Spider light, by Sarah Rayne [audiobook]. Read by Diana Bishop. [S.l].: Oakhill, 2005.
Like the previous book by this author, there are layers to this thriller.... It starts with Antonia Weston, who has come to the quiet town of Amberwood after a very public tragedy; Antonia's interest in local history turns out to precipitate a tragedy; and the unveiling of secrets inside a place. This is another stunning, multidimensional thriller, and is definitely worth a read.
Shut your eyes tight, by John Verdon [audiobook]. Read by Jeff Harding. Bath: AudioGO, [n.d.]
Dave Gurney gets a call from a former colleague; and can't ignore it. A bride's been killed in the middle of her wedding reception - the murderer's identity seems to be straightforward, but nobody can find him. The plot is fascinating. I have to admit that I find Gurney's wife entirely irritating throughout these books...
Blood games, by Faye Kellerman. London: HarperCollins, 2011.
This book was called Gun games in the US; which I found interesting. Peter and Rina Decker's foster son Gabe Whitman finds a girlfriend; sadly, the girlfriend's family would find non-Jewish, non-Persian Gabe unacceptable, so their meetings are clandestine. Meanwhile, Decker is investigating the murder of other teenagers. Plots intertwine very well, and this is probably the best in this series for a while.
Breaking point, by CJ Box. London: Head of Zeus, 2013.
The title makes explicit the theme of so many of CJ Box's thrillers - how far can you push an ordinary person before violence ensues? Of course, if you're in Wyoming with infinite access to weapons, it all becomes more deadly. A couple is threatened with extraordinary sanctions by the Environmental Protection Agency, and it all goes horribly wrong. This is, as ever, tightly plotted and character-heavy; and I was somewhat horrified to learn in the afternote that the most unbelievable elements of the plot actually happened.
Two evils, by PJ Tracy. London: Penguin, 2013.
Four Native American girls are kidnapped, and one is found in a car park with her throat cut. Two young immigrants from Sierra Leone are gunned down. Gino and Magozzi investigate, but as the victims escalate and everything becomes more incomprehensible, Monkeewrench are called in to protect their own. This is well up to the standard of the previous books; plot-wise, it runs alongside so many post-9/11 terrorist thrillers, but then we also have the characters we know... One exception though - there's a repeated reference to putting a jihad on someone; I'm pretty sure that's not correct on either side of the Atlantic and it should be a fatwa. Irritated me, anyway, and I couldn't find any evidence of usage!