15 Spring Thrillers to Put on Your Radar

spring thriller book releases

Good morning! Since we are finally moving into the spring, I wanted to start looking forward to some of the books I can’t wait for this season. Which, for me is thrillers! Here are 15 spring thriller book releases that I can’t wait for, and you shouldn’t miss out on either!

March

If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin (Out now)

if i die tonight by alison gaylinFrom Goodreads:  Late one night in the quiet Hudson Valley town of Havenkill, a distraught woman stumbles into the police station—and lives are changed forever.

Aimee En, once a darling of the ’80s pop music scene, claims that a teenage boy stole her car, then ran over another young man who’d rushed to help.

As Liam Miller’s life hangs in the balance, the events of that fateful night begin to come into focus. But is everything as it seems?

The case quickly consumes social media, transforming Liam, a local high school football star, into a folk hero, and the suspect, a high school outcast named Wade Reed, into a depraved would-be killer. But is Wade really guilty? And if he isn’t, why won’t he talk?

Told from a kaleidoscope of viewpoints—Wade’s mother Jackie, his younger brother Connor, Aimee En and Pearl Maze, a young police officer with a tragic past, If I Die Tonight is a story of family ties and dark secrets—and the lengths we’ll go to protect ourselves.

Why I Can’t Wait: This one is called reminiscent of Harlan Coben and Laura Lippman with a dash of Big Little Lies and Stranger Things, and honestly what more do you need?

Let Me Lie by Clare Macintosh (Out now)

let me lie by clare macintoshFrom Goodreads: Last year, Tom and Caroline Johnson chose to end their lives, one seemingly unable to live without the other. Their daughter, Anna, is struggling to come to terms with her parents’ deaths, unwilling to accept the verdict of suicide.

Now with a baby herself, Anna feels her mother’s absence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened to her parents. But as she digs up the past, someone is trying to stop her.

Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie.

Why I can’t wait: I requested this one on Netgalley and already started reading it and am really liking it so far, despite not having much luck with her earlier books.

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James (Out now)

the broken girls by simone st jamesFrom Goodreads: Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants—the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming—until one of them mysteriously disappears…

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past—and a voice that won’t be silenced.

Why I can’t wait: I’m not normally one for anything paranormal, but since hearing great things from Abby at Crime by the Books and Gabby at Gabby Reads on YouTube, I’m willing to give it a try.

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney (March 23)

sometimes i lie by alice feeneyFrom Goodreads: My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie. 

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth?

Why I can’t wait: I’m skeptical about thrillers as hyped as this one is, but I’ve gotten the sense from this one that it’s more psychological than thrilling, which is the balance I’ve come to love, so I have high hopes!

Tangerine by Christine Mangan (March 27)

Tangering by Christine manganFrom Goodreads: The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends—once inseparable roommates—haven’t spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy—always fearless and independent—helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country.

But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice—she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice’s husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.

Why I can’t wait: This is one of my most anticipated books of the year, after hearing about it from Abby at Crime by the Book, and I’m SO excited we’re finally within the month of its release.

April

All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson (April 3)

All the Beautiful Lies by Peter SwansonFrom Goodreads: Harry Ackerson has always considered his step-mother Alice to be sexy and beautiful, in an “other worldly” way. She has always been kind and attentive, if a little aloof in the last few years.

Days before his college graduation, Alice calls with shocking news. His father is dead and the police think it’s suicide. Devastated, he returns to his father’s home in Maine. There, he and Alice will help one another pick up of the pieces of their lives and uncover what happened to his father.

Shortly after he arrives, Harry meets a mysterious young woman named Grace McGowan. Though she claims to be new to the area, Harry begins to suspect that Grace may not be a complete stranger to his family. But she isn’t the only attractive woman taking an interest in Harry. The sensual Alice is also growing closer, coming on to him in an enticing, clearly sexual way.

Mesmerized by these two women, Harry finds himself falling deeper under their spell. Yet the closer he gets to them, the more isolated he feels, disoriented by a growing fear that both women are hiding dangerous—even deadly—secrets . . . and that neither one is telling the truth.

