If you’re looking to escape to a dangerous world populated by sinister characters and characterized by all manner of danger and deception this autumn, then the following six thrillers could be just what you’re after:
by Anna Porter
In Deceptions, the second outing for art expect, martial arts master, and superb amateur sleuth Helena Marsh, former Budapest policeman Attila Feher thinks he has the perfect ruse to reconnect with his ex-lover: he intends to ask Helena to appraise a painting and determine if it really is a work by the famous artist Artemisia Gentileschi. Unfortunately for Feher, his plans are quickly derailed by the fact that Eastern European gangsters also seem to be interested in the painting, which has the potential to expose corruption at the highest levels of Hungarian society. As the bodies begin to pile up, Feher has reason to be glad that he sought Helena’s help, although maybe not the reason he was initially hoping for. In Helena Marsh, Anna Porter has created an enigmatic and dynamic heroine who really knows how to kick ass and take names. She has a great nose for a mystery, and she’s definitely not worried about getting her hands dirty.
Tell Me the Truth
by Matthew Farrell
Jenny Moore might be pleased to finally be leaving for college, but she’s the only one who seems to think it’s a good idea that she leaves the town of Lewisboro, New York and all the memories it holds behind. In fact, there’s at least one person who’s willing to go to any lengths to stop her from going. When Jenny’s mother finds her stabbed and left for dead outside their family home, state police investigator Susan Adler and consultant Liam Dwyer are called in to investigate the attack. They can immediately tell that something is very wrong in the town; they are confronted with a surfeit of suspects and it seems that pretty much everyone is hiding behind lies and deception. Tell Me the Truth by Matthew Farrell is the second crime thriller to feature Adler and Dwyer, and it’s a seriously suspenseful police procedural in which nothing is what it seems and no one seems capable of telling the truth.
Her Last Breath
by Hilary Davidson
Deidre is devastated to learn that her sister Caroline is dead, but she’s in for an even greater shock. Some time after hearing of Caroline’s death, Deidre receives a message that her sister had written days earlier, a message that claimed her forthcoming death would be no accident. Despite having been estranged from her family for years, Deidre decides to brave the trip to Manhattan to attend Caroline’s funeral, and while she’s there, to investigate the circumstances behind her sister’s death. A frightening encounter with Caroline’s husband Theo at the funeral raises the possibility that she might have been having an affair, which suggests a possible reason for her death. Deidre decides to dig deeper, however dangerous that might prove. Her Last Breath by Hilary Davidson is a dark and twisted thriller than is permeated by a sense of menace and danger. It’s a fast-paced story characterized by blistering psychological suspense.
by Catherine Coulter
Mia Briscoe’s best friend Serena disappeared seven years ago during a college rave that ended in tragedy when a fire broke out. Now working as an investigative journalist in New York, Mia is covering her regular political beat when she happens upon some photos from the night Serena vanished. Working with FBI Agent Sherlock to track back through the events of that night, Mia soon realizes that powerful figures may have strong reasons for keeping what happened to Serena hushed up. Meanwhile, Agent Savich is working with CIA operative Olivia Hildebrandt to uncover what happened to a missing member of her team and the flash drive he was tasked with protecting. As the two investigations proceed and converge, the danger level rises as the intrigue deepens. Catherine Coulter is on top form with this twenty-fifth installment in her FBI Thriller series, and the events of Vortex are sure to set readers’ hearts racing.
by Honni van Rijswijk
Sometime in the not too distant future, in a world ruled by the sinister Corporation, fifteen-year-old Will Meadows is doing his best to survive in Zone F, the most run-down and deprived ring of the Corporation. Will has to maintain his productivity if he is to avoid being sent to the Rator, but he knows that he’s lucky compared with the Zone F Breeders: they are born into debt and can only escape through participating in the Corporation’s reproduction program. When Will risks traveling to the less restricted Gray Zone, he gains a job from a corrupt Corporation official and finds a friend in Alex, a Breeder who is on the run. Things seem to be looking up for Will and Alex, but when their happiness leads to complacency, they risk losing everything they’ve worked for. Breeder by Honni van Rijswijk is a futuristic thriller set in a dystopian world where everyday life is terrifying and dangerous for the majority. It’s a scary but all too believable story.
by Joel Scott
Joel Scott’s Arrow’s Rest is a nautical thriller that certainly makes a splash. When fisherman Jared Kane sets out to find the perpetrators behind a sadistic assault on a female acquaintance, he ends up discovering far more than he bargained on. It seems that the assault is linked to a particularly dangerous criminal network with links to those in high political office. Events seem to center on an exclusive yacht club, which Jared considers to be the perfect place to moor his own rather more downmarket yacht, Arrow. With the help of his friend Danny MacLean, Jared sets about investigating all of the shady goings-on at the club, eventually embarking on a deadly chase through the Salish Sea that ends in tragedy for the Arrow and her crew. The thrilling storyline and healthy dose of danger make for an excellent slice of crime on the high seas.