Suspense

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 ...

A-
Find Her

This book frightened me. It put a coil of terror in my belly and gave me anxious dreams. It wasn’t just because the writing was excellent or the plot scary, but because of its subject matter. Every parent has a secret belief that if we can just get our kids through the school years, we can breathe ...

B+
The Bitter Season

A good mystery takes the everyday and turns it macabre and frightening. Letters in the mail become sinister missives. An odd sound becomes a deadly intruder. Petty problems and meaningless rivalries become motives in horrific crimes. Family members become suspects and friends turn out to be turn coa ...

B-
The Bones of You

The Bones of You by Debbie Howells is a psychological thriller that revolves around a missing teen. Kate is stunned when she receives a call from a woman she knows named Jo who is asking if Kate has seen Jo’s daughter. As the hours turn into days with the teen still missing, Kate finds herself abs ...

C+
The Stranger

Harlan Coben’s latest, The Stranger, is so like the author’s earlier books that, as I read, I kept confusing plots. The hero, a lawyer named Adam who has his safe suburban world upended by the eponymous stranger, is interchangeable with the heroes of Hold Tight (a much better book) and Caught, j ...

B+
Crash and Burn

I can remember a time when the song "Memory" from Cats was everywhere. I was reminded of that song while I read this book since part of the lyrics express exactly what the heroine in this novel feels as she tries to recapture a very elusive memory of her own. “I remember/A time I knew what happine ...

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The Life I Left Behind

I like ghosts in novels. Whether they are helping the heroine solve an age old mystery or playing matchmaker to the clueless living, I think ghosts can add a lot to a tale. This story, narrated in part by a ghost and in part by a living woman, explores the connections between strangers and how someo ...

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Precious Thing

Right now is the era of the psychological thriller. And the nice thing is that most of the books being published are not the Gone Girl copycats that will soon be appearing on our shelves. They are (in my opinion) novels by writers who had always intended to write a disturbing, misleading mystery an ...

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In the Blood

The tag line for this novel is “Someone knows Lana’s secret and he’s dying to tell.” That’s actually not quite accurate. Someone does indeed know Lana’s secret – several someones in fact. But they aren’t dying to tell. They are killing the secrets one by one, until only their truth i ...

C
Red Chrysanthemum

Teahouse of the August Moon is one of my very favorite movies. It deals with occupied Japan and celebrates Japanese village culture and the wonderful people on the island of Okinawa. It stars Marlon Brando and is part comedy, part romance and all together lovely. When I saw this novel I was beyond d ...