Here are four psychological thrillers where love and shame collide, creating a warped kind of sexual chemistry. Abduction, paranoia, addiction, and obsession thicken the mix.
"Not Enjoying It"
Her harsh brand of rehab hides a bitter secret. Nancy is hurled into the world of celebrity when she finds herself performing a shoot for handsome but odious millionaire, Vince, as they walk from one of his nightclubs. The seduction of this other world sours after Nancy overhears Vince make a dirty bet with his PA on the length of her fifteen minutes of fame. Soon after, Nancy’s life is propelled into a nightmare where her alter ego is born. Vince’s playboy lifestyle is about to be turned upside down.
Gemma’s husband vanishes under mysterious circumstances leaving only a black contorted doodle and mysterious debts. But saving her home proves the least of her worries after Gemma earns urgent cash by performing routines for a chronic insomniac. Voyeurism never hurt anybody. The cause of his insomnia is another matter. As the horrifying truth about her husband unfurls, Gemma’s paranoia about her voyeur takes its grip.
Sarah thought she was teaching a schoolchild a little English. How wrong she was. Not only is her subject a full-grown thug, he is a dyslexic student who is part of a criminal gang headed by a psychopath. And this psychopath doesn't like people interfering with his business. Soon, she will learn the meaning of treachery. And fear. Note: This novel can be found within a bundle book: Eclipse Quartet: 4 Psychological Thrillers (also on audio).
The first story, "Deadline", relates on mature student, Andrea, about to bag the ideal boyfriend. Only her tutor Mr. Linton and her late thesis stand in the way. The second story, "Outside", enters the disturbed mind of Deke, an ex-convict doing community service outside the home of single mother, Elaine. Only trouble is, he doesn't want to leave. And "Nice" follows the life of Durante, a grant assessor, suspicious of his young girlfriend, Kate, who keeps getting texts from a secret admirer.
Three poignant short stories about repressed emotions and personal discoveries: The opening story, "Blood and Water", is about Abby, a young girl who makes an unpleasant discovery about her family. The following story, "Dead Letter Room", samples the mundane life of Finch, a loner at his place of work. But what secrets does he hide? And finally "What Simon Knows" is not what everyone thinks. Listens to fit a spare moment.
Hostage Jessica would appear to have everything: money, a devoted husband, a lively son and a fulfilling career. But her life takes a nasty turn when she is kidnapped and trapped in a room by three thugs demanding a huge ransom from her rich father. In a bid to escape, she cuts a hole in the bedroom floor with a knife. From there, Jess spies upon her kidnappers as they go about their everyday business. That’s when their hostage starts playing psychological games with them. That’s when her spying pulls her into a dangerous mind game with her abductors.
"Great premise but convoluted"