Celebrating a huge win at a poker game, and on the verge of closing an incredible business deal, Thomas and his idyllic existence come to a screeching halt. Exiting his apartment in a rush, he finds himself trapped in the elevator when the power goes out. Feeds from the building’s security cameras are still live, though, keeping him from being completely cut off from the exterior world. Unfortunately, these only provide grainy pictures and sounds echoing off the building’s stairwells, corridors, and lobby to give him clues to what’s happening outside. Nothing he sees or hears is reassuring to him.
Trapped inside, powerless in every way, he feels the cracks forming in the carefully-laid foundations of his world—exposing a cold, hard truth he is unprepared to face.
Jack walked to the bathroom and looked around. Scrawled onto the back of the bathroom door in soft pink lipstick were two things; ‘PD’ and a heart. Rebecca was gone.
He could tell by the room there had been no fight. She would go willingly with the police. Probably even quickly, hoping they would be gone before he returned. Expecting them, understanding why they were there, and seeing no cause to disagree she would have complied.
Except it wasn’t the police. It couldn’t be. The police would have waited for him.
Whoever had taken Rebecca wanted her alone; wanted her away from him. That meant only two possibilities; leverage or … punishment.
Jack Shelley returns in the second ruthless installment of The Poet Series by Stephanie Harris; and he’s been invited to kneel at the throne of the King.
Relentless and unforgiving, Recusant will leave readers decidedly uncomfortable, and begging for the next installment in the series.
The story creates a credible picture of Gabriel’s enforced imprisonment and of his epic battle to regain his freedom, escaping into the obscurity of London’s warren of streets and formulating complex, detailed plans which include assuming a new identity. The story is crafted around Gabriel’s magnetic and influential personality which draws others to both believe him and collude with him and his ability to create a clever, subtle and elaborate camouflage to obscure the reality of his situation.
Author Mary Collis grew up in Swansea and graduated from Swansea University with a degree in Political Science. Following her graduation Mary emigrated to Canada and on return to the UK moved to Coventry where she became an Executive Officer in the Civil Service. Mary left the Civil Service to start a family and attended Leicester University as a part-time student in Social Studies. Mary gained an MBA from Warwick University in 1991 and continued to work in Coventry as a lecturer in International Business. Mary is now retired and lives in Sharnford, Leicestershire.
She’ll do anything for you…
My name is Alex, and my world has been shattered.
My husband has left me.
My children won’t speak to me.
My friend Carrie is the only person I have.
She’s the only one I can trust to keep all my secrets.
She’d never do anything to let me down.
This dark, gripping psychological thriller will have you holding your breath until the very last page. Fans of Behind Closed Doors, Sometimes I Lie, and The Girl on the Train will be captivated.
Readers are raving about The Perfect Friend:
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‘I kept guessing until the very end … I would definitely recommend this gripping and twisty book to any thriller lover out there!’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘Crazy twisty story. Had me actually gasp a couple of times. Just read it, it's that good.’ (5 stars) Goodreads Reviewer
‘Very well written. I love how her writing quickly draws you into the storyline and you are hooked from the start…I was definitely shocked a few times, in a good way!...A must read for fans of thrillers.’ Books on the Bookshelf
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‘terrific, tense and terrifying, twisty thriller…Just when I think she can't possibly get any better, my favourite writer of dark and daring deeds blows my socks off. The Perfect Friend scared me so much I really don't think I'll ever dare trust anyone, ever again!’ (5 stars) Goodreads Reviewer
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‘WOW – I am speechless … I am absolutely blown away by this book … really, really got under my skin … I feel slightly dizzy now and need a lie-down with a soft pillow and lots of chocolate.’ (5 stars) Goodreads Reviewer
‘OMFG this is Barbara Copperthwaite’s best book yet!! … just blew everything else out of the water. Seriously. This book had me on edge … my poor nerves were shattered. Buy it, read it, love it! This book gets ALL the stars from me!’ (5 stars) Goodreads Reviewer
‘OMG … I was well and truly hooked … had me guessing right until the very end! … I am blown away. I cannot recommend this enough … without a doubt a must read.’ (5 stars) Chelle’s Book Reviews
‘A darkly addictive and creepy page turner that had me on the edge of my seat … the last few chapters were breathtakingly shocking with developments I hadn’t been expecting and the final pages were absolutely brilliant, leaving me with goosebumps!’ (5 stars) My Chestnut Reading Tree
‘Addictive, Thrilling, Captivating! I could not put this book down, it captures your interest from the very first page until the very last! … You will literally be screaming WHAT??!! An amazing read for any fan of books!… This book hit it all and I loved every second of it!’ (5 stars) Book Reviews by Nicole
A brilliant depiction of an unusual psyche and a world hidden from view, Convenience Store Woman is an ironic and sharp-eyed look at contemporary work culture and the pressures to conform, as well as a charming and completely fresh portrait of an unforgettable heroine.
“Transporting...witty, poignant and sparkling.”
—People (People Picks Book of the Week)
“Prescient and quick....A perfect fusing of subject and writer, idea and ideal.”
“Extraordinary...hilarious...Elegantly written, Rooney creates a glorious paean to a distant literary life and time—and an unabashed celebration of human connections that bridge past and future.
—Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed)
"Rooney's delectably theatrical fictionalization is laced with strands of tart poetry and emulates the dark sparkle of Dorothy Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Truman Capote. Effervescent with verve, wit, and heart, Rooney’s nimble novel celebrates insouciance, creativity, chance, and valor."
—Booklist (starred review)
“In my reckless and undiscouraged youth,” Lillian Boxfish writes, “I worked in a walnut-paneled office thirteen floors above West Thirty-Fifth Street...”
She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, “in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it.”
Now it’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. It’s chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier now—her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl—but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed—and has not.
A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.
Lillian figures she might as well take her time. For now, after all, the night is still young.