Review: Confessions On The 7:45 by Lisa Unger (+ 2 more releases!!)

Some of October’s most exciting releases are finally here!! A new thriller by Lisa Unger, a podcast-inspired mystery and a cracking thriller debut from a German author…if these sound like titles you’d like to check out, then down below, I’m giving a rundown on what these books are about and including a review for each! Without further ado, let’s browse through these titles…

Confessions On The 7:45 by Lisa Unger

”Wouldn’t it be nice if your problems just went away?”

Selena Murphy is commuting home from her job when she meets a beautiful stranger on the train. Days later, her nanny disappears, and she suddenly finds herself pulled into the mystery of the missing nanny.

Now she can’t help but wonder, who was the stranger on the train?

In Confessions on The 7:45, Lisa Unger delves into the world of infidelity and flawed family relationships, starting off with an encounter between two women on the train, followed by a mysterious disappearance. I found myself fully absorbed from the First intriguing page, and I tremendously enjoyed the impeccable writing as the author shifts between multiple POVs, the main ones belonging to: the mother, the teenage son, the nanny and the stranger on the train.

The final chapters bring this thriller to a powerful, satisfying conclusion, making for a beautifully-intricate mystery that I’d recommend adding to your Fall TBR list!

I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan

“It’s been ten years since Sibby disappeared, but the memories of that day keep finding new ways to haunt me.”

In her small town, 17-year-old Delia “Dee” Skinner is known as the girl who wasn’t taken. Ten years ago, she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasn’t enough. Sibby was never seen again. At night, Dee deals with her guilt by becoming someone else: the Seeker, the voice behind the popular true crime podcast “Radio Silent”, which features missing persons cases and works with online sleuths to solve them.

Dee Skinner witnessed the abduction of her best friend ten years ago. Today, as she still deals with the guilt of being “the girl who was not taken”, she’s the anonymous voice behind a popular true crime podcast called “Radio Silent”, and now there’s a new missing persons case seemingly connected to her best friend’s, which becomes the new subject of her podcast. Dee’s about to find out what’s really at stake in unraveling the mystery of the little girls who vanished.

I Hope You’re Listening has a “Riverdale” feel to it that will definitely appeal to YA readers. It alternates between the present day and 10 years earlier, the time of the protagonist’s best friend’s disappearance, and slowly progresses to the final reveal which, while not as dark as Keep This To Yourself’s, would certainly bring satisfaction to readers of this genre!

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

“It’s not so bad, Mama. It was just a silly accident.”

Filled with twists; from the utterly shocking prologue, to the action-packed chapters.

In a windowless shack in the woods, Lena’s life and that of her two children follows the rules set by their captor, the father: Meals, bathroom visits, study time are strictly scheduled and meticulously observed. He protects his family from the dangers lurking in the outside world and makes sure that his children will always have a mother to look after them.

One day Lena manages to flee–but the nightmare continues. It seems as if her tormentor wants to get back what belongs to him. And then there is the question whether she really is the woman called “Lena,” who disappeared without a trace 14 years ago. The police and Lena’s family are all desperately trying to piece together a puzzle that doesn’t quite seem to fit.

One of the most shocking aspects readers encounter in Dear Child, is the exploration of the psychology of a clever young girl with a traumatic background, in addition to the intricate, yet brilliantly-conveyed subject of maternal nurture.

Hausmann also discusses the reason behind our perpetrator’s savagery. This villain is capable of both unimaginable and realistic abusive behavior. I think that’s what’s most unsettling; how the story is extremely connected to reality, while still breaking the record for the number of twists and turns that even avid thriller readers might not ever guess.

On the other hand, this is one of the most shocking stories about survival I’ve ever read. It’s well-plotted, and the attention to detail is so precise that makes protagonists Lena, Jasmin and Hannah’s stories incredibly unforgettable.

And those are today’s releases! Which of these titles sounds the most appealing to you, fellow readers?

Today’s Kindle Deals: Thriller/Mystery (US)

The newest Kindle Deals are here!! If you’re a fan of suspense authors like Riley Sager, J. P. Delaney, D. J. Palmer, Liz Nugent…you might want to check out this list of the most recent thriller Kindle deals! Now readers, without further ado, let’s browse through these titles…

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that this building’s dark history that’s hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story . . . until the next day, when her fellow apartment sitter disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s sordid past and into the secrets kept within its walls. What she discovers pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

The New Husband by D. J. Palmer

What makes Simon Fitch so perfect?

-He knows all her favorite foods, music, and movies.

-Her son adores him.

-He anticipates her every need.

-He would never betray her like her first husband.

The perfect husband. He checks all the boxes.

The question is, why?

Nina Garrity learned the hard way that her missing husband had been leading a double life with another woman. But with him gone—presumably drowned while fishing on his boat—she couldn’t confront him about the affair or find closure to the life he blew apart.

Now, a year and a half later, Nina has found love again…Simon, a widower still grieving the death of his first wife. She wants so badly to believe her life is finally getting back on track, but she’ll soon discover that she’s about to stumble into the greatest danger to herself and her children.

The Perfect Wife by J. P. Delaney

Abbie awakens in a daze with no memory of who she is or how she landed in this unsettling condition. The man by her side claims to be her husband. He’s a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative start-ups. He tells Abbie that she is a loving mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. He says she had a terrible accident five years ago and that, through a huge technological breakthrough, she has been brought back from the abyss.

But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins to question her husband’s motives—and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together forever? And what really happened to her, half a decade ago?

