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LibraryReads Voter Favorites 2019

You read ’em, you loved ’em, you voted for ’em, and now THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides, RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston, and THE FLATSHARE by Beth O’Leary are LibraryReads 2019 Voter Favorites!

Thank you for making them some of your favorite books of the year.

Don’t forget you can also vote for the next monthly list (February 2020, nominations due 1/1/20)! Check out our suggestions here.

A Special Spooky Round-Up (10/31/19)

From the bone-chilling, blood-curdling, trick-or-treat ready halls of Macmillan comes a round-up of some ghoulishly delightful horror treats from the past year. Grab your favorite candy and curl up with your black cat while reading these spooktacular books.

THE WHISPER MAN by Alex North

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of Summer 2019 + two starred reviews!

“With redemption for some and none for others, this thriller will satisfy readers of Thomas Harris and Stephen King.”–Booklist, starred review

“Readers will have a tough time putting down this truly unnerving tale, with its seemingly unexplainable elements and glimpses of broken and dangerous minds.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Thriller Thursday (7/25/19)

A supernatural thriller full of aliens and government cover-ups and a he-said/she-said game of obsession–welcome to this week’s #ThrillerThursday!

THE DARK ABOVE by Jeremy Finley

“It is not a stretch to see fans of Netflix’s Stranger Things or Sylvain Neuvel’s SLEEPING GIANTS (2016) enjoying this book.”–Booklist

A STRANGER ON THE BEACH by Michele Campbell

“While the plot here is very different from that of Campbell’s last novel—SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE (2018), set in a boarding school—this believable and engrossing he-said, she-said thriller will be a hit with fans of the earlier book as well as those who enjoy Alice LaPlante.”–Booklist

#ThrillerThursday (6/27/19)

Legal + military + psychological–all the thrillers make an appearance in this week’s eclectic #ThrillerThursday celebration!

A NEARLY NORMAL FAMILY by M. T. Edvardsson

A New York Times Summer Reads pick!

“An intense legal thriller that successfully plays realistic, gripping emotion against a shocking legal twist.”–Booklist

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT by David Bruns and J. R. Olson

“[L]ike the first novels of Tom Clancy, this one is more about plot and the methods used to neutralize the threat. Those aspects alone, however, should engage fans of military thrillers and have them looking for more from these knowledgeable authors.”–Booklist

WHEREVER SHE GOES by Kelley Armstrong

“Aubrey and Paul’s achingly poignant interactions add texture and depth, while clever twists, realistic complications, and a propulsive, present-tense narration catapult the story to a gratifying finish. This is a gripping tale of secrets, lies, and maternal anxieties.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

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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