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"William's lies are piling up. An extramarital affair just ended; returning home, he finds his young daughter there instead of at school. Soon after, she goes missing. If he confesses having seen her, he’s caught in his deception. Will the truth come out before it’s too late? For Gillian Flynn fans."
Selena Swink, Lake Public Library
NoveList read-alike: Something She's Not Telling Us by Darcy Bell
Dead of Winter by Darcy Coates"Ten strangers are trapped in a cabin during a blizzard. None will be lucky enough to die of hypothermia, though, since a murderer is methodically decapitating the stranded travelers. Short chapters and constant cliffhangers keep the action moving propulsively in this gore-filled thriller."
Sarah Walker, Indianapolis Public Library
NoveList read-alike: They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzel Hall
The Block Party by Jamie Day"What would happen if the women of Desperate Housewives held a block party which resulted in a murder? The answer would be something like this thriller, a quick read with the gossipy twists and turns of a residential neighborhood featuring its fair share of betrayals and suspects."
Mary Robinson, Vernon Area Public Library District
NoveList read-alike: Cul-De-Sac by Joy Fielding
The Libarianist by Patrick deWitt"Retired librarian Bob lives alone, has no friends, and dwells on the time long ago when he was jilted by his bride. One day at the local market, an encounter with an older woman in the frozen food aisle changes his melancholy existence. This is a quiet and compelling character-focused read."
Crystal Faris, Kansas City Public Library
NoveList read-alike: The Authenticity Project by Claire Pooley
A Rulebook for Restless Rogues by Jess Everlee"In 1885 London, Noah is a confident, talented tailor. His best friend David runs The Curious Fox, an underground queer club. When the club’s future is threatened, the two team up to save it amid miscommunication, withheld secrets and mutual pining. This delightful romp is swoony and sweet."
Dabney Kinser, Middle Georgia Regional Library
NoveList read-alike: The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian
One Summer in Savannah by Terah Shelton Harris"This is a story about forgiveness and family told from the dual perspectives of Sara, who has not been back to Savannah since she discovered she was pregnant with her rapist's child, and Jacob, the twin brother of Sarah's rapist who discovers his niece at the Science Center. As the story progresses, Sara and Jacob form a bond that is complicated by their connection."
Alison Zaya, Pollard Memorial Library
NoveList read-alike: You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi
A Lady's Guide to Scandal: A Novel by Sophie Irwin"At 28, Eliza Balfour is a widow and the dowager Lady Somerset, but plans to enjoy her wealth and title. How Eliza relates to the people around her and how she changes are wonderfully nuanced and satisfying. Irwin's story forges its own path with liveliness and an attention to a wider scope of high society. Highly recommended to fans of historical romance, like Evie Dunmore."
Allison Smith, Minuteman Library Network
NoveList read-alike: To Swoon and To Spar by Martha Waters
The Woman in the Castello by Kelsey James"1960’s Italy: a horror film being filmed in a crumbling, possibly haunted, castle owned by the estranged aunt of the leading starlet. What could be better? As the lines between reality and the movie plot begin to blur in this tautly written novel, family secrets begin to emerge that if revealed, might lead to unforeseen, and possibly deadly, consequences for everyone."
Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library
NoveList read-alike: The Villa by Rachel Hawkins
How Can I Help You by Laura Sims"Margo moved to Carlyle two years ago to get a fresh start as a librarian, her days filled with helping patrons. But then a new employee is hired, and Margo feels unsettled by the curious Patricia. When a patron is discovered dead in the library bathroom, Margo's carefully crafted mundane life starts to unravel and may pull Patricia into a tangle of terrifying secrets."
Priscilla Garvin, Cecil County Public Library
NoveList read-alike: Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton
Thief Liar Lady: A Novel by D.L. Soria"A reimagined Cinderella tale with the political intrigue and violence of Game of Thrones. Lady Aislinn is a revolutionary hiding behind the cover of the meek beautiful girl the prince fell in love with at the ball. Her plan might work except for the bandit that is now on the loose, the captive prince who gets under her skin, and her conniving stepmother."
Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library
NoveList read-alike: Uprooted by Naomi Novik