2022 is set to be another amazing year for book releases, especially thrillers and suspense novels. The first quarter of the new year has so many releases coming out from Nordic Noir to chilling serial killer tales. But as summer comes, there are plenty of buzz-worthy thrillers that you will feel the desire to pre-order before Labor Day!
The Mirror Man by Lars Kepler (Jan 18, 2022)
After disappearing at sixteen and being held captive for five years, a young girl named Jenny is found dead. Detective Joona Linna discovers the murder is connected to a death that was declared a suicide years ago. When a seventeen-year-old goes missing shortly after Jenny is found murdered, Joona Linna soon finds out that these abductions and murders are the work of a serial killer.
Somebody’s Home by Kaira Rouda (Jan 18, 2022)
In Somebody’s Home, Julie Jones has finally left her suffocating marriage with big plans to start over with her teen daughter, Jess. In Julie’s mind, their lovely new home in the quiet neighborhood of Oceanside is the first step toward a promising new beginning. However, the previous owners, a pastor and his wife, have left something―or rather someone―behind… The house was the only home Tom Dean has ever known—and he never plans to leave it, with an intensity fueled by his bitter hatred for his father, the pastor, who considers him a lost cause. And now, also for the woman who’s moved into their family’s house. But Tom has the perfect plan. Will a fresh start turn into a nightmare? And who will get exactly what they deserve?
Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulker (Jan 25, 2022)
When Helen meets Rachel at her first prenatal class, she is immediately drawn to the woman who is so opposite of her. Where Helen has a gorgeous husband and a beautiful home, Rachel doesn’t seem to care at all that she is expecting a baby. As Rachel’s behavior becomes concerning, Helen finds that the two could be connected through a terrible crime that could destroy them both if the truth came out.
Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka (Jan 25, 2022)
Serial killer Ansel Packer is set to be executed in twelve hours for the murders of the young women he murdered years ago. Through the eyes of women in Ansel’s life, Kukafka gives the reader a biography of the killer from his mother, his wife’s twin sister, and the homicide detective who hunted him down.
Catch Her When She Falls by Allison Buccola (Feb 1, 2022)
When Micah Wilkes was a senior in high school, her boyfriend was convicted of murdering her best friend, Emily. Now, a decade later, Micah is the owner of a coffee shop and in a happy relationship with another former classmate. Upon seeing information shared on a true crime blog about Emily’s case about other suspects that could have killed Emily, Micah begins to question the truth about what happened the night Emily was killed.
Other People’s Clothes by Calla Henkel (Feb 1, 2022)
After her best friend’s murder, art student Zoe Beech travels to Berlin to study abroad. In Berlin, Zoe and fellow exchange student Hailey find a sublet by a famous thriller-author, Beatrice Becks. As the two girls spend their evenings partying and their days sleeping off hangovers, Hailey becomes convinced Beatrice is watching them and insists on giving an award-winning performance. Hosting weekly nightclub parties in Beatrice’s apartment, the two friends find themselves walking a thin line between who they are and who they are portraying themselves to be.
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley (Feb 22, 2022)
Jess is broke after recently leaving her job, so she is set to start over in Paris to stay with her half-brother Ben. Upon arriving to his luxurious apartment, Jess finds that Ben is nowhere to be found. As the days go by, Jess becomes suspicious and finds herself suspecting that one of Ben’s neighbors could have something to do with Ben’s disappearance. With every neighbor being a suspect and hiding their own secrets, Jess must find out what happened to Ben as she tries to escape her past.
The Night Shift by Alex Finlay (Mar 1, 2022)
On New Year’s Eve in 1999, four teenagers working at Blockbuster are attacked, leaving only one survivor. The police identify the boyfriend of one of the victims as the prime suspect and he flees, only to be never seen again. Fifteen years later, more teenage employees are attacked at an ice cream shop with only one survivor. As the lives of three people intersect including the survivor from the Blockbuster attack, the brother of the accused, and an FBI agent who is investigating both crimes, are the two cases connected or simply isolated incidents?
The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (Mar 8, 2022)
Avery Chambers will not take on a new client unless she knows she can fix them in ten sessions. Marissa and Mathew Bishop seem like the golden couple, until Marissa cheats and wants to mend their relationship for them and their young son. Upon hearing about Avery from a friend, Marissa decides to take a chance on the therapist, who has recently lost her license. But, when the three meet and Marissa confesses her secret, she finds that they are all hiding something, and her marriage isn’t the only thing in danger.
