Little Deaths: A Novel by Emma FlintSuspense Fiction. The morning after a long shift as a cocktail waitress, Ruth Malone wakes to find her children missing. Later that day, her daughter's body is found; ten days later, her son's. Immediately, the public -- and the police -- assume the single mother (a suspicious thing in 1965 Queens, New York) is guilty of the brutal murders: she doesn't grieve properly, she wears provocative clothing, she's too free with her affections, she drinks too much. But is she really guilty? A rookie reporter is determined to find out, turning up police misconduct in his hunt for the truth. Multi-layered and thought-provoking, this literary, character-oriented novel is based on real events.
The Nowhere Man by Gregg HurwitzThriller. In this sequel to Orphan X, former assassin Evan Smoak (now a freelance vigilante delivering justice) is being pursued by his ex-colleagues from the Orphan Program. They taught him everything he knows about killing, escaping, and disappearing, and they consider him a huge threat to their shadowy organization. Kidnapped and held hostage as his enemies get closer, the story really picks up when his captors realize that though they've trapped him, they're also trapped with him. Moving at a blistering pace, this white-hot read combines the moves of Jack Reacher, the skills of Jason Bourne, and the brains and money of Tony Stark.
The Dark Room by Jonathan MooreSuspense Fiction. SFPD homicide inspector Gavin Cain is watching the exhumation of a body buried back in 1985 when he is abruptly reassigned to another case: someone is blackmailing San Francisco's mayor with a set of disturbing photographs that suggest that the woman pictured in them came to an unhappy end. Unless the mayor commits suicide, more photos will be made public. Reluctant to release his first case (especially when two bodies are found in the coffin), Cain works both and finds links between them. A wealth of details makes this dark, menacing follow-up to The Poison Artist a good choice for fans of police procedurals.
Burning Bright by Nicholas PetrieThriller. Afghan war veteran Peter Ash is hiking through northern California's redwoods when he's forced up a tree to escape a grizzly. What he finds in that tree is an elaborate network of ropes, with a pretty blonde on the platform at the top. June Cassidy is no treehugger, however -- she's an investigative journalist on the run from fake government agents who believe she's in possession of a powerful algorithm created by her mother, who'd recently been killed. June hires Peter to discover who's behind the threat, and they uncover far more than expected. The 2nd in a series that started with The Drifter (with promises of at least two more to come), Burning Bright is a fast-paced, action-packed read that also addresses the effects of PTSD.
Her Every Fear: A Novel by Peter SwansonPsychological Suspense. With a stalker ex-boyfriend in the none-too-distant past, London artist Kate Priddy agrees to a six-month apartment swap with a Boston-based cousin she's never met. Already anxious, her fears escalate when she discovers her new apartment building was the site of a recent homicide. Distrusting her cousin's professions of innocence as well as the attentions of a handsome new acquaintance, Kate begins to second-guess everything, including her own doubts. There's a "delicious monster-under-the-bed creepiness" (Booklist) in this second novel from the author of The Kind Worth Killing.
XO by Jeffery DeaverSuspense Fiction. In this 3rd of four books starring Special Agent Kathryn Dance, the California Bureau of Investigation body-language expert is on hand to aid an investigation into the death of the chief roadie for popular singer Kayleigh Towne, who's got a stalker she can't seem to ditch. While the investigation focuses on the stalker, no one can get a really good read on him -- and he seems to sidestep every effort to block, capture, or pin him down. A twisty read full of red herrings (and with character cameos from author Jeffery Deaver's popular Lincoln Rhyme series), this is a page-turning tale of obsession perfect for fans of John Katzenbach's The Wrong Man.
Into the Darkest Corner: A Novel by Elizabeth HaynesPsychological Suspense. Four years ago, Catherine Bailey was a vibrant 30-something with an active social life. Now, she's moved to a new city, changed her name and appearance, and is fully controlled by fear and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Attacked and nearly killed by her charismatic but manipulative and violent boyfriend, Lee, Catherine never feels safe -- especially when she learns that Lee is about to be released from prison. Told in chapters that alternate between Catherine's past and present and make clear the wreckage of her life, the novel's suspense escalates as we move closer to the attack -- and to Lee's possible return in the present. A bestseller in England, this gripping 2012 debut from an author compared to S.J. Watson and Lisa Gardner has been followed by four more equally menacing novels.
The Book of You: A Novel by Claire KendalPsychological Suspense. After a disturbing evening with a colleague about which she remembers little but suspects plenty, university administrator Clarissa Bourne becomes the unwilling target of this man's constant texts, calls, visits, and gifts. Jury duty comes as a relief, until Clarissa realizes that the violent crime unfolding in front of the jury box has parallels to her own life -- and demonstrates just how easily her experiences could be discredited. As she begins friendships with the other jurors, her colleague's obsession with her crosses the line between fantasy and reality, and his threats escalate. "Troubling, raw, and gripping" says Publishers Weekly of this suspenseful debut.
You: A Novel by Caroline KepnesPsychological Suspense. Guinevere Beck is an aspiring writer new to New York. She's young, beautiful, creative. Bookstore clerk Joe Goldberg spots her one day at his East Village store, and knows instantly that she's the one for him. Beck takes more convincing. Told from Joe's perspective (and addressed to "you") as their relationship picks up speed, You is a creepy, claustrophobic read as Joe's interest and desire to protect Beck clearly lives in stalker territory. Yet even as passion becomes obsession (and worse), this "mesmerizing" (Booklist) debut is sure to appeal to fans of Elizabeth Haynes or Nicci French; a sequel called Hidden Bodies is now available too.
Finders Keepers: A Novel by Stephen KingSuspense Fiction. In this follow-up to Mr. Mercedes, an obsessive fan disappointed in his literary idol kills reclusive writer John Rothstein, stealing and hiding notebooks containing his unpublished work. This fan -- Morris Bellamy -- is then jailed for a completely unrelated crime. While he's behind bars for 35 years, high school student Peter Staubers, who has grown up with Rothstein's work, finds the notebooks, putting him in the direct path of the soon-to-be-paroled Bellamy. Though it's the middle act of a trilogy, starring the cop tasked with protecting Peter, Finders Keepers is a menacing story that stands just fine on its own.
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