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Featuring a slew of unreliable characters, twists and turns a-plenty and a growing sense of unease, add one of these impeccably paced thrillers to your summer reading line up!

Nothing beats a sun-drenched summer’s day spent lounging on the beach, complete with an unputdownable thriller in tow. Known and loved for their pacy plots, unreliable characters, and their ability to grip you from start to finish, it’s no wonder that the crime and thriller genre accounts for almost a third of all adult book sales in Australia, coming in just narrowly behind general fiction. And from the king of suspense novels to the hottest debut author on the psychological thriller block, here are the most absorbing page-turners on the market that are bound to leave you with a sense of unease, long after the final page has been turned.

  • A Time For Mercy - John Grisham

    Having sold an incredible 300 million books, it’s no surprise that John Grisham is cited as the king of crime fiction. The sequel to A Time to Kill and Sycamore Row, in A Time for Mercy protagonist Jake Brigance returns as the defence lawyer for a murder trial in small town Mississippi.

  • When She Was Good - Michael Robotham

    A page-turning thriller that follows on from Michael Robotham’s much-loved Cyrus Haven series, When She Was Good has all the necessary ingredients for an unputdownable read. Full of twists and turns and endless intrigue, it’s a tense, immersive and riveting tale, perfect for fans of crime fiction.

  • Tell Me Lies - J.P. Pomare

    An impeccably paced thriller from New Zealand author J. P. Pomare, Tell Me Lies is a taught and tense tale that is entirely unpredictable, and will leave readers wondering who can really be trusted.

  • The Silent Patient - Alex Michaelides

    A captivating thriller that will keep you intrigued from the very first page, The Silent Patient follows the story of Alicia Berenson, who is accused of murdering her husband, and the six years of silence that follows. Compelling from the get-go, it’s a fast-paced ride that will leave you reeling.

  • Kill A Stranger - Simon Kernick

    A real treat of a thriller that you’ll devour in a single sitting, Kill a Stranger is written from multiple perspectives and fuses clever writing, cliff-hanging chapters and an utterly captivating plot.

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