In 1972, on Mudas Summers' seventeenth birthday, her beloved Mama, Ella, is found hanging from the rafters of their home. Most people in Peckinpaw, Kentucky, assume that Ella's no-good husband did the deed. Others think Ella grew tired of his abuse and did it herself. Muddy is determined to find out for sure either way, especially once she finds strange papers hidden amongst her mama's possessions. But Peckinpaw keeps its secrets buried deep. Muddy's almost-more-than-friend, Bobby Marshall, knows that better than most. Though he passes for white, one of his ancestors was Frannie Crow, a slave hanged a century ago on nearby Hark Hill Plantation. Adorning the town square is a seat built from Frannie's gallows. A tribute, a relic--and a caution--it's known as Liar's Bench. Now, the answers Muddy seeks soon lead back to Hark Hill, to hatred and corruption that have echoed through the years--and lies she must be brave enough to confront at last. Kim Michele Richardson's lush, beautifully written debut is set against a Southern backdrop passing uneasily from bigotry and brutality to hope. With its compelling mystery and complex yet relatable heroine, Liar's Bench is a story of first love, raw courage, and truths that won't be denied.
In a “sexy, suspenseful read,” #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts delivers “a slow-burning fuse of a plot that ultimately explodes in a nail-biting conclusion.”* Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions… The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn’t just dead. He never really existed. Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows—and threatens Griff, as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning... *Booklist (starred review)
All of us want to be happy; it's a given. We all set out in search of it. Some of us find it, and others are diverted by the responsibilities of life, placated by its possessions or simply disillusioned by its tragedies, but we all have an internal dialogue that can be brutally honest with us when needed, and then whether or not we listen to it can determine whether we adjust course and find what we are looking for ... or lose our way completely. Sarah Chadwick is a single parent and an English teacher in a deprived, inner-city area. Her pursuit of happiness has been shelved for so long by her heavy responsibilities at home and at work that it has ceased to seem important. She has become a tick box robot. Despite thinking she is an optimist, she is worn out and old before her time, burned out from caring for others. Her internal dialogue is trying to gain her commitment to change before she goes under altogether. Rick Masters, movie star, has all of the things most people on the planet are busy chasing. He is isolated by them; these things have cost him happiness, which he doesn't really believe exists any longer; he doesn't trust others who say it does exist. His internal dialogue is driven by such pessimistic disenchantment that he has a growing drinking problem just to get some peace. This is the story of what happens when these two lives cross unexpectedly, and what results is only part farce. It is also part tragedy because neither has any insight or understanding into the world of the other. Three days will tell whether either of them have the courage to change, abandon their pasts, and embrace a new future.
From USA Today bestselling author Megg Jensen... Sleepers: An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she's filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can't calm the fires raging inside her. Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she's always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due to rumors surrounding the queen's alleged affair, who will Lianne protect and who will she destroy? Afterlife: The fire inside Lianne threatened to consume her, but she fought back and won. Unfortunately the collateral damage of her decisions won't stop haunting her. She embarks on a secret trip to find Mags and return her son, but her search leads her into another nest of lies. Everyone's safety is in Lianne's hands as the Malborn, an enemy more fearsome than her own people, looms over them. Will Lianne be able to unravel the secrets in time to save the ones she loves the most? Or will her lack of faith in her own decisions lead to disaster? The Sundering: After defeating the Malborn and losing the person she loved most, Lianne escapes to Chase's homeland. With her appearance forever marked by death, Lianne feels like a monster both on the outside and the inside. She retreats into herself, fearful of what she's become. But she can't hide forever. The Malborn, damaged but not broken, send a deadly message to Lianne. They are coming for her and now she's brought danger to a peaceful land that believed they'd driven the Malborn from their shores forever. Lianne must force herself to trust again and make the ultimate sacrifice to save everyone she loves. In a world ruled by whoever harnesses the most powerful magic, no one can be trusted – no one is safe.
