The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?
A debut psychological thriller you can’t miss!
‘This outstanding debut novel will leave you breathless’
‘Brilliant, chilling, scary and unputdownable.’
-Lesley Pearse, bestselling author of Without a Trace
‘This one is 2016’s answer to Gone Girl. Nuff said.’
-Women’s Health UK
‘You’ll love this’
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.
You’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.
Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.
Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.
‘Behind Closed Doors gives us a glimpse into the realities of a ‘perfect marriage’, with addictive and heart pounding moments guaranteed to have you looking at your friends and neighbours differently.’
-Margaret Madden, Bleach House Library
Paula Hawkins - A lány a vonaton
Ritkaság, hogy egy könyv vezesse több országban egyszerre, szinte az összes fontos sikerlistát. A New York Timesét és a BarnesandNoble-ét, például. Az végképp szokatlan, hogy ezt egy debütáló író tegye. 2015 elején Paula Hawkins regénye berobbant az angolszász piacokra. Ahogy Stephen King fogalmazott, ebben a történetben csak fokozódik és fokozódik a feszültség. Nem véletlenül hasonlítják Hitchkockhoz és Agatha Christie-hez az írót, a Gone girlhez a történetet. Rachel ingázó, minden reggel felszáll ugyanarra a vonatra. Tudja, hogy minden alkalommal várakozni szoktak ugyanannál a fénysorompónál, ahonnan egy sor hátsó udvarra nyílik rálátás. Már-már kezdi úgy érezni, hogy ismeri az egyik ház lakóit. Jess és Jason, így nevezi őket. A pár élete tökéletesnek tűnik, és Rachel sóvárogva gondol a boldogságukra. És aztán lát valami megdöbbentőt. Csak egyetlen pillanatig, ahogy a vonat tovahalad, de ennyi elég. A pillanat mindent megváltoztat. Rachel immár részese az életüknek, melyet eddig csak messziről szemlélt. Meglátják; sokkal több ő, mint egy lány a vonaton!
Stephen King - Dolores Claiborne
Dolores Claiborne has a story to tell. But not quite what the police expected. Dolores Claiborne has a confession to make... She will take her time. Won't be hurried. Will do it her way, sparing neither details or feelings. Hers or anyone else's. This is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Truth that takes you to the edge of darkness. Dolores Claiborne has a story to tell and you'd better pay attention - or else...
Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl
Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn. On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet? With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.
Paula Hawkins - La chica del tren
Rachel toma siempre el tren de las 8.04 h. Cada mañana lo mismo: el mismo paisaje, las mismas casas… y la misma parada en la señal roja. Son solo unos segundos, pero le permiten observar a una pareja desayunando tranquilamente en su terraza. Siente que los conoce y se inventa unos nombres para ellos: Jess y Jason. Su vida es perfecta, no como la suya. Pero un día ve algo. Sucede muy deprisa, pero es suficiente. ¿Y si Jess y Jason no son tan felices como ella cree? ¿Y si nada es lo que parece?
Jane Corry - A férjem felesége
Mi van, ha az egész életed hazugságra épült? Amikor Lily, a fiatal ügyvéd férjhez megy Edhez, elhatározza, hogy elölről kezd mindent, a múlt titkait pedig maga mögött hagyja. De amikor első ügyébe belekezd, valahogy furcsa vonzódást érez ügyfeléhez. A férfihoz, akit gyilkossággal vádolnak. A férfihoz, akiért hamarosan mindent kockára tesz majd… De valóban ártatlan? És ki ő, hogy megítélje? Jane Corry ismert angol újságíró, az Oxford University kreatív írás tanára. Bemutatkozó regényének megírásakor hosszú időt töltött egy nagy biztonságú fegyházban, hogy tanulmányozza a foglyok viselkedését. A férjem felesége fordulatos pszichológiai thriller, amely gyorsan nemzetközi bestseller lett.
Fiona Barton - The Widow
_We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs – the wife who stands by him?_ Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she’d ever wanted: her Prince Charming. Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil. But now Glen is dead and she’s alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms. _Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows._
Koethi Zan - The Never List
For years, best friends Sarah and Jennifer kept what they called the “Never List”: a list of actions to be avoided, for safety’s sake, at all costs. But one night, against their best instincts, they accept a cab ride with grave, everlasting consequences. For the next three years, they are held captive with two other girls in a dungeon-like cellar by a connoisseur of sadism. Ten years later, at thirty-one, Sarah is still struggling to resume a normal life, living as a virtual recluse under a new name, unable to come to grips with the fact that Jennifer didn’t make it out of that cellar. Now, her abductor is up for parole and Sarah can no longer ignore the twisted letters he sends from jail. Finally, Sarah decides to confront her phobias and the other survivors—who hold their own deep grudges against her. When she goes on a cross-country chase that takes her into the perverse world of BDSM, secret cults, and the arcane study of torture, she begins unraveling a mystery more horrifying than even she could have imagined.
