Everything We Didn't Say by Nicole BaartThen: After graduating high school, Juniper Baker is enjoying the summer in her small Iowa town when her neighbors are brutally murdered and her younger brother becomes the prime suspect.
Now: Librarian Juniper reluctantly returns to the home town she fled to help her terminally ill friend manage the local library. Her timing coincides with the production of a true crime podcast about the murders, and now Juniper must decide what she's willing to do (and risk) to uncover the ugly truth.
Reviewers say: This novel about "familial ties, betrayals, and long-overdue confrontations" should "keep any Paula Hawkins, Mary Kubica, or Janelle Brown fan satisfied" (Booklist).
Every Hidden Thing by Ted FlanaganWhat it is: a gritty and intricately plotted debut about ambition, political corruption, and tying up loose ends set in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Featuring: shady mayor John O'Toole; graveyard shift paramedic Thomas Archer; former cop Eamon Conroy; pregnant City Hall clerk Daisy Fontana; local journalist Lu McCarthy; and conspiracy theorist Gerry Knak.
Why you might like it: This mismatched cast of characters and their disparate, competing interests are all united by an unexpected and compelling thread that readers won't see coming.
Sleepless by Romy HausmannWhat it's about: Nadja Kulka gets a job at one of Berlin's top law firms working for defense attorney Gero van Hoven. Lonely Nadja is grateful for the friendship offered by Gero's wife Laura, at least until a shocking crime that hits close to the van Hoven home forces Nadja into an impossible position.
For fans of: Karin Fossum and Fiona Barton.
Reviewers say: Author Romy Hausmann "masterfully uses restraint, inserting a continual flow of small but significant clues to create tension and a heavy tone" (Library Journal).
The Ballerinas by Rachel Kapelke-DaleWhat it's about: Aspiring ballerinas Delphine, Lindsay, and Margaux first met as teens at the Palais Garnier Opera in Paris. Now 36-year-old Delphine is returning to the Palais as a choreographer, unaware that things have changed between her old friends and that a decades old secret threatens to unravel everything she's built.
Read it for: the intricate plotting and a look inside the glamorous yet cutthroat world of professional ballet.
You might also like: Fake Like Me by Barbara Bourland; The Showrunner by Kim Moritsugu.
The Mother Next Door by Tara LaskowskiWhat it's about: In an affluent D.C. suburb, a four seemingly perfect women are planning their annual lavish Halloween block party. When a new arrival to the neighborhood joins their clique, she sets off an unanticipated chain of events that exposes the fault lines in their friend group -- and in the carefully constructed facades of their lives.
Read it for: the twisty "too good to be true" plot, which is narrated from multiple perspectives.
Reviewers say: The Mother Next Door is "smartly paced, menacing," and offers readers a "collection of thoroughly fascinating (if sometimes a mite loathsome) characters" (Booklist).
I Am Not Who You Think I Am by Eric RickstadWhat it is: a fast-paced, compelling thriller about childhood trauma, family secrets, and the violence hiding in plain sight in a small town in Vermont.
The setup: In 1976, eight-year-old Wayland Maynard witnesses his father's suicide and finds a cryptic note that he doesn't reveal to anyone. In 1984, a now 16-year-old Wayland decides to find out what really happened with his father and discovers a connection to the town's wealthiest (and creepiest) family, the Vanders.
Who it's for: "Recommended for readers who like their thrillers dark and twisted" (Library Journal).
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