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Genre: Thriller

Thrillers should have the reader on the edge of their seat. The pace must be quick, there has to be a lot of action, and there should be suspense and plot twists aplenty.

Book review: Somebody I Used To Know by David Bell

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Nick is a man who has never managed to properly escape from his college years, and the spectre of his first and only true love. When he encounters what seems like an impossible blast from his past, he's set on a path that might end in disappointment – or revelation. But has in unwittingly put himself in danger, or has his past placed him there?

Book review: The Violet Crow by Michael Sheldon

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The body of a little girl turns up in a Quaker meeting house in South Jersey. Nobody claims her. The media runs wild. Who can Chief Black turn to to help bring this crime to justice, and a speedy resolution for all?

Book review: Eeny Meeny by M J Arlidge

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A killer is kidnapping people in pairs. There is only one way to escape, ever. Can detective Helen Grace find the killer and stop the carnage in time? And why is the killer trying to get Helen's attention?

Book review: The Stranger by Harlan Coben

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Adam Price's calm is shattered by a stranger, who approaches him at the American Legion Hall and tells him one of his wife's big secrets. Can Adam put aside his feelings about his wife and try and uncover why the stranger approached him in the first place before irrevocable damage is done?

Book review: No Fortunate Son by Brad Taylor

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Pike Logan has no official resources, no time, and no information – and his friend’s niece is missing, along with the vice-president’s son. Can Pike find one or both of them before it’s too late?

Book review: Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner

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Nicky Thomas wakes up in hospital after a car accident and doesn’t recognise her husband, or remember anything aside from the fact that her little girl, Vero, is missing. However, the police think something suspicious is afoot, particularly when they can find no record of a child in Nicky’s life. Can Nicky recover her memories and uncover her past, laying her ghosts to rest?

Book review: Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag

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Dana Nolan is the sole survivor of Doc Holiday, a sexual sadist who she killed to escape. Returning to her hometown with a head injury is not what Dana had planned for her mid-twenties, but life in her small town gets interesting when she tries to solve a seven year old mystery which has been sitting in her subconscious and her injury has brought to the fore.

Book review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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This is a story which, having been turned into a blockbuster starring Ben Affleck, has taken the world by storm. So I had a little read to see what all the fuss was about.

Book review: The Greenland Breach by Bernard Besson

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In a not-too-distant future, global warming has become a hard reality that is impossible to ignore or deny. When disaster strikes in Greenland, questions about who is at fault and the consequences for big oil companies and the countries they represent send shock-waves through nations. Can one small group of French investigators get to the bottom of the conspiracy and corruption before it's too late?

Book review: The Bleiberg Project by David Khara

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I could have loved this tale of intrigue, nazis and cute CIA agents, but the ridiculously stereotyped nature of the characters let me down. Which is a shame, because I really enjoyed aspects of the writing style.

Book review: All Fun And Games Until Someone Loses an Eye by Christopher Brookmyre

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If this was a three-AM takeaway treat, it would be deep fried haggis. Yes they have that.

Book review: Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks, 'writing as Ian Fleming'

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If this was a car, it would be a grey 1933 Bentley convertible with an Amherst-Villiers supercharger (installed against the advice of MI5 mechanics), NO machine guns and NO freaking ejector seats (though there could well be a bottle of single malt in the glove box).

Book review: Dialogues of the Dead by Reginald Hill

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The fat man of crime is back - in a tale of word games, murder, mayhem, and divine intervention.

Book review: Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow by Peter Hoeg

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A rather lovely blue-green photograph of a body silhouetted in water, under some understated silver text. Nicer than the library's hardcover, which was a bland white thing with cartography and so forth.

Book review: The Stand by Stephen King

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In Stephen King’s post apocalyptic America, after the government’s superflu has struck and most of the population are dead, the remaining souls are caught up in an epic battle between good and evil.

Book review: The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall

If this was a meal, it would be a fine Japanese dish eaten with a beautiful returned astronaut.

Book review: Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

Flight 2039 has a couple of hours before it crashes into the earth. And on that flight is a man, recording his life story into the black box.

Book review: Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

Flight 2039 has a couple of hours before it crashes into the earth. And on that flight is a man, recording his life story into the black box. Chuck Palahniuk at his finest.

Book review: Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen

If this was a film, it would be Miami Blues, starring Sir Alec Baldwin.

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