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What to Read Next? Try Thrillers and Suspense!

What to Read Next? Try Thrillers and Suspense!

March 30, 2020

The thrill of the chase, the race against time, the standoff between hero and villain… thriller and suspense stories keep you on the edge of your seat and turning those pages (or in this time of social distancing, swiping next as quick as you can on your eReader!)! 

You wouldn’t think I was an adrenaline junkie to look at me, but I simply can’t get enough of those heart-pounding action sequences! And if you’re like me—addicted to the twists and turns—then you might be interested in the titles below! 

All these books are available digitally through Overdrive. And for even more suggestions, leave a comment below. We’d love to chat and suggest other titles to add to your to-be-read pile!   

  • Star of the North by D. B. John
    In 1998, Soo-Min, a Korean American studying in South Korea, vanished along with her boyfriend, their belongings abandoned in the sand on the beach. Soo-Min's family is left with no idea what happened to her. Did she run away? Did she drown? These unanswered questions leave her family broken. But Soo-Min’s twin, Jee-Min (Jenna), has always been adamant that her sister is alive somewhere. Twelve years later, Jenna is sent on a mission to North Korea while working for the CIA, and she’s determined to find out exactly what happened to Soo-Min.

    Star of the North is an intellectual spy thriller based on true facts.  
  • The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan 
    Rachel North has a great life. She’s married to a wonderful man who is completely committed to her, she’s hard working, she’s on her way up, and she just took on an internship with Martha Gardiner, a well-respected Boston prosecutor with a reputation for winning. The problem? Everything Rachel thought she knew about her life was a lie, and the truth threatens to destroy what’s left.

    The Murder List is a twisty, suspenseful, manipulative story.    
  • Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson 
    This was one of my favorite books of 2019. Henrietta (Hen) and her husband, Lloyd, have moved to the suburbs for a quiet life. Hen’s bipolar symptoms are finally under control, and her life is getting back on track. Then Mira and Matthew, their new neighbors, invite the couple over to a dinner that changes everything. While Mira gives a tour of the house, Hen notices a small, seemingly insignificant, trophy on the mantel in Matthew’s study. The problem? Henrietta knows that this trophy belonged to the victim of an unsolved murder. The story is told in alternating chapters from Hen’s and Matthew’s points of view. 
  • August Snow by Stephen Mack Jones 
    When Officer August Snow was wrongfully pushed off the force, he pushed back and was awarded a $12-million settlement for wrongful dismissal. But the damage was done. Friends have turned their backs on him, and all his bridges are burned, so he returns to his childhood home to regroup.

    Before Snow can even get settled, Eleanore Paget seeks him out, wanting him to look into some odd occurrences taking place at her private wealth management bank. But Snow, short on patience and resources, turns down her request. When Paget turns up dead of an apparent suicide, Snow smells a rat. And once Snow starts pulling on that one thread, a whole tapestry of crime and vice, spreading from one end of Detroit to the other, begins to unravel before his eyes.  
  • Heartsick by Chelsea Cain 
    Detective Archie Sheridan returns to work after recovering from being tortured nearly to death by Gretchen Lowell, a female serial killer. Why bring Archie to the point of death and then call the police and turn herself in? Where are the bodies of her missing victims? And what connection does Gretchen have to the new killer preying on the city’s youth? Is this one of Gretchen’s minions? Or is their appearance only a coincidence? These mysteries haunt Archie as he visits Gretchen in maximum-security prison.

This thrilling book is a fast-paced, dark, and emotionally intense adventure, where nothing is what it seems. Bonus—it’s also the first book of an explosive series. 

Lisa P.
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