The fifth book in Stacy Green‘s Nikki Hunt series, The Trapped Ones sees Special Agent Nikki Hunt called to a homicide at a farmhouse surrounded by thick, dark woodland. A mother and father have been stabbed, their son is fighting for his life, and a young woman’s body is lying near the front door, her wrists bound. Nikki has never seen such a complex scene, but despite recovering from her own painful loss, she will do whatever it takes to bring this killer to justice.
“She doesn’t know I’m there, watching her in the mirror. She slides her hand under her blouse. And then I see something impossible. She isn’t pregnant…”
Set to be published on 1st March, The Baby Shower by S.E. Lynes follows Jane who has a good job, a loving husband, and a close group of friends. That is until Lexie Lane shows up. She bursts into Jane’s life like a storm, seeming so perfect with her lilting laugh and her beautiful face. One by one, Jane watches as her friends fall under her spell. But Jane suspects something. Only Jane sees that her smiles don’t reach her cold, furious eyes. So when the day of Lexie’s baby shower comes around, Jane waits for Lexie’s mask to slip. That afternoon, she finally learns the unbelievable truth. There is no baby…
“She was beautiful: shiny blond hair, crystal blue eyes and the widest smile Nikki had ever seen. She thought back to what she had seen in the ground, the dirt that caked the white bones. All that remained of her now was the silver locket that was still around her neck…”
The fourth book in the Nikki Hunt series and set to be released on 1st December, The Girl In The Ground by Stacy Green sees Special Agent Nikki Hunt called to the scene of a body found buried in the ground. Nikki knows instantly that the girl was murdered, but she is shocked when her boyfriend, Rory immediately recognizes her from the locket that remains. The victim was his childhood sweetheart, Becky, and he was the last person to see her before she went missing twenty-four years ago. When another girl goes missing, can Nikki unearth the truth and protect the man she loves? And will she find the missing girl in time to save her life?
“The lights of her parents’ cabin just visible through the woods, the girl carefully curls up amongst the reeds, her knees pulled tight to her chest. Terrified, the only sound she makes is the pounding of her heart, but she hears the stranger searching… if she keeps silent, will she be safe?”
The third book in Roger Stelljes‘ Agent Tori Hunter series, The Hidden Girl follows Agent Tori Hunter who is urgently called to the murder scene of Dan and Heidi Newman. She finds their throats slit, and Dan tied up: forced to watch his wife lose her life. Desperate to find the monster behind this crime, Tori pieces together the broken chain. But then another local couple is murdered in their isolated home, another husband forced to watch his worst nightmare unfold. As more couples lose their lives, can Tori keep her one witness safe from this vicious killer? And can she track him down before more innocent families are torn apart?
“She has spent her whole life protecting the ones she loves, but to find this killer Nikki might have to risk everything…”
Published earlier this week, Lost Angels by Stacy Green is the third book in her Nikki Hunt series which sees Special Agent Nikki Hunt called to the Boundary Waters near Stillwater, Minnesota, where the body of a young woman has been found frozen beside a remote lake. This time, Nikki is devastated to see that the victim is her childhood friend Annmarie, and she recognizes the velvet ribbon tied in her hair as the hallmark of a serial killer who she has been hunting for years.
Desperate for justice, Nikki throws herself into the case. But she is shaken by what she finds at Annmarie’s home: a photo of Nikki’s mother that no one has ever seen. Has the murderer at large been in Nikki’s life since she was a child? Nikki soon realizes that the key to unlocking this case is in her own family, but digging up the past could put her own daughter in danger.
“Why would you pretend your life is a dream when you’re living a nightmare?”
Her Sister’s Secret by SE Lynes follows Scottish-born sisters, Annie and Isla. Isla thought that her sister was happy, that Annie led a perfect life with her husband, Dom, in a lovely cottage in a quiet village by the sea. But Isla didn’t see the nights when Annie would sit waiting for Dom to come home. She didn’t see Annie smiling through her tears. She didn’t know what the perfect couple were hiding. So when sirens break the silence of the night and flames rise against the dark sky, and Isla gets the call she never expected, she’s left with a simple burning question: who was to blame?
“How had I got here? What day was it? I couldn’t remember anything. But I knew I had become the fifth woman to be abducted.”
