Suspense In Print A To M
A TO M
August 12, 2019
Clark, Mary Higgins. I'VE GOT MY EYES ON YOU. Pocket Books. March '19. $8.99. "When a terrible crime shocks a New Jersey community, all signs point to one suspect. But if he's innocent as he claims, it means the murderer is still out there... After throwing a party when her parents were away, 18-year-old Kerry Dowling is discovered lifeless at the bottom of the family pool. The police immediately question Kerry's boyfriend, who - despite proclaiming his love for her - was seen arguing with Kerry that night. As neighbors and classmates grieve the loss of their friend, Kerry's 28-year-old sister Aline, a guidance counselor, searches for answers. She'll do anything to help the Detective Mike Wilson learn what really happened the night Kerry was killed. Was someone watching Kerry the night of the murder? For Aline, the truth could be deadly."
Clark, Mary Higgins. KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM CRY. Simon & Schuster. November '19. $26.99. "When talented journalist Penelope 'Casey' Harrison starts to research a piece about the #MeToo movement that includes an incident in her own life which she has been trying to put out of her mind for years, she does not realize that the young man who drugged and assaulted her at a fraternity house party in college is now a wealthy, powerful industrialist on the eve of a merger which will make him a billionaire - and who will do anything, even murder, to cover his tracks." Simultaneous release on Audio CD from Simon & Schuster Audio.
Cole, Courtney. MINE: A Novel. Gallery Books. May '19. $16.00. "Tessa was prepared for the hurricane. Lindsey was the storm she didn't see coming." While getting the house ready for a hurricane about to hit, Tessa Taylor finds nude pictures of a young woman named Lindsey on her husband's iPad. With her husband out of town and the hurricane approaching, Tessa's life begins to unravel. Not knowing what to do, she eventually manages to lure her husband's mistress to their home. Both women love the same man - which one will keep him? Simultaneous release on Audio CD from Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Audio.
Collins, Megan. THE WINTER SISTER. Atria Books. February '19. $26.00. A haunting debut about a woman who's past crashes into the present. When her estranged mother begins treatment for cancer, Sylvie returns home to help her and begins to unravel the murder of her sister, Persephone. Missing for three days before her body was found, Persephone's murderer was never caught. The situation becomes even more complicated when Sylvie learns that her sister's boyfriend, Ben, somebody she suspected killed her sister, is a nurse at the cancer center where her mother is receiving care. While trying to deal with her mother, Sylvie starts to investigate what really happened to Persephone the night she died. Simultaneous release on Audio CD from Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Audio. Available in trade paperback. November '19. $17.00.
Hamalainen, Karo. CRUEL IS THE NIGHT. Soho Crime. September '18. $15.95. Translated by Owen Witesman. The first English translation by the prize-winning Finnish author takes the reader into Agatha Christie territory with a comedic locked-room murder mystery. It all begins with a reunion dinner attended by four friends who had a falling out 10 years prior. One of them, investigative journalist Mikko, is planning a murder and expects to get away with it. Each of the others is angry with somebody at the dinner table and there are several weapons laying around the room. Who will still be alive by the end of the meal?
James, GP. MELTDOWN. Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing. September '18. $13.95. Straight from the headlines, the plot delves into climate change, nuclear power plants, and the energy crisis. It all begins at the Bear Mountain Nuclear Energy Center, which is close to the Ramapo fault line in New Jersey, close to New York City. When an earthquake hits Peekskill, NY, the power plant looses control of one of the reactors and the plant manager, Trace Crane, tries to regain control while his wife searches for their daughter. Things take a turn for the worse as radiation leaks from the plant and Trace must decide if he should try to save the plant, along with the entire East Coast, or take off to find his family.
Jewell, Lisax. I FOUND YOU: A Novel. Atria Books. September '18. $16.00. Intertwined tales make for a suspenseful novel! It begins in a seaside town in England where a single mother finds a man sitting near her house. He doesn't know who he is, what his name is, or where he comes from so she invites him into her home. In London, a young bride married for just three weeks, can't find her husband. Alone in a foreign country, she reports his disappearance to the police only to learn that no such person exists! Time shifts to twenty-three years ago when a teenage brother and sister are on holiday in a seaside town with their parents. A young man starts to pay the sister a lot of attention while the brother doesn't trust him. At the center of the novel that covers twenty years of secrets, a missing husband who never existed, and a man with no memory. What links them all together?
Mangan, John. INTO A DARK FRONTIER. Oceanview Publishing. October '18. $16.00. Part science fiction and part suspense, the book takes place "in the near future." After Africa becomes a lawless frontier where most of the population that remain are criminals and/or unhinged. Slade Crawford, an ex-Navy SEAL, falls apart after seeing too much action and the end of his marriage. The accidental death of his son puts him over the edge and if that's not enough, he's accused of being a terrorist! Fleeing to Africa where there is no law anymore, he becomes entangled with Gary Kraven, an American colonel. Slade is forced into going after a very dangerous blood cult. Learning the hard way that nothing is as it seems, Slade realizes he's in the midst of a struggle what could change history.
Mason, Jamie. THE HIDDEN THINGS. Gallery Books. August '19. $26.00. Based on the actual theft of a 17th century painting that was never recovered, the book fast forwards to present day where the painting causes major problems. When a home security camera records a home invasion that shows a teen named Carly fighting for her life, it quickly goes viral online. She survives, but what can be barely seen in a corner of the room changes the lives of four people in ways they never expected and Carly's stepfather will do whatever is necessary to keep a dark secret hidden. There is no way he can explain how that stolen painting could be hanging in his house. When the art dealer that was brutally attacked when the painting was stolen learns about the video all she wants to get the painting back. The man that stole the painting has to retrieve it so he can bring it to the people who hired him to steal it - and he will kill to get it back. But it's Carly who works to discover the truth to make things right. Simultaneous release in trade paperback from Simon & Schuster. $13.00. Available on Audio CD from Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Audio.
McGrath, Mel. GIVE ME THE CHILD. HQ. September '18. $12.99. What would you do if your doorbell rang in the middle of the night and you open it to find the police on your doorstep? If that isn't enough, how would you feel if the reason they are there is to bring you your husband's eleven-year-old illigimate child after her mother is found dead? Would you welcome this girl you never knew existed into your home? Twists and turns abound as the story reaches it's dark climax.
Millman, Jode. THE MIDNIGHT CALL. Immortal Works. June '19. $14.99. Attorney Jessie Martin, never imagined that her mentor and friend would betray her, let alone turn out to be a murderer! It all starts with a late night call from high school teacher Terrence Butterfield who tell her he killed somebody and begs for her help. Jessie immediately goes to his aid and after arriving at his house finds the body of a teenage boy in the basement. She never thought her good friend would try to implicate her in the murder and puts her life on the line for him. Now she must clear her name and figure out if Terrence is a monster in disguise.
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