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Paperback:The secret:2016
Author: Diamond, Katerina
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Avon
Resource type: Physical
Note: Bridget Reid has a secret, one that could get her killed. If she can escape the man who is keeping her locked in a basement bedroom. DS Imogen Grey is good at keeping secrets - truths she'd never reveal to her colleagues at Exeter Police. She worked hard to get where she is - she nearly died for it. Now her past is catching up with her. As DS Grey and her partner DS Adrian Miles search for Bridget, they uncover a terrifying web of abuse, betrayal and murder. And they realise that some secrets are better left buried.
404 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408851784
Paperback:A spy among friends, Philby and the great betrayal:2015
Author: Macintyre, Ben, 1963-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. His two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, tho. Originally published: 2014 Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. His two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, thought they knew Philby better than anyone - and then discovered they had not known him at all. With access to newly released MI5 files and previously unseen family papers, and with the cooperation of former officers of MI6 and the CIA, this definitive biography unlocks what is perhaps the last great secret of the Cold War.
xiv, 352 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1471168034
Hardback:Our house:2018
Author: Candlish, Louise
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Fi Lawson arrives home to find strangers moving into her house, she is plunged into terror and confusion. She and her husband Bram have owned their home on Trinity Avenue for years and have no intention of selling. How can this other family possibly think the house is theirs? And why has Bram disappeared when she needs him most? Bram has made a catastrophic mistake and now he is paying. Unable to see his wife, his children or his home, he has nothing left but to settle scores. As the nightmare takes grip, both Bram and Fi try to make sense of the events that led to a devastating crime. What has he hidden from her - and what has she hidden from him? And will either survive the chilling truth - that there are far worse things you can lose than your house?
438 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
178475367X
Paperback:16th seduction:2017
Author: Patterson, James, 1947-
Author: Paetro, Maxine
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Century 15 months ago, Detective Lindsay Boxer's life was perfect - she had a beautiful child and a doting husband, Joe, who helped her catch a ruthless criminal who'd detonated a bomb in downtown San Francisco, killing 12 people. But Joe isn't everything that Lindsay thought he was and she's still reeling from his betrayal as a wave of mysterious, and possibly unnatural, heart attacks strike seemingly unrelated victims across San Francisco. Now the bomber she and Joe captured is about to go on trial and his defense raises damning questions about Lindsay and Joe's investigation. Not knowing whom to trust, and struggling to accept the truth about the man she thought she knew, Lindsay must connect the dots of a deadly conspiracy before a brilliant criminal puts her on trial.
350 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0141384808
Hardback:Marshmallow Skye:2011
Author: Cassidy, Cathy, 1962-
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Skye wants to be her own person, but with an effortlessly cool twin, how can she? Will Skye ever step out of Summer's shadow and find her own chance to shine? Skye and Summer Tanberry are identical twins, and Skye loves her sister Summer more than anyone else in the world. They do everything together, but lately Skye's been feeling like second-best - it's the story of her life. And when her friend Alfie confesses he's fallen not for her, but for Summer, it hurts Praise for Cherry Crush: All the teenage humours of romance, jealousy, friendship and sorrow rage freely in this brilliantly observed story of contemporary life. -- Julia Eccleshare lovereading4kids.co.uk The best book she has ever written amazon.co.uk Praise for Cathy's books: Touching, tender and unforgettable. The Guardian. from 9 to 11.
256 p. ; 22 cm (hbk)
0141338903
Paperback:Angel cake:2011
Author: Cassidy, Cathy, 1962-
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2009. Anya used to dream of moving to Britain to start a brand-new life. But as she sits in a school where nobody understands her, she dreams of Polish summer skies and the place where she once belonged. Then Anya meets bad boy Dan. He's no angel but she's sure there's a sweeter side to him. Originally published: 2009
207 p., ill. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0141345888
Paperback:Summer's dream:2013:New in Paperback.
Author: Cassidy, Cathy, 1962-
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New in Paperback.
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Aspiring ballerina Summer prepares for an audition at a top dance school . Originally published: 2012 Summer has always dreamed of dancing, and when a place at ballet school comes up, she wants it so badly it hurts. Middle school ends and the holidays begin, but unlike her sisters, Summer has no time for lazy days and sunny beach parties. The audition becomes her obsession, and things start spiralling out of control. The more Summer tries to find perfection, the more lost she becomes. Young People.
259 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1474607187
Paperback:IQ:2017
IQ
Author: Ide, Joe
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Mulholland Books, 2016 East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighbourhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. He charges his clients whatever they can afford, which might be a set of tyres or a homemade casserole. To get by, he's forced to take on clients that can pay. This time, its a rap mogul whose life is in danger.
321 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1474607225
Paperback:Righteous:2017
Author: Ide, Joe
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Resource type: Physical
Note: With gun battles, car chases, and many mental puzzles, 'Righteous' is a rollicking, ingenious, and thrilling roller coaster ride. It swerves from the streets of South Central to the hotels of Beverly Hills, from the casinos and massage parlours of Las Vegas to the mountains of the desert Southwest.
