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The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray is an 1891 philosophical novel by Irish writer and playwright Oscar Wilde. First published as a serial story in the July 1890 issue of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, the editors feared the story was indecent, and without Wilde's knowledge, deleted five hundred words before publication. Despite that censorship, The Picture of Dorian Gray offended the moral sensibilities of British book reviewers, some of whom said that Oscar Wilde merited prosecution for violating the laws guarding the public morality. In response, Wilde aggressively defended his novel and art in correspondence with the British press. Wilde revised and expanded the magazine edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) for publication as a novel; the book edition (1891) featured an aphoristic preface - an apologia about the art of the novel and the reader. The content, style, and presentation of the preface made it famous in its own literary right, as social and cultural criticism. In April 1891, the editorial house Ward, Lock and Company published the revised version of The Picture of Dorian Gray.

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A single text changed her life. Did it end his?

Emily Latimer is furious. Her boss Andrew is being so unreasonable, as always. She fires off a text to her boyfriend, only in her haste she sends it to her whole office group.

In it she says Andrew's being difficult about letting her have time off work. That she is angry. That she hopes he dies. The next day her face burns in the office. No one believes her when she says it was a typo, she meant to say does. She hopes he does.

It's a nightmare. But it gets worse - Andrew doesn't turn up for work. And then the police come knocking. Because Andrew Burton has been murdered . . .

Praise For Last Seen Alive

'Thrillingly tense and twisty, a great read' B A Paris, the bestselling author of, Behind Closed Doors

'I loved the sense of lurking dread that pervades it all . . . I was absolutely gripped and intrigued' Emma Curtis, bestselling author of, One Little Mistake

'Fast-paced and chock-full of twists, Last Seen Alive is both absorbing and gripping. After reading it you'll never dream of a house swap again' Paula Daly, author of The Mistake I Made

'Brilliant. Twisty, exciting yet so very real' Gillian McAllister, Sunday Times bestselling author of Everything But the Truth

'Thrilling . . . superb plotting. I could hardly catch my breath between twists!' Jenny Blackhurst, number 1 bestselling author of Before I Let You In

'I love stories when you're not quite sure who is telling the truth! This one kept me guessing' Jane Corry, author of the Sunday Times bestseller My Husband's Wife and Blood Sisters

'A fab and twisty page-turner that kept me guessing' Lucy Clarke, author of Richard and Judy pick The Sea Sisters

All Is Not Forgotten: Free sample: The gripping thriller you’ll never forget

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How far would you go to protect your daughter?'Deeply intriguing and provocative,... ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN is not to be missed'

-KARIN SLAUGHTER

Since the night she was attacked, Jenny Kramer hasn't been able to recall what happened. Her parents and the doctors saw to that. Her mother couldn't prevent the terror in the woods, but she's done all she can to stop it ruining Jenny's life. The only thing that now bothers Jenny is the scar carved into her lower back. Which she can't stop touching.

But if Jenny can't remember her attacker, he can't be caught. He could be the man next to her right now, the one who caught just her eye.

And he hasn't forgotten anything...

The Wife – Part One: To Have and to Hold (The Wife series, Book 1)

For fans of TV shows Doctor Foster and The Affair. A chilling new four-part series.Michael and Ellie are that couple.

The ones who have it all.

Success, charm, trust...but no relationship is perfect and the events of the past cast a shadow over their charmed life together.

When lecturer Michael starts to mentor a new student, Ellie fears that history is repeating itself. As paranoia takes its ugly hold, it's clear some things just can't be forgotten...or forgiven.

Don't You Cry

An electrifying and addictive tale of deceit and obsession from the bestselling author of The Good GirlIn downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she's the person Quinn thought she knew.

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbour town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where 18 year old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger's spell, Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted rollercoaster ride that builds to a stunning conclusion.

The 8th: A Tale of Horror and Revenge

Moving from school to school is never easy. You're constantly struggling to catch up to the level of the other students. You're forever meeting new friends just to have to leave them and establish new colleagues at the new schools. You always find yourself lost in the never-ending maze of corridors as you battle to get to grips with where everything is....