Beware the man who calls you . . .THE PERFECT WIFE

Lying In Wait by Liz Nugent

“My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.”

For fans of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn, Lying In Wait follows Lydia Fitzsimons who, on the surface, has the perfect life: married to a respected judge, mother of a beloved son, living in the beautiful house where she was raised. However, that beautiful house holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax.

Friend Request by Laura Marshall

A paranoid single mom is forced to confront the unthinkable act she committed as a desperate teenager in this suspenseful psychological thriller.

Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston is dead. Isn’t she?

1989. When Louise first notices the new girl who has mysteriously transferred late into their senior year, Maria seems to be everything the girls Louise hangs out with aren’t. Authentic. Funny. Brash. Within just a few days, Maria and Louise are on their way to becoming fast friends.

2016. Louise receives a heart-stopping email: Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook. Long-buried memories quickly rise to the surface: those first days of their budding friendship; cruel decisions made and dark secrets kept; the night that would change all their lives forever.

Louise has always known that if the truth ever came out, she could stand to lose everything. Her job. Her son. Her freedom. Maria’s sudden reappearance threatens it all, and forces Louise to reconnect with everyone she’d severed ties with to escape the past. But as she tries to piece together exactly what happened that night, Louise discovers there’s more to the story than she ever knew. To keep her secret, Louise must first uncover the whole truth, before what’s known to Maria–or whoever’s pretending to be her–is known to all.

The House Guest by Mark Edwards

A perfect summer. A perfect stranger. A perfect nightmare.

When British twenty-somethings Ruth and Adam are offered the chance to spend the summer housesitting in New York, they can’t say no. Young, in love and on the cusp of professional success, they feel as if luck is finally on their side.

So the moment that Eden turns up on the doorstep, drenched from a summer storm, it seems only right to share a bit of that good fortune. Beautiful and charismatic, Eden claims to be a friend of the homeowners, who told her she could stay whenever she was in New York.

They know you’re not supposed to talk to strangers—let alone invite them into your home—but after all, Eden’s only a stranger until they get to know her. As suspicions creep in that Eden may not be who she claims to be, they begin to wonder if they’ve made a terrible mistake…

Unsub by Meg Gardiner

Inspired by the never-caught Zodiac Killer, Unsub revolves around a young detective determined to apprehend the serial murderer who destroyed her family and terrorized a city twenty years earlier.

Caitlin Hendrix has been a Narcotics detective for six months when the killer at the heart of all her childhood nightmares reemerges: the Prophet. An UNSUB—what the FBI calls an unknown subject—the Prophet terrorized the Bay Area in the 1990s and nearly destroyed her father, the lead investigator on the case.

The Prophet’s cryptic messages and mind games drove Detective Mack Hendrix to the brink of madness, and Mack’s failure to solve the series of ritualized murders—eleven seemingly unconnected victims left with the ancient sign for Mercury etched into their flesh—was the final nail in the coffin for a once promising career.

Determined to decipher his twisted messages and stop the carnage, Caitlin ignores her father’s warnings as she draws closer to the killer with each new gruesome murder. Is it a copycat, or can this really be the same Prophet who haunted her childhood? Will Caitlin avoid repeating her father’s mistakes and redeem her family name, or will chasing the Prophet drag her and everyone she loves into the depths of the abyss?

Death In The Family by Tessa Wegert

A storm-struck island. A blood-soaked bed. A missing man. In this captivating mystery that’s perfect for fans of Knives Out, Senior Investigator Shana Merchant discovers that murder is a family affair.

Thirteen months ago, former NYPD detective Shana Merchant barely survived being abducted by a serial killer. Now hoping to leave grisly murder cases behind, she’s taken a job in her fiancé’s sleepy hometown in the Thousand Islands region of Upstate New York.

But as a nor’easter bears down on her new territory, Shana and fellow investigator Tim Wellington receive a call about a man missing on a private island. Shana and Tim travel to the isolated island owned by the wealthy Sinclair family to question the witnesses. They arrive to find blood on the scene and a house full of Sinclair family and friends on edge.

While Tim guesses they’re dealing with a runaway case, Shana is convinced that they have a murder on their hands. As the gale intensifies outside, she starts conducting interviews and discovers the Sinclairs and their guests are crawling with dark and dangerous secrets.

Trapped on the island by the raging storm with only Tim whose reliability is thrown into question, the increasingly restless suspects, and her own trauma-fueled flashbacks for company, Shana will have to trust the one person her abduction destroyed her faith in—herself. But time is ticking down, because if Shana’s right, a killer is in their midst and as the pressure mounts, so do the odds that they’ll strike again.

See any titles here that you’re looking forward to reading? Let me know!

10 Perfect Thrillers To Curl Up With This Fall

⁃ The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard

Your Autumn “to-be-read” list would not be be complete without the spectacular, “The Nothing Man”. Inspired by I’ll Be Gone In The Dark, this psychological thriller is one heart-thudding, anxiety-inducing ride you do not want to miss.

“Nothing Man Case Reopened In New Book.”

In The Nothing Man, we are sucked back into the early hours of January 14, 2000. A woman named Eve Black had survived her family’s massacre when she was 12. For some reason, the creepy, masked serial killer decided to single her out as the sole survivor of the Black family murder. Why? So now she has written a true-crime memoir about her family’s killer in hopes of leading the police to his identity. When the killer finds out about the book, he is enraged. He needs to read it in order to plot his next move, but Eve is already one step ahead of him. The question is, who will catch who first?