Why I can’t wait: I’ve honestly heard pretty mixed things about Peter Swanson’s newest book, but after loving The King Worth Killing at the end of last year, I’m willing to give this one a try at some point!

Macbeth by Jo Nesbo (April 5)

Macbeth by Jo NesboFrom Goodreads: Set in a dark, rainy northern town, Nesbo’s Macbeth pits the ambitions of a corrupt policeman against loyal colleagues, a drug-depraved underworld and the pull of childhood friendships.

Get ready to helter-skelter through the darkest tunnels of human experience.

Why I Can’t Wait: I’ve never read any Jo Nesbo, but know he is super-beloved among crime readers, and I think a Shakespeare retelling is the perfect place to start for me!

The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein (April 10)

the trauma cleaner by Sarah KrasnosteinFrom Goodreads:  Before she was a trauma cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was many things: husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman, trophy wife. . . But as a little boy, raised in violence and excluded from the family home, she just wanted to belong. Now she believes her clients deserve no less.

A woman who sleeps among garbage she has not put out for forty years. A man who bled quietly to death in his living room. A woman who lives with rats, random debris and terrified delusion. The still life of a home vacated by accidental overdose.

Sarah Krasnostein has watched the extraordinary Sandra Pankhurst bring order and care to these, the living and the dead―and the book she has written is equally extraordinary. Not just the compelling story of a fascinating life among lives of desperation, but an affirmation that, as isolated as we may feel, we are all in this together.

Why I Can’t Wait: Nonfiction, even true crime, is usually not my thing at all, but everything about this book sounds completely fascinating, and I can’t wait to pick this one up.

Our Little Secret by Roz Nay (April 17)

our little secret by roz nayFrom Goodreads: They say you never forget your first love. What they don’t say though, is that sometimes your first love won’t forget you…

A police interview room is the last place Angela expected to find herself today. It’s been hours, and they keep asking her the same inane questions over and over. “How do you know the victim?” “What’s your relationship with Mr. Parker?” Her ex’s wife has gone missing, and anyone who was close to the couple is a suspect. Angela is tired of the bottomless questions and tired of the cold room that stays the same while a rotating litany of interrogators changes shifts around her. But when criminologist Novak takes over, she can tell he’s not like the others. He’s ready to listen, and she knows he’ll understand. When she tells him that her story begins a decade before, long before Saskia was in the picture, he gives her the floor.

A twenty-something young professional, Angela claims to have no involvement. How could she? It’s been years since she and H.P., Mr. Parker that is, were together. As her story unfolds, it deepens and darkens. There’s a lot to unpack… betrayal, jealousy, and a group of people who all have motives for retribution. If Angela is telling the truth, then who’s lying?

Why I can’t wait: I believe this was self-published last year, but is being widely released in 2018, and comes highly recommended by Mary Kubica, one of my favorite thriller authors!

The Elizas by Sara Shephard (April 17)

The Elizas by Sara Shepherd

From Goodreads: When debut novelist Eliza Fontaine is found at the bottom of a hotel pool, her family at first assumes that it’s just another failed suicide attempt. But Eliza swears she was pushed, and her rescuer is the only witness.

Desperate to find out who attacked her, Eliza takes it upon herself to investigate. But as the publication date for her novel draws closer, Eliza finds more questions than answers. Like why are her editor, agent, and family mixing up events from her novel with events from her life? Her novel is completely fictional, isn’t it?

The deeper Eliza goes into her investigation while struggling with memory loss, the closer her life starts to resemble her novel until the line between reality and fiction starts to blur and she can no longer tell where her protagonist’s life ends and hers begins.

Why I can’t wait: I never got into Sara Shephard’s Pretty Little Liars in book or TV form, but her mystery YA series was pretty good, and I think she is much more likely to write a great adult thriller than she is for teens. We’ll see if my prediction is right!

May

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy (May 1)

the perfect mother by aimee molloyFrom Goodreads: Some people are so good at making perfect look easy.

They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood; sharing the fears, joys, and anxieties of their new child-centered lives.

