The setup: Hoping for a fresh start, troubled Annie Lin has recently moved to Kauai with her husband Brody and their son Finn.
What goes wrong: A nosy neighbor, a severe storm, and a stranger in need all begin chipping away at Annie's perception of reality, dredging up reminders of a past that she can't quite recall but that nonetheless fills her with dread.
Who it's for:readers who like unreliable narrators, fraught family dynamics, and Hitchcockian world building.
What it is: an intricately plotted and atmospheric mix of psychological suspense and Southern Gothic.
Starring: Holly, a young librarian reeling from her brother Dane's apparent suicide, which she (unfairly) blames herself for not preventing; Dane's mysterious and beguiling girlfriend Maura, who invites Holly to temporarily stay in her luxurious Savannah townhouse.
For fans of:Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt; Just Like the Other Girls by Claire Douglas.
What it is: the action-packed, richly detailed story of an undercover CIA agent sent behind the crumbling Iron Curtain to keep Soviet nuclear weapons from falling into the wrong hands once the Cold War ends.
What makes her unique: Protagonist Melvina Donleavy is a "super recognizer" who never forgets a face.
About the author: Though Kathleen Kent first made her mark with historical novels like The Heretic's Daughter and The Outcasts, she is also known for her Edgar Award-nominated police procedural The Burn.
What it's about: A decade after covering the "Housemate Homicide" story in-depth, Australian journalist Olive Groves is once again assigned to the case when a body is discovered, dredging up unpleasant truths for both the reporter and her subjects.
Reviewers say: Author Sarah Bailey's "sophisticated, multilayered plot will have readers longing for more books about this intriguing new leading lady" (Booklist).