I'm a professional reader
I read so that you don't have to
I can read for you and your colleagues
I can make you look smart
And I can throw your life into disarray
Paul is a professional reader, struggling in a world that snubs literature. His luck seems about to change when Stanley, a rich Wall Street analyst, hires Paul to read for him and his girlfriend, Stella.
Paul is promised success, wealth, and the overpowering hope of getting his estranged wife back.
But as he enters this life where deception and misery lurk beneath the gilded surface, and where things are never what they seem, he realizes that Stanley's gifts require moral compromises.
"A fascinating character study and thoughtfully-paced literary tale."
"A slow-paced, slow-cooking feast for the senses, a fascinating literary alchemy prepared by an undoubtedly thoughtful and meticulous storyteller."
"With masterful construction, this is literary fiction at its best."
A missing teenage boy. Three friends who know what happened. A secret they swear never to tell. Until the secret comes back to haunt them... thirty years later.
Jack, Matt, Cassie, and Lisa are four friends growing up on "The Edge", a cul-de-sac in the 80s. The alpha male, the lucky one, the goody-two shoes, and the glamorous hottie that all the boys want. On the outside, they seem to have it all. Yet inside, the teens are shattered in pieces. It is their unbreakable friendship with each other that prevents them from falling apart. Until the one night when tragedy is set forth into motion by their actions, leaving one of the four dead... and missing. The remaining three swear to never speak of that night again... or to each other. They go their separate ways, hoping to bury their mistakes and the past.
Thirty years later, one of the friends gets an ominous message. Someone is digging into their past and threatening to expose their secret. Who is it and what do they really want? Is their secret the only thing that isn't safe, or are their lives in danger, too?
At six o'clock sharp the big train left the station but a big whistle did not blow. It was, after all, just another journey on the gurney and no one ever called out, "All Aboard!". By half-past six the execution had gone off without a hitch and that Texas convict, tucked sweet beneath the sheets and forever finished sure, got wheeled out straight through the Death House door.
And later that same night, after another gun had gone off beneath the shade of a waning moon, two men fled the little prison city of Huntsville, Texas and headed back to Houston. It was all a blood up and lust to dust kind of moment in a capsized adventure gone wrong and the only thing left was a near empty nickel bag of weed between them and a split 8-Ball up their noses. It was cocaine the old fashioned way, sucked up either side of the septum, and the two men, just a touch stoned and a little liquored up, all ablaze in high dollar hope and paranoia, figured they just might get through the night - and their whole damned lives - without the dying.
But the dying was up ahead.
And then they spoke of the girl they left behind.
In an insta-worthy neighborhood, she thought her skeletons were safe in the closet. But life in suburbia isn't always picture perfect...
Elizabeth Mavery needs a fresh start after her husband slept with another woman. Nervous to move to a new town, she's surprised when she's welcomed by the local in-crowd. But when an unknown blogger begins posting the group's darkest secrets, she fears her dirty laundry is bound to be aired.
With her mental health and marriage both at breaking points, Elizabeth does her best to mask her anxiety. But as the toxicity of social media overwhelms her closest friend, having her past exposed becomes the least of her worries.
Will Elizabeth's new life be shattered before she can even finish unpacking?
The Secrets We Keep is the page-turning first book in the Waterford Novels women's fiction series. If you like scandalous gossip, secret affairs, and infiltrating high-end cliques, then you'll love Mia Hayes' tell-all tale.
Buy The Secrets We Keep to uncover the real dirt today!
Doug Horolez is a talentless boy hopelessly in love with his only friend, E. Summerson. That's the good news. When E.'s sister is murdered in the woods behind town, Doug joins agroup of junior high pariahs--led by an ill and eerily charismatic boy--to solve the girl's mysterious death and to prove his devotion. But as bonds within the group deepen, their methods become cultish and vengeful. Doug must then find his voice and act according to his conscience before the price to be loved becomes unspeakable violence.
Keltner has created a coming-of-age novel and psychological thriller that investigates the recurrent mysteries of loss, loneliness, and the precarious desire to belong.
At the end of World War II, twenty-year-old Vera is brutally raped by an unknown assailant. From that rape is born a boy named Fred, a misfit who later becomes a talented boxer. Vera's young son, Barnum, forms a special but bizarre relationship with his half brother, fraught with rivalry and dependence as well as love. "I should have been your father," Fred tells Barnum, "instead of the fool who says he is."
It is Barnum, who is now a screenwriter with a fondness for lies and alcohol, who narrates his family's saga. As he shares his family's history, he chronicles generations of independent women and absent and flawed men whom he calls the Night Men. Among them is his father, Arnold, who bequeaths to Barnum his circus name, his excessively small stature, and a con man's belief in the power of illusion.
Filled with a galaxy of finely etched characters, this prize-winning novel is a tour de force and a literary masterpiece richly deserving of the accolades it has received.
Eleven Rooms. Ten Bodies. One Empty Grave.
In this international bestseller, rookie FBI Agent Brandon Fisher takes on his first case with the Behavioral Analysis Unit, but will he survive long enough to catch the killer? Eleven is a fast-paced, spine-tingling thriller that will have you gasping for breath at every twist...
When Brandon Fisher joined the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit, he knew he'd come up against psychopaths, sociopaths, pathological liars, and more. But when his first case takes him and the team to Salt Lick, Kentucky, to hunt down a ritualistic serial killer, he learns what nightmares are truly made of.
Beneath a residential property, local law enforcement discovered an underground bunker with circular graves that house the remains of ten victims. But that's not all: there's an empty eleventh grave, just waiting for a corpse. The killing clearly hasn't come to an end yet, and with the property owner already behind bars, Brandon is certain there's an apprentice who roams free.
As the FBI follows the evidence across the United States, Brandon starts to struggle with the deranged nature of his job description. And if the case itself isn't going to be enough to push Brandon over the edge, he's working in the shadow of Supervisory Special Agent Jack Harper, who expects nothing short of perfection from his team. To make matters even worse, it seems Brandon has become the target of a psychotic serial killer who wants to make him -- or his wife -- victim number eleven.
Join the hundreds of thousands of readers who have already taken the plunge into a series that will take you into the minds of the most heinous and disturbing serial killers the world could ever imagine. Buy this international bestselling book today and hunt a serial killer alongside the FBI!
What readers say about Eleven:
"Grabs you from the first sentence & holds you till the end."
"The plot was very twisted & creepy."
"Masterful, gripping writing!"
"It's a fast-paced novel ...
His offer: 365 days and nights = $1 million
My addendum: I'm not doing that
His promise: Before the year is up, you'll beg for it
My days of lying and stealing are over, but then Nicholas Crawford makes me an offer I can't refuse. Spend a year pretending to be his significant other in exchange for $1 million dollars.
I tried to put that part of my life, and those hard-won skills, behind me. But I need the money. He needs a partner.
I told him that I'd never sleep with him. He promised me that I would end up begging for it. Now, I want him more than ever.
Especially when I run my fingers over his chiseled body and he teases me with his tongue.
Especially when he puts his hands on the small of my back and kisses me.
I want him so much I am going to scream. I want him so much... I might even beg.
What readers are saying about Charlotte Byrd:
"Extremely captivating, sexy, steamy, intriguing, and intense!"
"Addictive and impossible to put down."
"I can't get enough of the turmoil, lust, love, drama and secrets!"
"Fast-paced romantic suspense filled twists and turns, danger, betrayal and so much more."
"Decadent, delicious, & dangerously addictive!"
*Beware of spoilers in the reviews below that are without spoiler alerts.*
When an acquaintance suggests a wild weekend in Las Vegas, struggling academic Logan Smith thinks it might be just the sort of reckless fun he needs. What he doesn't expect is a lesson in blackjack from a beautiful and volatile croupier named Dallas Cole, resulting in a night that will change his life forever. Before he knows it, Logan has exchanged the sedate atmosphere of Philadelphia for the searing heat of the desert, a rollercoaster marriage, and a radical new economic theory that questions his fundamental beliefs about the world.
