For some readers, the best books leave you with your heart racing, teeth gritted, and blood chilled. Check out these 5 new and upcoming titles that’ll get you hooked, and win all of them from Harlequin – plus a trip to Scandinavia, the home of psychological thrillers – while you’re at it!
New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl, Mary Kubica, returns with an electrifying and addictive tale of deceit and obsession.
In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she’s the person she thought she knew.
Find out more about Don’t You Cry here, and read our Editor’s review of Mary Kubica’s previous thriller Pretty Baby below.
Marked For Life – Emelie Schepp
Marked for life. Trained for death. Some scars cut the deepest.
To protect her past, she must find the real suspect. Before the police do.
When a high-ranking head of the migration board is found shot to death in his living room, there is no shortage of suspects, including his wife. But no one expects to find mysterious, child-sized fingerprints in this childless home. Public prosecutor Jana Berzelius steps in to lead the investigation. Young and brilliant but emotionally cold, Berzelius… read on.
All is Not Forgotten – Wendy Walker
You can erase the memory. But you cannot erase the crime.
Jenny’s wounds have healed. An experimental treatment has removed the memory of a horrific and degrading attack. She is moving on with her life.
That was the plan. Except it’s not working out. Something has gone. The light in her eyes. And something was left behind. A scar. On her lower back. Which she can’t stop touching. And she’s getting worse. Not to mention that her father is obsessed with finding her attacker and her mother is in toxic denial. More.
In this chilling psychological thriller, one woman’s dark past becomes another’s deadly future.
In 2003, sixteen-year-old Rebecca Winter disappeared.
She’d been enjoying her teenage summer break: working at a fast food restaurant, crushing on an older boy and shoplifting with her best friend. Mysteriously ominous things began to happen — blood in the bed, periods of blackouts, a feeling of being watched — though Bec remained oblivious of what was to come.
Eleven years later she is replaced. Find out more.
Behind Closed Doors – B A Paris
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace.
He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. Though, you’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.
Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows. Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie. Find out more.
Pretty Baby – Mary Kubica
A disheveled young woman stands on a railway station platform. Wrapped inside her coat is a little baby. It’s raining and cold. She is there most days. She looks hungry and frightened. You see her most mornings on your way to work. You can see she needs help. What do you do? Ignore her and go on with your normal day? Or do you reach out and help? This is the beginning of Pretty Baby.
Heidi Wood is a caring person. She works for a charitable organisation, and she is not one to idly stand by and watch another person suffer when she can help to make a change. After watching this young woman with a baby standing in the cold and wet she decides to take action: she brings her home.
Her name is Willow. Her baby is Ruby. To the disbelief of Heidi’s obstinate and rebellious teenager daughter, Zoe, and her shocked husband, Chris, she welcomes Willow and Ruby into their home, giving them shelter, food and tending to their ailments. But what is Willow’s story? She sits and stares at the TV as if she’s never seen one before. She is not forthcoming on where she has come from. Where is her family?
Each chapter focuses on the story of Willow, Heidi or Chris, which gives you a picture from their individual viewpoints. As discoveries are made, perceptions change and the terrible truth is revealed.
I really enjoyed this book. I found myself heading to bed earlier each night as I was so drawn to read it. The climax of the story builds, propelling the reader along. If you liked Gone Girl, you’ll like Pretty Baby even more.
4 stars – MIRA $29.99
Reviewed by Rowena Morcom