Suspense

B
The Neighbor

I've long been a fan of the television show Without a Trace. The disappearance stories on the show sometimes end in the discovery of a murder and sometimes in the victim being found alive and often one doesn't know until the very end how close to a happy ending it will be for all involved. So it ...

C
Your Heart Belongs to Me

Although he is known for horror and thrillers, I've loved the way Dean Koontz often put a strong relationship in his novels. When I learned that his new novel was about a hero fighting to get a new heart and keep his girlfriend, I thought this could be classic Koontz again. Instead, it looks like I' ...

A-
Fractured

I am very lucky that my local library system offers the option of checking out, via download, audio books and e-books. Since I got an MP3 player for my birthday, I've been exploring my various audio options. Because romance options on audio are slim and mostly limited to bestselling authors I don't ...

A
Sweetheart

The sequel to Chelsea Cain’s superb Heartsick is just as satisfying as the first book. Sweetheart, despite the cute name, isn’t a romance. It might be more apropos to call it an anti-romance. Still, if you read the first, you must read the second. Sweetheart picks up shortly af ...

A
Heartsick

Archie Sheridan is a tortured hero. Literally. Two years ago, female serial killer Gretchen Lowell kidnapped Archie, tortured him, removed his spleen, and them turned herself in. Oh, and she also carved a heart on his chest. It should go without saying that Heartsick is not for the squeamish. Also, ...

C
The Night Villa

When I was a child, a friend's mother decided that we had insufficient exposure to "culture" and she set out to remedy this deficiency. We spent many Saturday mornings being marched off to well-intentioned poetry readings, lectures, and art openings in my hometown. I remember endless cheaply tiled r ...

C-
The Hunted

I started reading The Hunted thinking it was a romantic suspense novel. After I finished, it seemed quite clear that this was simply a suspense as there was no real romance at all – sex yes, but not much emotion or chemistry. This meant that I had to readjust my opinion after the fact, which was ...

B+
Lady Killer

I've been reading Lisa Scottoline's legal thrillers off and on from the very beginning. Some work better for me than others, and Lady Killer is one of the best I've read in a while. For the first time in several years, Scottoline revisits the attorneys of Rosato & Associates with a tale that for ...

B-
Play Dirty

Play Dirty isn’t really a romance novel - I’d call it a suspense novel with romantic elements. The suspense plot is very exciting and I found myself turning the pages faster and faster as the book progressed. However, the romantic element of the story definitely takes second place and at the ...

B
Garden of Darkness

In recent years innovative romance author Theresa Weir has turned to writing straight suspense under the name Anne Frasier. As in her romances, her suspense plots mix familiar murder mystery elements with dark and unique touches. In Garden of Darkness, Frasier returns to the haunted town of Tuonel ...