Laura Starling, now wealthy and successful, had survived a bitter past and endured poverty, fear, and pain. Then along came the older and wiser Ben, who had smoothed her path and given her love and security. But now Ben had become a stranger beyond her reach., and Laura's stability threatened to disappear once more.
What do you do when the man in your life lets you down? Show him the door? Chuck his clothes out of the window? Cut the crotch from his trousers? If only it was that easy - especially when you've got an eight-year-old daughter to think about and a part-time job that barely pays the milk bill. Nessa Riley, who believes that with her husband, her little girl, and the home she loves, she has it all, is suddenly faced with the hardest decision of her life. Can she ignore what Adam seems to be up to and hang on to the happiness they've enjoyed for the past ten years? Can they wipe the slate clean and start again? Or, as her sisters appear to think, has he really got to go?
Tooting, 1950: Ruby has always been a worry to her widowed mother Ida - her husband, Brian is violent and she loses her job after allegations of "carrying on" with the manager. When Brian dies suddenly, Ida is quietly relieved, but tragedy continues to stalk Ruby until she feels she must go away.
February 1991. THE GULF WAR Captain Karen Emma Walden, one of the first American women in a combat command position, is killed some time after her Huey is shot down over enemy territory. Major Nat Sterling, previously one of the military's rising stars, finds his career prospects flagging after the men under his command are caught in friendly fire. Now Captain Walden is up for the medal of Honor - the distinguished award bestowed on many courageous men in wars past, but never before on a women. When Sterling is appointed to investigate her eligibility, he soon realises that he's been thrown into a delicate political situation. For there are plenty of old timers who'd rather Captain Walden didn't receive her medal, and plenty of witnesses whose stories don't tally. It's up to Sterling to discover the truth about those bleak desert hours between the Huey crash and Captain Waldens death. A truth that could damage Walden's reputation but resurrect his own career.
The lowest of the low points came when she called to beg social services to take her son into care. Totally alone, shoplifting food to survive and still using cocaine, Danniella knew she had to do something. Written with complete frankness, this is the whole story, from the first time she took coke, as a 14 year old, to the horror and shame of her ruined nose, and the near collapse of her relationship with the man who loved her. As her addiction took over her life she lost her friends, family, career and her looks, but when it came to her son, she knew enough was enough. Inspiring and powerful, this is an intensely personal story of the fight back from the edge of death.
When a routine trip to the beach turns to tragedy, Julia Fearon's life becomes a heartbreaking search for the truth. When she arrives in Spain with fiance Charlie and their toddler Hadyn, Julia is excited at the prospect of meeting his family. But Julia's happiness is short-lived as she becomes increasingly isolated from the strict and deeply religious clan, and lies from her past threaten to destroy her future happiness. Then tragedy strikes and Haydn disappears on a day out at the beach. Whilst the authorities presume him drowned, Julia is tortured by the thought that her child is alive - and has been snatched. Grief-stricken, Julia searches desperately for the truth, whilst Charlie throws himself into his work. Consumed by the fact that they may never know what happened that day, can Julia find the strength to let Haydn go? Or will her faith be rewarded with the truth? Heart wrenching and morally complex, if you love Dorothy Koomson and Jodi Picoult, you'll love Giselle Green.
The six children have escaped horrifying government experiments, a childhood in captivity, and a frightening brush with death. Living out in the world for the first time, they yearn to be reunited with Kit and Frannie, the couple who saved their lives. And Max, the leader of the flock, is seized by an overpowering fear that the kids are about to face a danger greater than any they've ever known. All that the children want is to return to the one place they have ever felt truly protected-the waterfront cabin known as the Lake House.But in order to get there, they must thwart the sinister plans of a survivor from their worst nightmare-plans that not only keep Kit, Frannie, and the children in constant peril, but threaten the future of human existence. And it's a battle they must be willing to pay any price to win.
Alex Delaware's relationship with his longterm partner is on the rocks. He is floored when Robin announces she's heading off on a three-month music tour. But he soon has other things to think about. He is sent an envelope with no return address. Inside, he finds an album with gold letters on it - THE MURDER BOOK. It's full of macabre pictures of murders, with brief descriptions of how, and why, the victims died. One picture is marked 'Not solved' - the horrifically mutilated body of a young woman. Unsettled, Alex calls his friend, LAPD detective Milo Sturgis, who seems strangely familiar with the case. What connects the photograph with Milo's past? What's more, why has it been sent to Alex - and by whom?
Having moved to San Diego to be closer to the woman in his life, Madriani takes on the case of Jonah Hale, an elderly man in dire straits. Because of the longtime drug addiction of their only child, Jessica, Jonah and his wife have been raising their eight-year-old granddaughter, Amanda. After Jonah wins a multi-million dollar state lottery, Jessica revives her interest in mothering. When Jonah won't deal-maternal rights for a megabucks payoff-Jessica pulls out all the stops.
Enter Zolonda Suade, a flamboyant feminist activist with a talent for making children and their "victimized" mothers disappear. When the next move turns deadly, Madriani finds himself drawn into a web of deceit and high-stakes action, in and out of the courtroom.
