New thrillers on my desk

I’ve been pretty lax in my book posts of late. Forgive me. Sometimes life does get in the way of a good book. The pile on my desk and night stand has grown – a silent indictment of my lapse over the holidays.

In my last post I looked at a wide range of books, from a novel by South African writer Ace Moloi to the latest Saudi princess instalment by Jean Sasson.

This post is about thrillers – these two landed on my desk recently.

Good Me Bad MeGood Me Bad Me

By Ali Land (Penguin Random House)

Annie’s mother is a serial killer and the only way she can stop her from killing more people is to hand her in to the police.

But even with her mother gone, the secrets of Annie’s past haunt her – even when she has a new name and a new family.

A new name – Milly – signifies a fresh start, a new life where Milly can be anything she wants to be.

But blood is thicker than water – Milly’s mum is a serial killer. And Milly is her mother’s daughter.

This book hit bookshelves in January. If you haven’t already read it and you’re looking for a compelling thriller, this might just be it.

  • Click here to read a Q & A with author, Ali Land
Sirens by Joseph Knox


by Joseph Knox (Penguin Random House)

Sirens, Jospeh Knox’s debut novel, is described by Lee Child as “razor-sharp, urban noir – very special indeed”.

Isabelle Rossiter has run away from home again. And Aidan Waits, a troubled junior detective, is assigned the task of investigating her disappearance.

At her father’s penthouse apartment Aidan meets a manipulative man with powerful friends.

Aidan traces Isabelle’s steps through a dark and unfamiliar world. Soon he learns that this intelligent 17-year-old is genuinely scared to death of something.

As he investigates her disappearance as well as the disappearance of a young woman just like her, Aidan realises Isabelle did the right thing by running away.

The plot peaks when Aidan – cut loose by his superiors – is also pursued by a killer. And there’s the matter of his dangerous attraction to the wrong woman. The hapless detective quickly finds himself out of his depth, and as he tries desperately to save Isabelle, he’s also got to save himself.

Sirens hit bookshelves in February and it sounds like a fantastic read for fans of the thriller novel genre.

If you’ve read any of these books I would love to know what you thought. I’d also love to hear about what you’re reading. Please drop me a note in the comments section.

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