The book alternates between the killer’s POV and Eve’s true-crime memoir that he’s reading: The Nothing Man. So if you’re a fan of that book-within-book element, you’re in for a treat. And I appreciate that the author, instead of turning the book into a police procedural, focused primarily on the cat-and-mouse chase between these two characters and their sides of the story.

There’s a terrific twist at the end, which leads to a solid, suspenseful conclusion!

⁃ His And Hers by Alice Feeney

This particular psychological thriller is like no other; the twists and mystery within it – surrounding an elusive string of murders – will give you serious chills. And you will not be able to guess what’s going on until you reach the explosive finale. So make sure you have a tea or coffee mug that’s large enough to get you through His And Hers in a single sitting!

This book basically broke the record for MOST twists; after every few chapters, there’s a twist that makes you gasp. Feeney’s to provide twisty psychological suspense is absolutely incomparable.

A detective finds himself a suspect in his own murder investigation, and a woman must return home after the murder of her childhood friend. What the heck is going in? The final reveal is just so clever!

⁃ The Turn Of The Key by Ruth Ware

What better way to spend an autumnal night than with a gothic and chilling retelling of The Turn Of The Screw?

No one writes a twist like Ruth Ware.If you love horror-inspired, creepy-home-based thrillers, or just someone who’s enjoyed Ruth Ware‘s books in the past, you’re in for a treat in The Turn Of The Key. In a nutshell, the book is in the form of a letter where a nanny is writing to an attorney, pleading with him to see that she’s innocent – she certainly did not kill that little girl. Or did she?

Suspense builds progressively in the first half of the book, providing us with many chilling moments once protagonist Rowan settles in at the Heatherbrae house for her job as a nanny – the spookiness is real: there are creaking sounds above her room, her belongings are going missing, and the house itself has a spooky history – one that will keep you up at night, turning the pages until you’ve reached the last. So. Dang. Good!

⁃ The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The primary scene where it snows drastically as the protagonist (and psychologist) arrives at the psychiatric ward where the “silent patient” would be treated, makes this book an authentic autumn thriller.

The Silent Patient is an entertaining, stay-up-all-night mystery debut. The plot and the setting and the main characters’ backstories all played a part in keeping me engrossed in this tangled mystery where a psychotherapist feels compelled to treat and investigate a woman who shot her husband and refuses to speak again.

The twist towards the end is surprising and might even make you gasp! I applaud the author for writing a tremendously compelling and gripping debut.

⁃ No Exit by Taylor Adams

You can probably tell from the cover that this is the perfect Fall read. In the comfort of your own warm reading spot, you’ll be meeting a group of strangers – whose encounter is under the most mysterious circumstances – and seeing how they’ll be able to save an abducted child, and at the same time, survive the blizzard – and the unknown killer among them – in the spectacular and twisty, No Exit.

Four strangers are trapped inside a rest stop during a snow blizzard, and one of them is a psychopath. It’s up to Darby to uncover which one has a kidnapped child inside their vehicle.

Where did the kidnapped child come from? What is the perpetrator planning to do with her? What I love about No Exit is that it picks up from the get-go: it’s action-packed, suspenseful and twisty as heck; which makes it the ultimate psychological thriller. I fell in love with the main character Darby from page One and I didn’t realize I’ve been holding my breath until I turned the last page because I needed to know what’s going on. This was a wild ride!

⁃ Theme Music by Marie Vandelly

Another perfect-for-Fall psychological thriller that’s induced with the right dose of horror and “crazy”.

From Dixie’s recollection, this is the house where her father grabbed an axe and massacred her family at the breakfast table as Badfinger’s Baby Blue played in the background.
Little does she know that coming back to her childhood home, twenty five years later, will dredge up sinister memories and, most importantly, the awful truth of what really happened on the day of her family’s massacre.

The horror element explains the aftermath of our heroine’s past trauma and how it psychologically affects her in the present. What is also interesting is the horror of the ways Dixie’s guilt -as to her father singling her out as the sole survivor of her family’s murder – manifested itself. I’ve seen my share of horror movies, but this book went beyond; what’s more terrifying than our worst nightmares infiltrating themselves into our real lives?

⁃ Changeling by Matt Wesolowski

This podcast mystery brims with atmosphere and intrigue as it follows the elusive story of a 7-year-old boy who vanished in 1988 in a forest that is known for its supernatural tales.

Podcast producer Scott King has always known about this case, but he hasn’t brought himself to discuss it on his podcast until he receives a mysterious letter regarding this nearly two-decade-long disappearance.

Changeling gripped me from the very start, I couldn’t put it down until I discovered how the mystery at hand would unravel, and boy was I stunned. Part of the outcome did cross my mind, but it wasn’t in the way I’d expected; it was such an unexpected, gasp-worthy moment when I realized what had actually happened with the missing child!

⁃ The Woods by Vanessa Savage

If you’re looking for a thriller where the woods will give you the creeps and make you look over your shoulder with every chapter, you cannot miss The Woods by Vanessa Savage.

“Come on, she says, beckoning me into the trees. Come into the woods. Let’s finish the story. I shake my head and back away, turning and running back towards the house. No, I can’t do it. Not the woods, not the woods, never the woods.”

Vanessa Savage did a terrific job providing a spine-chilling description and an eerie feel to the woods where our protagonist’s sister Bella died 10 years ago in an “accident”. Except…Ella is now haunting her sister’s dreams, trying to convince her otherwise, willing her to “remember”…

Why do teenage girls keep getting murdered in the forest surrounding Dean House? What memory is our main character trying to expunge?

