Category: Crime & Mystery

12 Heart-Pounding Thrillers for Your 2020 TBR

Sometimes there’s nothing better than getting lost in a new thriller that gives you goosebumps and keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you’re looking to get your fix of heart-pounding thrillers in 2020, you’ll want to add these 12 chilling books to your TBR pile.

 

1. The Tenant by Katrine Engberg

 

 

Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner have just been assigned to a murder case that left one young woman, Julie, dead with an unfamiliar pattern carved into her face. Immediately, the detectives begin to look at Julie’s landlady, Esther, who has just written the recently deceased woman into her latest mystery novel. As they try to piece together who murdered Julie, they find that there may be another sinister force in the picture who’s controlling Esther’s every move.

 

2. The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben

 

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Having once been a feral child living alone in the woods, Wilde has no idea where he comes from or how he ended up alone at such a young age. Thirty years later, Wilde is now tasked with finding a missing girl, forcing him to go back to the community that outcasted him as a young boy. Teaming up with television crime attorney Hester Crimstein, the two must find the girl, uncovering dangerous secrets along the way that will threaten to unravel the entire community and destroy millions of lives.

 

3. Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald

 

When Eva Hansen is struck by lightning, she thinks that’s the worst of her problems—until she awakes in the hospital to the news that her mother has been murdered and she has no memory of the events that happened before the lightning incident. With the police suspicious of Eva and her possible involvement in the murder, Eva has no choice but to travel to London to uncover her mother’s past and clear her name for good.

 

4. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

 

Carly Kirk has never fully gotten over the mysterious disappearance of her aunt Viv who went missing before Carly was born. Unable to shake the feeling that something sinister occurred, she moves to Fell,
New York, ready to visit the last place her aunt was seen: the Sun Down Motel. Determined to find answers for what happened to Viv, she quickly finds herself in the middle of the terrifying mysteries that
surround the motel.

 

5. The New Husband by D.J. Palmer

 

 

After the disappearance of Nina Garrity’s husband, she thought she had suffered enough… and then she finds out he was having an affair. A year and a half later, Nina does her best to move on now that her
husband is presumed dead. But moving on won’t be as easy as she anticipates when she meets Simon, a fellow widow.

As the two fall in love, her daughter sees the red flags surrounding Simon, forcing Nina to look further into his past. Ultimately, her investigation reveals a shocking secret that will change her and her family’s life forever.

 

6. Blue Flowers by Carola Saavedra

 

Marcos is on his own for the first time in a long time after getting divorced and finds himself miserable at best. After moving into a new apartment, he begins receiving letters from an anonymous woman who believes she’s writing to her ex who once lived in the apartment.

As he receives more and more letters from the mysterious “A.”, he becomes obsessed with her and finding out who she really is, going to all extents to find out her true identity.

7. Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

 

Marin and her college sweetheart Derek had a seemingly perfect life. But then their son Sebastian goes missing, turning the couple’s world upside down. A year after losing Sebastian, the case has gone cold
and Marin and Derek are no longer the happy couple they used to be.

Desperate for answers about Sebastian, Marin hires a private investigator but instead, the P.I. learns that Derek is having an affair with a much younger woman. Armed with this new information, Marin decides she’ll do whatever it takes to make sure this woman is forced out of Derek’s life for good.

8. The Better Liar by Tanen Jones

 

Sisters Robin and Leslie were on completely different pages the last time they spoke. But now, their father has died and if Leslie wants to gain her half of the inheritance, she’ll have to track down Robin.
Unfortunately for Leslie, Robin is dead.

Worried she won’t get the money she so desperately needs from her late father, she finds a woman who is nearly identical to Robin and the two begin a risky arrangement that will benefit both of them in the end. But both women are hiding perilous secrets that eventually come to the surface, putting both of their lives in danger.

9. The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell

 

Tabitha Girard will never forget the man who broke her heart: Connor Ford. When he unexpectedly appears in her life years later, she can’t shake the feelings she has for him despite the fact that he’s
married. But everything changes when his wife commits suicide, leaving Tabitha and Connor to fully commit to their relationship.

However, things go sideways when Tabitha happens upon the diary of
Connor’s late wife—a diary that claims Connor had something to do with her death.

10. Hi Five by Joe Ide

 

As the daughter of the biggest arms dealer on the West Coast, Christiana is used to getting her way. But when her boyfriend shows up dead in her Newport Beach boutique, she’s suddenly caught in the middle of an investigation where she’s the primary suspect.

To hopefully get her out of trouble, Christiana’s father hires a private investigator, Isaiah Quintabe, to prove her innocence. What Isaiah doesn’t know is that Christiana has multiple personalities and if he can’t clear her name, he and his girlfriend’s lives will be
on the line.

11. Don’t Ever Forget by Matthew Farrell

 

When Police Investigator Susan Adler is called to the scene of a murder involving a fellow state trooper, she has no idea that this seemingly simple case will end up being one of the most complicated and vicious cases she’s ever worked on. In no time, Susan is tracking down a car that belongs to a nurse who has gone missing, taking one of her elderly patients with her.

Before Susan knows it, she finds herself in the middle of an intricate case that will take multiple lives and lead her to one horrific killer.

12. Master Class by Christina Dalcher

In Master Class, students must participate in standardized testing meant to determine their “quotient.” If you score high enough, you are allowed entrance to top-tier schools that will dramatically improve your life. On the other hand, if you score too low, you’re sent to a federal boarding school, giving you limited options for the future.

For Elena Fairchild, a teacher at a top tier school, she’s never had to worry about her daughter’s performance. But all of that changes when the nine-year-old performs poorly on a test and she’s taken to a federal school hundreds of miles away. Now, Elena must do whatever it takes to get her back.

