David Baldacci. Bliss. Long Road to Mercy introduces FBI Agent Atlee Pine who, after her twin sister was abducted when they were young, learnt three lessons in life. Some wounds never heal. Time doesn’t lessen your pain. She can make a difference. A brilliant new character from this brilliant storyteller. Pan Books, available at exclusivebooks.co.za
Robin Cook’s medical thrillers always hit quite close to the bone. In Viral, we meet a man whose wife and daughter are hospital after they catch a lethal mosquito-borne viral disease, but finds a dubious clause in his medical policy has allowed the healthcare insurer reason not to pay the staggering hospital bills. Determined to seek justice, he uncovers the dark side of the historically ruthless industry. Alarmingly real! Macmillan, available at exclusivebooks.co.za
The tension starts on the very first page of Andrea Bartz’ We Were Never Here, and it doesn’t let up. Two friends, Kristen and Emily, are on holiday – a tradition they have every year, visiting somewhere out-of-the-ordinary. But for one of the girls, stress levels are high. On the previous trip, a backpacker attacked Emily, resulting in his death, one the girls hid by burying his body and quickly leaving town. As for fun-loving Kristen … she feels everything’s behind them, and there’s nothing to worry about. But as the walls close in on their cover-up, Emily finds herself questioning whether she can really trust her closest friend? Penguin, available from exclusivebooks.co.za
Sit down. I have something to tell you. We’ve all heard that heart-stopping sentence. And it’s seldom good news. It certainly wasn’t for high-flying lawyer Jessica Wells, whose husband has something to tell her, something that ties in with a client and case she’s currently working with. I Have Something To Tell you by Susan Lewis … behind every secret lies a story. Harper Collins Publishers, available at exclusivebooks.co.za
A routine job of cleaning the room of a boarding house turns into a mystery for the cleaner, when she makes a gruesome discovery, one that has her joining up with a young police officer. Both have their reasons for wanting to find out more about the case.
Emily Noble’s Disgrace by Mary Paulson-Ellis promises loads of twists and turns to keep you glued to the pages. Pan Macmillan, available at exclusivebooks.co.za
Collections of short stories are great for holidays. You can read one on the plane, on the beach, before bed. But on the other hand, when the short stories are from Stephen King, Sara Paretsky, Sue Grafton, you may just keep going, story after story. Best Crimes Stories of the Year 2021 are the 20 finest short stories released this year. Edited by Lee Child, these stories are of the extremes of human psychology caused by despair, hate, greed, fear, envy, insanity and love. Head of Zeus, available at exclusivebooks.co.za