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The Wicked Sister

In this all-new psychological thriller, Karen Dionne again sets her drama in the sparsely populated, heavily wooded Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and again the natural world plays an important role, underlining themes and supporting the action. The main character, 26-year-old Rachel, even talks to animals….
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The Coral Bride

Written by Roxanne Bouchard and translated beautifully by David Warriner, The Coral Bride is the lyrical, haunting follow-up to We Were the Salt of the Sea, set once more in the enticing Gaspe Peninsular of Quebec and featuring DS Joaquin Morales. This time he is…
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Blacktop Wasteland

American author SA Cosby has delivered this year’s breakout novel. Blacktop Wasteland, set in Virginia, is the story of the downfall of Bug Montage, family man and small-business owner, who has never been able to quite kick the thrills of drag racing and armed robbery….
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The Fox

The Fox is Sólveig Pálsdóttir’s first book translated into English. With its grey, gloomy and unpredictable landscape and equally dark plot it is a prime example of the Nordic noir novels readers have grown to love. When Sajee Gunawardena finds herself desperate and without work…
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Broken

Known for his epic-length novels about crime down on the US-Mexico border, Don Winslow challenged himself to write some shorter format material and Broken, featuring six short stories, is an out-and-out winner. The title is a clue to the theme – it’s a book about…
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Ash Mountain

Helen FitzGerald is fast cornering the market in quirky psychological crime and this standalone novel is no exception. Fran is forced to return to the dead-end Aussie town of Ash Mountain to care for her father, who is terminally ill. She hates the place, and…
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Seven Lies

The tired tropes of the domestic thriller are brushed away in Elizabeth Kay’s debut novel which is about the 20-year friendship of best friends Jane and Marnie. Jane narrates. Both young women marry, but Jane’s husband is soon killed by an errant taxi. She loathes…
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When We Fall

Two women and an airman with ice blue eyes are in jeopardy, and at the heart of this smart World War II thriller by Carolyn Kirby. Vee Katchatourian is a pilot ferrying new aircraft to RAF airfields in England when she meets Polish-born flier Stefan…
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