Crime and Thriller Books Out in 2017 That We Can’t Wait to Read

Crime and Thriller Books Out in 2017 That We Can’t Wait to Read

Into the Water – Paula Hawkins (May)

Once again in Into The Water Hawkins demonstrates her powerful understanding of human instincts and the damage they can inflict. Into The Water is an addictive novel of psychological suspense about the slipperiness of the truth, and a family drowning in secrets.

The Book of Mirrors (Jan)

When big-shot literary agent Peter Katz receives an unfinished manuscript entitled The Book of Mirrors, he is intrigued. Peter is hell-bent on getting to the bottom of what happened that night twenty-five years ago and is convinced the full manuscript will reveal who committed the violent crime.

Origin (Rober Langdon) – Dan Brown (Sept)

The spellbinding new Robert Langdon novel from the author of The Da Vinci Code.

Rhyming Rings – David Gemmell (May)

Rhyming Rings is a never-before-seen Gemmell novel, discovered in his papers by his widow, Stella Gemmell. Merging autobiographical details of Gemmell’s life as a journalist in South London with a serial killer and a tinge of the supernatural, this is perfect for fans of David’s work.

He Said/She Said – Erin Kelly (May)

 In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura and Kit interrupt something awful. Laura is sure about what happened. Later, in a panic, she tells a little white lie – and four lives are changed irreparably. 

The Lying Game – Ruth Ware (June)

Tackling the slipperiness of your memories, the relativity of truth, and the danger of obsessive friendships, The Lying Game is a page-turning mystery with compelling characters and electric prose, resulting in an unputdownable thriller.

The Owl Always Hunts at Night – Samuel Bjork (March)

When a young woman is found dead, the police are quick to respond. But what they find at the scene is unexpected. The body is posed, the scene laboriously set.

The Watcher – Ross Armstrong (Jan)

Lily Gullick lives with her husband Aiden in a new-build flat opposite an estate which has been marked for demolition. A keen birdwatcher, she can’t help spying on her neighbours. Until one day Lily sees something suspicious through her binoculars 

Her Every Fear – Peter Swanson (Jan)

Following a brutal attack by her ex-boyfriend, Kate Priddy makes an uncharacteristically bold decision after her cousin suggests a temporary apartment swap – and she moves from London to Boston. But soon after her arrival Kate makes a shocking discovery: her cousin’s next-door neighbour has been murdered. 

Defiance – J. S. Law (June)

A young Naval Wren disappears from the warship DEFIANCE. With no trace of the girl on board, Lieutenant Dan Lewis, star investigator in the Royal Navy’s Kill Team, must work her way through a complex web of witness accounts to uncover why she might run, or what might motivate a predator to take her.

Ragdoll – Daniel Cole (Feb)

 A body is discovered with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together, nicknamed by the press as the ‘Ragdoll’. Assigned to the shocking case are Detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes, recently reinstated to the London Met, and his former partner Detective Emily Baxter.

The Chalk Pit – Elly Griffiths (Feb)

Boiled human bones have been found in Norwich’s web of underground tunnels. When Dr Ruth Galloway discovers they were recently buried, DCI Nelson has a murder enquiry on his hands.

The Legacy – Yrsa Sigurdardottir (March)

The murder was meant as a punishment – but what sin could justify the method? The only person who might have answers is the victim’s ten-year-old daughter, found hiding in the room where her mother died. And she’s not talking. 

Need You Dead – Peter James (May)

Lorna Belling, desperate to escape her marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you’ve made.

Cruel Mercy – David Mark (Jan)

Three Irishmen went to America. One’s dead. One’s as good as. One is missing…The missing man is Valentine Teague. Petty criminal, bare-knuckle fighter – and DS Aector McAvoy’s brother in law.

Stasi Wolf – David Young (Feb)

East Germany, 1975. Karin Muller, sidelined from the murder squad in Berlin, jumps at the chance to be sent south to Halle-Neustadt, where a pair of infant twins have gone missing.

Quieter Than Killing – Sarah Hilary (March)

The winter cold is biting, and a series of assaults is pulling DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake out into the frosty, mean streets of London far more than they’d like. 

Domina – LS Hilton (April)

Everything you thought you knew about Maestra . . . You don’t. Judith Rashleigh returns in the stunning new thriller from the author of the Worldwide No.1 Bestseller, Maestra.

Don’t Let Go – Michael Bussi (April)

In an idyllic resort on the island of La Réunion, Liane Bellion and her husband Martial are enjoying the perfect moment with their 6-year-old daughter. Turquoise skies, blue sea, palm trees, a warm breeze. Then Liane disappears.

