Before She Falls: A completely gripping mystery and suspense thriller

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Set my HEART BEATING so hard.’ Stardust Book Reviews

WOW WOW WOW… kept me guessing till the end.’ Goodreads reviewer

GRIPPING… brilliant.’ Waggy Tales

‘The suspense is AMAZING.’ Cloud of Thoughts

‘A read you CANNOT MISS.’ Goodreads reviewer


When sixteen-year-old Kimberley Williams’ body is found on the rocks below Southerndown Cliff on a cold autumn day, her parents go into shock. A dog-walker says she saw Kimberley jump, but Kimberley’s parents can’t believe their happy little girl would take her own life.


Detective Anna Gwynne is called in when threatening messages are found on Kimberley’s phone from an unknown number:


Everyone will know your secrets – your weaknesses. Being different is a curse. No one will understand.


Anna and her team suspect Kimberley’s death is linked to one of her cold cases – another teenage girl who threw herself under a train one Christmas morning.


Someone made these girls jump, and Anna will stop at nothing to find them. Even if she has to confront the demons of her past; the lies she’s told about her own childhood.


And then another body is found...


What is the secret they’re all dying for?


Can Anna find out before another innocent life is lost?


An absolutely gripping thriller that will hook you from beginning to end. If you love Val McDermid, Angela Marsons and Robert Dugoni, you won’t be able to put down Before She Falls.


What readers are saying about Before She Falls:

WOW WOW WOW I give this book 5 out of 5 stars… I didn’t want to put it down, and when I did I couldn’t wait to start reading again. Definitely one of my new favourite authors.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


Everything I could want of a thriller: a creepy serial killer, a clever plot, suspense, plot twists, interesting characters, an original touch... All blended together into a perfect detective thriller smoothie. Before She Falls is creepy, dark and disturbing with a lightning fast pace and a few heart-stopping moments.’ It’s All About Books, 5 stars


I’ve got chills, they’re multiplying, and I’m losing control ’cause the power, Dylan Young is supplying….is electrifying!!!!... a slow-burning bundle of goodness!… I did find my body coming out in goosebumps.’ The Writing Garnet, 5 stars


Set my heart beating so hard I thought it was going to jump out of my chest… I didn’t know whether to jump for joy or hide behind the cushion… I was completely hooked… A dark and disturbing thriller which had me captivated until the early hours.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars


Brilliant and very addictiveDon't start to read it before you go to bed - You will not want to put it down… The ending of this book was just brilliant.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


Compulsive reading… A spine-chilling plot, lots of action, and it’s so thrilling I couldn’t stop reading… Full of suspense… Breath-taking… Writing at the highest level.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘This is certainly a read you cannot miss. The reader goes back and forth as to who is REALLY the mastermind… Just when you think that you have it figured out, a giant twist occurs. Indeed, one read that is sure to satisfy any suspense/thriller reader!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘I knocked this one off in two sessions of four hours it was that good! Dylan Young is rapidly becoming a fantastic new author on the scene.’ The Laughing Librarian Book Reviews


‘I loved this book so much that I bought the first two as well… perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni… full of surprises and twists that keep the reader guessing.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


I just had to drop everything and begin reading. Wow oh wow I absolutely loved it… [my kindle] came everywhere with me. I was like an addict in desperate need of her next fix. I would only intend to read a couple of chapters at a time but that intention went out of the window as I was enjoying the book so much I couldn’t stop reading.’ Ginger Book Geek, 5 stars


‘Another gripping instalment in the Gwynne series. Fast-paced, dark and twisted as always.’ Humble Tart Kitchen


Each Detective Anna Gwynne thriller can be read as a standalone or in series order.

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Nov 1, 2018
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Fiction / Crime
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Traditional
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
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‘Absolutely brilliant!!! Such twists and turns!!! I was on the edge of my seat and just couldn't put it down!!! No way will you see the final twist... I'd give it more than five stars if I could!’ Goodreads reviewer

‘Ambulance and police. Something’s happened. I don’t know what. But my little girl–’ A sob choked off the sentence. ‘It’s my daughter...’


When beautiful young Nia Hopkins goes missing from her family’s farm on the icy outskirts of the Forest of Dean, her blood soaking the floor, the Gloucestershire police are convinced she’s been taken by the killer who stabbed to death Emily Risman eighteen years ago. They’re desperate to finally have the evidence to put him away. To save another girl before it’s too late.

But Detective Anna Gwynne thinks the press frenzy is making them obsess over the wrong man. He doesn’t fit the profile she’s been trained to see. This killer is sadistic. The suspect isn’t capable of that kind of crime.

And when Anna finds a link to other cold cases, she realises the killer is manipulating the police to cover up other unspeakable crimes.

With no one listening, Anna knows she’s the only one who can hunt down this serial killer. But if she goes out alone, is she putting her own life in danger?

An absolutely page-turning thriller that will have you hooked. If you love Val McDermid, Angela Marsons and Robert Dugoni, you won’t be able to put down The Silent Girls.