Mary Miller had always been an outcast. As a young girl she had fallen into the hot burn - a torrent of warm chemical run-off from the local coal mine. Fished out white-haired and half-dead, sympathy for her quickly faded when the young man who pushed her in died in a mining accident just two days later. From then on she was regarded with a mixture of suspicion and fascination by her God-fearing community. Now, years later she is hardly less alone. She is the mother of a bastard son, Sandy, and caught up in a faltering affair with a local teacher. Sandy, meanwhile, has fallen in love with a strange homeless girl. The search for happiness isn't easy. Both mother and son must face a dark secret from their past, in the growing knowledge that their small dramas are being played out against a much larger canvas, glimpsed only in symbols and flickering images - of decay and regrowth, of fire and water - of the flood.
Polar Shift: It is the name for a phenomenon that may have occurred many times in the past. At its weakest, it disorients birds and animals and damages electrical equipment. At its worst, it causes massive eruptions, earthquakes and climatic changes. At its very worst, it would mean the obliteration of all living matter . . . Sixty years ago, an eccentric Hungarian genius discovered how to artificially trigger such a shift, but then his work disappeared, or so it was thought. Now, the charismatic leader of an anti-globalization group plans to use it to give the world's industrialized nations a small jolt, before reversing the shift back again. The only problem is, it can't be reversed. Once it starts, there is nothing anyone can do. Austin, Zavala and the rest of the NUMA Special Assignments Team have certainly faced dire situations before, but never have they encountered anything like this. This time even they may be too late.
Gemma Garvey's marriage has been over for ages. Gemma ended it and chose to be a single mother rather than continue the pretence that her marriage to work-obsessed David Hennessy was working. So why is she so upset when he marries bimbo Orla O'Neill? Is it that Orla's thin and gorgeous whilst Gemma at 35 feels more like 55? Or that David's starting a new life whilst she's facing middle age alone? For Orla being wife no. 2 isn't all she's imagined, always aware of how Gemma coped with a house, family and job while she can't even cook dinner without setting the kitchen alight. To David, who has loved them both, there isn't a problem. But the trouble's just begun...
Two and a half millennia ago, the artefact appeared in a remote corner of space, beside a trillion-year-old dying sun from a different universe. It was a perfect black-body sphere, and it did nothing. Then it disappeared. Now it is back.'Banks is a phenomenon ... wildly successful, fearlessly creative' William Gibson'Thrilling, affecting and comic ... probably the finest science fiction he has written to date' New Scientist'Banks has rewritten the libretto for the whole space-opera genre' The Times
After 30 years attending to the physical and mental health of the inhabitants of Knife Island, a tiny community in the Micronesian archipelago, Dr William Moreland feels it would be of benefit to his successor, and to his colleagues throughout the Pacific, if his records were properly analysed. Only too grateful to escape the violent atmosphere of LA and recoup their emotional resources, Dr Alex Delaware and his partner Robin accept Moreland's invitation to spend a sabbatical on the island to help him in the task. But Knife Island is not the paradise of the travel brochures. The murder of a young woman has created an atmosphere of division and fear. A potential development threatens a large part of the island with environmental pollution. And Dr Moreland is not universally regarded as the saintly healer of his own mythology. Alex discovers a conspiracy of such startling magnitude that, even with his knowledge of human depravity, he is hard put to comprehend. And why has he been invited into such an horrific web of intrigue and abasement?
Hundreds of thousands of readers were enthralled and delighted by the luminous, tender voice of John Ames in 'Gilead', Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Now comes 'Home', a deeply affecting novel that takes place in the same period and same Iowa town of Gilead. This is Jack's story. Jack - prodigal son of the Boughton family, godson and namesake of John Ames, gone twenty years - has come home looking for refuge and to try to make peace with a past littered with trouble and pain. A bad boy from childhood, an alcoholic who cannot hold down a job, Jack is perpetually at odds with his surroundings and with his traditionalist father, though he remains Boughton's most beloved child. His sister Glory has also returned to Gilead, fleeing her own mistakes, to care for their dying father. Brilliant, loveable, wayward, Jack forges an intense new bond with Glory and engages painfully with his father and his father's old friend John Ames.
Liza Barclay, aged 10, shot her mother while trying to protect her from her violent stepfather, ex-FBI agent Charley Foster. Despite her stepfather's claim that it was a deliberate act, the Juvenile Court ruled the death an accident. Many people, however, agreed with Foster and tabloids compared Liza to the infamous murderess, Lizzie Borden, pointing even to the similarity in name. Growing up with adoptive parents who tried to erase every trace of her past, her name is changed to Celia. Always, though, the fear hung over her and the family - that someday, her vengeful stepfather would reappear to harm her. Aged 25, a successful interior designer, she marries a childless sixty-year old widower and they have a son. Before their marriage, she had confided her earlier life to her husband. Two years on, on his deathbed, he tells her that he would want her to re-marry, but makes her swear never to reveal her past to anyone, so that their son would not carry the burden of this family tragedy - a promise that plunges her into a new cycle of violence. Three years later, happily re-married, Celia is shocked when her second husband presents her with a gift -- the house where she killed her mother. When the real estate agent who has made the sale recognises her and, soon after, is murdrered, Celia is accused of the crime. Once again, she is home -- the place where she is stamped as a murderess.
