6 shocking thrillers to get stuck into this summer

Sometimes, only a thrill-inducing read will do – whether you're stuck on a train for two hours or are snatching precious alone time in the sun. Whatever the backdrop (or the weather), curl up with one of these shiny new spine-tinglers and get ready to be transported to a world heady with danger

Here and Gone - Haylen Beck

Here and Gone - Haylen Beck

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Tearing herself away from an abusive husband, Audra straps her two children into the car and heads for the horizon. Driving down remote country roads, she notices a police car in the rear-view mirror, and things take a dramatic turn for the worst. Bursting with secrets and dripping in suspense, you'll be pushed to put this one down.

What Mumsnetters say about the book:

“Heart-racing, tense and terrifying.”

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Macbeth - Jo Nesbo

Macbeth - Jo Nesbo

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A gritty reimagining of the Shakespeare classic from the Norweigan noir writer, this novel centres around the troubled and complicated Inspector Macbeth. Lured by power but haunted by paranoia and hallucinations, the detective will do whatever it takes to end up on top.

What Mumsnetters say about Jo Nesbo:

“If you like gruesome killings and plots that twist and turn then you'll like this.”

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A Necessary Evil - Abir Mukherjee

A Necessary Evil - Abir Mukherjee

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It's 1920 in Sambalpore, India – the heir to the throne has been assassinated, and the city’s beautiful tapestry is beginning to show its holes. In spite of its idyllic appearance, Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee suddenly find themselves in a land of deception and conflict. Now all that's left is to find the murderer – before it's too late.

What Mumsnetters say about Abir Mukherjee:

“A fantastic example of great crime literature that gives Rankin and Patterson a run for their money.”

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The Death of Mrs Westaway - Ruth Ware

The Death of Mrs Westaway - Ruth Ware

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If you love Agatha Christie, read on. From the acclaimed Ruth Ware comes a captivating puzzle of how a Cornish grandmother died, and what the substantial inheritance she left had to do with it. Wrongly bequeathed to Harriet Westaway (whose own grandparents died years ago), we meet the family through her eyes as she attempts to make off with the money.

What Mumsnetters say about Ruth Ware:

“The atmosphere of looming terror and unknown fears kept me gripped.”

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Star of the North - D B John

Star of the North - D B John

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Beginning in South Korea, 1988, this chilling page-turner opens with the strange disappearance of a Korean-American teenager. 22 years on, the missing girl’s twin is on a mission to find out what happened, and whether her sister could still be alive. Unfortunately, this means venturing into the dangerous heart of the North Korean regime.

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Sticks and Stones - Jo Jakeman

Sticks and Stones - Jo Jakeman

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What’s a woman to do when her husband tries to make her choose between her home and her son? For Imogen it’s easy: lock him in the cellar, of course. This gloriously dark yarn only gets more tangled when the ex-wife and mistress also get involved.

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All prices correct at time of publication