But it's worse when the more unfriendly students decide to take an instant dislike to you. Tormenting you each day...pushing you to see how long it is before you're going to snap...wondering what you're going to do in retaliation to their harsh words and cruel pranks. Are you going to stand up to them, or are you going to be yet another pupil who goes out of their way to avoid them while crying yourself to sleep until you feel as though you can't take the suffering anymore?

You're going to stand up to them, of course. You're going to turn the tables on them. You're going to be the teacher to a very special class. A class where the lessons will be heard throughout the world...lessons that will never be forgotten.

This is your classroom now, and lessons will be learned.

Perfect Crime

A San Francisco wife plots to murder her philandering husband by being in two places at one time.

She commits the Perfect Crime and starts an exciting new life with a sexy new boyfriend, living off the life insurance policy of her murdered husband.

Until her doorbell rings one night . . . .

The Accidental Exorcist

When forensic psychiatrist Abigail Lee meets a baby-killing mother who has been declared criminally insane and acquitted, she discovers something lurking beneath the surface. Something far deeper and more insidious than mere psychopathy. But can she come to terms with her own struggle with science and faith in time to confront it?

Free Sampler of The Sea Sisters (Chapters 1–6): The Most Emotionally Gripping Novel of the Year

"a terrific summer read" Richard & Judy

Two sisters, one life-changing journey...

This is a free sample of the first six chapters (of 33) of the novel THE SEA SISTERS, by Lucy Clarke.

There are some currents in the relationship between sisters that run so dark and so deep, it's better for the people swimming on the surface never to know what's beneath . . .

Katie's carefully structured world is shattered by the news that her headstrong younger sister, Mia, has been found dead in Bali - and the police claim it was suicide.

With only the entries of Mia's travel journal as her guide, Katie retraces the last few months of her sister's life, and - page by page, country by country - begins to uncover the mystery surrounding her death.

What she discovers changes everything. But will her search for the truth push their sisterly bond - and Katie - to breaking point?

The Sea Sisters is a compelling story of the enduring connection between sisters.

Fracture

The Woman in the Window

Blackwater Lake

Matthew Stanyer fears the worst when he reports his parents missing. His father, Joseph Stanyer, has been struggling to cope with his wife, Evie, whose dementia is rapidly worsening. When their bodies are found close to Blackwater Lake, a local beauty spot, the inquest rules the deaths as a murder-suicide. A conclusion that's supported by the note Joseph leaves for his son.

Grief-stricken, Matthew begins to clear his parents' house of decades of compulsive hoarding, only to discover the dark enigmas hidden within its walls. Ones that lead Matthew to ask: Why did his father choose Blackwater Lake to end his life? What other secrets do its waters conceal?

Worth Pursuing: A disturbing short story

When Beth wakes up next to Jay, a man she can only vaguely remember meeting, it's immediately a situation she wants to forget. But then she finds a strange diary in which he compares all the women he meets to ex-girlfriend Sammie, and soon she finds herself in a situation where all she wants is to escape.

Worth Pursuing is a disturbing short story which can be read on its own or as a prequel to LK Chapman's chilling full length psychological thriller Anything for Him.

Awake Asleep Dreaming Dead

Who sees the future, who knows the future, and who makes the future? If a wish or a dream comes true is it ours? Where did it come from? Why do we want it? Is life simply a coin toss floating in time waiting to be snatched and held? Do we make it happen? Is it a random snap of a finger instance moment selection, or can we choose which way to turn? Is it magic, illusion, something made from nothing? In the end there's silence, peace after the last images of life fades from thought, and the whisper on our breath sounds a word. And, as the last word rolls off our lips into the eternal silence of a cool peaceful morning it's broken, and this last flutter of time will offer a choice--be awake, asleep, dreaming or dead.

