10 Page-turning New Thriller Books You Won't Want to Put Down

17th August, 2017

These gritty, gripping and engrossing novels are guaranteed to keep you glued to every spine-chilling chapter. Featuring intense plots, sinister characters and compelling crimes to unravel, you won't want to put down these page-turning new thriller books...

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1. Into the Water

Paula Hawkins

This absorbing psychological thriller will captivate readers from first page to last. In the final days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn't pick up, ignoring her sister's plea for help. Now, Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the place she'd hoped to escape for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid of long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. Most of all, she's afraid of the water - and the place they call the Drowning Pool...

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2. The Birdwatcher

William Shaw

In this dark novel, Police Sergeant William South is desperate to avoid being part of murder investigations - because he is a murderer himself. His victim was a passionate birdwatcher and his only friend. Now, he's teamed up with newly-recruited Detective Sergeant Alexandra Cupidi to crack the case of a body found violently beaten inside a wooden chest. Memories come flooding back for South, and when they track down a suspect - Donnie Fraser, a drifter from Northern Ireland - South is horrified to realise they knew each other in their youth. Could South's violent and aggressive past be exposed? This compelling book touches on themes of grief, guilt and humanity.

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3. Black Widow

Chris Brookmyre

This enthralling psychological thriller is riddled with shocking twists and turns that will keep readers hooked. Diana Jager is clever, strong and successful, a skilled surgeon and fierce campaigner via her blog about sexism. But when her personal details are released on the internet as revenge for her writing, her life falls apart. Then, she meets Peter: kind, generous, and oblivious to her past, he is perfect. They are married within six months - but within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident. But Peter's sister Lucy doesn't believe in fairy tales, and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media call Black Widow...

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4. A Voice in the Night

Andrea Camilleri

As his birthday looms, Inspector Montalbano is starting to feel his age. He decides to cheer himself up by dealing with a young driver's road rage in his own unique way. But just as he's getting into the case, he receives an angry call from a supermarket boss. There's been a robbery at his store - and Montalbano's colleague is treating him as a suspect. On arrival at the scene, Montalbano agrees that this was no ordinary break-in. As he tries to investigate, he finds the supermarket's links to the Mafia creates problems at every turn. To make things even more difficult, the young driver he was looking into has also reported a shocking crime. Crack the case with Inspector Montalbano in an exhilarating novel that's guaranteed to keep you guessing.

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5. The Blood Card

Elly Griffiths

As Elizabeth II's coronation approaches, wartime commander Colonel Cartwright is murdered. A playbill featuring another deceased comrade is found in Colonel Cartwright's possession, as well as a playing card, the ace of hearts: the blood card. DI Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto resolve to crack the case, but Edgar's investigation into a fortune-teller's death must be put on hold, and Max is busy rehearsing for his television debut. Could a small-town mesmerist in New York provide the key to the entire situation? Sergeant Emma Holmes is also on the case and finds a clue buried in the files of the Zabini case. She discovers there's a group hell-bent on providing an explosive finale to Coronation Day. But can the plot be foiled in time?

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6. Cast Iron

Peter May

Delve into the final white-knuckle novel in Peter May's bestselling Enzo Macleod series. In 1989, a killer dumped the body of a 23-year-old woman called Lucie Martin into a lake in France. 14 years later, her remains were exposed by a drought. No-one was caught or convicted for her murder - but now Enzo is on the case... Already the toughest challenge he's ever confronted, Enzo finds a flaw in the original evidence that revives old ghosts and will endanger everyone he holds dear. This white-knuckle novel is simply unputdownable.

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7. The Day I Died

Lori Rader-Day

This riveting read follows a mother's desperate search for a lost boy. Anna Winger can know people better than they know themselves just by looking at their handwriting. Hired by companies wanting to land trustworthy employees and by the lovelorn looking for happiness, Anna likes to keep other people's issues at arm's length, on paper. But when she is asked to examine a note left behind at a murder scene, the crime rips open Anna's cloistered life for all to see. To save her son - and herself - she will need to face her every fear and the past she thought she'd rewritten...

