her blistering debut Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn hit the ground running. Dark Places demonstrates that was no fluke.” —Val McDermid “Dark Places' Libby Day may seem unpleasant company at first–she's humoring those with morbid curiosities about her family's murders in order to get money out of them–but her steely nature and sharp tongue are compelling. 'I have a meanness inside me,'she says, 'real as an organ.'Yes she does, and by the end of this pitch-black novel, after we've loosened our grip on its cover and started breathing deeply again, we're glad Flynn decided to share it.” —Jessa Crispin, NPR.org “Flynn returns to the front ranks of emerging thriller writers with her aptly titled new novel . . . Those who prefer their literary bones with a little bloody meat will be riveted.” —Portland Oregonian “Gillian Flynn may turn out to be a more gothic John Irving for the 21st century, a writer who uses both a surgeon's scalpel and a set of rusty harrow discs to rip the pretty face off middle America.” —San Jose Mercury News “The world of this novel is all underside, all hard flinch, and Flynn’s razor-sharp prose intensifies this effect as she knuckles in on every sentence. . . . The slick plotting in DARK PLACES will gratify the lover of a good thriller–but so, too, will Flynn’s prose, which is ferocious and unrelenting and pure pleasure from word one.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer “Gillian Flynn’s second novel, DARK PLACES, proves that her first – Sharp Objects – was no fluke. . . . tough, surprising crime fiction that dips its toes in the deeper waters of literary fiction.” —Chicago Sun-Times "Flynn fully inhabits Libby—a damaged woman whose world has resided entirely in her own head for the majority of her life and who is prone to dark metaphors: 'Draw a picture of my soul, and it’d be a scribble with fangs.' Half the fun of DARK PLACES is Libby’s swampy psychology, which Flynn leads us through without the benefit of hip waders.” —Time Out Chicago “Clever, engrossing and disturbing….[DARK PLACES] should cement [Flynn’s] place in the great authors of crime fiction.” —Crimespree “[D]eliciously creepy...Flynn follows 250-some pages of masterful plotting and character development with a speedway pileup of pulse-pounding revelations.” —Chicago Reader “A genuinely shocking denouement.” —Romantic Times “Sardonic, riveting . . . Like Kate Atkinson, Flynn has figured out how to fuse the believable characters, silken prose and complex moral vision of literary fiction to the structure of a crime story. . . . You can sense trouble coming like a storm moving over the prairie, but can't quite detect its shape.” —Laura Miller, Salon.com “These characters are fully realized—so true they could step off the page….hints of what truly happened to the Day family feel painfully, teasingly paced as they forge an irresistible trail to the truth….Could. Not. Stop. Reading.” —Bookreporter.com “Libby’s voice is a pitch-perfect blend of surliness and emotionally charged imagery. . . . The Kansas in these pages is a bleak, deterministic place where bad blood and lies generate horrifically unintended consequences. Though there’s little redemption here, Flynn manages to unearth the humanity buried beneath the squalor.” —Bloomberg.com “Set in the bleak Midwest of America, this evocation of small-town life and dysfunctional people is every bit as horribly fascinating as Capote’s journalistic retelling of a real family massacre, In Cold Blood, which it eerily resembles. This is only Flynn’ s second crime novel–her debut was the award-winning Sharp Objects–and demonstrates even more forcibly her precocious writing ability and talent for the macabre.” —Daily Mail (UK) “Flynn’s second novel is a wonderful evocation of drab small-town life. The time-split narrative works superbly and the atmosphere is eerily macabre—Dark Places is even better than the author’s award-winning Sharp Objects.” —The Guardian (UK) “A gritty, riveting thriller with a one-of-a-kind, tart-tongued heroine.” —Booklist, starred review “Flynn’s second crime thriller tops her impressive debut, Sharp Objects…When the truth emerges, it’s so twisted that even the most astute readers won’t have predicted it.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “The sole survivor of a family massacre is pushed into revisiting a past she’d much rather leave alone, in Flynn’s scorching follow-up to Sharp Objects . . . Flynn intercuts Libby’s venomous detective work with flashbacks to the fatal day 24 years ago so expertly that as they both hurtle toward unspeakable revelations, you won’t know which one you’re more impatient to finish. . . . every sentence crackles with enough baleful energy to fuel a whole town through the coldest Kansas winter.” —Kirkus Reviews “Once in a while a book comes along that puts a new spin on an old idea. More than 40 years ago, Truman Capote took readers inside the Clutter farmhouse in Holcomb, KS, to show them what it was like to walk in a killer's shoes. Flynn takes modern readers back to Kansas to explore the fictional 1985 Day family massacre from the perspective of a survivor as well as the suspects. . . . tight plotting and engaging characters.” —Library Journal