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Month: June 2017

The Pharaoh’s Secret

By Clive Cussler and Graham Brown

June 1, 2017

The City Of the Dead, Egypt 1353 BC
Buried deep beneath the Saharan desert is a secret – an ancient elixir so powerful that it is rumoured to take life from the living and restore it to the dead.

Lumpedusa, Present Day
Off a remote island, a mysterious ship releases a deadly poison.  Minutes later, everyone on the island is dead.
Responding to a distress call, Kurt Austin and the NUMA team struggle to understand what has caused this disaster.  As they investigate the incident further they uncover a far greater threat.

What Is The Truth Behind The Legends?
Now Kurt Austin must learn the secrets of the past if he is to save millions from a horrifying death.  But it is a desperate race against time.  And he faces a deadly enemy who will stop at nothing…

The Hidden Room

By Stella Duffy

June 1, 2017

Life is good for Laurie and Martha.  They have three great kids, a much-loved home in the countryside, and after years of struggle, Laurie’s career as an architect is taking off at last.  Everything’s perfect.

Except, it isn’t.

Someone is about to walk into their happy family and tear it apart.

Laurie has been hiding from him for years.  The question is, now that he’s found her, can she keep her family safe?  And just how far will she go to protect them?

The Method

By Shannon Kirk

June 1, 2017

Imagine a helpless, pregnant sixteen-year-old who’s just been snatched from the serenity of her home and shoved into a dirty van.  Kidnapped…Alone…Terrified.

Now forget her.

Picture instead a pregnant, sixteen-year-old, manipulative prodigy.  She is shoved into a dirty van and, from the first moment of her kidnapping, feels a calm desire for two things: to save her unborn son and to exact merciless revenge.

She is methodical – calculating – scientific in her plotting.  Leaving nothing to chance, she waits…for the perfect moment to strick. The Method is what happens when the victim is just as cold as the captors.

Tower of Thorns

By Juliet Marillier

June 1, 2017

Disillusioned healer Blackthorn and her companion Grim have settled quietly in Dalriada to wait out the seven years of Blackthorn’s bond to her fey mentor.  But trouble has a way of seeking out Blackthorn and Grim.

Lady Geileis, a noblewoman from the northern border, has asked for the prince of Dalriada’s help in expelling a howling creature from an old tower on her land – one surrounded by an impenetrable hedge of thorns.  Casting, a blight over the entire district, and impossible to drive out by ordinary means, the mysterious presence threatens both the safety and the sanity of all who live nearby.

As Blackthorn and Grim begin to put the pieces of the puzzle together, it becomes clear that a powerful adversary is at work.  Their quest is about to become a life and death struggle – where even the closest of friends can find themselves on opposite sides.

Runaway

By Peter May

June 1, 2017

Five Dreams of Fame

Glasgow, 1965.  Jack Mackay dares not imagine a life of predictability and routine.  The headstrong seventeen year old has one thing on his mind – London – and successfully convinces his four friends, and fellow band mates, to join him in abandoning their homes to pursue a goal of musical stardom.

Five Decades fo Fear

Glasgow, 2015.  Jack Mackay dares not look back on a life of failure and mediocrity.  The heavy-hearted sixty-seven year old is still haunted by the cruel fate that befell him and his friends some fifty years before, and how he did and did not act when it mattered most – a memory he has run from all his adult life.

London, 2015.  A man lies dead ina bedsit.  His killer looks on, remorseless.  What started with five teenagers five decades before will now be finished.

Runaway is a tense, nostalgic crime thriller spanning a half-century of friendships solidified and severed, dreams shared and shattered, passions ignited and extinguished; and set against the backdrop of two unique and contrasting cities at two unique and contrasting periods of recent history.

The Secret Life

By Charity Norman

June 1, 2017

Girl meet boy.  They fall in love, and they marry.  For thirty years they share one another’s lives.  That should have been the end of the story…

Luke Livingstone is a lucky man.  He’s a father and grandfather, a respected solicitor, a pillar of the community.  He has a loving wife in Eilish, children who adore him and an idyllic home in the Oxfordshire countryside.

But Luke is struggling witih an unbearable secret, one that is close to destroying him.  All his life, Luke has hidden the truth about himself – a truth so fundamental that it will shatter his family, rock his community and leave him an outcast.

Luke has nowhere left to run.  He must either end his life, or become the woman he knows himself to be – whatever the cost.  His family is tested to its limits, as each of them is forced to consider what makes a person essentially themselves.  What do you do when you find that your husband – your father, your son – is not who you thought?  Can you ever love him again?

A beautiful and dramatic portrayal of a family in turmoil.

The Games

By James Patterson & Mark Sullivan

June 1, 2017

Two years ago, Jack Morgan was in Rio consulting on security for the World Cup.  The tournament went without a hitch.  Until a man died in one of the executive hospitality suites during the final, and the autopsy showed the cause to be a rare and deadly virus.

The story was kept from the media to avoid causing panic, but Jack feared that the death was no freak occurrence.

Now the eyes of the world are once again turned towards Rio for the Olympic Games, and Jack is back in Brazil’s beautiful capital.  It’s not long before he uncovers terriying evidence that someone has set in motion a catastriphic plan.

The death at the World Cup was just a warning.  The Olympic Games could be the setting for the worst atrocity the world has ever seen.

Departure

By A.G. Riddle

June 1, 2017

En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind.

Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they’ve crashed in is very different from the one they left.  But where are they?  Why are they here?  And how will they get back home?

Five passengers seem to hold clues about what’s really going on: writer Harper Lane, venture capitalist Nick Stone, German genetic researcher Sabrina Schroder, computer scientist Yul Tan, and Grayson Shaw, the son of a billionaire philanthropist.

As more facts about the crash emerge, it becomes clear that some in this group know more than they’re letting on – answers that will lead Harper and Nick to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy involving their own lives.  As they begin to piece together the truth, they discover they have the power to change the future and the past – to save our world…or end it.

The Liar

By Nora Roberts

June 1, 2017

When her husband Richard dies in a freak accident, Shelby Pomeroy is devastated.  But his death reveals a horrible truth – Richard was a liar and a cheat.  Now Shelby is left with the consequences – huge, terrifying debts and mounting proof that her late husband betrayed her in every conceivable way.

Heartbroken but unbowed, Shelby is determined to fix her problems – if only for the sake of her gorgeous little daughter Callie.  Returning home to Tennessee and the family she thought she’d lost for ever, she discovers a new sense of strength and freedom.  And hope, too, in the handsome form of carpenter Griffin Lott – a straight-dealing man who couldn’t lie to her if he tried.

But not everyone is thrilled to see Shelby Pomeroy back in town.  And when a shocking act of violence is traced back to Richard’s shady business, it becomes clear that she is not safe from him, even in death.  With her life in danger, Shelby must face the lies of the past – or lose everything.

Try Not to Breathe

By Holly Seddon

June 1, 2017

Alex is sinking.  Slowly but surely, she’s cut herself off from everything but her one true love – drink.  Until she’s forced to write a piece about a coma ward, where she meets Amy.

Amy is lost.  When she was fifteen, she was attacked and left for dead in a park.  Her attacker was never found.  Since then, she has drifted in a lonely, timeless place.  She’s as good as dead, but not even her doctors are sure how much she understands.

Alex and Amy grew up in the same suburbs, played the same music, flirted with the same boys.  And as Alex begins to investigate the attack, she opens the door to the same danger that has left Amy in a coma…

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