The Friendship Pact: A totally gripping psychological thriller with a brilliant twist

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‘Oh. My. God… I am all tingly inside, filled with excitement of this fast paced, suspenseful, a minute a twist thriller… I had to scream out loud when I finished the book… It took me on a dizzying ride, a perfect roller coaster. I started seeing twists and red herrings in every scene.’ Book Reviews by Shalini, 5 stars


I’m Lucy, and I have a secret.

I have a beautiful home, that I’m desperate to escape.

But that’s not my secret.

I tell my friends I’ve never wanted children, when I always have.

But that’s not my secret.

My husband is a celebrated surgeon, who tries to control me.

But that’s not my secret.


Adele knows.

Once upon a time, I knew everything about her and she knew everything about me.

Best friends forever.

But now our secret is beginning to surface.

I can trust her more than anyone. We made a pact.

And she’s never do anything to hurt me. Would she?


This absolutely gripping psychological thriller will have you forgetting everything until the last shocking twist. Fans of Behind Closed DoorsFriend Request, and The Girl on the Train will be hooked. 


Why readers are gripped by The Friendship Pact:


‘I was hooked… I stayed awake all night and read from start to finish. The twist and turns are absolutely amazing… Really kept you on the edge of your seat. No way despite how tired I become could I stop reading.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘Wow! What a book!... I mean...Well...just Wow!... An outstanding representation of its genre… Will have the reader on a roller coaster of emotions. It’ll take you on a journey that will linger with you long after the story ends… Honestly, just a brilliant all round novel!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘Wow, just wow!!! What a rollercoaster of a read!!! This was a truly brilliant book. Full of twists and turns!! My heart was in my mouth all the time, expecting the unexpected to happen any second!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘Wow!!!... There were so many twists by the end that you were glued to the pages as you never knew what was coming next.’ Blue Moon Blogger, 5 stars


‘This book had me eagerly turning the pages. I HAD to know what was going to happen next and I was never disappointed… I love a book I can’t put down until I’m done and I would definitely recommend this book for fans of non-stop twists and turns.’ Goodreads reviewer


A gripping thriller with never-ending twists thrown in. Just when I thought there couldn't possibly be another, one popped up… I gasped with delight and shock! I flew through this book in delight and loved every page.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


'A brilliant read! An extraordinary read! The characters are well depicted...MUST READ for the summer!... a twisty read with many surprises along the way!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


'This throws you into the action from the very first page and doesn’t let up until the very last. This is one exceptional book that will keep you up late until the night.' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘This was a GREAT read. Captivating Thriller, filled with twists and turns… Kept me guessing till the last page.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘Exciting and full of thrills and spills and it’s totally addictive as well. It held my attention from the very first chapter, but I could never in my wildest dreams have imagined what a truly shocking and unexpected ending the story would reveal.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘A fast-paced, riveting domestic thriller that had me glued to the edge of my seat for the duration. A brilliant read, this one has me clamouring to devour more from the talented Ms James. I could not put this down… This is a gritty, gripping thrill ride of a read that will have you guessing until the final page.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


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She made her bed. You’ll lie in it.

 

Rebecca only wanted to help out – to be kind. Richard seemed so alone after his wife, Nicole, died, and Rebecca wanted to make sure he knew he had someone to rely on.

 

But now she’s in Nicole’s immaculate house. Drinking from her favourite crystal wine glass. Keeping shoes in her orderly closet. Comforting her sweet and grieving step-daughter. It feels like Rebecca is living another woman’s life.

 

And as she gets to know the neighbours, Rebecca hears stories that make her wonder: was free-spirited Nicole happy in this perfect life, or did she feel trapped? Did she feel, as Rebecca is beginning to, that something wasn’t quite right?

 

The book everyone’s talking about! If you loved The Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us and The Girl Before, you’ll be totally gripped and unable to put down this twisty page-turning psychological thriller.

 

What readers are saying about The Second Wife:

‘WOW, WOW, WOW… My head hasn’t stopped spinning from all the twists and turns. I can tell you all, you must read this book… It envelops you into the storyline and will your jaw-dropping… Clear some room in your diary, you will not want to put this down!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

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‘5 stars all the way… reminds me of two other books I've read this year and loved… The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and The Ex-Wife… just like them it pulled me in and I was hooked, and not once did I think about putting it down, I had to keep reading and see what happened next’ Spooky’s Maze of Books, 5 stars

 

‘The ending was perfection!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 

‘A gripping, intriguing mystery…an entertaining, thrilling story.’ Nicki’s Life of Crime

They told us he had been missing for nearly two days, that he probably drowned. They told us a lie.

Megan was ten years old when her older brother, Zac, went missing among the cliffs, caves and beaches that surround the small seaside town of Whitecliff. 