Bedrock: A Gripping Psychological Thriller: Volume 1

When Addison Greyer, a happily married mother of three, decides to re-enter the workforce, she never once considers that taking a job might unravel everything she thinks to be true about her life-that it would cause her to look deep within and confront fears she didn't know existed. She couldn't have foreseen how a chance meeting or a single day can change the course of an entire lifetime. Like many women, Addison is defined in terms of marriage and motherhood, until she suddenly finds her life turned upside down by her husband's decision to take a job thousands of miles away. When her tough-as-nails boss offers her an opportunity she can't refuse, Addie is forced to make difficult choices. Those choices take her further and further out of the carefully crafted fairytale life she has created and lead her into an unknown world where things are anything but black and white: a world where she learns that desire is not only dangerous but deadly. In this world, all bets are off as she is forced to finally confront her past. As her past and present collide, she has to make decisions that for most are unthinkable, decisions that can tear her family apart, and perhaps even have fatal consequences. Bedrock is a love story designed to showcase how the choices we make ultimately shape our lives. It serves as a reminder that in the end what defines us is not the big events, the monumental occasions. It's the tiny, seemingly inconsequential moments in between. It's proof that time passes and we cannot, no matter how hard we try, get it back. Bedrock is a story of love and grief that pretty much sums up the context of the human experience. Due to heavy subject matter, strong language, and sexual content this book is for mature readers.

The Code of God (God Duty Book 1)

A murder mystery masterpiece...

A killer is killing, without a killing clue.

Some of the best law enforcement officers coming from the US Federal Government agencies including the FBI, the IRS, and the DIA are working on the series of nasty mysterious murders.

Yet, the mystery murders keep coming and occurring within several small towns and metro cities within the US State of Alabama, without a killing clue.

Multiple Motives: A Kate Huntington Mystery: Volume 1 (The Kate Huntington Mystery series)

Psychotherapist Kate Huntington helps other people cope with the horrible things that have happened to them, but she herself has led a charmed life... until now. When a series of what seem like random events-a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time-takes a sinister twist, it becomes apparent that she and her lawyer friend, Rob Franklin, have a common enemy. But the lead police detective has a different theory. He's convinced Kate and Rob are lovers attempting to eliminate their spouses. And he seems determined to build a case against them. As the attacks escalate, Kate and Rob are forced to investigate on their own. Who hates them enough to want them both dead? And doesn't seem to mind if others get caught in the crossfire! (All books in this series are also designed to be read and enjoyed as stand-alones.)

Dark Is The Night

The fair is in town, and a quiet young man leaves the house to see a girl. But it is only from the shadows he can watch her. She is out there enjoying the music and the bright lights. She is nothing like him.

What is it, then, that connects them? Is it the game she plays when she knows that he is watching? Or is it the darkness that resides in her as well?

'Dark is the Night' is a short story of 4000 words.

The Book of You: Free Sampler

Sunday Times top ten bestseller and Richard & Judy pick, The Book of You is a terrifying psychological thriller about obsession and power, perfect for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

Clarissa is becoming more and more frightened of her colleague, Rafe. He won't leave her alone, and he refuses to take no for an answer. He is always there.

Being selected for jury service is a relief. The courtroom is a safe haven, a place where Rafe can't be. But as a violent tale of kidnap and abuse unfolds, Clarissa begins to see parallels between her own situation and that of the young woman on the witness stand.

Realizing that she bears the burden of proof, Clarissa unravels the twisted, macabre fairytale that Rafe has spun around them - and discovers that the ending he envisions is more terrifying than she could have imagined.

Bird Box: free sampler (chapter 1)

Josh Malerman's debut novel BIRD BOX is a terrifying psychological thriller that will haunt you long after reading.

This is a book extract including chapter 1 of Bird Box.

Malorie raises the children the only way she can; indoors.

The house is quiet. The doors are locked, the curtains are closed, mattresses are nailed over the windows.

They are out there. She might let them in.

The children sleep in the bedroom across the hall.

Soon she will have to wake them. Soon she will have to blindfold them.

Today they must leave the house. Today they will risk everything.

The Fault in Our Meows

The story of the loneliest kitten ever.

