In a town full of secrets, the truth won’t stay buried…
It’s a sleepy morning in suburbia when a girl’s body is discovered by a running trail in the town of Oakhurst. Local detective Jo is shocked to the core. Because the girl is the second innocent victim to turn up dead in three days. And just like the first, a tarot card has been left by the body. The meaning of the card: betrayal.
Jo soon uncovers a series of threatening messages targeting the girl and the first victim, her teacher. The primary suspect is a volatile student with an axe to grind for failing grades, and the frightened town is out for his blood. But the next day, a much-loved member of the community is found dead in her home, a tarot card in her mail. There’s no clear motive to link her death to the others, and the message on the card this time is even stranger: domestic bliss.
With the deaths so close together, Jo knows she’s running out of time to crack the code and bring the killer to justice. And the pressure only gets worse with heart-breaking news about Jo’s father forcing her to choose between helping her family heal or the victims’ families get justice. Can Jo find the twisted murderer sending the town into a panic before another life is lost? Or this time, will the dangerous killer find her first?
A completely addictive detective thriller that will keep you guessing into the early hours of the morning. If you love Kendra Elliot, Melinda Leigh and Lisa Regan you’ll love Taken to the Grave.
Discover more Detective Jo Fournier thrillers. Each book can be read as a standalone:
1. The Dancing Girls
2. Taken to the Grave
3. Her Daughter’s Cry
Read what everyone is saying about Taken to the Grave:
“Brilliant… Exceeded all my expectations… One of my all-time favourite female leads… It’s able to draw you in right from the get-go and excels in keeping you enthralled and on the edge of your seat till the final page… It’s like a pressure cooker that keeps building up as you wait for the explosion!... What a ride it is!… Chock full of mystery and suspense, with twists and turns at every corner… A reveal that will knock your socks off.” Once Upon A Time Book Blog ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“No bones about it, this is an excellent crime thriller… I could not stop turning the pages of this book… For once, I wasn’t able to figure out who the killer was early on.” Fireflies and Free Kicks Book Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Fascinating… holds the reader's attention throughout and does not disappoint.” Women’s Book Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“O.M.G. what a great lead character… I DID NOT FIGURE OUT THE TRUE BAD GUY UNTIL THE END!” NetGalley Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I jumped at the chance to read it… just brilliant… I loved it… Had me gripped from the very first few pages. I highly recommend this book.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“A gripping and intense thriller… Fast-paced and will keep you up well into the evening… Another five-star read from the talented writer and storyteller, M.M. Chouinard.” Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I read and loved the first novel by this author… This book exceeded my high expectations… Amazing… Gripping and suspenseful. An all-round great thriller. Five stars from me. Jo Fournier is one of the greatest characters ever written.” NetGalley Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“A fantastically well thought out whodunnit scenario… If you haven’t already added this to your series lists, DO IT NOW…. Highly recommend it, it’s full of twists and turns, red herrings, you will be left guessing, everything you want in a book.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Another excellent police procedural from Chouinard with plenty of twists and turns… Impossible to put down.” Muse’s Book Journal ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“A fast-paced police procedural… Had me turning the pages at a swift pace.” Shalini’s Books and Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Fast-paced and entertaining.” The Book Nurse ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Wonderfully thrilling plot… I really appreciated Chouinard's ability to not only draw me into the story immediately, but also keep me enthralled until the very last page.” Brianne’s Book Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This book had me gripped throughout as I was intrigued by the killer’s choice of victims and needed to know who the killer was. This is a great read.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'A fantastic debut: dark, addictive and original. I couldn't put it down'
Robert Bryndza, author of The Girl in the Ice
Do you want a thriller that grips from the first line?
Do you want a thriller to leave you gasping for air?
Connor Laird frightens people: he's intense, he's fearless, and he seems to be willing to do anything to protect himself and those he loves. He arrives in the Longacre Children's Home seemingly from nowhere, and instantly becomes hero and villain to every other child there.
Thirty years later, someone is killing all of those who grew up in the Longacre, one by one. Each of them has secrets, not least investigating cop DI Ray Drake.
One by one the mysteries of the past are revealed as Drake finds himself in a race against time before the killer gets to him.
Who is killing to hide their secret?
And can YOU guess the ending?
