Lullaby by Leïla Slimani
Written by French-Moroccan author Leïla Slimani – and translated from French by Sam Taylor – this award-winning novel was one of the most successful books of 2018. When Myriam, a lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect caretaker for their two young children. They never dreamt they would find Louise: a quiet, polite and devoted woman who sings to their children, cleans the family’s chic apartment in Paris’s upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint and is able to host enviable birthday parties. The couple and nanny become more dependent on each other. But as jealousy, resentment and suspicions increase, Myriam and Paul’s idyllic tableau is shattered.
Murder Is Easy by Agatha Christie
We couldn’t miss out the queen of murder mysteries from this list. Murder Is Easy is one of Agatha Christie’s finest. Luke Fitzwilliam can’t believe Miss Pinkerton’s wild allegation that a multiple murderer was at work in the quiet English village of Wychwood, or her speculation that the local doctor was next in line. But, within hours, Miss Pinkerton has been killed in a hit-and-run car accident. Mere coincidence? Luke is inclined to think so, until he reads in The Times of Dr Humbleby’s unexpected demise…
My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams
This is the true story of Anna Delvey, the fake heiress whose dizzying deceit and elaborate con-artistry deceived the Soho hipster scene before her ruse was dramatically exposed. After meeting through mutual friends, ‘Russian heiress’ Anna and Rachel DeLoache Williams soon become inseparable. Theirs is an intoxicating world of endless excess: fine dining, personal trainer sessions, luxury holidays... with Anna footing almost every bill. But when Anna’s debit card is declined in a Moroccan medina, Rachel begins to suspect her increasingly mysterious friend is not all she seems.
Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle
Read by Stephen Fry, this collection won Audible’s 2017 Members’ Choice Award. Since he first appeared in A Study In Scarlet in the 1880s, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled millions of fans around the world, including Fry. Here, the comedian narrates the complete works of Holmes – four novels and five collections of short stories. Exclusively for Audible, Fry has also written and narrated insightful, intimate and deeply personal introductions to each title.
The Apartment by KL Slater
When Freya Miller is struck by tragedy, losing her husband and her home within a short time, she is burdened with many worries. The main one being where she and her five-year-old daughter Skye are going to live. A chance meeting with the charismatic Dr Marsden changes all that. He offers the young mother the most amazing opportunity: an apartment at one of London’s most exclusive addresses for a fraction of the market rental cost. It’s an offer Freya can’t refuse. Within a couple of weeks, Freya and Skye have moved into Adder House and met the other residents, very quickly feeling part of the family. But just when Freya believes all her problems are history, a series of strange, unexplained occurrences begin, leaving Freya with the unshakeable feeling that, even when their apartment door is securely locked, she and her daughter are not alone.
The Institute by Stephen King
In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. Outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents – telekinesis and telepathy – who got to this place the same way Luke did. In this most sinister of establishments, the director Mrs Sigsby and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more desperate to get out and get help, but no one has ever escaped from The Institute.
The Night Manager by John Le Carré
Relentless, gritty and full of unexpected twists, The Night Manager is John le Carré’s 14th novel, and it’s every bit as enthralling as earlier works like the bestselling The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. The night manager is Jonathan, a veteran of clandestine operations. In flight from a failed marriage and his own past, he has taken refuge in the luxury hotel trade, but finds no escape from his demons. Driven by a desire for atonement and by an inherited patriotism, Jonathan allows himself to be recruited as a British secret agent with a mission to expose the murderer of the woman he himself betrayed. His odyssey takes him across Britain and Canada to the Caribbean and the jungles of Panama – though the most treacherous jungles of all are in Whitehall and Washington.
The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney
The Perfect Wife opens with a woman awaking from a coma. She has no real recollection of what has happened to her. It’s a pretty horrifying opening, but what is to come is far worse. Abbie has not actually woken up from a coma; she has been made. She is a ‘cobot’ – a companion robot. Her creator is Tim Scott, a visionary tech guru and founder of Scott Robotics. She has been made to exactly resemble his wife, the real Abbie Cullen-Scott, who mysteriously disappeared. As she discovers more about her old ‘life’, she decides to find out what really happened to Abbie.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller built around a woman’s act of violence against her husband – and of the man obsessed with uncovering her motive. Famous artist Alicia Berenson shoots her husband in the head five times and then never speaks again. Five years later, forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber must find a way to get Alicia to talk if he wants to treat her. Only then can he unravel the shocking events of that tragic night five years before. Absolutely gripping.
The Stolen Girls by Patricia Gibney
One Monday morning, the body of a young pregnant woman is found. The same day, a mother and her son visit the house of detective Lottie Parker, begging for help to find a lost friend. Could this be the same girl? When a second victim is discovered by the same man, with the murder bearing all the same hallmarks as the first, Lottie needs to work fast to discover how else the two are linked. Then two more girls go missing. Detective Parker is a woman on the edge, haunted by her tragic past and struggling to keep her family together through difficult times. Can she fight her own demons and catch the killer before he claims another victim? A gripping thriller that will leave you breathless.
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult’s poignant number-one New York Times bestselling novels about family and love have always tackled hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favour she never could have imagined – to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?
The Stranger’s Wife by Anna-Lou Weatherly
This is a story about two very different women. One is wealthy and having an affair with a man who gives her the kind of love that her cold, detached husband does not. One is living hand to mouth, suffering at the hands of a violent partner who would rather see her dead than leave him. You may think you know how their lives will unfold: Beth will live happily ever after with her little girl and her soulmate; Cath will go back to her abusive husband – and these two women will never cross paths. But on the 3:15pm train from London to Bristol, Beth and Cath are about to meet and discover they share one shocking thing in common. A clever, engrossing and absolutely enthralling listen about what really lies beneath the surface of a marriage.
The Woman In The Window by AJ Finn
It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside. Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers. But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?
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