Juliet Kipper, a gifted painter, is strangled in the LA gallery where her first solo show has opened to critical acclaim, and Milo Sturgis takes on the murder investigation as a favour to an old friend. He consults Alex Delaware, who, researching parallels with other deaths, looks for artists killed when on the verge of a breakthrough or comeback. And he finds two others. A few weeks earlier, blues player Edgar Michael 'Baby Boy' Lee was stabbed just after finishing his set at The Snakepit. The remains of China Maranga, a punk singer, were found by the Hollywood sign a month after her disappearance three years ago. And Alex discovers both were clients of Robin Castagna, his ex-lover. The investigation points to a gruesome, sadistic pattern of death, taking Milo and Alex into the dark side of the art world, and Robin into terrible danger.
The breath-taking story of a mother’s love and a son’s gift…
Johnny Peterson could light up a room with a word or a smile. He had a future filled with promise – until he stepped into a car on prom night and, in an instant, it was all taken away. In the months that followed, Johnny’s family and his high school sweetheart, Becky, struggle to put together the pieces of their shattered lives. No-one is more devastated than Johnny’s mother, Alice, but amid the heartache, something miraculous is about to happen. When a sudden illness sends Alice to hospital, a glorious vision comes to her – there, standing before her, is Johnny himself, gently urging his bewildered mother to be strong for her splintered family.
Through a season of hope and healing, Johnny will walk by his mother’s side, leading his parents, his girlfriend, his sister and his brother out of their grief. But as Alice is about to discover, Johnny has returned not just to help those he loves, but to uncover a purpose even he cannot comprehend – one that will change them all forever.
Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 510 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Dating Game, Answered Prayers, Sunset in St. Tropez, The Cottage, The Kiss, Leap of Faith, Lone Eagle, Journey, The House on HopeStreet, The Wedding, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death.
A novel about hope, and change, and daring to be free.
Everyone in Washington knows Madeleine and Jack Hunter. Maddy is an award-winning TV anchorwoman, and Jack is the head of her network and an adviser to the President on media issues. To the world, theirs is a storybook marriage. But behind the locked doors of their lush Georgetown home, a very different story emerges. For as Maddy’s career soars, a bitter edge of control and jealousy has crept in, so that the woman the nation idolises lives in degradation and fear. The cruelty she experiences at Jack’s hands leaves no bruises, no scars, only the wounds of fear, humiliation and isolation.
Maddy’s journey to healing begins when the President’s wife offers her the opportunity to join her newly-formed Commission on Violence against Women. There Maddy hears chilling stories from terrified wives and girlfriends that sound eerily familiar. And there she meets Bill Alexander, a distinguished scholar and diplomat who also works on the commission. Bill suspects that something is terribly wrong in Maddy’s marriage and, as she takes the first steps towards freedom, a remarkable series of events begin to unfold. White House headlines bring the country to a standstill, and a devastating tragedy occurs which forces Maddy to realise just how much she has lost – her confidence, her trust, her self-respect. As her journey comes to a close, she finds a strength she never knew she had…and a gift which will change her life forever.
Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 530 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Second Chance, Ransom, Safe Harbour, Johnny Angel, Dating Game, Answered Prayers, Sunset in St. Tropez, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death.
Visit the Danielle Steel website at: www.daniellesteel.com
A wickedly funny look at finding the perfect mate in an imperfect world.
Stephanie had a rat of a husband. But after thirteen years of marriage and two kids, she was devastated when he left her for a younger woman. Suddenly, Stephanie was alone, and after trying to find a little romance on new york’s wild singles circuit, she was reconciled to raising her kids alone - until a spur-of-the-moment trip to Paris changed everything. She met him on the Left Bank - Peter Baker, a marvellously handsome high-tech entrepreneur. He seemed just too perfect, but to Stephanie’s amazement he contacted her when they returned to New York. At her Long Island cottage Stephanie embarked upon a bizarre and hilarious adventure beyond her wildest dreams.
Shy, serious Peter, Chairman of a bionic enterprise, was supposed to be away on business. But instead, he’s standing at her door, wearing day-glo satin and rhinestones. Naturally, Stephanie thinks this is a joke, until she discovers - this isn’t Peter, but his double! Calling himself Paul Klone, this wild, uninhibited creature isn’t remotely like Peter except for his identically sexy good looks.
An uproarious novel which explores the outrageous triangle between Stephanie, Peter...and The Klone.
has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 530 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Second Chance, Ransom, Safe Harbour, Johnny Angel, Dating Game, Answered Prayers, Sunset in St. Tropez, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death. Visit the Danielle Steel Web Site at www.daniellesteel.com.
A trio of desperate convicts, has hijacked a bus carrying a group of deaf and mute schoolgirls, who are now being held hostage in a disused slaughterhouse. FBI agent Arthur Potter is flown in to negotiate with the men, as are local police, state troopers, politicians and the media. Not everyone has the same agenda. The killers will kill one innocent child an hour, on the hour, until their demands are met.
Back in 1988, a young author emerged onto the crime scene with a fresh and inspiring New York crime series starring a young aspiring film-maker - Rune. The series quickly established their author as one to watch. In this opener, Rune becomes the obsessed with the murder of one of the customers at her video store. Mr Kelly had been renting the classic noir movie - MANHATTAN IS MY BEAT - over and over again and she swiftly becomes convinced that the secret to his brutal death is hidden in its black-and-white frames. But what she doesn't realise is that her interest is going to bring her far close to the killer than she ever could have wanted.
FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell, star of Kava's first thriller, is back again in her second, but her return is not a happy one. From the very first scene, in which serial killer Albert Stucky escapes from two pitifully inadequate prison guards, through the inevitable and apparently endless escalation of brutality (usually against women), to the predictable ending, this is strictly a blender job: part Thomas Harris and part Patricia Cornwell, with odd bones and scraps tossed in from other similarly grisly and more successful sources. O'Dell, who plays Clarice Starling to Stucky's Hannibal Lecter, is still physically and mentally scarred by the two years she spent on his case and she's fighting to get back on it. She gets her wish. Before she can even unpack the boxes in her new home, one of her neighbors disappears, leaving behind a bloody mess, and another is found dead in a Dumpster. Soon, Stucky strikes even closer to home. The supporting cast is full of cardboard cutouts unsuccessfully masquerading as characters, and since O'Dell herself is so miserable from the start, it's hard to care whether or not she and Stucky ever do make it to their final showdown or, for that matter, which of them survives. Kava's hackneyed prose doesn't help matters: "Dear God! How much longer could she put up with the nightmares?" Probably longer than a lot of readers will put up with this book. (Aug.)Forecast: Kava's first O'Dell vehicle, A Perfect Evil, was widely praised, and Mira is looking to build on that success with a national ad campaign, a teaser chapter in the Perfect Evil paperback and a multicity author tour. Fans may go along for the ride, but Kava won't recruit many new readers with this one.
A poisoned bolt has struck down the Princess Anita on the day of her wedding to Prince Arutha of Krondor.To save his beloved, Arutha sets out in search of the mytics herb called Silverthorn that only grows in the dark and forbidding land of the Spellweavers.Accompanied by a mercenary, a minstrel, and a clever young thief, he wil confront an ancient evil and do battle with the dark powers that threaten the enchanted realm of Midkemia.
One rainy night in New York City, outstanding law student Chloe Larson wakes from a terrible nightmare. But it's not a nightmare ''¬" it's real. Not only is she savagely violated in her own bedroom, Chloe then has to deal with the horror of nobody being brought to justice. Twelve years later a very different Chloe is forging a formidable reputation in the Miami Dade State Attorney's Office, as a vicious serial killer nicknamed Cupid terrorises Florida ''¬" tearing out his tortured victim's hearts while they're still conscious. When the police stop a driver on the McArthur Causeway and a mutilated corpse is found in his trunk, it seems the hunt for Cupid is finally over. But as Chloe begins the task of prosecuting the suspect, she soon realises that this case will be anything but easy. Because her past is about to force itself on her present ''¬" and the terror is only just beginning. Sometimes there's a price to be paid for justice. and sometimes that price is awful. Revenge could cost Chloe her sanity. The truth could cost her her life. THE PAST. THE PRESENT. THE TERROR.
Kelsey Byden grew up believing her mother had died when she was three. Now at twenty-six and freshly divorced, she receives a letter from her mother explaining that she is alive and living on a Virginia horse farm. Deeply strung by lies told to protect her, Kelsey takes her anger out at her college professor father by going to visit her mother, who Kelsey learns spent over ten years in prison for murder.But there are more secrets to be found out and Kelsey decides to stay at her mother's splendid horse farm where she falls in love with horses and the man next door, handsome gambler Gabe Slater. When murdered men and injured horses turn up, Kelsey finds evil lurking where she least expects it, and risks all to restore her mother's honor.
"As tensions mount, threatening to ignite a powder keg of long-held hostility, Sayre finds herself inextricably drawn into a struggle with striking laborers, her unscrupulous father, and her own emotions over the love/hate relationship that is growing with Beck, a man apparently with his own agenda, and mysteries of his own."--BOOK JACKET.
'What you need,' said Saffron, pouring Alex another glass of wine, 'is someone to take away your worries, someone you can rely on, someone to deal with all the boring details.''But I've got a bloke already,' protested Alex.'No, no!' replied Saffron. 'I mean, what you need is a WIFE.'On the surface Alex Hill is every inch the polished high-flying career woman. But that just means she's rushed off her feet with barely enough time to take out the bins, let alone pull together an amazing product launch. Then she discovers her Spanish cleaner has been using her flat to turn tricks in the afternoons, and in her bed! And to top things off, her demanding mother - an ageing 60s style icon - has a bad fall, requiring her to move in with Alex indefinitely. With so much to juggle, Alex begins to realise that she needs someone more committed than a cleaner - so she advertises for 'a wife'. Enter Ella - a brilliant cook and carer. But Ella isn't quite what she appears, and pretty soon Alex is contemplating 'divorce'...
The brilliant second novel from the author of the Whitbread prizewinner Behind the Scenes at the Museum.
Once it had been the great forest of Lythe - a vast and impenetrable thicket of green.And here, in the beginning, lived the Fairfaxes, grandly, at Fairfax Manor, visited once by the great Gloriana herself.
But over the centuries the forest had been destroyed, replaced by Streets of Trees.The Fairfaxes have dwindled too; now they live in ‘Arden’ at the end of Hawthorne Close and are hardly a family at all.
But Isobel Fairfax, who drops into pockets of time and out again, knows about the past. She is sixteen and waiting for the return of her mother - the thin, dangerous Eliza with her scent of nicotine, Arpège and sex, whose disappearance is part of the mystery that still remains at the heart of the forest.