You don’t have to get to a certain page for things to get interesting; the author makes sure to entertain the reader every step of the way. And that final short chapter…it will send a chill through your spine.

I appreciated how the author flawlessly built up the sisters’ characteristics by meticulously exploring their pasts and giving them distinct voices that made them unforgettable.

⁃ The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel

There’s no denying that Amy Engel is terrific at what she does; she knows how to deliver a slow-burn mystery that’s compelling enough to keep you turning the pages while trying to guess the culprit yourself. And The Familiar Dark is an absolute “dark” one as the mystery follows a mother’s worst nightmare…the moment she’s told that her daughter had been murdered. Prepare for a gripping story and a brutal, memorable ending!

⁃ The Dark Corners Of The Night by Meg Gardiner

Lock your doors. Lock your windows. And get ready to sleep with the lights on. The Dark Corners Of The Night introduces one of the most terrifying (fictional) serial killers; and the way how they operate will chill you to the bone.

Our protagonist Caitlin has a new challenge – The Midnight Man: a killer who will exceed all your expectations. Each new information that emerges about our killer is more shocking than the one that precedes it.

As always with Meg’s books, the writing is sharp, confident, doesn’t look down on the reader, and the descriptions are impressively cinematographic (the scene in the intro is a perfect example – incredibly haunting)! I thoroughly enjoyed the investigation dynamics as Cait worked with her team to understand the killer’s behaviors, and also the involvement of a genius psychiatrist (Jo) who helped put everything into perspective, like, how did she figure all that out?!

If you’re looking for a unique police procedural, or are a fan of the UNSUB series, make sure not to miss this one. Can it be read as a stand-alone? Heck yes! But given how this 3rd book ends (what the heck?!), I recommend reading the first one. Either way, you’re in for a treat!

What books are you excited to read this fall, lovely readers?

Review: Don’t Look For Me by Wendy Walker

Molly Clarke is missing. Where had she gone? Don’t Look For Me is an abduction thriller that alternates between two characters: A missing mother, and her daughter who’s embarking on a journey to find her.

The mother’s POV was my favorite aspect of this book; we get to see what happened to her and the measures she’s taking in order to survive. This element was brilliantly explored. Whereas, the daughter’s storyline definitely had me struggling; I personally felt deeply disconnected from her character all the way through.

However, I did not let that derive me from enjoying the story because I’d regularly find myself excited to get to the mother’s point of view, and discover what’s in store for her. Now, the ending! It was definitely unpredictable, but it’s the kind of ending where it’s up to the reader to decide if it’s a plausible one. I personally thought that the conclusion could’ve been more impactful and more connected to the mother. All in all, this was a fun, good read.

Have you lovely readers read Don’t Look For Me? Is it on your TBR? Let me know!

Review: One By One by Ruth Ware

As someone’s who’s tremendously enjoyed the stellar The Woman In Cabin 10 and The Turn Of The Key, I couldn’t wait to dive into Ruth Ware’s upcoming release, One By One (Sep. 8th).

This mystery revolves around a group of tech company employees who gather at an isolated chalet surrounded by snow, only to find out later on that…there’s a murderer amongst them. The story is told through the POVs of the the host and one of the employees.

I would describe One By One as a longer, modern version of And Then There Were None, with fewer twists. I thought there would be a more satisfactory twist at the end, but I found myself completely underwhelmed when the perpetrator’s identity was revealed.

While I loved the choice of the secluded setting and the atmospheric element, I was let down by the fact that this book completely lacked the author’s signature writing style. However, I did appreciate how – at the end – Ware put emphasis on the fact that evil is not all black and white, which – although not a totally unique element – did give the reveal a bit more meaning.

In a nutshell, I would recommend One By One to admirers of Lucy Foley and readers who are looking for a quick whodunnit mystery.

New Psychological Thrillers Coming This Autumn

Who else is excited for Autumn’s releases? As we venture through the last days of summer, one of the things I look forward to, is a fresh, new TBR list filled with the most-awaited psychological thrillers; and I’ve always considered Fall as the perfect “thriller” reading season because, what better way to dive into a suspense novel while wrapped up in a warm blanket, with your favorite hot beverage in hand? Now readers, here are some exciting, upcoming psychological thrillers you must watch out for…

⁃ Confessions On The 7:45 by Lisa Unger (Oct. 6th)

Selena Murphy is commuting home from her job in the city when the train stalls out on the tracks. She strikes up a conversation with a beautiful stranger in the next seat, and their connection is fast and easy. The woman introduces herself as Martha and confesses that she’s been stuck in an affair with her boss. Selena, in turn, confesses that she suspects her husband is sleeping with the nanny. When the train arrives at Selena’s station, the two women part ways, presumably never to meet again.

But days later, Selena’s nanny disappears.

Soon Selena finds her once-perfect life upended. As she is pulled into the mystery of the missing nanny, and as the fractures in her marriage grow deeper, Selena begins to wonder, who was Martha really? But she is hardly prepared for what she’ll discover.

⁃ Dear Child by Romy Hausmann (Oct 6th)

Filled with twists; from the utterly shocking prologue, to the action-packed chapters.

In a windowless shack in the woods, Lena’s life and that of her two children follows the rules set by their captor, the father: Meals, bathroom visits, study time are strictly scheduled and meticulously observed. He protects his family from the dangers lurking in the outside world and makes sure that his children will always have a mother to look after them.