Nine Lives by Peter Swanson (Mar 15, 2022)
Nine people receive a single sheet of paper with nine names on it, including their own. None of these people have anything in common nor do they know each other, so they dismiss it as random junk mail. Then, people on the list begin to be violently attacked and it is up to FBI agent Jessica Winslow, who is also on the list, to find out what links these nine people and who has a vendetta against all of them.
One of Us Is Dead by Jeneva Rose (April, 26, 2022)
Buckhead is not a place for the weak. Full of lavish houses, expensive cars, and a cast of deadly women, some would say that not all will survive. Shannon was once the queen bee of the town but when her husband leaves her for a younger woman, she is determined to get revenge. Crystal is a young Texan who is Shannon’s replacement and no clue what she’s in for. Olivia is the determined and backstabbing woman who is looking to be the new queen. Jenny owns the hottest salon in town and knows all of her clients secrets. Which of these women will be left standing and who will be entering a body bag?
Blood Will Tell by Heather Chavez (April 26, 2022)
Frankie Barrera is a single mom and teacher who has always been very protective of her sister Izzy, especially after the night five years ago when Frankie found Izzy at the scene of an accident and she couldn’t remember a thing. After that night, one girl was never seen again. When an AMBER alert comes out and Frankie’s truck is connected to the abduction of a girl, Frankie must realize how much she can really protect Izzy and how far she’s willing to go. After all, the only person with access to Frankie’s truck is Izzy.
I’ll Be You by Janelle Brown (April 26, 2022)
Sam and Elli were once famous twin sisters and actresses who were closer than ever. After leaving the entertainment business, Elli went from Hollywood to homemaker and Sam became addicted to booze and pills. After Sam receives a phone call from her father claiming Elli has disappeared, she is determined to find her sister and save her before it’s too late, proving that the bound of sisterhood can truly never be broken.
My Summer Darlings by May Cobb (May 17, 2022)
Jen, Kittie and Cynthia have been friends for forever and are now approaching forty in the East Texas town they call home. When the mysterious and handsome Will Harding comes into town, he is the hot topic of conversation amongst the three friends. As Will slithers into each woman’s life, things come with deadly consequences as friendships are tested and obsession is at an all time high.
Never Coming Home by Hannah Mary McKinnon (May 24, 2022)
Lucas Forester’s wife, Michele, was far from perfect. While she was brilliant and beautiful, she was also snobby and had an attitude. But most notably, Michelle was filthy rich. For years, Lucas has been crafting the perfect plan to take a hit out on Michelle and gain her fortune. Everything was seemingly going along according to plan, that is until a photo and a note show up at his doorstep, and Lucas becomes aware someone knows the truth.
The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager (June 21, 2022)
Casey Fletcher is a recent widow and actress avoiding some bad press by escaping to her family lake house in Vermont. With bourbon and binoculars to entertain her, Casey finds herself watching the glamorous couple across the lake, Tom and Katherine Royce. After Casey saves Katherine from drowning one day, the two become quick friends and Casey begins to realize Katherine and Tom’s marriage is far from perfect. When Katherine suddenly disappears, Casey immediately suspects Tom and begins a game of cat and mouse that proves you never really know what goes on behind closed doors.
Stay Awake by Megan Goldin (August 9, 2022)
Liv Reese has just woken up in the back of a taxi with no memory of how she got there. Then, upon arriving home, a stranger now lives in her brownstone and refuses to let her in. When Liv goes to grab her phone, she realizes it’s missing—and in its place is a bloody knife, her hands are covered in black ink that reads “STAY AWAKE.” Two years ago, Liv was living with her best friend, dating a new man, and writing for a popular magazine. Now, she has no recollection of what’s happening in her life and comes across news of a crime scene in which the victim’s blood was used to write a message on a window, similar to the one on her hand. On the run and with no one to turn to, Liv must investigate what really happened to her before someone gets too close.
The Last Housewife by Ashley Winstead (August 16, 2022)
When she was in college in upstate New York, Shay Evans and her friends were entranced by a man who flipped their lives upside down, and by the time she got to her senior year, only Shay and her friend Laurel were able to escape. Eight years later, Shay is attempting to live a normal life when she hears of Laurel’s sudden death. Joining her favorite true crime podcaster, Shay revisits her past and is quickly pulled back into the world she tried so desperately to escape.
Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney (August 30, 2022)
Daisy Darker’s family is finally getting together to celebrate Nana’s 80th birthday after avoiding each other for years. Gathering on a small island, the family will be trapped for eight hours after the tide comes in. As the clock strikes midnight, Nana is found dead and an hour later, another family member is as well. Forced to confront their secrets, the Darkers must fight to stay alive as someone on the island is killing them one by one.