This summer, some of the most thrilling books of the year will hit the market. These are stories of adventure, danger and mystery so riveting you’ll forget you’re not a detective yourself. While the ever-present threat of doom threatens to overtake your resolute hope for survival, you’ll find your heart beating a little faster as you urgently root on these protagonists who dare to do whatever it takes to get to the truth.
Decimate by Christopher Rice (May 10, 2022)
Claire Huntley and her brother, Poe, were on a midnight hike in Montana when they were mysteriously knocked off their feet by a blinding light that left them with little to no memory of what happened. Now, fourteen years later, Claire is still dealing with anxiety over that night and wants to mend her relationship with Poe, who is now an addict. After Poe’s plane crashes, Claire is reunited with her estranged father and the two are determined to investigate the paranormal force that changed their entire family forever.
The Lioness by Chris Bohjalian (May 10, 2022)
When a Hollywood celebrity, her new husband, and their richest friends embark on a safari in the Tanzania Serengeti, they expect a good amount of adventure, sure, but also luxury and to be waited on by hired staff. It is 1964, and their trip takes a chilling turn when they are kidnapped and held at gunpoint by Russian mercenaries. Themes of fame, race and love are explored in this suspenseful thriller.
The Bus to Beulah by E.C. Hanes (May 10, 2022)
Maria Puente has just discovered a human trafficking ring and is soon kidnapped herself. Desperate to find her before it’s too late, sheriff Will Moser questions powerful businessman Albert Waters and gets nothing in return. At his wife’s insistence, and as a last resort to find Maria, Will turns to Elijah Kahn, a man he served with in Vietnam, and his international security firma.
It Could Be Anyone by Jaime Lynn Hendricks (May 10, 2022)
Five friends head to Miami for their friend Fiona’s wedding to the one and only Trevor Vaughn. Trevor—not part of the friend group—has blackmailed all five of these friends into making sure they do what it takes to get Fiona to say yes to marrying him. When Trevor dies of a sudden allergic reaction at the wedding, the Agatha Christie-esque plot kicks into high gear as it appears everyone wanted Trevor dead.
The Counselors by Jessica Goodman (May 31, 2022)
The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark (June 21, 2022)
Meg goes by different names and, depending on the town, will mold herself into whatever character is most advantageous to gaining your trust. She’s a con artist, and will take everything from you if she can. When Kat Roberts runs into Meg after ten years of waiting for her to return, she’s determined to expose her. But as the two women become closer, Kat discovers that Meg is more than a con artist, and may have some redeemable qualities after all. But this leaves her with more questions about Meg’s past than answers.
Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier (July 19, 2022)
Paris Peralta has just been arrested after being found covered in blood, holding a straight razor, with her famous and wealthy husband dead in the bathtub. To make matters worse, Paris’s biggest fear is the media attention that could draw someone out of the shadows from the past she’s been trying to keep a secret. Twenty-five years ago, Ruby Reyes was convicted of a similar murder that dubbed her the Ice Queen. Ruby knows who Paris really is and after being unexpectedly released from prison, Paris must not only try to win her case, but confront her past before Ruby ruins everything.
The Swell by Allie Reynolds (July 19, 2022)
Kenna Ward is a passionate surfer, but three years ago she retired from the sport when her boyfriend drowned. After she meets a group of elite surfers, a group to which her friend’s new fiancé belongs, she is tempted to join her new friends in the water. But when the group travels to a remote Australian beach, members of the group begin to disappear. To get to the bottom of what’s behind the disappearances and in order to find out who her friend’s fiancé really is, Kenna decides to further embed herself in the group. But by doing so, she suddenly finds herself in very dangerous waters.
The Retreat by Sarah Pearce (July 19, 2022)
Guests at a wellness retreat on a remote island suddenly find themselves unable to leave. What’s worse, there have been two deaths—a fall and a drowning—that detective Elin Warner is convinced were not accidental. The island already has a dark history of murder. Now, Detective Warner must act quickly to find out who the killer is before it’s too late.
The Last to Vanish by Megan Miranda (July 26, 2022)
Filled with unpredictable twists and ceaseless suspense, The Last to Vanish follows Abigail Lovett as she uncovers clues and shocking revelations about the history and people of her adopted hometown, Cutter’s Pass. A history of disappearances in the town is brought into the present after a journalist writing about the town’s unusual history suddenly disappears himself. Abby, always a bit of an outsider, finds herself looking for answers and discovering unsettling truths about her neighbors, co-workers, and closest friends.
The Rule of Three by E.G. Scott (August 2, 2022)
Every week, three women get together for a book club in the gated community of Kingsland. While the women discuss the book, the husbands gather to play poker. Suddenly, one of the evenings turns deadly, after all three husbands wind up dead or hospitalized and the entire town ends up being questioned. What really happened that night?
The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell (August 9, 2022)
Three mysteries bind together three strangers in this riveting thriller. First, Detective Samuel Owusu discovers evidence that suddenly sheds new light on an unsolved murder case from more than thirty years ago. Rachel Rimmer, meanwhile, has just learned that her husband was found dead in his cellar, and police are asking her questions about his past that she is unwilling to answers. Finally, Lucy Lamb fled London thirty years ago, and now her brother is on a quest to find a mysterious boy from their past. As they seek answers, they’ll find that their stories are connected in unimaginable ways.
The Quarry Girls by Jess Lourey (August 16, 2022)
In the summer of 1977 in a small Minnesota community, Heather and Brenda are two friends with a secret. After one of their friends vanishes—the second girl to do so in a week—Heather begins to question if the disappearances are related to what she and Brenda saw in the dark that night. When the police don’t take the vanishings seriously, Heather begins to investigate on her own and realizes that everyone in the town—even her own family—are all desperately hiding secrets of their own. And Heather realizes if she doesn’t get answers quickly, she’s going to be the next to disappear.
All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers (August 16, 2022)
When she was six years old, Margot Davies’ neighbor, January Jacobs, was found dead in a ditch after she vanished. Twenty years later, Margot is a journalist who has never been able to let go of the fact January’s killer was never caught. Upon returning home to care for a sick relative, another little girl from the next town over disappears, the case is eerily similar to January’s. Desperate for answers, Margot begins to look into the two and vows to close the case of what happened to January twenty years ago.
Girl, Forgotten by Karin Slaughter (August 23, 2022)
Forty years ago, Emily Vaughn was a popular high school student getting ready for prom and harboring a secret that resulted in her unsolved murder. Now, US Marshal Andrea Oliver arrives in town to protect a judge receiving death threats. As Andrea arrives, her true motive is to find justice for Emily’s death and finally find the killer before they get to her first.