What people are saying about The Silent Girls:


‘Pulled me in from the start and just wouldn't let go. This is an incredibly gripping page-turner with a cast of truly fabulous characters… gets right under your skin… Incredibly compelling, it had me hooked.’ Novel Deelights

‘I loved this book… I couldn’t put it down, I was hooked from the first page. Five star recommendation.’ Goodreads reviewer


‘I absolutely devoured this book… full of twists and turns even right at the end… Definitely a must read for 2018! Can’t wait for the next one!’ Goodreads reviewer

‘I was hooked right from the very first chapter… the pace never slows down... If you are looking for a new and refreshing detective series to follow, you should go meet Anna Gwynne!’ It’s All About Books


‘Intense and gritty… The Silent Girls was a suspenseful and eerie ride, and a fantastic start to the series. I can’t wait for the next book!!’ Jenea’s Book Obsession

‘Loved delving deep into the dark mind of a serial killer… The Silent Girls drips with intense and insatiable criminal desire, pulling you deeper into the darkest of minds.’ Sweet Little Book

‘An impressive, addictive and compelling read from a master storyteller. Once I started this book, I could not bear to be parted from it… you dare not take a breath as the suspenseful story unfolds right up until the cinematic end.’ Renita D’Silva


‘Phenomenal… The Silent Girls is a fantastic start to a new series full of vivid characters and a meaty plot that you will want to sink your teeth into… I need more!’ Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews


‘Hold onto your hats for a heartpoundlingly gripping read that will knock your socks right off!... I CAN NOT WAIT to see what you bring us next!’ Orchard Book Club


‘Brilliantly terrifying. It will keep you hooked… guessing right until the very end.’ Star Crossed Reviews


‘Haunting… a story that will stay with you long after it's over… A great beginning to a new detective series! Bravo for Dylan Young!’ Two Girls and a Book Obsession


Previously titled Come Out to Play.          

‘Best book of 2018!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘I was totally blown away’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘Couldn't turn the pages quick enough’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘Omg!... my heart was pounding’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘All the stars! Every single one!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

The first thing you should know, dear reader, is that I am dead…


Teacher Pippa wants a second chance. Recently divorced and unhappy at work, she uproots her life and moves to the countryside, determined to make a fresh start. But Pippa soon realises: your troubles are never far behind.


When Pippa meets blue-eyed Ryan Marks, he is funny and charming. He is haunted by his past – but insists he is a changed man.  


He might just be the answer to all of her problems. And Pippa can tell the truth from lies. She’d know if she were in danger. Wouldn’t she?


From Amazon chart bestseller S.E. Lynes, The Proposal is a page-turning and utterly gripping thriller about the lengths we will go to for someone we love. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Woman in the Window and The Wife Between Us.


What readers are saying about The Proposal:

‘A chilling psychological book that kept me saying “what”, “oh man, I didn’t see that coming.” Exceptional.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘Shocking, thought-provoking and downright chilling… it made me turn the lights on and check behind the door on more than one occasion… I loved it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘Will have you thinking twice before opening your home to anyone at night… I wanted to hide under the covers like I did when I was a child with a flashlight… powerful and compelling.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘This book. Seriously…  I will be thinking about it for a long time. I laughed, I cried, and tensed up to a ball of “what the fuck is going on… I need to know NOW.” Unique. Chilling.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘Brilliant!!!!!... I read this SO fast!!! A great read. You will not want to put this one down. HIGHLY recommend!!! Suspense, drama this book has it all!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘I am shocked, dumbstruck, gobsmacked, speechless and trying desperately to find the right words to give this book the justice it deserves… wow! I loved it! It is unlike anything else I have read before… If you only buy one psychological thriller this year then make sure this is the one, you won't be disappointed!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘A deeply twisted story… I couldn't stop reading this book!... The story was so addictive, I read 70% in one sitting, and even now I just want to reread it… a psychological thriller that's dark and twisty and addictive.’ Goodreads reviewer


‘IMMENSE!!… When you read as much as a lot of us do, it is refreshing to come across a book that just seems different in such a fabulous way, this one will stay with me for that reason, very addictive reading!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘This truly is a page-turner and often a "flip back" and reread a page to make sure I really did just read that! The Proposal held my interest to the very end and it was a great ending.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘YES… THIS WAS UP THERE WITH THE BEST!!!! I was hooked from the beginning, full of twists and turns that you will never see coming to keep you on the edge-of-your-seat and up all night reading.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


The figure bent over the small grave and lowered in the black bag. Adult bones would have been heavier. Just a few spadefuls of earth and the secret was hidden…


On a bright spring morning, walkers find a tattered plastic bag containing human remains half-buried in the rolling hills of Somerset. The bones belong to Rosie Dawson, a little girl who disappeared ten years ago. Detective Anna Gwynne is back at work after a case that nearly cost her her life. The trail is stone cold, but Anna will stop at nothing to find the killer, and escape thoughts of her own dark past.


Then another little girl is abducted near a river bank on the hottest day of the year, and her sister can’t remember anything about the man who took her. Nobody thinks the cases are connected, but then Anna finds a photo of her that matches an old one of Rosie. In the same dark room. The same concrete walls. The same stony floor.