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8. Herring in the Smoke

L. C. Tyler

20 years ago, Roger Norton Vane went for a walk in the Thai jungle - and never returned. After years of wild speculation, he has officially been declared dead. But at his memorial service, a man interrupts proceedings, claiming to be Roger. Roger's partner, Tim MacDonald, was due to pick up his inheritance, but now, 'Roger' wastes no time making himself at home in his old flat, evicting Tim and conjuring up a plan to prove his right to the money at stake. Crime writer Ethelred Tressider has been commissioned to write a biography about Roger, and finds the person claiming to be him full of vague and scurrilous anecdotes. It seems that many people would rather Roger had remained dead, his tales buried with him, but as it is, it's up to Ethelred to get to the bottom of it...

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9. Behind Her Eyes

Sarah Pinborough

Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her entire world, supporting them both with a part-time job. But all of that changes when she meets David Young: successful, charming, a man Louise can't believe would even look at her twice, let alone be attracted to her. But then Louise meets David's beautiful and sweet wife, Adele. As she becomes obsessed with this flawless couple, she becomes entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, and they each, in turn, reach out to her. But only when she truly gets to know them does she uncover the cracks in their relationship. Is David really the man she thought she knew, and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears? Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding - and how far will they go to keep them?

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10. The Steel Kiss

Jeffrey Deaver

Join the brilliant paraplegic forensic detective, Lincoln Rhyme, in this dark and riveting read. When an escalator gives way mid-chase, Amelia Sachs is forced to let a killer escape as she helps the man trapped in the depths. She teams up with Rhyme to investigate if the collapse was a freak accident or a calculated plan. Could they be on the trail of a technical whiz who knew exactly what to do to cause this fatal incident? This spine-chilling thriller is sure to keep you guessing.

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  • The Birdwatcher - Hardback - 9781784297220 - William Shaw
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    The new book from William Shaw, the author of the Breen & Tozer series of crime novels, The Birdwatcher is a dark and disturbing novel about a policeman with a shameful secret.

    Police Sergeant William South is desperate to avoid being on a murder investigation. The reason being he is a murderer himself. His victim was a passionate birdwatcher who was also his only friend. Now, he's teamed up with newly recruited Detective Sergeant Alexandra Cupidi to crack the case of a body found violently beaten inside a wooden chest.

    This discovery brings back memories for South and when they track down a suspect - Donnie Fraser, a drifter from Northern Ireland - he's horrified as the two knew each other in their youth. Could South's violent and aggressive past be catching up with him?

    Intelligently written and touching upon themes of grief, guilt and humanity, this is a gripping thriller that will shock and surprise you. You won't be able to put it down.
  • AZOKF
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    "Wondering if Into the Water could be as The Girl on the Train? It's better. A triumph." (Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of I Let You Go). The addictive new psychological thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, the runaway Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller and global phenomenon. In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn't pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she's afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool...With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, satisfying read that hinges on the stories we tell about our pasts and their power to destroy the lives we live now. "Paula Hawkins does it again! Into the Water is a moody and chilling thriller that will have you madly turning the pages. A gripping, compulsive read!". (Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door).
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    Presented in keepsake hardback, Cast Iron is the sixth and final page-turner in Peter May's bestselling series following the life of half-Scottish, half-Italian forensic scientist Enzo Macleod.

    In 1989 a killer dumped the body of a 23-year-old called Lucie Martin into a lake in France. Fourteen years later, her remains were exposed by a drought. No one was ever convicted of her murder, but now Enzo is on the case...

    Already the toughest challenge he's ever faced, Enzo finds a flaw in the original evidence that brings up old ghosts and will endanger everyone he holds dear...

    A fitting finale for this captivating series.
  • BCEG
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    There's an anarchist plot and a ticking bomb... the stakes are higher than ever for DI Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto in the latest book in Elly Griffiths' hit series.

    Elizabeth II's coronation is looming, but the murder of wartime commander, Colonel Cartwright, spoils the happy mood for DI Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto. A playbill featuring another deceased comrade is found in Colonel Cartwright's possession, and a playing card, the ace of hearts: the blood card...
    With a wartime connection and a suggestion of magic, the duo make it their mission to solve this case. However, this means Edgar's investigation into the death of a Brighton fortune-teller is put on hold and Max is busy rehearsing for his television debut. Therefore, it's Edgar who heads to New York to track down a small-town mesmerist who may provide the key to the whole situation.

