Book Genres (Staff): Suspense

March 2018

The French Girl By Lexie Elliott

Summary:
We all have our secrets...

They were six university students from Oxford--friends and sometimes more than friends--spending an idyllic week together in a French farmhouse. It was supposed to be the perfect summer getaway...until they met Severine, the girl next door.

For Kate Channing, Severine was an unwelcome presence, her inscrutable beauty undermining the close-knit group's loyalties amid the already simmering tensions. And after a huge altercation on the last night of the holiday, Kate knew nothing would ever be the same. There are some things you can't forgive. And there are some people you can't forget...like Severine, who was never seen again.

Now, a decade later, the case is reopened when Severine's body is found in the well behind the farmhouse. Questioned along with her friends, Kate stands to lose everything she's worked so hard to achieve as suspicion mounts around her. Desperate to resolve her own shifting memories and fearful she will be forever bound to the woman whose presence still haunts her, Kate finds herself buried under layers of deception with no one to set her free...

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March 2018

A Stranger in the House By Shari Lapena

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"From the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, a new thriller featuring a suspicious accident, a wife who can't account for herself, and unsettling questions that threaten to tear the couple apart You're home making dinner for your husband. You expect him any second. The phone rings--it's the call you hoped you'd never get. You jump in your car and race to a neighborhood you thought you'd never visit. You peer into the dark, deserted building. You brace yourself for the worst. And then, you remember nothing else. They tell your husband you've been in an accident. You lost control of your car as you sped through the worst side of town. The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend is not so sure. And even you don't know what to believe.."

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September 2017

Since We Fell By Dennis Lehane

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Since We Fell follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel’s marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths.

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February 2017

The Confectioner's Tale: A Novel of Paris By Laura Madeleine

Summary:
A chance encounter with the daughter of a famed patisserie's owner introduces a young man to a sensuous life of melted chocolate, sweet cream, and light pastry that leads to a forbidden love affair, which is rediscovered by the man's granddaughter eighty years later.

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February 2017

The Darkest Secret By Alex Marwood

Summary:
More than a decade after a real estate mogul's birthday party is upended by family drama, his own licentiousness and the disappearance of one of his young daughters, the attendees of the party gather for the man's funeral, which erupts in accusations and a shocking discovery.

By the author of the Edgar Award-winning novel The Wicked Girls.

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March 2016

Corrupted By Lisa Scottoline

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Bennie the founder of the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm hides her big heart beneath her tough-as-nails exterior and she doesn't like to fail. Now, a case from her past shows her how differently things might have turned out.
Thirteen years ago, Bennie took on Jason, a 12 year-old boy who was sent to a juvenile detention center after fighting a class bully. Bennie couldn't free Jason, and to this day it's the case that haunts her. Jason has grown up in and out of juvenile prison, and his adulthood hasn't been any easier.
Bennie no longer represents those accused of murder, but when Jason is indicted for killing the same bully he fought with as a kid, she sees no choice but to represent him.

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November 2016

Nutshell By Ian McEwan

Summary:
Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She's still in the marital home, but John's not here. Instead, she's with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan.
But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy's womb. Told from a perspective unlike any other, this is a classic tale of murder and deceit.
From the bestselling author of Atonement and The Children Act

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December 2016

The Couple Next Door By Shari Lapena

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When a terrible crime committed on the night of a dinner party casts suspicion on a young couple who seemed to have it all, Detective Rasbach discovers that the panicked duo had been hiding dangerous secrets from each other for years.

A debut suspense novel!

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November 2016

Daisy in Chains By Sharon Bolton

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When a convicted serial killer maintains his innocence and begs her to uncover the truth and tell his story, Maggie Rose, a notorious defense attorney and writer, goes against her better judgment when the man's persuasive charms prove irresistible.

By the award-winning author of
Little Black Lies.

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August 2016

What She Knew By Gilly Macmillan

Summary:
In this debut Macmillan explores a mother's search for her missing son, weaving a taut psychological thriller as gripping and skillful as The Girl on the Train and The Guilty One."

