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Most Anticipated Summer 2021 Thrillers, Mysteries, and Suspense Novels

If you’re a reader who lives for the thrill and you can’t get enough of those plot twists that you’re always trying to predict — this book list is just for you.  From bestselling authors you’re already acquainted with to debut authors making their mark, we are sure you’ll find something to pique your interest. So check out our Summer 2021 most anticipated thrillers, mysteries, and suspense novels!

Find You First by Linwood Barclay

Find You First by Linwood Barclay

A riveting thriller in which the possible heirs of a dying tech millionaire are mysteriously being eliminated, one by one.

The Secret Talker : A Novel Geling Yan

The Secret Talker by Geling Yan

The Secret Talker elegantly examines how repressed desire and simmering silence can upend even the most idyllic marriage. As Hongmei pursues her stalker, her identity and agency come into question, and the chase curveballs into a captivating journey of self-actualization.

Six Weeks to Live : A Novel Catherine McKenzie

Six Weeks to Live by Catherine McKenzie

A gripping psychological suspense novel about a woman diagnosed with cancer who sets out to discover if someone poisoned her before her time is up.

The Siren  Katherine St. John

The Siren by Katherine St. John

When Hollywood heartthrob Cole Power hires his ex-wife, Stella Rivers, to act in his son’s film, he sparks a firestorm on an isolated island that will unearth long-buried secrets–and unravel years of lies.

Hour of the Witch : A Novel Chris Bohjalian

Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian

A young Puritan woman–faithful, resourceful, but afraid of the demons that dog her soul–plots her escape from a violent marriage in this riveting and propulsive novel of historical suspense.

Family Law : A Novel Gin Phillips

Family Law by Gin Phillips

When an ambitious female lawyer becomes the victim of harassment, she must decide what’s more important: her family’s safety or the rights she’s fighting for?

The Anatomy of Desire : A Novel L. R. Dorn

The Anatomy of Desire by L. R. Dorn

The Anatomy of Desire is a modern tale of crime and punishment exploring unbridled ambition, blinding passion, and the dark side of desire.

The Plot  Jean Hanff Korelitz

The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

The Plot is a propulsive read about a story too good not to steal, and the writer who steals it.

Local Woman Missing : A Novel Mary Kubica

Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica

Shelby Tebow is the first to go missing. Not long after, Meredith Dickey and her six-year-old daughter, Delilah, vanish just blocks away from where Shelby was last seen, striking fear into their once-peaceful community. Are these incidents connected? After an elusive search that yields more questions than answers, the case eventually goes cold.

The Atmospherians : A Novel Alex McElroy

The Atmospherians by Alex McElroy

A novel about two best friends–a disgraced influencer and a struggling actor–who form The Atmosphere, a cult designed to reform problematic men.

The Hunting Wives  May Cobb

The Hunting Wives by May Cobb

The Hunting Wives share more than target practice, martinis, and bad behavior in this novel of obsession, seduction, and murder.

The First Day of Spring : A Novel Nancy Tucker

The First Day of Spring by Nancy Tucker

Chrissie is eight and she has a secret: she has just killed a boy. The feeling made her belly fizz like soda pop. Her playmates are tearful and their mothers are terrified, keeping them locked indoors. But Chrissie rules the roost — she’s the best at wall-walking, she knows how to get free candy, and now she has a feeling of power that she never gets at home, where food is scarce and attention scarcer.

The Photographer : A Novel Mary Dixie Carter

The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter

The Photographer is a slyly observed, suspenseful story of envy and obsession, told in the mesmerizing, irresistible voice of a character who will make you doubt that seeing is ever believing.

Death in Daylesford  Kerry Greenwood

Death in Daylesford by Kerry Greenwood

When a mysterious invitation for a spa vacation arrives for Miss Phryne Fisher from an unknown retired Captain Herbert Spencer, Phryne’s curiosity is piqued. Spencer runs a retreat in Victoria’s rural spa country for shell-shocked veterans of World War I. It’s a cause after Phryne’s own heart, but what can Spencer want from her?

I Don't Forgive You  Aggie Blum Thompson

I Don't Forgive You by Aggie Blum Thompson

An accomplished photographer and the devoted mom of an adorable little boy, Allie Ross has just moved to an upscale DC suburb, the kind of place where parenting feels like a competitive sport. Allie’s desperate to make a good first impression. Then she’s framed for murder.

The Disappearing Act : A Novel Catherine Steadman

The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman

Once a year, actors from across the globe descend on the smog and sunshine of Los Angeles for pilot season. Every cable network and studio is looking to fill the rosters of their new shows, enticing a fresh batch of young hopefuls–anxious, desperate, and willing to do whatever it takes to make it. Careers will be made, dreams will be realized, stars will be born. And some will be snuffed out.

