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Amanda's Mystery/Thriller Picks

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A Nearly Normal Family: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250204431
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Published: Celadon Books - June 25th, 2019

A Nearly Normal Family is not your average legal thriller. There is a murder, a trial, and a who-dun-it,  but the family dynamics play an even greater role. The narrative is broken up into three parts, each sharing a different character's perspective, where we learn secrets from their past, how they are dealing with the crime, and some actions they took along the way. Just when you think you understand these characters, the way others view them opens up new understandings of their skewed sense of reality. A complex and multilayered story, which made me pause on more than one occasion to consider what I might do if presented with the same circumstances.


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The Whisper Man: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250317995
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Published: Celadon Books - August 20th, 2019

This is Alex North's crime debut and what a impressive debut it is! His story is spine-chilling and very original. A simply fantastic read, with some surprising twists, that will appeal to so many crime fiction fans.


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My Lovely Wife Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780451491725
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Published: Berkley - March 26th, 2019

This book is it's own brand of CRAZY. It is unlike any other thriller I've read before, but I could not get enough of it. The best way I can think to describe it without giving away too much, is Mr. and Mrs. Smith meets Ted Bundy. I could not believe this was a debut novel. It definitely lived up to all the hype for me. My favorite thriller of the year! 


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Recursion: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524759780
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Published: Crown - June 11th, 2019

I'm convinced that Blake Crouch is THE science fiction/fantasy author of our time. As always, Crouch knows how to keep you on your toes and does a great job at mixing the thriller and sci-fi genres. Recursion will make you question time, memory, and life. Similar to Dark Matter, you can expect this book to get bigger and wilder than you ever imagined before even a hint of a solution rears its head. Ultimately a very emotional and human story, I highly recommend you pick up this one!


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You: A Novel (The You Series #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501195433
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - August 28th, 2018

This book is INTENSE. It is hard to describe the hypnosis and discomfort you experience while reading this novel. It is like a bad car accident that you can't look away from. You know right from the get-go that Joe is a little off, but throughout the novel you discover what lengths he will go to, in order to make  Beck, a beautiful, aspiring writer, albeit stranger, his girlfriend. The author does an impeccable job of leaving you aghast and riveted throughout, while also displaying the dangers of living your life so transparently online. Read this and then check out the Netflix adaptation! 


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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781492670124
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

This has to be one of the most extraordinarily original concepts for a book I've ever come across. Aidan Bishop wakes up at a house party, but he is not himself, literally. He's actually in the body of someone else AND he's been tasked with solving the mystery of who killed Evelyn Hardcastle before time runs out. Each day, he's reborn again to relive the same day in a different body. This is one of the most intricately layered novels I've ever read with such a diverse cast of characters. What a wild ride! 


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The Silent Patient Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250301697
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Published: Celadon Books - February 5th, 2019

Imagine being accused of murder, but remaining completely silent. That is exactly what Alicia Berenson does; she does not defend herself, offer any explanation, nor give any testimony at her trial. Instead she is put into a psych ward because of her unusual behavior. Then you have her enthusiastic psychotherapist, Theo Faber, whose motivations and mental stability you start to question mid-way through the novel. This book kept me on edge until the very last page. It was highly suspenseful with two unreliable narrators. I thought it was a very clever story line, which seemed well-thought out and researched in regards to all the psychiatric details. I recommend it to lovers of Gillian Flynn, Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen, and JP Delaney. 


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Bonfire: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781524759858
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Published: Three Rivers Press - June 26th, 2018

If you enjoyed "Sharp Objects" by Gillian Flynn, you will enjoy this book -- a girl who seemingly runs away, a small town full of secrets, a main character who struggles with memories from her past and alcohol consumption are all similar themes in this book. There were a few times when  I thought I figured out the mystery, only to have things shift into a much more sinister plot line and surprise me in end. 


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An Anonymous Girl: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250133731
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 8th, 2019

A wonderfully dark and suspenseful novel about love, anger, betrayal, morality, and obsession. Addictive, original, gasp-inducing, An Anonymous Girl meets all of the requirements necessary to be tagged as a memorable suspense read. 


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Cross Her Heart: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062856807
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 14th, 2020

Cross Her Heart is an addictive, intense, and entertaining domestic suspense novel. A story about secrets and lies and how sometimes no matter how hard you try to hide things, in the end, they always seem to find a way to come out. I can't wait for future offerings from Sarah Pinborough, she's such a talented and highly imaginative writer. This book was hugely enjoyable, fun to read and kept me anxiously turning the pages till the tense end.


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Sometimes I Lie: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250144850
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 30th, 2018

What an amazing debut! All psychological thrillers mess with your head, that's what we expect, but Alice Feeney has taken it a step further with this clever, compelling story. This is a diabolically twisted thriller that will leave you speechless.