Critical Responses to The Burning
'Legendre's brilliantly assured first novel is about gambling in Las Vegas, academic life in Arizona, an assault on liberal economic theory, human desire and saving the planet. That's a lot of life packed into one book, and Legendre pulls it off with an insouciant lightness of touch. Sex, gambling and saving the world in the desert? The Burning could be the coolest novel of the year.' Sunday Telegraph
'Legendre's muscular prose is astonishingly confident for a first-time novelist... thrillingly realised, electrifying.' Time Out
'Incredible quality... it compares favourably with Zadie Smith's On Beauty... Like many authors, from George Eliot to Ian Fleming, Legendre is clearly fascinated by gambling, but unlike most he manages to capture the reality of everything from craps to poker slot machines without romanticising this way of life... What's most impressive about The Burning is that as well as being one of the few novels of ideas which actually gives the reader something to think about beyond the standard nihilism usually found in such books, Legendre is brilliant at three-dimensional descriptions, bringing to life everything from soda cans to distant constellations. His narrative grip never slackens, even in moments of dense economic theory, and The Burning provides enormous emotional and intellectual satisfaction. It seems unlikely there will be a better debut this year.' Independent on ...
Nine friends from high school.
Nine friends for life.
They had been in their final years of school when it happened. There was a party. Shaunna didn't know who he was; she could only vaguely remember where she'd been and what she'd been up to, and tried to let the memory slip away with the hangover. Four weeks later, she was certain that night was going to be with her forever.
Josh Sandison has spent his lifetime trying to keep his friends together, never forgiving himself for being the one to push George away. Now in their thirties, they reunite in a bid to help Shaunna's daughter establish her father's identity.
But there are secrets and lies that have been lived too long, with the power to destroy friendships for good.
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"... compelling characters, conflicted, flawed, complicated."
"... like eating fine Belgian chocolate for the first time after only ever eating Smartprice chocolate."
"Debbie McGowan has the ability to take average, everyday happenings and people and make them honestly fun, engaging and absorbing enough to not want to put the book down."
"McGowan has a knack for writing, like the BBC has a way for putting out good television."
Jillian Finnegan should have kept walking when Lex Fitzgerald pulled up outside her studio trailer.
But, the look in his eyes and his unexpected proposal proves too much to resist. Paying her family's debt in exchange for pretending to be his wife seems like a fair trade. She should have known better.
Lex needs a secret weapon to defeat a competitor and finds it in Jillian Finnegan. He has no intention of letting her potty mouth, her crazy lifestyle, or her eccentric family get in his way. However, sparks start to fly and Lex realizes he's finally met his match.
Let the seduction begin.
This romance novel contains explicit contents and it's not advised for readers under 18. This is a 2-part book. Book 2 is available for purchase.
Indulge (Book 2)
Intrige (Book 3)
Ignited (book 4, Release Date TBA)
The first time Greta saw Blake, she knew he was the one. Knew it like fire knows tinder.
She hadn't thought she'd be at a frat party her first week in college, but her roommate, Amber, convinced her to go. Greta couldn't believe how easy it was to get in. But she was pretty now, and everything was different. No one knew anything about her ugly duckling past or all the darkness before. It was a whole new world, a brand new start.
Then she saw Blake and knew he was her destiny.
But Blake saw Amber first. And he got... confused. Blake was her soul mate. She could tell. She knew all about soul mates.
Too bad about her last one.
BOYFRIEND GLASSES is the first book in a trilogy of dark psychological thrillers perfect for fans of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN or GONE GIRL. Buy your copy now!
Read the entire GRETA BELL PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER trilogy:
BOYFRIEND GLASSES (Book 1)
PARTY DRESS (Book 2)
DIAMOND RING (Book 3)
Genre: Psychological Length: 363 Pages (955 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Oct 31st, 2015
Somewhere deep in her mind Christine Marsden is witnessing the murder of young girls.
And now she has urges to hurt her own children.
After a head injury which left her having nightmares and visions, Christine is convinced that something inside her brain has broken, and that she is slowly sinking into insanity.
She is terrified of what she might be capable of. She fears that in losing her mind she will also lose her children and husband.
Christine embarks on a desperate fight to try to halt the fracture of her mind before it's too late, and in doing so, discovers the hidden truth behind the dark horrors she is experiencing.
Inheritance is one of a loose series of psychological suspense and mystery thrillers in which Thomas Wymark delves into the dark and hidden places of our minds.
Q. Why do some of your novels focus on the mind?
A. I've always enjoyed fiction that explores our darkest thoughts and potential capabilities. I believe that normal human beings can be capable of absolute wickedness as well as absolute kindness.
