If He Wakes

Canelo
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You can always trust your best friend... can’t you?

When Rachel discovers a Twitter message arranging a romantic liaison she assumes her husband is having an affair, and follows him. What she witnesses is so much worse: a hit and run using his car.

Meanwhile, Rachel’s friend and business partner Suzie is increasingly worried about her fiancé, who’s not been in touch for days. When Suzie learns of huge debts racked up in her name she fears he has run out on her, but then the threatening calls start and she thinks something terrible has happened.

Rachel and Suzie are both about to learn shocking things about the men they love, worse than they could ever imagine... Can their friendship survive?

Praise for If He Wakes:

'A tense, pulse-quickening tale. If you read the first chapter, you can’t help but read the second. I flew through this perfect summer read of best friends in turmoil in one feverish session.' Paula Daly

'I loved this book. So well written. I found this book unputdownable!!' Reader review

Fan Flipping tastic thriller! I was completely hooked from page 1 and could not put this book down!’ 4* Reader review

'What can I say about this book?!!!!... it was so good. I read it in one day... I couldn't put it down.' Reader review

Amazing book!!!!’ Reader review

I raced through this book in a desperate attempt to discover the answers which became darker and more horrific than I could imagine’ Reader review

'I really enjoyed this book from the off!... A real page turner with a twist that will keep you hooked.' Reader review

‘12 stars is possible... This was a brilliant debut novel that had be shocked, surprised, and dumbfounded page after page’
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‘It was a great storyline and I loved the way that it developed, it was fast flowing and I soon discovered that I was at the end. Well worth a read’ My Love of Reading
What a great debut novel and totally great main characters’ 4* Reader review

This book needs to be readBrMayCock Blog

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About the author

Zoe Lea lives in the Lake District with her husband, their two children, three dogs and peregrine falcons. She has previously worked as a teacher, photographer and freelance journalist and is a writer in the day and a reader by night. IF HE WAKES is her debut novel.

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Publisher
Canelo
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Published on
Apr 30, 2018
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Pages
300
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ISBN
9781788630986
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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A gritty and compulsive suspense novel about the lethal effects of revenge, playing out in the competitive environment of school gates and PTA meetings. For fans of Louise Jenson and Katerina Diamond.

You thought you knew the school secretary.
You were wrong...

When single mum, Ruth, has a brief fling with Rob, she's mortified to discover that he lied to her. He lied to her, because he's married. Worse still, he's the husband of Janine, an alpha mum at the primary school where Ruth works as the secretary, and when the truth of their fling is discovered, Ruth suddenly has a lot of enemies at the school gates.

Threatening texts begin to arrive, disturbing packages are put through her letterbox and hateful notes left in her office. Rumours abound and the persecution spills over into her professional life, the staffroom becomes hostile and Ruth realises these women could ruin everything. When it starts to affect her son, also a student at the school, Ruth has to do something, but her hands are tied.

She can't react publicly, there are too many of them and she'll lose the job she loves. So she fights back in the only way she can: through a series of small, anonymous attacks.

They say that revenge is a dish best served cold, but for Ruth vengeance is just as satisfying red hot Inextricably entwined in events she has triggered, Ruth discovers how far parental love can push people.

You can do anything if you convince yourself it's for the sake of your child, for the sake of keeping the family together. Even murder.

Soon to be a major motion picture from Lionsgate starring Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively and Henry Golding, and directed by Paul Feig

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She’s your best friend.

She knows all your secrets.

That’s why she’s so dangerous.

A single mother's life is turned upside down when her best friend vanishes in this chilling debut thriller in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

It starts with a simple favor—an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another. When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son Nicky after school, she happily says yes. Nicky and her son, Miles, are classmates and best friends, and the five-year-olds love being together—just like she and Emily. A widow and stay-at-home mommy blogger living in woodsy suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a sophisticated PR executive whose job in Manhattan demands so much of her time.

