From the author of Sunday Times bestseller, Local Girl Missing
One lied. One died.
When one sister dies, the other must go to desperate lengths to survive
After a tragic accident, still haunted by her twin sister’s death, Abi is making a fresh start in Bath. But when she meets siblings Bea and Ben, she is quickly drawn into their privileged and unsettling circle.
When one sister lies, she must protect her secret at all costs
As Abi tries to keep up with the demands of her fickle friends, strange things start to happen – precious letters go missing and threatening messages are left in her room. Is this the work of the beautiful and capricious Bea? Or is Abi willing to go to any lengths to get attention?
When the truth outs, will either sister survive?
She can run…
As much as Libby Hall needs a vacation, she’s never considered taking one until she sees the note for a house swap. Suffering a miscarriage was a personal turning point. Saving a child from a burning school was a public one. Just as the emotional fallout of both incidents takes its toll, along comes her lifesavers—the Heywoods, a couple in need of a getaway of their own.
But she can’t hide…
Libby and her husband Jamie can’t believe their good fortune when they arrive at the Heywood’s isolated seaside estate with its panoramic views—and just in exchange for their drab two-bedroom apartment. How generous of the Heywoods! Yet how odd. Libby almost feels guilty until the home yields disquieting surprises: a fortune in hidden surveillance equipment, a stranger in the garden who watches them, and the make-shift operating room in the basement…
Because someone knows her secret…
When Jamie falls dangerously ill, all Libby wants is to return to their comfortably imperfect lives. But it’s already too late. Libby has just discovered the Heywoods’ biggest secret. And when it appears that even Jamie is hiding something from her, Libby’s paranoia gets the best of her. It should. For she has buried secrets of her own. As the past comes crawling out of the darkness, Libby fears she’s walked into an elaborate trap. But who has set it? What do they want of her? And what is she willing to risk to make it out alive…?
The old Victorian pier was a thing of beauty until it was allowed to decay. It was where the youth of Oldcliffe-on-Sea would go to hang out. It’s also where twenty-one-year-old Sophie Collier disappeared eighteen years ago.
Francesca Howe, known as Frankie, was Sophie’s best friend, and even now she is haunted by the mystery of what happened to her. When Frankie gets a call from Sophie’s brother, Daniel, informing her that human remains have been found washed up nearby, she immediately wonders if it could be Sophie, and returns to her old hometown to try and find closure. Now an editor at a local newspaper, Daniel believes that Sophie was terrified of someone and that her death was the result of foul play rather than “death by misadventure,” as the police claim.
Daniel arranges a holiday rental for Frankie that overlooks the pier where Sophie disappeared. In the middle of winter and out of season, Frankie feels isolated and unnerved, especially when she is out on the pier late one night and catches a glimpse of a woman who looks like Sophie. Is the pier really haunted, as they joked all those years ago? Could she really be seeing her friend’s ghost? And what actually happened to her best friend all those years ago?
Harrowing, electrifying, and thoroughly compelling, Local Girl Missing showcases once again bestselling author Claire Douglas’ extraordinary storytelling talent.
In gentle, evocative imagery, Jungian analyst Claire Douglas invites readers to reconnect with the ancient tradition of the feminine, the "Old Woman," symbolized by her own Celtic grandmother. After considering the dangers to individuals and the society of the masculine-focused dualities of our own culture, Douglas describes an alternative that incorporates the feminine self within each of us, man or woman.
Douglas draws on myth and story, her own experiences, poetry, the dreams of some of her patients, and images available from Tibetan Buddhism to find archetypes that help us recognize our inheritance from the Old Woman. She describes a form of therapy that emphasizes "cherishment" or bonding for the purpose of recovering our ties to the ancient feminine, and she deftly incorporates her search for her own voice in shaping the book into an organic whole.
Rising from Douglas's lifelong interest in the psychology of the feminine, this book shows how healing is related naturally to a Motherline of attunement, connection, and cherishment.
A shocking fertility clinic mix-up has resulted in Luca Moretti fathering a child with a woman he's never met. There's no way the CEO will walk away from his baby girl. But he has thirty days to convince her distractingly beautiful mother to do exactly what he wants.
Widow Claire Douglas is still reeling from the loss of her husband when she discovers a stranger has fathered her child. And the rich bachelor will stop at nothing to gain joint custody. How can she possibly fight a man with such money and power…and a charm she can't resist?
Rebecca Warwick dreams of health care. A clinic for her small community in the Blue Ridge Mountains that is fully funded and fully staffed. Though she never thought "staff" would include Hollywood's Dr. Wonderful, Matt Tyler.