A decade later and a car crash has claimed the lives of her parents.

Megan and her younger sister Chloe return to Whitecliff one summer for the first time since their brother’s disappearance. Megan says it’s to get her parents’ affairs in order. There are boxes to pack, junk to clear, a rundown cottage to sell. But that’s not the real reason. 

Megan has come to confront her family’s past after receiving a postcard on the day of her parents’ funeral. It had a photograph of Whitecliff on the front and a single letter on the back.

‘Z’ is all it read.

Z for Zac.

A totally gripping psychological thriller that will have fans of Louise Jensen, The Girl on the Train and The Silent Child absolutely hooked.

Read what everyone is saying about Two Sisters:

‘I love this book so much and it is definitely one of my favorites. I read this book in one sitting because I could not get out of the story.’ Stylish Brunette

‘Will have the reader hooked from the start. This was a great introduction to a new author to me and I cannot wait to read more’. By the Letters Book Reviews

‘This book was really amazing! It kept me gripped… It is amazing how the authors weaves the tale and it just keeps the reader engrossed and everything was never what it seemed. An absolutely brilliant book, I highly recommend it.’Goodreads Reviewer

‘This book was wonderful, there were lots of twists and turns that I didn't see coming so it kept me engaged all the way through the book. I really had a hard time putting this one down…Awesome read.’ Bonnie’s Book Talk

‘This is my first introduction to Kerry Wilkinson. I know, right? Where the heck have I been? But it definitely won't be my last!’ Novel Deelights 

‘An engrossing and twisty read. Highly recommended!’ Bibliophile Book Club 

‘A perfect summer holiday read…it's sharp, cool, witty, and fresh. I loved it, it's by far my favourite thriller of the Summer so far.’ Behind Green Eyes 

‘Excellent read...I read this book in one sitting!’ Goodreads Reviewer
Two men, two methods, two motivations, one darkness--step inside the twisted mind of a killer, and of the man determined to end him at any cost.

Tony Hooper stands in shadow across the street, one amongst many in the crowd of curiosity-hounds gathered to watch a monster's release. Seventeen years after Mitchell Norton, "the devil," terrorized Algonquin, Illinois on a spree of kidnapping, torture and murder, the authorities release the butcher from psychiatric prison.

Tony longs to charge across the street to destroy Norton--no remorse--as if stepping on a cockroach. Only sheer force of will prevents his doing so.

"The devil" walks the world again. What shall Tony do about it? Aye, what indeed. After all, this is what Tony does. It's who he is. The devil himself long ago made Tony into this hunter of monsters.

What a sweet twist of fate this is, that he may still, finally, administer justice. Or will FBI Special Agent Linda Monroe stop him? She owes him her life, so how can she possibly put an end to his?

WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Best Thriller, Summer 2014AWARDED: 5-Star Review, Reader's Favorite Book ReviewsSEMI-FINALIST: Kindle Book Review – Best Indie Books of 2012

The Kindle Book Review says of this award-winning thriller: "Lane Diamond has succeeded in bringing to the surface the dark and horrifying mind of a psychotic serial killer, while at the same time bringing forth the desperate need for humanity and justice for the victims and their families."

This story of justice and vengeance, evil and redemption, fear and courage, love and loss, has been called "half Red Dragon and half Flowers for Algernon."

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS an award-winning and critically-acclaimed look at what might happen to an ordinary guy when a serial killer destroys his world. [DRM-Free]

"Forgive Me, Alex" is perfect for fans of Lee Child (Jack Reacher Series), James Patterson (Alex Cross Series), David Baldacci (John Puller Series), Dot Hutchison, Adam Mitzner, Jeffery Deaver (Lincoln Rhyme Series), and more.

More Great Suspense Thrillers from Evolved Publishing (All Edited by Lane Diamond):

"A Point Thriller" Series by Jeff Altabef"Galerie" and "Enfold Me" by Steven Greenberg"Whispers of the Dead" and "Whispers of the Serpent" by C.L. Roberts-Huth"The Syndicate-Born Trilogy" Series by K.M. Hodge

She took a mouthful of the sweet liquid and started to feel a pounding in her head. Arms went around her waist and she was half lifted and half pulled. The last thing she was aware of was her head hitting a step…

Sixteen-year-old Emily had everything to live for. A bright, beautiful teenager with a promising future ahead of her. But in one night her life is cut short. The police say it’s an accident. But her parents think she was murdered.

When Detective Rachel Prince is called in to investigate the shocking death at the height of the Edinburgh festival, her instincts tell her that things are not as they first appear. Something is very wrong.

As the case takes an unexpected turn, Rachel discovers a chilling link with the suspicious death of another international student, who stayed in the same house as Emily two years before.

