"The Justice of Kings is a brilliant book 1, with intrigue, excellent character arcs, a brutal magic system, and a story I just could not put down ... needs to be in every dark fantasy fan’s TBR pile for 2022."
"Murder mystery meets grimdark political fantasy in this first of a trilogy ... An intriguingly dark (and realistically depressing) deconstruction of a beloved mystery trope."
"Sherlock Holmes with swords and magic. Bloody marvellous and a real page turner."
"Emotionally complex, dark and clever - a very unexpected, thoughtful and original book. I can honestly think of no other YA book quite like it."
"Staggeringly good, this richly complex novel by James Goodhand is as accomplished and engrossing as his debut ... Page-turning and compelling, Goodhand deftly handles a narrative that seems to be moving inexorably towards some terribly disaster ... In tears and awe by the final pages, James Goodhand had me hanging on every word. I loved it!"
"The House at Helygen is a chilling, unforgettable, historical drama with as many twists and turns as the leading estate has corridors. A beautiful and brutal illustration of family decay that had me second guessing all of my suspicions until the very end. Block out a day in your calendar for this one because you won’t be able to put it down!"
"[A] haunting and emotional read, one that had me thinking over the characters for days afterwards."
"It's got everything going in a historical fiction drama."
Sarah A. Denzil
"Every womxn should read this. On the surface it's a beautifully-written, haunting and intriguing psychological thriller. Dive deeper and it is about sisterhood in all its aspects. I knew from that incredible opening that I was going to love it."
"Return To Blackwater House will keep you up far too late at night...prepare to be twisted and turned as you desperately keep reading to find out what happens next!"
"I loved this atmospheric, emotionally-charged novel about the secrets within families and the pull of the past. I wanted to savour the characters and the vivid Cornish setting at the same time as being desperate to turn the pages to find out the answer to the mystery! A dark, compelling, moving read from start to finish."
"I cannot stop thinking about this book, from the moment I started reading it the characters occupied my thoughts and I found myself wondering what secrets they held and what was about to be revealed. Return to Blackwater House treats the reader to deeply drawn characters, a wild and atmospheric setting, and the perfect blend of a slow burn suspense and page-turning thriller."
S. V. Leonard
"I tore through this dark, twisty thriller that dripped with menace from page one and built to a shocking yet satisfying climax. A must read for 2022."
Marina Palmer's forthcoming crime thriller, The Russian Doll, was selected in Woman's Best Books of the Week.
When Ruth's caught up in a terrorist bomb blast, her life changes forever. Not only is she traumatised, but she gets a surprising job offer - from Russian billionaire Elena, and her husband Yuri. Initially impressed with gifts from her new employers, Ruth slowly realises that her new job is not what it seems. Soon she must decide where her loyalties lie...
The most recent psychological thriller from Carys Jones, We Are All Liars, was included in Woman's Own's most recent Book Club:
Who can you trust when everyone is a liar? A group of five lifelong friends have a reunion in a remote Scottish cabin, hoping to rekindle their increasingly fragile relationships. They're each hiding something, harmless fibs that have ballooned into terrible secrets. When one of the girls is found dead after a snowstorm, a life-or-death race begins to escape the mountain - and each other. A sinister psychological thriller about toxic friendships.
Jodie Madison can't think of a better place for a fresh start than the exclusive, gated community of The Grove. But from the moment she passes through the wrought iron gates, she starts to suspect she's made a mistake.
Despite her vow to keep apart from the other residents, Jodie can't help but feel drawn to her unnerving neighbour, Norah Williams, and terminally ill daughter, Lacey. Jodie knows she should stay away, but something draws her in.
When a murder shocks The Grove, Jodie vows to do everything in her power to save Lacey from her mother. But as more secrets emerge from Norah's shadowy past, Jodie is faced with the unthinkable - Norah's not so different to herself, and neither woman is innocent.
The past won't stay hidden forever. And The Grove will be an unforgiving witness.