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Top Picks: Crime and Thriller Books You’ll Go Crazy For

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 highly anticipated Crime and Thrillers that you will shock you into delight.


5. Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin

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The Edgar award-winning author of eleven books, Alison Gaylin is a writer you should definitely have on your to-be-read list. Her latest novel, mysteriously titled Never Look Back, was released July 2nd.

Back in 1976, thirteen days were filled with death as murderers April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy terrorized South California, a murder spree that ended in a blazing fire that took those killers lives.

Forty years later, podcast producer Quentin Garrison wants to know get to the bottom of what happened with these grisly killers. But then he discovers something shocking: April may still be alive.

Meanwhile, New York City film columnist Robin Diamond finds reason to believe that her mother might be the infamous killer. With Garrison on the hunt and her reputation at stake, is there anyone she can trust?

Kirkus Reviews calls this novel “[a] mind-bending mystery, an insightful exploration of parent-child relationships, and a cautionary tale about bitterness and blame”.


4. The Heart Keeper by Alex Dahl

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Critically acclaimed author of The Boy at the Door, Alex Dahl teased us with her newest novel in an interview when she said, “It was a hard book to write— it gets pretty dark in places, but I really wanted to write a grief novel with the plotline and traction of a thriller. I’m very excited about it, and hope the end-result will be a creepy tear-jerker!”

So what is the novel about? Well…

After years of struggling with a heart condition, Kaia receives a new heart. Now things are finally looking up for her and her mother Iselin, especially after they make friends with an affluent young woman.

But that affluent young woman is Alison, the mother of a daughter whose death gave Kaia life, and grief will turn into a terrible obsession.

Released July 2nd, this story showcases the thin line between love and obsession.


3. The Need by Helen Phillips

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Recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and the Italo Calvino Prize, Helen Philips’ newest novel has received heaps of praised.

Here’s what it is about:

Home alone with her two children, Molly hears a noise. It’s worst-case scenario when she finds herself face-to-face with an intruder who knows way too much about her and her family.

With a hook like that, what more do you need?

If you’re somehow not convinced, Kirkus Reviews calls it “suspenseful and mysterious, insightful and tender,” and says that “Phillips’ new thriller cements her standing as a deservedly celebrated author with a singular sense of story and style.”

Released July 9th, this book if one you should definitively check out if you like tight, suspenseful stories that are all too real.

2. Lady in the Lake by Laura LIppman

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With a career spanning over twenty years, Laura Lippman is a name that you should be familiar with. It’s always a treat whenever she releases a new novel, and her latest is sure to thrill us.

Set in the tumultuous year of 1966 in Baltimore, Maddie Schwartz wants to make a name for herself now that she’s bolted away from her controlling husband. Working at the newspaper, Maddie finds just the story to do it: the body of a missing woman has been discovered in the city park lake’s fountain.

The body belongs to Cleo Sherwood, a young black woman, and as Maddie investigates she’ll have to look beyond her own needs before tragedy strikes again.

Kirkus Reviews notes that “[t]he racism, classism, and sexism of fifty years ago wrapped up in a stylish, sexy, suspenseful period drama about a newsroom and the city it covers.”

Coming July 23rd, this book about race and class is one any fan of thrills and suspense should check out!

1. The Bird Boys by Lisa Sandlin


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This is a late release, but it’s definitely something that should be on your reading list because its from accomplished writer and teacher, Lisa Sandlin.

A sequel to 2015 The Do-Right, this new novel follows Delpha Wade. After nearly being killed, Wade is released from the hospital but her boss, Private Investigator Tom Phelan, desperately needs her help.

Thus, Wade is back in action, digging through old records and knocking on doors to unravel a dangerous case of two brothers and how it connects to a grand larceny. As Wade and Phelan unravel the mystery, they will discover that “sometimes truth is not true, but murder is always murder“.

Kirkus Reviews assures that this novel is proof “that anything old can be new in the right, talented hands,” and that “Sandlin has crafted an outstanding series that readers will want to follow and savor”.

With praise like that, this novel is sure to dazzle and surprise us when her latest book hits shelves August 20th.



Let us know what you think of our suggestions in the comments! Hopefully, you’ll add some of these for your ongoing reading list.



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