Just as Rachel finds herself on the hunt for a serial killer, a painful relationship from her own past catches up with her. And Rachel must decide what is more important – catching the killer or keeping her own secrets?

A breath-taking, tense roller-coaster crime thriller featuring unforgettable series detective Rachel Prince. Now She’s Gone is perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Karin Slaughter.

What readers are saying about Now She’s Gone:

‘One of those books you just can’t put down… stayed up until 2 am… a whirlwind of action which keep you glued to the book...’ Goodreads Reviewer 

‘Absolutely fantastic… had me hooked from page one and I tore through it as fast as I could… LOTS of red herrings and cliff-hangers. Just when I thought I’d worked it out, it turned and I had to start all over again. Rachel is a great female lead… such a fantastic book I would have no hesitation in recommending it.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

‘Wow!... I loved it… Rachel is gritty and determined… gripping… Couldn't put it down and really look forward to further books in this series.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Wow! This series is shaping up to be one of my absolute favourites! Plenty of twists… this author takes us on a thrilling journey with this stunning story. LOVED it!’ Renita D’Silva, 5 stars

‘Intense and gripping… From the very first page the pace was electric; the tension palpable and the plot brilliantly done… Alison James is a thriller writer to watch… Highly recommended.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘An intense read! I was hooked from the very first page and I can honestly say this was a wild ride… I love Rachel’s character, she’s a strong female voice and she doesn’t mess about… I strongly recommend this one!’ The Crime Time 

‘Alison James has done it again, another super good read!... keeps you hooked… Would give more than 5 stars if I could.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘The twists and turns and the who dunnit approach kept you wanting to stay up to the early hours to get the answers… DI Rachel Prince is a strong character… hooked on this new series.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘The plotting and pacing are excellent with… There are reveals in almost every chapter so it gets very compulsive as you just have to keep turning the pages to see where it's going next…’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘My new favourite detective DI Rachel Prince… fast paced and the storyline had me hooked from the first page… I heartily recommend this book.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘I was hooked from page one and couldn’t put it down until I’d reached the end. The twists and turns just keep coming … will have you gasping in surprise.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

The little girl stirred and opened her eyes. A light from the landing played a shadow across her toy cupboard. It was then she realised… There was someone else in the room.

Michelle Harper’s world is shattered when six-year-old Lola Jade is stolen from the safety of her own bedroom. She says her ex-husband has taken their daughter. Lola’s father denies it was him.

Family, friends and neighbours all say they didn’t see a thing. But someone must know where the little girl is. Who is lying? And who is telling the truth

Detective Rachel Prince knows the longer a child is missing, the less likely they are to be found alive.

Can Rachel find Lola Jade, before it’s too late?

Truly addictive from start to finish, Lola Is Missing is a nail-biting crime thriller that will shock you with the final heart-stopping twist. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Karin Slaughter.

What readers are saying about Lola is Missing:

‘One of the BEST police procedural thrillers that I have read lately. From the start to the finish, it gripped and held me tight... I can't wait to see more of Rachel Prince.’ The Book Nurse, 5 stars

‘Had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. Jam packed with twists and turns… If you love crime and are as addicted to police procedurals as I am you will love this book!!!’Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Captivated from the first page… plenty of twists and turns… dramatic, stomach wrenching… This book was an awesome start to a new series, I can’t wait for the next instalment!’ Bonnie’s Book Talk 

‘Omg what a read… I had a few ideas as to what happened to Lola Jade. But nothing prepared me for that. Wow. I was shocked. 5 stars! Highly recommended.’ Sue Wallace Site, 5 stars

‘A compelling thriller, absorbing, dramatic and full of action… unexpected twists which kept me guessing till the end. I’m looking forward to reading the second in the series.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Fabulous, intriguing and thrilling! I couldn’t wait to find out the conclusion of this story! The plot kept me twisting and turning trying to figure out the real culprit! I enjoyed it a lot. Looking forward to reading more about Detective Prince.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘A wonderfully twisty book!! I never knew what was coming next… Fantastic book!!!!’ Librarian, 5 stars

‘Fast-paced, twisty, and gripping. I couldn't put it down, and I was surprised by the ending. But most importantly, I really connected with the main character.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Oh what a wonderful, gripping, tense and brilliant book! What a spectacular start to a series! A stunning story, a great beginning to what I just know is going to be a tremendously addictive series. Loved it and cannot wait for the next!’ Renita D’Silva, 5 stars

Previously published as The Lying Kind.

The instant New York Times Bestseller (January 2018)!

"A fiendishly smart cat-and-mouse thriller" —New York Times Book Review

"Buckle up, because you won't be able to put this one down." —Glamour

"Jaw dropping. Unforgettable. Shocking." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The best domestic suspense novel since Gone Girl." —In Touch Weekly

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

Read between the lies.

