It's Mystery Monday on The Princess and the Pen, where I highlight a few mystery novels on my radar. I come across so many mysteries on Goodreads, from social media and word-of-mouth recommendations and Mystery Monday will feature a small selection of those. Some are debut authors, others well-established. One thing they all have in common, though, is that they might make my to-read mountain topple over!
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"Detective Carter knows all about torture – but he’s never known a case as dark as this one.The Six…An abandoned building goes up in flames. Six women are chained inside and left to die – the truth is left to burn with them. Only one piece of evidence remains, but will it be enough to find their killer? The Detective…Retired detective Warren Carter has been suffocated by grief for his wife and is looking for a new start. But when he gets a call that cuts to the heart of the force, investigating a corrupt police officer, he has to accept. This time, though, he’s going to have to face his demons and work out who to trust when the truth is guarded by his own colleagues.The Bad Cop…It was supposed to be the perfect crime: they knew the system well enough to beat it and get away with murder. But they didn’t know Detective Carter, and how far a man will go when he has nothing left to lose…"
"Libby needs a break. Three years ago her husband split, leaving her to raise their infant son Ethan alone as she struggled to launch her writing career. Now for the first time in years, things are looking up. She's just sold her first novel, and she and Ethan are going on a much-needed vacation. Everything seems to be going their way, so why can't she stop looking over her shoulder or panicking every time Ethan wanders out of view? Is it because of what happened when Ethan was born? Except Libby's never told anyone the full story of what happened, and there's no way anyone could find her and Ethan at a faraway resort . . . right? But three days into their vacation, Libby's fears prove justified. In a moment of inattention, Ethan wanders into an elevator before Libby can reach him. When the elevator stops and the doors open, Ethan is gone. Hotel security scours the building and finds no trace of him, but when CCTV footage is found of an adult finding the child wandering alone and leading him away by the hand, the police are called in. The search intensifies, a lost child case turning into a possible abduction. Hours later, a child is seen with a woman stepping through an emergency exit. Libby and the police track the woman down and corner her, but she refuses to release Ethan. Asked who she is, the woman replies:"I'm his mother."What follows is one of the most shocking, twist-y, and provocative works of psychological suspense ever written. A story of stolen identity, of surrogacy gone horribly wrong, and of two women whose insistence that each is the "real" mother puts them at deadly cross-purposes, Lost You is sure to be one of 2019's most buzzed-about novels."
"Everyone has a past. But not everyone escapes unharmed.Starting a new family can be daunting for a young mother. But luckily for Katie, pregnant with twin girls, she has Ian and Paula.Ian, her devoted partner, will go to the ends of the earth for their babies.Paula, who Katie hires to help, will support her through the ups and downs of early motherhood.But then Ian vanishes. He misses the births of their daughters, won’t answer Katie’s calls or reply to her messages.When she discovers red-stamped overdue bills and maxed-out credit cards, she’s forced to question if she knows the father of her children at all.More than ever, Katie needs help. She doesn’t know how she would cope without Paula waking in the middle of the night to the babies’ cries, keeping the place spotless.Just as she’s starting to settle, Ian turns up. He’s furious at Paula’s presence in their home, accusing her of controlling Katie and the girls. Meanwhile, Paula doesn’t want Ian back in the house, or anywhere near the twins.Caught between the two, Katie has no idea who to trust. Someone is telling her guilty lies – but who?And as the truth finally emerges, how far will she have to go to save her daughters?"