These current and gripping psychological dramas, thrillers and suspense novels in print will keep you at the edge-of-your seat.
The anatomy of desire : a novel / L.R. Dorn
A beautiful social media influencer is put on trial for murder in this gripping courtroom thriller. It takes readers through the intimate details of a mysterious drowning and the sensational trial that follows. With no witnesses to the murder, readers will breathlessly await the verdict.
Every vow you break : a novel / Peter Swanson
This suspenseful thriller explores the consequences of entering a marriage with a guilty secret. A bride’s dream honeymoon with her beloved millionaire groom is upended by the appearance of an obsessive one-night stand who would claim her for himself.
Fast ice : a novel from the Numa files / Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
A former National Underwater and Marine Agency scientist disappears along with the vessel she was on, so Kurt Austin and his team head to the South Pole to find her. Antarctic research has uncovered an algae that will initiate a global ice age if allowed to run rampant in normal ocean waters and they have to battle a ruthless billionaire to avert global catastrophe.
The good sister : a novel / Sally Hepworth
Twin sisters who are opposites but who are harboring a deep, dark secret about their sociopathic mother must face the consequences of both her actions and their own when one tries to start a family. A quirky, rich and shocking story of what families keep hidden.
Her dark lies / J.T. Ellison
When Nashville artist Claire Hunter and her fiancé Jack Compton arrive on Isle Isola, Italy, for their wedding at the Compton family villa, Claire is alarmed to hear that skeletal remains were dug up at the villa during restoration work the day before. Characters with secrets to hide and mysterious deaths, including that of Jack’s first wife, who died in a sailing accident a decade earlier, add to the menacing atmosphere.
Infinite / Brian Freeman
Chicago events manager Dylan Moran is haunted by the recent death of his wife, who drowned when he accidentally drove their car into a river on a weekend away from the city. Then people close to Dylan turn up dead, and he realizes his double is a serial killer. Clever plotting matches the well-developed characters in this tense imaginative psychological thriller.
The lamplighters / Emma Stonex
An atmospheric novel about the mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse keepers from a remote tower miles from the Cornish coast, and about the wives who were left behind. Moving between the women’s stories and the men’s last weeks together in the lighthouse, long-held secrets surface and truths twist into lies as we piece together what happened, why, and who to believe.
Local woman missing / Mary Kubica
When Delilah, who disappeared 11 years earlier when she was only 6 years old, shockingly returns, the residents of a quiet suburban neighborhood want to know what happened to her, but no one is prepared for what they will find. This chilling thriller takes domestic secrets to a whole new level, showing that some people will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried.
A matter of life and death : a Robin Lockwood novel / Phillip Margolin
Rising attorney Robin Lockwood takes the death-penalty case of a homeless father who has been set up for the murder of a prominent judge’s wife. Starting from nothing, Lockwood builds an increasingly persuasive case, zeroing in on the real villain and exposing secrets that certain people would kill to protect.
Mother may I : a novel / Joshilyn Jackson
Blackmailed by a mysterious kidnapper to commit a seemingly harmless act, a once-poor woman who married into wealth triggers a devastating chain of consequences. A mother must decide how far she is willing to go to protect her child and the life she loves. An unforgettable tale of power, privilege, lies, revenge, and the choices we make, ones that transform our lives in unforeseen ways.
The night always comes : a novel / Willy Vlautin
A lifetime of struggles comes to a head in two frantic days and nights in this gritty novel. People suffer under societal forces, from betrayal by those close to them, and from their own mistakes, but they survive to carve out space in a world that had not left one for them.
Northern spy : a novel / Flynn Berry
Certain that her beloved sister did not join the IRA by choice, a Catholic BBC producer confronts impossible decisions that test family bonds, the limits of her ideals and her responsibilities as a mother. A riveting and exquisite novel about family, terror, motherhood, betrayal, and the staggering human costs of an intractable conflict.
The plot / Jean Hanff Korelitz
A psychologically suspenseful novel about a story too good not to steal, and the writer who steals it. But things start to unravel when he begins to receive anonymous threats accusing him of theft. A thriller that is full of gasp-inducing twists as it explores copyright, ownership, and the questionable morals of writers.
The red book : a black book thriller / James Patterson and David Ellis
This sequel to The Black Book finds Det. Billy Harney back on duty after being put on paid administrative leave following his discovery of rampant corruption in the Chicago PD. Stuck with an abrasive new partner, Billy must navigate an investigation into a quadruple homicide while doing his best to put his life back together.
Too good to be true : a novel / Carola Lovering
Accepting the proposal of an older, sophisticated man after a whirlwind courtship, a woman struggling with severe OCD throws herself into wedding plans before discovering her fiancé’s secret past and deceptive agenda. An empathetic look of how OCD can affect relationships, will leave readers thinking about what they would accept for love and how the most perfect of lives may be a façade.
Turn a blind eye / Jeffrey Archer
This third novel in the series finds Detective Inspector William Warwick, the London cop, once again reassigned, this time to a new top-secret anti-corruption unit charged with investigating the Metropolitan Police Force. Warwick is a meticulous investigator, and he soon discovers that some seemingly unconnected incidents of corruption might point to a more elaborate web of wrongdoing that has gone unchecked for years.
We begin at the end / Chris Whitaker
A guilt-ridden police chief and a tough-as-nails woman who was forced to support her family as a girl work together to protect loved ones when the latter’s father is released after 30 years in prison. The novel examines how the choices we make can nudge us into the dangerous ground between good and evil.
When the stars go dark : a novel / Paula McLain
A San Francisco homicide detective traumatized by personal tragedy and the many horrors she has encountered returns to Mendocino, once her childhood sanctuary, only to be drawn into the case of a missing girl and the unresolved mysteries of her own past. A multilayered suspense enriched by keen psychological and emotional insight.
While justice sleeps : a novel / Stacey Abrams
An inside-Washington thriller about an ambitious law clerk thrown into a life-or-death treasure hunt with major national implications when the Supreme Court justice she works for slips into a sudden coma. Soon she and those she loves are in the crosshairs of the FBI, the media, and a menacing Homeland Security agent.
Who is Maud Dixon? : a novel / Alexandra Andrews
Character-driven suspense novel with wicked hairpin turns about a famous novelist and a small-town striver locked in a struggle for fortune and fame. The story leaps from an isolated estate outside Hudson, New York, to the dusty medinas and towering cliffs of Morocco. The answer to the title question encompasses the second half of the book as the intrigue builds to a satisfying conclusion.
June, 2021: BC