Lisa Unger is a tour de force in crime fiction. After having almost twenty years’ worth of writing in her catalog, Unger has stories that you can get lost in with strong casts and plots to die for. November 8th, 2022, Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six comes out and you don’t want to miss out on this atmospheric, locked-room thriller! When Hannah’s brother books a getaway for three couples in a luxury cabin in the woods, one would think this is the perfect time for some time to unwind. When a storm begins to brew outside, tensions rise inside as the group finds out the cabin has a terrifying history and everyone inside the cabin is holding on to some dark secrets.
Her Dark Lies by J.T. Ellison
Claire Hunter and her fiancé Jack Compton are preparing for their wedding day on a cliff-top villa owned by the Compton family just off the Italian coast. As the guests of close family and friends arrive for the big day, a storm is brewing. From the moment Claire got to the island, she’s been feeling uneasy, and it’s not just wedding day jitters. She’s receiving threatening texts, her wedding dress has been ruined, skeletal remains were just found, and now she’s wondering what really happened to Jack’s first wife. As the storm starts to get worse, it brings the threat of secrets being exposed just in time for the power to go out.
You Will Remember Me by Hannah Mary McKinnon
A man wakes up on the beach with a head wound and only a pair of swim shorts with no recollection of who he is. Meanwhile, two women are both on the search for a missing man in their lives. Lily’s boyfriend Jack has mysteriously vanished and in her search, she finds he’s been lying to her their entire relationship. Maya has been searching for her estranged brother since he disappeared without a trace. Is the mysterious man on the beach Lily’s boyfriend? Could he be Maya’s brother? Who is this man and what secrets was he hiding before he went into the water?
False Witness by Karin Slaughter
Defense attorney Leigh Collier has the normal life she’s always wanted. She loves her job, her daughter is doing well in school, and even her divorce was drama-free. Leigh hasn’t always had a normal life. She’s worked hard to escape her childhood that was torn apart by a horrific act of violence. When a case defending a wealthy man accused of rape lands on her desk, her past beings to come back to haunt her. This is the case that could make or break her career, but when she meets the accused, she quickly realizes she didn’t coincidentally get assigned this case. This man has known Leigh’s childhood secrets for twenty years and if she doesn’t win the case, he could expose everything she’s been trying to hide for two decades.
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These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall
Mickie Lambert creates digital scrapbooks for her clients of their most precious memories. When Mickie’s latest client, a curio shop owner, dies unexpectedly, Mickie decides to finish the scrapbook in her honor. As Mickie begins to get further into the project, she starts to receive threatening messages from a dormant serial killer and feels like she’s being stalked. As Mickie takes it upon herself to investigate her clients ominous past, Mickie’s life spirals into a dangerous game of cat and mouse.
56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard
56 days ago, Ciara and Oliver meet at a grocery store in Dublin and begin dating as COVID-19 reaches Ireland. 35 days ago, as a lockdown happens, the two make the decision to move in together so the beginning of their relationship isn’t affected by the pandemic. Today, the police arrive to Oliver’s apartment to discover a dead body inside. Who is the body and what happened in the 56 days since this couple met that would lead to death, let alone a possible homicide?
Friends Like These by Kimberly McCreight
A group of friends head to the Catskills for a weekend getaway with good intentions. After a tragedy in college led to the death of one of their friends, the group has vowed to stay close throughout the years and protect one another at all cost. Even though this seems like the perfect getaway, this reunion is shadowed by deadly secrets, betrayal, and revelations that could shatter the group as they plan on having an intervention with one of their friends.
Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
Shelby Tebow was the first local woman to go missing. Not long after, Meredith Dickey and her daughter Delilah disappeared not far from where Shelby was last seen. The town is shocked and saddened. This is not the place things like this happen. Eventually, both cases go cold. Now, eleven years later, Delilah returns. Even though the town is dying to know what happened to Meredith and Delilah and if their disappearance is related to Shelby’s, no one is prepared for what Delilah has to say.
Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier
Angela, Georgina, and Kaiser were the best of friends in high school, until Angela disappeared. Now, almost fifteen years later, Georgina is a successful executive for a pharmaceutical company and Kaiser is a detective with the Seattle PD. When Angela’s remains are found in the woods behind Georgina’s childhood home, the police finally learn that Angela was another victim of serial killer Calvin James. To the world, Calvin James is a monster, but to Georgina, he was her first love when the trio was in high school. Now, Kaiser must get to the truth as to what really happened to Angela the night she died and question, how much did Georgina know? And what other secrets is she keeping?
Blood Will Tell by Heather Chavez
Single mother Frankie Barrera has been more protective of her sister Izzy than usual for the last five years after she found Izzy at the scene of an accident with no memory as to what happened. Since that night, one girl was never seen again. When Frankie gets the notification for an AMBER alert and her truck is connected to the abduction of a girl, Frankie finds herself at a crossroads between still protecting Izzy and also claiming her own innocence.
The Replacement Wife by Darby Kane
Elisa thinks her brother-in-law is a murderer. Josh has one dead wife, a missing fiancée, and has just started dating someone new. Elisa becomes friends with Josh’s new girlfriend as she desperately tries to find out what happened to his wife and fiancée, fearing this young woman could be next. She’s even uncovered a laptop with incriminating evidence and information for other women. The closer to what she thinks is the truth that she gets to, the more Elisa questions her sanity as memories of an incident from years ago get tangled in her investigation.
Somebody’s Home by Kaira Rouda
Julie Jones and her daughter Jess have just moved to their new house in Oceanside for a fresh start. What the two don’t know is that the previous owners didn’t bring everything, or everyone, with them when they left. Tom Dean not only hates his father, but also the woman who has moved into his family’s home. While Julie thinks that Tom is going to be gone in a few days, her fresh start is about to turn into a true nightmare.
My Darling Husband by Kimberly Belle
Jade and Cam have it all – the beautiful house, the two adorable children, and a successful restaurant. Their perfect life is shattered when Jade finds a masked intruder in their home and the intruder holds her hostage for ransom. While Jade and the intruder wait for Cam to try to get the money, Jade realizes that Cam may be hiding detrimental information from her regarding their lifestyle. As Jade wonders if Cam is hiding more than just their finances from her, the intruder’s secrets are really what she should be concerned about.
The Quarry Girls by Jess Lourey
Heather and Brenda are two best friends about to have their lives changed forever. It’s the summer of 1977 in Minnesota and something that the two girls have seen is a deadly secret that they have decided to not tell anyone. Now, two girls are missing and the police have no updates. Heather fears the disappearances are connected to what they saw and begins to realize that she can’t trust anyone because the closer she gets to the truth, the more likely it is that she could be next.
Are You Sara? by S.C. Lalli
Saraswati “Sara” Bhaduri is a law student working two jobs to get her through school. When what seems like an ordinary Tuesday becomes a burden, Sara is sent to the bathroom of the bar she works at to deal with a drunk girl who’s name is Sarah. After both ordering a rideshare, Sara gets into the car and parts ways with Sarah. When Sara wakes up at her destination, she finds that somehow the rides were switched and she got in Sarah’s car by mistake. After making her way home, she finds Sarah dead on her doorstep. Now, Sara wonders who was the original target? Did she escape death?
Blood Sugar by Sascha Rothchild
Ruby is an animal lover and therapist and happily married to Jason. But now, Ruby is sitting across from a homicide detective being accused of Jason’s murder. The ironic thing? Ruby’s killed before – three times in fact – but she definitely did not kill Jason. In order to find the person responsible for Jason’s death, Ruby must look back in her past and every moment that led to her being in this predicament.