If It Bleeds by Stephen King: The four never-before-published novellas represent King at his finest: a teenager discovers that a dead friend’s phone communicates from beyond the grave; a series of apocalyptic incidents bears claim that when a man or a woman dies, a whole world falls to ruin; a frustrated writer strikes a Faustian bargain; and investigator Holly Gibney faces off against a ghoulish newscaster who feeds off the anguish he provokes in his audience by covering horrific tragedies.
The Girl Beneath the Sea by Andrew Mayne: Sloan McPherson is Lauderdale Shores PD’s go-to diver for evidence recovery when she finds a fresh kill floating in a canal—a woman whose murky history collides with her own. Their troubling ties are making Sloan less a potential witness than a suspect, and her colleagues aren’t the only ones following every move she makes. So is the killer.
Take Me Apart by Sara Sligar: A spellbinding novel of psychological suspense that follows a young archivist’s obsession with her subject’s mysterious death as it threatens to destroy her fragile grasp on sanity. A seductive, twisting tale of suspense, Take Me Apart draws readers into the lives of two darkly magnetic young women pinned down by secrets and lies. Sara Sligar’s electrifying debut is a chilling, thought-provoking take on art, illness, and power, from a spellbinding new voice in literary suspense.
Bombshell by Stuart Woods: Teddy Fay is back in Hollywood and caught in two tricky situations. First, a rising star at Centurion becomes the target of malicious gossip, and Teddy must find and neutralize the source before the situation gets out of hand–or becomes violent. At the same time, Teddy finds himself targeted by a criminal thug bearing a grudge. It’s a lot of knives to juggle, even for a former-CIA-operative-turned-movie-producer accustomed to hazardous working conditions.
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix: One evening after book club, Patricia is viciously attacked by an elderly neighbor, bringing the neighbor’s handsome nephew, James Harris, into her life. But when children on the other side of town go missing, their deaths written off by local police, Patricia has reason to believe James Harris is more of a Bundy than a Brad Pitt. The real problem? James is a monster of a different kind—and Patricia has already invited him in.
A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight: When lawyer Lizzie Kitsakis from her old friend Zach Grayson, he is desperate: his wife, Amanda, has been found dead at the bottom of the stairs in their Brooklyn brownstone. And Zach’s the primary suspect. As Lizzie is drawn into the dark heart of idyllic Park Slope, she learns that Zach and Amanda weren’t what they seemed. In the end, she’s left wondering not only whether her own marriage can be saved, but what it means to have a good marriage in the first place.
Hideaway by Nora Roberts: At nine, Caitlyn Sullivan she was already a Hollywood star when she disappeared. A smart, scrappy fighter, she managed to escape her abductors. Dillon Cooper was shocked to find the bloodied, exhausted girl huddled in his house – but when the teenager and his family heard her story they provided refuge, reuniting her with her loved ones. Cate’s ordeal, though, was far from over. Years later, she would return to Los Angeles, gathering the courage to act again. What she didn’t yet know was that two seeds had been planted that long-ago night – one of a great love, and one of a terrible vengeance.
Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner: Six years after the fight that ended their friendship, Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh walks back into her life and asks if she will be her maid-of-honor at the society wedding of the summer. When Daphne wakes up the morning of the wedding to find that her crush has vanished and that something terrible has happened to her friend, it’s up to her to dip deep, unpeel the layers of illusion, and discover the complicated truth of perfect Drue Cavahaugh. A sparkling novel about the complexities of female relationships, the pitfalls of living out loud and online, and the resilience of the human heart, Big Summer is a witty, moving story about family, friendship, and figuring out what matters most.
Tom Clancy Firing Point by Mike Maden: While on vacation in Barcelona, Jack Ryan, Jr. is surprised to run into his old friend Renee at a small cafe. Moments later, the cafe is destroyed by a suicide bomber. As Renee dies in his arms, she utters one word, “Sammler.” This mysterious sequence of events sends the young Campus operative on an unrelenting search to find out the reason behind Renee’s death. Along the way, he discovers that she had secrets of her own–and some of them may have gotten her killed. Jack has never backed down from a challenge, but some prey may be too big for one man.
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