Books to look out for 2018. @orendabooks @bookouture @concretekraken @crimethrillgirl @johnmayerauthor @selynesauthor @caseykelleher

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My final list of the year (!) Well so far anyway, is “Ones to Watch Out For in 2018”

These are books due to be published in 2018 or authors I have just discovered at the tail end of this year.

Hydra Matt Wesolowski (Orenda Books)

I’ve been banging on about this book since I picked it up! It is jaw-droppingly AWESOME and you do not want to miss it!

Hydra (Six Stories) by [Wesolowski, Matt]

What the blurb says:

A family massacre
A deluded murderess
Five witnesses
Six Stories
Which one is true?

One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the northwest of England, 21-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, stepfather and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovoked attack known as the Macleod Massacre. Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation.

King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five key witnesses and Arla herself, as he questions whether Arla’s responsibility for the massacre was as diminished as her legal team made out.

As he unpicks the stories, he finds himself thrust into a world of deadly forbidden ‘games’, online trolls, and the mysterious black-eyed kids, whose presence seems to extend far beyond the delusions of a murderess…

Dark, chilling and gripping, Hydra is both a classic murder mystery and an up-to-the-minute, startling thriller that shines light in places you may never, ever want to see again.

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The Pact SE Lynes (Bookouture)

The Pact: A gripping psychological thriller with heartstopping suspense by [Lynes, S.E.]

I am hyperventilating at the publication of SE Lynes 3rd Book, this woman is a GENIUS and I am definitely looking forward to reading this!

What the blurb says:

You made a promise to your sister. It could destroy your daughter.

The Daughter

15-year-old Rosie lies in hospital fighting for her life. She’s trying to tell her mother what happened to her, and how she got there, but she can’t speak the words out loud. 
The Mother

Rosie’s mother Toni has a secret. She had a traumatic childhood, and she and her sister Bridget made each other a promise thirty years ago: that they could never speak the truth about what happened to them as children, and that they would protect each other without asking for help from others, no matter what…

Rosie was Toni’s second chance to get things right: a happy, talented girl with her whole life ahead of her. Having lost her husband in a tragic accident, Toni has dedicated her life to keeping Rosie safe from harm. 

But Rosie has plans that her mother doesn’t know about. She has dreams and ambitions – of love, of a career, of a life beyond the sheltered existence that her mother has created for her. But the secrets Rosie has been keeping have now put her life in danger. 

The Pact

In order to save Rosie, Toni may have to break her lifelong promise to her sister… and open doors to her past she hoped would remain closed forever. 

The Pact is a chilling psychological thriller about the lies we will tell to save our children. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, Apple Tree Yard and The Sister.

Pre-order it here

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Deep Blue Trouble Steph Broadribb (Orenda Books)

Absolutely kick ass series from Steph Broadribb featuring Bounty Hunter, Lori Anderson. This one had me gripped from the very start!

Deep Blue Trouble (Lori Anderson) by [Broadribb, Steph]

What the blurb says:

Single-mother Florida bounty hunter Lori Anderson’s got an ocean of trouble on her hands. Her daughter Dakota is safe, but her cancer is threatening a comeback, and Lori needs JT – Dakota’s daddy and the man who taught Lori everything – alive and kicking. Problem is, he’s behind barsand heading for death row. Desperate to save him, Lori does a deal, taking on off-the-books job from shady FBI agent Alex Monroe. Bring back on-the-run felon, Gibson ‘The Fish’ Fletcher, and JT walks free. Following Fletcher from Florida to California, Lori teams up with local bounty hunter Dez McGregor and his team. But Dez works very differently to Lori, and the tension between them threatens to put the whole job in danger. With Monroe pressuring Lori for results, the clock ticking on JT’s life, and nothing about the Fletcher case adding up, Lori’s hitting walls at every turn. But this is one job she’s got to get right, or she’ll lose everything… Breathlessly paced, and bursting with high-voltage action and edge-of-your-seat jeopardy, Deep Blue Trouble is the unmissable next instalment featuring one of the most memorable and fearless female characters in crime fiction.

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The Trial Series from John Mayer


I recently read and reviewed the 3 short prequels to this series before reading the first of the books, “The Trial” from John Mayer. This is a fascinating series and I’d highly recommend you check it out if you like an intelligent legal thriller that also provides excellent characters and sense of place. You can find my review of The Trial here

You can buy the book here

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The Broken from Casey Kelleher (Bookouture)

I love this series from Casey Kelleher and looking forward to getting my teeth into this one next year!

The Broken: A gripping thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat by [Kelleher, Casey]

What the blurb says:

They took her dad, but she won’t let them take her.

Nancy Byrne was the apple of her daddy’s eye. He might have been one of the most-feared gangsters in London, yet Jimmy Byrne idolised his little Nancy. But now Jimmy is dead, gunned down in cold blood – and Nancy vows to avenge his death.

She’s only twenty years old, but as the new head of the ruthless Byrne gang, running a lucrative world of drugs, sex and violence, she’s in over her head. Keeping her family together all while Joanie, her beloved grandma, falls apart, and her brother Daniel goes off the rails forces Nancy to grow up – fast.

But while Nancy takes the men on at their own game, there’s a greater danger hiding on the dark streets. Jimmy’s killer is on her trail – and will stop at nothing to shut her up.

Blood might be thicker than water, but soon, Nancy realises she can’t trust anyone. Not even her own family.

Especially her own family.

A gritty, gripping read full of shocking thrills and suspense – readers of Mandasue Heller, Martina Cole and Jessie Keane will be addicted until the very last page.

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Well, that’s my lists done for another year. All that is left for me to say is that I hope you all have the most bookishly awesome Christmas and lots of happy reading in 2018!

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