Thrillers and Suspense
November Road by Lou BerneyNew Orleans -- 1963. While the nation is mourning the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a mafioso named Frank Guidry is just looking to skip town. People in his organization are being killed off, and it apparently has something to do with the death of the president.
Frank picks up a hitchhiking woman and her two children, who have their own reasons to lie low. Together they can hide in plain sight as a nuclear family, though Frank's past may catch up with them all before they make it to his hideout in Reno.
In Her Bones by Kate MorettiFifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. After a death row conviction, media frenzy, and the release of an unauthorized biography, her thirty-year-old daughter Edie Beckett is just trying to survive out of the spotlight. She’s a recovering alcoholic with a dead-end city job and an unhealthy codependent relationship with her brother.
Edie also has a disturbing secret: a growing obsession with the families of Lilith’s victims. She’s desperate to see how they’ve managed—or failed—to move on. While her escalating fixation is a problem, she’s careful to keep her distance. That is, until she crosses a line and a man is found murdered.
Edie quickly becomes the prime suspect—and while she can’t remember everything that happened the night of the murder, she’d surely remember killing someone. With the detective who arrested her mother hot on her trail, Edie goes into hiding. She’s must get to the truth of what happened that night before the police—or the real killer—find her.
Unless, of course, she has more in common with her mother than she’s willing to admit…
Trust Me by Hank Phillippi RyanAn accused killer insists she's innocent of a heinous murder.
A grieving journalist surfaces from the wreckage of her shattered life.
Their unlikely alliance leads to a dangerous cat and mouse game that will leave you breathless.
Who can you trust when you can't trust yourself?
by Lee Child
Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn’t get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What’s one extra day? He takes the detour.
At the same moment, in the same isolated area, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians had been on their way to New York City to sell a treasure. Now they’re stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. The owners seem almost too friendly. It’s a strange place, but it’s all there is.
The next morning, in the city clerk’s office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He’s told no one named Reacher ever lived in town. He’s always known his father left and never returned, but now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place?
As Reacher explores his father’s life, and as the Canadians face lethal dangers, strands of different stories begin to merge. Then Reacher makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense . . . and deadly.
Little Deaths by Emma FlintA compelling literary crime novel about a flawed but sympathetic single mother whose children are brutally murdered in 1960s Queens, New York.
For fans of Sarah Waters, Tana French, and Megan Abbott.
Inspired by the story of Alice Crimmins, a Bronx mother who was convicted of the 1965 murder of her children despite a lack of evidence.
A Hero of France by Alan FurstFollows a team of patriotic Frenchmen (and women) in occupied Paris, whose backgrounds and skills are as diverse as their motivations for resisting the Nazis.
Read it for the arresting combination of high tension and well-rendered atmosphere, which make for a deeply immersive reading experience.
Inspired by the innumerable members of the French Resistance, who risked life and limb to oppose the Nazi takeover of their country.
Defectors by Joseph KanonStarring: Frank Weeks, a former CIA agent who spied for the Soviets and later defected to Moscow when his cover was blown.
His 12 years in the USSR haven't exactly been what he thought they would be, and a plan to publish his memoirs soon puts his life (and the lives of those closest to him) in jeopardy.
Inspired by the defections of spies like Guy Burgess and Arthur Adams, and especially My Silent War, the memoir of British double agent Kim Philby.
Burial Rites by Hannah KentIn 1820s Iceland, a young woman has been convicted of murdering two men and sentenced to death for her (alleged) crimes. But before her sentence can be carried out, word must be sent to Denmark, which still governed Iceland at the time.
Unsure what to do with their condemned prisoner, the authorities decide to send her somewhere remote and oblige a reluctant farming family to be her hosts.
Inspired by the life and death of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, whose controversial 1820s murder case still fascinates Iceland to this day.
The Long Drop by Denise MinaThe police may no longer suspect William Watt in his family's brutal murder, but with a cloud of suspicion still hanging over him, he decides to put up a reward for information about the crime.
Prime suspects: the stranger who comes to claim the reward but seems to know a little too much about what might have happened, and William himself, who turns out be more than first meets the eye.
Inspired by the story of Peter Manuel, a serial killer believed to have murdered nine people in 1950s Scotland.
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