Thrillers and Suspense
The Woman in the Window by A.J. FinnWhat it's about: Anna Fox, agoraphobic and alcoholic (which doesn't mix well with her medications), likes to sit by the window and spy on her neighbors. When she sees what looks like a murder, no one will take her seriously. In fact, they claim the victim doesn't even exist.
Why you might like it: With plenty of references to thriller novels and films, this is a pop culture paradise for fans of Paula Hawkins' The Girl on the Train or Hitchcock's Rear Window.
Book buzz: Interest has been swirling around this debut since it was announced; there's already a film in development.
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah PekkanenWhat it's about: Told from the perspective of three adults -- wealthy, charming Richard, his shattered ex-wife, and his sweet young fiancée -- this novel calls everything into question.
Why you might like it: After a leisurely start, the fast-paced plot, complex relationships, and hair-raising twists make for addictive reading along the lines of Clare Mackintosh's I Let You Go.
Book buzz: The Wife Between Us is slated for big-screen treatment, and the coauthors are already at work on their next collaboration.
Light It Up: A Peter Ash Novel by Nicholas PetrieSeries alert: This 3rd in the tense, action-packed series starring resourceful Peter Ash sends the PTSD-afflicted Marine vet to Colorado, where he's providing security for a medical marijuana operation when hijackers descend. Only Ash survives, vowing revenge.
Why you might like it: Nonstop action, chase scenes that include a runaway hospital gurney, complex characters, and plenty of mayhem -- what's not to like?
For fans of: Lee Child's Jack Reacher or Erik Storey's Clyde Barr.
Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. YatesWhat it's about: In this dark, chilling literary tale, a terrible crime in the woods links Patrick, Hannah, and Matthew together -- and 26 years later, when all three come together once more, the results are devastating.
Is it for you? After a brutally savage opening scene, each of the players provides their version of what happened, providing layers of complexity and plenty of psychological insight into all three damaged characters.
She Rides Shotgun by Jordan HarperFeaturing: shy, smart 11-year-old Polly, who carries her beloved one-eyed teddy bear everywhere, and her newly released ex-con father, Nate.
What it's about: The Aryan Steel prison gang has put a hit out on both Nate and young Polly. Determined to save her, Nate goes on the offensive with Polly in tow.
Why you might like it: it's a gritty, fast-paced debut crime novel, and Polly turns out to be well-suited to life on the road, violent as it is.
Undertow by Elizabeth HeathcoteWhat it's about: Second wife Carmen becomes suspicious about the death of her husband's mistress, who was responsible for the end of his first marriage and in whose house they now spend their weekends. Soon, she is obsessed with learning more about the woman -- and what happened to her.
Why you might like it: This psychological suspense novel, set in the English countryside, may remind readers of the classic Gothic novel Rebecca.
Three Envelopes by Nir HezroniWhat it's about: A decade after Agent #10483's supposed death, another operative in the Israeli intelligence outfit known only as the Organization receives his personal notebook, which reveals the truth behind 10483's actions. 10483 was clearly paranoid and possibly psychopathic -- but was he responsible for his own actions, or was someone higher up orchestrating them?
Series alert: This fast-paced, skillful page-turner is a series debut, with the 2nd in the series, Last Instructions, publishing in May.
The Lost Ones by Sheena KamalStarring: Nora Watts, a First Nations Vancouver resident and recovering alcoholic who keeps people at arm's length.
What it's about: Asked to investigate a teen's disappearance, Nora learns that the missing girl is the daughter she gave up for adoption 15 years ago. At first reluctant to get involved, Nora throws herself into the case, reviving painful memories of the darkest time in her life and putting her life now, such as it is, at risk.
Why you might like it: Though Nora's not a warm character, you'll admire her tenacity and dry humor, and while The Lost Ones is a violent read, winter in Vancouver is beautifully evoked.
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