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Must-Read Thrillers to Get You Through the Week

Isn’t it a great week to pick up a new book? It’s always a great week to pick up a new book, that was a trick question. However, these new novels are no joke! Thriller novels always leave you in suspense, and these are just waiting for you to pick them up!

1. The Shadows by Alex North


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The Shadows tells the story of Paul Adams, who was friends with murderer, Charlie Crabtree, and the victim. Charlie was always on the outside and, as most people expected, he committed a shocking crime that sparked the interest of a community in the darkest part of the internet – even inspiring a copy cat killer. It’s been twenty-five years and now Paul must return to his hometown to tend to his sick mother, and while back home he learns of the copycat. To add salt to the wound, his mother strongly believes someone is in the house, and Paul begins to believe someone is watching him, which makes him realize that, although the victim’s body was found that night twenty-five years ago, Charlie completely disappeared.

2. The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones


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The Only Good Indians tells the story of four America- Indian men, who are just trying to stay alive after a disturbing event from their childhood starts wreaking havoc on them. They are being tracked by something that is hungry for revenge. Now, everything they left behind in their culture is coming after them in a violent rage.


3. The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter


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The Silent Wife follows GBI Investigator Will Trent, who tries to crack an eight-year-old case that’s similar to one he has now. A woman has been murdered and by chance Will is brought to a penitentiary where he meets a prisoner that recognizes the current crime, because he was accused of a similar one eight years earlier. The prisoner knows he is innocent, and now the real killer might be revealed. In order to solve the current crime and clear the prisoner’s name, Will has to solve the first crime, but it’s been so long that witnesses and evidence have pretty much vanished. He gets the help of a medical examiner, Sara Linton, to crack the case. Unfortunately, when the past and present begin to collide, Will’s life and everything he values is suddenly at stake.



4. Burn Our Bodies by Rory Power


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Burn Our Bodies tells the story of Margot. For her whole life it’s just been her and her mother. Margot knows of no other family, and she wants more. One day, Margot finds a photo that could just be the key to the rest of her family. The picture points Margot to a town called Phalene, so she takes the chance and heads for there, but it’s not what she was expecting. Now Margot has learned that there is some bad blood in her family tree, and there might be a reason why her mom hasn’t returned home. Unfortunately, now that she is in Phalene, she might not be able to escape.


5. Playing Nice by D.P Delaney


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Playing Nice tells the story of Pete Riley, a man who just learned that his son was switched at birth. For the past two years, Pete and his wife Maddie have raised a boy who they believed to be their son and now their life has changed. The Lamberts, the family that have his ‘real’ son, come together with Pete and Maddie to form some kind of unconventional family, since they are able to share this tramautic experience with each other. Then they decide to sue the hospital, bringing about an investigation into what happened the night the boys were switched. Now, Pete isn’t sure if he can trust the Lamberts, and fear that they are harboring secrets. Pete and Maddie will stop at nothing keep their family safe.



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Top Picks: Shining A Light On Great Crime and Thriller Books

Each week, Bookstr gives you a look at some of the best novels in a particular genre for your continued reading list.

Today, we’ll be recommending five Crime and Thrillers that are heart-pounding suspenseful until the last heart-stopping page.



5-Contraband by Stuart Woods

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To call Stuart Woods prolific would be be understatement. He’s been writing since 1981. His Will Lee books is a seven novels series, his Holly Barker books is a five novel series and his Ed Eagle books is a four novel series. In addition, he has two Rick Barron novels, eight stand-alone novels, has written with Parnell Hall and wrote two-non fiction novels.

All that, I haven’t even gotten to his Stone Barrington novels. It’s newest release, Contraband, is set to be released today, August 13th, and it’ll be the fiftieth novel in that series.



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New York attorney Stone Barrington is relaxing on a yacht in Florida when a small plane makes a forced landing nearby. Then, for no reason at all, it sinks in the shallow water, disappearing completely. What happened?

Intrigued, Stone joins a sharp-witted local detective, the alluring policewoman Maxine “Max” Crowley, to help solve the case, but there’s a major problem: like the plan, the evidence keeps disappearing.

In their review for the novel, Kirkus Reviews poses this question:  “Who said the age of miracles is past?”. It’s a poignant questions, truly. Fans of the series and new readers will be intrigued as they followed the breadcrumbs until the waters clear, and shocked and awed until the very last page.


4-The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal


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If you don’t want to get involved in a series – afraid you’ll get addicted? – then don’t fear, this next pick is a standalone novel, brought to us by Elizabeth Macneal. Winner of the Caledonia Novel Award 2018 and one of the “hottest-tipped” authors in the Observer’s annual showcase, her debut novel is something you’re not going to want to miss out on.


