Set to be released on 15th April, The Thin Place by CD Major follows journalist Ava Brent who decides to investigate the dark mystery of Overtoun Estate, a ‘thin place’ steeped in myth which the locals fear because of the secrets it keeps. Ava has no idea how dangerous this story will be for her, and before she knows it, she is caught in the house’s grasp too. After she discovers the history of a sick young girl who lived there, she starts to understand the sadness that shrouds it. But when she finds an ominous old message etched into a windowsill, she is forced to wonder what horrors the house is protecting. And what will it cost her to find out? With her own first child on the way, Ava knows she should stay away. But even as her life starts to unravel, and she receives chilling threats, the house and the bridge keep pulling her back…
Set to be released on 13th April, What You Never Knew by Jessica Hamilton follows two sisters, one living and one recently dead, who have just lost their mother. Now, forty-year-old June is shocked to find out that she has been left her childhood holiday cottage on the idyllic Avril Island in her mother’s will. June believed that the island had been sold after the summer of her father’s disappearance when she was only twelve years old. Now, it’s hers. Still reeling from the grief of losing her sister, June travels back to Avril Island in search of answers. As she digs, it takes June no time at all to realize that her childhood summers at Avril Island were not at all what they had seemed to be.
Set to be released on 1st April 2021, Ig Pig and Og Frog! by Sophie Burrows follows two best friends. They do EVERYTHING together, just the two of them, including playing in a super cool, crazy loud, totally rocking rock band! Until Og meets SOMEONE ELSE! And Ig starts feeling VERY left out. Find out how Ig deals with jealousy in this sparkling debut about friendship.
Set to be published on 23rd July, Beyond the Setting Sun is written by Sarah J. Dodd and illustrated by Cee Biscoe. Set in the African Savannah, the waterholes have dried up and there has not been enough to drink for some of the animals. Ekundayo, a young elephant, struggles to understand the loss of his mother, but the support of his family help and guide him through.
“A missing wife. Four friends. Who is telling the truth?”
Set to be released in hardback on 15th April and now available in eBook, The Whispers by Heidi Perks follows the disappearance of Anna Robinson who hasn’t been seen since she went on a night out with her four closest friends. She has a loving husband and a son she adores. Surely she wouldn’t abandon them and her perfect life? But what has happened to her? At the school gates, it’s not long before the rumours start. Anna’s oldest friend Grace is beside herself with worry – desperately searching for answers, and certain that someone is hiding the truth. With each day that passes, Anna’s life is under increasing threat. And as the pressure mounts, it won’t be long before something cracks…
“I’d like to propose a bargain. I will offer you seven wishes. Whatever you ask for, I shall grant you. There are few limits.”
Set to be released on 18th March, The Shadow In The Glass by J.J.A. Harwood is a dark fairy tale set against a Victorian backdrop that follows housemaid Eleanor, who is forced to work hard under the unforgiving, lecherous gaze of the man she once called stepfather. Her only refuge is in the books she reads by candlelight, secreted away in the library she isn’t permitted to enter. One night, among her beloved books of far-off lands, Ella’s wishes are answered. At the stroke of midnight, a fairy godmother makes her an offer that will change her life: seven wishes, hers to make as she pleases. But each wish comes at a price, and Ella must decide whether it’s one she’s willing to pay it.
“Two strangers, a child, and a split second choice that will change everything…”
Set to be published on 18th March, Trust Me by TM Logan sees Ellen take her seat on a train journey home, when a stranger asks her to hold her baby. The weight of the child in her arms making Ellen’s heartache for what she can never have. Five minutes pass. Ten. The train pulls into a station and Ellen is stunned to see the mother hurrying away down the platform, without looking back. Leaving her baby behind. Ellen is about to raise the alarm when she discovers a note in the baby’s bag, three desperate lines scrawled hastily on a piece of paper: “Please protect Mia. Don’t trust the police. Don’t trust anyone.” Why would a mother abandon her child to a stranger? Ellen is about to discover that the baby in her arms might hold the key to an unspeakable crime. And doing the right thing might just cost her everything.
“That’s the thing about our town: people only come here if they’re going somewhere else.”
Set to be released on 18th March, This Nowhere Place by Natasha Bell tells the story of one grey afternoon, high on the cliffs of Dover, when two girls agree to help a stranger. Within months, two of the three girls are dead. In the years that follow, local legend grows around the events of that summer – and, with the one survivor refusing to speak, it seems the truth will never emerge. Until a documentary-maker arrives, determined to solve the mystery of the Dover Girls. But some will stop at nothing to keep this town’s secrets…
Set to be released on 4th March, The Imposter by Marin Montgomery follows successful attorney Sibley Sawyer who appears to have a perfect life. But when her personal and professional lives implode, she realises that it’s time to reunite with her estranged mother, Deborah, and bury their past tensions. But as she reenters the life she left behind, she realizes her mother isn’t the same person she remembers. And she’s not the same daughter, either. As both women struggle to piece together a tangled web of deceit and lies, and the shocking circumstances that caused Sibley to leave in the first place, it becomes clear there are secrets rooted deeper than either mother or daughter could ever have imagined.
