Kate Priddy swapped houses with her American cousin Corbin Dell to help her get over an abusive relationship back home in England. But when she arrived at Corbin's swanky apartment in Boston, she learned that his neighbor had been found murdered.
Already on edge, Kate sees suspects everywhere. Then she starts misplacing things and misremembering events. And then her worst fears begin to come true.
Her Every Fear is a twisty, creepy psychological thriller from the author who gave us one of the big books in the genre last year - The Kind Worth Killing. Told in alternating points of view, Her Every Fear just keeps ratcheting up in tension, even after you know 'who done it'.
Keep the lights on and don't forget to check under the bed. There have been a lot of good thrillers this year, and this is among the best I've read.
Maine Game warden investigator, Mike Bowditch, is called to tiny Maquoit Island off of the Maine coast when a woman has been reported dead by gunshot. Because the death was reported as a hunting incident, the game warden got the case.
But all is not as it seems on the remote rock where the few year-round inhabitants harbor secrets and old feuds that prevent Bowditch from ever getting a straight story.
Complicating the case is Ariel Evens- an investigative journalist who is the reported victim. At least she was until she steps off the ferry, alive and well.
If you like Joseph Heywood's Woods Cop mysteries (and I know you do- they are huge sellers at Saturn), check out Paul Doiron's Game Warden books. You will enjoy the same sense of outdoors-y mysteries and ongoing warden characters.
This creepy thriller takes place in London. Ten years ago, Laurel's beautiful daughter disappeared on her way to the library. The heartbreak cost Laurel her marriage and her relationships with her two remaining children, Hanna and Jake.
So when Laurel meets an attractive and charming man named Floyd in a coffee shop, she's definitely not open to being charmed into a flirtation. but that's just what happened, and Laurel finally begins to feel happy again - until she meets Floyd's daughter Poppy. Because 9-year-old Poppy looks just like Ellie.
This one has some twists you see coming and some twists that you don't, but for psychological thriller lovers, Lisa Jewell's novel definitely belongs on the 'to read' pile.
This thriller features DC TV news producer Virginia Knightley, and the realistic vantage point of tracking a story with daily news in mind is a different and interesting one. Author Christina Kovac managed DC newsrooms and produced crime and political stories in the District for 17 years, so the reader feels confident that the atmosphere and pressure to produce are real.
Knightley finds a missing notice about an attractive young attorney last seen outside a restaurant in Georgetown. Something about the story won't release its hold on the producer, and her pursuit of the scoop takes her into the halls of power and the underbelly of the powerful city at the same time.
The Cutaway is an interesting tale of corruption, greed, and deceit that will leave readers hoping this isn't the last we hear from this author or this character!
Cameron Harris is a paraplegic Afghanistan War vet, back home in Mississippi living with his sister Tanya. Life has been rough for Cameron - his father left early on and his mother died when Cameron was in high school. Unable to cope, Cameron dropped out of a promising football program, worked construction - even on their own Katrina-ravaged house - until one day Cameron left Tanya and Mississippi and enlisted.
But now he's home, pounding back beer and chain-smoking, letting Tanya push him to the convenience store on the corner in the afternoon.
Until, one day, Cameron stands up and walks - right in that convenience store parking lot.
Cameron finds himself in the middle of a media storm about his miracle. Tour buses of believers start to show up at the BIZ-E-BEE and the doctors at the VA clinic scramble for an explanation at the same time the catholic church sends an investigator and reality TV sends a film crew.
Cleverly written as if this were a non-fiction book exploring the inexplicable story of Cameron's recovery, Anatomy of a Miracle takes the reader down a dizzying number of paths to the basic truth that 'some things just happen'.
Different and intriguing.
Dennis Lehane proved long ago that he's a master storyteller with a gift for tension and psychological suspense. His new novel, Since We Fell, is among his best.
Rachel Childs is a gifted reporter who has long been searching for her biological father. She has an "it couple" marriage and an up and coming network career to go along with her fashionable series about her upbringing.
