Sunday 28 December 2014

The Ten Best Thrillers

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The Likeness Tana French

Detective Cassie Maddox, still recovering from her last case, is troubled to learn of a murder victim who's her double - and using the fake identity Cassie had used. Creepy stuff.

Hodder & Stoughton €10.55

Deadline - Simon Kernick

Kernick's books are real page-turners. In Deadline, Angela's daughter is being held for ransom and her partner is missing. Are the two connected? Can she trust anyone?

Corgi Books, €10.55

The Cairo Diary - Maxim Chattam

The book-within-a-book plot flits between present-day France and 1920s Cairo. Marion finds a disturbing journal - but is this account all it seems? Atmospheric and chilling.

Pan Books, €9.25

Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith

The first thriller to get a Booker nod, Child 44 has caused something of a stir. It has the pace and punch of a crime blockbuster, tackling the moral ambiguities of the 1950s Soviet Union.

Simon & Schuster, €10.55

Girl with the Dragon - Tattoo Stieg Larsson

Starring my new favourite fictional heroine, the tattooed Lisbeth Salander, this takes in a locked-room mystery, a shamed journalist and a dark family history. A true page-turner.

Quercus, €9.99

Devil May Care - Sebastian Faulks

Bond is back in this homage to Ian Fleming's novels. Packed with fast cars, faster women and laconic but thrilling action, Faulks's take on 007 is a worthy addition to the canon.

Penguin, €10.55

Macmillan, €9.25

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Sweetheart - Chelsea Cain

The second of the "Gretchen Lowell series", named after the villain rather than the sleuth, explores the complex relationship between Lowell and cop Archie Sheridan. Eerie but gripping.

Macmillan, €9.25

In the Dark - Mark Billingham

Billingham's first novel without DI Tom Thorne tackles gang crime in a twisty tale that zips along. His characters ring true, as does the brutal banality of London street crime.

Little, Brown, €9.25

The Point of Rescue - Sophie Hannah

Tension, thy name is Sophie Hannah. In The Point of Rescue, murder, false identity and infidelity are the tools Hannah deploys to create a plausible but edge-of- your-seat read.

Hodder, €10.55

Spook Country - William Gibson

Gibson's hi-tech thriller is concerned with terrorism and technology and how they intertwine in a modern-day America of criminals, coded messages and virtual reality.

Penguin, €11.85

If you have a penchant for things that go bump in the night, our guide to the best thrillers should provide a spooky read

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