This week’s Friday Read comes direct from the slopes of the French Alps, as commissioning editor, Lucy, recommends Never Let You Go:
My pick for this week’s Friday Read is Chevy Stevens’ latest psychological thriller, Never Let You Go. The story is told from two perspectives: Lindsey Nash and her teenage daughter. Eleven years ago, Lindsey ran away into the night and left her abusive husband behind. She started a new life and her ex-husband ended up in jail. But now he’s been released – and Lindsey can’t help but feel her nightmare is starting all over again. Never Let You Go is dripping with tension and will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last. It’s an emotional read too, as Chevy deftly explores the damage an abusive relationship can cause and the courage it takes to escape one. I gasped, I cried and I probably swore a bit too – because, like all the best suspense novels, there’s a twist that comes out of nowhere and knocks you senseless. I can’t recommend this enough.
Thalia in Editorial is all about J.D. Robb today:
The paperback of Apprentice in Death is out this month, so it’s time to discover or rediscover the brilliance of Lieutenant Eve Dallas, her great police team and her devoted husband, Roarke. This series is set in the future but feels contemporary, just with the odd robot dog popping up or some odd piece of vernacular that’s fun to work out.
And the cases are not futuristic but very human – in this one, Eve and co are after a young sniper who’s being trained to kill randomly by someone with no moral compunction, with the duo building up to their own revenge-kill spree – so Eve has to work out who’s on their list and get to them first. It’s excellent, like all of the books in this series, and I’m sorry I’m always going on about it but seriously, all crime fans should check ’em out.
This week’s recommended read Blood Torment comes from Ellie in Editorial:
If Scottish detectives are your thing, then Blood Torment’s DCI Andy Gilchrist is your man.
When a three-year-old girl is reported missing, Gilchrist is assigned the case. But he soon suspects that the child’s mother may be responsible for her daughter’s disappearance, or worse, her murder. Then the case is turned on its head. A recently released paedophile is found to be living in the same area as the missing child. He’s interrogated but hours later his dead body is found on the beach with evidence of blunt force trauma to the head, and a murder investigation begins.
‘Rebus did it for Edinburgh. Laidlaw did it for Glasgow. Gilchrist might just be the bloke to put St Andrews on the crime fiction map.’ Daily Record
This week, Ellie in Editorial recommends The Venetian Game:
Set in the most beautiful city on Earth this charming crime novel will have you booking flights to Venice before you know it.
In their lavish palazzo on the Grand Canal, twin brothers Domenico and Arcangelo Moro play out a complex game of art theft, motivated by nothing more than their mutual hatred. Meanwhile, Nathan Sunderland’s steady but unexciting life dramatically changes when he is offered a large sum of money to look after a small package containing a prayer book illustrated by the Venetian master Giovanni Bellini. As the far reaching consequences of the twins’ exploits engulf him, Nathan finds himself unwittingly drawn into their deadly game . . . Masterpiece or exquisite forgery – it’s a secret some will kill to keep.
Lost in a city of secrets, shadows – and death – this unputdownable thriller will have you reaching for an Aperol spritz come nightfall.
This week, Jennie in Editorial is recommending Darktown:
If you’re looking for a gripping and highly intelligent crime novel, look no further than Darktown by Thomas Mullen. Set in Atlanta in 1948, the novel follows the city’s first black police force investigating a brutal murder against all the odds. The city is rife with corruption, racism and violence and the city’s first black police force are near-powerless; they can’t arrest white suspects or drive a squad car and must operate out of a dingy basement.
Stephen King calls it a ‘brilliant blend of crime, mystery and American history’, so if you enjoyed Attica Locke’s Black Water Rising and James Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential, you’ll be enthralled by the realistic characters, topical subject matter and highly entertaining mystery that is Darktown.
Thalia in Editorial is recommending this week’s read:
Shane Kuhn has written two brilliant dark-humour books, Kill Your Boss and Shoot the Messenger, which I also reckon you should check out if you like Grosse Pointe Blank-type stuff, but with The Asset he’s gone a much more serious route while maintaining his excellent character portrayal and plot-twistery.
Kennedy lost his sister to the 9/11 attacks and has since channelled his anger and grief into becoming the best anti-terrorist security expert. And there are those that get wind of this expertise, and want to recruit him – namely the CIA…
Check this out for a gripping, impressive, fast-paced thriller.
This week’s recommended read Cambridge Black comes from Krystyna Green, publishing director at Constable:
Alison Bruce is no stranger to the legion of crime fiction fans, and Cambridge Black is the seventh – and final – outing for DC Gary Goodhew which began way back in 2008 with Cambridge Blue. In this final novel Alison ties up all loose ends, and the time bombs she has planted throughout the earlier books explode here in this final instalment – we find out at last the devastating secret which has made Goodhew the man – and police officer – he is. And as usual, she doesn’t disappoint; both she and Goodhew have just got better with every new book.
Rather than revealing anything here I’d urge you to go out and read it for yourselves! And do have a look at the front cover as idling under the broken light at Parker’s Piece in the centre of Cambridge is a mystery blonde . . . the author herself!
If you want a superior police procedural with real intelligence and intricate plotting behind the narrative, then do yourself a favour and read this. And if you are wondering what Alison will do next . . . her next book, I Did It for Us, is an ambitious, standalone psychological thriller which we will publish in June.
This week, editorial are recommending, A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong:
In the endless white of a Yukon blizzard, Casey Butler and Will Anders are searching for a fugitive from justice – what they discover is something quite different. A blood-stained hat and a mysterious attacker cause the two to seek cover in a nearby cave, where light glowing in the darkness leads them to a hidden room and the discovery of a missing girl.
Set in the bleak wilds of the Yukon and in the small town of Rockton – a refuge for those trying to escape their past – Kelley Armstrong tells a haunting tale of survival and isolation, but also of warmth and perseverance.
Thalia in Editorial recommends a fun historical mystery read:
Delve into the 17th Century again with Thomas Chaloner, spy for the Earl of Clarendon. This time Chaloner’s case centres round a decades-old case in Tunbridge Wells, and the corruption and controversy to do with the amazing London edifice that is St Paul’s – which was not so popular then as it is now.
Throw in the plague raging through the city and our historical sleuth has a lot to contend with – as usual . . .
This week’s Friday Read is from Marketing Manager, Aimee, who is sharing a brilliant, pacey crime thriller by Observer journalist Jamie Doward.
A bomb attack strikes in Geneva taking out a CIA Station Chief as a serial killer begins a rampage in the UK. Both attacks seemingly separate to the untrained eye but there’s one person out there that knows better.
In Algeria a terrorist network that controls the illicit trade in guns, drugs, oil and cigarettes is preparing to murder a hundred US and British energy workers unless a ransom is paid. The British and the American intelligence services are competing to find the kidnappers for very different reasons.
Whilst the one person who can see how it is all linked tries to unravel the plan, threats are made against vested interests who don’t want the truth to surface. And some of them are very close to home . . .
A gripping read that will have you hooked, especially if you are a Spooks fan!