DEAD lines (Part of the TWIST Series)

She has one weekend to save her marriage. He has one weekend to save his life.

A break in an isolated country hotel in a remote part of Northumberland presents Jennifer with a dream opportunity to resurrect a marriage that's dying on its feet. For her husband - successful orthodontist Stephen North - her dream becomes his nightmare as the discovery of a mysterious package thrusts him into a sinister world of conflict and turmoil.

Ensnared in the tendrils of menace emanating from within a hotel where the lines between fantasy and reality blur, Stephen discovers that nothing and no-one are quite as they seem.

Or, even more terrifying, are they EXACTLY as they seem?

The author presents this novella as a prequel to the full-length novel DEAD Heat. It also features as one of five separate books contained within the TWISTS anthology.

Praise for DEAD Lines:

"Gripping"

"Hooked from the very beginning"

"Cracking dialogue"

"Five stars - would recommend"

"An incredibly talented author"

Forward Slash Free Sampler

Download an EXCLUSIVE FREE extract of the terrifying new Psychological Thriller from Mark Edwards and Louise Voss.

'I was gripped all the way.' Peter James.

He's posted on your wall.

He's following you on Twitter.

He knows where you are right now...

When Amy receives an email from her older sister, Becky, announcing that she's off travelling and "don't try to find me", she is worried. Becky would never do such a thing on a whim.

Amy - who is recovering from an abusive relationship that has left her terrified of love - soon finds that Becky had started using online dating sites. Aided by Becky's neighbour, Gary, Amy sets about tracking down the men her sister had dated, following a trail that leads her into the darkly seductive world of internet hook-ups.

But Amy is unaware that a sadistic killer is watching - a killer who's been using the internet to stalk, torture and kill. Now he's got something very special planned for Amy and she is about to find out that romance really is dead.

Break (The Primer Book 1)

The Angel of Death...

One night, a long time ago, Ian Kensington became the Angel of Death, and everything made sense for the first time in his life. Until the police arrived.

Since then, he's kept the "Angel" at bay with the help of a series of doctors and an endless supply of pills. Battered into exhaustion and numbed to the world around him, Ian has become a productive, if solitary, member of society. But the Angel's whispers still plague him day and night.

Therapy teaches him that those whispers, just like the draft notice that came in the mail, can't be real. No army would ever want someone like him. None of it makes any sense: there's no war going on, and no public draft lottery. Just Ian, a list of two dozen other names, and two men promising their program can get rid of the Angel for good. It's a prospect so outlandish that Ian had never thought to hope for it.

Break is a suspenseful psychological thriller that puts you deep in the mind of a killer, a man who knows he can't trust himself, but finds he doesn't have a choice.

The Primer book 1

The Primer book 2: Beaten

The Primer book 3: The New Program (coming Spring 2017)

The Primer book 4: The Volunteer (coming Spring 2017)

The Primer book 5: To be announced...

And With the Shadow People Be

From Dan Newman, the author of The Clearing and The Journalist, comes a novella that takes readers, shaking and terrified, back into the jungles of the Caribbean.

Nate Mason sits in the office of a therapist, unable to move past the trauma he lived through on St. Lucia. Gently she wheedles another, similar story out of him, a story that serves as a screen for his own unspeakable memories. The tale of a girl named Jessie and her father, two ex-pats who had taken up residence on the isle. Their Jeep gets stuck in a rut, too late in the day and far from home, and both Jessie and her father must contend with the demons of the island, both real and imagined, over the course of one horrifying night.

"The Clearing is a dark and atmospheric psychological thriller, full of intrigue, terror and superstition, which examines our deep fear of the unknown." --Gumshoe Reviews

No Harm Can Come to a Good Man: free sampler

A free sample of James Smythe's thought-provoking thriller about the terrifying breakdown of a family in a world that won't stop moving.

ClearVista is used by everyone to forecast their futures.

Laurence Walker wants to be the next President of the United States. ClearVista will predict his chances.

It will predict whether he's the right man for the job.