“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?
Set to be released on 4th March, Hunted by Alex Knight follows San Francisco police officer Jake Ellis who is woken early by banging on the door. It’s a young girl, the daughter of his girlfriend. She’s scared, covered in blood, and says that her mother is hurt. Jake lets her in to try and find out what’s happened when his phone lights up with an Amber alert. It says that a child has been abducted by a dangerous suspect. The suspect? Him.
“What would happen if appeasement were offered earlier? If society treated men more gently, perhaps they would be gentler. Instead of placing them in the hard, small case of masculinity, could we allow them to feel more deeply?”
Set to be released on 4th March, Truth Be Told by Kia Abdullah follows Kamran Hadid, a wealthy, happy teenager who attends Hampton school, an elite all-boys boarding school in London. With a place at Oxford next year, he has the world at his feet. But when a night of revelry leads to a drunken encounter, his future plans are stopped in their tracks. With the help of assault counsellor, Zara Kaleel, Kamran reports the incident in the hopes that will be the end of it. But it’s only the beginning…
“A secret beach. A holiday of a lifetime. Wish you were here? Think again…”
Set to be released on 1st March, The Castaways by Lucy Clarke follows sisters Lori and Erin who about to take a trip to a luxury resort in Fuji. But after an argument the night before, Lori ends up boarding the plane alone. Two years later, Erin is desperate to find out what happened to her sister after the plane failed to reach its destination and the aircraft and passengers still haven’t been found. Erin has had no luck with her research and the police have long since given up. But when the pilot of the plane is admitted to a hospital in Fuji after a fall and it is discovered that he’s been living under an alias this whole time, it’s time for Erin to get some answers.
“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.
“As a child, it was just a game. As an adult, it was a living nightmare.”
Set to be released on 18th February, The Dare by Lesley Kara follows teenage friends Lizzie and Alice who decide to head off for a walk in the countryside, blissfully unaware that this will be their final day together – and that only Lizzie will come back alive. Lizzie has no memory of what happened in the moments before Alice died, she only knows that it must have been a tragic accident. But as she tries to cope with her grief, she is shocked to find herself alienated from Alice’s friends and relatives. They are convinced she somehow had a part to play in her friend’s death. Twelve years later, unpacking boxes in the new home she shares with her fiancé, Lizzie is horrified to find traumatic memories and paranoia suddenly surfacing. Is the trauma of the accident finally catching up with her, or could someone be trying to threaten her new-found happiness? Twelve years is a long time to wait when you’re planning the perfect revenge…
“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”
Due to be published on 18th February, The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson follows DI Angelica Henley who is tasked with finding a killer when body parts are found on the banks of the River Thames in Deptford. Echoings of a previous crime lead Henley to question Peter Olivier, aka The Jigsaw Killer, who is currently serving a life sentence for a series of horrific murders. When a severed head is delivered to Henley’s home, she realises that the copycat is taking a personal interest in her and that the victims have not been chosen at random.
“He’s not here yet. But he will be, soon, and when Matty sees him too, everyone will know she is telling the truth about what’s been disturbing her nighttime for the past few months.”
Set to be released on 4th February, Shadow Of A Doubt by Michelle Davies follows Cara who, twenty-six years ago, was sent to a psychiatric unit for killing her brother in their family home. But the truth is, she didn’t do it. The whole world believed that eight-year-old Cara killed her younger brother on that fateful night, but she blamed it on a paranormal entity she swears was haunting her house. No one believed her and, after two years of treatment in a psychiatric unit for delusional disorder, Cara was shunned by her remaining family and put into foster care. Now she’s being forced to return to the family home for the first time since her brother’s death, but what if she’s about to re-discover the evil that was lurking inside its walls?
Set to be released on 21st January, Into The Woods By David Mark follows investigative journalist Rowan Blake who is looking for an idea for his next book. He’s soon reminded of the case of three school-friends thirty years ago who went missing after taking a walk in the woods. Only two came back – their memories a jumble of hallucinations and twisted visions. But why did nobody look for the missing girl?
“A sleeping woman watched over by the stranger who had hidden for hours in the shadowed bay of her bedroom curtains. That’s all there was to the scene. He was a spider, patient and unmoving, poised to drop and stun his prey. There was no malice to it. Only need.”
Set to be released on 4th February, The Shadow Man by Helen Fields follows Forensic Psychologist Connie Woodwine and Detective Brodie Baarda as they try to find a kidnapper lurking the streets of Edinburgh who is collecting his victims. But he doesn’t keep them safe. Elspeth, Meggy and Xavier are locked in a flat. They don’t know where they are, and they don’t know why they’re there. They only know that the shadow man has taken them, and he won’t let them go. Desperate to escape, the three of them must find a way out of their living hell, even if it means uncovering a very dark truth. Because the shadow man isn’t a nightmare. He’s all too real. And he’s watching.