Kate Atkinson was born in York and now lives in Edinburgh. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. She is also the author of a collection of short stories, Not the End of the World, and of the critically acclaimed novels Human Croquet and Emotionally Weird. Her most recent bestseller, Case Histories, won the Saltire Book of the Year Award and the Prix Westminster. Her new novel, One Good Turn, is available now from Doubleday.
Vivid, richly imaginative, hilarious and frightening by turns','Huge, exhilarating, loving and detailed eruption of a novel…an utterly intoxicating display of novelistic elan…big and joyous, literary and accessible…storytelling at its buoyant best',Wonderfully eloquent and forceful Kate Atkinson goes at the same pace in her second novel as she did in her first…welcome back, wild north-easter…brilliant and engrossing,'Vivid and intriguing…fizzles and crackles along…a tour de force',Part ghost story, part murder mystery, this is an exquisitely written, literary novel that reads as compellingly as any thriller,A stunner of a second novel...a gutsy book, wrenched from the heart and written with tremendous force, immersing you in its strange, eccentric world,The quirky imagination, subversive humour and instinct for domestic chaos that Atkinson displayed in her first novel...are rampantly evident again
John Harvey's Resnick novels are far and away the finest British police procedurals ever written' GQ
When a man is found in the middle of Alfreton Road in the early hours of a Sunday morning, stark naked and bleeding heavily from a chest wound, he is the latest victim in a series of vicious attacks on men. But enquiries in the mean streets of Nottingham's red-light district have brought the investigations to a dead end.
Charlie Resnick is the man for the job. And as if he hasn't had enough to deal with, he now has to provide police protection for a celebrity at the annual crime convention - an author with the some very unpleasant 'fan' mail. Chronically short-staffed as he is, it's a guessing game as to when Resnick's lack of manpower will have fatal consequences...
John Harvey is the author of the richly-praised sequence of ten Charlie Resnick novels, the first of which, Lonely Hearts, was named by The Times as one of the '100 Best Crime Novels of the Century'. In 2004 William Heinemann published Flesh and Blood, the first novel featuring retired Detective Inspector Frank Elder.
He is also a poet, dramatist and occasional broadcaster. For more about the author visit www.mellotone.co.uk
If the title King of Crime is to go to the male writer who is at the summit of his form writing some of the best crime fiction on this side of the Atlantic, the crown is John Harvey's','Harvey plays it note perfect in a plot so solidly built you could pick it up and bounce it. Suspenseful, humane and satisfying','The inner city is brilliantly and chillingly drawn so that you can almost smell the wet concrete. Top marks'
AN UNPUTDOWNABLE DEBUT IN THE BESTSELLING TRADITION OF MARTINA COLE
1985: a man runs for his life - exhausted, wounded, hunted remorselessly by a woman assassin known only as The Head Hunter. At the end, he has just enough energy to spit in her face.2001: sixteen-year-old Kerry Lumsdon runs across the same terrain. She runs to win and she runs to forget. When a headless body is found in the wastelands of the Seahills Estate, Detective Inspector Lorraine Hunt is called in to investigate. Kerry and Lorraine, different ages and from different worlds, come together when Claire Lumsdon, Kerry's sister, is violently kidnapped - the fourth in a series of abductions of young girls. Headstrong, wilful and convinced the police can't help, Kerry sets out on a frantic search of her own. But her hunt takes her to a world she never knew existed: a violent underworld; a sixteen year old murder; and, finally, to secrets about her own past which her mother hoped she'd never have to face. And all the time, the clock is ticking for Claire -
Sheila Quigley started work at 15 as a presser in Hepworths, a tailoring factory. She married at 18 and had three daughters: Dawn, Janine and Diane and a younger son, Michael. Recently divorced she now has eight grandchildren, six boys and two girls, and every Saturday and Sunday can be found at a football match for the under tens and under fifteens. Sheila has lived on the Homelands Estate (at present with her son and two dogs) at Houghton-le-Spring near Sunderland for 30 years.
A convincing portrayal of a violent underworld,Fast-paced and overtly commercial, Run for Home is a modern version of Cookson's bestsellers,A rattling good plot-it doesn't stop running until the final page by which time you will be breathless,A fast-moving, grainy crime thriller
A top-ten bestselling author & the unrivalled master of the action thriller.
Silent and lethal, USS Seawolf, the US Navy's most up-to-date stealth submarine, is on an ultra secret mission -- to spy on China's brandnew, hugely-improved Xia-Class submarine. When it ventures dangerously into the forbidden waters of the China Sea, Seawolf is caught in a shocking accident and is captured by the Chinese. The repercussions of the disaster could cause the biggest confrontation between Washington and Beijing in more than forty years. Knowing they are on the brink of a third world war, Admiral Arnold Morgan orders SPECWARCOM to send in the Navy SEALS to rescue the captive seamen at all costs. It becomes a desperate race against the clock as the wounded American Eagle struggles against the stirring Chinese dragon ...
PATRICK ROBINSON is the author of six previous international bestselling thrillers: Nimitz Class, Kilo Class, H. M. S. Unseen, Seawolf, The Shark Mutiny, Barracuda 945 and, most recently, Scimitar SL-2. He is also the author of several non-fiction bestsellers including True Blue (with Dan Topolski) and Born to Win. He is the co-author with Admiral Sir Sandy Woodward of One Hundred Days.
A stunner that irresistibly hurtles the reader to the exciting climax.,Robinson is one of the crown princes of the beach-read thriller. Clear the calendar when you buy Seawolf; it will cost you a weekend.,Robinson rules the waves -- matches Clancy at his best.
