New work from Ruth McIver, Anthony Horowitz and Nicci French: three terrific thrillers to add to your fall playlist
Thriller: I Shot the Devil, Ruth McIver, Tinder Press, 352 pages, hardcover, € 16.99; eBook £ 8.99
Freelance journalist Erin Sloane has just returned home to Southport on Long Island to care for her elderly father.
Denise, the editor of Inside the island magazine, wants her to write a cover of a sensational satanic crime that shocked Southport and America 20 years ago. It was the murder of a 6-foot-3 student named Andre Villiers.
Five teenage friends went into the woods that fateful night; only three came out. The young people, led by the charismatic Ricky Hell, who drank alcohol, drugs and indulged in Satanism, were also friends of Erin.
As she begins to ask questions, the answers she gets cast doubt on the accepted story of that dreadful night. There may be an even more terrible truth, and there are those who will do anything to prevent it from discovering it.
Born in Dublin, Ruth McIver grew up in Australia and New York and now lives in Melbourne. It’s a stunner from a debut thriller.
Thriller: A Line to Kill, Anthony Horowitz
Century, 384 pages, hardcover, € 13.99; eBook £ 9.99
With the exception of the German occupation during World War II, there was never a murder on the small Anglo-Norman island of Alderney, until writer Anthony Horowitz and private detective Daniel Hawthorne arrive to participate in a brand new literary festival.
Within hours, the event’s sponsor – Alderney’s richest and most controversial resident – was found dead and shortly thereafter a second murder occurred. While waiting for the Guernsey police to arrive, Hawthorne kicks in and tries to solve the crime. A cozy mystery echoing Agatha Christie, and a deep wheezing of Horowitz placing himself at the center of the mystery.
Polar: The Unheard of Nicci French
Simon & Schuster, 464 pages, hardcover € 15.99 e-book £ 8.99
Teacher and single mother Tess is a worrier, and her main worry is her three-year-old daughter Poppy.
Since separating from Poppy’s dominant father, Jason, the child spends a lot of time with him and his new wife. Poppy begins to behave badly in school, drawing disturbing pictures and using foul language. Tess is convinced that her daughter has witnessed something terrible that she is trying to express. What was it, and where did it happen? But no one will listen to him. A confident, disturbing and intriguing and sinuous psychological thriller from the husband and wife team that is Nicci French.