With summer comes the perfect time to lounge by the pool or go to the beach with your favorite companion: a new and immersive thriller that will have you flying through the pages! Grab your SPF, a pair of sunglasses, and get ready to be totally captivated with these hot new thriller, mystery and suspense novels that will make this summer one you’ll never forget.
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I Didn’t Do It by Jaime Lynn Hendricks (5/23)
Murderpalooza is the thriller writers’ conference that is supposed to celebrate the murder genre, but ends up a crime scene of its own when popular author Kristin Bailey is found dead. Now four other authors are being targeted by an anonymous social media account, including a midlist author, an author with too big of an ego, an author who hasn’t been popular in years, and a new author. The more the anonymous account exposes their secrets and connections to Kristin, the more convinced each one of them becomes that one another is the killer.
Sing Her Down by Ivy Pochoda (5/23)
Florence “Florida” Baum is far from innocent when she arrives at the Arizona women’s prison. Her ex-cellmate, Diosmary Sandoval, knows the truth about Florida’s crimes and what makes Florida tick. She knows the darkness that lives inside Florida and how the innocent act is purely a show. When both women suddenly find themselves free, Dios’s obsession with unmasking the true Florida turns into a game of cat-and-mouse in Los Angeles.
The Revenge List by Hannah Mary McKinnon (5/23)
It’s been a long time coming, but Frankie Morgan is finally in an anger-management support group after years of dealing with insufferable clients, a crabby next-door neighbor, and grieving the loss of her mother (whose driver who killed her is still free). Her first assignment is to make a list of everyone who has wronged her. Frankie’s list soon disappears and before she knows it, everyone on the list is getting hurt in deadly accidents. If Frankie doesn’t find out who is responsible for this, she could be next as her name is at the top of her own list.
All the Sinners Bleed by S.A. Cosby (6/6)
A year ago, FBI Agent Titus Crown returned to Charon County, his hometown run by a bigoted police force, to run for sheriff and eventually became the first Black sheriff in the county. Now, a young Black man has been fatally shot by Titus’s deputies, and Titus has just unearthed a serial killer hiding out in the small town. Now Titus must take down a serial killer, all while dealing with racism and small-town drama like bar fights.
The Drowning Woman by Robyn Harding (6/13)
Lee Gulliver’s life has taken an abrupt turn when her restaurant fails and she cannot keep up with her debt. Now, Lee is homeless and living in her car in a park in Seattle. One morning, Lee sees a woman throw herself into the ocean, only to rescue her. The woman, Hazel, is furious and tells Lee she wanted to die to escape an abusive marriage. The next day, Hazel returns to the park and she and Lee form an unexpected friendship that ultimately ends up with Hazel asking Lee to help her disappear.
The Quiet Tenant by Clemence Michallon (6/20)
Aidan Thomas is hardworking and popular in the small upstate New York town where he lives . No one has anything bad to say about Aidan but also, no one truly knows him. In reality, Aidan is a kidnapper and serial killer who has murdered eight women and his ninth victim, Rachel, is locked in his backyard shed. After his wife dies, Aidan and his thirteen-year-old daughter, Cecilia, move and Aidan is left with no choice but to bring Rachel along as well, introducing her to Cecilia as a family friend. Although Aidan has held Rachel captive for five years, she’s not as brainwashed as he thinks and finally thinks she can use Cecilia to escape. Soon enough, local restaurant owner, Emily, finds herself crushing on Aidan and close to finding out the truth about Aidan, Rachel and Cecilia.
Don’t Forget the Girl by Rebecca McKanna (6/20)
Serial killer Jon Allan Blue is about to be executed, and friends Bree and Chelsea are frustrated to see Blue’s crimes and execution overshadow their friend Abby’s case. Twelve years ago, Abby disappeared and was believed to be the victim of Blue. While Bree and Chelsea have been estranged since Abby’s disappearance, the two reunite when a popular podcast decides to make their next season about the victims of Jon Allan Blue’s murders.
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Zero Days by Ruth Ware (6/20)
Jack and her husband Gabe are the best hackers in the business, often hired as penetration specialists to break into buildings and their security systems. When an assignment goes wrong, Jack finds her husband dead and the police believe her to be the main suspect. Now on the run and with nowhere to go, Jack must hunt for a killer when she knows she can trust no one.