Rendell is a superbly elegant writer who cannot bore; her insights into warped minds and stunted emotions still have the power to shock and disturb.' The Times
In traditional fairytales the handsome prince rescues the beautiful princess from her wicked stepmother, and the couple live happily ever after. But in Ruth Rendell's dark and damaged contemporary universe, innocent dreams can turn into the most terrible nightmares. Teddy Brex emerges from a loveless, isolated childhood as a handsome but autistic young man. Francine Hill, traumatised by the murder of her mother, grows into a beautiful young woman, who must endure the overprotectiveness of an increasingly obsessive stepmother. Teddy Brex does ride to her rescue, but he is a man who has already committed two murders.
Ruth Rendell has won many awards for her writing, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's best crime novel with A Demon in My View, a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986, the 1990 Sunday Times Literary award, and the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.
Rendell weaves the interlocking desires into a frightening tapestry of warped minds ... A tale as chilling as any Rendell has written to date,Masterfully spooky. Don't read this alone
The powerful novel from the Queen of Romantic Suspense
Secrets can be deadly...
When journalist Laurie Forbes turns up on Beth Ashby's doorstep, minutes after Beth's husband, political high-flier Colin Ashby, has been arrested for murder, neither can even begin to guess the shocking repercussions that have just been triggered in both their lives.
Beth attempts to escape from her shattered life by throwing herself into the kind of reckless high-living that seems destined for disaster, while Laurie finds herself being threatened, terrorised and even taken prisoner for what she knows.
As the dangerous truth draws closer, Laurie realises that if she is to save Beth from those already preparing to destroy her, she must put her trust in hated rival journalist Elliot Russell and face up to a ghost from the past.
Silent Truths takes us on a compelling journey along the dark, decadent halls of power, to the glittering shores of seduction and intrigue, and finally to the terrifying truths behind the silence.
Susan Lewis is the author of eighteen bestselling novels. She is also the author of the top ten bestselling memoir, Just One More Day. She lives in France. Her website address is www.susanlewis.co.uk
If you want decadent conspiracies, seduction and intrigue set in the glittering world of Hollywood make this the top of your summer reading list
The new blockbuster from number one bestselling author, Chris Ryan.
Three people. Three stories. And a desperate race for survival in a country in the midst of war.
Nick Scott fought in the SASduring the first Gulf War. Captured and tortured, he was left a broken man. His daughter Sarah Scott is a beautiful young scientist who has cracked one of the scientific secrets of the age. Now, she has vanished. Her lover Jed Bradley is one of the SAS's toughest young agents, dropped behind enemy lines in the build up to the Iraq War to find the truth about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.Caught up in a global power play, Nick and Jed must fight their way through a war-ravaged Iraq as the regime of Saddam Hussein collapses around them. It is a desperate race to find the woman they both love. And to unlock the secret of the Ultimate Weapon.
Chris Ryan was born near Newcastle in 1961. He joined the SAS in 1984. During his ten years he was involved in overt and covert operations and was also Sniper team commander of the anti-terrorist team. During the Gulf War, Chris was the only member of an eight-man team to escape from Iraq, of which three colleagues were killed and four captured. It was the longest escape and evasion in the history of the SAS. For this he was awarded the Military Medal. For his last two years he was selecting and training potential recruits for the SAS.
Hard as nails,Slick, polished and gut-wrenching stuff,Chock full of military fat to chew on...will keep you awake until dawn,all of the customary pulse-raising in-your-face elements are present here...a truly nerve-scraping read, with a chaotic background of the country in collapse accentuating the tension
The new novel by the most compulsive storyteller of them all.
It is a golden evening of high summer in July 1990. Robin Timariot has set out that morning on what he has planned as a six-day tramp along part of Offa's Dyke. At the close of his first day's walk he encounters an elegant middle-aged woman who seems strangely out of place among the sheep and gorse of Hergest Ridge. They exchange only a few words of conversation, but their talk is enigmatic - and unforgettable. A few days later, at the end of his walk, Timariot returns home to learn from the newspapers that, just a few hours after their meeting, the woman, whose name was Louise Paxton, was raped and then murdered, along with an artist, Oscar Bantock, who lived near by.
A man is swiftly charged and convicted of the crime, but a string of inexplicable events begins to convince Timariot - and others - that all is not what it seems. Timariot, fascinated by Louise Paxton's memory, is drawn irresistibly into the complex motives and relationships of her family and friends, searching against his better judgement for the secret of what really happened on the day she died.
The closer he gets to the truth, the more hideous and uncertain it seems to be. And far too late he realizes that it may threaten many powerful people. So much so that anybody who uncovers it is unlikely to be allowed to live.
Robert Goddard was born in Hampshire. He read History at Cambridge and worked as an educational administrator in Devon before becoming a full-time novelist. He is the author of many bestselling novels, including Into the Blue which won the first WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award and was dramatized for TV in 1997, starring John Thaw.
