We love suspense novels. Being consumed by captivating stories transports us to thrilling worlds and satiates our underlying desires to solve mysteries. Below, we share our favorite recent mystery and thriller books.
Whistling at night is considered taboo in many indigenous communities, including native Hawaiians and Mexicans. The belief is that it invites danger. Never Whistle at Night: An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology is a celebration of indigenous culture that brings to life a collection of scary stories about ghosts, curses, hauntings, monsters, families, and revenge.
New York Times bestseller Richard Osman’s new book, The Last Devil to Die, is the fourth installment in his Thursday Murder Club series. The novel picks up with the gang discovering that a longtime acquaintance, an antique dealer, has been murdered, and a dangerous item he was safeguarding has disappeared. The gang’s luck could be running out as they encounter art forgers, online fraudsters, drug dealers, and personal tragedies. As the casualties mount, the package is still unaccounted for, and they remain in dire straits.
Rachel Harrison, the author of Such Sharp Teeth and Cackle, has a new novel, Black Sheep. Vesper, the protagonist of this cheeky horror story, must confront her unconventional family’s dark secrets. She has long been estranged from her family after leaving their high-demand church community. However, an invitation to her cousin’s wedding arrives, and Vesper convinces herself to attend. Her return unearths a terrifying secret, forcing her to grapple with her family’s beliefs and her own faith.
Rebecca Makkai, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal, the Stonewall Book Award, and the LA Times Book Prize, has written a suspenseful and introspective novel, I Have Some Questions For You. Bodie Kane, the protagonist, returns to her former boarding school to teach for two weeks. But her homecoming is haunted by the ghosts of her past, including the unsolved murder of her former roommate.
Bright Young Women by Jessica Knoll ($27.99, shop here)
Bright Young Women is a novel by Jessica Knoll, the New York Times bestselling author of The Favorite Sister and Luckiest Girl Alive (now a film starring Mila Kunis on Netflix). The book introduces us to Pamela Schumacher and Tina Cannon, two women from opposite sides of the country united by the violent acts of the same man. They become allies and sisters-in-arms in their quest for justice.
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