Which of these thrillers will be the next Girl on the Train?
Hooked on crime fiction? HANNAH STEPHENSON lines up 10 top new pageturners to add to your reading list
WE’RE a nation of crime fiction readers, with crime being the most popular book genre across the UK, according to reports from the recent London Book Fair.
Looking for some new pageturners to add to your spring reading list? Here’s our pick of 10 new thrillers that’ll keep you glued to the edge of your seat...
by CL Taylor (April 4, Avon, £12.99) CALLY Louise Taylor, whose bestselling psychological thrillers, including The Accident, The Lie and The Fear, have sold more than a million copies in the UK alone, returns with Sleep – another gripping suspense about an insomniac who takes a job in a hotel on a remote Scottish island to escape her past.
But when seven guests join her, each holding a secret, what started as a retreat turns into a deadly nightmare.
by Michelle Paver
(April 4, Head of Zeus,
THIS is a dark gothic thriller by the bestselling author of
Dark Matter and
Thin Air, set in
– where an eerie manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens, a glinting wilderness of water whose whispering reeds guard ancient secrets.
Maud is a lonely child growing up without a mother and ruled by her repressive father.
When he finds a painted medieval devil in a graveyard, unhallowed forces are awakened, and Maud finds herself battling to survive a world haunted by witchcraft and the demons of her father’s past.
A BOOK OF BONES
by John Connolly (April 18, Hodder & Stoughton, £16.99) NOW celebrating his 20th year as an author, Connolly brings us another classic Charlie Parker tale, in which the ex-cop-turned-private investigator and his team head for England, where, on a lonely moor in the northeast, the body of a young woman has been discovered.
Then, other bodies are found in very particular corners of the country, where history, lore, myth and legend come together to welcome sacrifice.
by Harriet Tyce
THIS debut novel by ex-criminal barrister
Tyce, introduces 30-something criminal barrister Alison Wood, who has just landed her first murder case, defending a wealthy, middle-aged woman who was found covered in blood next to the body of her dead husband.
As Alison’s career takes off, her personal life suffers as she drinks too much and embarks on an affair – and then it seems someone knows her secret.
Essential reading for fans of The Girl On The Train and Apple Tree Yard, this one is unpredictable and page-turningly good.
by Steve Cavanagh
(April 4, Orion, £7.99)
AUTHOR of the bestselling Thirteen brings us another taut, twisty thriller centring on an elusive bestselling mystery author.
Very few people know who he is – and the few who do know his real identity seem to wind up dead. Now, one woman thinks she’s located him – unaware of the possible consequences.
One to lap up in a single session.
by Harlan Coben
DESCRIBED by Dan
Brown as ‘the modern master of the hook and twist’,
Coben is not only a bestselling thriller writer but is also making a name for himself on Netflix.
He created the TV drama miniseries Safe, starring Michael C Hall and Amanda Abbington, and is developing 14 existing titles and future projects, including his latest book, Run Away, into English language and foreign language series.
This latest sees a man searching for his runaway drug-addict daughter in New York.
by Erin Kelly (April 4, Hodder & Stoughton, £12.99)
THIS is one to watch from the author of He Said/She Said, which was a featured title in the Richard & Judy Book Club.
It’s tells the story of Marianne, who fled her family and boyfriend when she was 17 and now has to return to see her dementia-suffering mother.
At the centre of the story is the abandoned Nazareth Hospital, once an asylum, and the chilling secret it holds.
AN ANONYMOUS GIRL
Hendricks and Sarah
ANYONE who loved their hit debut last year –
The Wife Between
Us, a smasher of a thriller – should bag a copy of this riveting page-turner, in which a make-up artist seizes the chance to earn some easy money by signing up for a psychology study.
It’s being carried out by a mysterious Dr Shields as part of what she thinks is a New York University study on ethics and morality.
She soon discovers, though, that Dr Shields has a completely different agenda, and quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.
THE SILENT PATIENT
by Alex Michaelides (Orion, £12.99) MANY thriller writers have heaped praise on this debut title from the former screenwriter, which begins when, late one night, a seemingly devoted wife shoots her husband five times and then refuses to speak another word.
Enter forensic psychologist Theo Faber, who is sure he can treat the woman and find out the truth where others have failed.
The film rights have been snapped up by Brad Pitt’s production company, so it’s likely to be a surefire winner.
by Annie Ward
THERE’S a buzz in the publishing world around this debut, which is a big psychological thriller set in suburban Kansas, where a frantic call alerts police to a shocking crime in the gorgeous home of Maddie and Ian and their young son.
The time-line switches between events which shaped the characters’ pasts and led to the call, and the book catches glimpses of Maddie, Ian, and Maddie’s former best friend, Jo, from many years ago, and finally what happens after that call.
Paula Hawkins’ bestseller The Girl on the Train was made into a Universal Studios film starring Emily Blunt