One day Lena manages to flee–but the nightmare continues. It seems as if her tormentor wants to get back what belongs to him. And then there is the question whether she really is the woman called “Lena,” who disappeared without a trace 14 years ago. The police and Lena’s family are all desperately trying to piece together a puzzle that doesn’t quite seem to fit.

⁃ I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan (Oct. 6th)

In her small town, 17-year-old Delia “Dee” Skinner is known as the girl who wasn’t taken. Ten years ago, she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasn’t enough. Sibby was never seen again.At night, Dee deals with her guilt by becoming someone else: the Seeker, the voice behind the popular true crime podcast Radio Silent, which features missing persons cases and works with online sleuths to solve them.

Nobody knows Dee’s the Seeker, and she plans to keep it that way. When another girl goes missing, and the case is linked to Sibby’s disappearance, Dee has a chance to get answers, with the help of her virtual detectives and the intriguing new girl at school. But how much is she willing to reveal about herself in order to uncover the truth? Dee’s about to find out what’s really at stake in unraveling the mystery of the little girls who vanished.

⁃ Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell (Oct. 13th)

Owen’s life is falling apart.

In his 30s, a virgin, and living in his aunt’s spare bedroom, he has just been suspended from his job as a geography teacher after accusations of sexual misconduct, which he strongly denies. Searching for professional advice online, he is inadvertently sucked into the dark world of incel—involuntary celibate—forums, where he meets the charismatic, mysterious, and sinister Bryn.

Across the street from Owen lives the Fours family, headed by mom Cate, a physiotherapist, and dad Roan, a child psychologist. But the Fours family have a bad feeling about their neighbor Owen. He’s a bit creepy and their teenaged daughter swears he followed her home from the train station one night.

Meanwhile, young Saffyre Maddox spent three years as a patient of Roan Fours. Feeling abandoned when their therapy ends, she searches for other ways to maintain her connection with him, following him in the shadows and learning more than she wanted to know about Roan and his family. Then, on Valentine’s night, Saffyre Maddox disappears—and the last person to see her alive is Owen Pick.

⁃ Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy (Oct. 13th)

Newlyweds Sam Statler and Annie Potter are head over heels, and excited to say good-bye to New York and start a life together in Sam’s sleepy hometown in upstate New York. Or, it turns out, a life where Annie spends most of her time alone while Sam, her therapist husband, works long hours in his downstairs office, tending to the egos of his (mostly female) clientele.

Little does Sam know that through a vent in his ceiling, she can hear every word of his sessions. The pharmacist’s wife, contemplating a divorce. The well-known painter whose boyfriend doesn’t satisfy her in bed. Who could resist listening? Everything is fine until the French girl in the green mini Cooper shows up, and Sam decides to go to work and not come home, throwing a wrench into Sam and Annie’s happily ever after…

⁃ Every Last Secret by A. R. Torre (Oct. 13th)

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor…

Cat Winthorpe has worked hard for her gorgeous mansion, elevated social standing, and handsome husband. When a new couple moves next door, into the abandoned estate, she greets them with open arms and warm hospitality.

But Neena Ryder isn’t a fellow lady of leisure. A life coach with a mountain of personal issues, Neena’s and Cat’s quick friendship slowly turns toxic. Behind their perfect smiles and cordial interactions, the two women wage an internal war of competition, one that soon takes a deadly turn.

⁃ The Girl In The Mirror by Rose Carlyle (Oct. 20th)

Twin sisters Iris and Summer are startlingly alike, but beyond what the eye can see lies a darkness that sets them apart. Cynical and insecure, Iris has long been envious of her twin’s good fortune, including her perfect husband Adam.

Called to Thailand to help her sister sail the family yacht to the Seychelles, Iris nurtures her own secret hopes for what might happen on the journey. But when she unexpectedly finds herself alone in the middle of the ocean, everything changes. When she makes it to land, Iris allows herself to be swept up by Adam, who assumes that she is Summer.

Iris recklessly goes along with his mistake. Not only does she finally have the golden life she’s always envied, with her sister gone, she’s one step closer to the inheritance left by her manipulative father. All Iris has to do is be the first of his seven children to produce an heir.

Iris’s “new” life lurches between glamorous dream and paranoid nightmare. On the edge of being exposed, how far will she go to ensure no one discovers the truth? And just what did happen to Summer on the yacht?

Only Iris knows . . .

After All I’ve Done by Mina Hardy (Nov. 10th)

With a disturbing twist you’ll never see coming, this book will make you question everything you think you know, especially the ones closest to you.

5 months ago, an accident left Diana Sparrow badly injured and missing months of her memory. As if that’s not enough, she’s started having recurring nightmares about the night of the accident. Dreams that feel so real, she’s left questioning: maybe she didn’t just slide off the road into a ditch. Maybe, just maybe, she hit something. Or someone.

She can’t turn to her former best friend Val, who’s been sleeping with Diana’s husband Jonathan for months, but she might find some comfort in newcomer Cole Pelham. Yet the closer they become, the more Diana begins to wonder what really happened that night–and how Cole might be connected.

Who was with her that night? What really happened? As her life unravels thread by thread and the dreams become too real to ignore, Diana will have to face the unthinkable–and do the unforgivable…

⁃ Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent (Nov. 10th)

This story begins with a funeral. One of three brothers is dead, mourned by his siblings. But which one? And how? And, most importantly: why?

