The Other Mrs. Miller
With a new family on the cul-de-sac, Phoebe Miller’s depressingly mundane days have suddenly found an exciting edge. Vicki is the high-spirited best friend Phoebe has always wanted and Vicki’s off-to-college son Jake is offering companionship of a steamier sort. It’s enough to make Phoebe forget the rusty car that’s been idling near her house for the last few days and the woman inside it who seems to be watching her.
Marilou Is Everywhere
Sarah Elaine Smith
Fourteen-year-old Cindy’s life has been nothing but hardship. Raised in a ramshackle house in rural Pennsylvania with an absentee mother two older brothers to care for her. However, when a wealthy teen girl goes missing, Cindy seizes an opportunity to escape her impoverished life. She slips into the girl’s life and discovers a world beyond anything she could have imagined.
She lives at a posh resort in Cabo San Lucas. She tells the other guests she was forced out of Stanford and is trying to re-center herself. She says her name in Imogen—but, it isn’t. Her name is Jule and months prior, she and the real Imogen were two best friends spending the summer together in Martha’s Vineyard. Now, Jule is in Cabo, on the run from something (or someone), and claiming to be Imogen. Which, of course, begs the question: What happened to Imogen?
The Lost Night
In 2009, Edie was at the center of a group of recent grads living in a Brooklyn loft and making waves in the NYC night scene. Then Edie’s body was found with a suicide note after a night out. Her friends were devastated and confused—the details of the night were hazy due to their drunkenness. Ten years later, Lindsay—finally moving past the death of her friend—discovers a video from that night that leads her to believe Edie was actually murdered and that she was somehow involved. The question is, is she prepared for the truth that awaits her?
The Chalk Man
C. J. Tudor
In 1986, Eddie and his adolescent friends devised a secret code using stick figures drawn in chalk to communicate with one another. Then one morning, a series of chalk men the children didn’t recognize led them to a gruesome discovery in the woods. Thirty years later, Eddie receives a letter with a chalk man–the same one that led them to the woods that fateful day. Soon after, one of his old friends turns up dead and Eddie is suddenly thrust into a decades-long mystery and forced to face a past he’s never quite been able to escape.
The Wolf Wants In
When her brother suddenly dies, Sadie Keller is determined to root out the cause of his shocking death. However, it won’t be easy in a small town ravaged by the opioid crisis and with a police force consumed by the discovery of a child’s skull in the woods. Meanwhile, Henley Pettit desperately wants to escape town and the crimes of her family. But as more bones are discovered in the woods, Sadie and Henley are inexorably pushed together and time is running out for each of them.
Tell Me Everything
It takes no time for Malin to associate herself with a group of tight-knit, popular students when she arrives at Hawthorne College. It’s something she excels at– fitting in, hiding her own troubled past, and letting others believe she is one of them while cataloguing their every secret and vulnerability. But with graduation just around the corner, those secrets—and Malin’s own–bubble to the surface and a desperate misstep by Malin sets off a devastating, and deadly, chain of events.
She Lies in Wait
A group of close-knit teenagers went on a camping trip one July night in 1983. By morning, one of the group, Aurora Jackson, had disappeared without a trace. Thirty years later, Aurora’s body is discovered in a hidden spot only known to the six teens on the trip. Now, this long cold case has pulled the group back together and the young cop who helped in the search for Aurora is the detective in charge of the investigation. They all return to the forest to discover what really happened that night in the forest—and who murdered Aurora Jackson.
One Fatal Mistake
Eighteen-year-old Joshua Mayo made one fatal mistake–it was a horrifying accident that ended a man’s life. Joshua fled the scene without reporting the accident to the police. When he tells his mother Karen what happened, she sees no other option but to help her college-bound son with the coverup. But as their web of deceit grows, it becomes increasingly clear that they may not make it out alive.
Someone We Know
How well do you know your neighbors and how much of a push would it really take to unravel your tranquil neighborhood? In Shari Lapena’s latest, a teenager has been sneaking into homes and uncovering secrets. Anonymous letters begin to circulate and paranoia begins to simmer. When a woman in the neighborhood is found dead, that paranoia threatens to boil over. As secrets come to light, a seemingly peaceful block is on the verge of exploding. How far will people go to protect their secrets and does anyone truly know what they are capable of?
Patricia Highsmith’s influence on the crime and thriller genres can’t be overstated. Her labyrinthine plots, sumptuous eye for detail, and razor-keen insight into humanity produced a number of unparalleled works. Her debut, Strangers on a Train, is so tightly woven that even Alfred Hitchcock couldn’t quite do it justice. But, no other denizen of Highsmith Country can compare to Tom Ripley.
Since his debut in Highsmith’s 1955 novel The Talented Mr. Ripley, the ruthless and charming sociopath carved a path that would later be followed by the likes of Dexter Morgan, Don Draper, and countless others. If you’re a fan of Patricia Highsmith’s simmering psychological suspense populated by ill-fated, flawed characters with questionable motives, we have a few recent favorites that need a spot in your TBR pile.
Featured image: Matt Damon in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) © Miramax