Knowing one of your auto-buy authors has a new book coming soon to your favorite reading spot is the ultimate bookish rush. One of my favorite auto-buy authors is Lisa Unger. Unger’s books are the perfect combination of crime thrillers and psychological thrillers that feature strong female protagonists, complex plots, and twists and turns that will have you begging for more. If you’re like me and you love Lisa Unger, here are some other authors sure to keep you immersed in their stories!
You gotta check out these 16 classic thrillers for suspense junkies>>
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?