326 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0099583178
Paperback:The idiot:2018
Author: Batuman, Elif, 1977-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Penguin Press, 2017 Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey turns up at Harvard and finds herself dangerously overwhelmed by the challenges and possibilities of adulthood. She studies linguistics and literature, teaches ESL and spends a lot of time thinking about what language - and languages - can and cannot do. Along the way she befriends Svetlana, a cosmopolitan Serb, and obsesses over Ivan, a mathematician from Hungary. The two conduct a hilarious relationship that culminates with Selin spending the summer teaching English in a Hungarian village and enduring a series of surprising excursions. Throughout her journeys, Selin ponders profound questions about how culture and language shape who we are, how difficult it is to be a failed writer, and how baffling love is.
422 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Hardback:The hunger:2018
Author: Katsu, Alma
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: After having travelled west for weeks, the party of pioneers comes to a crossroads. It is time for their leader, George Donner, to make a choice. They face two diverging paths which lead to the same destination. One is well-documented - the other untested, but rumoured to be shorter. Donner's decision will shape the lives of everyone travelling with him. The searing heat of the desert gives way to biting winds and a bitter cold that freezes the cattle where they stand. Driven to the brink of madness, the ill-fated group struggles to survive and minor disagreements turn into violent confrontations. Then the children begin to disappear. As the survivors turn against each other, a few begin to realise that the threat they face reaches beyond the fury of the natural elements, to something more primal and far more deadly.
382 pages, map (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1471156346
Hardback:Gallery of the dead:2018
Author: Carter, Chris, 1965-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: '37 years in the force, and if I was allowed to choose just one thing to erase from my mind, what's inside that room would be it.' That's what a LAPD Lieutenant tells Detectives Hunter and Garcia of the Ultra Violent Crimes Unit as they arrive at one of the most shocking crime scenes they have ever attended. In a completely unexpected turn of events, the detectives find themselves joining forces with the FBI to track down a serial killer whose hunting ground sees no borders; a psychopath who loves what he does because to him murder is much more than just killing - it's an art form.
500 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1409168794
Hardback:Hangman:2018
Author: Cole, Daniel, (Novelist)
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Trapeze
Resource type: Physical
Note: 18 months after the 'Ragdoll' murders, a body is found hanging from Brooklyn Bridge, the word 'BAIT' carved into the chest. In London a copycat killer strikes, branded with the word 'PUPPET', forcing DCI Emily Baxter into an uneasy partnership with the detectives on the case, Special Agents Rouche and Curtis.Each time they trace a suspect, the killer is one step ahead. With the body count rising on both sides of the Atlantic, can they learn to trust each other and identify who is holding the strings before it is too late?
368 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
071818369X
Hardback:The gathering dark:2018
Author: Oswald, James
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Resource type: Physical
Note: A truck driver loses control in central Edinburgh, ploughing into a crowded bus stop and spilling his vehicle's toxic load. The consequences are devastating. DI Tony McLean witnesses the carnage. Taking control of the investigation, he soon realises there is much that is deeply amiss - and everyone involved seems to have something to hide. But as McLean struggles to uncover who caused the tragedy, a greater crisis develops: the new Chief Superintendent's son is missing, last seen in the area of the crash.
443 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1408708205
Hardback:Force of nature:2018
Author: Harper, Jane
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Little, Brown
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: Australia: Macmillan, 2017 Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side. The hike through the rugged landscape is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case - and Alice knew secrets. About the company she worked for and the people she worked with. Far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell Falk a tale of suspicion, violence and disintegrating trust. And as he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers may run far deeper than anyone knew.
380 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1785760890
Hardback:Ultima:2018
Author: Hilton, L. S., 1974-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Zaffre
Resource type: Physical
Note: Glamorous international art-dealer Elizabeth Teerlinc knows a thing or two about fakes. After all, she is one herself. Her real identity, Judith Rashleigh, is buried under a layer of lies. Not to mention the corpses of the men foolish enough to get in her way. But now, caught in the murderous crossfire between a Russian Mafia boss and a corrupt Italian police detective, Judith is forced to create an even more daring work of art - a fake masterpiece she must take to the world-famous auction house where she used to be a lowly assistant and sell for
334 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1786493500
Hardback:The devil's half mile:2018
Author: Hirsch, Paddy
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Corvus
Resource type: Physical
Note: New York, 1799: Justy Flanagan, lawyer, soldier, policeman, has returned to his native city, bloodied and battered after fighting in the Irish Rebellion against the English. Determined to hunt down the man who murdered his father, his inquiries lead him to Wall Street and the fledgling stock market there. But as his investigations into the past move ahead, the horrific murders of young slave women in the present start to occupy his time. Convinced that there is a link between his father's murder, the deaths of the young women and a massive fraud that nearly destroyed New York's economy, Justy can trust no one. As the conspiracy deepens, it becomes clear that those involved will stop at nothing to keep their secrets.
302 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1473222567
Paperback:One way:2018
Author: Morden, Simon
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Gollancz
Resource type: Physical
Note: Frank Kitteridge is serving life for murdering his son's drug dealer. So when he's offered a deal by Xenosystems Operations - the company that runs the prison - he takes it, even though it means swapping one life sentence for another. He's been selected to help build the first permanent base on Mars. Unfortunately, his crewmates are just as guilty of their crimes as he is - and he'll have to learn to trust them if they're to succeed. As the convicts set to work on the frozen wastes of Mars, the accidents multiply. Until Frank begins to suspect they might not be accidents at all.
336 pages ; 24 cm (pbk)