Three times a charm
Nora Roberts never fails to entertain, and her latest novel doesn’t disappoint. Year One is the first book in Chronicles of the One … and sees, with one drop of blood, the world as we know it end. In its place, something extraordinary begins. The Doom is a deadly and mysterious pandemic that starts in Scotland … a virus that kills some people, leaves others with strange abilities. Riveting, intriguing, we couldn’t put it down. Little Brown, R275.
Fiona Cummins’ The Collector opens with the news that a five-year-old girl has been missing for 100 days. The little girl, who was abducted on her way home from school, has cleft hands … and the chief suspect is a man who’s a collector of human skeletons with deformities. A man whose home was filled with bones … a home from which a six-year-old boy with an awful bone disorder fled minutes before it burnt down. A man who’s just escaped from police custody. Scared yet? Here’s another one to keep you up all night. You’re welcome! MacMillan, R285 (Get It Book Club* price R228)
We’d recommend a strong Scotch and all the lights on when you settle down with Alan Drew’s Shadow Man. Set in a suburban Southern Californian town, it’s a hugely suspenseful tale of a serial killer – one who slips into houses late at night, shattering any illusions of safety the residents have. When we say ‘gripping thriller’ it’s not a cliché. Completely chilling and just brilliant. Corvus, R295