Matt is everything Rebecca isn't—stylish, smooth-talking and wealthy. He belongs in Warwick Mountain about as much as the schoolteacher belongs on Rodeo Drive. Yet the residents of Rebecca's village desperately need his expertise, and for the sake of Warwick Mountain, she opens her home to the handsome doctor. But as she welcomes him into her home, she wonders if she can keep him from entering her heart...and taking it with him when he leaves.
Haunted by a disturbing childhood incident, Dr. Claire Waters is drawn to those "untreatable" patients who seem to have no conscience or fear. In a holding cell at Rikers Island, where the young forensic psychiatrist meets with a dangerous inmate whose boyish looks mask a sordid history of violence, her daring methods reveal a key to her own dark past. And when the case propels her into the mind of a homicidal maniac watching her every move, the only way to stop a killer from killing again is to go beyond the edge of reason…
"A psychological thriller of the first order."--David Baldacci
"A high-octane, intricate thriller, delivered with skill." --Publishers Weekly
"A startling, intense suspense novel that will have readers staying up at night--with the light on." --Suspense Magazine
"A masterful thriller. Highly recommended." --Douglas Preston
"A non-stop thrill ride." --Michael Palmer
"Riveting psychological suspense." --Gayle Lynds
"A masterful thriller. Highly recommended." --Douglas Preston
"Exciting, fast-paced, filled with twists." --The Mystery Gazette
"Keeps the reader engrossed and guessing." --Bookreporter.com
"A fast-paced, gritty crime thriller." --Christopher Meloni
"Will keep you on the edge of your seat. " --Ice-T
"An end you’ll never see coming." --Mariska Hargitay
Haunted by a brutal childhood, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Claire Waters finds solace in helping other survivors of abuse. Her favorite patient, Rosa Sanchez, is finally getting her life together. So it’s a shock when Rosa is handcuffed and led away by a man Claire assumes is law enforcement. But as Claire soon realizes, Rosa has been abducted.
Claire turns to her friend Nick Lawler, a homicide detective in the NYPD. Nick will have to risk his career to find Rosa—and a deranged criminal who reduces his victims to nothing but bones. A brilliant gamesman, the killer has been preparing for this moment all of his life—when every letter is in place, every piece is in play—and the object of his obsession, Dr. Claire Waters, is in the game. Win, lose, or die . . .
Praise for Neal Baer and Jonathan Greene’s Kill Switch
“A prime-time thriller . . . suspense on the order of Silence of the Lambs.” —Denver Post
“A psychological thriller of the first order.” —David Baldacci
“Masterful, unforgettable, gripping.” —Douglas Preston
“Riveting and rich with character.” —Gayle Lynds
“A fast-paced, gritty crime thriller from two great storytellers.” —Christopher Meloni
It's springtime again, and all P.I. Maggie Skerritt and her charmingly levelheaded business partner and fiancé, Bill Malcolm, can do is hope that rite of passage infamously known as spring break is quiet and painless. Luckily, as the week progresses, Maggie and Bill find the influx of college kids committing only minor offenses, albeit they're piling up like empty kegs at a frat party.
If only life could remain that simple…
While the tourists wreak mostly harmless havoc, the murder of a woman and her possible connection to a local politician grabs all Maggie's attention. And when that same connection leads her and Bill back to the unsolved case that changed—and still haunts—both their lives, Maggie suddenly wishes party patrol was all she had to worry about.
The MacLeods are a strong clan, united with their fellow Scots to resist English rule. But when their leader, the Black Wolf, is struck down in battle, it is up to his daughter to keep the rebellion alive. Megan knows she must act quickly or risk losing the fight for their ancestral lands. Desperate, she secretly assumes the Black Wolf's mantle, fooling their enemies into thinking he's still alive. If she can keep going for a bit longer, the clan's future will be secure…
Rolf St. James has been sent by the king to settle the Scottish lands once and for all. He's not about to let a woman get in his way, no matter how desirable he finds her. He must put aside his attraction and fulfill his duty to permanently quell the rebellion, regardless of the cost.
Rolf represents everything her father hated, everything she's been fighting against. But as the days pass and Rolf's code of honor reveals itself, Megan finds it's not so easy to hate him anymore. Can she risk her people's future for a chance at personal happiness?
Previously published, newly refreshed.
Five years ago, Catherine Erickson's world shattered the day she learned her fiancé, Lieutenant Ryan Christopher, had been killed in an embassy explosion. She'd lost the man she loved—and the father of her unborn child. And it wasn't until the mysterious Trace Gallagher showed up on her ranch with his hauntingly familiar eyes and gentle touch, that she even dared to think about long-forgotten desires….