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The Only One Left by Riley Sager (6/20)
Seventeen-year-old Lenora Hope was reduced to an urban legend after her family was murdered in 1929 and the police were unable to prove she was responsible. Lenora never spoke about what happened that night, and never returned to the cliffside mansion where the murders occurred. Now, in 1983, home-health aide Kit McDeere has just arrived to take care of Lenora, now in her seventies. After a series of strokes, Lenora is now unable to speak and can only communicate by using a typewriter, in which she uses to give a clear message to Kit: I want to tell you everything. Kit soon realizes after communicating with Lenora that there’s much more to the story than anyone ever could imagine.
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Before She Finds Me by Heather Chavez (6/27)
On her daughter Cora’s college move-in day, Julia Bennett’s life takes a harrowing turn. After an argument with her ex-husband and his new wife, an attack changes everything and Julia’s actions save Cora. Meanwhile, newly pregnant assassin Ren Petrovic knows her husband, Nolan, was on campus that day, and is wondering why he broke the rule of telling her about an assignment ahead of time. As Ren begins to wonder who hired Nolan—and why did this one woman act so different compared to everyone else?—Julia wonders if the attack was as random as people are making it seem.
Thicker Than Water by Megan Collins (7/11)
Sienna and Julia Larkin are sisters-in-law, friends and business partners who were brought together by Jason, Sienna’s brother and Julia’s husband. When Jason’s boss is found brutally murdered, everyone is shocked to hear the news—that is until Jason gets into a car accident and is in a coma as the police announce he is the prime suspect. Sienna and Julia decide to help clear Jason’s name while he is in a coma, but things take a turn when during their investigation, Sienna is convinced Jason is innocent, while Julia starts to believe he could be guilty.
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A Likeable Woman by May Cobb (7/11)
Kira’s mother was a troublemaker, but after her mysterious death, Kira fled the wealthy town in Texas and vowed to never return. Now, decades later, Kira is returning for a frenemy’s vow renewal. But that’s not the only reason Kira is returning. Her grandmother has been sending urgent texts about information regarding her mother’s death that led her to believe it’s actually a murder. When her grandmother gives Kira the memoir her mother was working on before her death, Kira gets closer and closer to the truth—finding that someone doesn’t want her digging into the past and is determined to let some secrets stay buried.
Whisper by Brian Dearborn (7/18)
Madison Parker is just trying to find her way and get her life back on track after a bad break-up and the death of her father. When her best friend from her hometown is brutally murdered, Madison is forced to deal a killer who is targeting other people within her tight knit circle that isn’t going to stop playing their deadly game until they are face-to-face with Madison.
A Twisted Love Story by Samantha Downing (7/18)
Wes and Ivy are in a tumultuous relationship. When things are good, they are the picture-perfect couple but when things are bad, all hell breaks loose. While Wes and Ivy are used to this rollercoaster of breakups to makeups, things need to end soon when the arrival of a detective threatens to pop their bubble. No matter how good or bad things get, Wes and Ivy have never discussed what happened the night that they had their biggest fight that resulted in someone dead.
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Cutting Teeth by Chandler Baker (7/18)
Darby, Mary Beth, and Rhea are ready to take back some of the things in their lives that took a backseat to motherhood, including their careers, bodies and sex lives. Motherhood becomes front and center again when a mysterious condition begins to go around their kids preschool that causes the children to crave blood. When a teacher is found dead, the 10 four year old children are not only the only witnesses, but suspects as well.
The Spider by Lars Kepler (7/25)
Three years ago, Detective Saga Bauer received a gun and nine white bullets, one of which was intended for her partner, Detective Joona Linna. Nothing came of the threat until now, when a body has been found hanging from a tree in a forest. Soon, the body count begins to rise and with each crime, the police receive a riddle that if solved could stop the murders before they happen.
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I Did It For You by Amy Engel (7/25)
Fourteen years ago, Greer Dunning’s family was forever changed when her older sister, Eliza, was murdered. After the execution of the killer, another killing eerily similar to Eliza’s has happened. The authorities are quick to label it a copycat killing, but Greer believes there’s more to the story. When Greer returns to her hometown, she will stop at nothing to find answers to the questions that have been haunting her for over a decade.
