Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2014 – shortlists announced!

Category: News

It’s that time of year again Killer Readers… the time when the masters of intrigue, suspense, and murders most horrid are honoured in The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards, in association with the Crime Writers’ Association!

The shortlists have officially been announced and there has been a flurry of excitement here at Killer Reads as our brilliant author, Greg Iles, has been shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year, for his stunning novel Natchez Burning

We’re also extremely proud to announce that S. J. Parris’ breath-taking historical thriller, Treachery, has been selected for the Crime Thriller book club, so will be critiqued on-air AND that the one and only Dean Koontz will feature in the Crime Thriller Club’s ‘living legends’ section – a series of interviews with bestselling authors in the world of crime and thriller fiction.

The awards will be the culmination of a six-week Crime Thriller Club series, which starts on ITV3 on 15th September, so make sure you tune in. The winners will then be announced at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards on Friday 24th October at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

For full details, visit the Crime Thriller Awards website

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THE CITY, by Dean Koontz

Category: Author Post

We’re thrilled to welcome No.1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz to the Killer Reads blog today, to talk about his new novel, The City


083077-FC3DGerda, my wife and first reader of my manuscripts, is an honest critic of my work, and a good one. For years, the male ego being what it is, I listened to her thoughts on a script, generally expressed my disagreements with her suggestions—but then went into my office and quietly fixed things according to her observations before sending the book off to my editor. Eventually, I grew up and learned to acknowledge the wisdom of her suggestions at the time she made them.

When she finished reading the manuscript of THE CITY, she came into my office and said, “I think this is the first time I’ve ever said a book is perfect in every scene.” I expressed my concern that she was trying to spare my feelings. “No,” she said, “when it comes to your writing, sweetie, I don’t care about your feelings, only about the book.”

Later, at dinner, when I pressed her to tell me what she really thought, she said, “This pasta is delicious, isn’t it?” When I asked again as we were about to brush our teeth to go to bed, she said, “Have you flossed?” I almost woke her in the middle of the night to pose the question once more, but our dog, Anna, sleeping at the foot of the bed, growled softly as though with psychic awareness of what I was about to do. In the morning, when I asked again, Gerda said, “Have I ever not said what I mean?”

She is the most straight-forward and honest person I’ve ever known, so I said, “I’m an idiot.” She said, “Have you always known, or is this a new realization on your part?” I’ve always known.

– Dean Koontz

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A MOTHER’S WORST NIGHTMARE!

Category: Team piece

Mother’s Day is just a couple of days away and you know us at Killer Reads, we love to put a bit of a killer spin on events such as this! So we’ve pulled together a list of books we’ve read that come under the theme of ‘A Mother’s Worst Nightmare’!

If you’ve ever felt bad for forgetting to buy a card or flowers on Mother’s day, after reading these books you can at least rest assured that compared to these fictional children you were positively angelic!

 

I have a bit of an irrational fear of identical twins. I put it entirely down to seeing The Shining at a young age, and have met a few sets of identical twins during my lifetime, always perfectly lovely people. I don’t want you think I am anti-twin. But the idea of two people being so entirely similar – some twins even share fingerprints – still kind of freaks me out. So I think the concept behind The Ice Twins, out early next year, was always going to terrify me. Sarah is the mother of identical twins, Kirstie and Lydia, faces her absolute nightmare when Lydia dies in a tragic accident. Desperate in their grief, she, her husband and their remaining little girl decide to move to his family home on a remote Scottish island to gather their strength again as a family. But right before they move, her daughter asks her why, for so many months, she’s been calling her by the wrong name. She isn’t Kirstie, but Lydia. Kirstie is the one who really died that day. Sarah doesn’t know what to do or think – is her daughter having a breakdown, or did they really bury the wrong twin? They move to the island, so remote and far away, and… well, let’s just say it’s not happy for anyone. Terrifying. Can’t wait for this one to be released…

– Katie, HarperFiction

 

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From the day he was born, Addison Goodheart has struck fear and loathing in the hearts of anyone who sees him. Even his own mother. Imagine looking into your baby’s eyes and feeling nothing but hatred and disgust. Imagine always fighting the urge to cast out your own child, for reasons neither you nor he can explain. It is a parent’s first instinct to protect their children, so what could be scarier than wanting to do the very opposite of that?  For that reason, Innocence by Dean Koontz makes it to the top of my list.

– Lucy, HarperFiction

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Psychopathic kids score pretty highly on my list of mothers’ worst nightmares. For that reason I’m picking Buried Angels by Camilla Lackberg, though I can’t say why for fear of ruining the twist! You’ll just have to read it to find out…

– Katie, HarperFiction

 

 

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My pick for a novel that expresses a mother’s worst nightmare is The Toy Taker by Luke Delaney, in which a series of children disappear. Not from a playground, or while staying at a friends’ house, or on a school trip, but from what should be the sanctuary of their own homes, in the middle of the night when everyone is sleeping, and the house is (supposedly) safely locked up. Just when you think your child is at their most protected turns out in this story to be when they are at their most vulnerable. The gradual revelation of how and why the perpetrator manages to achieve this without anyone hearing a sound, and without leaving any evidence, makes for a truly riveting read.

– Sarah, HarperFiction