Psychological Thriller Books

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Get into the mind of a killer or two and test out your detective skills with our psychological thriller books range here at The Works. You'll find works from the best-selling authors as well as new breakthrough authors in the thriller book genre.

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Delve into this thrilling tale about a troubled chess prodigy and her battle to survive. Now a major Netflix series starring Anya Taylor-Joy. When she is sent to an orphanage at the age of eight, Beth Harmon soon discovers two ways to escape her surroundings, albeit fleetingly: playing chess and taking the little green pills given to her and the other children to keep them subdued.  Before long, it becomes apparent that hers is a prodigious talent, and as she progresses to the top of the US chess rankings she is able to forge a new life for herself. But she can never quite overcome her urge to self-destruct.  For Beth, there's more at stake than merely winning and losing. 'Few novelists have written about genius - and addiction - as acutely as Walter Tevis' – The Telegraph Product Information: • ISBN: 9781474622578 • Author: Walter Tevis • Publisher: W&N • Format: Paperback • Pages: 256 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.6 x cm

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In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders... But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it's too late? 'So smart and funny. Deplorably good' - Ian Rankin. 'A gripping read' - Sunday Times. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241425442 • Author: Richard Osman • Publisher: Viking • Format: Hardback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 3.5cm

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The trial of a lifetime...But will it be his last? Heading home after winning his latest case, defense attorney Mickey Haller - The Lincoln Lawyer - is pulled over by the police. They open the trunk of his car to find the body of a former client. Haller knows the law inside out. He will be charged with murder. He will have to build his case from behind bars. And the trial will be the trial of his life. Because Mickey Haller will defend himself in court. With watertight evidence stacked against him, Haller will need every trick in the book to prove he was framed. But a not-guilty verdict isn't enough. In order to truly walk free, Haller knows he must find the real killer - that is the law of innocence... Product Information: •    ISBN: 9781409186120 •    Author: Michael Connelly •    Publisher: Orion •    Format: Paperback •    Pages: 528 •    Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.6 cm •    Sixth book in the Lincoln Lawyer series

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Claire and Eva lead very different lives, but they have one thing in common - they are both in huge danger and need to disappear. A chance encounter at the airport presents the two women with a simple but crazy solution: switch places then drop off the grid when they land. But one woman will never reach her destination... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529384727 • Author: Julie Clark • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm

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THE PERFECT LIFE… A GUILTY SECRET… SOMEBODY WANTS REVENGE. Doctor Luke Forde has the perfect life. A respected heart surgeon, he has a rewarding job, a successful wife, and a daughter, Nina. From their beautiful house overlooking Carberry Lough in County Clare, they present a portrait of family bliss. But over the course of a weekend, Luke's life spirals into chaos. It begins with the word 'GUILTY' painted on his boathouse one morning. Then he spots a chilling notice in the local newspaper. When this is followed by the delivery of a small coffin-shaped package, Luke is terrified. Someone knows the dark secret he is hiding. And someone is out to get him. Luke begins to be plagued by horrifying anonymous messages, and it transpires that it's not only Luke the sender is intending to harm. With strange things happening in the operating theatre, Alison's political ambitions straining their marriage, and Nina's behaviour sparking all sorts of trouble, Luke turns to therapist Terence Black. Is the therapist the only one that can save Luke and his family from the horrendous secrets of the past? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781472134134 • Author: Siobhan MacDonald • Publisher: Constable • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2.6 cm

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FBI agent Emmy Dockery is absolutely relentless. She's young and driven, and her unique skill at seeing connections others miss has brought her an impressive string of arrests. But a shocking new case -- unfolding across the country -- has left her utterly baffled. The victims all appear to have died by accident, and have seemingly nothing in common. But this many deaths can't be coincidence. And the killer is somehow one step ahead of every move Dockery makes. How? To FBI special agent Harrison "Books" Bookman, everyone in the FBI is a suspect -- particularly Emmy Dockery (the fact that she's his ex-fiancee doesn't make it easier). But someone else is watching Dockery. Studying, learning, waiting. Until it's the perfect time to strike. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780316454155 • Author: James Patterson & David Ellis • Publisher: Little Brown and Company • Format: Paperback • Pages: 608 • Dimensions: 22.86 x 14.99 x 4.32 cm

