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The Flower Girls

The most terrifyingly compelling thriller of 2019.

YOU'LL NEVER FORGET THE FLOWER GIRLS

The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose.
One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.
Now, nineteen years later, another child has gone missing.
And the Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again...

Reviews

'Tense, intriguing and memorable. I couldn't put it down.' Author: Sophie Hannah

'Every bit as brilliant as I thought it would be. Twisty, sinister and heartbreaking. Such beautiful writing; so, so dark. Prepare to be fully disturbed.' Author: Cressida McLaughlin

'Phenomenal. A deep and clever exploration of a dark subject. I've never read anything quite like it.' Author: Fiona Mitchell

 
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The Taken

A tense and powerful police procedural set in the city of Durham where a murdered preacher may be more monstrous than his own killer.

There's the lost.
There's the missing.
And there's the taken.
She asked me once if we had any secrets, and I shook my head. 
'No secrets between us,' she said. 
'No,' I answered. 'Never ever.'

In a Durham hotel at dawn, celebrated preacher Tristan Snow is murdered as he prays. None of the other guests - not even his daughter, his wife, or her sister - saw or heard anything.

But then again, they all had a motive for murder.

Detective Inspector Erica Martin is confronted by secrets and lies, lost in a case where nothing is what it seems.

With no answers, DI Martin is consumed by questions: Is anyone in this family innocent? When the victim might have been a monster - is there such a thing as justice? And does anyone deserve to die?

Reviews

'Had me on the edge of my sun lounger. Excellent plotting and a genuinely un-guessable resolution to the mystery' Author: Sophie Hannah

 
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Bitter Fruits

Part psychological thriller; part detective novel - from a powerful and distinctive new voice.

The murder of a first-year university student shocks the city of Durham. The victim, Emily Brabents, was from the privileged and popular set at Joyce College, a cradle for the country's future elite.

As Detective Inspector Erica Martin investigates the college, she finds a close-knit community fuelled by jealousy, obsession and secrets. But the very last thing she expects is an instant confession . . .

The picture of Emily that begins to emerge is that of a girl wanted by everyone, but not truly known by anyone. Anyone, that is, except Daniel Shepherd. Her fellow student, ever-faithful friend and the only one who cares. The only one who would do anything for her . . .

Reviews:

'There is a gripping, economic precision in this highly charged thriller.' Ralph Fiennes

'Grabbed me from the first page and wouldn't let go. A compelling read, beautifully written ... A tense, captivating tale, brilliantly told' Author: Rachel Abbott

'Once I started reading it I couldn't stop. A brilliantly plotted and utterly gripping thriller.' Author: Emma Kavanagh

'Superbly gripping ... A very assured page-turning storm I read in one sitting.' Author: Stav Sherez

'A psychological police procedural ... An intelligent and thrilling debut.' Peter Guttridge, Author and former Observer crime critic

'Intriguing and sinister with masterful plotting and tension. A bittersweet read by a new crime author I can't wait to read again.'  Author: Mel Sherratt

'A thought-provoking, atmospheric and emotional page turning thriller - brimming with mystery and suspense. I absolutely loved this novel, and devoured it from cover to cover.' Author: Paul Pilkington

 
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To Die For

In an empty car park, Ryan James sits in his car contemplating death. He has set up a hose pipe that is pouring carbon monoxide into the car, and his deciding whether or not to close the last window and end it all. Finally, he gets a text and decides to end his life.

Detective Martin is called to the scene the next day. At first she is convinced it is a simple suicide but as she looks deeper into the boy's life and his relationships she begins to wonder if someone else was involved..