'Grips from the start and never lets up'
'Wreaks havoc with your assumptions. Hill has a hell of a career ahead of him'
Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls and The Darkest Secret
'A cracking debut. I can't wait to see more of Ray Drake.'
Mark Billingham, #1 bestselling author of Love Like Blood and In The Dark
'Utterly gripping, packed with unforgettable characters - and SO well-written. The twists had me reeling!'
Two missing women. Two decades apart. A gripping and atmospheric mystery that journeys from the dramatic lochs of Scotland to the icy depths of the North Sea . . .
Kate and Flora Tolmie have always lived with a mystery: what happened to their mother, Christina?
23 years ago, she vanished without a trace from coastal northern France, leaving her young daughters orphaned and alone.
But now Flora is also missing. In desperation, Kate searches her Edinburgh house, and finds a piece of notepaper with just one name: Cal McGill.
Cal is a so-called sea detective, an expert on the winds and the tides, and a gifted finder of lost things - and lost people.
Kate hopes that Cal might not only find her sister, but also unlock the mystery that has overshadowed both women's lives: what happened to their beloved mother all those years before?
Unfortunately, Cal doesn't think he can help. But that's only because he hasn't yet realised that the dark undercurrents of the case will ultimately lead him back dangerously close to home . . .
'I'm completely addicted to this series' Dermot O'Leary
Praise for Mark Douglas-Home:
'I could not put it down' 5***** reader review
'The best novel I have read in years. A real page turner' 5***** reader review
'Utter brilliance' 5***** reader review
'Many twists and turns and kept me intrigued to the end' 5***** reader review
Zoe is a wife and a mother. Or so she’s been told. Ask her for more than that and she couldn’t tell you. The blow to her head wiped her memory clean.
Zoe knows the blood on her shirt isn’t just her own. After she was found stumbling out of the woods, the police ran tests. They say it belongs to her missing daughter.
Zoe is trying to piece together what her daughter’s face looks like, but all she can conjure up is a white-hot panic. A fear that her child is in desperate need of her help.
When a man claiming to be her husband turns up looking for her, she knows she can’t trust him. Until she gets her memories back, she can’t trust anyone. Not the stranger, not the police investigating, not even herself…
A completely addictive thriller that will keep you guessing into the early hours of the morning. Perfect for fans of The Silent Patient, Lisa Regan and Gregg Olsen.
Read what everyone is saying about Her Daughter’s Cry:
“Just WOW!! The twists I just didn’t see coming… The story was crazy SO CRAZY!!! If you think you can guess what is going to happen, you will be sadly mistaken!! The characters in this one were great… I loved every second of it.” Crossroad Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Omg, this book had me completely gripped, with twists and turns. I honestly thought it was someone else who had done it. Amazingly written. This is a first time read for me with this author, but I will be certainly reading more… Crime thriller at its best.” NetGalley Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“A perfect thriller.” Shalini’s Books & Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I could not put this book down!! What a thriller this book is!! I love stories that involve memory loss! You are hooked… What a great book!! Highly recommended!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Chouinard really upped her game… I was pulled in right from the start… I could not figure anything out no matter how many scenarios I came up with… Wow, the ending I just never saw coming… I devoured it within a matter of hours. Talk about an intense and crazy storyline!... Another five-star read.” Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Had me hooked from the first page to the last with a heart-wrenching story and explosive conclusion… I felt as if I won the jackpot with this one. The writing is excellent, the pacing fast and the characters are beautifully drawn. Off to buy the others!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“GREAT story… a must-read… A ‘stay up and finish book’. M.M. Chouinard has created another fantastic thriller!… Looking forward to the next.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I was captivated by this story… The cat-and-mouse way this book was written made it impossible to put down… This is a hit.” Robin Loves Reading ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“The author did it again… A captivating story that kept me interested from page one!… It was such an amazing story. Just Like Zoe did not know who she could trust, I did not know either… Long story short: an awesome book… Keep them coming, please. :) 5 stars.” B for Bookreview ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I absolutely enjoyed this thrilling ride of a book… Well-written, fast paced, thrilling… kept me flipping pages fast… Lots of twists & turns, thrills, and chills are found in this book! Highly recommend!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I absolutely loved it! 5 stars! Excellent writing and storyline…” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I loved The Dancing Girls so I was really looking forward to reading this and it delivered on all levels… Zoe has no idea who she can trust and to be honest neither did I. Fast-paced and kept me guessing all the way through. Another brilliant read!!” NetGalley Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"An unforgettable—and Hollywood-bound—new thriller... A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy."
