Our Top Summer Picks

Category: Favourites

Make the most of the last of the warm temperatures with our pick of holiday thrillers – from the simmering heat and dark secrets of Bitter Sun, to bestselling author Alex Lake’s page-turner Copycat, these are the books to read before Autumn is in full swing!


The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine

The Last Mrs Parrish packshot

How far would you go to make all your dreams come true?

Amber Patterson is tired of being a nobody: an invisible woman who melts into the background. She deserves more. She deserves a life of wealth, luxury and leisure.

Daphne Parrish is the golden girl of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut. With her model looks, her picture-perfect mansion and her millionaire husband, Jackson, she has everything Amber wants.

Amber’s envy could eat her alive—if she didn’t have a plan. Before long, she has become Daphne’s closest friend, and is catching the eye of Jackson. But a skeleton from her past could destroy everything and, if discovered, Amber’s well-laid plan may end in disaster…


In A Cottage In A Wood by Cass Green

In a Cottage in a Wood

Her dream home will become her worst nightmare…

Neve comes across a troubled woman called Isabelle on Waterloo Bridge late one night. Isabelle forces a parcel into Neve’s hands and jumps to her death into the icy Thames below.

Two weeks later, as Neve’s wreck of a life in London collapses, an unexpected lifeline falls into her lap – a charming cottage in Cornwall left to her by Isabelle, the woman on the bridge. The solution to all her problems.

But when Neve arrives, alone in the dark woods late one night, she finds a sinister-looking bungalow with bars across its windows. And her dream home quickly becomes her worst nightmare – a house hiding a twisted secret that will change her life forever…


Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis

Bitter Sun

It all started when we found the body. Then nothing was ever the same.

In the heatwave summer of 1971, four kids find a body by a lake and set out to solve a murder. But they dig too deep and ask too many questions.

Larson is a town reeling in the wake of the Vietnam draft, where the unrelenting heat ruins the harvest, and the people teeter on the edge of ruin.

As tension and paranoia run rife, rumours become fact, violence becomes reflex. The unrest allows the dark elements of the close-knit farming community to rise and take control.

And John, Jenny, Gloria and Rudy are about to discover that sometimes secrets are best left uncovered…


Copycat by Alex Lake

Copy Cat

Imitation is the most terrifying form of flattery…

When an old friend gets in touch, Sarah Havenant discovers that there are two Facebook profiles in her name. One is hers. The other, she has never seen.

But everything in it is accurate. Photos of her friends, her husband, her kids. Photos from the day before. Photos of her new kitchen. Photos taken inside her house.

And this is just the beginning. Because whoever has set up the second profile has been waiting for Sarah to find it. And now that she has, her life will no longer be her own…


Killing Season by Faye Kellerman

Killing Season

He went searching for the truth. Now a killer has found him.

Three years ago, fifteen-year-old Ellen Vicksburg went missing in a quiet town in New Mexico. On the first anniversary of her death, her brother Ben found her body in a shallow grave by the river’s edge.

The police believe she was the victim of a known psychopath. But Ben continues to pore over the evidence and finds patterns that link Ellen’s case to similar unsolved murders.

Soon, a picture emerges of a ruthless killer, and Ben’s obsession marks him as a threat. Will he uncover the truth in time to keep him and those he loves safe?


The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

The Lies We Told

Do you promise not to tell?

Beth has always known there was something strange about her daughter, Hannah. The lack of emotion, the disturbing behaviour, the apparent delight in hurting others… sometimes Beth is scared of her, and what she could be capable of.

Luke comes from the perfect family, with the perfect parents. But one day, he disappears without a trace, and his girlfriend Clara is left desperate to discover what has happened to him.

As Clara digs into the past she realizes that no family is truly perfect, and uncovers a link between Luke’s long-lost sister and a strange girl named Hannah. Now Luke’s life is in danger because of the lies once told and the secrets once kept. Can she find him before it’s too late?


Get some killer holiday inspiration

Category: Competitions

The summer holiday season is officially upon us! If you’re still debating where to book that last-minute holiday and struggling to think of anywhere exciting to fly to though, why not take some killer inspiration from one of our crime and thriller books?!

Murders, spies, villains (etc) aside, we realised that our novels are set in some pretty stunning locations! So this week the Killer Reads team took to our many book shelves in search of some holiday destination inspiration.