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Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire. Not even Emmy's ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison Books Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected. That is, until Emmy finds a piece of evidence he can't afford to ignore. More murders are reported by the day--and they're all inexplicable. No motives, no murder weapons, no suspects. Could one person really be responsible for these unthinkable crimes? Read the #1 New York Times bestselling thriller Invisible, then continue the series with Unsolved. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787462441 • Author: James Patterson & David Ellis • Publisher: Vision • Format: Paperback • Pages: 416 • Dimensions: 19.37 x 10.8 x 2.86 x cm

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If you leave a door half-open, soon you'll hear the whispers spoken . . . Fifteen years ago, a serial killer known only as 'The Whisper Man' wreaked havoc on the sleepy village of Featherbank. But with the killer behind bars, the village is now a safe haven for Tom and his young son Jake to make a fresh start. Until another boy goes missing. It feels like history is repeating itself. Could the killer still be out there - and can Tom protect his son from becoming the next victim? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781405947084 • Author: Alex North • Publisher: Penguin Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 386 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.4cm

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The Delaney family love one another dearly - it's just that sometimes they want to murder each other . . . Joy Delaney and husband Stan have done well. Four wonderful grown-up children. A family business to envy. The golden years of retirement ahead of them. So when Joy Delaney vanishes - no note, no calls, her bike missing - it's natural that tongues will wag. How did Stan scratch his face? And who was the stranger who entered and suddenly left their lives? What are they all hiding? But for the Delaney children there is a much more terrifying question: did they ever know their parents at all? Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241396087 • Author: Liane Moriarty • Publisher: Michael Joseph • Format: Hardback • Pages: 496 • Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.3 x 24 cm

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Henry Pierce has a whole new life - new apartment, new telephone, new number. When he checks his machine, he discovers messages for a woman named Lilly, and she is in some kind of serious trouble. Pierce is inexorably drawn into Lilly's world, and it's unlike any world he's ever known. It is a night-time world of escort services, websites, sex and secret identities. Pierce tumbles through a hole, abandoning his orderly life in a frantic race to save the life of a woman he has never met. Pierce traces Lilly's last days, but every step into her past takes him deeper into a web of inescapable intricacy - and a decision that could cost him everything he owns and holds dear... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781398704220 • Author: Michael Connelly • Publisher: Orion • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.7 x 2.4 cm

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Laura has spent most of her life being judged. She''s seen as hot-tempered, troubled, a loner. Some even call her dangerous. Miriam knows that just because Laura is witnessed leaving the scene of a horrific murder with blood on her clothes, that doesn''t mean she''s a killer. Bitter experience has taught her how easy it is to get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Carla is reeling from the brutal murder of her nephew. She trusts no one: good people are capable of terrible deeds. But how far will she go to find peace? Innocent or guilty, everyone is damaged. Some are damaged enough to kill. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780857524447 • Author: Paula Hawkins • Publisher: Doubleday • Format: Hardback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.1 x 3 cm

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Two sisters. One mistake. A thousand consequences. Kate and Bec are sisters, but they could not be less alike. Bec lives the perfect life: perfect house, perfect husband, perfect children. That is, until she meets Ryan - ten years her junior, wild and exciting, his arrival makes her question everything. Her sister Kate's life is anything but perfect. Her modelling career ended suddenly over a decade ago; and since then she's lived a lonely existence. But when she meets tall, kind, funny Adam, things start to look up. Yet something doesn't quite add up, and as he avoids Kate's questions, she begins to wonder if he really is too good to be true . . . . But as tensions mount and secrets are revealed, which sister is about to make the wrong choice? And what if some mistakes just can't be put right? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781838773786 • Author: Katie McMahon • Publisher: Zaffre • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.2 cm

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London, 1960. The lives of teenage twins Maisy and Duncan change forever the night their mother is sent away. Sent to live in the New Forest with their cold-hearted grandmother, Mrs Mitcham, they feel unloved and abandoned. And when one day Duncan doesn't come home from exploring in the forest, no one - least of all his grandmother - appears to care about his disappearance. The police, who've found the bodies of other missing boys, offer little hope of finding Duncan alive. Yet Maisy refuses to give up. Though she doesn't know the woods well, she knows someone who does. The strange old woman who lives at their heart ... Dare Maisy enlist the help of the woman in the wood? And what will she find if she does? Product Information: •    ISBN: 9781405951418 •    Author: Lesley Pearse •    Publisher: Penguin •    Format: Paperback •    Pages: 416 •    Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.2 cm