It will predict that his son can survive for less than two minutes underwater.

It will predict that Laurence's life is about to collapse in the most unimaginable way.

Discover the eerily-believable world of James Smythe perfect for fans of Dave Eggers, Nick Harkaway and Black Mirror.

Fatal Fugue (The Deadlier Sex Book 1)

Book 2 Fatal Truths is now available!

Hayley has an empire in Vegas full of violence, blood, and money, but she can't remember. Jay is a fierce hunter--handsome, mysterious, deadly, and he knows all about Hayley. He says he wants to help her, but some things are too deadly to remember.

For 18+ readers

Owned

Passion. Murder. Bloodlust.

Among these nefarious stories, siblings strengthen their bond by plotting against their aggressor; an animal lover seeks revenge on devotees of the exotic skins trade; and a psychiatrist gets what's coming to him when he abuses the trust of a jaded client.

These stories take readers straight to the scene of the crime, exploring just how and why people are driven over the edge--and driven to kill.



The OWNED collection is approximately 14,000 words long. A couple of stories contain a speculative element.

Stories Include:

1. Beloved Brother

2. Heart's Blood

3. My Chance Encounter

4. Skins

5. Ms. Zeri ("Misery")

6. Owned

What You Don't Know: Ebook Sampler

Read the opening chapters of JoAnn Chaney's chillingly dark debut thriller, What You Don't Know, in this short ebook sampler

** This edition is a short ebook sampler - full hardback and ebook editions available on 9th February 2017 **

A crime like this isn't only about the killer. There are others to consider . . .

Seven years ago, thirty-one bodies were discovered in a crawl-space belonging to Jacky Seever, beloved local businessman and pillar of the community.

Detective Paul Hoskins was lauded for bringing down one of the most ruthless serial-killers of the decade.

Sammie Peterson, the lead reporter on the case, finally obtained the success she craved.

And Seever's wife, Gloria? Well, she claimed to be as surprised as everyone else.

But when you get that close to a killer, can you really just move on?

Today, all three of their lives are in ruins - Hoskins banished to cold cases, Sammie working at the mall and Gloria marked out as the wife of a monster.

So when a series of copy-cat killings provides an opportunity to get their lives back, they have little choice but to take it. Whatever the cost to their humanity . . .

If you loved this short sampler, the full hardback and ebook editions are out on 9th February 2017 - available for pre-order now

Donations: Dead Ends Story #3

Clarissa, the librarian, works too much. Her new secret admirer aims to change that--permanently.

(DEAD ENDS Short Story #3)

Carrion

Till Death Do Us Part

Marriage can be a real killer. Till Death Do Us Part is a twisted tale about love, marriage and infidelity. Two lives are changed forever because of a chance meeting in a park on a hot summer night. It started out innocent enough, but when Megan Montgomery succumbed to a moment of passion with Thomas Fitzgerald, it wouldn't be long when her world starts tumbling in around her. It was only through a twist of faith that the one thing Megan and Thomas wanted most in life would become a reality. But the price was dear to both, and soon Megan's life was in jeopardy because of it.

Boyfriend Glasses: Volume 1 (Greta Bell Psychological Thriller)

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. It seemed like they threw those parties just so girls like her would come. 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 TALENTED MR. RIPLEY or GONE GIRL. Buy your copy now! The entire GRETA BELL PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER trilogy: BOYFRIEND GLASSES (Book 1) PARTY DRESS (Book 2) DIAMOND RING (Book 3)

Next Move, You're Dead

Grey Areas: Volume 1

Henry Fields is an unsuspecting young man who has just moved to the small and quiet town of Gable, Iowa. After finding a job and a place to live he quickly establishes himself as the friendly and reliable "new guy." Despite being elusive about his past, local hometown girl Claire Mathison discovers an irresistible attraction to Henry. But major trouble begins to brew one night and it soon becomes unclear whether Henry Fields is part of the problem or the solution. Filled with psychological drama, suspense, and thrills, Grey Areas is the debut release from Brad Carl.

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