Is it too soon to be talking about fall? I don’t think so! I hate the idea of summer and warm weather leaving, and beach season ending, but I LOVE fall, and can’t wait to decorate for Halloween. And, yes, maybe I already started. It’s fine. In honor of chilly weather and creepy decor, here are some fall thrillers I’m excited about!
When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica (9/4)
From Goodreads: Jessie Sloane is on the path to rebuilding her life after years of caring for her ailing mother. She rents a new apartment and applies for college. But when the college informs her that her social security number has raised a red flag, Jessie discovers a shocking detail that causes her to doubt everything she’s ever known.
Finding herself suddenly at the center of a bizarre mystery, Jessie tumbles down a rabbit hole, which is only exacerbated by grief and a relentless lack of sleep. As days pass and the insomnia worsens, it plays with Jessie’s mind. Her judgment is blurred, her thoughts are hampered by fatigue. Jessie begins to see things until she can no longer tell the difference between what’s real and what she’s only imagined.
Meanwhile, twenty years earlier and two hundred and fifty miles away, another woman’s split-second decision may hold the key to Jessie’s secret past. Has Jessie’s whole life been a lie or have her delusions gotten the best of her?
Why I can’t wait: I’ve read everything Mary Kubica has written so far, and she hasn’t let me down yet!
Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia (9/4)
From Goodreads: There is a place in Minnesota with hundreds of miles of glacial lakes and untouched forests called the Boundary Waters. Ten years ago a man and his son trekked into this wilderness and never returned.
Search teams found their campsite ravaged by what looked like a bear. They were presumed dead until a decade later…the son appeared. Discovered while ransacking an outfitter store, he was violent and uncommunicative and sent to a psychiatric facility. Maya Stark, the assistant language therapist, is charged with making a connection with their high-profile patient. No matter how she tries, however, he refuses to answer questions about his father or the last ten years of his life
But Maya, who was abandoned by her own mother, has secrets, too. And as she’s drawn closer to this enigmatic boy who is no longer a boy, she’ll risk everything to reunite him with his father who has disappeared from the known world.
Why I can’t wait: I love the premise of people going missing and one person returning years later after the case is considered closed and unsolvable. I haven’t read anything by Mindy Mejia before, but this seems like a promising place to start.
Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough (9/4)
From Goodreads: Lisa lives for her daughter Ava, her job, and her best friend Marilyn, but when a handsome client shows an interest in her, Lisa starts daydreaming about sharing her life with him too. Maybe she’s ready now. Maybe she can trust again. Maybe it’s time to let her terrifying secret past go. Then her daughter rescues a boy from drowning and their pictures are all over the news for everyone to see. Lisa’s world explodes, and she finds everything she has built threatened. Not knowing whom she can trust, it’s up to her to face her past to save what she holds dear.
Why I can’t wait: I really liked Sarah Pinborough’s controversial Behind Her Eyes last year, and can’t wait to see what she does in this book!
I Know You Know by Gilly MacMillan (9/18)
From Goodreads: Twenty years ago, eleven-year-olds Charlie Paige and Scott Ashby were murdered in the city of Bristol, their bodies dumped near a dog racing track. A man was convicted of the brutal crime, but decades later, questions still linger.
For his whole life, filmmaker Cody Swift has been haunted by the deaths of his childhood best friends. The loose ends of the police investigation consume him so much that he decides to return to Bristol in search of answers. Hoping to uncover new evidence, and to encourage those who may be keeping long-buried secrets to speak up, Cody starts a podcast to record his findings. But there are many people who don’t want the case—along with old wounds—reopened so many years after the tragedy, especially Charlie’s mother, Jess, who decides to take matters into her own hands.
When a long-dead body is found in the same location the boys were left decades before, the disturbing discovery launches another murder investigation. Now Detective John Fletcher, the investigator on the original case, must reopen his dusty files and decide if the two murders are linked. With his career at risk, the clock is ticking and lives are in jeopardy.
Why I can’t wait: Gilly Macmillan wrote one of my favorite thrillers last year, and while I’m behind on her earlier books, this one sounds like it’ll be right up my alley.
The Witch Elm by Tana French (10/9)
From Goodreads: Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who’s dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life – he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family’s ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden – and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.
Why I can’t wait: Tana French could honestly write Twilight fan fiction and I would happily read it. It has “witch” in the title and it’s her first non Dubline Murder Squad book … ever. I’m dying waiting for this one.
The Other Wife by Michael Robotham (10/9)
From Goodreads: A secret wife. A secret life. A killer who knows.
Childhood sweethearts William and Mary have been married for sixty years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both have a strong sense of right and wrong.
This is what their son, Joe O’Loughlin, has always believed. But when Joe is summoned to the hospital with news that his father has been brutally attacked, his world is turned upside down. Who is the strange woman crying at William’s bedside, covered in his blood – a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer?
Against the advice of the police, Joe launches his own investigation. As he learns more, he discovers sides to his father he never knew – and is forcibly reminded that the truth comes at a price.
Why I can’t wait: I’ve never read anything by this author, but he’s always being raved about on Crime By the Book, which is really all I need to know!
The Last Man by Jane Harper (10/23)
From Goodreads: Three brothers, one death, a fenceline stretching to the horizon.
Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland.
They are at the stockman’s grave, a landmark so old, no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron.
The Bright family’s quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish.
Something had been troubling Cam. Did he lose hope and walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects…
Why I can’t wait: I loved The Dry when I read it, and I can’t believe we’re already on book three in this series!
River Bodies by Karen Katchur (11/1)
From Goodreads: A body just turned up in the small town of Portland, Pennsylvania. The crime is eerily similar to a twenty-year-old cold case: another victim, brutally murdered, found in the Delaware River. Lead detective Parker Reed is intent on connecting the two murders, but the locals are on lockdown, revealing nothing.
The past meets the present when Becca Kingsley, who returns to Portland to be with her estranged but dying father, runs into Parker, her childhood love. As the daughter of the former police chief, Becca’s quickly drawn into the case. Coming home has brought something ominous to the surface—memories long buried, secrets best kept hidden. Becca starts questioning all her past relationships, including one with a man who’s watched over her for years. For the first time, she wonders if he’s more predator than protector.
Why I can’t wait: This sounds right up my alley, and I love books set in NJ or PA, I feel like they’re right in my backyard. (Even though PA is huge and this is definitely not the case.)
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty (11/6)
From Goodreads: Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? These nine perfect strangers are about to find out…
Why I can’t wait: It’s Liane Moriarty! Plus, that ominous, two sentence summary already has me so interested.
Are you ready for fall and thriller season?