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Great kick-ass books from awesome thriller writers
on 13 May 2014
I've read a couple of these books - all brilliant value even on their own
Rebecca Cantrell - The World Beneath:
Joe Tesla lives in the tunnels under New York's Grand Central Station, marooned there by an attack of agoraphobia that cripples him with panic if he tries to go outside. One night, as he roams his underground terrain, he comes upon a man, clearly ex-military, breaking down a wall to reveal a old train-car, the inhabitants bricked up alive to stop them sharing their secrets. When the man is murdered, and the madness he carried in his brain released, Tesla must race against time to stop more people being infected, as well as saving his own life from those who want to keep the secret hidden.
An original hero with a psychological flaw, Tesla and his dog, Edison, will keep you engaged until the end of this fast-paced thriller.
CJ Lyons - Snakeskin
CJ Lyons writes “thrillers with heart” and loves to involve the reader in the life of the protagonist, how the job affects them and how their family life is affected. In Snakeskin, we see Lucy Guardino who is a FBI agent working against child crime and child abuse.
I spoke to CJ Lyons and she did spend time with the FBI for her research. This is a very hard area to work in. CJ also works in pediatrics so the topic is close to her heart. As the book opens, we see Lucy basically trapping child abusers by posing as a woman offering her child for “playtime”. I don’t like child abuse themes but this is from another angle – from the rescuers point of view and it;s not graphic and it doesn’t happen. The child Lucy has in her van is a dummy and before they know it, the men are arrested but not before Lucy gets into some trouble. The snake theme starts very soon into the book with some obsessed religious nuts, and continues later. So on one hand, we see Lucy working away at her job trapping paedophiles and then we have the main thrust of the story which is the abduction and search for fourteen year old Ashley. Fast-paced, with a count-down based on the timeline of Ashley’s abduction but still with characters you can feel for and like, Snakeskin is part crime, part thriller with a strong female protagonist.
Zoe Sharp - Blood Whisperer
Kelly Jacks wakes to the smell of blood and finds she is holding a knife, with no memory of what happened.
Years later, when Kelly has served time for a crime she believes she is innocent of, she is working as a crime scene cleaner when a suspicious death makes her question the official version of events. But her probing leads to swift retribution and an escalation of violence that soon means she's on the run for another murder she has been framed for. Zoe Sharp certainly knows how to keep her characters on the run!
Kelly is a fantastic new heroine, unbeaten despite the massive odds against her and never giving up. I particularly liked her expert climbing skills and how that is wound into the plot.