Thrillers and Suspense
Snap by Belinda BauerJack’s in charge, said his mother as she disappeared up the road to get help. I won’t be long. Now eleven-year-old Jack and his two sisters wait on the hard shoulder in their stifling, broken-down car, bickering and whining and playing I-Spy until she comes back.
But their mother doesn’t come back. She never comes back. And after that long, hot summer’s day, nothing will ever be the same again.
Three years later, Jack’s fifteen now and still in charge . . . alone in the house. Meanwhile across town, a young woman called Catherine While wakes to find a knife beside her bed, and a note reading I could of killed you. The police are tracking a mysterious burglar they call Goldilocks, for his habit of sleeping in the beds of the houses he robs, but Catherine doesn’t see the point of involving the police. And Jack, very suddenly, may be on the verge of finding out who killed his mother.
Something in the Water by Catherine SteadmanIf you could make one simple choice that would change your life forever, would you?
Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water. . . .
Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmares?
Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events. . . .
Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave?
Baby Teeth by Zoje StageAfflicted with a chronic debilitating condition, Suzette Jensen knew having children would wreak havoc on her already fragile body. Nevertheless, she brought Hanna into the world, pleased and proud to start a family with her husband Alex. Estranged from her own mother, Suzette is determined to raise her beautiful daughter with the love, care, and support she was denied.
But Hanna proves to be a difficult child. Now seven-years-old, she has yet to utter a word, despite being able to read and write. Defiant and anti-social, she refuses to behave in kindergarten classes, forcing Suzette to homeschool her. Resentful of her mother’s rules and attentions, Hanna lashes out in anger, becoming more aggressive every day. The only time Hanna is truly happy is when she’s with her father. To Alex, she’s willful and precocious but otherwise the perfect little girl, doing what she’s told.
Suzette knows her clever and manipulative daughter doesn’t love her. She can see the hatred and jealousy in her eyes. And as Hanna’s subtle acts of cruelty threaten to tear her and Alex apart, Suzette fears her very life may be in grave danger…
Pieces of Her
by Karin Slaughter
What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?
Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?
But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.
The police want answers and Laura’s innocence is on the line, but she won’t speak to anyone, including her own daughter. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumb trail of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them. . . .
Dead Woman Walking by Sharon BoltonAn exhilarating hot air balloon ride over England's Northumberland Park turns deadly when the vacationers aboard witness a cold-blooded murder and the killer shoots down their balloon -- and then comes after the survivors.
The only one to walk away from the crash, Jessica Lane is a resourceful young woman who sets a trap to catch the killer. Meanwhile, flashbacks explore her complex personal history -- and explain just how she became so resourceful.
The River at Night by Erica FerencikWhen an accident leaves four middle-aged women without their guide, their boat, or their supplies, they must navigate to safety -- and nothing proves to be more dangerous than the other humans on the river.
For fans of James Dickey's Deliverance, of course.
Twisted River by Siobhán MacDonaldOn page one of this atmospheric debut, a man closes the trunk of his car, obstructing his children's view of the dead woman enclosed there. But who's the woman?
It all started when two families (one Irish, one American) agreed to swap homes to get away from their troubles. But they only manage to exacerbate them -- and then create new ones.
Read it for: the richly detailed character motivations; the economic pressures in both New York and Ireland; the locations themselves.
Haunted by James Patterson and James O. BornNew York detective Michael Bennett needs a vacation, so off he and his family go. But their idyllic Maine holiday ends abruptly when the bodies of several small children are found in the woods.
Bennett runs up against the narcotic addiction taking over their corner of rural Maine at work...and at home.
Haunted is 10th in the Michael Bennett series; the 11th, Ambush, will be available in October.
Cold Barrel Zero by Matthew QuirkFormer Marine Thomas Byrne is on vacation when he's arrested and "encouraged" to help find highly skilled Black Ops soldier John Hayes, who's accused of massacring civilians. But when Hayes kidnaps Byrne, the story he tells is very different.
Read it for: hair-raising battle scenes, a high-stakes plot, military tech, and conspiracies within conspiracies.
This 1st in the series to star John Hayes is followed by Dead Man Switch.
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