The killer is bragging.


With just two photos and a witness too young to help, can Anna find the killer in time to save a little girl’s life?


A heart-pounding thriller that will get right under your skin. If you love Karin Slaughter, Robert Dugoni and Angela Marsons you’ll love this killer crime thriller.


What readers are saying about Blood Runs Cold:


‘I found myself on the edge-of-my-seat, not wanting it to end… Gripped me from beginning to end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘Completely hooked… a jumbo-pack of plot twists… one hell of a ride… I was unable to function normally until I reached the final page and found out the truth… action-packed, suspenseful and will chill you to the bone.’ It’s All About Books, 5 stars


‘Bloody brilliant... towards the end I’m like please find the girl, please find the girl... I was on the edge-of-my-seat thinking OMG please find the girl!’ Bonnie’s Book Talk


‘Truly fantastic… Utterly gripping and compelling edge-of-your-seat stuff that had me glued to the pages.’ Novel Deelights, 5 stars


‘Spine-tingling… plenty of suspense and tension to keep you interested right till the end and I didn’t work out “whodunnit” until it was revealed! A great crime and police procedural story!’ Stardust Book Reviews


‘A compelling, complex, fast paced plot with interesting characters and lots of twists. Highly recommended.’ Humble Tart Kitchen


‘COMPLETELY UNPUTDOWNABLE!… just the way I like them.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘I knew as soon as I started reading that I was going to be gripped and the housework would have to wait… compulsive reading.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘I literally needed matchsticks to hold my eyelids open, Blood Runs Cold snatched every breath I took, intensifying my need to turn the pages and absorb the narrative in huge chunks…. A stylishly dark and an intensely heinous suspenseful thriller which will turn your world upside down.’ Sweet Little Book Blog


‘Boy oh boy this was one fantastic unpredictable rollercoaster ride of a read… I totally and utterly flipping well loved this book.’ Ginger Book Geek, 5 stars


‘Chilling and unnerving… had me guessing up until near the end… a real page turner… you will see why when you read it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘Like a slow burning fire. Starts out small and turns into an inferno. The intensity in this book just kept building and building. I never guessed who the killer was, not one time.’ Goodreads reviewer

She ruined their lives. Now they’re going to destroy hers.

‘Someone is recreating every traumatic point in your life. They are doing this to make you suffer, to make you hurt and the only possible end game can be death. Your death.’

On the fourth floor of Chaucer House, two teenagers are found chained to a radiator. The boy is dead but the girl is alive. For Detective Kim Stone every detail of the scene mirrors her own terrifying experience with her brother Mikey, when they lived in the same tower block thirty years ago.

When the bodies of a middle-aged couple are discovered in a burnt-out car, Kim can’t ignore the chilling similarity to the death of Erica and Keith – the only loving parents Kim had ever known. 

Faced with a killer who is recreating traumatic events from her past, Kim must face the brutal truth that someone wants to hurt her in the worst way possible. Desperate to stay on the case, she is forced to work with profiler Alison Lowe who has been called in to observe and monitor Kim’s behaviour.

Kim has spent years catching dangerous criminals and protecting the innocent. But with a killer firmly fixed on destroying Kim, can she solve this complex case and save her own life or will she become the final victim?

The heart-stopping and totally addictive new crime thriller from multi-million copy number one bestseller Angela Marsons will have you completely hooked.

Read what everyone is saying about Dead Memories:

‘The book I've been waiting for without even knowing that I was… A great starting point for anyone new to the series… I couldn't put the book down…It is completely addictive and easily my new favourite in this series, I have a feeling I've said that before, but what can I say Angela Marsons seems to outdo herself each and every time.’ Rachel’s Random Reads, 5 stars

‘As always, another brilliant book by Angela Marsons featuring Detective Kim Stone and her team… Fast-paced and dark it kept me gripped from the first page to the last. Utterly superb.’Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘The author writes to such a consistently high level. Yet again, gripping plot line, strong characters and a well-paced story that builds to a crescendo. If you haven't already tried this author do yourself a favour and start reading now.’ Worcester Source, 5 stars

‘Wow! Just wow.I knew I would be engrossed in this book so cleared my schedule today to read it cover to cover. I’m so glad I did!...’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Once again, she delivers a fast-paced, action-packed nail-biting roller coaster ride of a book… This is one series that just gets better with each book.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Reading this instalment of Kim's life is like catching up with an old friend…Each book gives you some insight into her past… Angela gives to us yet another riveting, gritty, chilling insight into Kim's world… One scene in the book moved me to tears.’ booksbehindthetitle, 5 stars

‘I loved getting further into Kim’s psyche and learning more about her which only makes you like the character more. Bring on book eleven!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

I blooming love this series. I love Kim, her vulnerability and tenacity, I love the interaction and banter between the characters…., another cracking addition to an already brilliant and well established series.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘The uber-sharp Kim Stone has to be one of the best detectives out there. A twisty, fast-paced plot stocked with red herrings.’ Bookpreneur, 5 stars

‘Angela Marsons is fast becoming one of the best crime fiction authors going. The Laughing Librarian, 5 stars

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