Suspense

B+
Don't Close Your Eyes

This is not the book to pick up for a quick read before going to bed. You won’t want to turn off the light and go to sleep like you’re supposed to. Instead, like a gawker transfixed by a train wreck, you will find yourself reading far past your bedtime as Don’t Close Your Eyes becomes more tha ...

B+
Every Last Lie

Some of us are old enough to remember the commercials and advertisements with the slogan, ‘Maybe she’s born with it; Maybe it’s Maybelline.’ The idea behind that old sales pitch is that ‘real’ can be disguised. Truth can be hidden behind some cosmetic applications. In Every Last Lie, Cla ...

B+
The Ultimatum

I've enjoyed many of Karen Robards' books in the past, but I must also admit to finding a few of them way too over the top for my taste. So I was eager to read and review The Ultimatum, if only to see whether I'd love it or dismiss it. Fortunately, this opening novel in her new Guardian series comes ...

B
The Marsh King's Daughter

Deep in the wilds of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is an infamous cabin where there once lived a little family. Father, mother and daughter spent cold winter days and fabulous summers in primitive conditions, living off the land. But the picture is far darker than it seems for this was no happy littl ...

A-
I Found You

I had never heard of Lisa Jewell before picking up I Found You but fortunately, she is on my radar now. Similar in style to Claire Mackintosh and Holly Seddon, Ms. Jewell delivers a smartly crafted, atmospheric novel with tautly paced suspense and impeccably timed revelations throughout.  You will ...

A
I See You

Zoe Walker takes the same route to work every day. Same streets, same trains, same stations, even the same seat on the train. She thinks nothing of this, chalking it up to a comforting routine, until one day she spies her own face in a classified advertisement for FindTheOne.com. What follows is a s ...

A-
Her Every Fear

When I first read the synopsis of Her Every Fear, the latest thriller by Peter Swanson, I was a little concerned by the complexity of the synopsis. I love a good, twisty read, but such reads have to make sense, and, given the vague information provided, I wasn't sure I'd be able to fully lose myself ...

B
Pretty Baby

A psychological suspense novel which serves as both social treatise and dire warning, Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica leaves you thinking – and vaguely frightened. Heidi Wood calls all those who see a need and don’t meet it do-nothings.  Heidi is the polar opposite of that- she works for a nonp ...

B-
Under the Harrow

With the success of books like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, psychological thrillers are enjoying a rebirth of popularity. Flynn Berry's debut novel, Under the Harrow fits nicely into this category.  Though a bit rougher around the edges than some I've read from more accomplished authors, th ...

C-
All The Missing Girls

I like mystery novels. During my time at AAR I’ve given 7 DIKs to suspense novels and 11 B pluses. To romantic suspense novels I’ve given 10 B pluses and two DIKs. Given that they only make up a small portion of what I review, that’s a pretty good record. It’s a shame I won’t be adding All ...