A recently divorced mom finds herself in the eye of an increasingly suspicious public after her 8-year-old son suddenly vanishes at a park on a Sunday afternoon and must follow the clues to find him herself.

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October 2016

Missing, Presumed By Susan Steiner

Summary:
For readers of Kate Atkinson and Tana French comes a page-turning literary mystery that brings to life the complex and wholly relatable Manon Bradshaw, a strong-willed detective assigned to a high-risk missing persons case.

Assigned to the high-profile case of a missing graduate student, brilliant detective and lonelyheart Manon Bradshaw uncovers the abductee's erratic behavior, a close friend's secrets and the role of a sex offender while struggling to maintain a professional distance.

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August 2016

Try Not to Breathe By Holly Seddon

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For fans of Gillian Flynn, Laura Lippman, and Paula Hawkins comes Holly Seddon’s arresting fiction debut—an engrossing thriller full of page-turning twists and turns, richly imagined characters, and gripping psychological suspense.

Some secrets never die.
They’re just locked away.

A young journalist fights against the demons of her alcoholism and attempts to restore her professional reputation by tackling the dangerous cold-case mystery of a woman who was left in a coma fifteen years earlier by an unknown assailant.

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August 2016

Pretty Girls By Karin Slaughter

Summary:
More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss--a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed. The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

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August 2016

The Widow By Fiona Barton

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Following the twists and turns of an unimaginable crime, The Widow is an electrifying debut thriller that will take you into the dark spaces that exist between a husband and a wife. When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on when more bad things began to happen. . . But that woman's husband died last week. And Jean doesn't have to be her anymore. There's a lot Jean hasn't said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment. Now there's no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage. The truth--that's all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything. . .

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July 2016

Under the Harrow By Flynn Berry

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When Nora takes the train from London to visit her sister in the countryside, she expects to find her waiting at the station, or at home cooking dinner. But when she walks into Rachel's familiar house, what she finds is entirely different: her sister has been the victim of a brutal murder. Stunned and adrift, Nora finds she can't return to her former life. An unsolved assault in the past has shaken her faith in the police, and she can't trust them to find her sister's killer. Haunted by the murder and the secrets that surround it, Nora is under the harrow: distressed and in danger. As Nora's fear turns to
obsession, she becomes as unrecognizable as the sister her investigation uncovers.

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October 2016

Before the Fall By Noah Hawley

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On a foggy summer night, 11 people depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family. With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the crash and the backstories of the passengers and crew members the mystery surrounding the tragedy heightens. As the passengers' intrigues unravel, odd coincidences point to a conspiracy.

By the Emmy-, Golden Globe- and Peabody Award-winning writer of Fargo

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November 2016

City of the Lost By Kelley Armstrong

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Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her. Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again.


An edgy, gripping crime novel from bestselling urban fantasy writer Kelley Armstrong, City of the Lostboldly announces a major new player in the crime fiction world.

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November 2016

The Perfect Girl By Gilly Macmillan

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Fighting to start over after serving time for her role in a fatal accident, teen musical prodigy Zoe is horrified when her mother is found dead after a career-launching recital, in a high-suspense tale told over the course of 24 hours.

By the author of New York Times best-selling author of What She Knew.

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November 2016

Black Water By Louise Doughty

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A thriller of espionage, love, and redemption. John Harper is in hiding in a remote hut on a tropical island. As he lies awake at night, listening to the rain on the roof, he believes his life may be in danger. But he is less afraid of what is going to happen than of what he's already done. In a local town, he meets Rita, a woman with her own tragic history. They begin an affair, but can they offer each other redemption? Or do the ghosts of the past always catch up with us in the end?

From the author of the terrific Apple Tree Yard.

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November 2016

Foreign Agent By Brad Thor

Summary:
When an American safe house near the Syrian border is attacked, halting a high-risk operation targeting ISIS, an ensuing political and PR nightmare places counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath at the center of a maelstrom of blame and betrayal.

By the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Code of Conduct.

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