A thriller in the classic storytelling sense…hugely enjoyable','An atmosphere of taut menace…suspense is heightened by shadows of betrayal and revenge'
Two boys, two faiths, one unholy war--two boys from opposing worlds come face to face in a thought-provoking historical adventure When Adam's mother dies unconfessed, he pledges to save her soul with dust from the Holy Land. Employed as a dog-boy for the local knight, Adam grabs the chance to join the Crusade to reclaim Jerusalem. He burns with determination to strike down the infidel enemy. Salim, a merchant's son, is leading an uneventful life in the port of Acre--until news arrives that a Crusader attack is imminent. To keep Salim safe, his father buys him an apprenticeship with an esteemed traveling doctor. But Salim's employment leads him to the heart of Sultan Saladin's camp--and into battle against the barbaric and unholy invaders.
About the Author
Elizabeth Laird is the author of Jake's Tower, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal; Kiss the Dust, winner of the Children’s Book Award; and A Little Piece of Ground.
New book from the bestselling author of The Teenage Worrier books. Funny, entertaining and serious in equal parts.
This is the diary of a 15-year-old girl experiencing first love, first sexual experience - and then an accidental pregnancy. Characteristically, Ros Asquith tells the story with a mix of seriousness and frivolity. And it's not just about the pregnancy. This is the story of Amy (who longs to be a rock star); her best friends Lottie, Mad Alice and Debbie (also known as the band, Black Hole); her crazy home life with her dad (who's having an affair with the actress over the road), mum and a pair of chaotic little twin sisters; her school (also known as KFC or Broadmoor); her trip to the Glastonbury Festival - and - and - in other words, all the normal stuff of being a teenager. The UK has one of the highest incidences of teen pregnancy in the world. It's a non-stop media story. As with all Ros Asquith's previous books, she's researched the subject carefully and visited teenage mum groups. There will be a list of advice lines and websites at the back of the book.
Author Biography About the Author
Ros Asquith lives in North London with her partner, a jazz critic, and their two sons.
She has worked as a photographer and stage designer and painted murals in six countries. She was theatre editor of City Limits magazine and a critic for Time Out and the Observer. She draws regularly for the Guardian.
Ros has written over thirty books and illustrated lots more. The Teenage Worrier series starring fifteen-year-old Letty Chubb has been an international success, translated into eleven different languages and selling well over a quarter of a million copies in the UK alone.
Reviews Exuberant . . . a mine of information about every anxiety know to teenagers','No need for anguish over Lurve, bad hair or "banana" . . . hope for adolescents of all ages',As a step-parent of two teenagers, I really appreciate authors who deal with sensitive issues carefully and do not make them feel as though they are being preached at. . . . Asquith's responsible look at teenage life makes this a compelling read.,An amusing and entertaining story...Asquith is light where other writers would be heavy, but that doesn't mean she doesn't care. There's real emotion here and a lot about love in all its forms.,'The plot is excellent. It is clear and is an easy book to read...the author does an excellent job with this book, it's definitely one of her best.',Quite funny and energetic.,'Full of humour, with its heart in the right place about a serious issue.','Amusing and very readable...a very funny but also quite sensitive teen novel.',An accurate portrait of a real teenager's attitude towards life.,Interview with Ros Asquith about her forthcoming title.
A quiet street in the West Country is scandalised by its new occupants.
The inhabitants of quiet, tree-lined Mulberry Lane take a keen interest in the comings and goings of their neighbours. When number fifteen comes onto the market they are naturally intrigued to see a good-looking man being shown the property, and they hope to find a pleasant, quiet family moving in. But they are to be sadly disappointed - the house is to be a hostel for young offenders. Feelings run high. Opinions are divided - some fearing that they will be murdered in their beds, others wanting to welcome these youths into their community. However friendly the newcomers may be, there are others in Mulberry Lane who are determined to scupper the scheme at all costs…
Author Biography Elvi Rhodes was born and educated in Yorkshire, and now lives on the Sussex coast. She is the author of many bestselling novels including Opal, Doctor Rose, Ruth Appleby, The Golden Girls, Madeleine, The House of Bonneau, Cara's Land, The Rainbow Through the Rain, The Bright One, The Mountain, Portrait of Chloe, Spring Music, Midsummer Meeting, The Birthday Party, A Blessing In Disguise and The Apple Tree. A collection of stories, Summer Promise and Other Stories, is also published by Corgi Books.
It is 1953 – Coronation year - and like all of Cockney London the members of the Adams family are looking forward to the celebrations. Chinese Lady, now Lady Finch, worries that her friends will think she is too grand to mingle with them . But her husband has a more pressing worry – the sudden appearance of the lovely but mysterious Katje Galicia, who knows more than she should about his own chequered past.
Young Jimmy Adams, meanwhile, is enjoying working at the family clothing factory, where at the retirement party for two of the oldest employees, Bert and Gertie Roper, he meets their lively granddaughter Clare. Before long he has offered her a job on the switchboard, and has hopes of seeing her after working hours as well. And brave Felicity, blinded in the blitz, thinks she notices a glimmer of light appearing in her dark world - but dare not tell her husband, in case it is just her imagination…
With the young Queen now on the throne, times are changing for the Adams family.
Author Biography Mary Jane Staples was born, bred and educated in Walworth. Now living in Surrey, the author is married with 3 grandchildren.
The wonderful story of Chinese Lady and how she met Daniel Adams
Young Maisie Gibbs is a conscientious young woman, though life is harder since both her parents passed away. She is relieved when she finds a position as a housemaid in Kensington, under the watchful eyes of the formidable housekeeper, Mrs Carpenter, and she quickly settles in.