100 pages into this story, I was hooked on her character, but wondering why Lehane was writing a book about a woman whose career and marriage implodes and who becomes a virtual shut-in after an on-air meltdown.
150 pages in, the novel took a turn when Rachel ventures out, only to see her husband, who should be halfway across the Atlantic, getting into the back of a dark SUV.
By page 225 the story explodes. Rachel's second husband has a lot of secrets, and they are all deadly ones.
The action and tension build page by page from there. The fact that Lehane so calmly laid the groundwork for his story, only gradually adding discordant notes until, abruptly, you realize you're reading an entirely different story than you thought you were is just masterful - conceived and executed like no other thriller I've read.
Reviewers and fellow writers alike are bowing down before this book. Wow.
Author Karen Cleveland was a CIA employee and spent six months on rotation to the FBI, working closely with a Joint Terrorism Task Force, so when her character Vivian, a CIA analyst, gets herself into trouble, we get the sense that this is a plausible scenario.
Vivian has written a program to try to predict people who might be Russian sleeper agents - US citizens living normal lives, but in reality are Russian agents feeding information back through a handler. One day Vivian's program strikes gold and she's gained entry into a suspect's computer. Everything looks innocuous enough, but when she clicks on a folder labeled 'friends', five photos show up. And five, she's learned, is the number of sleeper agents in each cell.
She can hardly believe her luck as she clicks through the pictures until one stops her cold. The face she's looking at is that of her beloved husband and father of her four precious children.
Instantly, Vivian's life becomes a nightmare and we're taken on that nightmare with her right up to the final twist of the knife.
Bestseller Lee Child says "Prediction: if you read chapter one, you'll read chapter two. If you read chapter two, you'll miss dinner, stay up far too late, and feel tired at work tomorrow. This is that kind of book. Superb."
After reading A Mind At Play, the biography of Claude Shannon, Gaylord's most famous native son, I found myself wondering several things:
- How did I, who have lived in Gaylord over 20 years, know so little about the genius who reduced communication theory to an essence of ones and zeros - essentially inventing binary code?
- Why did my children, who attended school here, not learn about this man's accomplishments in depth?
- Why doesn't our high school, which boasts Shannon's mother as a former principal and Claude himself - a man with so many honorary doctorate degrees he built a revolving rack upon which to hang his stoles - have Claude Shannon competitions, celebrating the fact that this graduate explored, among so many other things, juggling, cryptography, robotics, and chess - tinkering and building contraptions to solve problems large and small throughout his life?
- And why do mathematicians, engineers, and scientists the world over revere this native son when we here have scant knowledge of his life and accomplishments?
A Mind At Play celebrates the spirit of curiosity which took Shannon from Gaylord to U of M to the hallowed halls of academia to the famously productive Bell Labs to MIT. While giving chapters to the mathematical and scientific accomplishments of this acknowledged genius, the authors continue to point out that Shannon had a real spirit of fun driving his theoretical discoveries, and that to the end he remained a humble man of humble origins - right here in Gaylord, MI.
Conman turned lawyer Eddie Flynn is back in this twisty legal thriller.
Eddie's estranged wife, Caroline, has unwittingly signed papers at her high-powered Manhattan law firm that could send her to prison for a long while. Eddie learns this when he arrives at his office to find it full of government agents who have a deal he can't refuse. Eddie has just hours to get a prominent tech billionaire just arrested for murdering his girlfriend to hire Eddie as his defense lawyer and take a plea deal. If he can swing that, Eddie is told, the FBI can use the tech wizard to turn on the corrupt law firm, and Eddie's wife will get immunity from the blood bath to follow.
Well! Easier said than done, obviously, and of course our man doesn't quite have all the facts here.
Full of slick legal maneuvering, corrupt attorneys, ruthless government agents and a quirky sense of humor, The Plea is a seriously entertaining read.