The Bad Mother
Author: Amanda Brooke
That’s what he wants you to think...
The Bad Mother
Author: AMANDA. BROOKE
That's what he wants you to think...
I Know You
Author: Annabel Kantaria
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
‘Draws you in and doesn’t let you go. Gripping, chilling and twisted.’ Judy Finnigan You trust me. You shouldn’t.
The Girl Before
Author: Rena Olsen
In this powerful psychological suspense debut, when a woman’s life is shattered, she is faced with a devastating question: What if everything she thought was normal and good and true . . . wasn’t? Clara Lawson is torn from her life in an instant. Without warning, her home is invaded by armed men, and she finds herself separated from her beloved husband and daughters. The last thing her husband yells to her is to say nothing. In chapters that alternate between past and present, the novel slowly unpeels the layers of Clara’s fractured life. We see her growing up, raised with her sisters by the stern Mama and Papa G, becoming a poised and educated young woman, falling desperately in love with the forbidden son of her adoptive parents. We see her now, sequestered in an institution, questioned by men and women who call her a different name—Diana—and who accuse her husband of unspeakable crimes. As recollections of her past collide with new revelations, Clara must question everything she thought she knew, to come to terms with the truth of her history and to summon the strength to navigate her future. From the Hardcover edition.
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Author: Asia Mackay
Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Fiction Ltd.
'An annoyingly brilliant and funny first novel' HUGH GRANT 'I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!! It's so new and different and refreshing' MARIAN KEYES 'I loved it. Really entertaining, good fun and captures the mum juggle/guilt perfectly. Would love to go out for a drink with Lex' THE UNMUMSY MUM 'Mackay's debut is fresh and fun, and adroitly combines social and parenting comedy with detail-rich derring-do' THE SUNDAY TIMES 'A slick plot, pin-sharp prose and an authentic feel' SUNDAY MIRROR AS DISCUSSED ON THE SARA COX SHOW Every working mum has had to face it. The guilt-fuelled, anxiety-filled first day back in the office after maternity leave. But this working mum is one of a kind. Meet Alexis Tyler. An elite covert agent within Her Majesty's Secret Service. Her first project back is a high-stakes hit of global significance and the old boys network of government espionage is far from ready for the return of an operational mother. But woe betide anyone who ever tells Alexis Tyler 'you can't'. She will have it all. Or she'll die trying . . . And yes, she damn well will be home for bath time. Perfect for fans of WHY MUMMY SWEARS and THE COWS. Praise for Killing It: 'Witty . . . fun . . . clever. BRILLIANT!' Sophie Ellis-Bextor 'Funny, observant and proper adrenaline inducing thrills, I now solely aspire to be even half the woman Lex Tyler is. A bad ass with a baby: every mother's dream' Georgia Tennant 'What new mother can't relate to murder? This is the funny and thrilling story of how one woman does what all women do all the time - manage every single thing - and throws in a bit of efficient killing. Brilliant, wish I'd done more of that . . .' Arabella Weir 'A riotously fun read . . . Asia Mackay puts the sass in assassin' L S Hilton
The Good Son
Author: You-Jeong Jeong
"A cool, crafty did-he-do-it thriller...The Good Son will rivet readers of Jo Nesbo and Patricia Highsmith." --A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window One of Elle.com's "30 Best Books to Read This Summer" The Talented Mr. Ripley meets The Bad Seed in this breathless, chilling psychological thriller by the #1 international bestselling novelist known as “Korea’s Stephen King” Who can you trust if you can't trust yourself? Early one morning, twenty-six-year-old Yu-jin wakes up to a strange metallic smell, and a phone call from his brother asking if everything's all right at home – he missed a call from their mother in the middle of the night. Yu-jin soon discovers her murdered body, lying in a pool of blood at the bottom of the stairs of their stylish Seoul duplex. He can't remember much about the night before; having suffered from seizures for most of his life, Yu-jin often has trouble with his memory. All he has is a faint impression of his mother calling his name. But was she calling for help? Or begging for her life? Thus begins Yu-jin's frantic three-day search to uncover what happened that night, and to finally learn the truth about himself and his family. A shocking and addictive psychological thriller, The Good Son explores the mysteries of mind and memory, and the twisted relationship between a mother and son, with incredible urgency.
The Missing Ones
Author: Patricia Gibney
The Child’s Secret
Author: Amanda Brooke
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
A little girl is missing. Her parents are hiding something. Who will pay the price?
Author: Sam Carrington
When Karen Finch's seventeen-year-old daughter Sophie arrives home after a night out, drunk and accompanied by police officers, no one is smiling the morning after. But Sophie remembers nothing about how she got into such a state. Twelve hours later, Sophie's friend Amy has still not returned home. Then the body of a young woman is found. Karen is sure that Sophie knows more than she is letting on. But Karen has her own demons to fight. She struggles to go beyond her own door without a panic attack. As she becomes convinced that Sophie is not only involved but also in danger, Karen must confront her own anxieties to stop whoever killed one young girl moving on to another - Sophie.
