Next to Die: A gripping serial killer thriller full of twists

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Bobbi caught a glimpse of the car, saw the blood splashed across the front seats, and felt the nausea rise up. It should have been her who was working last night, not Harriet. It should have been her.

 

When a social worker is brutally murdered, Detectives Mike Nelson and Lena Overton are straight on the scene. But with a long list of potential suspects, can they work out who’s next before the killer strikes again?

 

It’s Lake Haven’s first murder in eighteen years, and the community is terrified – especially Bobbi, who was not only supposed to be on duty that night, but also has the same long dark hair as Harriet and drives the same blue car. Now Bobbi lives in constant fear that the murderer will be back for her

 

When Mike and Lena make a link to a missing-persons case and uncover a wide-spread grudge against social services, they know they’re close to uncovering the killer – but can they connect the last few dots and stop him before he takes another victim?

 

An addictive, page-turning thriller that will keep you guessing to the very end. If you love Robert Dugoni, John Sandford or Karin Slaughter, Next to Die is for you.

 

Read what everyone is saying about Next to Die:

 

One word – amazing!… Page-turning perfection from the nail-biting start to the gripping finish…This book was flawless… Will stay with me for a long time… Brilliant and very highly recommended.’ Renita D’Silva, 5 stars

 

Woah! What a brilliant opening to this story… dark and full on… It just pulls the reader straight in and then you’re trapped till you’ve finished… A bloody brilliant story with an action-packed, explosive ending that will make your jaw drop… I did not expect the outcome at all, a true shocker… I would highly recommend Next to Die to you all! Between the Pages Book Club, 4 stars

 

Wow, what an opening… dragged me screaming and kicking right into the storyline… A whole host of potential suspects and a minefield of clues made for a tense and bumpy ride in this gritty crime thriller…  It kept me guessing right up until the end!… A gripping and compelling read.Chapter in My Life, 4 stars

 

‘This is a brilliant book… It is a very dark thriller that I really enjoyed. A real page turner with an exciting plot. Highly recommended. Goodreads reviewer, 4 stars

 

‘This book is brilliant, you have to read itI loved it and read it in one sitting because I had to know what was going to happen next… A brilliant read.Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A gripping story with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end.  Would definitely recommend this one!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 4 stars

 

‘This is my first book from this author, and it won't be my last. Next to Die is a gripping thriller. It had me on the edge of my seat, constantly guessing what's going to happen next. I would recommend this book. Goodreads reviewer, 4 stars

 

Excellent book… Totally gripped me from start to finish… I was not expecting the ending at all. Read past my bedtime to finish this book.Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

An exciting thriller… The characters are very believable and the story has some twists and turns that leave you in the dark about who the killer is until the end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 4 stars

 

Great book. Brilliant storyline and excellent main characters. I would not hesitate to recommend this book.Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

Many twists and turns and theories abounded in this book. It was like peeling away layers and kept me reading and reading more… I really enjoyed this book!Goodreads reviewer, 4 stars

 

Twisty plot and almost a surfeit of suspects… Next to Die is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.’ Goodreads reviewer, 4 stars

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Bookouture
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Feb 16, 2018
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Pages
350
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9781786813466
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English
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / General
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An absolutely nail-biting thriller that will keep you up all night. If you enjoy Robert Dugoni, Karin Slaughter and Rachel Abbott, you’ll love this!

 

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