William, Brian, and Luke are each born a year apart in a lower middle class Catholic family in 1960s Dublin. William, the eldest, becomes a successful movie producer. Luke surprises everyone by morphing into a worldwide pop star. Brian, the compliant middle son, is the eternal adult in the room: the helpful, steady one, the manager of finances and careers.

But none of them is actually quite what he seems. Wounded by childhood, they have betrayed one another in myriad ways, hiding behind little lies that have developed into full blown treachery. With an unnerving eye for the complexities of families, Nugent delves into the secret life of a deeply troubled household and provides stunning insights into the many forces that shape us from childhood.

⁃ The Woman Outside My Door by Rachel Ryan (Nov. 24th)

How far would you go to protect your family?

All children have imaginary friends, Georgina tells herself. It’s perfectly normal, and they all grow out of it in the end. But when 7-year-old Cody tells his mother about “New Granny,” the new friend he’s met in the park, Georgina is instantly suspicious. Something—call it maternal instinct—tells her he isn’t making it up.

But maybe Georgina is losing her mind. It wouldn’t be the first time, after all. And with her own mother’s recent death leaving her bereft and trying to cope with life as a busy working mom, it’s no wonder she’s feeling paranoid that her son has invented a “New Granny” to replace his real grandmother.

Her husband, Bren, becomes the voice of reason, assuring Georgina that it’s just a game, the product of their son’s overactive imagination. But what if Cody’s imaginary friend is not so imaginary after all?

And that’s it, friends! Which of Autumn’s upcoming releases sounds more appealing to you?

Kindle Deals: Thriller/Mystery (Sep. 4th)

Lying In Wait by Liz Nugent

My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.

On the surface, Lydia has the perfect life: married to a respected judge, mother of a beloved son, living in the beautiful house where she was raised. However, that beautiful house holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son discovers it, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic, dark climax.

Girls in The Garden by Lisa Jewell

Imagine that you live on a picturesque communal garden square where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbors for years and you trust them. You think your children are safe, but are they really?

On a midsummer night, as a neighborhood party is taking place, preteen Pip discovers her thirteen-year-old sister Grace lying unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner of a rose garden. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?

Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz

The girl who said no to death.

Bibi Blair is a fierce, dauntless young woman—whose doctor says she has one year to live.

She replies, “We’ll see.”

Her sudden recovery astonishes medical science.

An enigmatic woman convinces Bibi that she escaped death so that she can save someone else; someone named Ashley Bell.

But save her from what, from whom? And who is Ashley Bell? Where is she?

Bibi’s obsession with finding Ashley sends her on the run from threats, including a rich and charismatic cult leader with terrifying ambitions.

Obsession by Amanda Robson

One evening, a wife asks her husband a question: who else would you go for, if you could?

It is a simple question, and a wicked game that will destroy her life.

Carly and Rob are a perfect couple. They share happy lives with their children and their close friends Craig and Jenny. They’re lucky. But beneath the surface, no relationship is simple: can another woman’s husband and another man’s wife ever just be good friends?

Little by little, Carly’s question sends her life spiralling out of control, as she begins to doubt everything she thought was true. Who can she trust? The man she has promised to stick by forever, or the best friend she has known for years? And is Carly being entirely honest with either of them?

You Can’t Catch Me by Catherine McKenzie

Do you want to play a game?

12 years ago, Jessica Williams escaped a cult. Thanks to the private detective who rescued her, she reintegrated into society, endured an uncomfortable notoriety, and tried to put it all behind her. Then, at an airport bar, Jessica meets a woman with an identical name…and birth date. It appears to be just an odd coincidence—until a week later, when Jessica finds her bank account drained and her personal information stolen.

Following a trail of the grifter’s victims, each with the same name, Jessica gathers players—one by one—for her own game. According to her plan, they’ll set a trap and wait for the impostor to strike again. But plans can go awry, and trust can fray, and as Jessica tries to escape the shadows of her childhood, the risks are greater than she imagined. Now, confronting the casualties of her past, Jessica can’t help but wonder…

Who will pay the price?

The New Girlfriend by Sheryl Browne

I know what you did and I’m going to make you pay.

Somebody from Cassie’s past has found her and they want revenge for something Cassie did when Josh was just a baby. They want everyone to know just what kind of a woman Cassie really is. As Cassie tries to hide the message from her husband, there is a knock on the door of their perfect home. Her biggest secret is about to be revealed. And you won’t believe what she does next…

See any titles that you’ve read or that are on your TBR list? Let me know!

What To Read (or Skip) This Month

In case you missed my previous post, I’ve counted down some of the most anticipated thrillers of the month and gave a little rundown on what each book is about. Today, I’ll also be including some of my thoughts on them and sharing my favorite ones vs the ones that, to me, weren’t as appealing as I had hoped. But of course, these are only my personal opinions, so you might end up enjoying some of these more than I did!

⁃ One By One by Ruth Ware

SKIP “One By One”, especially if:

• You’re planning on reading it solely on the fact that it’s written by Ruth Ware. I loved everything I’ve read by this author in the past but, One By One, unfortunately, does not have her signature writing style and is definitely not as original or special as her previous novels.

• You’ve already read too many locked-room thrillers. If you’ve read Lucy Foley’s The Guest List; you won’t be missing out if you don’t read One By One, which is mostly characterized by a group of unlikable characters and a guessable culprit.

Don’t Look For Me by Wendy Walker

READ “Don’t Look For Me”, especially if you’re into:

• Abduction stories that are not extremely dark, but conclude with a solid, unpredictable ending. Here, we have a mother who goes missing one night, and – in an alternating POV – her 21-year-old daughter who embarks on a mission to find her.

