The Split by Sharon BoltonStarring: Troubled glacier scientist Felicity Lloyd, who takes a job at an isolated Antarctic research station to hide from her ex-husband; Freddie, the ex-husband in question who was just released from prison; Dr. Joe Grant, a therapist Felicity saw back in England who is plagued by unanswered questions about Felicity's case.
Southern exposure: With very different motivations Joe and Freddie each make their way south, and the closer each man gets to Felicity the closer everyone gets to unearthing a shocking hidden truth.
Crash by David Hagberg and Lawrence LightWhat it's about: This action-packed financial thriller pits ex-Navy SEAL Spencer Nast and cybersecurity expert Cassy Levin against a powerful cadre of scheming investment bankers willing to do anything to satisfy their insatiable greed.
What's at stake: The stock-shorting plot set in motion is designed to completely crash the world economy, and if Cassy and Spencer want to prevent a new Great Depression they'll have to put their own lives on the line as well.
These Women by Ivy PochodaWhat it is: a gritty, sobering literary thriller that follows a group of disadvantaged women in South L.A., revealing a web of unknown connections between them and the man they have in common: a suspected serial killer.
Read it for: the frustratingly real exploration of the obstacles women and other marginalized people face with the police, from not being taken seriously when they report clues to prejudices about sex workers.
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Kill Zone by Kevin J. Anderson and Doug BeasonThe premise: A group of well-connected nuclear policy experts and government officials have gathered in a remote part of New Mexico to inspect the highly classified (and under staffed) Hydra Mountain waste storage depot.
The problem: A non-government airplane crashes near the vast facility, triggering a draconian lockdown protocol that ends up putting the lives of everyone inside at risk, unless they can find a way to escape.
Tin Badges by Lorenzo CarcaterraWhat it's about: Retired NYPD detective Tank Rizzo is still recovering emotionally after getting shot on his last case when he gets news that his estranged brother and his wife have died in a car accident, leaving Tank to take in their teenage son Chris.
Tin badge cases: While Tank is helping out his former partner with lower-priority "tin badge" cases, true crime-obsessed Chris finds an outlet for his grief in investigation, which puts them both in danger after a case they're working goes from cold to hot.
Pretty Guilty Women by Gina LaMannaWhat it's about: At a luxurious resort for a wedding weekend, a diverse group of women arrive with their individual secrets and grudges in tow. After a man who publicly threatened one of them ends up dead, four of them each confess to sole responsibility for the murder.
The suspects: The bride's college friends Ginger, Emily, and Kate, who have lost touch over the years but still harbor deep resentment toward each other; the groom's elderly aunt Lulu, an elegant, fascinating woman who is on her 5th husband.
Read it for: the high-drama, intricately plotted storyline and the examination of female friendship from multiple shifting perspectives.
The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan1987: Behind a veneer of gentility provided by her emotionally distant parents' aristocratic lineages and lovely country house Lake Hall, seven-year-old Jocelyn "Jo" Holt lives a difficult life. The only person she can turn to is her adored nanny Hannah, and Jo is completely devastated when Hannah goes missing overnight.
Thirty years later: After her husband dies, Jo decides to leave her life in California and moves with her daughter Ruby back to Lake Hall, where Jo's mother still lives. One day at the lake Jo and Ruby discover the remains of a human skeleton, which might just dredge up dark secrets meant to stay buried.
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