Fake it until you make it. That was the mantra Cori Dash chanted as she chased a big city dream. The more you tell people you’re on top of the world, the more they believe it – just like they believed the embellished image she sold them with her knock off designer facade. It wasn’t lying if the truth stood somewhere in the middle – and she didn’t get caught. Dominic Blackthorne owned half of that big city…and a reputation. Rather than dispel rumors or show the world the real Nick, he let his own fake image run free. Until Cori Dash – the only person who told him exactly how it was, even if it stung. When Cori is faced with her ex-fiance, now engaged to her ex-best friend, it’s game on. In her boldest move yet, she concocts her biggest lie to date by introducing the first handsome stranger that walks by as her new fiancé. Happy to play the part, Nick is already planning the fake wedding of her dreams. You know what they say about lying – the truth always comes out – and it hurts. Especially when Cori finds out she isn’t the biggest Liar in this game, and she’s been out played.
A shattering account of war and disillusionment from a young woman reporter on the front lines of the war on terror. A few weeks after the planes crashed into the World Trade Center, journalist Megan K. Stack was thrust into Afghanistan and Pakistan, dodging gunmen, prodding warlords for information, and witnessing the changes sweeping the Muslim world. Every Man in This Village Is a Liar is her riveting story of what she saw in the combat zones and beyond. She relates her initial wild excitement and slow disillusionment as the cost of violence outweighs the promise of democracy; she records the raw pain of suicide bombings in Israel and Iraq; and, one by one, she marks the deaths and disappearances of those she interviews.
Can true love prevail over seven long years apart? Wild and youthful Tracy Kuger seduces her father’s band mate Leif Johnston into a whirlwind affair. But when her controlling family finds out, they pull the lovers apart and whisk Tracy away to Switzerland, never to see Leif again. That is, until seven years later, when a sudden tragedy forces them back into each other’s lives. Is it possible for the past to stay buried? This ebook features an illustrated biography of Heather Graham including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
An absolutely gripping thriller with a fantastic twist
Author: Carla Kovach
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I am completely hooked on this series. I read this in a single sitting, unable to put it down.’ Netgalley Reviewer Samantha stumbled out of the party and onto a busy street only ten minutes away from her home. But she never made it home… Seven years after Samantha’s disappearance, on what would have been her thirty-fifth birthday, her best friend Diane is shocked to find a letter addressed to Samantha on her doorstep. Opening the envelope, Diane pulls out a birthday card and a finger nail painted in dusky pink nail polish. The same shade Samantha always wore. The same shade she was wearing the night she went missing. When police analyse the nail, they don’t get the result they expected. Instead of linking them to Samantha, the nail belongs to another woman, Jade Ashmore. And Jade was murdered the night before the envelope was delivered…. THE COMPLETELY ADDICTIVE NEW CRIME THRILLER FROM BEST SELLING AUTHOR CARLA KOVACH – if you love Lisa Gardner, Robert Bryndza or Clare Mackintosh, you’ll love The Liar’s House. Gripping from the first page – you won’t be able to put it down. What readers are saying about The Liar’s House: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Wow!... Absolutely amazing!.. An incredibly clever and gripping story. I was hooked from the first page.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Fantastic. Five stars from me.’ Netgalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Very hard to put down. I give this book five stars just because I loved it.’ Netgalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Wow! What a great read!! This was full of so many twists and turns… The Liar’s House was a wonderful rollercoaster ride full of thrills and a surprise ending I didn’t see coming. This book touched every possible emotion. Can’t recommend enough!’ Netgalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Carla has done it again. She’s written another riveting instalment in what is one of my favourite police series.’ Emma’s Biblio Treasures ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘The Liar’s House is a fabulous crime thriller that kept me turning those pages well into the early hours… Brilliant novel. I loved it and would definitely recommend.’ Netgalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I really enjoyed this book, in fact I read it way too fast! Fast-paced and gripping… Read it! You won’t be disappointed.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘If you have never read this series, you, my friend, are missing out… I love how the author makes you feel as if you are there in each page as the story unfolds… Addictive British crime fiction.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘What an amazing thriller! Absolutely loved the storyline and the heroes. The writer spins a beautiful tale and draws you in slowly but surely.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I didn’t get much else done from the time I first picked it up, till the last page was read… one hell of a series.’ Nigel Adams Bookworm ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This series just keeps getting better… Another fantastic read in a gripping and addictive series. An easy five stars and so highly recommended.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Engaging suspenseful plot with clever twists and turns and an ending that I never guessed.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This was the type of book that sucks you in from the beginning.... Definitely a must-read if you love thrillers.’ Goodreads reviewer
Don’t trust the Liar. Do not cross the King. Never, ever go in the River. In Red Valley, California, you follow the rules if you want to stay alive. But they won’t be enough to protect Sadie now that she’s become the Liar, the keeper of the town’s many secrets. Friendships are hard-won here, and it isn’t safe to make enemies. And though the Liar has power—power to remake the world, with just a little blood—what Sadie really needs is answers: Why is the town’s sheriff after her? What does the King want from her? And what is the real purpose of the Liar of Red Valley?
