A LIFE FOR A LIFE TRUTH OR DARE

Truth Or Dare By Tania Carver

Darren Richards opened his eyes to find himself duct-taped to a chair with a crossbow pointing at him. Behind the crossbow is a hooded figure wearing a black-faced, round-eyed gas mask. The figure tells him what Darren knows: that he stole a car, drove it recklessly while under the influence of drugs, and killed a woman and her baby. His solicitor managed to get the case thrown out of court on a technicality so he has not paid for his crime. That, says the figure, cannot be allowed to happen. Darren turns to his right. Next to him are his girlfriend and their baby daughter. Both similarly taped to a chair, gagged. It’s very simple, explains the figure. Either you die or your girlfriend and child die. But someone has to pay. A life for a life. The choice is Darren’s. .

AUTHOR: TANIA CARVER

TITLE: TRUTH OR DARE

GENRE: Mystery, Thriller

MY OPINION: A Must Read

THE MADMAN’S GAME

‘I have something you’ve lost,’ the voice said. ‘Your daughter.’

The honeymoon is over for newlywed criminologist Marina Esposito. Her house is in flames. Her cop husband is in a coma. Her baby daughter is missing. And then her phone rings. The voice on the other end wants to play a game. If Marina completes a series of bizarre tasks within three days, she wins her daughter’s life. If she fails, her little girl dies. The clock starts now. In a desperate race against time, Marina begins to suspect that the madman is someone she knows, someone with a past as troubled as her own. But the truth is far darker than she imagines..

AUTHOR: TANIA CARVER

TITLE: CHOKED

GENRE: Thriller, Crime, Mystery Thriller

THE LIE WAS JUST THE BEGINNING

Marion Anderson lives the perfect life. She has a beautiful home, a handsome and loving husband, and an intelligent and caring son. But as easily as perfect lives are built, they can also be demolished. When tragedy strikes at the heart of her family, Marion finds herself in the middle of a nightmare, with no sign of waking-up. The life she treasured is disintegrating before her very eyes, but it’s just the beginning of something much worse and altogether more deadly..

AUTHOR: HILARY BONNER

TITLE: THE CRUELLEST GAME

GENRE: Mystery, Thriller

THE COUNTERFEIT HEIRESS

 After an odd encounter at a grand masquerade ball, Lady Emily becomes embroiled in the murder investigation of one of the guests, a sometime actress trying to pass herself off as the mysterious heiress and world traveler Estella Lamar. Each small discovery, however, leads to more questions. Was the intended victim Miss Lamar or the imposter? And who would want either of them dead? As Emily and Colin try to make sense of all this, a larger puzzle begins to emerge: No one has actually seen Estella Lamar in years, since her only contact has been through letters and the occasional blurry news photograph. Is she even alive? Emily and Colin’s investigation of this double mystery takes them from London to Paris, where, along with their friend Cecile, they must scour the darkest corners of the city in search of the truth.

AUTHOR: TASHA ALEXANDER

TITLE: THE COUNTERFEIT HEIRESS

GENRE: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

MY OPINION: A Must Read

 

THE DEATH OF FELICITY FORBES

A quiet English town is left reeling when twelve-year-old Daniel Blake is discovered to have brutally murdered his schoolmate Felicity Forbes. For provincial solicitor Leo Curtice, the case promises to be the most high profile and morally challenging of his career. But as he begins his defence Leo is unprepared for the impact the public fury surrounding Felicity’s death will have on his family and his teenage daughter Ellie, above all. While Leo struggles to get Daniel to open up, hoping to unearth the reasons for the boy’s terrible crime, the build-up of pressure on Leo’s family intensifies. As the case nears its climax, events will take their darkest turn. For Leo, nothing will ever be the same again.

AUTHOR: SIMON RELIC

TITLE: THE CHILD WHO

GENRE: Mystery, Fiction, Thriller

THE SURPRISE BEFORE HE DIES

Five FBI agents are dead. Darwin Kostas has nowhere to turn, no one he can trust. Darwin’s phobias cause him great stress and now the media are calling him The Blade, even though he can’t stand the sight of knives. The FBI are hunting him. The Gambino family, violent mobsters associated with Italy’s La Cosa Nostra, want to know who he works for before they execute him. Darwin just wants to be left alone with his new wife so they can begin a domestic life, but that is not possible with so many people wanting him dead. With evidence piling up against him, a crazed, half-blind FBI agent on his tail, and a relentless mobster planning Darwin’s violent end, the only thing he has left to lose is his life. Meanwhile, the Russian Mafia are moving into new territory in Toronto. They want to know who this Darwin guy is and why he is still breathing. When they show up to take possession of his body, Darwin has one surprise left for the mobsters before he dies. 

AUTHOR: JONAS SAUL

TITLE: THE BLADE

GENRE: Suspense, Thriller, Crime

THE ONE PIECE OF EVIDENCE

In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch’s ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the “black box,” the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

AUTHOR: MICHAEL CONNELLY

TITLE: THE BLACK BOX

GENRE: Crime Fiction, Mystery

BLOOD MEN

Edward Hunter has it all a beautiful wife and daughter, a great job, a bright future and a very dark past.
Twenty years ago, a serial killer was caught, convicted, and locked away in New Zealand’s most hellish penitentiary. That man was Edward’s father. Edward has struggled his entire life to put the nightmares of his childhood behind him. But a week before Christmas, violence once again makes an unwelcome appearance in his world. Is Edward destined to be just like his father, to become a man of blood? 

AUTHOR: PAUL CLEAVE

TITLE: BLOOD MEN

GENRE: Thriller

A LINE BETWEEN PREDATORS AND PREY

Once they were boyhood best friends, playing in the woods near their homes, pretending to be soldiers surviving behind enemy lines. Grownup, they belonged to Delta Force and later worked as protectors for the world’s best security company. Now their lives have taken drastically different paths, pitting them against one another, forcing them to play their boyhood game again, this time to learn who dies. The survival of a great city hangs in the balance as two friends turned enemies hunt one another and discover that there’s a line between predators and prey, a line that’s called The Naked Edge.

AUTHOR: DAVID MORRELL

TITLE: THE NAKED EDGE

GENRE: Thriller Espionage, Suspense

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A SPLIT SECOND TOO LATE

David Trevellyan is a Royal Navy intelligence operative who usually works undercover, sometimes with the approval of his masters and sometimes not. On a seemingly normal evening, he takes a lonely late-night walk between a restaurant and his New York City hotel. A familiar huddled shape in the mouth of an alley catches his eye a homeless man has been shot to death. Trevellyan steps forward and a cop car arrives. A split second too late, Trevellyan realizes he’s been set up. But Trevellyan isn’t worried. He’s a hard man from the shadowy world of Royal Navy Intelligence. He’s been in and out of trouble a thousand times before. But the NYPD quickly hands the problem to the FBI. Trevellyan is sucked deeper into the system. And the British Consulate tells him: You’re on your own now, mate. With no idea who’s a friend and who’s a foe, he penetrates deep into a huge international conspiracy. The price of failure will be death, and the reward for success will be redemption, both for himself and the huddled corpse from the alley. The motivation will be his cherished life-long belief: You don’t get mad you get EVEN.

AUTHOR: ANDREW GRANT

TITLE: EVEN

GENRE: Thriller, Crime

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MY OPINION: A Must Read