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When a body is found in a hotel room, reporters are soon all over the case: it appears to be a missing LAPD narcotics detective, apparently gone to the bad. The rumours were that he had been selling a new drug called Black Ice that had been infiltrating Los Angeles from the Mexican cartel. The LAPD are quick to declare the death a suicide, but Harry Bosch is not so sure. There are odd mysteries and unexplained details from the crime scene which just don't add up. Soon Bosch is lead into a dangerous world of shifting identities, police politics and deadly corruption . . . Product Information: • ISBN: 9781398704244 • Author: Michael Connelly • Publisher: Orion • Format: Paperback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.5 x 2.5 cm

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Your daughter is missing. How far would you go to find her? When Jo's teenage daughter goes missing, she feels like the world is collapsing around her. The police believe Grace is just an angry teenager, punishing her parents by hiding out at a friend's house, but Jo is terrified that her daughter is in grave danger. With so little urgency from the police, Jo decides to take matters into her own hands. But, as Jo gets closer to discovering what has happened to her daughter, a devastating secret is uncovered that threatens to destroy the family she has been trying so very hard to protect... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529408652 • Author: Karen Cole • Publisher: Quercus • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm

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For years, rumors of the 'Marsh Girl' have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781472154668 • Author: Delia Owens • Publisher: Corsair • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.4cm

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Faith Finley has it all: she's a talented psychologist with a flourishing career, a bestselling author and the host of a popular local radio program, Someone's Listening, with Dr. Faith Finley. She's married to the perfect man, Liam Finley, a respected food critic. Until the night everything goes horribly wrong, and Faith's life is shattered forever. Liam is missing gone without a trace and the police are suspicious of everything Faith says. They either think she has something to hide, or that she's lost her mind. And then the notes begin to arrive. Notes that are ripped from Faith's own book, the one that helps victims leave their abusers. Notes like "Lock your windows. Consider investing in a steel door". As the threats escalate, the mystery behind Liam's disappearance intensifies. And Faith's very life will depend on finding answers Product Information: •    ISBN: 9781789096255 •    Author: Seraphina Nova Glass •    Publisher: Titan Books (UK) •    Format: Paperback •    Pages: 352 •    Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.1 x 2.7 cm

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Two women. A dying wish. And a web of lies that will bring their world crashing down... Nina and Marie were best friends-until Nina was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Before she died, Nina asked Marie to fulfill her final wishes. But her mistake was in thinking Marie was someone she could trust. What Nina didn't know was that Marie always wanted her beautiful life, and that Marie has an agenda of her own. She'll do anything to get what she wants. Marie thinks she can keep her promise to her friend's family on her own terms. But what she doesn't know is that Nina was hiding explosive secrets of her own... Product Information: ISBN: 9781472244321 Author: Karen Hamilton Publisher: Wildfire Format: Paperback Pages: 384 Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8cm

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Sean is at a shopping mall when Henry Alan Keen, scorned by a woman he's been dating, pulls out a gun and begins shooting everyone in sight. A former soldier, Sean rushes toward Keen and ends the slaughter with two well-placed shots becoming a hero with his face plastered across the news. But this new-found notoriety soon exposes him to the wrath of two men he thought he had left safely in his past. One blames Sean for his brother's death. The other wants to recover a treasure that Sean and his partner Molly stole from him. Both are deadly and relentless enemies, and Sean and Molly will need to draw on their strength and devotion to each other if they hope to elude them. Thus begins a cross-country chase that leads from Texas to Montana, from Tennessee to New York to Michigan, as the hunters and their prey grow ever closer. A wickedly clever and exhilarating thriller, The Good Killer offers a sophisticated, breathtaking look at the extremes people will reach for love, greed, and survival. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781838933760 • Author: Harry Dolan • Publisher: Head of Zeus • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.9 x 2.5 cm

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As DI Nicola Tanner investigates what appears to be a series of organised killings, her partner Susan is brutally murdered, leaving the detective bereft, and vengeful. Taken off the case, Tanner enlists the help of DI Tom Thorne to pursue a pair of ruthless killers and the broker handing out the deadly contracts. As the killers target their latest victim, Thorne takes the biggest risk of his career and is drawn into a horrifying and disturbing world in which families will do anything to protect their honour. Product Information: ISBN: 9780751566925 Author: Mark Billingham Publisher: Little Brown Format: Paperback Pages: 544 Dimensions: 19 x 12cm

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