As a true-crime obsessive, I can’t wait for Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, which is being published posthumously in March. It’s the story of the Golden State Killer, a serial rapist and murderer in California in the 1980s and 1990s, and follows McNamara’s attempts to find new leads for her true crime website. Part memoir, part unsolved mystery plus an introduction from Gillian Flynn – it sounds incredible.

I’m also looking forward to reading The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan, the first in a new series featuring DI Cormac Reilly. Described as ‘unsettling small-town noir’, it opens with Reilly leaving his highflying career in Dublin and beginning a new job back in Galway, where he’s faced with an old case he’s spent twenty years trying to forget.

Another debut I’m excited to get my hands on is Bitter by Francesca Jakobi. Set in London in 1969, it follows Gilda, a rejected mother who becomes fixated on her new daughter-in-law. As her obsession brings long buried truths to the surface, this sounds like a darkly compelling story about family and secrets.

I’ve seen so much praise for Stuart Turton’s The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle that I really can’t wait to get hold of a copy when it’s published in February. I love a classic murder mystery as well as anything a bit inventive and this is described as ‘Inception meets Gosford Park by way of Agatha Christie’ which sounds ridiculously good. At a glamorous ball, daughter of the house Evelyn is murdered – and guest Aiden finds himself forced to repeat the day, waking each morning in the head of a different partygoer, until he can find her killer.

I’ve already read this one as a very kind friend recently lent me their proof, but I loved The Chalk Man by C J Tudor. Aged 12, Eddie and his friends use chalk men to leave each other messages around town – until one day, the chalk men lead them to the body of a young girl. Thirty years later, Eddie receives a letter containing a piece of chalk and a drawing of a stick figure… It’s creepy, chilling and yet full of heart – it felt like Stephen King writing The Trouble With Goats and Sheep: i.e. amazing.

 

Phoebe Locke’s debut thriller, The Tall Man, will be published by Wildfire on the 14th June 2018

 

 

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