Darren O’Sullivan’s page-turning next thriller, The Players is published today in paperback by HQ, HarperCollins, introducing The Host and a deadly game.


A stranger has you cornered.

They call themselves The Host.

You are forced to play their game.

In it one person can live and the other must die.

 You are the next player.

You have a choice to make.

 This is a game where nobody wins…


Darren O’Sullivan is known for his unputdownable thrillers. As a graduate of Faber Academy, his debut novel, Our Little Secret, was a number one bestseller in the UK and in four other countries. With his newest novel being featured in ASDA in the Karin Slaughter Bookclub slot again, we’re sure fans will be on the edge of their seat as they dive into his latest, most gripping novel.

The Players has been receiving amazing praise ahead of publication, with CL Taylor describing it as “’Saw’ meets ‘I See You’ in this dark, twisted and deadly game of kill or be killed”. Glowing reviews have likewise continued to flood in from many of Darren’s other contemporaries:

‘I was engrossed in Darren’s new novel from the very first page – high concept, thrilling and very, very dark, it’s a book that draws the reader in so deeply that you can’t help but ask what you would do in this situation. I couldn’t put it down.’Lisa Hall, author of Have You Seen Her

‘There’s a tense game at the heart of this thriller, but the best player by far is O’Sullivan for upping his game once again!’Louise Beech, author of I Am Dust

‘Taut, terrifying and wonderfully original, I devoured The Players in one, heart-stopping sitting.’Chris Whittaker, author of We Begin at the End

‘A clever concept thriller that leaves you breathless, Darren O’Sullivan’s best work yet.’John Marrs, author of What Lies Between Us

 Huge congratulations on your publication Darren! We can’t wait for readers to pick up this heart-racing thriller.