The Woman in the Purple Skirt : A Novel Natsuko Imamura

The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura, Translated by Lucy North

Studiously deadpan and chillingly voyeuristic, The Woman in the Purple Skirt explores envy, loneliness, power dynamics, and the vulnerability of unmarried women in a taut, suspenseful narrative about the sometimes desperate desire to be seen.

The Maidens : A Novel Alex Michaelides

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

A tale of psychological suspense, weaving together Greek mythology, murder, and obsession.

Bath Haus : A Thriller P. J. Vernon

Bath Haus by P. J. Vernon

Oliver Park, a recovering addict from Indiana, finally has everything he ever wanted: sobriety and a loving, wealthy partner in Nathan, a prominent DC trauma surgeon. Despite their difference in age and disparate backgrounds, they’ve made a perfect life together. With everything to lose, Oliver shouldn’t be visiting Haus, a gay bathhouse. But through the entrance he goes, and it’s a line crossed. Inside, he follows a man into a private room, and it’s the final line. Whatever happens next, Nathan can never know. But then, everything goes wrong, terribly wrong, and Oliver barely escapes with his life.

Dream Girl : A Novel Laura Lippman

Dream Girl by Laura Lippman

A dark, complex tale of psychological suspense with echoes of Misery involving a novelist, incapacitated by injury, who is plagued by mysterious phone calls.

Moon Lake  Joe R. Lansdale

Moon Lake by Joe R. Lansdale

A gripping and unexpected tale of a lost town and the dark secrets that lie beneath the glittering waters of an East Texas lake.

Hostage : A Novel Clare Mackintosh

Hostage by Clare Mackintosh

Hostage is an explosively addictive thriller about one flight attendant and the agonizing decision that will change her life―and the lives of everyone on-board―forever.

The Fiancée : A Novel Kate White

The Fiancée by Kate White

A psychological thriller about a captivating woman who joins a family and threatens to upend their picture-perfect lives.  They had everything they needed for a perfect family vacation: close-knit relatives, a bucolic setting . . . and a murderer in their midst?

The Third Grave  Lisa Jackson

The Third Grave by Lisa Jackson

Set in Savanna, Georgia, with old mansions, and disappearance that no one ever guessed — a crime writer and her detective husband is working a cold case, and hot on the trail of a killer whose work isn’t done.

The Stranger in the Mirror : A Novel Liv Constantine

The Stranger in the Mirror by Liv Constantine

A psychologically unsettling novel about a woman with no recollection of her past.

The Stranger Behind You : A Novel Carol Goodman

The Stranger Behind You by Carol Goodman

A twisty, chilling story set in a former Magdalen Laundry in Manhattan that explores today’s #MeToo complexities.

Falling : A Novel T. J. Newman

Falling by T. J. Newman

You just boarded a flight to New York.
There are one hundred and forty-three other passengers onboard.
What you don’t know is that thirty minutes before the flight your pilot’s family was kidnapped.
For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die.
The only way the family will survive is if the pilot follows his orders and crashes the plane.
Enjoy the flight.

An Ambush of Widows  Jeff Abbott

An Ambush of Widows by Jeff Abbott

Two seemingly unconnected businessmen are found murdered in an abandoned warehouse, leaving their two widows desperately seeking answers–both with secrets of their own.

Razorblade Tears : A Novel S. A. Cosby

Razorblade Tears by S. A. Cosby

The Cover Wife : A novel Dan Fesperman

The Cover Wife by Dan Fesperman

A new novel about a CIA agent and a young expat who find themselves caught up in a dangerous world.

Silver Tears : A novel Camilla Läckberg

Silver Tears by Camilla Läckberg, Translated by Ian Giles

In this bold, mesmerizing story of seduction, deceit, and female power, a woman’s secret cannot stay buried forever. Together, three generations of women have survived in hiding from the men who sought to destroy them. But unfortunately for Faye, cages are meant to be opened, pillow talk can lead to betrayal, and secrets always end in tears.

The 22 Murders of Madison May  Max Barry

The 22 Murders of Madison May by Max Barry

A mind-bending speculative psychological suspense about a serial killer pursuing his victim across time and space, and the woman who is determined to stop him, even if it upends her own reality.

Such a Quiet Place : A Novel Megan Miranda

Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda

A new riveting suspense novel about a mysterious murder in an idyllic and close-knit neighborhood.

The Therapist : A Novel B. A. Paris

The Therapist by B. A. Paris

When Alice and Leo move into a newly renovated house in The Circle, a gated community of exclusive houses, it is everything they’ve dreamed of. But appearances can be deceptive…

We Were Never Here : A Novel Andrea Bartz

We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz

Emily is having the time of her life–she’s in the mountains of Chile with her best friend, Kristen, on their annual reunion trip, and the women are feeling closer than ever. But on the last night of the trip, Emily enters their hotel suite to find blood and broken glass on the floor.

False Witness : A Novel Karin Slaughter

False Witness by Karin Slaughter

Leigh Collier has worked hard to build what looks like a normal life.  She’s an up-and-coming defense attorney at a prestigious law firm in Atlanta, and she would do anything for her sixteen-year-old daughter Maddy.  But when she is assigned to a case, she realizes she has a lot more to lose and the life-shattering truth is in danger of being revealed…after spending two decades avoiding her past.

