The Golden Child by Wendy James

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Blogger Lizzy’s life is shiny, happy, normal. Two gorgeous children, a handsome husband, destiny under control.  For her real-life alter-ego, Beth, things are unravelling.  Family tensions simmer and her daughters have moved into teenage-hood, their lives – at school, home and online – increasingly mysterious.

Then a fellow student is callously bullied and the finger of blame pointed at one of Beth’s girls.  As an innocent child lies suspended between life and death, two families are forced to question everything they believe about their children, and the answers are terrifying.

As unsettling as it is compelling, The Golden Child asks: how well can you know anyone in the digital age?

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The List by Mick Herron

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Dieter Hess, an aged spy, is dead, and John Bachelor, his MI5 handler, is in deep, deep trouble.  Death has revealed that the deceased had been keeping a secret second bank account – and there’s only ever one reason a spy has a secret second bank account.  The question of whether he was a double agent must be resolved, and its answer may undo an entire career’s worth of spy secrets.  

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Star Of The North by D. B. John

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North Korea and the USA are on the brink of war.

A young American woman disappears without trace from a South Korean island.

The CIA recruits her twin sister to uncover the truth.

Now, she must go undercover in the world’s most deadly state.

Only by infiltrating the dark heart of the terrifying regime will she be able to save her sister … and herself.

Prepare yourself for the most explosive international thriller of the year.  

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Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

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Dear Logan,

Someday I’m going to write a book: How Not to Die in Alaska – A Girl’s Guide to Fashionable Survival.

I bet you don’t know that a hair pin can make an excellent fishing hook.  You may think you can use just any kind of mud masks, but trust me, you CAN’T! in a pinch, nothing starts a fire like nail polish remover.

Alaska is tough.  You might know this, if you ever replied to my letters …  

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White Rabbit Red Wolf by Tom Pollock

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Seventeen-year-old Peter Blankman is a maths prodigy.  He also suffers from severe panic attacks. Afraid of everything, he finds solace in the orderly and logical world of mathematics and in the love of his family: his scientist mum and his tough twin sister Bel, as Ingrid, his only friend. However, when his mother is found stabbed before an award ceremony and his sister is nowhere to be found, Peter is dragged into a world of espionage and violence where state and family secrets intertwine.  Armed only with his extraordinary analytical skills, Peter may just discover that his biggest weakness is his greatest strength. 

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The Confession by Jo Spain

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All of us have our secrets, don’t we?

Late one night, a man walks in the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie.  The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear.  

Just an hour later the attacker has handed himself in to the police.  He doesn’t contend his guilt, but claims he doesn’t know his victim, that the attack was unplanned and committed in a fit of madness.  Was this just a random act of violence?  Or is it linked to one of Harry’s many sins: corruption, greed, betrayal?

And of the three, Harry, Julie and the stranger – who is really the guilty one? 

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The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty

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In a quiet and peaceful Savannah neighbourhood, the viciously stabbed and naked body of a woman in her thirties is found on her kitchen floor by her 12-year-old daughter.

As a top crime reporter, Harper McClain stares at the horrific scene and one thought screams through her mind.  This murder scene is identical to the one she discovered as a child.

Her mother’s.

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What You Don’t Know by Joann Chaney

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A crime like this has a wide reach … That’s how things are – a drop in still water that starts a ripple … It’ll never be over … 

Seven years ago, thirty-one bodies were discovered in a crawl-space belonging to Jacky Seever, beloved local businessman and pillar of the community.

Detective Paul Hoskins was lauded for bringing down one of the most ruthless serial-killers of the decade.

Sammie Peterson, the lead reporter on the case, finally obtained the success she craved.

And Seever’s wife, Gloria?  Well, she claimed to be as surprised as everyone else.

But when you get that close to a killer, can you really just move on?

Today, all three of their lives are in ruins – Hoskins banished to cold cases, Sammie working at the mall and Gloria marked out as the wife of a monster.

So when a series of copy-cat killings provided an opportunity to get their lives back, they have little choice but to take it.  Whatever the cost to their humanity …  

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London Rules by Mick Herron

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London Rules might not be written down, but everyone knows rule one.

Cover your arse.

Regent’s Park’s First Desk, Claude Whelan, is learning this the hard way.  Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, he’s facing attack from all directions himself: from the showboating MP who orchestrated the Brexit vote, and now has his sights set on Number Ten; from the showboat’s wife, a tabloid columnist, who’s crucifying Whelan in print; and especially from his own deputy, Lady Di Taverner, who’s alert for Claude’s every stumble.

Meanwhile, the country’s being rocked by an apparently random string of terror attacks, and someone’s trying to kill Roddy Ho.

Over at Slough House, the crew are struggling with personal problems: repressed grief, various addictions, retail paralysis, and the nagging suspicion that their newest colleague is a psychopath.  But, collectively, they’re about to rediscover their greatest strength – that of making a bad situation much, much worse.

It’s a good job Jackson Lamb knows the rules.  Because those things aren’t going to break themselves.

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