Will Dean’s debut novel elevates the Scandi noir genre with an interesting protagonist, plenty of suspense, and a shocking conclusion.
The electrifying conclusion to the three-part thriller series The Magpies, Last of the Magpies puts to bed the furious game of cat and mouse that psychopath Lucy has been playing with Jamie and Kirsty for years. After Lucy’s last-minute escape, Jamie teams up with true crime podcast host Emma in a bid to flush out his tormentor and end her reign of terror over both his and Kirsty’s lives, once and for all.
Lavinia has everything that Louise is missing, so when the two become unlikely best friends, Louise’s life is turned upside down. The parties get wilder, the bills get bigger, and Louise begins to question how far she’ll go keep this up, to have a life like Lavinia’s, or Lavinia’s life itself.
Toby’s perfect life is brutally interrupted when a seemingly random burglary leaves him physically and mentally traumatised. When he gets the devastating news that his beloved Uncle Hugo is dying, he decides to move into his childhood summer home, The Ivy House, to care for him and recoup himself. But when his nephew discovers a human skull in the wych elm at the bottom of the garden, Toby is forced to question everything he thought he knew about his idyllic teenage summers at The Ivy House.
The Flower Girls follows Hazel’s life as an adult, given a new identity as a child after her and her sister committed a brutal act against another child. Hazel, too young to understand, was given a new identity and went on to lead a relatively normal life, whilst her sister, Laurel, has spent her life since in prison. But when a young child goes missing at the same hotel that Hazel and her boyfriend are staying, Hazel’s past begins to rear it’s head, and threatens to ruin everything.
The Hunting Party takes place over the New Year period, as a group of nine friends head to a remote Scottish hunting lodge to ring in the new year, but before the sun rises one of them is dead.
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil.
Travel journalist Lo Blacklock has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant but as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard.