Off the Shelf: Suspenseful Thrillers

There’s nothing better than reading a book that keeps you motivated to find out what happens on the next page. We’ve put together a list of titles that will make your hair stand up every time you find yourself in a dark room. Download these titles and find your next favorite suspenseful thriller we’ve pulled “from the shelf.”

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The Last Time I Lied

by: Riley Sager

A young woman returns to her childhood summer camp to uncover the truth about a tragedy that happened there fifteen years ago.

Two Truths and a Lie…the girls played it all the time in their cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. However, the games ended the night Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin into the darkness. The last she, or anyone, saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

The Wives

by: Tarryn Fisher

Imagine that your husband has two other wives. You’ve never met the other wives. None of you know each other, and because of this unconventional arrangement, you can see your husband only one day a week, but you love him so much you don’t care. Or at least that’s what you’ve told yourself.

One day, while you’re doing laundry, you find a scrap of paper in his pocket of an appointment reminder for a woman named Hannah, and you just know it’s another of the wives.

You thought you were fine with the arrangement, but you can’t help yourself. You track her down, and under false pretenses, you strike up a friendship. Hannah has no idea who you really are. Then, Hannah starts showing up to your coffee dates with telltale bruises, and you realize she’s being abused by her husband. Who, of course, is also your husband, but you’ve never known him to be violent.

Who exactly is your husband, and how far would you go to find the truth? Would you risk your own life?

And who is the mysterious third wife?

Long Bright River

by: Liz Moore

In a Philadelphia neighborhood rocked by the opioid crisis, two once-inseparable sisters find themselves at odds. One, Kacey, lives on the streets in the vise of addiction. The other, Mickey, walks those same blocks on her police beat. They don’t speak anymore, but Mickey never stops worrying about her sibling.

When Kacey disappears at the same time a mysterious string of murders are happening in Mickey’s district, Mickey becomes dangerously obsessed with finding the culprit, and her sister before it’s too late.

Alternating its present day mystery with the story of the sisters’ childhood and adolescence, Long Bright River is a heart-pounding and gripping suspense novel that is also a moving story of sisters, addiction, and formidable ties that persist between places, family, and fate.

You

by: Caroline Kepnes

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight-the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck to find herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way-even if it means murder.

Then She Was Gone

by: Lisa Jewell

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenaged golden couple.  She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone.

Now, her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together. It’s been ten years since her daughter disappeared, seven years since her marriage ended, and only months since the last clue in Ellie’s case was unearthed. So when she meets an unexpectedly charming man in a café, she is surprised at how quickly their flirtation develops into something deeper.

Before she knows it, she’s meeting Floyd’s daughters-and his youngest, Poppy, takes her breath away. Looking at her is like looking at Ellie. And now, the unanswered questions she has tried so hard to put to rest haunt her anew…as well as some new ones about Floyd and Poppy…

The Turn of the Key

by: Ruth Ware

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely.It seems like too good of an opportunity to miss. a live-in nanny post, with a staggeringly generous salary. When Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten-by the luxurious “smart” home fitted with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare. One that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unraveling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means, but she maintains that she’s not guilty…at least not of murder.

The Last House Guest

by: Megan Miranda

Littleport, Maine has always felt like two separate towns. An ideal vacation enclave for the wealthy, whose summer homes line the coastline, and a simple harbor community for the year-round residents whose livelihoods rely on service to the visitors.

Typically, fierce friendships never develop between a local and a summer girl, but that’s just what happens with visitor Sadie Loman and Littleport resident Avery Greer. Each summer for almost a decade, the girls are inseparable…until Sadie is found dead.

While the police rule the death a suicide, Avery can’t help but feel there are those in the community, including a local detective and Sadie’s brother, Parker, who blame her. Someone knows more than they’re saying, and Avery is intent on clearing her name, before the facts gets twisted against her.

My Lovely Wife

by: Samantha Downing

Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting…

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.

We look like a normal couple. We’re your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.

We all have our secrets to keeping a marriage alive. Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.

The Silent Patient

by: Alex Michaelides

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations-a search for the truth that threatens to consume him.

An Anonymous Girl

by: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Looking to earn some easy cash, Jessica Farris agrees to be a test subject in a psychological study about ethics and morality. As the study moves from the exam room to the real world, the line between what is real and what is one of Dr. Shields’ experiments blurs.

Dr. Shields seems to know what Jessica is thinking…and what she’s hiding. Jessica’s behavior will not only be monitored, but manipulated. Caught in a web of attraction, deceit and jealousy, Jessica quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

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