Suspense

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 ...

B
The Ice Twins

It's official. I've stumbled into the latest thriller trend - unreliable narrators. In fact, I just about fell into The Ice Twins, even though I wasn't crazy about the premise at first. A twin dies in a tragic fall, and only later does her mother realize she may have buried the wrong sibling. Haven' ...

B-
Last Doll Standing

Last Doll Standing is the second book featuring housewife and interior designer Cece Laramie. Unfortunately, this story does not stand at all well on its own, so, if you're like me and dive in here, a great deal of the plot won't make sense. I found myself reading Goodreads reviews of the first book ...

B+
Fool Me Once

Each year, I find myself eagerly awaiting the next thriller from author Harlan Coben. I haven't fallen madly in love with all of them, but none have left me bitterly disappointed either. So, when Fool Me Once came up for review, I jumped at the chance to share my thoughts about it. Former special ...

B+
No One Knows

In a way, the title for this book No One Knows is actually an excellent description of the plot. This story is all about how even in this digital age we can never really know what happened, we can never really know all we need to about what led to an event. Most importantly of all, we can never real ...

B+
Try Not to Breathe

I love stories about cold cases. It’s just comforting to know that even if evil gets away with something for a while, good always triumphs. This is a story of how solving a fifteen year-old cold case helps a reporter find herself again. It’s an intriguing tale that I found hard to put down. ...

B+
The Silent Girl

The mystery running through The Silent Girl takes readers on an unforgettable journey. The discovery of a grisly murder scene in Boston’s Chinatown takes Jane Rizzoli on an investigation that leads her back not only to past crimes, but also gives readers an interesting look at Chinese mythology an ...