The Burial Hour – Jeffery Deaver (May)

A businessman is snatched from an Upper East Side street in broad daylight – or so it appears to the eight year old girl who is the only witness. The perp leaves a token at the site of the kidnapping: a miniature noose.

Game Over – Quintin Jardine (April)

When supermodel Annette Bordeaux is found battered and strangled in her Edinburgh flat, former Chief Constable Bob Skinner’s old team instantly have a global case on their hands.

The Thirst (Harry Hole) – Jo Nesbo (April)

A woman is found murdered after an internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer.

Love Like Blood – Mark Billingham (June)

As DI Nicola Tanner investigates what appears to be a series of organised killings, her partner Susan is brutally murdered, leaving the detective bereft, and vengeful.

Three Days and a Life – Pierre Lemaitre (July)

In the last days of 1999, a series of events unfolds, culminating in the shocking vanishing without trace of a young child. The adults of the town are at a loss to explain the disappearance, but for Antoine, it all begins with the violent death of his neighbour’s dog.

The Year of the Locust – Terry Hayes (Aug)

What Luke discovers on board the Leviathan is that the future of our world is at a deadly tipping point and that only he will be able to stop the cascade of events which are leading them all inexorably towards doom.

Millennium V – David Lagercrantz (Sept)

Lisbeth Salander (crime fiction’s kick-ass heroine) and Mikael Blomkvist (an investigative journalist of unusual integrity) are back once again in the fifth installment of a series that changed the way we read crime novels.

The Girl Before – JP Delaney (Jan)

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules.

Cast Iron – Peter May (Jan)

In 1989, a killer dumped the body of 21-year-old Lucie Martin into a picturesque lake in the West of France. Fourteen years later, during a summer heat wave, a drought exposed her remains – bleached bones amid the scorched mud and slime.

A Dark So Deadly – Stuart MacBride (April)

When a mummified body is found in the local rubbish dump, the top-brass assume pranksters have stolen it from a museum. But as Callum and his colleagues investigate, it starts to look less like student high-jinks and more like the work of a terrifying serial killer…

Backstabber – Kimberley Chambers (Feb)

When king of the underworld Vinny Butler goes into business with respected villain Eddie Mitchell, it’s a match made in East End legend. Friends and family are treated like gold, enemies like rats – it’s the life. Then mysterious packages arrive, dead creatures and threats. Someone is out for revenge. 

Follow My Leader – MJ Arlidge (March)

A desperate young woman runs through the storm. She hares up the path, hammering on the front door, crying for help. The startled owner opens the door, ushers her inside, promising her whatever assistance she needs. This fateful decision will be his last. He should never have opened the door…

The Nowhere Man – Gregg Hurwitz (Jan)

Ambushed, drugged, and spirited away, Evan wakes up in a locked room with no idea where he is or who has captured him. As he tries to piece together what’s happened, testing his gilded prison and its highly trained guards for weaknesses, he receives a desperate call for help. 

Find Me – JS Monroe (Feb)

Five years ago, Rosa walked to Cromer pier in the dead of night. She looked into the dark swirling water below, and she jumped. She was a brilliant young Cambridge student who had just lost her father. Her death was tragic, but not unexpected. Was that what really happened?

Every Little Thing – BA Paris (Jan)

 Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods and the woman who was killed. Since then she’s been forgetting everything. Where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The Black Sheep – Sophie McKenzie (Feb)

Francesca was widowed a year ago. Since then she has focused on her children, trying to soothe their grief as well as her own. Finally, she feels she might be ready to move on with life. Until she is contacted out of the blue by someone who says that her husband’s death wasn’t what it seemed.

The Bone Field – Simon Kernick (Jan)

So begins a hunt for the truth that will focus on a ruthless crime gang, a rich, dysfunctional family with a terrible past, and a highly ambitious man so cruel and ruthless that he must be brought down at any cost…

Rattle – Fiona Cummins (Jan)

A serial killer to chill your bones A psychopath more frightening than Hannibal Lecter. He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one he’s just like anyone else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his family’s macabre museum. Now the time has come to add to his collection. 

The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star – Vaseem Khan (May)

Rising star and playboy Vikram Verma has disappeared, leaving his latest film in jeopardy. Hired by Verma’s formidable mother to find him, Inspector Chopra and his sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, embark on a journey deep into the world’s most flamboyant movie industry.

The Roanoke Girls – Amy Engel (March)

Over one long, hot summer, 15 year old Lane experiences the benefits of being one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But what she doesn’t know is being a Roanoke girl carries a terrible legacy: either the girls run, or they die. 