Seeing Cat again was like coming home. And learning he had a daughter made hiding his identity pure torture. But as a soldier he had a job to do: protect the Ericksons from a man hell-bent on revenge—at all costs.That meant keeping his feelings locked away, no matter how much they begged for release. Or how badly he ached to love Cat once again….
Claire Stewart thinks her day can't get any worse—but she's wrong! As if losing her best friend's wedding dress isn't enough, she's now faced with the ultra-handsome, ultra-successful brother of the bride, Sean Farrell… Oh, and she's had a crush on him for years!
Sean might have turned his back on romance a long time ago, but somehow Claire manages to slip inside his heart. The trouble is Sean knows that when it comes to Claire one scorching, unforgettable kiss at a wedding just isn't enough…
The note was accompanied by a single red rose on a white satin pillow. For Miami businesswoman Jessica Landon, the gesture was anything but romantic. She'd been in snowy Montana less than a day, and already she'd become the target of a rifle-toting Santa, then run off the road and left for dead. Her protection through the holidays was sexy-as-sin cowboy cop Ross McGarrett—a man with a tragic past and a motherless young daughter….
FROM YOUR SECRET SANTA
Ross liked city women and warm, tumbled beds. And Jessica fit him and his bed to a tee. With Christmas approaching, Ross dared to believe in love again—but could he keep Jessica safe through the silent and deadly night…?
The fortysomething cop-turned-P.I. has enough on her hands, dodging her mother's plans to turn Maggie's upcoming wedding to partner Bill Malcolm into an 800-guest circus. Then a friend asks them to provide security at the wedding uniting Florida's answer to the Hatfields and McCoys. And to top the week off nicely, they're hired to find a runaway bride—Maggie can empathize!—whose path intersects with a very dead, very murdered body.
Murder always gives Maggie hives. Add that to her own prewedding jitters and a sudden crisis of confidence about her new profession…. Well, suddenly she's thinking that staying single—and becoming a bartender—might be better choices after all….
Fraser Graham tells himself there is nothing left between him and Claire but memories. Yet his heart dictates otherwise when ruthless enemies kidnap the woman who was once his innocent bride. After his daring rescue sends them running for their lives through the wild, windswept hills, he and Claire surrender to remembered passion…but pride and past hurts silence sweet words of love and forgiveness. As the noose of treachery tightens and a deadly plot unfolds to destroy everything Claire has sworn to protect, Fraser must decide if he will pledge his sword, his strength and his heart to the one woman he has always loved—or resign himself to losing her forever.
THE MISSION: UNDERCOVER HUSBAND
No woman had ever looked more beautiful to Kyle Foster than the trembling female he rescued from the wreckage of an explosion. But he never dreamed he'd marry Laura Quinlan just days later! When traces of the bomb led to a security leak inside Laura's top-secret laboratory, a stricken Laura made Kyle a shocking proposal—marry her, and infiltrate the lab to find the traitor. As a Confidential agent and single father, Kyle would do anything to make the world a safer place. But living with Laura could prove a deadly distraction. Kyle's daughter loved her. Kyle's own heart was in jeopardy. And now the enemy knew it…
Been overstressed at work? Ever wish the holidays would go on an extended vacation? Worried about finding the perfect gift? Or had unresolved conflicts with family that drive you up the wall?
Detective Maggie Skerritt is every woman who's been there, done that.
She also excels at her work, doesn't eat right or get enough sleep and loves to have someone else do her cooking. But her job is murder and she strives to make her city safe. In the process, she gathers her courage to risk loving again.
But first she has to make it through Thanksgiving, Christmas…and another murder in Pelican Bay.
Unconscious and wearing a torn wedding dress, Celia Stevens washed up on the shores of Solitaire and threw Cameron Alexander's peaceful seclusion into complete chaos. Not only did her presence force him to reexamine his reasons for hiding out, but within days the walls around Cameron's hardened heart slowly began to crumble….
HE'D SAVED HIMSELF
Celia sensed her enigmatic captor had a dangerous past, one she'd be better off not learning. And yet, it was Cameron's tough exterior as well as his tortured soul that made Celia long to spend a lifetime wrapped in his arms. But just as a future together looked possible, the evil that Cameron had feared for six years reared its ugly head, threatening the dreams they had dared to dream….
B and B owner Caroline Tuttle has dreamed of moving out West and marrying a cowboy ever since she saw her first horse. But then a friend wills Caroline a farm, and leaves her with two final wishes—to care for an orphaned girl and the farm's tenant, an artist named Ethan Garrison.
