Thrilling Reads: Top Picks
A Sparrow Falls
Following his service in the Great War, General Sean Courtney has shifted his focus to his legacy and his heirs. He is watching three possible successors: his overindulged daughter Storm, disgraced son Dirk, and his new assistant and fellow soldier, Mark. Can Sean protect Mark, who is enamoured by Storm and the victim of Dirk’s hatred, as well as his own legacy?
The final chapter in global bestseller Wilbur Smith’s When the Lion Feeds trilogy, A Sparrow Falls is an exciting, immersive read.
The Secrets She Keeps
Agatha and Meghan are from incredibly different backgrounds, but they have one thing in common – a dangerous secret. Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds will collide in one shocking act.
Lauded by Stephen King for its ‘two terrific female characters…clean prose and whipcrack pacing’, Michael Robotham’s The Secret She Keeps is a gripping psychological thriller.
On his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. There are strange searches on his computer, and persistent phone calls. What really happened to Amy?
The Observer lauded Flynn’s ability to ‘play her readers with the finesse and delicacy of an expert angler…guaranteeing an immediate reread’. Marie Claire praised Flynn’s ‘wildly unexpected plot twists, contradictory stories and the tantalising feeling that nothing is as it seems’. The Times stated that Gone Girl paints a ‘fascinating portrait of one averagely mismatched relationship’ and Sunday Times commended how ‘one version of events hides another in a novel that cleverly manipulates the reader’.
Now a major motion picture starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck.
The Woman in the Window
Anna Fox is a recluse. It’s been ten months since she last left her Manhattan home. Her only lifeline to the outside world is her window, where she sits daily, spying on the neighbours. She is particularly fascinated by the Russells, the seemingly perfect family of three, as they remind her of her past.
One evening, Anna hears a hysterical scream and witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything in her power to unearth the truth.
Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn praised the novel, stating that it is ‘Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing’. Stephen King believed that it was ‘unputdownable’ while Val McDermid said it was ‘twisted to the power of max’. Ruth Ware referred to AJ Finn’s debut as ‘a dark, twisty confection’, while Jane Harper, author of The Dry stated that it was ‘a brilliant page turner’.