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Rachel Howzell Hall is one of the freshest voices in crime fiction. Combining complex, perfectly paced stories with vibrant characters and a prose to die for, her stories will stay with you long after the final page. From missing women to a mysterious island full of strangers, there is something for everyone in this storytellers catalog. If you’re like me and eagerly awaiting These Toxic Things, releasing in September, here are some books that will make the wait a little easier.
Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby
Bug Montage has really turned his life around from being the best getaway driver to a mechanic, father and husband. Earning an honest living, that old life is in the rearview mirror until a former associate comes at just the right time. With a heist that is impossible to turn down and money already tight as it is, Bug gets back behind the wheel of a getaway car one last time.
Falling by T.J. Newman
Thirty minutes before a plane carrying over one hundred passengers is set to take off, the pilot receives a disturbing message. His family has been kidnapped and the only way they will survive is if the pilot crashes the plane.
When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain
Anna Hart – a missing persons detective in California – flees to her hometown to escape a personal tragedy. Upon her arrival, she learns of a local missing teenage girl and lets herself become immersed in the case. As she learns the details of the case, she is quick to find similarities between this missing teen and a girl who went missing when Anna was growing up.
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Her Three Lives by Cate Holahan
Jade is an up-and-coming social media influencer with a wealthy, older fiancé, Greg. Greg’s children are not convinced Jade is really in love with Greg and that Greg could be deceived by Jade’s beauty. When a home invasion leaves Greg injured, the police investigation quickly intensifies and Greg begins to suspect Jade is hiding something. As Jade’s behavior becomes more and more suspicious, Greg wonders if the home invasion was at random or if there’s more to the story.
Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
Virgil Wounded Horse is a vigilante on the Rosebud Indian Reservation hired to bring justice to those who the legal system fails. When heroin begins to run rampant on the reservation and Virgil’s nephew gets caught up in drug use, Virgil and his ex-girlfriend set out to not only find out where the drugs are coming from, but how to ensure they never enter the reservation again.
When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole
Sydney Green’s Brooklyn neighborhood has changed drastically since she was younger. Her neighbors are disappearing, there’s constantly new condos, and homes are going on the market at a rapid pace. Finding an unlikely ally, Theo, a new neighbor, the two embark on a mission to see where all these changes are coming from. As Sydney and Theo notice patterns between the past and the present, fear starts to set in that something sinister is very close to home.
White Out by Danielle Girard
Kylie Milliard is the lone detective in a small town in North Dakota, is called to a crime scene where a young woman has been murdered and left in a dumpster. On the same night, Lily Baker wakes up surviving a car accident and has no idea who she is. Kylie soon realizes Lily and her murder victim share something in common, but with no memory of her past, Lily is unable to help Kylie put the pieces together. As Kylie dives deeper into her victims past and Lily tries to remember her own, the two women begin a dark journey into the towns darkest secrets.