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July’s hottest new releases 2016

Whether you’re heading off somewhere sunny for your holidays or staying home in the not-so-sunny UK, we can’t think of anything that can’t be improved with a good book!

We have a really brilliant round up of all the cracking crime out this month for all of you, including new books from Karin Slaughter, Liane Moriarty and Stuart Neville, and the hotly anticipated second book from one of our favourite authors of 2015, Clare Mackintosh. So sit back, relax, and pick your favourites – we’d love to hear about them.

July new releases

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena – 14th July
Shari Lapena’s debut is a twisty and devilishly clever domestic thriller, making this author one to watch in the future. You’ll constantly feel like you’re one step behind – nothing feels certain and we were constantly taken by surprise. A cracking read that will keep you guessing right up to the final page. Find out more are Shari’s inspiration for the book here.

Blood Wedding by Pierre Lemaitre – 7th July
When nanny Sophie Duguet begins to lose her memory, it’s over simple things like lost mail and where she parked her car. However, things soon take a sinister turn when people around her begin to die and Sophie must flee, feeling paranoid, scared and guilty about what she may have done. There’s no one quite like Pierre Lemaitre – and Blood Wedding does not disappoint.

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty – 28th July
From the author of The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies comes Truly Madly Guilty – a domestic thriller with more than a little bite. It looks at the aftermath of a destructive moment involving three groups of friends with seemingly normal lives, weaving together different storylines while permeating everything with a claustrophobic feeling of dread. This is one book you won’t want to put down.

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I See You by Clare Mackintosh – 28th July
I See You is the hotly anticipated second book from author Clare Mackintosh, whose debut I Let You Go gained massive recognition last year, and it more than lives up to expectations. This book is terrifying in its premise, and full of breathtaking, shocking moments that make you race through it in one thrilling, adrenaline-soaked sitting.

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter – 14th July
Will Trent is back, and in Karin Slaughter’s newest addition to the series we get a deeper insight into the mind and motives of Angie Polaski Trent – the woman who we can all agree we just love to hate. Slaughter is in her element writing Angie and it shows. Suspenseful and twisty, we think this may be her best novel to date.

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent – 14th July
Liz Nugent kicks off her dark, twisted thriller with a chilling quote that we won’t be forgetting any time soon: “My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it”. If you loved Nugent’s previous offering Unravelling Oliver, you won’t want to miss this wickedly clever and addictive new novel.

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Broken Heart by Tim Weaver – 28th July
In Tim Weaver’s new David Raker thriller, Raker finds himself involved in a missing persons search for a recently widowed woman who left her entire life behind after seemingly discovering a dark secret in her late husband’s belongings. Raker must find her, while trying to discover the secret dark enough to make her run. Here at Dead Good, we’re big fans of Weaver’s books – and they just keep getting better and better.

Blackout by Ragnar Jonasson – 15th July
From the author of Snowblind and Nightblind comes the new Scandi crime novel Blackout. Ragnar Jonasson ingeniously introduces darkness into the perpetual light of the Arctic summer using an ash cloud from a nearby volcanic eruption, mirroring the toxic and explosive nature of the events within the novel. With brilliantly crafted characters and an engaging plot, we enjoyed every minute of this novel.

So Say The Fallen by Stewart Neville – 7th July
DCI Serena Flanagan is back and dealing with the aftermath of her last case, detailed in Those We Left Behind, when a new case is thrust into her hands. It first appears to be an open-and-shut case of suicide – however, things soon escalate and Flanagan finds herself caught up once again in a case that could destroy everything she holds dear.

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A Climate of Fear by Fred Vargas – 14th July
From the four-time winner of the CWA International Dagger comes a new Inspector Adamsberg novel. A woman is found murdered in her bathtub, the victim of an apparent suicide until a mysterious symbol is found by her body, connecting it to another apparent suicide and a disastrous expedition to Iceland that ended in the deaths of two people.

When the Music’s Over by Peter Robinson – 14th July
If you’re yet to discover the writing of Peter Robinson, we urge you to do so immediately. When the Music’s Over sees DCI Banks investigating the cases of two different women – one attacked, the other murdered. Rife with nostalgia, intrigue and tension, we can’t recommend this book enough.

The Beauty of the End by Debbie Howells – 14th July
Debbie Howells, bestselling author of The Bones of You, showcases the superb control she has in her writing in this twisting tale of a man on a mission to discover the innocence of his past love. Weaving together a tale of both past and present in a single narrative, Howells’ skills as a writer are at the forefront of this novel, making it a fantastic read.

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Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant – 28th July
Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, Lie With Me is a deliciously twisted psychological thriller, giving us an insight into the mind of Paul Morris – a self-obsessed man who uses his relationships with the people around him to serve himself. As his looks and charm fade, we see his life of lies begin to crumble and watch his fight to keep it together.

Bullseye by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge – 28th July
Bullseye is a high stakes action thriller told in Patterson’s exciting and addictive signature style. Fans of Patterson and new readers alike will love the unrelenting pace and high tension storyline in the newest instalment of Michael Bennett’s story.

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott – 28th July
Megan Abbott, the author of the fantastic Dare Me, has delivered another show stopping thriller with You Will Know Me. Tackling high-pressure mother-daughter relationships and jealousy, Abbott weaves her tale of tension and intrigue with the same cold feeling of dread that permeates her other novels. A highly recommended read.

The Pick of the Paperbacks

These beauties have already hit the shelves in hardback and are newly available in paperback this month.

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Which new releases are you desperate to read? Let us know in the comments below!


    I see you, lying in wait and the beauty of the end are my top three but there are several others such as the kept woman and broken heart that are close runners up.

    I’m really looking forward to reading Karin Slaughter’s The Kept Woman. I love Will Trent!

    I have read the James Oswald Inspector McLean series from books 1-5 so looking forward to reading the latest title.

    The stories get a bit far fetched sometimes but always a good read with well integrated characters that you quickly get involved with


    I have been looking through all the books that are due out in July, I cannot wait to read some of these, they are just coming in time for the holidays, you can’t beat a goo read on holiday.

    I See You by Clare Macintosh – because her debut, I Let You Go, was one of the best surprises of last year. Megan Abbott is also on my “wanted” list.

    So many wonderful titles, it’s hard to choose but I think my most wanted read would be I See You and The Couple Next Door. They both have so many good reviews already!

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