The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband—and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.
Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.
Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him....
When one-hundred-year-old Violet Ross is found dead at Eden's End, a luxury care home hidden in a secluded nook of the Lake District's Eden Valley it's tragic, of course, but not unexpected. Except for the instantly recognisable look in her lifeless eyes... that of pure terror.
DCI Jude Satterthwaite heads up the investigation, but as the deaths start to mount up it's clear that he, and DS Ashleigh O'Halloran need to uncover a long-buried secret before the killer strikes again...
The second in the unmissable, Lake District-set, DCI Jude Satterthwaite series.
Jo pulled together the victims’ pictures. In all cases their arms were askew, in a way that looked like—what? It was like they were freeze-framed in the middle of some action. It was like they were dancing.
When loving wife Jeanine Hammond is found dead in a small leafy town in Massachusetts, newly promoted Detective Jo Fournier is shocked to her core. Why leave her body posed like a ballerina? Why steal her wedding band and nothing else? Hungry for answers, Jo questions Jeanine’s husband, but the heart-breaking pain written on his face threatens to tear open Jo’s old wounds. It’s the same pain she felt when her boyfriend was cruelly shot dead by a gang in their hometown of New Orleans. She couldn’t get justice for him, but she’s determined to get justice for Jeanine’s devastated family.
But before Jo can get answers, another woman is found, wedding ring stolen, body posed in the same ritualistic way.
Digging through old files, Jo makes a terrifying link to a series of cold cases. She knows a serial killer is on the loose, but nobody will listen to the truth – not her bosses, nor the FBI. Still, Jo won’t let her superiors keep her from stopping the murderer in his tracks, even if it means the end of her career.
Just as she is beginning to lose hope, she finds messages on the victims’ computers that feel like the crucial missing link. But she knows the murderer is moments away from selecting his next victim. Will she be able to take down the most twisted killer of her career before another innocent life is lost?
An absolutely unputdownable and brilliant new crime thriller series that fans of Robert Dugoni, Lisa Regan and Melinda Leigh will devour in one sitting.
Read what everyone is saying about The Dancing Girls:
‘Loved it, loved it, loved it!!... If I could give it 6 stars I would! In this current climate of ‘twists you will never see coming’ – believe me... you will never see this coming!... Cannot wait for the next book!... Best book I have read for some time.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Holy Freaking Hell when is the next book out?! From start to finish this book is just WOW!… Keeps you on the edge of your seat… full of twists and turns… Talk about mind-blowing… Want to shout about it from the rooftops… I cannot recommend this book enough.’ Baker’s Not So Secret Blog, 5 stars
‘I was just blown away by its climax, wandering around going OMG… Found it totally gripping… impossible to put down.’ Muse Books, 5 stars
‘Wow, Wow, Wow… the most exciting new author I have read for a long time… Extremely addictive and left me wanting more. This book has everything… and a huge unexpected twist you will not see coming. I can't emphasise enough how much enjoyment I got from reading this… I'll be queuing up for the next… Well-deserved 5 stars – Wow.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow squared!... A gem of a book and a truly wonderful start of a new series… Left me with an OMG feeling… A brilliant read and I want more. 5 stars.’ B for Bookreview, 5 stars
‘An unpredictable rollercoaster ride with more twists and turns than you would find on a Snakes & Ladders board… I felt as though I had been punched in the gut and they left me breathless.’ Ginger Book Geek, 5 stars
Pediatrician Kent Abner received the package on a beautiful April morning. Inside was a cheap trinket, a golden egg that could be opened into two halves. When he pried it apart, highly toxic airborne fumes entered his body—and killed him.
After Eve Dallas calls the hazmat team—and undergoes testing to reassure both her and her husband that she hasn’t been exposed—it’s time to look into Dr. Abner’s past and relationships. Not every victim Eve encounters is an angel, but it seems that Abner came pretty close—though he did ruffle some feathers over the years by taking stands for the weak and defenseless. While the lab tries to identify the deadly toxin, Eve hunts for the sender. But when someone else dies in the same grisly manner, it becomes clear that she’s dealing with either a madman—or someone who has a hidden and elusive connection to both victims.
"The 50th book proves this series truly is the gold standard.” — Associated Press