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John Marrs

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John Marrs is a freelance journalist based in London, England, who has spent the last 20 years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines.

He has written for publications including The Guardian's Guide and Guardian Online; OK! Magazine; Total Film; Empire; Q; GT; The Independent; Star; Reveal; Company; Daily Star and News of the World's Sunday Magazine.

Genres: Mystery, Science Fiction

John Marrs recommends
Close to Home (2017)
(DI Fawley Thriller, book 1)
Cara Hunter
"Close to Home hit the ground running and didn't stop right until the final page . . . the last [twist] was a genuine stroke of genius . . . told in a unique, modern way that sets the bar for new crime writers . . . the last time I felt that excited by a book was A Kind Worth Killing."
The Memory Chamber (2018)
Holly Cave
"Strikingly original and impossible to put down; one of those novels that stays with you long after you reach the final page. Holly has created a fictitious world that feels impossibly real; a story that you wish you had written."
Dead North (2018)
(Sam Williams, book 1)
Joel Hames
"Will leave me with a thriller hangover for some time."
One Way (2018)
(Frank Kitteridge, book 1)
S J Morden
"A rip-roaring thriller of a book that hits the ground running and doesn't stop until the final chapter."
Close Your Eyes (2018)
Darren O'Sullivan
"A well crafted, nail biting thriller crammed with unpredictable twists. It wrong foots you with a killer twist that will have you re-reading because you can’t believe you didn’t see it coming."
Her Name Was Rose (2018)
Claire Allan
"A psychological thriller with a heart: taut, emotionally challenging and unlike so many thrillers, each twist and turn is here because it deserves to be and not for the sake of it."
One Little Lie (2018)
Sam Carrington
"A kick-ass page turner … I was knocked senseless by the awesome twist."
Before Her Eyes (2018)
Jack Jordan
"Packed with intense, unpredictable, heart-stopping moments, this is a first rate psychological thriller you won't forget in a hurry. It's one of those 'just one more chapter' books you don't want to put down."
Blood for Blood (2019)
(Ziba Mackenzie, book 1)
Victoria Selman
"A storyline that speeds along at a rate of knots—a bloody good thriller!"
Call Me Star Girl (2019)
Louise Beech
"A change in direction of genre but one that pays off – it effortlessly retains Louise’s inimitable voice. A thriller with heart, passion and twists that will surprise even the most astute readers."
The Silent Patient (2019)
Alex Michaelides
"The definition of a page turner. The twist comes as hard and fast as a slap across the face."
A Version of the Truth (2019)
B P Walter
"Day one of my holiday lost to B P Walter and his intriguing thriller A Version of the Truth. If you like Peter Swanson, this will be right up your dark, twisted alley."
Across the Void (2019)
S K Vaughn
"The mysterious SK Vaughn has taken a well-loved genre and given it a much needed shot in the arm. Fantastic idea, but delivered with such heart, incredible tension, and beautifully drawn out characters. It’s the best survival thriller I’ve read since The Martian."
Trance (2019)
(Alex Madison, book 1)
Adam Southward
"A tense, original thriller that perfectly blends the nail-biting suspense and shocks of Silence of the Lambs and Shutter Island."
The Nobody People (2019)
(Resonant Duology, book 1)
Bob Proehl
"The epitome of a page-turner, with well-drawn-out characters, tense set pieces, and a cinematic feel."
I Will Make You Pay (2019)
Teresa Driscoll
"Another highly accomplished, breathless thriller…had me awake until the early hours, bleary-eyed and craving just one more chapter."
The God Game (2020)
Danny Tobey
"Like an episode of Black Mirror written by Stephen King. It reminded me in parts of Stand By Me meets Ready Player One - a wildly original thriller with heart."
The House Guest (2020)
Mark Edwards
"I flew through The House Guest, and loved its innovative twists and turns. Mark is king of the curveball."
The Other People (2020)
C J Tudor
"Like no book you’ve read before. It’s the definition of a nail-biting page-turner and sets the bar high for every other thriller this year. Tudor remains at the top of her game. Tightly plotted and utterly unpredictable, The Other People proves that Tudor is the queen of the cliffhanger."
The Alibi Girl (2020)
(Alibi , book 2)
C J Skuse
"It has everything you’d expect from Skuse; tragic twists and turns but always with heart at its core. Heart-wrenching, impossible to predict and completely absorbing."
The Wreckage (2020)
Robin Morgan-Bentley
"It doesn't feel like a first novel at all, it's written with the confidence of someone several books into their writing career. I absolutely loved Alice and her sarcasm. It's a great original idea, and the style reminded me in parts of authors like Clare Mackintosh, TM Logan and Mark Edwards."
Strangers (2020)
C L Taylor
"Wonderfully devious, clever cliffhangers and utterly addictive."
The Babysitter (2020)
Phoebe Morgan
"Smart and sophisticated, with a payoff that’s well worth the wait. This is a dark, chilling thriller oozing with secrets, betrayals and twists."
The Magnificent Sons (2020)
Justin Myers
"Tales Of The City for a new generation . . . smart, touching, razor-sharp one-liners, a life-affirming read with characters that burst from the page yet remain believable. I fell utterly in love with it."
The Search Party (2020)
Simon Lelic
"I've spent every free moment of the last few days feasting on The Search Party...a bloody good read and the very definition of unpredictable. Twisty, creepy, brilliantly paced, and with a denouement I never saw coming."
The Mirror Man (2020)
Jane Gilmartin
"A remarkable debut...Great concept and brilliantly executed."
The Push (2020)
Claire McGowan
"The definition of an utterly absorbing page turner. Richly drawn out characters, a compelling plot, and a finale that will keep you guessing."
The Silent Friend (2020)
Diane Jeffrey
"A thoughtful drama exploring an unlikely friendship. Fans of The Dilemma and Three Hours will love this."
The Last Resort (2020)
Susi Holliday
"The Last Resort kept me guessing until the very end. A clever concept with some fascinating characters."
Sleepless (2020)
Louise Mumford
"The Circle meets Black Mirror in a thrilling, plausible and gripping debut. Frighteningly inventive."
The Pact (2021)
Sharon Bolton
"You won't be able to turn the pages fast enough. A thriller with so many twists and turns you may need to take a travel sickness tablet before reading."
Shame (2021)
Elizabeth Forbes
"Gripping, tense and thought-proving."
The Late Train to Gipsy Hill (2021)
Alan Johnson
"A smart, captivating, modern but timeless thriller."
Curfew (2022)
Jayne Cowie
"What a thought provoking read! So timely, so relevant and so remarkably written, it's going to live with me for some time to come."
The Attic Child (2022)
Lola Jaye
"As educational as it was exceptional. I was nowhere near ready for it to end. It was heartbreakingly sad yet life affirming and full of hope. One of the most important books you'll read all year."
It Ends At Midnight (2022)
Harriet Tyce
"Intriguing characters, deceptive twists and a punch-to-the-gut finale. Harriet Tyce always delivers."
Complicit (2022)
Winnie M Li
"Powerful and compulsive, an era-defining novel that's impossible to put down."
A Stranger on Board (2022)
Cameron Ward
"Agatha Christie meets Die Hard on water. A fantastic, full throttle thriller that never takes its foot off the accelerator."
The Other Side of Night (2022)
Adam Hamdy
"A fantastic read. Mind bending, gut wrenchingly tense and one of the most original stories I've read in years. It was an absolute treat."
The Skeleton Key (2022)
Erin Kelly
"A unique storyteller; impossible to predict, impossible to put down."

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