Suddenly all the plans that Caroline has made—and thought she wanted—take a backseat to the warmth of the little girl's smile and Ethan's supportive embrace. But will her stubborn determination to fulfill a lifelong dream cost her the home and family she's found?
Death sets the plot in motion: the murder of Nica Baker, beautiful, wild, enigmatic, and only sixteen. The crime is solved, and quickly—a lonely classmate, unrequited love, a suicide note confession—but memory and instinct won’t allow Nica’s older sister, Grace, to accept the case as closed.
Dropping out of college and living at home, working at the moneyed and progressive private high school in Hartford, Connecticut, from which she recently graduated, Grace becomes increasingly obsessed with identifying and punishing the real killer.
Compulsively readable, Lili Anolik’s debut novel combines the verbal dexterity of Marisha Pessl’s Special Topic in Calamity Physics and the haunting atmospherics and hairpin plot twists of Megan Abbott’s Dare Me.
Full of spellbinding twists, Douglas Schofield's Time of Departure will appeal not only to thriller aficionados, but to readers who appreciate a strong female lead and a compelling love story. A page-turner that will keep readers on the edge of their seats, Time of Departure heralds the arrival of an immensely talented new crime novelist.
Could a single, twenty-year-old letter affect the lives and loves of two very different women?
She'd lived without him—till now
Dylan Wade had always claimed a good cop would never make a good husband—let alone a good father. So when Heather Taylor learned she was pregnant with his baby, she ran. But now a stalker had kidnapped her son and she needed Dylan more than he could ever know….
The cop in Dylan vowed to find the missing boy. The man in him still burned at the sight of the woman who'd set his heart on fire. Despite the years, he'd never stopped loving her. But Heather returned—in big trouble and with big secrets. What would Dylan do when he learned the biggest: that the boy he was searching for was his own son?
Qui est vraiment Trace Gallagher ? Depuis que ce mystérieux inconnu s’est présenté chez elle en prétendant être un ami de Ryan, son fiancé tragiquement disparu cinq ans plus tôt, Catherine est bouleversée : bien qu’ayant des traits différents de ceux de Ryan, il lui ressemble de façon troublante. Et puis, surtout, il fait renaître en elle des sentiments qu’elle pensait ne plus jamais pouvoir éprouver... Malgré tout, Catherine décide de se méfier. Car Trace reste étrangement énigmatique sur son passé et les raisons de sa présence dans le Montana. Comme s’il cachait de sombres secrets... Résolue à en avoir le cœur net, Catherine se met à enquêter sur lui : il y va de sa sécurité, mais aussi et avant tout de celle de Megan, sa fille de quatre ans...
Une précieuse protection, Anna Perrin
Venez avec moi. J’ai été chargé de vous protéger.
Lorsque l’agent du FBI Brent Young lui apprend qu’un dangereux criminel qu’elle a fait interner en hôpital psychiatrique deux ans plus tôt vient de s’évader, le Dr Claire Lamont sent la peur la gagner. Ce fou ne lui a-t-il pas en effet promis qu’un jour il la retrouverait et la tuerait ? Aussi n’a-t-elle d’autre choix que de suivre Brent dans le chalet perdu en pleine forêt où il a décidé de la cacher. Même si son séjour aux côtés de cet homme qui éprouve visiblement le plus grand mépris pour la psychologie et ses praticiens risque de s’avérer des plus désagréables...
Rhythmic breathing increases lung volume; improves awareness and control; helps prevent injury and side stitches; improves running for those with asthma; allows runners to quickly set a pace for quality training and racing; and helps athletes manage muscle cramps. This book reviews the basics of rhythmic breathing, teaching readers how to perform it while walking and, eventually, while running. Weeklong sample schedules from different programs shows readers how to apply the rhythmic breathing scale to any workout. Coates also touches on the importance of stretching, cross-training, and core training and provides detailed training plans and schedules.
Josephine Hurst has her family under control. With two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband, and a historical landmark home, her life is picture perfect. But living in this matriarch’s determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn’t been easy for her family, and when her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison.
Resentful of her sister’s newfound freedom, Violet turns to eastern philosophy, hallucinogenic drugs, and extreme fasting, eventually landing herself in a psych ward. Meanwhile, her brother, Will, recently diagnosed with Asperger's, shrinks further into a world of self-doubt. Their father, Douglas, finds resolve in the bottom of a bottle—an addict craving his own chance to escape. Josephine struggles to maintain the family’s impeccable façade, but when a violent incident leads to a visit from child protective services, the truth about the Hursts might finally be revealed.
Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content
Desperate to learn the truth behind her sister's disappearance, Trish Devlin changed her name and went undercover at the exclusive Endless Sky resort…the last place her sibling was seen alive. Once there, the mystery deepened as Trish found herself curious about—and highly drawn to—her private guide turned bodyguard, O'Neill. The enigmatic man insisted she had nothing to fear from the mountain hideaway, but strange sounds in the night and hazy apparitions convinced Trish otherwise. Now, as the passing days generated more questions than answers, Trish vowed to bring her sister home…and peel away the layers keeping her man of mystery just out of reach.
Looks as if not everyone in town is wild to welcome home "Main Street Millionaire" heiress Jennifer Faulkner. Why, Sheriff Luke McNeil seems positively hot and bothered whenever he's within kissing range of the woman rumored to be the one who got away. Some even credit Jennifer's decade-ago disappearance with the curse that's kept the luscious lawman from steadily dating ever since. And now there's news that the former flames spent a long, dark night stranded on the Faulkner farm, creating a fire all their own amid a treacherous ice storm. One can only wonder where their purported night of passion will lead….
When Officer Dylan Blackburn learned Jennifer Reid was back in town, he wondered if she remembered the innocent kiss they'd shared as children. But this sensual, aloof stranger who stole his heart was nothing like the girl he remembered.This Jennifer was hiding something—something dangerous. Surely she could trust him, a friend, with the truth? The problem was, Jennifer didn't seem to remember him at all…
Falling in love with Dylan Blackburn was not the smartest thing Jennifer could have done. But with a hired killer on her trail, she'd had little choice. She'd been an innocent witness to a horrible crime and there was no one to turn to. Only Dylan. And she'd made him think she was someone else!
Maintaining a professional distance had always been Maggie's M.O., but the more she learned about the homicide victims, the less sleep she got. Each woman had started to get her life back on track — something Maggie had been meaning to do for years. It was a wake-up call — and Maggie was more determined, once she solved the case, to reevaluate her own life. Especially her relationship with a certain former police detective…
To unlock the secrets of a woman…
More than muscles and a handsome face, Jordan was a professional protector. And while the cop in him wanted to know what caused a beautiful woman's amnesia, the man in him wanted to know how she did what no other had—made him feel alive again.
She couldn't recall who she was or why she'd come looking for Jordan, but without him she'd surely fall victim to the killers who pursued her. She had no choice but to trust Jordan to keep her safe.
Under the same roof…imprisoned by the same four walls…evading determined pursuers…they were strangers no more. And their passion was the only certainty in the face of an unknown threat.
A MEMORY AWAY…
from danger…from passion…from love
It had been sixteen months since Rachel Goforth had seen or heard from FBI agent Stephen Chandler, but she wasted no time heeding his frantic call warning her of danger. Yet when Stephen met her at the Smoky Mountain safe house, he arrived bleeding, dazed—and with amnesia.
Stephen had no memory of the cases they'd worked together or the night they'd spent together—but Rachel could never forget the feel of his body against hers. She had a baby daughter to remind her. A daughter whose father didn't know her…a daughter whose life was suddenly put in danger unless Stephen could remember who was on their trail. But if he did remember the past, would he and Rachel have a future?
A MEMORY AWAY…
from passion, danger—and love!
The text reflects the effect of the considerable statutory changes over the ten years since the last edition. There are new chapters dealing with taxation (income tax, corporation tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax, stamp duty land tax and VAT) and with rating and council tax. As in previous editions, there is full coverage of the valuation implications of regulation of the landlord and tenant relationship in commercial property; the impact of both the Rent Acts and leasehold reform on residential property; as well as comprehensive material on the background to, and assessment of, compulsory purchase and planning compensation.
This book is designed both for students and practitioners and is a must-buy for anyone seeking a comprehensive analysis of the law relating to valuation as well as practical approaches to dealing with valuation problems. The clear concise narrative provides worked examples of valuations.
After discovering the secrets to the Gaalderkhani tiles—ancient computers that house not just memories, but untold destructive force—Caitlin O’Hara’s son gets accidentally thrust back in time. In order to save him she must master the power of the tiles and figure out what the Gaalderkhani’s modern relatives are searching and killing for. Can she put the pieces together and bring her son back home again?
In the exciting finale to their acclaimed paranormal series that’s been praised as “a real page-turner” (New York Live) and for “fans of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child” (Publishers Weekly), Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin pull out all the stops in The Sound of Seas. This is a novel that will not disappoint.