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You Are Next by Katie Lief (Ebury Publishing) Detective Karin Schaeffer was a happily married mother until she got too close to catching a serial killer. The press nickname him The Domino Killer because he systematically murders whole families leaving a trail of bloody dominoes as the only clues to his next victim. Having brutally slain Karin's husband and child, he had left her a chilling message written in her daughter's blood: You Are Next. And now the Domino Killer has escaped prison and the police believe he's on his way to find her. But Karin is waiting...
Secret of the Sands by Sara Sheridan (Avon) The year is 1833 and the British Navy are engaged in surveying the coastline of the Arabian Peninsula. Young and ambitious, Lieutenant James Wellstead is determined to use his time in His Majesty's Service as a path ti glory. His plans are thrown into disarray when two of his shipmates go missing while gathering intelligence and Wellstead must mount a daring rescue. Slavery is still rife throughout Arabia. Zena, a headstrong Abyssinian beauty who was torn from her village, is now being offered for sale in the market of Muscat. However, her fortunes change when she finds herself the property of the Lieutenant. She must accompany him on his hazardous mission, little knowing the fate that awaits them.
Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakely-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson (Atom 10th March) The Blacksmith would marry her. The Woodcutter would run away with her. The werewolf would turn her into one of its own. Valerie's sister was beautiful, kind and sweet. Now she is dead. Henry, the handsome son of the blacksmith, tries to console Valerie, but her wild heart beats fast for another: the outcast woodcutter, Peter, who offers Valerie another life far from home.
After her sister's violent death, Valerie's world begins to spiral out of control. For generations, the Wolf has been kept at bay with a monthly sacrifice. But now no one is safe. When an expert Wolf hunter arrives, the villagers learn that the creature lives among them- and it could be anyone in town. It soon becomes clear that Valerie is the only one who can hear the voice of the creature. The Wolf says she must surrender herself before the blood moon wanes...or everyone she loves will die.
I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan (Atom 10th March) Last summer, fur terrified friends made a desperate pact to conceal a shocking secret. But now, someone has learned the truth, and the horror is starting again. There is an unknown avenger out there who is stalking them in a deadly game. Will he stop at terror- or is he out for revenge?
When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman (Headline, March) This is a book about a brother and a sister. It;s a book about childhood and growing up, friendships and family, triumph and tragedy and everything in between. More than anything, it's a book about love in all it's forms.
Rosebush by Michele Jaffe (Atom 10th March) Jane doesn't remember being hit by a car and left for dead. But as she's convalescing she realises that her friends' stories and her memories of what happened that night aren't adding up. Very soon the only thing she does know is that one of her friends was trying to kill her. One of them still is...
Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin (Bloomsbury, 7th March) Jenna and Jonah are teen celebrities whose on-screen romance is followed by millions on a hit TV show. But it's their off-screen love life that's made them really famous. There's just one problem- they can't stand each other! When the paparazzi blow their cover, Jenna and Jonah have to disappear to weather the media storm. Once off the Hollywood circuit, will they discover that there is more to each other than shiny hair and a winning smile? Can a fauxmance really become a romance?
Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman (Bloomsbury 7th March) Everybody says there's a war but I haven't seen it yet. There's a hell of wars going on all the time: Wars. Kids Vs Teachers, Northwell Manor High Vs Leabridge High, Dell Farm Crew Vs Lewsey Hill Crew, Emos Vs Sunshine. Turkey Vs Russia, Arsenal vs Chelsea, Black Vs White, Police Vs Kids, God Vs Allah, Chicken Joe's Vs KFC, Cats Vs Dogs, Aliens Vs Predators.
I haven't seen any of them. You'd know if there was a war because all the windows would be broken and the helicopters would have guns on them. The helicopters don't even have guns, just torchlights. I don't even think there's a war. I haven't seen it. I don't even know what side I'm on. Nobody's told me yet. Vs just means against.
RSVP by Helen Warner (Simon and Schuster, March) Anna's world is rocked when she receives an invitation to her ex Toby's nuptials- Toby was The One, The Love of Her Life, The One That Got Away. Will attending his Big Day finally give her the sense of closure she so desperately craves? Or will it only re-open old wounds?
Clare is Anna's best friend, the person who was there for her when she and Toby split all those years ago. But little does Clare know that Toby's wedding day will also change her own life for ever.
Ella is a classic femme fatale. She loves men and leaves them without a backward glance. But the one person who's never fallen for her charms is Toby. As he prepares to get hitched, is it too late for a last-ditch attempt to win his heart?
Finally, Rachel is the blushing bride-to-be. This should be the happiest day of her life. So how comes she feels nothing but a terrible sense of foreboding?
Random by Craig Robertson (Simon and Schuster, April 1st) Glasgow is being terrorized by a serial killer the media have nicknamed The Cutter. The murders have left the police baffled. There seems to be neither rhyme nor reason behind the killings; no kind of pattern or motive; an entirely different method of murder each time, and nothing that connects the victims except for the fact that the little fingers of their right hands have been severed.
If DS Rachel Narey could only work out the key to the seemingly random murders, how and why the killer selects his victims, she would be well on her way to catching him. But as the police, the press and the threatening figure from Glasgow's underworld begin to close in on The Cutter, his carefully laid plans threaten to unravel- with horrifying consequences...
So there you go, I have a fair few to keep me busy this month, lots of crime and thrillers which I am really looking forward to. Let me know if you have read any of them and have any thoughts?