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The Strangers We Know by Pip Drysdale

Imagine seeing your loving husband on a dating app. Now imagine that’s the best thing that happens to you all week …

Charlie and Oliver have a storybook marriage… until Charlie sees her loving husband on a dating app. ⠀
Suddenly other signs of betrayal begin to add up and Charlie soon discovers that infidelity is the least of her problems. Nothing is as it seems and nobody is who she thinks they are in The Strangers We Know, QBD’s thrilling February Book of the Month.

What Our Readers Thought:

Charlie Carter has a fairytale life and a perfect husband who supports her acting ambitions. And then the week from hell begins, on a night out with friends she sees her husband on a dating app, and that is probably the high point of her week.
Pip Drysdale has crafted an engaging thriller that will keep you reading well into the morning. You'll want to binge this like your favourite TV show.

Jessica, Cairns QBD

Meet Charlie an inspiring actress who's perfect life begins to turn into something out a movie when she finds her husband Oliver's been keeping dangerous secrets from her. Secrets that make her a suspect in a murder!
Pip Drysdale has not failed to impress me once again this is a great example of a well written psychological thriller that encourages the reader to stay for that 'one more chapter'.

Ruby, Eastland QBD

I lost sleep along with this character trying to decipher the secrets of her partner and potential betrayal. Can you trust the one you love when everything is telling you not to? Charlie thought she finally found the perfect man, only to discover an online dating profile that he denies. Follow her down the rabbit hole as she plots to discover the truth!

Kaitlyn, Miranda QBD

Pip has written her second psychological thriller that would make a good film. When Charlie discovers her loving husbands photo on a dating site, her world begins to unravel as she learns he is not who he says he is. When she investigates further, she becomes involved in crimes she didn’t commit. This book will make you question whether the loved ones around you are who they say they are.

Mark, Tea Tree Plaza QBD

QBD Reviews: Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

Meet our February Young Adult Book of the Month!

Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, bestselling author Adam Silvera’s Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making.

What our readers thought:

Adam Silvera is known for his young adults novels, now he delivers with this awesome fantasy story!
It's a fast paced blockbuster with elements of X-men and Harry Potter.
Silvera has created a unique world with characters you will become invested in.

Kylie, Woodgrove QBD

This urban fantasy is a war like no other. Silvera, traditionally a young adult romance author, has dabbled his foot into fantasy with this debut (in the genre). Twin brothers, Brighton and Emil, have always watched the battle between the Spell Walkers and Blood Casters from a far, but on their 18th birthday they have the chance for this to change. For me, the action, diverse characters and shocking twist made this un-put-downable.

Stephanie, Loganholme QBD

QBD reviews: The Wife and The Widow

Have you picked up our Book of the Month, Christian White's The Wife and the Widow, yet?

Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and the Widow is a mystery/thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband's secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside down when she's forced to confront the evidence that her husband is a murderer. But nothing on this island is quite as it seems, and only when these women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives.

What our reviewers thought:

An unsettling and shocking murder mystery set on a small island off the coast of Melbourne, where a Wife hunts for answers about the murder of her husband and discovers things are not as she thought. The twists in this novel were second to none - completely unexpected and skilfully plotted. Easily one of the best crime thrillers I have read all year. One word - Brilliant!

Tricia, QBD Books Bondi

From the author that gave us The Nowhere Child comes another thrilling masterpiece that will leave you questioning if you truly know those close to you. A widow is left unravelling the secrets her husband left behind, while a wife starts to question if her husband could in fact be a murderer. A truly incredible narrative, full of twists and turns. Another amazing Aussie crime author to watch.

Rosie, QBD Books Mandurah

Get your copy of The Wife and The Widow here.

Meet our May Book of the Month: 55 by James Delargy

Our May Book of the Month is a thriller with a killer hook that will have you hanging until the very last page. 

Wilbrook in Western Australia is a sleepy, remote town that sits on the edge of miles and miles of unexplored wilderness. It is home to Police Sergeant Chandler Jenkins, who is proud to run the town’s small police station, a place used to dealing with domestic disputes and noise complaints.

All that changes on a scorching day when an injured man stumbles into Chandler’s station. He’s covered in dried blood. His name is Gabriel. He tells Chandler what he remembers.

He was drugged and driven to a cabin in the mountains and tied up in iron chains. The man who took him was called Heath. Heath told Gabriel he was going to be number 55. His 55th victim. Heath is a serial killer.

As a manhunt is launched, a man who says he is Heath walks into the same station. He tells Chandler he was taken by a man named Gabriel. Gabriel told Heath he was going to be victim 55. Gabriel is the serial killer.

Two suspects. Two identical stories. Which one is the truth?

What our readers think...

In a remote West Australian town surrounded by harsh wilderness and terrain, two men present with identical stories. Only that each man, Gabriel and Heath, are accusing the other of being the serial killer who was going to make the other victim no 55. Sergeant Chandler Jenkins must determine who is telling the truth before there are more victims. A suspenseful, creepy thriller akin to Wolf Creek. - Sheridan, QBD Tweed Heads

For lovers of gritty crime thrillers James Delargy's "55" is a superb addition to the growing number of crime novels based in Australia. "55" explores the complicated and intriguing dilemma faced by Police Sergeant Chandler Jenkins whom gets thrown in the deep end after two men accuse each other of attempted murder. Come and find out who the real killer is, I bet you won't be able to guess!! - Liam, QBD Carousel

Get your copy of 55 in store or online today!

Meet our March Book of the Month – Star Crossed by Minnie Darke

"Love is written in the stars"

Our March book of the month is a sparkling romantic comedy in which a young journalist tampers with a magazine's horoscopes to win her friend's heart, with unpredictable (and hilarious) results!

When Justine Carmichael (Sagittarius, aspiring journalist and sceptic) bumps into her old friend Nick Jordan (Aquarius, struggling actor and true believer) it could be by chance. Or it could be written in the stars. Justine works at the Alexandria Park Star - and Nick, she now learns, relies on the magazine's astrology column to guide him in life. Looking for a way to get Nick's attention, Justine has the idea of making a few small alterations to 'Aquarius' before it goes to print. It's only a horoscope, after all. What harm could it possibly do?

What our readers think...



A quirky light- hearted read for those who enjoy romantic comedies. When Justine runs into her old childhood friend Nick, her crush on him is quickly renewed. Once she finds out that Nick bases his life choices on the horoscopes that are written in the paper Justine works for, she decides to make a few small changes to them before they go to print, leading to unforeseen effects for everyone - Amanda, QBD Blacktown

Star crossed had me hooked from the start! I'd never had an interest in horoscopes until this book. I found it incredibly clever how Minnie interwined the tales of numerous side characters in an easy to read fashion. The perfect read for anyone who enjoys rom coms or is even slightly interested in horoscopes. Crossing my fingers and toes that this stunning story will become a movie in the future! - Amelia, QBD Strathpine

Justine, a sceptic, employs the power of astrology to gain the attention of Nick, childhood friend and true believer. What harm can come from changing the horoscopes in a magazine, after all? But Justine will learn Nick is not the only Aquarius that takes life advice from the magazine she works at. Lighthearted and humorous, it reminded me of Zoe Foster Blake's easy-to-consume chick lit titles. - Rosie, QBD Carousel

Get your copy of Star Crossed in store or online today!