Released on 28th June, Invisible Victim by Mel Sherratt follows journalist Eva, the fifth victim of a silent abductor who wakes to find herself in a small room and in someone else’s clothes. Everything looks just like the others described: a small hole in the door, a mattress and a narrow window allowing only a small chink of light. Just days before, she had interviewed the third victim for the local paper. Her story was the same as those before her: an ordinary woman, locked away for ten days then released with no explanation, and no apparent link her to the others. Eva tells herself that she’ll be safe in ten days, but she can’t help thinking of the fourth victim who is still missing.
“The party was supposed to be the highlight of the summer. If only I’d known that night would destroy our lives…”
Set to be released on 8th June, The Street Party by Claire Seeber focuses on the events leading up to, including and following a community party. All the neighbours are laughing, drinking, and getting along, as the night finishes with a spectacular fireworks show. But when most of the neighbours have returned home and gone to bed, something happens, and everyone saw something different. It’s one person’s word against another. But how can these neighbours find out what really happened that night without everyone finding out their own secrets?
“Gazing out the cabin window at the raging blizzard, fear suddenly floods through her as she feels a stranger’s hand clamp across her mouth. No one can hear her stifled screams as she is dragged from the couch by the fire out into the snow.”
The second book in Roger Stelljes‘s Agent Tori Hunter series, The Winter Girls sees the disappearance of seventeen-year-old Savannah Devenish who vanishes from her family’s remote vacation cabin in Minnesota. Haunted by memories of her own missing sister, FBI Agent Tori Hunter vows to do whatever it takes to reunite this family and races along treacherous icy roads to be first on the scene. But when another teenager is snatched from the street, resembling a striking resemblance to Savannah with the same age with pale skin and blonde hair, what chance is there that they are being kept alive? With a deadly snowstorm closing in, Tori battles the elements as she follows the trail to an abandoned cabin by a frozen lake. Tori was too late to save her own missing sister twenty years ago, but can she find these girls before they disappear forever?
“She didn’t see the patch of black ice until it was too late. The car started to spin, and as it veered off into the deep ditch and the mounds of snow beside the road, she saw him. The little boy frozen in the ice.”
The second book in Stacy Green‘s Nikki Hunt series, One Perfect Grave sees Special Agent Nikki Hunt investigate a new cast when the remains of two bodies are found in an open grave along a desolate highway in Stillwater, Minnesota. And she knows exactly who they are. The bright blue jacket lying on the frozen earth belongs to Kellan Rhodes, the missing boy she’s desperately been trying to find for the last two days. The other body is his mother Dana, who had been Nikki’s lead suspect. Although the wounds on Dana’s body suggest she murdered her son and took her own life, Nikki finds evidence that suggests she was a victim too. Dana was desperately trying to regain custody of Kellan, and Nikki finds boot prints at the scene that belong to someone else. When another child is reported missing, local journalist Caitlin Newport claims the cases are linked: Zach Reeves was taken away from his own mother in a custody battle, just like Kellan was. Caitlin once helped Nikki find out the truth about her own parents’ murders, but her desire for a story nearly cost Nikki her life. Now, Nikki must decide if she can trust Caitlin again, before time runs out to find the killer and bring Zach home alive.
The second instalment in Ellery Kane‘s Rockwell And Decker series, Her Perfect Bones picks up in Fog Harbor, California, with Detective Will Decker and Criminal Psychologist Olivia Rockwell when the body of a young girl is found in a barrel. Her body is curled up like a shell and almost completely buried in sand, with only her fingertips reaching helplessly out of the top towards an escape she will never find. The local police are at a loss, until Olivia recognizes the ragdoll in one of the girl’s last photographs. She used to own one just like it, and it can only mean one thing: if she doesn’t dig deep into the mind of a deadly killer from her past — her own father — more innocent lives will be in danger.
“It’s like straight out of a thriller book. / Where do you think I got the idea from?”
Set to be released on 6th January 2021, The Missing Woman by Georgina Cross is set on in a town with two halves. On one side, women like Sabine Miller live in their huge houses with their perfect lives and happy marriages. They are “the other woman”. Erica isn’t like them. She is a single mum, but she doesn’t envy their lives; not anymore. On the fourth of July, the whole town is gathered at the local pool when Sabine throws Erica a desperate look across the water and suddenly disappears. Running to the back gate, all Erica finds is a gold charm bracelet that Sabine dropped on her way out. Hours later, Sabine’s husband reports her as missing. The whole town begins searching the streets, calling Sabine’s name over and over. On the TV, Mark is begging for someone to bring his wife home. Erica was the last person to see her alive, but she doesn’t want the police to find out otherwise they’ll begin questioning her. She’s terrified that they’ll find out what happened the two apparent strangers years ago – something she’s never told anyone.