When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is taken from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but the May Mothers insisted that everything would be fine. Now Midas is missing, the police are asking disturbing questions, and Winnie’s very private life has become fodder for a ravenous media.

Though none of the other members in the group is close to the reserved Winnie, three of them will go to increasingly risky lengths to help her find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinize the mothers in the days after Midas goes missing, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.

Why I can’t wait: Another one that gives me serious Big Little Lies vibes, so I automatically can’t wait.

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall (May 8)

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta HallFrom Goodreads:  This is a love story. Mike’s love story.

Mike Hayes fought his way out of a brutal childhood and into a quiet, if lonely, life before he met Verity Metcalf. V taught him about love, and in return, Mike has dedicated his life to making her happy. He’s found the perfect home, the perfect job; he’s sculpted himself into the physical ideal V has always wanted. He knows they’ll be blissfully happy together.

It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t been returning his e-mails or phone calls.
It doesn’t matter that she says she’s marrying Angus.

It’s all just part of the secret game they used to play. If Mike watches V closely, he’ll see the signs. If he keeps track of her every move, he’ll know just when to come to her rescue . . .

A spellbinding, darkly twisted novel about desire and obsession, and the complicated lines between truth and perception, Our Kind of Cruelty introduces Araminta Hall, a chilling new voice in psychological suspense.

Why I Can’t Wait: This is blurbed by Gillian Flynn, the queen herself. This also sounds like a completely unique debut thriller, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Paper Ghosts by Julia Haeberlin (May 15)

Paper Ghosts by Julia HaeberlinFrom Goodreads: Carl Louis Feldman is an old man who was once a celebrated photographer. That was before he was tried for the murder of a young woman and acquitted. Before his admission to a care home for dementia. Now his daughter has come to see him, to take him on a trip. Only she’s not his daughter and, if she has her way, he’s not coming back.

Because Carl’s past has finally caught up with him. The young woman driving the car is convinced her passenger is guilty, and that he’s killed other young women. Including her sister Rachel.

Now they’re following the trail of his photographs, his clues, his alleged crimes. To see if he remembers any of it. Confesses to any of it. To discover what really happened to Rachel.

Has Carl truly forgotten what he did or is he just pretending? Perhaps he’s guilty of nothing and she’s the liar. Either way in driving him into the Texan wilderness she’s taking a terrible risk. For if Carl really is a serial killer, she’s alone in the most dangerous place of all.

Why I Can’t Wait: This one sounds truly creepy, from the cover to the summary, and I’ve heard good things about Julia Haeberlin’s previous books!

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll (May 15)

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll (May 15)From Goodreads: When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder…

Brett’s the fan favorite. Tattooed and only twenty-seven, the meteoric success of her spin studio—and her recent engagement to her girlfriend—has made her the object of jealousy and vitriol from her castmates.

Kelly, Brett’s older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by veteran cast. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now—a role which requires her to protect their shocking secret.

Stephanie, the first black cast member and the oldest, is a successful bestselling author of erotic novels. There have long been whispers about her hot, non-working actor-husband and his wandering eye, but this season the focus is on the rift that has opened between her and Brett, former best friends—and resentment soon breeds contempt. The Favorite Sister explores the invisible barriers that prevent women from rising up the ranks in today’s America—and offers a scathing take on the oft-lionized bonds of sisterhood, and the relentless pressure to stay young, relevant, and salable.

Why I Can’t Wait: I liked Jessica Knoll’s first novel, Luckiest Girl Alive, when I read it a few years ago, and I have a feeling her follow up novel is going to be even stronger.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware (May 29)

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth WareFrom Goodreads: On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

Why I Can’t Wait: Honestly every Ruth Ware book I read becomes my new favorite of her books. I’ve already heard nothing but rave reviews for her latest one, and it’s still so early. I have an ARC of this I’ve already started and I’ve never been more excited.

 What are you looking forward to reading this spring?

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  1. I’ve had Our Kind of Cruelty on my list and am waiting for some early feedback! Am also planning to try Sometimes I Lie…even though thrillers are usually touch and go for me.

    Tangerine is more psychologically taut…less of a traditional thriller…maybe why I loved it!