The Fix – David Baldacci (April)

Amos Decker, David Baldacci’s unique special agent, who suffered a head injury that resulted in giving him the gift of a remarkable memory together with a condition called synaesthesia, takes on another case in The Fix.

Watch Her Disappear – Eva Dolan (Jan)

Police records reveal there have been violent attacks on trans women in the local area. Was Corinne a victim of mistaken identity? Or has the person who has been targeting trans women stepped up their campaign of violence?

Jericho’s War – Gerald Seymour (Jan)

Corrie Rankin is already a legend at MI6 when he is called back with little regard for the horrors of his recent past. Corrie is sent to take advantage of a chance to take down a high value player in the war against Al Qaeda – and, a chance for the Brits to succeed without begging help from the Americans.

Don’t Look for Me – Mason Cross (April)

It was a simple instruction. And for six years Carter Blake has kept his word. He hasn’t looked for the woman he once loved and lost. But now her life is in danger and Blake is forced to break that promise.

Takedown – Stephen Leather (Feb)

When a British Special Forces soldier goes rogue, carrying out an attack at a US army base in Syria leading to the death of two men, ex-MI5 controller Charlotte Button is hired to work out what his plan is and to take him down before he can carry it out. 

The Killer – Susan Wilkins (March)

Kaz Phelps is on the run – from the past, from the legacy of her criminal family, from the haunting memories of her murdered lover. The police want her back in jail and her enemies want her dead. While standing by the grave of her gangster brother, Kaz realizes she only has one option. To fight back.

Good Me, Bad Me – Ali Land (Jan)

Annie’s mother is a serial killer. The only way she can make it stop is to hand her in to the police. But out of sight is not out of mind. As her mother’s trial looms, the secrets of her past won’t let Annie sleep, even with a new foster family and name. 

Shadow Kill – Chris Ryan (Jan)

What seems at first to be a battle to control Sierra Leone’s diamond mines will turn out to about a much greater evil – and with a trail that leads back to both Westminster and the Kremlin.

Private Delhi – James Patterson + Ashwin Sanghi (Jan)

Plastic barrels containing dissolved human remains have been found in the basement of a house in an upmarket area of South Delhi. But this isn’t just any house, this property belongs to the state government.

The Boy Who Saw – Simon Toyne (June)

Who is Solomon Creed? A dangerous psychiatric patient, who has escaped from a high-security facility in America, or an innocent amnesiac trying to establish his true identity?

The Doll Funeral – Kate Hamer (Feb)

He said he’d give me a medal for lying. I wasn’t lying. I’m a hunter for lost souls and I’m going to be with my real family. And I’m not going to let Mick stop me.

Behind her Eyes – Sarah Pinborough (Jan)

As Louise, David’s new secretary, is drawn into their world, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can’t guess how far someone might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

My Sister – Michelle Adams (April)

You don’t get to choose your family. She thought she’d never go back home. But there’s something in her sister’s voice she just can’t refuse. And hasn’t it always been that way? What her sister asks, she does . . .

Her Husband’s Lover – Julia Crouch (Jan)

Louisa Williams is desperate to make a clean start. Her husband Sam is dead. Sam said that she would never get away from him. That he would hound her to death if she tried to leave. Louisa never thought that he would want to harm their children though.

The Thirst – Jo Nesbo (May)

A woman is found murdered after an internet date and the police know that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer. There’s only one man for the job. But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him. Until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case. 

Persons Unknown – Susie Steiner (June)

DS Manon Bradshaw has settled back into life in Cambridgeshire with her adopted son Fly. She’s perfectly happy working on cold cases until a man is stabbed to death, and both the victim and the prime suspect turn out to be much closer to home than she would like.

Final Girls – Riley Sager (July)

They were the victims of separate massacres. Grouped together by the press, they are treated like something out of a slasher movie. When something terrible happens to Lisa, Quincy and Sam finally meet. And after the bloodstained fingers of the past reach into the present, each one will never be the same.

The One – John Marrs (May)

A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people take the test. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others…

The Monster in the Closet – Karen Rose (June)

Private Investigator Clay Maynard locates missing children for clients, but has nearly given up hope of finding his own daughter, cruelly stolen from him by his ex-wife twenty-three years ago.

See What I Have Done – Sarah Schmidt (May)

This unforgettable debut makes you question the truth behind one of the great unsolved mysteries, as well as exploring power, violence and the harsh realities of being a woman in late nineteenth century America.

You Can Run – Steve Mosby (April)

When a car crashes into a garage, the attending officer is shocked to discover a woman imprisoned within the building. As the remains of several other victims are found in the attached house, police believe they have identified the Red River Killer. But now the main suspect is on the run.

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