Articles tagged "psychological thriller"

Thriller Thursday (6/13/19)

A Sherlock Holmes spin-off, misplaced trust, and spiraling obsession meet in this week’s #ThrillerThursday!

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALISTAIR AINSWORTH: A Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mystery by Leonard Goldberg

“Fans of the original mysteries will get a chuckle out of the antic language, and there is a mercurial Mary Poppins appeal to this not-to-be-trifled-with heroine that will appeal to fans beyond Baker Street.”–Booklist

THE FIRST MISTAKE by Sandie Jones, LibraryReads + Hello Sunshine pick author of THE OTHER WOMAN

“Jones, who showed her skill at ramping up suspense in her debut, THE OTHER WOMAN, surprises everyone with the revelations in her powerful climactic close… A provocative view of trust, placed and misplaced.”–Booklist

DREAM SEQUENCE by Adam Foulds

2 starred reviews!

“Foulds’s novel is fun, smart, and tense, part psychological drama about media-driven obsession and part razor-sharp social critique.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“From Foulds (IN THE WOLF’S MOUTH), a Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists, comes a wonderfully written, warmly recommended new novel.“–Library Journal, starred review

Thriller Thursday (5/16/19)

Scary first dates, international espionage, and spunky Southern mysteries galore in today’s Thriller Thursday!

THE NIGHT BEFORE by Wendy Walker

June 2019 Indie Next Pick + LibraryReads author of ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN and EMMA IN THE NIGHT

“Skilfully manipulating tension and using breathless pacing, Walker keeps that question in the air until the final twist unmasks secrets about Laura’s disappearance and the murder in her past.”–Booklist

EXILE by James Swallow

Racing breathlessly from uncharted CIA prisons to the skyscrapers of Dubai, from stormbeaten oil rigs off the African coast to the ancient caverns beneath the city of Naples, Marc Dane returns in EXILE, the explosive thriller from James Swallow, the internationally bestselling author of NOMAD.

GAME OF BONES by Carolyn Haines

“A dark mystery, effectively framed by its well-drawn Mississippi Delta setting.”–Booklist

Thriller Thursday (4/25/19)

From psychological thrillers to historical mysteries, we’ve got a packed house for this week’s Thriller Thursday celebration!

I KNOW WHO YOU ARE by Alice Feeney

“For most folks, being suspected in the disappearance of their spouse would be about as bad as it gets, but not for London actress Aimee Sinclair, the narrator of bestseller Feeney’s shock-filled second thriller… The action speeds toward a finale that’s about as subtle as an ax. Fans of over-the-top psychological thrillers will be satisfied.”–Publishers Weekly

STONE MOTHERS by Erin Kelly

“Written in several parts that show the passage of time through the development of the mental institution—which is a character itself—the book’s secrets are revealed slowly. Full of blackmail and lies, this novel grows in intensity as each character’s story is told. Utterly engaging, terrifying, and unputdownable, this novel will haunt readers and have them wanting more from Kelly.”–Booklist, starred review

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Booklist’s “Falling for Mystery” Webinar (10/30/18)

We hope you tuned in to today’s Booklist’s “Falling for Mystery” webinar, but if not, here is the title list.  

The archived webinar is available here.

While you’re at it, request to be whitelisted for our e-galleys on Edelweiss.

 

Three Stars for AN ANONYMOUS GIRL!

I know you all remember Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s smash hit (and LibraryReads pick) THE WIFE BETWEEN US from earlier this year. Their second book together, AN ANONYMOUS GIRL, is gearing up to be just as twisty and amazing, now with THREE starred reviews!

“Slickly twisty…The page-turner’s second half whizzes along at a furious pace, exploiting the dual perspectives for maximum tension…MAJOR LEAGUE SUSPENSE.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“For those who relished the creepy stalking in Hendricks and Pekkanen’s THE WIFE BETWEEN US, this unnerving tale will have them rethinking what secrets are safe to share and if morals and ethics really matter when protecting the ones you love.”            Library Journal, starred review

“The co-authors of the mega-bestselling THE WIFE BETWEEN US return with another spooky tale of psychological seduction.”Booklist, starred review

The e-galley is currently available for download from Edelweiss, so please dive in now and don’t forget to cast your vote for the December/January LibraryReads list by December 1st!  You can check out even more of our December/January recommended titles here.

Maximum Shelf: THE SILENT PATIENT

Today’s Maximum Shelf Awareness pick is the “‘IT’ thriller of 2019,” “Masterful,” and “Set[s] the bar for psychological thrillers” according your librarian pals.

Alex Michaelides’s THE SILENT PATIENT lures readers in with a tantalizing premise: a woman has murdered her husband in cold blood, and then refuses to say why. The intricately plotted story, inspired by Greek mythology, is akin to a siren song, enticing, but with an ominous undertone and hints of deception. 

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Max Shelf: Celadon Books

Today’s dedicated issue of Shelf Awareness gives a warm welcome to Celadon Books, Macmillan’s new imprint headed up by Jamie Raab and Deb Futter that will publish 20-24 books a year in fiction and nonfiction with commercial potential and literary merit, beginning in 2019. Their motto is “Celadon Books… Time Well Spent.”

Both Raab and Futter note that their “childhoods were steeped in use of their public libraries” and that Futter’s mother was a librarian for 50 years. Both grew up taking out a stack of books each week. They say, “We want both booksellers and librarians to know that we believe the best way to get a feel for our list is to read our books, and we’re happy to send you early copies. We also appreciate, and listen carefully to feedback, so would love to hear back from booksellers and librarians.”