I was normal. Completely normal. Apart from the fact that I haven't spoken for seven years, and that I'm obsessed with solving crimes I find in newspapers. So there I was, minding my own business and leading my perfectly “normal" life, when the leader of a youth gang decided to break into my house, steal my salad and, oh yeah, kidnap me. Great! Just great! ******* WINNER OF THE “MOST CREATIVE PLOT AWARD” AT THE 2013 SKOW AWARDS *******
Everyone Lies. Nobody can lie to Amelia Landau, she hears the truth despite their best efforts. When she hears a man confess to the murder of a child, she knows he is lying and must do something to catch the real killer. Convincing Detective Leo Michaels to take up the case, together they are thrust into a shady world of drugs, murder, and endless lies. Can they catch the real killer before their time is up? Find out in this thriller where the truth is hard to come by
Rodrick is a con man as charming as he is cunning. Hrym is a talking sword of magical ice, with the soul and spells of an ancient dragon. Together, the two travel the world, parting the gullible from their gold and freezing their enemies in their tracks. But when the two get summoned to the mysterious island of Jalmeray by a king with genies and elementals at his command, they'll need all their wits and charm if they're going to escape with the greatest prize of all-their lives. From Hugo Award winner Tim Pratt comes a tale of magic, assassination, monsters, and cheerful larceny, in Pathfinder Tales: Liar's Island, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Another gripping serial killer thriller from the bestselling author
Author: Sarah Flint
Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd
From the bestselling author of Mummy's Favourite and The Trophy Taker. DC 'Charlie' Stafford returns with a superb new, brutally gripping serial killer thriller, where the hunter becomes the hunted. Perfect for the fans of Angela Marsons. A faithful dog lies wounded beside the mutilated body of its owner. A woman is discovered bound and gagged, dead in her own bed. Both are police officers. Both have a red rose at their side... worryingly more will follow... Lies and accusations abound but who is behind the murders and why are the victims being targeted? Charlie, Hunter and the team must find the killer targeting their own before another body is found.
From its beginnings, philosophy's language, concepts and imaginative growth have been heavily influenced by poetry and poets. Drawing on the work of a wide range of thinkers throughout the history of Western philosophy, Raymond Barfield explores the pervasiveness of poetry's impact on philosophy and, conversely, how philosophy has sometimes resisted or denied poetry's influence. Although some thinkers, like Giambatista Vico and Nietzsche, praised the wisdom of poets, and saw poetry and philosophy as mutually beneficial pursuits, others resented, diminished or eliminated the importance of poetry in philosophy. Beginning with the famous passage in Plato's Republic in which Socrates exiles the poets from the city, this book traces the history of the ancient quarrel between philosophy and poetry through the works of thinkers in the Western tradition ranging from Plato to the work of the contemporary thinker Mikhail Bakhtin.
