Boarding School Secrets, a Haunted House, and a Weird Map: Summer 2017 Mysteries & Thrillers

Boarding School Secrets, a Haunted House, and a Weird Map: Summer 2017 Mysteries & Thrillers

Summer isn’t known for being particularly cold, so if you want some chills this season, you just might have to turn to a book. Lucky for you, there’s an excellent batch of tense, mysterious, and downright frightening books coming out this summer. Whether you’ve been clamoring for the new Karin Slaughter book, or you want to pick up an exciting new debut, there’s a book to spook, stress out, or scare every reader. These novels will chill you to the bone, and they’re way more fun than air conditioning.


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Magpie Murders

Life imitates art

Anthony Horowitz’s buzzy new thriller begins with a writer named Alan Conway. Conway gets a copy of his new manuscript to his editor Susan Ryeland, with whom he has worked for years. His books often follow the same basic kind of arc: They’re typically set in the English countryside, and detective Atticus Pünd prevails. But Ryeland thinks something is a little off in this new installment, and she takes it upon herself to investigate what she suspects are references to real murders hidden in Conway’s novels. Magpie Murders will likely be an especially big hit for fans of Agatha Christie.

On shelves: June 6


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She Rides Shotgun

Daddy’s girl

Nate is getting out of prison, and all he can think about is getting back to his 11-year-old daughter, Polly. He’s missed most of her childhood, and is terrified that she might be in danger. His fears are proven correct when Polly’s mother is killed by members of a prison gang, and Nate knows that Polly will be next unless he can protect her. In order to keep her safe, however, he will have to teach her how to fend for herself. These circumstances might not sound ideal for forging a strong emotional connection, but while fighting for their lives, this father and daughter will grow closer together than ever before.

On shelves: June 6

The Weight of Lies

Based on a true story

Meg Ashley leads a very comfortable life because of her mother’s mega-famous horror novel. Now, she has the opportunity to write a memoir about growing up with her celebrity mother, and she jumps at it. Before long, however, Meg’s research begins to take her in unexpected directions. She travels to Georgia to meet the woman who is rumored to have been the basis of her mother’s novel to gain more insight into the book. But the more questions she asks, the more she begins to hear answers that she isn’t expecting. Her research leads her to a cold case, and soon she isn’t just investigating her mother—she’s looking for a very real murderer.

On shelves: June 6


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Flashmob

Dark net

Readers first met John Smith in Christopher Farnsworth’s first installment in this series, Killfile, and now, he’s back. Smith, as readers likely remember, is a mind reader. He works in Los Angeles where he solves problems for extremely wealthy clients who will pay for use of his gift. In this novel, Smith attends a high-profile wedding and when violence breaks out, he is able to read the mind of one of the gunmen. He gets one word: “downvote.” Using his gift, he digs deeper into the case, and uncovers a corner of the dark web where someone is offering money to anyone willing to kill certain celebrities. Will Smith be able to stop them? You’ll have to read to find out.

On shelves: June 27


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Persons Unknown

Too close for comfort

Have you been clamoring for the latest entry in Susie Steiner’s DS Manon series? Well, you’re in luck. Detective Manon Bradshaw is back, and she’s living in Cambridgeshire with her 12-year-old son Fly and expecting, too. Then, a strange case catches her attention that is more personal than she ever would have guessed. Her sister’s ex-boyfriend is murdered, and unbelievably, some of her coworkers think that Fly might have had something to do with it. Manon had been working on cold cases before, and the contrast with this highly personal, emotionally charged case is stark. For existing fans of Steiner and newcomers alike, Persons Unknown will be a compelling read.

On shelves: July 4


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The Lying Game

School’s out forever

You already know Ruth Ware as the author of the uber-popular novels In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10. Now, she’s back with another thriller that will take over your night and have you happily and blearily reaching for an extra cup of coffee come morning. Kate, Thea, Fatima, and Isa are old friends from school. That is, before all four were expelled. Years later, Kate calls her three friends, because there has been a gruesome discovery: a bone. And the women all know more about it than they would like to admit.This isn’t your typical school reunion.

On shelves: July 25


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The Lost Ones

Missing in action

Nora Watts’ life hasn’t been easy: She had a troubled upbringing marked by violence. Her circumstances get even harder when her daughter, Bonnie, is reported missing. Nora gave up Bonnie for adoption years ago, and now, she appears to be gone. How could Bonnie have vanished? Nora is determined to find out, and she will stop at nothing to find her daughter and make sure that she is safe. This psychological thriller is set in Vancouver and readers will feel the winter chill rolling off the page and sinking into their fingers. Various reviews have compared Nora Watts to Lisbeth Salander: Need we say more?

On shelves: July 25


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Impossible Views of the World

X marks the spot

If you love mysteries and art history, then there is no better book to tuck into your beach bag this season than Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives. Stella Krakus is in the New York City art world in a very big way: She’s a museum curator. But she’s also experiencing some personal turmoil. She’s trying to wrap up her divorce, and her friend Paul is MIA. She’s also trying to navigate the dating scene. Then, Stella finds a strange map, and falls down the research rabbit hole trying to figure out where the mysterious document could have come from.

On shelves: August 1


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The Blinds

The wild west

What do you get when you cross a western with speculative fiction? The answer is this exciting new thriller from Adam Sternbergh, The Blinds. Sheriff Calvin Cooper works in The Blinds, which is a small Texas town where things are usually under control, or close enough. But Cooper’s job gets a whole lot harder when a murder and a suicide put the town on edge. He decides to investigate, but he finds more than he bargained for. This book doesn’t pull any punches, and more death and destruction will wrack The Blinds before readers turn the final page.

On shelves: August 1


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The Grip of It

Haunted house

Julie and James are starting over. They’re moving to a new house in a new town, mostly to get James out of a hairy situation. James has a gambling problem, and Julie only recently found out about it and the trouble it has gotten him in. But their new home isn’t quite what the couple expected, and there are numerous things about it that aren’t quite right. Happenings in the house quickly turn from spooky to downright frightening, and readers just might want to sleep with the lights on after reading this. In a starred review, Kirkus raved: “Shivery and smart. A book that brings the legacy of Henry James into the modern world with great effect.”

On shelves: August 1


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The Amber Shadows

Amber is the color of your energy

Everyone likes getting packages in the mail, right? Everyone, that is, except Honey Deschamps. Honey is working as a typist during World War II, helping the British decipher transmissions from the German Army. Meanwhile, the world watches as Adolf Hitler and his army destroy the eighth wonder of the world: Leningrad’s Amber Room. But then, the packages start arriving. They are for Honey, and suspiciously, they contain amber. Honey is extremely concerned about this, and enlists the help of Felix Plaidstow to help her track down the source of the packages. Lucy Ribchester’s novel combines WW2 history with mystery, to dazzling effect.

On shelves: August 8


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The Good Daughter

Unforgettable

If you want to pick up what is sure to be one of the most talked-about thrillers of the summer, then look no further than Karin Slaughter’s The Good Daughter. Charlotte and Samantha Quinn are sisters whose lives were changed forever one fateful, violent day when they were children. The trauma that they endured that day was unbearable enough, but nearly three decades later, their small town of Pikeville is again touched by tragedy. Charlotte wants so badly not to think about the day that changed her family permanently, but the more recent incident makes it impossible for her to ignore it. If you aren’t already on the Karin Slaughter bandwagon, it’s time to jump aboard. What are you waiting for?

On shelves: August 22

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