‘The Woman in the Window’ Sparks Major Controversy

Dan Mallory’s thriller novel The Woman in the Window (written under pseudonym A.J. Finn) is headed to the big screen in May, spearheaded by English director Joe Wright. This won’t be Wright’s first rodeo when it comes to book adaptations; he is best known for his work directing Pride and Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007)and Anna Karenina (2012)It is, however, the first to be met with severe criticism before even reaching the masses. Apparently, test audiences of the movie were left confused about the plot overall, forcing the crew into reshoots and a later release date than originally planned.

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The film will star Amy Adams as Anna, an agoraphobic child psychologist who thinks she may have witnessed a violent crime while spying on her neighbors. If this plot sounds familiar, it’s probably because we’ve seen (and read) it countless times. “Unstable woman reports suspicious activity that no one believes due to her instability” has become something of a money-making formula (see: Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, The Woman in Cabin 10). While we love that courageous female protagonists are having a moment, we’re not particularly in love with this trope.

Aside from the severely overdone narrative, much of the controversy surrounding the upcoming film centers around debuting author of the bestseller, Dan Mallory. You know the little white lies most of us tell to get into college or get out of a long day at work? Mallory has been accused of, and admitted to, lying about the death of his mom and brother and his own battle with brain cancer. This vaguely echoes the social-climbing John Early character who fakes cancer for a book deal in the hilarious TBS hit Search Party. Mallory, however, claims that his lies about physical health battles were to protect a very real struggle with mental illness. Whatever the case may be, Mallory’s overnight success remains impressive.

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Sometimes we just need to enjoy things for what they are, and with a star-studded cast and famed director, this is sure to be entertaining at the very least. If you’re a fan of female-lead thrillers, scoop up a copy of The Woman in the Window before you catch the film in May.

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Bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark Dies Aged 92

Author Mary Higgins Clark, known by her fans as the “Queen of Suspense” has died at the age of ninety-two. Ms. Clark wrote bestsellers such as A Stranger is Watching‘ and ‘The Cradle will Fall, which later were adapted into films. Her publishing company, Simon and Schuster has confirmed that she died peacefully “surrounded by family and friends.” During her career, Ms. Clark wrote thirty-eight suspense novels, four collections of short stories, a historical novel, a memoir, and two children’s books. She has also co-authored five suspense novels with her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark, and five novels with bestselling author, Alafair Burke.

 

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Mary Higgins Clark was born in New York City in 1927. After graduating high school, she attended secretarial school before working in an advertising agency for three years. She then worked as a Pan Am flight attendant, but left after a year to marry her husband Warren Clark and start a family. They had five children together. After her husband died suddenly at the age of thirty-five, Ms. Clark began writing short stories and radio scripts in order to support her family. Her agent then persuaded her to begin writing novels. Ms. Clark drew inspiration for her storylines from news stories.

 

 

According to the Washington Post, she would attend murder trials and discuss medical terminology with doctors to have better knowledge when writing her novels. Her first book was reprinted seventy-five times and her books have been translated into thirty-five languages. In 2000, Simon and Schuster awarded her a $64 million contract for her next five books, making her the highest-paid female author at the time. Each of her books has been a bestseller and there are more than a 100 million copies of her books in print in the United States.

 

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Ms. Clark graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy in 1979. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the university in 1998 among twenty other honorary doctorate degrees. She has also received the Gold Medal of Honor from the American-Irish Historical Society in 1993, the Spirit of Achievement Award from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in 1994, and the Authors Guild Award for Distinguished Service to the Literary Community in 2018 among many others.

 

 

Mary Higgins Clark always had a special bond with her fans. In a statement by her editor Michael Korda, he said, “Nobody ever bonded more completely with her readers than Mary did. She understood them as if they were members of her own family.” She is survived by her five children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

 

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Women Search for Justice in ‘Lost Girls’

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery, a novel by author Robert Kolker, is a dark and intense true-crime story about a woman named Mari. She is a mother who is determined to search for her missing daughter when others seemed to have given up on the case. The case involves sex workers who have gone missing. This film will bring to light many problems faced by sex workers and will hopefully result in more justice for the women involved. Especially when it has been kept in the dark and forgotten about for far too long.

 

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Lost Girls stars Amy Ryan, who plays Mari, the mother who is in search of her daughter. Other stars in the film include Miriam Shor, Oona Laurence, and Lola Kirke. The cast came together for a panel discussion about the film on Monday the 27th.  The cast hopes that this film will be impactful. They want more justice for women like Mari, who unfortunately passed away in 2016. Before Mari’s passing, she helped director Liz Garbus on the movie.

 

 

Hopefully this film will shine a light on this issue and inspire women to fight for their own justice. The film premiered this past Tuesday the 28th at the Sundance Film Festival.

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The Hardy Boys are on the Case for Nancy Drew

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Nancy Drew, everyone’s favorite teen sleuth, has been around for 90 years now. However, with the release of the comic by Dynamite, Nancy appears to have died. The Hardy Boys, another series which usually crosses over with Nancy Drew, are investigating Nancy’s death in the new comic.

The comic is called The Death of Nancy Drew. It is written by Anthony Del Col and illustrated by Riverdale’s Joe Eisma

 

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Let’s hope that Nancy is still alive somewhere and will eventually come back. If she really has died, then it would not look too good from the perspective of young female readers if the Hardy Boys have to rescue her.

The Nancy that we know and love should be smart enough and intelligent enough to survive on her own and solve any case without the Hardy Boys’ help. Sure, they could be sidekicks and her friends, but not the ones who always have to rescue her.

Especially not on her birthday.

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