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife : A Novel Ashley Winstead

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead

Told in racing dual timelines, with a dark campus setting and a darker look at friendship, love, obsession, and ambition, In My Dreams I Hold A Knife is an addictive, propulsive read you won’t be able to put down.

The Turnout  Megan Abbott

The Turnout by Megan Abbott

A novel set against the hothouse of a family-run ballet studio — a sharp and strange dissection of family ties and sexuality, femininity and power, and a tale that is both alarming and irresistible.

The Husbands : A Novel Chandler Baker

The Husbands by Chandler Baker

A novel that asks: to what lengths will a woman go for a little more help from her husband?

Did I Say You Could Go  Melanie Gideon

Did I Say You Could Go by Melanie Gideon

A suspenseful, gripping novel about families and friendships torn apart at the seams by obsession, secrets, and betrayal with relentless twists and turns that hurtle forward to a shocking confrontation.

Then She Vanishes : A Novel Claire Douglas

Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas

A twisty, compulsive thriller full of jolting shocks and startling secrets involving two sisters, a disappearance, a double murder, and a reporter determined to find the truth.

Safe in My Arms  Sara Shepard

Safe in My Arms by Sara Shepard

When the principal of an elite California preschool is attacked, three moms–who feel like outsiders among the school’s manicured and ultra-wealthy community–must work together to uncover what she’s hiding, figure out who’s trying to frame them, and make sure their own secrets stay hidden.

Not a Happy Family : A Novel Shari Lapena

Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena

In this family, everyone is keeping secrets–especially the dead. Brecken Hill in upstate New York is an expensive place to live. You have to be rich to have a house there. And they don’t come much richer than Fred and Sheila Merton. But even all their money can’t protect them when a killer comes to call.

The Perfect Ruin  Shanora Williams

The Perfect Ruin by Shanora Williams

A riveting novel of domestic suspense about the close relationship between two women: a severely troubled twenty-something and the mega-successful, billionaire CEO she’s determined to destroy.

Just One Look : A Novel Lindsay Cameron

Just One Look by Lindsay Cameron

A young woman’s escalating obsession with a seemingly perfect man leads her down a dangerous path in this novel of suspense brimming with envy, desire, and deception.

For Your Own Good  Samantha Downing

For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing

Set at a prestigious private school–complete with interfering parents, overeager students, and one teacher who just wants to teach them all a lesson…

The Sinful Lives of Trophy Wives : A Novel Kristin Miller

The Sinful Lives of Trophy Wives by Kristin Miller

Meet the trophy wives of Presidio Terrace, San Francisco’s most exclusive–and most deadly–neighborhood.

The Perfect Family  Robyn Harding

The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding

This twisty, addictively page-turning suspense novel about a perfect family’s perfect fa ade will keep you turning pages until its explosive ending.

Cul-de-sac : A Novel Joy Fielding

Cul-de-sac by Joy Fielding

A shooting lays bare the secrets harbored by five families in a sleepy suburban cul-de-sac in this riveting psychological thriller.

The Night We Burned : A Novel S. F. Kosa

The Night We Burned by S. F. Kosa

A new psychological thriller from suspense powerhouse S.F. Kosa featuring a decades-old secret, a mysterious cult fire, and a woman looking to outrun the ashes of her past…until they come roaring back once more.

The Family Plot : A Novel Megan Collins

The Family Plot by Megan Collins

When a family obsessed with true crime gathers to bury their patriarch, horrifying secrets are exposed upon the discovery of another body in his grave.

Chasing the Boogeyman : A Novel Richard Chizmar

Chasing the Boogeyman by Richard Chizmar

In the summer of 1988, the mutilated bodies of several missing girls begin to turn up in a small Maryland town. The grisly evidence leads police to the terrifying assumption that a serial killer is on the loose in the quiet suburb. But soon a rumor begins to spread that the evil stalking local teens is not entirely human.

Getaway  Zoje Stage

Getaway by Zoje Stage

Three friends set off on a hike into the Grand Canyon–only to discover it’s not so easy to leave the world behind.

How to Kill Your Best Friend  Lexie Elliott

How to Kill Your Best Friend by Lexie Elliott

If you suspected your best friend, the person you were closest to in the whole world, was a murderer, what would you do? Would you confront her? Would you help keep her secret? Or would you begin to feel afraid? Most importantly, why don’t you feel safe now that she’s dead?

Where I Left Her : A Novel Amber Garza

Where I Left Her by Amber Garza

A spine-tingling new thriller about a mother’s worst nightmare come true, when her teenage daughter goes to a sleepover and doesn’t come back.

Are you looking forward to any of these books?

What thriller, mystery, and or suspense novels are you looking forward to in 2021?  What books would you add to the list?

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