When you move somewhere new, you get to be someone new. I was ready. Sixth-grader Kammie Summers’s plan to be one of the popular girls at school hasn’t gone the way she hoped. She’s fallen into a well during a (fake) initiation into the Girls’ club. Now she’s trapped in the dark, counting the hours, hoping to be rescued. (The Girls have gone for help, haven’t they?) As the hours go by, Kammie’s real-life trouble mixes with memories of the best and worst moments of her life so far, including the awful reasons her family moved to this new town in the first place. And as she begins to feel hungry and thirsty and dizzy, Kammie discovers she does have visitors, including a French-speaking coyote and goats that just might be zombies. But they can’t get her out of the well. (Those Girls are coming back, aren’t they?) “Moving, suspenseful, and impossible to put down.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review “Darkly humorous . . . Honest and forthcoming.” —The New York Times Book Review “I dare you to pick up this riveting novel without reading straight through to its heart-stopping conclusion.” —Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal–winning author of The One and Only Ivan
“Schulman crafts a piercing investigation into desire, mores, and the law.”—Publishers Weekly “An important work of American literature. That this is probably not how the book will be handled, reviewed, shelved, sold and read makes the novel all the more necessary and true.”—Lambda Book Report “Sarah Schulman is one our most articulate observers.”—The Advocate “In true Schulman form, the book has a gleaming intelligence and chilled anger. It’s beautifully blunt and plainspoken.”—L.A. Weekly “A thought-provoking story on a controversial subject. . . . To her credit, Schulman forces the reader to question common societal assumptions.”—Library Journal The Child, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, is the eleventh and perhaps most controversial book by acclaimed lesbian writer Sarah Schulman, available for the first time in paperback. This novel explores the parameters of queer teen sexuality against a backdrop of hysteria and sanctioned homophobia, based on the 1997 sexual assault and murder of an eleven-year-old boy by a fifteen-year-old. Stew is a lonely teen who discovers love on an adult website. But when his older boyfriend is arrested in an Internet pedophilia sting, his proclivities are revealed to his family and friends, to his horror. Devastated by these revelations and left to fend for himself, he ends up committing murder. Brazen and daring in its themes, The Child is a powerful indictment of sex panic in America, and a plaintive meditation on isolation and desire.
THE TOP-TEN BESTSELLER! 'Thought-provoking and clever' Gilly Macmillan 'A tense and moving story that I will remember for a long time' Rachel Abbott 'This tense psychological thriller focuses relentlessly on the way its characters cope as stress piles up and the mess deepens' Sunday Times 'Thought-provoking' Woman & Home 'I raced through it. A compelling, emotional read' Jenny Quintana 'Dark, intelligent, suspenseful' Saskia Sarginson The accused While Nick Dean is enjoying an evening at home with his family, he is blissfully unaware that one of his pupils has just placed an allegation of abuse against him - and that Nick's imminent arrest will see the start of everything he knows and loves disintegrating around him. Because, mud sticks, right? No matter if you're innocent or guilty. The accuser When Angela Furness decides that enough is enough - she hates her parents, hates her friends and, most of all, despises what has recently happened at school - she does the only thing she knows will get her attention: calls the police. But Angela is unaware that the shocking story she is about to tell will see her life begin to topple. Because, once you've said what you've said, there's no way back, right? No matter if you're innocent or guilty. Richard and Judy and international bestselling author of The Guilty One returns with a nail-biting ride of 'he said/she said' between a teacher and his pupil. A gripping tale of two families torn apart by one catastrophic betrayal, illustrating the fine line between guilt and innocence. *PRE-ORDER LISA BALLANTYNE'S NEW NOVEL, ONCE UPON A LIE, NOW* Praise for Lisa Ballantyne: 'One of the most readable, emotionally intense novels of the year' Richard and Judy 'Moving, insightful' Guardian 'Thought-provoking, brave and challenging, this book is an unsettling and compulsive read' Rosamund Lupton 'Grips like a vice' Daily Mail 'Sophisticated, suspenseful, unsettling' Lee Child 'A page-turner with real emotional depth' Daily Express 'I couldn't get this book out of my head. It kept me up all night and guessing the whole way through. I loved it' Jenny Colgan 'An outstanding work of fiction' Daily Record 'Dark, intelligent, suspenseful' Saskia Sarginson 'Tense, unsettling' Morning Star