When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole

SKIPWhen No One Is Watching” by Alyssa Cole, if you’re not a fan of:

Slow-burn novels that are more “contemporary” than “suspenseful”.

– The Survivors by Jane Harper

READ “The Survivors”, if you’re a fan of:

Well-plotted, moody mysteries revolving around family secrets, but don’t mind an abrupt ending.

One Step Behind by Lauren North

SKIPOne Step Behind”, if you’re looking for:

• A thriller with unpredictable twists and turns. I was personally letdown to find that this one was completely lacking in surprises and ended with a rushed, underwhelming conclusion. However, I do recommend the author’s debut, The Perfect Son, which was well-crafted and cleverly led towards to a gasp-worthy final reveal!

Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass

READSurrender Your Sons”, if you’re looking for:

• An action-packed suspense thriller about a group of teenagers who are abducted and sent to an abusive conversion therapy island, led by a compelling, well-crafted protagonist that you’ll find yourself rooting for until the very end. How will Connor Major survive on this island? Will his escape plan even work?

And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall

SKIPAnd Now She’s Gone”, if you:

• Predict twists and turns easily

• Are looking for a memorable thriller with more depth.

The Lakehouse by Joe Clifford

READThe Lakehouse”, if you’re a fan of:

• Small-town murder mysteries where almost every character has ugly secrets, and will accomplish the impossible to keep them hidden. This book wasn’t completely up my alley but I was surprised to find that I was enjoying it! The Lakehouse is entertaining, and a page-turner.

And that’s a wrap, fellow bookworms. Hope you guys enjoy this month’s releases, and if you have any of these on your TBR, let me know so we can discuss!!

9 Twisty Thrillers To Read In September 2020

September is finally here, so what better way to celebrate the start of the month than with a stack of the most long-awaited, highly-anticipated thrillers of the year? This list includes some of the most exciting titles from authors like Ruth Ware, Wendy Walker, Jane Harper and more! If that sounds good to you readers, then join me in exploring these picks…

⁃ One By One by Ruth Ware (Sep. 8th)

Getting snowed in at a beautiful mountain chalet doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world, especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a cozy fire, and company to keep you warm. But what happens when that company is eight of your coworkers…and you can’t trust any of them?

When an off-site company retreat goes utterly wrong when an avalanche hits, the corporate food chain becomes irrelevant and survival trumps togetherness. Come Monday morning, how many members short will the team be?

⁃ Don’t Look For Me by Wendy Walker (Sep. 15th)

One night, Molly Clarke walked away from her life.

She doesn’t want to be found.

Or at least, that’s the story.

The car abandoned miles from home.

The note found at a nearby hotel.

The shattered family that couldn’t be put back together.

They called it a “walk away.”

It happens all the time.

Women disappear, desperate to leave their lives behind and start over.

But is that what really happened to Molly Clarke?

⁃ And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall (Sep. 22th)

Isabel is gone.

But is she missing?

It’s up to Grayson Sykes to find her. Although she is reluctant to track down a woman who may not want to be found, Gray’s search for Isabel Lincoln becomes more complicated and dangerous with every new revelation about the woman’s secrets and the truth she’s hidden from her friends and family.

Featuring two complicated women in a dangerous cat and mouse game, And Now She’s Gone explores the nature of secrets — and how violence and fear can lead you to abandon everything in order to survive.

– Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass (Sep. 15th)

Connor Major’s summer break is turning into a nightmare.

His religious zealot mother had him kidnapped and shipped off to a secluded island. His final destination: Nightlight Ministries, a conversion therapy camp that will be his new home until he “changes.”

But Connor’s troubles are only beginning. At Nightlight, everyone has something to hide—from the campers to the “converted” staff and cagey camp director—and it quickly becomes clear that no one is safe. Connor plans to escape and bring the other kidnapped teens with him. But first, he’s exposing the camp’s horrible truths for what they are, and he’ll be taking this place down for good.

⁃ When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole (Sep. 1st)

Sydney Green is Brooklyn born and raised, but her beloved neighborhood seems to change every time she blinks. Condos are sprouting like weeds, FOR SALE signs are popping up overnight, and her neighbors are disappearing. To hold onto her community’s past and present, Sydney channels her frustration into a walking tour and finds an unlikely and unwanted assistant in one of the new arrivals to the block—her neighbor Theo.

But Sydney and Theo’s deep dive into history quickly becomes a dizzying descent into paranoia and fear. Their neighbors may not have moved to the suburbs after all, and the push to revitalize the community may be more deadly than advertised.

When does coincidence become conspiracy? Where do people go when gentrification pushes them out? Can Sydney and Theo trust each other—or themselves—long enough to find out before they too disappear?

⁃ Cabin On Souder Hill by Lonnie Busch (Sep. 29th)

Michelle and Cliff Stage bought their isolated vacation cabin in the mountains of North Carolina with hopes of repairing their eighteen-year marriage. But when he disappears one night searching for the source of a mysterious light in the woods, Michelle’s life will change in unimaginable ways. After the sheriff’s department fails to find him, Michelle scrambles down the same dark mountainside alone, the strange, beckoning light her only guide.

