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Between Sisters

By Cathy Kelly

June 1, 2016

Meet the women of Delaney Square…

Cassie has spent her married life doing everything right – making sure her children have the perfect life, being a devoted wife and a dutiful daughter-in-law.  Although it has left her so exhausted that ‘wine o’clock’ comes a little earlier each afternoon…

Her sister Coco runs a vintage dress shop and has shied away from commitment over the years.  Coco believes that men complicate things, until a face from her past returns…

Tucked away in her little house in Delaney Square is grandmother Pearl.  But something is keeping her awake at night.  Was she right to do what she did all those years ago?


By Stephen Leather

June 1, 2016

In Jack Nightingale’s world – where reality and the occult collide – sometimes the only way to fight evil is with evil.

A farmer walks into a school and shoots eight children dead before turning the gun on himself.  It’s a harrowing but straightforward case – until police search the man’s farm and unearth evidence of dark Satanic practices.  When the perpetrator’s brother approaches Nightingale, adamant that his brother was set up, it’s clear that something even more sinister lurks at the heart of the case.

And there are dark forces elsewhere.  A young girl miraculously returns to life, claiming she’s spoken to those from beyond the grave.  Those in contact with her are dying hideous deaths… forcing Jack Nightingale to make the hardest decision he’s ever faced.


By Stephen Leather

June 1, 2016

What goes around, comes around.  Jack Nightingale learned that as a cop and discovered that it was just as true in the world of the supernatural.

His life changed forever on the day he failed to stop a young girl throwing herself to her death.  Ever since, he’s been haunted by thoughts that he could have done more to save her.

Now her cries for help are louder than ever.  Is she trapped in eternal torment?  Can Nightingale put things right?  Or are the forces of darkness torturing and deceiving him in order to regain the ultimate prize – his soul?

Nightingale will have to face down the powers of the police, south London gangs, and Hell itself to find out.  And evil is closer than he thinks…


By Stephen Leather

June 1, 2016

Jack Nightingale found it hard enough to save lives when he was a cop.  Now he needs to save a soul – his sisters.

But to save her he has to find her and they’ve been separated since birth.

When everyone Jack talks to about his sister dies horribly, he realises that someone, or something, is determined to keep them apart.

If he’s going to save his sister, he’s going to have to do what he does best – negotiate.

But any negotiation with the forces of darkness comes at a terrible price.

And first Jack must ask himself the question: is every soul worth saving?

The Life I Left Behind

By Colette McBeth

June 1, 2016

Everyone tells her she’s a survivor… no-one knows she’s dead inside.

I’m the only one who knows the secrets her friends have hidden, the mistakes the police have made.

I’m the only one who can warn her she’s still in danger.

I know exactly who attacked her.

He’s the same man who killed me.

The Bomber

By Liza Marklund

June 1, 2016

Seven days.  Three killings.  One woman who knows too much…

Crime reporter Annika Bengtzon is woken by a phonecall in the early hours of a wintry December morning.  An explosion has ripped apart the Olympic Stadium.  And a victim has been blown to pieces.

As Annika delves into the details of the bombing and the background of the victim, there is a second explosion.

When her polce source reveals they are hot on the heels of the bomber, Annika is guaranteed an exclusive with her name on it.  But it soon becomes clear that she has uncovered too much, as she finds herself the target of a deranged serial killer…

The Girl You Left Behind

By Jojo Moyes

June 1, 2016

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Whatever happened to the girl you left behind?

In 1916 French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie and goes to fight at the Front.  When her town falls into German hands, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant.  And as his obsession deepens, she will risk everything – her family, reputation and life – in the hope of seeing Edouard again.

Nearly a century later, Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death.  Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting’s dark and passion-torn history is revealed, the first spark of new love Liv has felt is threatened…

In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for the thing they love most – whatever the cost.

My Mother’s Secret

By Sheila O'Flanagan

June 1, 2016

When Staffie helps her two siblings organize a surprise wedding anniversary party for their parents her only worry is whether they’ll be pleased.  She doesn’t know this is the day her whole world will be turned upside down.

Jenny wants to celebrate her ruby anniversay with the man she loves, but for forty years she has kept a secret.  A secret that she can’t bear to hide any longer.  But is it ever the right time to hurt the people closest to you?

As the entire family gathers to toast the happy couple, they’re expecting a day to remember.  The trouble is, it’s not going to be for the reasons they imagined…


By James Patterson & David Ellis

June 1, 2016

How well can you ever really know someone?

As Ben Casper watches his best friend plummet from her sixth-floor apartment balcony, he realises his life is about to change.  Diana had no reason to kill herself, she had to have been pushed.

Diana worked for the CIA, so the investigation into her death is kept tightly under wraps.  But Ben is a political journalist, and can feel that something isn’t right.

Ben starts investigating for himself and soon discovers Diana was leading a double life he knew nothing about.  But when more people involved die in questionable circumstances, it’s clear that someone doesn’t want the truth to be uncovered.

And unless Ben drops his investigation, he could be next…


By Chris Ryan

June 1, 2016

Osama Bin Laden is dead.

The President of the United States knows it.  The world knows it.  And SAS hero Joe Mansfield knows it.  He was on the ground in Pakistan when it happened.  He saw Seal Team 6 go in, and he saw them extract with their grisly cargo.  He was in the right place at the right time.

Or maybe, the wrong place at the wrong time.

Because now somebody wants Joe dead.  His world is violently dismantled.  His family is targeted, his reputation destroyed.  And as he learns of a devastating terror attack on both sides of the Atlantic, Joe knows this: his only chance of survival is to find out exactly what happened in Bin Laden’s compound the night the Americans went in.

But an unseen, menacing power has tracks it needs to cover.  And it will stop at nothing to prevent him uncovering the sinister truth…

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