Q. Is Inheritance part of a series, and if so, what other titles are part of the series?
A. Inheritance is part of a loose collection of psychological suspense thrillers that aren't connected by anything other than their examination of the mind. My novel "You Can't Get Them Back" is about a guy who wakes up from a sixteen year coma to discover that his wife has been murdered (along with a mother and baby) - and he is the only suspect. My short story "No More Sunshine" looks at a man who, mentally, just can't take it anymore, but the action he takes leads to unintended consequences.
Q. Do you only write psychological suspense thrillers?
A. No. I have two series books coming soon, which are more thriller than psychological - although I suspect there will be an element of "mind mess" in there somewhere.
He lurks behind the counter in a run-down Edinburgh cafe
... and he's the last person they want Rosy to meet.
Say hello to Frank. Say hello to a darkly fun mystery with no sleuths, no detectives and (almost) no dead bodies.
A beautiful student discovers her beastly dad
Rosy Friendship's boyfriend has just revealed his inner stalker. It's not a plus point. Rosy flees her student pals and heads for home where she thinks she'll be safe.
Frank Friendship is Rosy's biological dad, a man nobody has allowed her to see, a man so monstrous, his own mother has snipped his face from all the family photos. By running from her boyfriend, Rosy has set herself on a twisting but sure path to Frank's gloomy cafe and a heart-stopping encounter.
Nothing has prepared Rosy for Frank, for the unfathomable urge to help the man, or for a terrible truth. There's something ungodly in her grandmother's old biscuit tin and Rosy is about to discover that everybody in her family -- even Snuggy the sausage dog -- hides beastly secrets. But by then Rosy will be hiding secrets of her own.
The Frank Friendship Series
The story of a murderer's son, told in a series of interlocking novels
Each book in the series is unique, unconventional, unpredictable. And though each tells a complete story, they connect as clues in an epic mystery. Screw Friendship begins the Frank Friendship series -- an off-kilter world of secrets, murder and weird relationships.
Look inside, then climb into the passenger seat beside Rosy for an emotional swerve-drive that will take you somewhere you didn't expect. And start to discover the real Frank Friendship.
The greediest side of the pharmaceutical industry comes alive in Silent Epidemic. Dominex cuts every corner in a race to get their new drug on the market before going into the red. But their standard M.O. becomes threatened when a previously user friendly FDA promotes a boy scout. After several complaints make their way to the FDA's office, the company is forced to conduct one last research study prior to approval. But time is running out as the study volunteers begin to drop like flies.
Carol Freeman and 499 others develop physical and psychological symptoms so frightening, the research study is quickly abandoned for survival.
Undeterred by their failed experiment, Dominex creatively navigates through the illusion of research results just in time to present their fabricated findings to the promised land. However, they find that the FDA is not their only obstacle. A far worse adversary with an agenda of revenge is waiting at the finish line.
People who preyed on those weaker and more defenseless than themselves deserved whatever punishment was thrown at them.
That thought drove Dr. Georgia Dennis in every decision she made, personal and professional. A profiler with the Complex Crimes Unit of the FBI, she was tired of being second-guessed by her boss Michael "Hell" Hellbrook.
Once they caught the sociopath responsible for stoning teenaged girls, she was gone from Hellbrook's team faster than the ink could dry on the transfer papers. Georgia and Hellbrook are hot on the trail of a sadistic killer targeting women and girls with brown hair and brown eyes -- women with a striking resemblance to Georgia.
Hellbrook will do anything to protect his team, even the woman he never wanted on it in the first place. By keeping her at his side, he grows closer to her until the flame between them erupts and consumes them both.
As they get deeper involved with the case and with each other, they do not realize someone else is watching, someone whose descent into madness threatens everyone around them.
Is this watcher their killer, or someone much closer?
PAVAD: PREVENTION & ANALYSIS OF VIOLENT ACTS DIVISION:
PAVAD -- the Prevention & Analysis of Violent Acts Division -- is a special directorate of the FBI located in St. Louis.
PAVAD was formed by Edward Dennis to combat today's modern crimes in a modern nation. PAVAD consists of only the best of the FBI's best, and addresses cases involving everything from kidnapping, money-laundering, extortion, all the way up to RICO violations. The PAVAD directorate has more than a dozen teams ready to mobilize at a moment's notice to every corner of the United States...