Karine Giebel - Csak egy árnyék
Erősnek hitted magad. Legyőzhetetlennek. Piedesztálod magasából azt képzelted, irányíthatod a világot. Manipuláltál – préda leszel. Uralkodtál – rabszolga leszel. Normális életet élsz, sőt, inkább irigylésre méltót. Sikerült elismerést kivívnod, megtalálnod a helyed a világban. És akkor egy napon… Egy napon hátrafordulsz, s meglátsz magad mögött egy árnyékot. Attól a naptól fogva üldöz. Szakadatlanul. Csak egy árnyék. Nincs arca, nincs neve. Nincs megfogható indítéka. Követ az utcán, lekapcsolja mögötted a villanyt, felbontja a postád. Megfigyel még a legintimebb pillanataidban is. A rendőröknek hiába szólsz: pszichiáterhez küldenek. A barátaid furcsa szemmel néznek rád, majd eltávolodnak tőled. Senki nem ért meg. Senki nem tud, senki nem akar segíteni neked. Egyedül vagy. Nem: a félelem folyton veled van. Ahogy az árnyék is. Ott van a hátad mögött, az életedben. Vagy csak a fejedben…? Mire megérted, már túl késő. Parancsoltál? Tanulj engedelmességet. Megvetettél? Tanulj tiszteletet. Élni akarsz? Halj meg csendben…
Shari Lapena - The Couple Next Door
_How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even—yourself?_ _People are capable of almost anything. . ._ A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors—a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives... Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story. Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years. What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.
Stephen King - Dolores
A _Dolores_ műfaja szerint krimi, de Stephen King, a horror koronázatlan királya itt sem tagadja meg önmagát. Mert éppen eléggé borzalmas már az alaphelyzet is: két rovott múltú szipirtyó egy fedél alatt él egy szigeten, és valami különös szeretet-gyűlölet viszony fűzi őket egymáshoz... Aztán egyikük, a ház magatehetetlen, hájas úrnője a porcicák elől menekülve egyszer csak kikél tolószékéből, és lezuhan a lépcsőn – majd a nem sokkal később érkező postásfiú az összezúzott tetem mellett ott talál egy márvány sodrófát. Természetesen Doloresre, a társnőjére fogják rá, hogy végzett vele. Dolores a rendőrségen beszámol egész életéről: sötét, pokoli indulatokról mesél – és egy régi napfogyatkozás idején elkövetett szörnyű bűntényről... ám azt tagadja, hogy megölte volna szipirtyótársát.
Paula Hawkins - The Girl on the Train
Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see: she’s much more than just the girl on the train…
Peter James - Dead Letter Drop
As Max Flynn discovers, the British Secret Service have a damn strange method of recruiting. In his case, press-ganging would not be too strong a term. His assignments are, in his own estimation, no different from anyone else's - they are equally foul. But in one respect at least, his role is untypical. His task is to spy on his own side. He's good at his job - he leaves no stone unturned, he never lets go - but agents, however good, are dispensable. Wary of the dangers of his profession, Flynn indulges a preference for wearing a jacket that's one size too big rather than a gun that's one size too small.
Jodi Picoult - House Rules
The astonishing new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult about a family torn apart by an accusation of murder. They tell me I'm lucky to have a son who's so verbal, who is blisteringly intelligent, who can take apart the broken microwave and have it working again an hour later. They think there is no greater hell than having a son who is locked in his own world, unaware that there's a wider one to explore. But try having a son who is locked in his own world, and still wants to make a connection. A son who tries to be like everyone else, but truly doesn't know how. Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger's syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject -- in his case, forensic analysis. He's always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do...and he's usually right. But then his town is rocked by a terrible murder and, for a change, the police come to Jacob with questions. All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger's -- not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, flat affect -- can look a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel. Suddenly, Jacob and his family, who only want to fit in, feel the spotlight shining directly on them. For his mother, Emma, it's a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it's another indication of why nothing is normal because of Jacob. And over this small family the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder? Emotionally powerful from beginning to end, House Rules looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way -- and fails those who don't.
Stieg Larsson - A tetovált lány
Negyven éve történt. Az agg milliárdos elveszítette unokahúgát, akit gyermekeként szeretett. S azóta is, évről évre, valaki – mintha az őrületbe akarná kergetni – minden születésnapján emlékezteti az idős urat arra a tragikus napra… Az évek óta tartó nyomozás új lendületet kap, amikor a férfi felfogad egy vesztes sajtóper után állás nélkül maradt, rámenősnek tűnő újságírót, hogy kísérelje meg az igazság kiderítését. Hisz sokan élnek még a rokonságból, akik akkor ott voltak. A gyilkosnak köztük kell lennie… Ugyanakkor egy jó hírű magánnyomozó iroda munkatársnője rááll az újságíróra, s szinte mindent kiderít róla, ahogyan mások sem bízhatnak abban, hogy titkuk rejtve marad a kivételes tehetségű, tetovált lány előtt.