We managed to narrow it down to just 14 (there were MANY more to choose from!) so if you’re in need of holiday ideas – or are just interested to see all the cities in which our books are set – click on the map below.

AND, not only are we acting as excellent travel agents this week, we’re also offering you the chance to win a set of the books featured on the map, to keep you entertained on your travels!

To enter the competition just let us know in the comments below which destination on the map you’d most like to visit, which books you’d take with you – and why…


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3. Answer the question in the comments section below to enter
4. Closing date for entries is 8th September 2014. No entries received after this time will be accepted. No purchase necessary. Only one allowed per household.
5. The prize is a set of 14 books
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Killer Reads summer reading

Category: News

The weather in London has been pretty incredible lately, and there’s nothing nicer to do on a sunny day than find a nice park and settle down to read. We asked some of the Killer Reads team what they were looking forward to reading this summer and this is what they chose…

A Foreign CountrySarah Hodgson

‘This summer I’ll mostly be reading the works of Julia Donaldson and Judith Kerr to my 3-year-old over and over again. As a result of which I’m woefully behind on my own reading, and the pile on my bedside table is seriously in danger of toppling over.

But I’m hoping to finally get around to A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming, which all my most trusted recommenders say is a brilliant and compelling spy novel, and Dominion by C J Samson, which looks like a fascinating imagining of Britain under Nazi rule.

On the work front, I’m lucky enough to already be reading the new Stuart MacBride, A Song for the Dying, out in Jan 2014, and can exclusively reveal that it’s an utterly engrossing read – by turns thrilling and heartbreaking.’


The Keeper

Kate Stephenson

‘This summer I’m looking forward to…

The Keeper, by Luke Delaney – the second in the DI Sean Corrigan series is exactly what you need for a holiday read – fast paced and gripping, you will race through with your heart in your throat, desperate to find out if Corrigan will get his man in time. Such a brilliant new series from an author who really has the credentials to back up his books.

Tigers in Red Weather, by Liza Klaussmann – Set against a backdrop of parties, cocktails, moonlight and jazz at an old mansion on Martha’s Vineyard, I want to read this book lying in the sun with an ice cold glass of gin & tonic to hand. It sounds like an intoxicating mix of lies, secrets, sex, passion, with a nod to Fitzgerald and Donna Tartt – can’t wait!

Bed of Nails, by Antonin Varenne – I went to this author’s panel at CrimeFest and was intrigued. Translated from the original French, and set in Paris (but not a Paris that tourists will recognise), this book introduces honest copper Richard Guérin, who is given the thankless and soul-destroying job of being in charge of suicides. Possibly a tad bleak for a summer read, but I can cheer myself up with cocktails as required.

The Jackal’s Share, by Chris Morgan Jones – spy fiction fix. I loved this author’s debut, An Agent of Deceit – his protagonist Ben Webster is a brilliant character, intelligent and complex, with his own moral code – so I’m looking forward to seeing where Webster’s next project takes him.’


On the ScentKatie Sadler

‘I’m planning a week away in England this summer, so I can’t wait to relax in the countryside and read loads! The three books I can’t wait to get started on are…

The Keeper – it’s another vote for The Keeper from me. I absolutely loved Cold Killing (even though it genuinely gave me at least one nightmare) and I’ve heard The Keeper is even better. I have a proof copy on my desk – I can’t wait to get stuck in!

I also have Room by Emma Donoghue on my shelves waiting to be read. I’ve had it for such a long time now, and I think I’ve been putting it off because I’m quite claustrophobic and think this book is going to really scare the pants off me. But I’ve heard so many good things about it, I think this summer might be when I finally get down to read it!

On the complete other side of crime writing, I’m reading something at the minute which I definitely recommend to anyone who is looking for something really fun to read. On the Scent is a really fun caper/romance set in the US starring two pets that have inherited ten million dollars. It’s really fun – perfect light reading for a summer’s day.’


Helen Bolton

The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood: Ok, so technically this is last summer’s reading, but a huge pile of submissions means I haven’t yet been able to read this brilliant book. Just one look at the strapline, and I knew it was going straight to the top of my to-read pile. I’ve heard so many fantastic things about it and I can’t wait to read it myself at long last.


What are you planning to read this summer? Tell us your summer reading wishlist by 1st August and we’ll pick one lucky winner to receive three great thrillers to take away with you later on this summer.