The Reddening, by Adam LG Nevill (Ritual Limited, 2019)

Two sets of investigations into people lost along a remote stretch of Devon coast coincide. Once it settles down, this delivers in terms of cults, sacrifices, hippy rock stars gone feral, and some effective images. More Cthuloid than folk in its horror, and possibly offputtingly-overwritten; some ripe red glee to be had nevertheless.

My own books are here, if that’s your thing. Newest is noir thriller East of England.

Blue Moon, by Lee Child (Bantam Press, 2019)

Reacher, in helping an old man with a debt problem, sparks a gang war. A larger canvas than typical this time out, and perhaps more cinematic in scope. Plenty of positives for series fans and for admirers of Child’s prose style, though not an entry point for newbies Recommended, nevertheless, if this is your kinda thing.

My own books are here, if that’s your thing. Newest is noir thriller East of England.

The Night Fire, by Michael Connelly (Orion, 2019)

Ballard and Bosch investigate a cold case murder fule brought to Harry by the widow of his mentor. The 22nd in the sequence (also involving lawyer protagonist Mickey Haller) is a confident, detailed, and crisp yarn packed with the author’s customarily authoritative procedural detail and empathy for his leads. Recommended. 

My own books are here, if that’s your thing. Newest is noir thriller East of England.

Past Tense, by Lee Child (Bantam Press, 2018)

Jack Reacher investigates part of his family history; trouble ensues. The 23rd Reacher novel is business as usual, with writing as lean, muscular and efficient as its protagonist. The parallel narratives are well-handled, and even if the bad guys’ plan is easily-guessable, there’s plenty to enjoy. Series fans won’t be complaining.

My own books are here, if that’s your thing. Newest is noir thriller East of England.

 

The Institute, by Stephen King (Hodder & Stoughton, 2019)

A 12-year-old boy genius with latent telekinetic abilities is kidnapped and held at a secret research station. A knowing and occasionally satirical low-key novel; as usual, the ending is the issue, though there’s huge amounts of pleasure in this mix of folksy Americana, paranoid SF and character study. Fun for author fans.

My own books are here, if that’s your thing. Newest is noir thriller East of England.

The Exphoria Code, by Antony Johnston (Lightning Books, 2017)

A troubled MI6 hacker finds evidence of a spy inside a top-secret military coding project. Zippy high-tech thriller with lots to recommend it – not least its protagonist, who has series potential – even if the third act wobbles a bit in comparison to earlier aspects of the book. Well worth the read though.

My own books are here, if that’s your thing. Newest is noir thriller East of England.