9. A Dark and Twisted Tide – Sharon Bolton
This is the latest ‘Lacey Flint’ novel, by the talented Sharon Bolton. This is crime writing at its best, with a fascinating lead in the mysterious Lacey Flint. Lacey is now working in the Marine Unit on London’s river Thames and she finds a body.
10. The Skeleton Road – Val McDermid
Val McDermid’s latest thriller is just fantastic. A skeleton found in Edinburgh links to the 1990s and the atrocities in the former Yugoslavia. I found it very moving, as the massacres and the siege of Dubrovnik were brought to life.
11. Long Way Home – Eva Dolan
This debut by Eva Dolan is delicious, very dark and contemporary. Murder in the immigrant population of Peterborough. A must read!
12. In the Blood – Lisa Unger
‘In the Blood’ is about a troubled college student, Lana. We slowly get to know Lana and the mystery surrounding her. I thought the twist was clever and just perfect.
13. Tom Rob Smith -The Farm
I’ve been a fan of Tom Rob Smith’s since ‘Child 44’ and ‘The Farm’ just blew me away. This time, we get secrets and lies within a tight-knit Swedish community. There is a lovely feeling of paranoia. Outstanding!
14. Jane Casey- The Kill
This is the latest in the ‘Maeve Kerrigan’ series and it was a joy to read. For anyone who hasn’t discovered Jane Casey yet, do it now. The dialogue between her characters, Maeve and Derwent is just spectacular, witty and refreshing.