Judas Horse by Lynda La Plante

When Detective Jack Warr identifies an informer, the terrified man begins to give details of a massive robbery planned by a team of unscrupulous and dangerous men. These men have already orchestrated many audacious robberies, leaving terrified victims in their wake. And they have already killed to get what they want. Detective Jack Warr and his team must use their informant as a ‘Judas Horse’ to draw in the unsuspecting robbers, so that they go ahead with the planned robbery. However, one false move, and more blood will be spilled . . .

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Shelter by Catherine Jinks

Meg lives alone: a little place in the bush outside town. A perfect place to hide for Nerine, who’s escaping a violent ex.

Then she starts to wonder about some little things. A disturbed flyscreen. A tune playing on her wind chimes. Has Nerine’s ex tracked them down? Has Meg’s husband turned up to torment her some more?

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The Attack by Catherine Jinks

Robyn escaped the past once. Now it’s back—and this time there’s no way out.

Bruising classroom dynamics, manipulative parents and carers and horrendous small-town politics form the backdrop to a nail-biting thriller in which the tensions of ten years ago start to play themselves out, building to a violent climax in the present day.

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The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell

“Mum, there’s some people here from college, they asked me back to theirs. Just for an hour or so. Is that OK?” At 11pm she sends her mum a text message. At 4.30am Kim awakens to discover that Tallulah has not come home.

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Catch Us the Foxes

Some secrets you try to hide. Others you don’t dare let out …
 
Ambitious young journalist Marlowe ‘Lo’ Robertson is horrified to discover the mutilated corpse of her best friend with seven strange symbols have been ruthlessly carved into Lily’s back.

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Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz

Before You Knew My Name is a feminist novel filled with moments every women will recognise and at times dread. But is also a novel of optimism and tenderness – exquisitely crafted and my top read of the year. ‘They come for us all over the world. ‘Sometimes, if enough time has passed between one …

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Sue Turnbull reviews ….

The Second Son by Loraine Peck and The Silent Listener by Lyn Yeowart. Two debut crime novels about families (the sort that screw you up) from opposite ends of the genre spectrum. While Loraine Peck gives us a fast-paced gangland thriller set in the western suburbs of Sydney, Lyn Yeowart offers a more reflective excursion …

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Still Life by Val McDermid

McDermid delivers yet another book that is both entertaining and worldly wise. Val McDermid has a record of narratives that go to pain and grim conflicts, though she is also strong on brio and humour. In her DCI Karen Pirie series, the newest novel, Still Life, includes Covid as a local reality. Most of the …

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The Paris Affair by Pip Drysdale

Like its predecessors, Pip Drysdale’s third standalone novel is pitched to a youngish female readership. Jaunty self-confidence is the top note of Englishwoman Harper Brown’s narration of The Paris Affair as her adventures across the Channel begin. Late-20s Harper has five dating apps on her phone and a commitment to casual hook-ups only. Her bravado …

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