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5.  OUT – NATSUO KIRINO (Naoki Prize Nominee 1997, Edgar Award Nominee for Best Novel 2004, Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Best Novel 1998, Award for Best Mystery Novel of the Year 1998)

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Natsuo Kirino’s novel tells a story of random violence in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works a night shift making boxed lunches brutally strangles her deadbeat husband and then seeks the help of her co-workers to dispose of the body and cover up her crime.

The ringleader of this cover-up, Masako Katori, emerges as the emotional heart of our and as one of the shrewdest, most clear-eyed creations in recent fiction. Masako’s search for a way out of the straitjacket of a dead-end life leads her, too, to take drastic action.

The complex yet riveting narrative seamlessly combines a convincing glimpse into the grimy world of Japan’s yakuza with a brilliant portrayal of the psychology of a violent crime and the ensuing game of cat-and-mouse between seasoned detectives and a group of determined but inexperienced criminals. Kirino has mastered a Thelma and Louise kind of graveyard humour that illuminates her stunning evocation of the pressure and prejudices that drive women to extreme deeds and the friendship that bolsters them in the aftermath.

4. SHARP OBJECTS – GILLIAN FLYNN (Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel 2007, CWA New Blood Dagger 2007, Edgar Award Nominee for Best First Novel 2007, CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2007)

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Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the unsolved murder of a preteen girl and the disappearance of another. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims-a bit too strongly. Dogged by her demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her past if she wants to get the story and survive this homecoming.




3. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN – PAULA HAWKINS (ITW Thriller Award Nominee for Best Hardcover Novel 2016, Audie Award Nominee for International Book 2016, Goodreads Choice Award for Best Mystery and Thriller 2015, Waterstones Book of the Year Nominee 2015, Woman & Home Reader’s Choice Award for Best Thriller of The Year 2016)

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Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. They’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train.





2. THE SILENT PATIENT – ALEX MICHAELIDES (Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel 2020, Goodreads Choice Award for Best Mystery and Thriller and Nominee for Debut Novel 2019, Book of the Month Book of the Year Award Nominee 2019)

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Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer. She lives in a grand house with big windows. Overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. the price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down. A twisting path into his motivations-a search for the truth that threatens to consume him.

1. GONE GIRL – GILLIAN FLYNN (Barry Award Nominee for Best Novel 2013 and Best Novel of the Decade. 2020, Anthony Award Nominee for Best Novel 2013. Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Suspense/Thriller Novel 2012. Shirley Jackson Award Nominee for Novel 2012. Edgar Award Nominee for Best Novel 2013. Puddly Award for Fiction 2013. Women’s Prize for Fiction Nominee for Longlist 2013, Grand Prix des lectrices de Elle for Roman policier 2013. Goodreads Choice Award for Mystery & Thriller and Nominee for Goodreads Author 2012 and Nominee for Best of the Best 2018)

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Who are you?

What have we done to each other?

These are the questions. Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him and that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.






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