This year seems to be flying by, but if you ask us there’s always time to browse the latest crime thriller releases – and we promise you won’t be disappointed with the new novels hitting the shelves this month.
From a new Harry Hole thriller by Jo Nesbo to Linwood Barclay’s fourth and final Promise Falls book, April is jam-packed with goodies whatever your taste. We’re already kicking back with mountains of Easter chocolate and our ever-growing ‘to read’ pile. What could be better?!
The best books out in April:
The Thirst by Jo Nesbo – 20 April
2017 is the year of Harry Hole – and what better way to prepare yourself for the film we’ve all been waiting for than a brand new novel featuring our hero from the Oslo police force? The Thirst sees Harry putting everything on the line to catch a particularly vicious killer who’s targeting online daters. It’s pacy, gritty and compelling – and one you definitely won’t want to miss.
Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton – 20 April
Here at Dead Good, we’re huge fans of Sharon Bolton – so we’re beyond excited for the publication of her tense, addictive new book. Packed with twists and turns you’ll never see coming, Dead Woman Walking will grab you and refuse to let go. A truly brilliant novel that we can’t recommend enough. Find out more about Sharon’s inspiration for the book here.
Die Last by Tony Parsons – 6 April
DC Max Wolfe is back this month in Die Last, the latest gripping page turner in Tony Parson’s bestselling crime series. The story sees Max investigating a missing persons case that takes him deep into the world of human smuggling, mass migration and 21st century slave markets. Gritty and haunting with compelling, immediate writing, you won’t be able to put it down.
A Traitor in the Family by Nicholas Searle – 6 April
If you loved Nicholas Searle’s bestselling debut The Good Liar then make sure you look out for his second thriller, A Traitor in the Family, which hits the shelves this month. The book tells the story of a terrorist brought down by the desires of others and confirms Nicholas’ position as the heir to John le Carré. Read the first chapter here.
A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride – 20 April
DC Callum MacGregor is usually lumbered with all the boring, go-nowhere cases – until he uncovers links between an ancient mummy and three missing young men and life suddenly starts to get a lot more interesting. This new standalone by Stuart MacBride is guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat, desperate to find out what happens next.
The Killer on the Wall by Emma Kavanagh – 20 April
Former police and military psychologist Emma Kavanagh treats us to a new psychological thriller this month with The Killer on the Wall – a dark, complex tale with a chilling premise that provides fascinating, authentic insights into the mind of a serial killer. This is a fantastic small town mystery
A Mask of Shadows by Oscar de Muriel – 6 April
A Mask of Shadows is the third novel in Oscar de Muriel’s brilliant Edinburgh-based crime series featuring detective duo Frey and McGray. Oscar blends mystery and history together with a touch of the supernatural to create clever books that are truly unique and packed with dark humour.
The Owl Always Hunts At Night by Samuel Bjork – 20 April
We can’t wait to get our hands on the second dark and twisted Norwegian crime novel from Samuel Bjork, author of Richard and Judy book club pick I’m Travelling Alone. It’s a hugely suspenseful psychological thriller and a cracking whodunnit. Munch and Krüger are quickly becoming one of our favourite new detective duos, and we’re excited to see what’s in store for them next.
He Said / She Said by Erin Kelly – 20 April
Erin Kelly’s highly anticipated new novel is as twisty and tense as they come. Well written, thought-provoking and clever, this story of an alleged rape is full of shocking revelations that will leave you open-mouthed. It’s one psychological thriller that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.
Parting Shot by Linwood Barclay – 20 April
Parting Shot, the fourth and final Promise Falls novel, is a gripping thriller packed with scandal. Cal Weaver finds himself caught up in a cold-blooded revenge plot when a young girl is killed by a drunk driver. Unsatisfied by the easy sentence the driver receives, someone in the community seems intent on taking the law into their own hands…
The Restless Dead by Simon Beckett – 6 April
It’s been five years since we raced through Simon’s last Dr David Hunter novel, so we’re beyond excited for the return of the forensics expert in this tense, claustrophobic page turner of a thriller. If you’re yet to discover the series, this book is a great place to start. Prepare to lose yourself in the creepy, atmospheric setting and engrossing plot.
Don’t Let Go by Michel Bussi – 27 April
From the bestselling author of After the Crash and Black Water Lilies comes the fantastic new thriller Don’t Let Go. The plot is complex, the characters are well drawn and when you think you’ve found the answer, Bussi will throw another curveball your way. We can’t wait for it to hit the shelves later this month.
The pick of the paperbacks
These beauties have already hit the shelves in hardback and are newly available in paperback this month.
Which books are you excited to get your hands on? Let us know in the comments below!