It’s just criminal

| 7 August , 2009 | Reply

ist2_7093760-book-wormAs you have discovered, I am a bookworm and one genre of books that I really really love but aren’t really really girlie are crime stories.  I love them because I love trying to figure out who did it, I like a little bit of a puzzle.  I balance reading them out with my chick lit, I don’t think I could the same genre of books all the time.

So I thought I would list some of the latest crime books that have been published recently and sound like fabulous reads for you.

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The Other Half Lives: Sophie Hannah

My mum read this and loved it. PUBLISHER’S PROMISE – Ruth Bussey knows what it means to be in the wrong – and to be wronged. She once did something she regrets, and was punished excessively for it. Now Ruth is trying to rebuild her life and has found a love she doesn’t believe she deserves. Aidan Seed is a passionate, intense man who has also been damaged by his past. Desperate to connect with the woman he loves, he confides his secret: he killed a woman called Mary Trelease. Through her shock, Ruth recognises the name. And when she’s realised why it’s familiar, her fear and revulsion deepen. The Mary Trelease that Ruth knows is very much alive.

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Available now, RRP$32.99

Books 1Malice: Lisa Jackson

New Orleans detective Rick Bentz first spots his wife Jennifer when he’s recovering from a life-threatening accident. But Jennifer has been dead for twelve long years, and Bentz identified her body himself. Terrified he is losing his mind, he follows the the trail of the mystery woman to Los Angeles – and walks straight into a killer’s web. People from Jennifer’s past begin to die, each grisly corpse pointing to Bentz himself as the murderer. Will he be the next to die – or will the next victim be his new wife?

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Available now, RRP$32.99

Long Lost: Harlan Coben

Myron hasn’t heard from Terese Collins in years. Not since their affair ended without explanation. There had been no contact since, so her call catches him off guard. She’s in Paris, she says, in trouble and only Myron can help. She tells him a sad story she’s never before revealed: a good marriage, her struggles to get pregnant, the happiest moment of her life when her only child was born and the day everything she’d ever loved was taken from her. In the years since, Terese has had no contact with her ex-husband, until the phone call that brought her to Paris.

When she gets to Paris, her husband\’s been murdered and she’s a suspect. But then comes a startling piece of evidence that turns the entire case upside down, laying bare Terese’s long-buried family secrets in a most shocking way and leaving Myron nowhere to turn for help. Caught in a foreign landscape where nothing is as it seems, he must tear apart the city – and eventually the globe – fighting for answers to unfathomable questions.

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Available now, RRP$32.99

Books 2Dark Places: Gillian Flynn

Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over twenty years on the proceeds of the ‘Libby Day fund’. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders and they think her brother Ben is innocent.

It is 2 January 1985 – the day of the murders. Ben is a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lives. His family is extremely poor and his father Runner is violent, gambles and disappears for months on end. But Ben does have a girlfriend – a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben becomes involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turns against him, his thoughts turn black. But is he capable of murder?

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Available now, RRP$32.99

Fear the Worst: Linwood Barclay

The worst day of Tim Blake’s life started out with him making breakfast for his seventeen-year-old daughter Sydney. Syd was staying with him while she worked a summer job – even if he wasn’t entirely sure what her job at the Just Inn Time motel actually was – and Tim hoped this quality father-daughter time would somehow help her deal with his divorce from Susanne. When she didn’t arrive home at her usual time, he thought she’d probably gone to the mall to hang with her friends. When she didn’t answer her phone he began to worry. When she didn’t come home at all, he began to panic. And when the people at the Just Inn Time said they had no Sydney Blake working at the motel and never had, he began to see his life going into freefall. Only one thing has him convinced the worst hasn’t already happened: the fact that some very scary people seem just as eager as he is to find her. The question is: who’s going to find her first?

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Available now, RRP$32.99Books 3

Dismantled: Jennifer McMahon

Close friends Henry, Tess, Winnie and Suz spend the summer after graduation in a remote cabin in the Vermont woods where they play elaborate, sometimes dangerous, games. But everything changes when one particularly twisted experiment ends in Suz’s death, which the others decide to cover up. Nearly a decade later, Henry and Tess are married and living an hour’s drive from the old cabin. Though they have tried to forget that summer, the past isn’t ready to let them go. When a victim of one of their past pranks commits suicide – seemingly triggered by a mysterious postcard – it sets off a chain of disturbing events that threatens to engulf them. Is there someone who wants to reveal their secrets? Or is it possible Suz did not really die?

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Available now, RRP$32.99

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