Carl Bowman is a killer. An assassin for hire whose latest assignment is to take out a ten-year-old girl. He doesn't know what she's done or why someone wants her dead. He just knows he has to kill her. But with the girl in his sights, Carl can't bring himself to pull the trigger. Instead he goes on the run, taking her with him.
When Rosa and Bee get together in the run-up to Bee's wedding, they reminisce about the holiday they took together as teenagers to the beautiful Greek island of Paros. They remember the sandy coves; the guest house in the converted windmill where they stayed with their friend, Iona; and the gorgeous local men. As memories of that long-forgotten holiday resurface, they are forced to confront the turns their lives have taken - and the guilt they both feel about letting Iona slip away from them.
Blum is a mortician - an outspoken woman in a male-dominated profession. She is also the loving mother of two young children and adored by those around her for her kind heart, her strength, and her sharp wit. Blum rides a motorcycle and likes to spend time with friends and her husband, Mark, a policeman. She has been happily married to Mark for eight years, a perfect union. Blum has a good life - a life that masks the terrible secrets of her childhood. Then, in one devastating moment, Mark is killed before Blum's eyes. A hit-and-run.
"Serial killed on the loose"
In 1910, eleven-year-old Iris Villarca lives with her father at Rawblood, a lonely house on Dartmoor. Iris and her father are the last of their name. The Villarcas always die young, bloodily. Iris believes it's because of a congenital disease which means she must isolate herself from the world. But one sunlit autumn day, beside her mother's grave, she forces the truth from her father: the disease is biologically impossible. A lie, to cover a darker secret.
How far would you go to avenge the one you love? Blum has a secret buried deep in her past. She thought she'd left the past behind. But then Mark, the man she loves, dies. His death looks like a hit-and-run. It isn't a hit-and-run. Mark has been killed by the men he was investigating. And then, suddenly, Blum rediscovers what she's capable of...Kill Bill meets Dexter via The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo, Woman of the Dead is a wild ride of a thriller where the first stage of grief is revenge.
When life as you know it changes, will it define you, destroy you or make you stronger? Best friends Isla and Sophie made each other a promise a long time ago: to never let life pass them by. Years later Isla is in love, living abroad and fulfilling her dreams. But for Sophie things haven't turned out the way she was expecting, and she hasn't achieved any of the things she and Isla talked about. And then, in one sudden moment, life irrevocably changes for both women.
When Alice’s brother gets a longed-for chance for a heart transplant, Alice is suddenly off to her estranged grandmother’s house. There’s nothing good about staying with Nell except for beautiful Darkling Wood at the end of her garden - but Nell wants to have it cut down. Alice feels at home there, at peace, and even finds a friend, Flo. But Flo doesn’t seem to go to the local school, and no one has heard of a girl with that name. When Flo shows Alice the surprising secrets of Darkling Wood, Alice starts to wonder, what is real?
Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her cartographer father once mapped. When her best friend disappears, she's determined to be part of the search party. Guided by an ancient map and her knowledge of the stars, Isabella navigates the island's dangerous Forgotten Territories. But beneath the dry rivers and dead forests, a fiery myth is stirring from its sleep.
The countdown to Christmas has begun, and Isabelle is on a family day out at the zoo. As her sister watches the penguins, Isabelle is the only one to catch a glimpse of a snow leopard, with its beautiful spotted silver-grey coat and long fluffy tail. Fascinated by these rare and endangered creatures, Isabelle tries to find out what she can do to help protect them. Little does she know she's about to be whisked into her very own magical snow leopard adventure, where a mother and her cubs are in danger....
'We looked like the perfect young family, something out of a magazine, in shades of marshmallow pink....' A photograph. The father smiling beside his new car, the mother pregnant and radiant, the little girl placing cuddly toys in the cot for her new baby brother. All we see is the happiness. 'We don't see my mother. We don't see the lies.' But behind every picture there is a story. And behind that story, there are others. Every family has its secrets.
Ever since her sister, Agnes, died, Pearl has a tradition whenever it snows. She makes a person out of snow. A snow sister. It makes Christmas feel a little less lonely. On Christmas Eve, her father receives a letter about a long-lost relative's will. Is their luck about to change? Hoping for a better Christmas, Pearl wants to make a Christmas pudding and asks for credit at Mr. Noble's grocery. But she is refused, chased down the street, and hit by a hansom cab. The snow is falling so hard that they can't take her home.
From best-selling author Holly Webb comes a gorgeous wintery story of a very special friendship. Amelia is exploring the huge, old house where her family are spending Christmas when she finds a diary hidden in the attic. It was written by a boy struggling to look after an abandoned wolf pup. Before she knows it, Amelia is transported into the wintry world of the diary. Fans of Holly Webb’s The Reindeer Girl will delight in this beautiful winter’s tale.
Felix is going on safari! He cannot believe his luck when Dad announces he is going on a business trip to Africa and is going to take the family, too. Flo, Felix’s best friend in the whole world, is furious that Felix is going to see so many amazing animals without her. In order for Felix to prove his friendship, she sets him a horribly difficult task: to bring her back a baby monkey!
Abandoned at Chipchase’s Travelling Circus as a baby, Louie dreams of becoming a showstopper, a tightrope walker--The Girl Who Walked on Air--she just needs to be given a chance. And the circus needs her, too--Wellbeloved’s rival show is stealing their crowds.
Reluctantly Mr. Chipchase lets Louie perform. She is a sensation and gets an offer from the sinister Mr. Wellbeloved to perform...
Maisie Hitchins lives in her grandmother’s boarding house, longing for adventure. She idolises the famous detective, Gilbert Carrington, and follows his every case. But Maisie is about to be given the opportunity of a lifetime: her own mystery to solve! The streets of Victorian London are never safe, but Maisie’s on the case!