When she meets a handsome young soldier, she is tempted to give him his marching orders. But gradually Corporal Daniel Adams starts to win her over.
When tragedy strikes the Fairfax household, Maisie is lucky she has Daniel to rely on – a good sign of things to come?
A delight for fans of the Adams family – the heartwarming story of Daniel and Chinese Lady.
Author Biography Mary Jane Staples was born, bred and educated in Walworth. Now living in Surrey, the author is married with 3 grandchildren.
Her clothes are designer. Her kids came ready-made ...
Sophie Mills has worked her Manolo Blahniks off to reach the near-top of her profession. And she’s very happy with her priorities in life – her job, her neurotic cat Artemis and her passion for shoes. After all, relationships only get in the way. And as for children? She hasn’t even begun to think about them yet.Until one day an unexpected visitor brings news of a strange inheritance and Sophie is suddenly, out of the blue, in sole charge of two children under the age of six. But motherhood can’t be all that hard, can it?
Within twenty-four hours, her make-up is smeared all over the bathroom, Artemis has taken up residence on top of her wardrobe, and Sophie is in despair. And all her unconventional mother can suggest is Dr Roberts’ Complete Dog Training and Care Manual.
Determined to rise to the challenge, Sophie soon realises that she’ll need more than a business plan to cope with all this …
Author Biography Rowan Coleman worked in bookselling and then publishing for seven years during which time she wrote her first novel, Growing Up Twice, published in 2002. She left to write her second novel, After Ever After and now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and daughter. The Accidental Mother is her fourth novel.
Reviews A funny, touching story ... unputdownable,A highly amusing bath book,A sweet and easy-to-read tale,A charming tale ... sophisticated chick-lit,Brilliant ... moving, funny - just the tonic every knackered new woman needs!
A distraught young woman boards a train at King's Cross to return to her family in Scotland. Six hours later, she catches sight of something so terrible in a mirror at Waverley Station that she gets on the next train back to London. AFTER YOU'D GONE follows Alice's mental journey through her own past, after a traffic accident has left her in a coma. A love story which is also a story of absence, and of how our choices can reverberate through the generations, it slowly draws us closer to a dark secret at the family's heart.
Bombs are exploding in the streets of London, but life seems to have planted more subtle booby-traps for Miles Flint. Miles is a spy. His job is to watch and to listen, then to report back to his superiors, nothing more. The job, affording glimpses into the most private lives of his victims, appeals to Miles. He doesn't lust after promotion, and he doesn't want action. He wants, just for once, not to botch a case. Having lost one suspect - with horrific consequences - Miles becomes too involved with another, a young Irishwoman. His marriage seems ready to crumble to dust. So does his home. But Miles is given one last chance for redemption - a trip to Belfast, which quickly becomes a flight of terror, murder and shocking discoveries. But can the voyeur survive in a world of violent action?
Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course. But some things never change. So when ex-envoy, now-convict Takeshi Kovacs has his consciousness and skills downloaded into the body of a nicotine-addicted ex-thug and presented with a catch-22 offer, he really shouldn't be surprised. Contracted by a billionaire to discover who murdered his last body, Kovacs is drawn into a terrifying conspiracy that stretches across known space and to the very top of society. For a first-time SF writer to be so surely in command of narrative and technology, so brilliant at world-building, so able to write such readable and enjoyable SF adventure, is simply extraordinary.
Kriminalroman. Andy Dalziel og Peter Pascoe er stadig i tvivl om, hvorvidt de har fanget og skudt seriemorderen, og holder ??je med hans sidste offer, som reddede livet. Pascoe modtager breve fra en tidligere fange, som han er overbevist om er gal og stadig farlig. Edgar Wield f?Ñr vigtige oplysninger fra en tr?ªkkerdreng og de bliver alle 3 blandet ind i en sag om en kostbar gammel skat.
If Rebecca Bennett could have foreseen the future, would she have accepted the job of writing the life story of Dame Tilda Franklin? Thirty-one, struggling financially & still tender after a disastrous love affair, Rebecca takes on the biography both to reinvigorate her professional career & to boost her wounded self-esteem. Little does she know that mining the past of such a well-loved public figure will unearth an embattled life filled with passion & heartache, one which strangely mirrors her own. Yet as she finds her soul mate in Dame Tilda, Rebecca also finds herself suddenly entangled in a forty-year-old murder mystery, which threatens to disrupt her newfound peace of mind as she comes closer to discovering the killer. A novel of tragedy, healing, & love, which brilliantly exhibits Judith Lennox's storytelling genius, Some Old Lover's Ghost will raise you up as it breaks your heart.
Nova Kumalisi would do anything for her closest friend, Mal Wacken. She owes him her life. So, when he asked her to be the surrogate mother for him and his wife, in spite of her fears about how it would alter their friendship, Nova agreed.Eight years later, Nova is bringing up their son alone, and she and Mal don't speak. Months into the pregnancy, Mal's wife changed her mind about the surrogacy agreement. Already suspicious of how close Nova and Mal were, Stephanie realised her strained marriage was in serious trouble when she found a text from her husband to Nova, saying, 'Goodnight, Beautiful'. She asked Mal to cut all ties with his closest friend and unborn child.Now, seven-year-old Leo is critically ill and Nova, despite her anger and hurt, wants Mal to have the chance to know his son before it's too late. It takes a crisis to bring them back together, so will it take a tragedy to remind them how much they mean to each other?