My Summer Darlings by May CobbWhat it's about: Recently divorced Jen Hansen has just returned to her small East Texas hometown and reconnected with her childhood best friends Cynthia and Kittie. The happy reunion is cut short by the arrival of mysterious and handsome Will Harding, whose entanglements with each woman set off a chain reaction with shocking, violent results.
Read it for: tense, compelling mind-games and recriminations narrated by each character in alternating point of view chapters.
For fans of: The Lying Club by Annie Ward.
Magpie by Elizabeth DayWhat it is: a thoughtful combination of domestic and psychological suspense that delves into issues of infertility, jealousy, mental illness, and the nature of the truth.
Who it stars: young London couple Marisa and Jake, who are looking forward to having a baby; Jake's cold and imperious mother Annabelle; Kate, a lodger the couple take in whose connection with Jake makes Marisa increasingly uneasy.
About the author: Magpie is the 6th novel by English journalist Elizabeth Day, who also hosts the award-winning podcast How to Fail.
More Than You'll Ever Know by Katie Gutierrez1985: Lore Rivera's double life comes crashing down around her after the husbands she has on either side of the Texas-Mexico border find out about each other and one man murders the other.
The present: True crime writer Cassie Brown grows obsessed with the case and desperate for an interview, she shows up unannounced at Lore's front door. Lore reluctantly agrees to be interviewed, but the story she tells will end up changing Cassie's personal and profession lives in ways she never could have anticipated.
Reviewers say: This debut novel by Katie Gutierrez is "a compelling, character-driven crime story that holds the reader’s interest to its very end" (Booklist).
Breathless by Amy McCullochThe premise: Outdoorsy journalist Cecily Wong has landed a career-making chance to interview famous climber Charles McVeigh, but only if she's willing to meet him on the Himalayan peak he's currently ascending.
The problem: The climb is notoriously dangerous for even the most experienced mountaineers, and along the way more than one of Cecily's traveling companions dies under circumstances that look like something much more suspicious than accidents or altitude sickness.
For fans of: adventure thrillers where Mother Nature and our fellow humans compete to see who is the bigger threat.
The Wild One by Colleen McKeeganWhat it is: an engaging coming-of-age thriller about what happens when past and present are put on an unstoppable, calamitous collision course.
Starring: Manhattan grad student Amanda, whose seemingly perfect life with her boyfriend is propped up on a rickety foundation of troubling relationship dynamics, unaddressed trauma, and the events of a dark summer night in her childhood that she's managed to keep hidden until now.
Reviewers say: The Wild One "has hints of Tana French and Tara Isabella Burton" and "touches on tough topics without becoming voyeuristic" (Kirkus Reviews).
The Dark Flood by Deon MeyerSeries alert: The Dark Flood is the 7th entry in South African author Deon Meyer's crime series featuring police detectives Benny Griessel and Vaughn Cupido.
This time: Griessel and Cupido have been demoted from the elite unit they used to belong to after looking too closely into the wrong corruption case. Assigned to investigate the disappearance of a gifted college student, things take a high-profile turn as connections emerge between their case and the activities of a notorious billionaire.
Read it for: the dialect-filled banter between the two detectives and the unexpected moments of dark humor they share.
Once a thief
by Christopher Reich
While seeking to prove his Ferraris authenticity and expose the real identity of the buyer, freelance private spy Simon Riske crosses paths with Anna Bildt, who, looking into her fathers murder, discovers they have a common enemy as they are forced to play a deadly game.
Cold Fear by Brandon WebbWhat it is: an action-packed techno-thriller about a Navy SEAL on the run after being accused of war crimes whose efforts to clear his name are complicated his missing memories and the threat of another SEAL who is trying to hunt him down.
Series alert: Cold Fear is the sequel to Steel Fear, which first introduced readers to troubled mononymous veteran Finn.
Read it for: the richly detailed settings, intricate plotting, and well-developed characters.
The Lunar Housewife by Caroline WoodsWhat it is: an atmospheric and stylistically complex historical thriller set during the Red Scare about CIA plans to use the work of American writers as anti-Soviet propaganda and one woman's attempt to hone her craft in spite of it.
How it's written: as the story of journalist and budding novelist Louise -- who publishes under a male pseudonym while dealing with her unsupportive fellow writer boyfriend -- wrapped around the titular sci-fi novel-within-the-novel that Louise is writing.
Reviewers say: The Lunar Housewife is a "tantalizing slice of literary history" that will "draw readers across all genres" (Booklist).
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