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A super-charged, irresistible tour de force about two people fighting their own feelings - and fighting for their lives...

A failed marriage between Melissa Elmett and Will Hyde did a lot of damage. She was too young, he was hurt when she left him. Years later, Melissa becomes the target for a kidnap plot, a consequence of her father's ground-breaking energy-saving invention, and Will is the only man who can protect her. Now they're on the run, thrown together again by the pursuit of vengeance, will their passion for each other reignite?
Recommended by Louise Bagshawe, and 1 others.

Louise BagshaweIt’s cheeky to pick one of your own books, but I’m so proud of this one, I have to say. I wanted to combine Persuasion by Jane Austen, which is my favourite story about love and second chances in life, with a really good chase story. I think I pulled it off! It’s the first book I wrote in six weeks and was completely happy with, barely changed a thing. I fell in love with the hero and he just... (Source)

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Nathan's Run

When twelve-year-old Nathan Bailey kills a guard at a juvenile detention center and runs away, the evidence is clear: The guard's murder is part of a brutal escape plan. Declared incorrigible by a judge, and sentenced to 18 months in the Juvenile Detention Center for stealing a car, there's simply no other explanation. Bailey's a thief, a jail breaker and a murderer, and he must be brought to justice. Or so it seems. In "Nathan's Run," first time novelist John Gilstrap displays a unique talent for reaching into today's headlines. His compelling story is woven around two timely issues: the... more
Recommended by Louise Bagshawe, and 1 others.

Louise Bagshawea fascinating story about a chase, a juvenile detention centre, a bust-out, and the hero is a criminal but you soon find out he’s very much put upon and has been abused and put in an institution. (Source)

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Matter of Honour

Adam Scott listens to the reading of his father's will, aware that the contents can only be meagre. The Colonel, after all, had nothing to leave - except a letter he had never opened himself, a letter that can only bring further disgrace to the family name.

Against his mother's advice, Adam opens the letter, and immediately realizes his life can never be the same again. The contents leave him with no choice but to follow a course his father would have described as a matter of honour.

'Probably the greatest storyteller of our age' "Mail on Sunday"
Recommended by Louise Bagshawe, and 1 others.

Louise BagshaweOne of Jeffrey Archer’s more entertaining books, which is saying quite something because he can certainly write an entertaining read. (Source)

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The Pelican Brief

In suburban Georgetown a killer's Reeboks whisper on the front floor of a posh home... In a seedy D.C. porno house a patron is swiftly garroted to death... The next day America learns that two of its Supreme Court justices have been assassinated. And in New Orleans, a young law student prepares a legal brief... To Darby Shaw it was no more than a legal shot in the dark, a brilliant guess. To the Washington establishment it was political dynamite. Suddenly Darby is witness to a murder -- a murder intended for her. Going underground, she finds there is only one person she can trust -- an... more
Recommended by Louise Bagshawe, and 1 others.

Louise BagshaweThis was probably the last book I read where I literally stayed up until three o’clock in the morning because I could not stop reading it. I just think it is such a brilliant fast-paced story. The characterisation is sparse, terse, but nevertheless really well-drawn. He doesn’t do psychology but it’s a chase story with an ongoing mystery in the back. (Source)

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Eye of the Needle

One enemy spy knows the secret to the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin -- code name: "The Needle" -- who holds the key to ultimate Nazi victory.

Only one person stands in his way: a lonely Englishwoman on an isolated island, who is beginning to love the killer who has mysteriously entered her life.

All will come to a terrifying conclusion in Ken Follett's unsurpassed and unforgettable masterwork of suspense, intrigue, and the dangerous machinations of the human heart.

Recommended by Tess Gerritsen, Louise Bagshawe, and 2 others.

Tess GerritsenJohn le Carré is very cerebral. There is an intellectual puzzle of trying to figure out who the characters are. Eye of the Needle was an out-and-out chase thriller. (Source)

Louise BagshaweThis is another terrific chase story with a bit more characterisation, Ken Follett’s first really big success as an author. It’s interesting because the protagonist is a German spy who has to transmit important information to Germany and he goes on the run to try to do it. (Source)

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