Dan Wells - I Don't Want to Kill You
Dan Wells introduced us to John Wayne Cleaver in the chilling novels I Am Not a Serial Killer and Mr. Monster. In I Don't Want to Kill You, Cleaver faces his toughest challenge yet. John Wayne Cleaver has called a demon---literally called it on the phone---and challenged it to a fight. He’s faced two monsters already, barely escaping with his life, and now he’s done running; he’s taking the fight to them. As he wades through the town’s darkest secrets, searching for any sign of who the demon might be, one thing becomes all too clear: in a game of cat and mouse with a supernatural killer, you are always the mouse. In I Am Not a Serial Killer we watched a budding sociopath break every rule he had to save his town from evil. In Mr. Monster we held our breath as he fought madly with himself, struggling to stay in control. Now John Wayne Cleaver has mastered his twisted talents and embraced his role as a killer of killers. I Don't Want to Kill You brings his story to a thundering climax of suspicion, mayhem, and death. It’s time to punish the guilty. And in a town full of secrets, everyone is guilty of something.
Michael Connelly - The Scarecrow
Jack McEvoy is at the end of the line as a crime reporter. Forced to take a buy-out from the LA Times, he's got 30 days left on the job. His last assignment? Training his replacement, a low-cost reporter just out of J-school. But Jack has other plans for his exit. He is going to go out with a bang - a final story that will win the newspaper journalism's highest honour - a Pulitzer prize. Jack focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer from the projects who has confessed to police that he brutally raped and strangled one of his crack clients. But as Jack delves into the story he soon realises that Alonzo's so-called confession is bogus. The investigation leads him to a killer known as The Scarecrow who has worked completely below the police and FBI radar. Jack is soon off and running on the biggest story he's had since The Poet crossed his path twelve years before - but The Scarecrow knows he's coming...
Greg Iles - The Footprints of God
From acclaimed "New York Times" bestselling author Greg Iles comes a cutting-edge thriller in which the next phase of human evolution may not be human at all.... In a secret government lab, America's top scientists work on Trinity -- a supercomputer that could surpass the power of the human mind. As the project's ethicist, Dr. David Tennant works in a firestorm of limitless science and ruthless ambition. After a fellow scientist is murdered, David uncovers who the killer is. Desperate, he turns to Rachel Weiss, the psychiatrist probing the nightmares that have plagued him since joining the project, and both are forced to flee for their lives. Pursued around the globe, David and Rachel piece together the truth behind Project Trinity, and the apocalyptic power it possesses. But Trinity's countdown has already begun, and humanity is now held hostage by a form of life that cannot be destroyed. The only hope for survival lies in the shocking connection that exists between Trinity and David's tortured mind. Mankind's future hangs in the balance -- and the price of failure is extinction.
Greg Iles - Third Degree
Laurel Fields, perfect wife of Dr Warren Fields, living in a perfect house in a beautiful town, is pregnant. But is the baby her husband's - or her lover's? One morning she returns home and finds Warren waiting for her. When she looks down from his unshaven face, she recognises the piece of paper lying on the coffee table - a letter from her lover Danny that she'd hidden inside a book. Then she sees the gun in her husband's hand. It's going to be a long day: for the Fields family, for Danny, for the police. Because this is not the only secret in town.
Val McDermid - Trick of the Dark
When Charlie Flint is sent a mysterious package of press cuttings about a brutal murder, it instantly grabs her attention. The murder occurred in the grounds of her old Oxford college – a groom battered to death just hours after his wedding. As his bride and wedding guests sipped champagne, his alleged killers were slipping his bloodstained body into the river. Charlie doesn’t know who sent the package, or why, but she can’t get the crime out of her head. And with her professional life as a clinical psychiatrist in tatters, she has plenty of time on her hands to investigate. But as she delves deeper, and steps back into the closeted, mysterious world of Oxford colleges, she realises that there is much more to this crime than meets the eye. And every step she takes towards the truth is a step closer to danger…
Allison Brennan - See No Evil
A cunning killer hides in plain sight. A troubled teenage girl has been charged with the grisly murder of her stepfather. The evidence is damning: Emily was found alone at the scene with blood on her hands, and an incriminating e-mail she wrote outlines a murder plot identical to the method of the brutal slaying. But deputy district attorney Julia Chandler believes her niece is innocent, and she’s determined to keep the promise she made to protect her dead brother’s daughter–even if it means hiring private eye Connor Kincaid . . . the man who blames her for forcing his resignation from the police department. Together Julia and Connor uncover a chain of unsolved violent crimes tied to an unorthodox therapist whose anonymous online patients purge their anger by posting lethal fantasies. But someone in the group has turned vigilante, turning the game of virtual murder into a flesh-and-blood vendetta. After evil is seen, face your ultimate fear.