But Emily doesn’t come back. She doesn’t answer calls or return texts. Stephanie knows something is terribly wrong—Emily would never leave Nicky, no matter what the police say. Terrified, she reaches out to her blog readers for help. She also reaches out to Emily’s husband, the handsome, reticent Sean, offering emotional support. It’s the least she can do for her best friend. Then, she and Sean receive shocking news. Emily is dead. The nightmare of her disappearance is over.

Or is it? Because soon, Stephanie will begin to see that nothing—not friendship, love, or even an ordinary favor—is as simple as it seems.

A Simple Favor is a remarkable tale of psychological suspense—a clever and twisting free-fall of a ride filled with betrayals and reversals, twists and turns, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge. Darcey Bell masterfully ratchets up the tension in a taut, unsettling, and completely absorbing story that holds you in its grip until the final page.

The perfect family. A moment that will change everything.

 

Emma thought she had the perfect life: a beautiful home, a loving husband and a gorgeous son.

 

She was wrong.

 

When she wakes up to find herself in hospital, Emma has no memory of how she got there or why her husband and son won’t come to see her.

 

What happened to Emma’s family?

 

Emma is desperate to find out what happened – and that her loved ones are safe – but remembering the truth could be the most dangerous thing of all…

 

An addictive and page-turning psychological thriller that will have you looking over your shoulder and checking the doors are locked. If you love B.A. Paris, Shari Lapena and K.L. Slater, The Last Thing I Saw is for you.

 

Previously published as Don’t Let Me Die. This edition contains significant editorial revisions.

 

What readers are saying about The Last Thing I Saw:

 

‘One of the best I've read in a long time. Had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put it down until I found out what happened. A great thriller that had me double checking the locks on my door. Will definitely tell everyone to read this great book.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

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THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING DEBUT PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER YOU CAN'T MISS!

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

“A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive...A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night.” —Mary Kubica, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl

“This is one readers won’t be able to put down.” —Booklist (starred review)

"A can’t-put-down psychological thriller.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“This debut is guaranteed to haunt you...Warning: brace yourself.” —Bustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)

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“This was one of the best and most terrifying psychological thrillers I have ever read.” —San Francisco Book Review


Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

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The moment she opened her eyes, she knew everything had changed. The stale taste of alcohol; her uneasy stomach. She looked at her husband sleeping peacefully, and knew she would never tell anyone what happened last night.

 

You will think you know what happened to Alicia that night.

 

You will see a desperate wife, lying to her husband.

 

You will watch a charming lover, trying to win her back.

 

You will judge her, just like everyone else.

 

You will assume you know what happens next. But everything you think you know about the past, the relationships, what drives Alicia and her husband to lie... is wrong.

 

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A gritty and compulsive suspense novel about the lethal effects of revenge, playing out in the competitive environment of school gates and PTA meetings. For fans of Louise Jenson and Katerina Diamond.

You thought you knew the school secretary.
You were wrong...

When single mum, Ruth, has a brief fling with Rob, she's mortified to discover that he lied to her. He lied to her, because he's married. Worse still, he's the husband of Janine, an alpha mum at the primary school where Ruth works as the secretary, and when the truth of their fling is discovered, Ruth suddenly has a lot of enemies at the school gates.

Threatening texts begin to arrive, disturbing packages are put through her letterbox and hateful notes left in her office. Rumours abound and the persecution spills over into her professional life, the staffroom becomes hostile and Ruth realises these women could ruin everything. When it starts to affect her son, also a student at the school, Ruth has to do something, but her hands are tied.

She can't react publicly, there are too many of them and she'll lose the job she loves. So she fights back in the only way she can: through a series of small, anonymous attacks.

They say that revenge is a dish best served cold, but for Ruth vengeance is just as satisfying red hot Inextricably entwined in events she has triggered, Ruth discovers how far parental love can push people.

You can do anything if you convince yourself it's for the sake of your child, for the sake of keeping the family together. Even murder.

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