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Longlist for Crime Writers’ Association Dagger awards announced

The Crime Writers’ Association has announced the long lists for its  three majer crime Dagger awards which include many of the biggest names in the genre. Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes, Michael Robotham’s Life or Death, Robert Galbraith’s The Silkworm  and Attica Locke’s Pleasantville are among the ten contenders for the Goldsboro Gold Dagger awarded to…

Not a nice girl on the train, but a really good thriller

There’s not really much to like about Rachel, the girl on the train in Paula Hawkins’s new 9780857522320-1-edition.default.original-1thriller. Her life’s a mess. No job. A broken marriage. No real home. And way too much booze. Unable to admit to herself or her friends that she has been fired, she maintains her daily train commute staring out of the window with a supply of tinned gin and tonic for company.

As the train passes the back of her former home, where ex-husband Tom and new wife Anna now live, she fixates on the beautiful young couple she sees daily in the garden of a neighbouring house. They have the perfect life that should have been hers. When she reads in the newspaper that the woman has


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