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High Pressure Digital Exclusive

A gripping spiderweb thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of Little Bones and The Dark Room

As temperatures soar across Europe during the hottest summer for forty years, a series of hoax terrorist attacks is generating panic in London. Then a bus blows up on Oxford Street and the hoaxes have suddenly become real.

Student Brioni O’Brien has been desperately trying to contact her older sister since she unexpectedly returned early from travelling, so when Marissa’s bag is found near the site of the explosion, she fears the worst.

Teaming up with terrorism expert Anna Lockharte to search for Marissa, Brioni discovers that her sister had got herself into a very dangerous situation – and that now she and Anna could be caught in the fallout.


‘The tension almost vibrates from the page and it is another must-read in my book.’ Aine Toner

‘‘High Pressure’ is superbly written.  Sam certainly knows how to grab the reader’s attention and draw them into what proves to be one hell of a story… I couldn’t turn the pages  quickly enough as I worked my way through the book.’ Ginger Book Geek

‘By the end of the first page I was interested—by page twenty I had shut down the rest of my day, pulled a blanket over my lap, stocked up on tea and biscuits and settled in for the ride…The pace didn’t let up until the end and neither did the twists. As the main plot pulls us quickly through the story, Sam Blake drops little breadcrumbs here and there, tiny shining jewels, that kept me absolutely glued to the page…Blake has a way of weaving each character’s tale effortlessly through the main story and although the cast feels small at first, it swiftly grows, and each new player brings their own game.’ Catherine Murphy Books Ireland

‘Absolutely loved this book by Sam Blake. It’s her best yet. The writing is great. The characters are superb, and there’s tension on every page. I love the fast pace of this book and there were some pretty great twists and surprises in store….A big 5 stars from me and I can’t wait to read the next book.’ Amanda E, NetGalley Reviewer

‘High Pressure’ is probably one of the best crime thrillers I’ve read. Completely in awe of writing style, the plot and characterization. It felt like watching a fast moving film. Descriptions of settings and events so utterly real and story completely captivating. My heart was racing reading it. Absolute page-turner.’ Nicola Kearns

‘What a read. An excellent read with creepy menace in it plus some gripping and twisty suspence too. Absolutely loved it. Couldn’t put it down. I loved Brioni. She was my favourite. This is the first book I’ve read by this author. But it won’t be the last. 5*.’ NetGalley Reviewer

‘Very thrilling read. Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start. Love the well fleshed out characters and found them believable. Great suspense and found myself second guessing every thought I had continuously. Can’t wait to read what the author brings out next. Recommend reading. 5*’ NetGalley Reviewer

‘Every now and again a book comes along that totally blows you away and this was one of those.” 5* Donna Morfett

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Available in digital worldwide, audio December 2021

Published by Corvus Atlantic & Bolinda Audio

Published September 2021


All books by Sam Blake