The circumstances that gave rise to the 2011 riots have not all gone away and Ten Days is, if nothing else, a timely reminder of the fragility of the social contract that underpins our day to day existence.
In The Trap Melanie Raabe has delivered an effective page turner. She uses some familiar thriller elements but has used her setup to mould those elements into something original. Overall this is an impressive debut.
Of course, now it makes perfect sense that a society arriving on fleets of ships, initially supported by ships full of cargo, and later by exporting via those same docking points would end up with a congregation of illicit interests and activity within those very docks.
Candice Fox is on the verge of scoring a rare hat-trick at this year’s Ned Kelly awards with the release of the third book in her Frank Bennett and Eden Archer series. Full review at Newtown Review of Books
Much like Thomas Harris, with a little bit of Edgar Allen Poe thrown in, Jonathan Moore has produced an effective hybrid of crime and horror. The Poison Artist is overall a compulsively creepy thriller.
The Darkest Secret opens with a promising prologue. An email regarding the hunt for a missing three-year-old girl followed by a number of witness statements relating to a weekend away in 2004 when the girl went missing.
Rain Dogs has everything readers have come to expect from this series – an engaging mystery to drive the plot, an underlying historical issue to be investigated and as always, Duffy’s tragi-comic observations of Ireland in the 1980s.
It's a series this reader would be interested in following - especially if the central character turns out to be a tricky bloke to deal with - have a bit of a weakness for those prickly, difficult types.
While there are plenty of twists and a little bait and switch, the plot strands come together in much the way thriller readers would expect. It is down to May’s skill as a writer that Coffin Road is an engaging, if not particularly original thriller.