the summer thriller that’ll make you scared to leave your villa

Kitchen sink psychological thrillers are having a moment. Meet July’s big release that’ll have you hanging on to the edge of your hammock this holiday…


Books you'll want to hide behind
A book you’ll want to hide behind

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Anne and Marco Conti appear to have it all: a lovely home, successful business and a beautiful baby girl. When their babysitter unexpectedly bails after they’ve accepted an invite to their neighbours’ dinner party, they make a decision to leave the baby at home alone. They’ll just be next door, they reason, they’ll check on her every half an hour and take the baby monitor with them. But then the unthinkable happens and as the police begin to unravel the details of baby Cora’s disappearance, it becomes clear that there’s more to this family – and their neighbours – than meets the eye. Like Gone Girl before it, this domestic suspense thriller is fast-paced and cleverly plotted. Full of surprising twists and turns, I barely had time to acknowledge the sheer horror of the situation before I found myself at the last page. It’ll keep you gripped with its unbearable premise and unpredictable ending.

 This book was sent for review by the publisher

 3 missing children thrillers to chill your bones

 The Playdate by Louise Millar

Callie Roberts is a single mum to a sickly daughter who is reliant on the help of friends. One in particular, Suzy, has helped her the most. But she has troubles of her own and Callie feels its time to pull away from her, so she turns to a new neighbour for help. This tense, intricately woven novel asks: would you rely upon the kindness of strangers when it comes to your own precious child?
The Playdate - Louise Millar

The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald

When baby Noah goes missing from a roadside in Australia, his parents are thrust into the spotlight of the search. Their relationship slowly begins to unravel under the scrutiny of the media glare and they begin to turn on each other as they wonder: is the truth even worse than the nightmare that they are living in?
The Cry Helen Fitzgerald

The Missing by C. L Taylor

Can a mother’s instinct ever be wrong? That’s what Claire Wilkinson asks herself when her 15 year old son goes missing. As a mother she blames herself, but as the months pass she becomes certain that Billy is alive and that someone, somewhere knows where he is. But are they closer than she thinks?


The Missing - C.L.Taylor

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