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Iris moves on with her life. She’s going to model for the artist Louis Frost and in return the famous artist will teach her how to paint. From there, her world starts to open up, but the shadows only grow.




Ron Charles, in his review published in The Washington Post, writes that, “I’ve missed a few subway stops to finish this book,” before calling it “[b]oth creepy and brainy”, so that should tell you all you need to know about this tense novel about a woman trying to make it big.

The hardcover edition of the book is getting released today, August 13th, so calling all fans of atmospheric settings! This one is for you.



3-The Bitterroots by C J Box


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Ever since his first novel in his Joe Pickett series, Open Season, was included in The New York Times list of “Notable Books” of 2001, C. J. Box has gained himself a reputation of a prolific author, to say the least. The Joe Pickett series alone is a nineteen novel series with four of them, Open SeasonBlue Heaven, which won the Edgar Alan Poe Award for Best Novel, Nowhere To Run, and The Highway getting optioned for film and television adaptations.

His Cassie Dewell series, his newest, started in July 2013 with The Highway. Now we have his fourth novel in that series, The Bitterroots.


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Former sheriff’s investigator Cassie Dewell is starting start her life as a PI. Things are slow to get going, but then an old friend calls in a favor – she wants Cassie to help exonerate a man accused of assaulting a young woman from an influential family.

The man accused is Blake Kleinsasser, the black sheep of the powerful Kleinsassers family. His family wants him put away forever for the assault. Throughout her investigation, Cassie will have to fight against a family whose has ruled this part of Montana for decades and is willing to use the ghost of her own past against her.

Kirkus Reviews writes that with “[a]n appealing new heroine, a fast-moving plot, and a memorably nightmarish family make this one of Box’s best”.

But what if you don’t want to dive headfirst into a new series? Shouldn’t be a problem with this novel. With terrifying villains lurking around every corner and nonstop suspense, this novel is one for the ages. Make sure you pick up this book today, August 13th!



2-The Whisper Man by Alex North


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Little is known about Alex North other than he is a British crime writer who has previously published under another name and he was inspired to write this story when his young son told him and his wife about how he plays with “the boy in the floor”. Thus, we have a police procedural with supernatural overtones.


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Detective Amanda Beck heads the search for six-year-old Neil Spencer. The innocent child seems to have vanished, the only clue she has tells her that the young boy was lured when someone whispered his name at his window at night. That method of kidnapping is the same as Frank Carter, known to the papers has the Whisper Man.

But Carter was apprehended 20 years earlier by Detective Pete Willis. Beck decides to bring Willis in on the case because he’s the only person Carter will talk to.

Meanwhile, author Tom Kennedy seeks a fresh start with his seven-year-old son, Jake, after the death of his wife. Their new home proves to be anything but welcoming for the young Jake, who starts talking to a “little girl” who isn’t actually there and is terrified of “the boy under the floor”. All that, and a strange man seems to be attempting to lure Jake away at night…


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Publisher’s Weekly warns that “[r]eaders will have a tough time putting down this truly unnerving tale, with its seemingly unexplainable elements and glimpses of broken and dangerous minds” and Kirkus Reviews sums up the novel by calling it “[a] terrifying page-turner with the complexities of fatherhood at its core.”

With a release date of August 20th, those faint-of-heart should think twice before picking it up…


1-The Last Window by Karin Slaughter


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One of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers, Karin Slaughter’s nineteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls, The Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her.

Her newest novel, The Last Window, is something not easily reckoned with for the faint of heart.


The Last Widow: A Novel (Will Trent Book 9) by [Slaughter, Karin]

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One summer night a scientist from the Centers for Disease Control is kidnapped in a shopping center parking lot. Most books would start from here, but we skip to one month later when, in the serenity of a sunny Sunday after noon, not one but two ground-shaking blasts go off.

Those bombs didn’t just go off anywhere, they went off in one of Atlanta’s busiest and most important neighborhoods. Thanks to those explosions, we’ve lost the location of Emory University, two major hospitals, the FBI headquarters, and the CDC.

Medical examiner Sara Linton and her partner Will Trent, an investigator with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, rush to the scene, but Sara ends up getting kidnapped, just like the scientist a month prior.

Now Will Trent must go undercover to save her and prevent a massacre—putting his own life on the line for the woman and the country he loves.



A tense mystery, heart-pounding action, killers not just at every turn but all around you, and a love story that ties the whole things together, this August 20th release will leave you “slaughtered”.




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