    Sergeant Emma Holmes is also on the case and she finds a clue buried in the files of the Zabini case. This sparks off another issue - there's a group hell-bent on providing an explosive finale to Coronation Day. Will our heroes be able to foil the plot?
  • BBBZW
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    From the award-winning author of Little Pretty Things comes this gripping, unforgettable tale of a mother's desperate search for a lost boy. Anna Winger can know people better than they know themselves with only a glance-at their handwriting. Hired out by companies wanting to land trustworthy employees and by the lovelorn hoping to find happiness, Anna likes to keep the real-life mess of other people at arm's length and on paper. But when she is called to use her expertise on a note left behind at a murder scene in the small town she and her son have recently moved to, the crime gets under Anna's skin and rips open her narrow life for all to see. To save her son-and herself-once and for all, Anna will face her every fear, her every mistake, and the past she thought she'd rewritten.
  • Herring in the Smoke - Hardback - 9780749021863 - L.C. Tyler
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    Twenty years ago, Roger Norton Vane went for a walk in the Thai jungle and never returned. Now, after years of wild speculation, he's officially being declared dead. At his memorial service, a man interrupts proceedings claiming to be Roger...

    Roger's partner, Tim MacDonald, who was with him at the time of his disappearance, was due to pick up his inheritance but now 'Roger' has returned and wastes no time in making himself at home in his old flat; evicting Tim and coming up with a plan to prove his right to the money on offer.

    This startling chain of events surprises crime writer Ethelred Tressider. He's been commissioned to write a biography about Roger and finds the person claiming to be him full of vague and scurrilous anecdotes. It soon becomes clear that many people wish Vane had stayed dead and that his tales had been buried with him...

    The seventh book in the Elsie and Ethelred series, L.C.Tyler's Herring in the Smoke is a mystery that will delight fans of Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and M.C. Beaton.
  • AXGIL
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    *Winner of the 2016 Crime Novel of the Year at Bloody Scotland* Twists abound in the brilliant new psychological thriller from master author Chris Brookmyre - perfect for readers of The Girl on the Train, I See You and Disclaimer. Did she do it? Did he deserve it? Diana Jager is clever, strong and successful, a skilled surgeon and fierce campaigner via her blog about sexism. Yet it takes only hours for her life to crumble when her personal details are released on the internet as revenge for her writing. Then she meets Peter. He's kind, generous, and knows nothing about her past: the second chance she's been waiting for. Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident, a nightmare end to their fairytale romance. But Peter's sister Lucy doesn't believe in fairytales, and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling Black Widow...
  • The Steel Kiss - Hardback - 9781473618497 - Jeffery Deaver
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    Jeffery Deaver - the master of suspense - returns with the twelfth book starring his brilliant paraplegic forensic detective, Lincoln Rhyme.

    When an escalator gives way mid-chase, Amelia Sachs is forced to let a killer escape as she helps the man trapped in the depths. Following this, she teams up with Rhyme to investigate if this collapse was a freak accident or planned. Could they be on the trail of a murderer who is a technical whizz and knows just what he needs to do to contribute to a fatal 'accident'?

    Dark and gripping, this is a psychological thriller that will keep you guessing and thinking until late into the night.
  • AVIN
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    A Voice in the Night is the twentieth thrilling mystery in Andrea Camilleri's popular Inspector Montalbano series.

    As his birthday approaches, Inspector Montalbano is starting to feel his age. He decides to cheer himself up by dealing with a young driver's road rage in his own unique way. His plans don't last long as just as he's getting into the case, he receives an angry phone call from a supermarket boss. There's been a robbery at his store and Montalbano's colleague is treating him as a suspect.

    On arrival at the scene, Montalbano quickly agrees that this was no ordinary break-in. As he tries to investigate, he finds the supermarket's links to the Mafia creating problems at every turn... meanwhile, the young driver he was looking into has also reported a shocking crime.
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    Don't Trust This Book Don't Trust These People Don't Trust Yourself And whatever you do, DON'T give away that ending...'Sarah Pinborough is about to become your new obsession' Harlan Coben Louise Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets...David Young, successful and charming - Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife...Adele Beautiful, elegant and sweet - Louise's new friend seems perfect in every way. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple, entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, they each, in turn, reach out to her. But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks...Is David really is the man she thought she knew and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears? Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding and how far will they go to keep them? 'Fully realized characters, peerless writing, a tank of a plot that sustains the suspense right to the end, and a whammy of a finale. It takes a lot to catch me out, but this one did. It'll get you too...' Joanne Harris