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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: 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.

QBD Reviews: Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare

An incredible literary thriller for readers of bestsellers such as Gone Girl, Before I Go to Sleep and Girl on the Train from an exciting new Australian voice.

Meet Evie, a young woman held captive by a man named Jim in the isolated New Zealand beach town of Maketu. Jim says he's hiding Evie to protect her, that she did something terrible back home in Melbourne.

"Memories will break through, like grass pressing between cracks in the pavement."

In a house that creaks against the wind, Evie begins to piece together her fractured memories of the events that led her here. Jim says he's keeping her safe. Evie's not sure she can trust Jim, but can she trust her own memories?

What our QBD Readers thought:

Australian author J.P Pomare has set out to intentionally destabilize, confuse and manipulate your mind with this psychological thriller, and boy does he succeed! Who IS Evie, who IS her captor and why have they fled to New Zealand? Is ANYONE who they say they are? Is ANYTHING what it seems? You think you have it all worked out but you don't, and you won't until it all unfolds in the final chapter. - Joanne, QBD Shellharbour

Gripping you violently from the very first page J.P. Pomare's debut novel dumps you in the shoes of Evie, Scarred, Captive and hiding secrets even from herself. It's dark depths fills with twists turns and chilling revelations Call Me Evie is set to be the best thriller you'll read this year. - Lindsay, QBD Toombul

Long after I had closed the cover and switched off the light my mind was still reeling. The book was like a trip up the mountains- twists and bends all the way. There was spots that I thought I'd figured it out. then poof! Great new talent! - Belinda, QBD Charlestown

Call Me Evie is available in store and online now.

Book-A-Like: The Poet & Mr Mercedes

Gritty crime thrillers are the order of the day in today's QBD Book-a-like!

The Poet by Michael Connelly:

Denver crime-beat reporter Jack McEvoy specializes in violent death. So when his homicide detective brother kills himself, McEvoy copes in the only way he knows how--he decides to write the story. But his research leads him to suspect a serial killer is at work--a devious murderer who's killing cops and leaving a trail of poetic clues. It's the news story of a lifetime, if he can get the story without losing his life.

This is a great old-style detective thriller. The plot is intricate but flows along at a great rate - I couldn't put it down! Connelly has created a fantastically flawed character in Jack McEvoy, and you find yourself questioning his motives the whole way through. Read this if you enjoy Robert Galbraith and Lee Child!- Tina, Chatswood QBD

Mr Mercedes by Stephen King:

A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved.
Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter. Now he's preparing to kill again.
Each starts to close in on the other in a mega-stakes race against time!

Reviewsday: Gravity by Tess Gerritsen

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Happy #Reviewsday Book Lovers!

Today we shine a light on Gravity by Tess Gerritsen, a thrilling space drama. 

From the back of the book: Emma Watson, a brilliant research physician, has been training for the mission of a lifetime: to study living beings in space. Jack McCallum, Emma's estranged husband, has shared her dream of space travel, but a medical condition has grounded and embittered him. He must watch from the sidelines as his wife prepares for her first mission to the International Space Station.

Once aboard the space station, however, things start to go terribly wrong. A culture of single-celled organisms known as Archaeons, gathered from the deep sea, is to be monitored in the microgravity of space. The true and lethal nature of this experiment has not been revealed to NASA. In space, the cells rapidly multiply and soon begin to infect the crew - with agonising and deadly results.

A recovery attempt ends in catastrophe, the NASA shuttle crashes and the space station is left dangerously crippled. Emma struggles to contain the deadly microbe, while back home, Jack and NASA work against the clock to retrieve Emma from space.

But there will be no rescue. The contagion now threatens Earth's population as well, and the astronauts are left stranded in orbit, quarantined aboard the station - where they are dying one by one . . .

Gravity is an intense, masterful thriller, and the heart and soul of the critically acclaimed film of the same name (that bagged Sandra Bullock an Oscar for Best Actress etc...). Although Tess lost her copyright lawsuit, the heart-racing manipulation of several harrowing events make reading this story a unique experience. Gerritsen's medical and scientific knowledge animate her characters with an authenticity rarely found in popular fiction.

~Amy, QBD Elizabeth