It’s summer! Time to tan (intermittently, if you’re in the UK, planning around sudden showers), sit in a park and read. Is there a more glorious combination? And the first book selection of the summer is crucial. It should set the tone for the weeks ahead. It needs to be an all-rounder: equally appropriate for a plane, a morning sitting in a shaft of light, or a late night in bed. Very few books strike this perfect balance, so I’m pleased to recommend LYING BESIDE YOU by Michael Robotham.
If you don’t know Robotham, he’s an absolute master of the thriller genre. His books are genuinely outstanding and this, the third book in the Cyrus Haven series, is my favourite yet.
We are reconnected with one of the most compelling duos in crime fiction – Cyrus and Evie. Cyrus is a forensic psychologist with a dark past and Evie is a true enigma with a special gift: she can tell when someone is lying. Together they are forced to navigate the homecoming of Cyrus’s brother, Elias. Elias is the only family Cyrus has left because, in a moment of psychosis, he murdered their parents and sisters fifteen years ago. Now he’s being released.
It’s an incredible premise and the plot is handled with such dexterity. It’s an absolute ride, and no you don’t need to have read the previous two.
If you’re looking to kick off summer in style, you can’t go wrong with this slick, stylish and pacey novel by a real supremo.
THE BRAND-NEW THRILLER FROM THE RICHARD & JUDY PICK AUTHOR AND SIX-MILLION-COPY BESTSELLER
'He can't write a bad book. This is one of his best, suspenseful and hard to put down' STEPHEN KING
'Compulsively readable . . . A nail-biter' LINWOOD BARCLAY
Twenty years ago, Cyrus Haven's family was murdered and only he and his brother survived. Cyrus because he hid. Elias because he was the killer.
Now Elias is being released from a secure psychiatric hospital and Cyrus, a forensic psychologist, must decide if he can forgive the man who destroyed his childhood.
As he prepares for the homecoming, Cyrus is called to a crime scene in Nottingham. A man is dead and his daughter, Maya, is missing. Then a second woman is abducted. The only witness is Evie Cormac, a troubled teenager with a gift for knowing when people are lying.
Both missing women have dark secrets that Cyrus must unravel to find them - and he and Evie know how the past can come back to haunt you . . .
'The sort of thriller that pins you to your seat until you've finished it: a proper heart-pounding mystery with unforgettable characters and compelling twists' JANE CASEY
'Michael Robotham is one of the most accomplished thriller writers in the world right now. Superbly paced, intricately plotted and packed with characters that leap off the page. Sensational' M.W. CRAVEN
'I devoured Lying Beside You in two sittings. What a terrific writer and a fantastic read - pacey, spare and engrossing' AJAY CHOWDHURY
'I loved Lying Beside You. Michael Robotham is such a wonderfully perceptive writer; rich, real characters who are constantly surprising . . . I could read about these two forever' ALEX MARWOOD
'Tense, perceptive and fast-moving, this is a remarkable novel' LITERARY REVIEW
WHEN YOU ARE MINE was a No.1 fiction bestseller in Australia in June 2021