Have you ever laughed, slapped your forehead and thought, "What the heck is wrong with these boys?" If this is you, you're not alone. Whether they are whacking themselves in the head, asking inappropriate questions, or playing with their body parts, boys often can be flabbergasting. Author and communication studies professor Diane Auten understands. As a mother of two crazy boys, she understands firsthand how parents, teachers, or caregivers to boys are often confused about how to relate to them; but it doesn't have to be this way. We can have more fun and connective relationships with our boys, if we learn how to start early. Using hilarious situations from her own sons' lives, Diane gives you a glimpse into the world of raising boys and how to improve your relationships with them. Readers of The Joys of Raising Boys will laugh while discovering how boys: - learn, explore, and talk about body parts - make sense of relationships and love - view life circumstances - use their untamable imagination This is a Mom-oir that looks at what happens when the filters are turned off. From boys wondering when they're going to get "hairballs on their tenders" to running up and down the crowded department store aisles celebrating a particularly good poop, The Joys of Raising Boys: The Good, the Bad, and the Hilarious takes a look at the gritty (and frequently jaw dropping) business of raising boys.
Lisa Kallisto—overwhelmed working mother—is the not-so-perfect model of the modern woman. She holds down a busy job running an animal shelter, she cares for three demanding children, and she worries that her marriage isn’t getting enough attention. During an impossibly hectic week, Lisa takes her eye off the ball for a moment and her world descends into a living nightmare. Not only is her best friend’s thirteen-year-old daughter missing, but it’s Lisa’s fault. To make matters worse, Lucinda is the second teenage girl to disappear within the past two weeks. The first one turned up stripped bare and abandoned on the main street after a horrible ordeal. Wracked with guilt over her mistake, and after having been publicly blamed by Lucinda’s family, Lisa sets out to right the wrong. As she begins digging under the surface, Lisa learns that everything is not quite what it first appears to be. In Paula Daly’s heart-stopping debut novel, motherhood, marriage, and friendship are tested when a string of abductions tear through a small-town community. Gripping and fast-paced, Just What Kind of Mother Are You? introduces an outstanding new thriller writer with a terrifying imagination for the horrors that lurk in everyday lives.
The Special Girls
Author: Isabelle Grey
'There are plenty of twists in this compelling and compassionate tale' SARAH HILARY 'Absolutely riveting and I struggled to put it down' 5 star reader review 'A white trainer caught the light, and Grace tracked the beam along khaki chinos and a smeared sweatshirt to short brown hair glistening with blood.' DI Grace Fisher investigates the murder of a young doctor working at a summer camp for young girls with eating disorders. Professor Ned Chesham, the man behind the camp deep in the Essex countryside, is hailed as a miracle worker, but the murder of one of his team throws a spotlight on his work and the 'special girls' under his care. Grace Fisher is pulled from the murder investigation to head up a cold case review involving Chesham himself. She must tread carefully: Chesham has just been knighted, he has friends in high places and any suspicion about his work risks damaging his patients even further. But the deeper Grace probes, the clearer it becomes that there is something rotten at the heart of his treatment programme. As Grace peels away the lies that led to the young doctor's murder and uncovers the extent of the damage done to Chesham's patients, she realises how few people want her to get to the truth. Is there anyone she can trust with the horrifying secret of the special girls? THE SPECIAL GIRLS is a nailbiting thriller with a main character you will love and a final twist that will break your heart What people are saying about THE SPECIAL GIRLS: 'The standout crime novel of 2017' CRIMESQUAD 'A brave and harrowing novel' SUNDAY TIMES CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH 'A penetrating analysis of Stockholm Syndrome' GUARDIAN
The Good Mother
Author: Karen Osman
Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd
How far would you go to protect your children? A gripping psychological suspense, with a shocking twist that will leave you reeling... Catherine is a good mother and a good wife. The family home is immaculate, her husband's supper is cooked on time, but when she starts writing to Michael, a prisoner convicted of murder, she finds herself obsessing about his crime and whether he can ever truly be forgiven... Kate has no time for herself. Caught in the maelstrom of bringing up two young children with no money, and an out-of-work husband, she longs to escape the drudgery of being a wife and a mother. And she soon starts taking dangerous risks to feel alive... Alison has flown the nest. But university life is not what she had hoped for, and she finds herself alone and unhappy. Until the day her professor takes a sudden interest in her. Then everything changes... Three women – all with secrets. And as the days tick down to Michael's release, those secrets can no longer be ignored. 'The Good Mother is an addictive read that had me gripped from the first page to the shocking conclusion at the end, wow!' Adele O'Neill.
Author: Michelle Frances
A mother. A son. His girlfriend. And the lie they’ll wish had never been told. Laura has it all. A successful career, a long marriage to a rich husband, and a twenty-three year-old son, Daniel, who is kind, handsome, and talented. Then Daniel meets Cherry. Cherry is young, beautiful and smart but hasn’t led Laura’s golden life. And she wants it. When tragedy strikes, a decision is made and a lie is told. A lie so terrible it changes their lives forever… The Girlfriend is a taut and wickedly twisted debut psychological thriller—a novel of subtle sabotage, retaliation, jealousy and fear, which pivots on an unforgivable lie, and examines the mother–son–daughter-in-law relationship in a chilling new light.