Celadon has a gorgeous, amazingly curated website that regularly features librarian interviews (hey Gregg Winsor & Vicki Nesting!), and you can connect with Celadon on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Celadon’s First List:
Winter 2019

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
Also available in audio
Available February 5, 2019
A woman shoots her husband five times in the face, then never speaks another word. Theo Faber is the criminal psychotherapist who is determined to get her to talk….

THIS CHAIR ROCKS: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite
Available March 5, 2019
Author, activist, and TED speaker Applewhite has written a rousing manifesto calling for an end to discrimination and prejudice on the basis of age.

WHY DON’T YOU WRITE MY EULOGY NOW SO I CAN CORRECT IT?: A Mother’s Suggestions by Patricia Marx, illustrated by Roz Chast
Available April 2, 2019
A collection of witty one-line advice New Yorker writer Patricia Marx heard from her mother, accompanied by full-color illustrations by New Yorker staff cartoonist Roz Chast.

WOLFPACK by Abby Wambach
Also available in audio
Available April 16, 2019
Based on her inspiring 2018 Barnard commencement speech that went viral, WOLFPACK is soccer star Abby Wambach’s inspiring message to all women: support each other, knowing that the strength of the wolf is the pack.

CAPE MAY by Chip Cheek
Also available in audio
Available April 30, 2019
A mesmerizing debut novel that explores the social and sexual mores of 1950s America through the eyes of a newly married couple from the genteel south corrupted by sophisticated New England urbanites. readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (9/13/18 Edition)

Congratulations to Jane Harper—THE DRY won the 2018 Barry Award for Best First Novel!

Now on to this week’s #ThrillerThursday new releases:

LIES by T.M. Logan
Also available in audio
A September 2018 LibraryReads pick & a Library Journal Best Summer & Early Fall 2018 Debut pick! “In a tensely woven eight-day cat-and-mouse chase, Logan’s debut races readers through a fast-moving joyride of nerve-wracking suspense and intrigue that will challenge and surprise even the most devout enthusiasts of psychological thrillers.” — Library Journal

A BORROWING OF BONES by Paula Munier
First in a gripping new mystery series about a retired MP and her bomb-sniffing dog who become embroiled in an investigation in the beautiful Vermont wilderness. “Comparisons may be made between Munier’s debut mystery and Margaret Mizushima’s ‘Timber Creek K-9’ mysteries. A stronger read-alike is Julia Spencer-Fleming’s mysteries featuring Rev. Clare Fergusson, another female veteran. The believable dogs, the touches of humor, the independent, determined Mercy, and well-crafted characters will bring readers back.” — Library Journal, starred review & debut of the month pick readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (8/30/18 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday! Read Elsa Hart’s (CITY OF INK) Mystery Scene Magazine essay about her quest to replace a Chinese library book she lost before plunging into these three dark thrillers:

TRUST ME by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Also available in audio
An accused killer insists she’s innocent of a heinous murder. A grieving journalist surfaces from the wreckage of her shattered life. Their unlikely alliance leads to a dangerous cat-and-mouse game that will leave readers breathless. “This is the first stand-alone for Ryan, author of the Jane Ryland–Jake Brogan mystery series, and it’s a knockout. Truth is elusive here, as the plot twists, driven by guilt and desperation, and tension grows. First-rate psychological suspense.” — Booklist, starred review

BLACKOUT by Ragnar Jónasson
Also available in trade paperback
The third book in the Dark Iceland series from a spectacular new crime writer. “Jónasson’s exotic tundra setting, fascinating characters, and gifted storytelling make up for it. Recommended for fans of Chris Ould’s Faroes series and Camilla Läckberg’s Fjallbacka thrillers.” — Booklist readmoreremove

August 2018 All-Stars

We’re seeing stars for these forthcoming mysteries & nonfiction science titles!

THE DARKNESS by Ragnar Jónasson
“A complex, fascinating mix of Icelandic community and alienation, atmospheric tension, and timely issues (immigrant exploitation and vigilante justice), Jónasson’s latest series is another must-read for crime fans who follow the work of Arnaldur Indridason and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir.” — Booklist, starred review

“Jónasson pulls no punches as this grim tale builds to its stunning conclusion, one of the more remarkable in recent crime fiction. Fans of uncompromising plotting will be satisfied.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

GO TO MY GRAVE by Catriona McPherson
“Agatha Award-winning McPherson’s deliciously gothic country house mystery with a contemporary twist is devious and suspenseful and keeps readers guessing to the shocking end. Highly recommended.” — Library Journal, starred review

“McPherson provides a virtuoso exploration of guilt, remorse, and revenge in a haunting psychological thriller. The ending will leave you astounded.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

WILD FIRE: A Shetland Island Mystery by Ann Cleeves
“Throughout the Shetland Island series, Cleeves lovingly depicts the Scottish island life, and this volume is no exception. Fans may be saddened but certainly not disappointed by this final installment.” — Library Journal, starred review

“Intricately plotted and elegantly written, this installment is billed as Perez’s final case. Series fans will be sorry to see the last of him.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

ZERO SUM GAME by S.L. Huang
“This hard-to-put-down, action-packed sf debut is intelligent and entertaining. With Cas, Huang has created an indelible, flawed character who makes mathematics seem almost magical.” Library Journal, starred review & debut of the month

“A fast-paced, darkly humorous read with a lot of heart for fans of action and urban fantasy, as well as lovers of Wolverine and other morally ambiguous, gritty superheroes with a mysterious past.” Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

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