Girls Like Us
FBI agent Nell Flynn makes the decision to return to her hometown in the wake of her father’s death… and finds herself investigating the murders of two young girls. There’s just one catch: Is it possible her father is the murderer? It only gets more complicated from there as Nell’s past—and the town’s—refuse to die.
We’ve all had lousy neighbors. Loud. Rude. Obnoxious. People who drive you crazy. But what if someone moved onto your street, and they were such awful neighbors that someone ends up dead? You’ll have a tough time keeping up with all the perfectly placed twists in this book by one of the best suspense writers around.
One Fatal Mistake
How far would someone go to protect their child? In this case, very, very far. When an 18-year-old accidentally takes a man’s life, his mother chooses to help him cover up the crime. But since this is a thriller and full of unexpected twists and turns, nothing goes the way they planned.
The Perfect Son
Say you wake up in the hospital the day after your son’s birthday party, and you only know a few things: You’ve been stabbed, your son is gone, and no one believes anything you’re saying. It would be safe to say some bad decisions sent things off the rails. It’s also safe to say you’ll be hooked by this debut novel of psychological suspense.
Lock Every Door
Riley Sager hit a grand slam with each of his first two thrillers, and this summer he returns with Lock Every Door, a book that’s sure to make you think of that summer you spent reading Rosemary’s Baby when you were 15. The book’s protagonist, Jules Larsen, goes to work as a house-sitter in a swanky Manhattan apartment building—and finds out nothing is what it appears to be.
Okay, I threw my own new thriller in there. What would you do if you met a stranger in an airport and connected with her right away? What if after she boarded her plane, you found out she was a missing person? Would you do anything you could to try to save her from whatever or whoever sent her on the run? Damn right!
Countless things go into the creation of a great story, but there’s one I come back to again and again both as a reader and a writer: I love to see characters making life-changing decisions and then living with the consequences that come along with them. When I read one of those books, I find myself emotionally wrapped up in the character’s dilemma, so much so that I sometimes yell out, “Don’t do it!” or “Run the other way!” I’m pretty sure they can’t hear me, but it does make me feel better. Here are six great new thrillers that have characters facing those life-changing decisions. These titles are sure to get you yelling out loud as you read.
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