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The Trap by Catherine Ryan Howard (8/1)
A year ago Lucy’s sister, Nicki, went to meet friends at a pub in Ireland and never came home. She was the third woman to go missing. Angela works a thankless job in the Missing Persons Unit but is desperate to become a member of the Irish police force. With the investigation into the missing women is halted, Angela takes the investigation into her own hands, but finds that if she solves this crime she will never be able to join the police force. Meanwhile, a man is driving through the streets with a woman in his backseat and he is preparing to tell her the whole story.
To Catch a Storm by Mindy Mejia (8/1)
When her husband’s car is found abandoned and on fire, Eve Roth has just become the main suspect. Eve’s husband was recently suspended from the University of Iowa for inappropriate conduct with a student. Eve has no idea why her husband would disappear and is desperate to find him. When Jonah Kendrick shows up and tells Eve he has seen her husband, Eve is reluctant to believe the psychic detective who has helped find missing people in the past. When Eve and Jonah’s investigations collide as the temperatures drop, they go across the state in hopes of answers that neither one of them can guarantee they are ready for.
What Never Happened by Rachel Howzell Hall (8/1)
Colette “Coco” Weber has just returned to her Catalina Island home for the first time in twenty years after being the sole survivor of a brutal home invasion. All Coco wants is to take back control of her life, including her talent for writing obituaries. When Coco gets a job with the local paper, she finds that all of the obituaries she’s writing have eerie connections and believes it to be the work of a serial killer, one who Coco finds could be connected to her own family tragedy.
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The Hurricane Blonde by Halley Sutton (8/8)
Salma Lowe used to be Hollywood royalty and a former child-star, but now is a tour guide for the Stars Six Feet Under bus tour. Salma spends her day showing tourists where actresses have died while constantly remembering her sister Tawney’s death. Tawney was the “Hurricane Blonde” due to her behavior off-camera, and her murder from the ’90s remains unsolved. During the tour, a dead body is found on the property where Tawney once lived, and Salma finds that the dead woman looks just like her sister. Forced to confront her past, Salma finds herself finally dealing with Tawney’s murder as she hunts for a killer.
None of This is True by Lisa Jewell (8/8)
While out at a local pub celebrating her forty-fifth birthday, podcaster Alix Summers meets a woman with the same exact birthday, named Josie Fair. Days later, Alix runs into Josie again and Josie tells her she has a great subject for her podcast. Although Josie’s life seems complicated and Alix finds Josie unsettling, she can’t say no to the idea. Then, Alix finds Josie is hiding some dark secrets in her life and before she knows it, Josie disappears, leaving Alix as the subject of her own podcast.
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These Still Black Waters by Christina McDonald (8/8)
Neve Maguire has just returned to her childhood summer home at Black Lake for a fresh start after a home invasion. But Neve’s peaceful fresh start comes to a screeching halt when a woman is found floating in the lake behind her house. Detective Jess Lambert is back in town after her own personal tragedy and knows Neve has secrets of her own. When another body is found, both Neve and Jess are forced to confront their pasts.
Where the Dead Sleep by Joshua Moehling (8/15)
Deputy Ben Packard is back, and this time, he has just reported to a home invasion that left Bill Sandersen shot in his bed. Bill was well-liked in the small town, but everyone had a story about him, and anyone could be guilty. When tragedy strikes the Sheriff’s department, Ben is left with the difficult decision to step down as acting Sheriff for the quiet life he’s been craving, or run for the full-time role of Sheriff, which he isn’t even sure he wants. An attempt on Ben’s life could only mean he’s getting closer to the truth about this small town—and someone out there is willing to kill to keep their secrets hidden.
After That Night by Karin Slaughter (8/20)
Sara Linton has completely taken control of her life and tried her best to move on from the brutal assault she endured fifteen years ago. Working on call in the ER, Sara’s past comes back in a terrifying way when a patient comes in who has been brutally attacked and GBI Special Agent Will Trent is the one who begins to find similarities between what happened to Sara and the attack of Dani Cooper.
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