A 2018 Indie Next Pick | One of Glamour Magazine's Best Books of 2018 | One of Hello Giggles' 19 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018

Praise for The Wife Between Us:

"Fiendishly clever...in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. This one will keep you guessing." —Anita Shreve, New York Times bestselling author of The Stars are Fire

“A clever thriller with masterful twists.” – Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of The Kept Woman

"The Wife Between Us delivers a whip smart, twisty plot in a taut, pacy narrative. It's terrific and troubling. This is one scary love triangle where you won't know who to trust. I loved it." –Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew

"A twisty, mind-bending novel about marriage and betrayal. A gripping plot and fascinating characters; this book will keep you turning the pages and guessing until the very end. A must-read!" –Lauren Weisberger, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada

“This amazing story gallops along at breakneck speed, with an ending that smacks you between the eyes and takes your breath away. These authors are destined to become trail blazers in the field of psychological suspense books that explode in your hands!” —Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault

“Like a house of mirrors, The Wife Between Us kept me guessing around every corner, delving into the complexities of marriage, friendship, and obsession.” —Javier Ramirez, The Book Table

Phoebe. Tiffany. Melissa. They all made one little mistake...

 

When twenty-five-year-old Phoebe Stiles opens the door to her perfect apartment she doesn’t realise it’s the mistake that will kill her…

 

The body of the beautiful English girl is discovered months later - dumped behind the back of a department store. But who was the stranger she let into the safety of her home?

 

As Detective Rachel Prince pieces together the mystery surrounding Phoebe’s death, another young, blonde girl is found brutally murdered and abandoned in the grounds of an old theatre.

 

In the most dangerous case of her career, Rachel must track down the faceless individual to stop the body count rising. But to uncover the shocking truth, Rachel has to put herself at risk… can she catch the twisted killer, before they catch her?

 

A gripping page-turner that will have you completely hooked until the utterly jaw-dropping twist. Fans of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Karin Slaughter will love this crime series, featuring unforgettable Detective Rachel Prince. 

 

Why readers are gripped by Perfect Girls:

 

‘Hands down one of the best thrillers I’ve read all year! It was so full of mystery and suspense!! Lots of twists and turns! I loved it!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Full of suspense, it was gritty and you didn’t know what was coming next… had a hard time putting it down and read late into the night and finished it in a day… you really don’t want to miss this one it’s one of my favourites so far of 2018!’ Bonnie’s Book Talk, 5 stars

 

‘A gripping page-turner that will have you hooked until the twist at the end. I stayed up late just to be able to finish it…. I found myself on the edge of my seat from start to finish. It was just that good! Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Gripping and entertaining… pulls you in from the very beginning… fast paced… The author has you in her grip and won't let you go…’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘So gripping you forget about everything else around you.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Fast-paced and gritty thriller… the pages pretty much turned themselves... An excellent thriller.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Jam packed with twists and turns. It kept me hooked… Equal parts police procedural, crime drama and suspenseful thriller… What more can you want from a book of this genre??... LOVED it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘WOW... a brilliant book… an excellent read... gripping...’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Chilling… kept me glued to the pages… highly recommend the series to any fans of this genre.’ The Book Nurse, 5 stars

 

‘Brilliant… I was gripped from the start…. a heart-stopping conclusion… captivating and enthralling.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Cracking crime drama, tantalising suspense thriller and engrossing police procedural novel… The story is full on all the way through, keeping you turning the pages again and again. There are twists and turns, red herrings and blind alleyways to keep you guessing… a jaw dropping twist.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘So good!... I loved this book… I was on the edge of my seat… Rachel is still one of my favourite detectives… fast-paced, unnerving and very addictive. There are twists and turns throughout, left me breathless… within the first few pages I’m hooked and I know I’m settled down for the night…. will have your heart beating and your mouth dry.’ Katie’s Book Cave

 

‘Fast paced… I honestly didn’t work out who the killer was until it was revealed and loved the twist with it… I literally cheered at one certain point (if you’ve read it, you’ll know exactly when I did!!) as it was so unexpected…’ Stardust Book Reviews

 

‘My fav detective in a series, I love her attitude and the way she tackles cases ‘head on’ and never lets anything stop her until the case is solved… an exciting tense story…’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘What a fast-paced and thrilling read!... I was kept on the edge of my seat while reading this book!... This is an excellent series. Alison James is a stunning writer.’ Robin Loves Reading, 5 stars

 

‘Gripping and addictive. I was up reading way past my bedtime…’ Star Crossed Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘A gripping crime thriller… I did wonder how this book would end and it was a real edge of your seat situation!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Sure to keep you enthralled from the first page until the last… plenty of twists and turns to keep you wanting more. I read this one until 2 am before I finally stopped for bed. I highly recommend this book… I give 5 stars out of 5.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

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