What she discovers is a cabin, identical to theirs, housing a life she barely recognizes–and a husband she hardly knows. Cliff is a changed man. Now caring and considerate, no longer a manipulative womanizer, he is also missing a finger. He claims that Cassie, their teenage daughter, is dead, killed in a car accident over a year ago. Michelle knows that’s not possible–Cassie had phoned her from Atlanta only hours before. Even when shown Cassie’s grave, Michelle refuses to accept she’s gone.

The only clue to what has happened is a man named Pink. A real estate agent and the man who years earlier built Michelle and Cliff’s cabin, Pink was rumored to have killed his wife and buried her on the property then vanished never to be seen again. But in Michelle’s new reality, Pink and his wife still reside in town and Pink’s smile-splashed billboards are everywhere. To get back to the world where her daughter exists, Michelle must unravel the mystery of Pink while questioning her own sanity.

⁃ One Step Behind by Lauren North (Sep. 3rd)

Jenna is a wife, a mother, a doctor. She’s also the victim of a stalker.

Every time she leaves her house, she sees him. Disturbing gifts are left at her door. Cruel emails are sent to her colleagues. She has no idea who this man is but she feels powerless against him.

Until the day he is brought into her hospital after a serious accident, and Jenna is given the chance to find out once and for all why this man is tormenting her. Now, the power is all hers.

⁃ The Survivors by Jane Harper (Sep. 22nd)

Kieran Elliott’s life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences.

The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal town he once called home.

Kieran’s parents are struggling in a community which is bound, for better or worse, to the sea, that is both a lifeline and a threat. Between them all is his absent brother, Finn.

When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away…

⁃ The Lakehouse by Joe Clifford (Sep. 8th)

After being cleared of his wife’s murder, Todd Norman returns to her small Connecticut hometown in order to finish building their dream house by the lake. He is eager to restart his life and cast aside any remaining suspicious…but all of that is dashed when a young woman’s body washes up on the beach next door.

When Tracy Somerset, a divorced mother, meets a handsome stranger in a midnight Wal-Mart, she has no idea she is speaking with Todd Norman, the former Wall Street financier dubbed “The Banker Butcher” by the New York tabloids. The following morning, on the beach by Norman’s back-under-construction lakehouse, another young woman’s body is discovered. Sheriff Duane Sobczak’s investigation leads him to town psychiatrist Dr. Meshulum Bakshir, whose position at a troubled girls’ group home a decade ago yields disturbing ties to several local, prominent players, including Sobczak’s own daughter.

What September release(s) are you guys most excited for?

September’s “Amazon First Reads”: Thriller/Mystery

This month’s picks for Amazon First Reads are here! Amazon Prime members can choose one free Kindle book this month out of these Editor’s picks; and other customers can get it for only 1.99$!

This Secret Thing by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

A single mother’s arrest. A grandmother with secrets. A detective searching for his missing brother…how are these connected?

Everyone in Raleigh, North Carolina, is talking about Norah Ramsey, the single mother accused of being a suburban madam. But Norah’s not the only one keeping secrets.

After her mother’s arrest, Norah’s teenage daughter, Violet, is devastated and alone. She has no one to turn to until her grandmother Polly arrives. Polly, long estranged from Norah, is running from her own troubles. Down the street, Bess, once Norah’s best friend, desperately tries to hide secrets while Casey, Bess’s daughter, flees college after a traumatic event, only to find that home isn’t the safe haven she expected. And Nico, the detective who has doggedly pursued Norah Ramsey in hopes that she will lead him to his missing brother, is drawn further into these women’s lives while facing his own domestic disturbance.

Scandal has brought each of them to a crossroads. Now, as they delve into Norah’s secrets, they must come to terms with secrets of their own—ones that still have the power to hurt or to heal.

The Unspoken by Ian K. Smith

A former detective had been fired, and now is hired by the wealthy parents of a girl who went missing. And then her boyfriend is found dead…

Former Chicago detective Ashe Cayne is desperate for redemption. After refusing to participate in a police department cover-up involving the death of a young black man, Cayne is pushed out of the force. But he won’t sit quietly on the sidelines: he’s compelled to fight for justice as a private investigator…even if it means putting himself in jeopardy.

When a young woman, Tinsley Gerrigan, goes missing, her wealthy parents from the North Shore hire Cayne to find her. As Cayne looks into her life and past, he uncovers secrets Tinsley’s been hiding from her family. Cayne fears he may never find Tinsley alive.

His worries spike when Tinsley’s boyfriend is found dead—another black man murdered on the tough Chicago streets. Cayne must navigate his complicated relationships within the Chicago PD, leveraging his contacts and police skills to find the missing young woman, see justice done, and earn his redemption.

The Haunting of H. G. Wells by Robert Masello

A supernatural thriller about H. G. Wells, who finds an eerie wasteland inhabited by the living, the dead, and those stranded in between. He must battle with diabolical forces to save his sanity…

It’s 1914. The Great War grips the world—and from the Western Front a strange story emerges…a story of St. George and a brigade of angels descending from heaven to fight beside the beleaguered British troops. But can there be any truth to it?

H. G. Wells, the most celebrated writer of his day—author of The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man—is dispatched to find out. There, he finds an eerie wasteland inhabited by the living, the dead, and those forever stranded somewhere in between…a no-man’s-land whose unhappy souls trail him home to London, where a deadly plot, one that could turn the tide of war, is rapidly unfolding.

In league with his young love, the reporter and suffragette Rebecca West, Wells must do battle with diabolical forces—secret agents and depraved occultists—to save his sanity, his country, and ultimately the world.

Which of these picks sounds up your alley, thriller addicts? Let me know!