“Olivia Sinclair’s life fell apart on the day of her sixty-second birthday.”
Set to be released on 7th January 2021, The Betrayal by Terry Lynn Thomas is the first in a planned Olivia Sinclair series. The story follows attorney Olivia Sinclair who is shocked to receive an anonymous video showing her husband Richard sleeping with someone else. After years of handling other people’s divorces, she thought she could recognise a marriage in trouble. She angrily throws Richard out of the home they share. But days later she’s arrested—for the murder of his mistress. Olivia knows she’s innocent but, with all the evidence pointing at her and an obvious motive, she must find the real killer to clear her name. She may be used to dealing with messy divorces, but this one will be her most difficult case yet. Olivia’s husband has already betrayed her: would he set her up for murder?
“Even from a distance, I can see the unmoving body on the bank of the stream. The shape is out of the water, though a red coat burns brightly against the green and brown backdrop of Daisy Field.”
Set to be published on 17th November, What My Husband Did by Kerry Wilkinson sees Maddy return home one chilly winter evening, expecting to find her handsome husband, Richard, waiting for her by the fire. Usually, he comes straight back from work. But tonight, there’s no sign of him. Then, there’s a knock at the door. A 12-year-old-girl from the village has been found unconscious in the field behind Maddy’s house. They say that she was last seen getting into Richard’s car. Revealing a dark secret about Richard’s first wife could prove his innocence, but telling the truth could tear their lives apart for good. Is everyone right? Is her husband on the run?
“This is an invitiation. My sister’s killer wants to play a game, so… game on.”
Set to be released on 11th November and written by Roger Stelljes, Silenced Girls follows FBI Special Agent Tori Hunter who returns to her hometown of Manchester, Minnesota for the first time in twenty years after receiving an anonymous letter. Tori moved far away to try and forget her past–the disappearance of her twin sister. Packing away the evidence to the unsolved crime, Tori sealed away this time in her life that she desperately wanted to go back and change. That was until a mysterious letter arrived from someone proclaiming to be her sister’s killer and admitting to acting again. Now, Tori must confront her own painful past, determined to help find another missing woman from Manchester Bay in hopes of it leading to answers about her sister. As she must question the motives of friends she thought she knew and trusted, the new case will plunge her and the other detectives into the crosshairs of a dangerous killer while in search of the truth.
“When I think about that morning, it is beat by beat, like a heart – my own hear, my daughter’s, at the time so enmeshed it seemed she was part of me: my body, my tissue, my bones. She is part of me. She will always be part of me.”
Set to be released on 23rd October, The Housewarming by S.E. Lynesa follows a grieving mother, Ava, who is struggling to accept that her daughter is missing. She only left her in the pushchair for five minutes. The buckle was fastened, and she was sure it was safe. But when she came downstairs, the door was open and Abi was gone. A year later, her neighbours throw a housewarming party, showing off the results of their renovation. Ava doesn’t want to go. She can’t bear to look down that end of the road, to see the place where Abi vanished, and she doesn’t want to spend time with people who don’t share her grief. But is she finally about to find out the truth about the day she has relived a thousand times? Ava thought she knew every last detail of that day. She’s about to find out she was wrong…
The first book in the Rockwell and Decker series and written by Ellery A. Kane, Watch Her Vanish follows Criminal Psychologist Olivia Rockwell who is forced home to Fog Harbor, California, to look after her little sister. Struggling to adjust to life in a town so small she can hardly breathe, things take a turn for the worst when a scream leads her to the body of a missing local teacher, and all evidence points to Olivia’s most threatening patient, who is safely locked up behind bars.
“We’re the police, that’s our job. We’re not judge and jury. And we’re certainly not executioner.”
Due to be released on 8th September, Close To The Bone is the second book in the Detective Megan Thomas series by Susan Wilkins. The story follows Detective Megan Thomas who hoped that moving to Devon would mean a quiet life, but when her sister Debbie finds the body of local businessman Greg Porter, that peace is shattered. Her boss won’t allow her anywhere near the case, leaving Megan on the sidelines. Caught between the job she loves and what she feels she must do, Megan finds herself faced with an impossible decision. She’s desperate to save her sister, but what if Debbie is lying about her involvement? When a second body and a surprise confession takes the case into even muddier waters, Megan must decide where her loyalty lies – with her family, or the truth.