My Summer of Suspense

Two of my favorite female thriller authors have new books coming out this summer, so I am clearing some space on my nightstand!  If you haven’t read either author, there’s still some time to catch up on these women to watch: 

Tana French has been writing the kind of loosely-related series that follows a different lead character in each book, while maintaining connections throughout. Her debut, In the Woods, introduces a fictional Dublin murder squad along with Detective Rob Ryan and his dark past.  As Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox, investigate a murder in Ryan’s own boyhood neighborhood, parallels are drawn to the creepy story that he’s kept hidden for more than 20 years. I love the writing, and fans of Dennis LeHane and Alice Sebold will find something here, with an Irish twist.

In the follow-up, Cassie Maddox takes center stage in The Likeness, a psychological roller coaster reminiscent of Donna Tartt’s Secret History.  Then, Cassie’s mentor Frank Mackey finds that you can’t go home again in Faithful Place, where a cold case and hot family dynamics collide.

This July, French brings us Broken Harbor, where yet another detective, Mick Kennedy, a character from Faithful Place, investigates a crime that hits all too close to home.

On its way to me this very minute is Gillian Flynn’s new stand-alone thriller, Gone Girl. The Girl is Amy, all set to celebrate 5 years of wedded bliss with husband Nick, and the morning of that anniversary, Amy is Gone - disappeared without a trace. Alternating between Amy’s and Nick’s point of view, readers dig below the perfect veneer of their life together to the twisted truth below.  I see I’m not the only one interested – there is a bit of a wait list for this one, so place a hold on Gone Girl and read these two while you wait:
In Sharp Objects, Camille Preaker is struggling to make it at a small newspaper in Chicago when her editor sends her home to investigate a possible serial killer in her home town, plunging Camille back into the steamy, dysfunctional home she had tried to escape 8 years before.

Finally, Flynn takes us to Dark Places with Libby Day, the sole survivor of her brother’s family massacre. Libby’s miserable existence is turned upside down when she gets involved with a group that investigates old murders for fun and finds out that Ben may not be as guilty as she always thought. Libby is mean, greedy, and completely unlovable, but, in a way, that’s her charm.
Try Flynn if you like Jennifer McMahon’s twisty murder mysteries (or, if you already like Flynn, give McMahon a try!).

Take a listen:
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Faithful Place  for your eReader
Dark Places for your eReader
Dark Places as a WMA audiobook
Sharp Objects as a WMA audiobook

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