Get Excited, 2020 Suspense Novels You Don’t Want to Miss (Part Two)

 

I read this one with great interest- The New Husband by D.J. Palmer kept me wondering who I could trust. Who was lying? What was happening? This book is one of the most highly anticipated for 2020!

Just because you love someone doesn’t mean you know them. Nina Garrity learned that the hard way after discovering that her missing husband, Glen, had been leading a double life with another woman. But Glen’s gone–presumably drowned while fishing on his boat–so she can’t confront him about the affair or any of his other misdeeds. A year and a half after the accident, Nina considers herself a widow, even though the police never found a body. Following a chance encounter with Simon Fitch, a teacher from her daughter Maggie’s middle school, Nina finds love again and has hopes of putting her shattered life back together.

Simon, a widower still grieving the suicide of his first wife, has found his dream girl in Nina. His charm and affections help breakthrough to a heart hardened by betrayal. Nina’s teenage son, Connor, embraces Simon as the father he wishes his dad could have been, but Maggie sees a far darker side to this new man in their lives. Even Nina’s good friends wonder if Simon is supremely devoted–or dangerously possessive.

But Nina is committed, not only to her soon-to-be new husband but also to resuming her former career as a social worker. Before she can move forward, however, Nina must first clear her conscience that she’s not making another terrible choice in a man. In doing so, she will uncover the shocking truth: the greatest danger to her, and her children, are the lies people tell themselves.

Due out April 14, 2020

 

 

A gritty, atmospheric suspense, Long Bright River by Liz Moore is an emotionally draining read thanks to the heavy plot ut don’t let that deter you, the writing is excellent and the story is worth your time to read!

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.

Then Kacey disappears, suddenly, at the same time that a mysterious string of murders begins in Mickey’s district, and 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 at once heart-pounding and heart-wrenching: a gripping suspense novel that is also a moving story of sisters, addiction, and the formidable ties that persist between place, family, and fate.

 

Due out on January 7, 2020

I am anxiously awaiting Lies Lies Lies by Adele Parks to be published in the US! I think it’s only available in England right now. I really enjoyed the author’s other novels and have high expectations for this one!

Daisy and Simon’s marriage is great, isn’t it? After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. A happy little family of three. And so what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes – Daisy’s used to it, she knows he’s letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And that happy little family of three will never be the same again.

Order the paperback here.

 

 

Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth was a fantastic and thoroughly enjoyable suspense. I love Charlotte’s writing style and this was a timely plot as almost everyone is glued to their phones and tablets, watching the exciting lives of vloggers and Instagram stars.

I was hooked right away and read this book quickly, curious how everything was going to play out.

You Can’t Stop Watching Her. Violet Young is a hugely popular journalist-turned-mummy-vlogger, with three young children, a successful husband and a million subscribers on YouTube who tune in daily to watch her everyday life unfold.

Until the day she’s no longer there. But one day she disappears from the online world – her entire social media presence deleted overnight, with no explanation. Has she simply decided that baring her life to all online is no longer a good idea, or has something more sinister happened to her?

But do you really know who Violet is? Told from the perspectives of her most avid fans, obsessed with finding out the truth, their search quickly reveals a web of lies, betrayal, and shocking consequences…

I’m glad to have found another author whose writing I enjoy, now I just have to wait for her to write more! If you haven’t read The Rival, get it now. It’s another fabulous novel!

Coming out on April 16, 2020

 

I am hoping to get an advanced copy of The Second Wife by Rebecca Fleet so I can review it before it comes out. I loved her first book, The House Swap. If you haven’t read that, get it now. Then be sure to add The Second Wife to your To Be Read list!

When Alex met Natalie she changed his life. After the tragic death of his first wife, which left him a single parent to teenage daughter Jade, he’s determined to build a happy family. But his new-found happiness is shattered when the family home is gutted by fire and his loyalties are unexpectedly tested. Jade insists she saw a man in the house on the night of the fire; Natalie denies any knowledge of such an intruder.

Alex is faced with an impossible choice: to believe his wife or his daughter? And as Natalie’s story unravels, Alex realises that his wife has a past he had no idea about, a past that might yet catch up with her.  But this time, the past could be deadly . . .

This book sounds so good! Out on February 27, 2020

 

 

You are going to love Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald. The main character is not only struck by lightning but has to deal with the fact her mother has been murdered. Did Eva do it? She has no memory of what happened. What a way to start off a novel!

Eva Hansen wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning and discovers her mother, Kat, has been murdered. Eva was found unconscious down the street. She can’t remember what happened but the police are highly suspicious of her.

Determined to clear her name, Eva heads from Seattle to London—Kat’s former home—for answers. But as she unravels her mother’s carefully held secrets, Eva soon realizes that someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. And with violent memories beginning to emerge, Eva doesn’t know who to trust. Least of all herself.

If you enjoyed the author’s first book, The Night Olivia Fell, then you will absolutely want to read this one when it comes out on February 4, 2020.

 

 

The Return by Rachel Harrison is a horror-suspense and I’m not sure if its too scary for me! If you like to jump at every noise you hear after reading a scary book, and if you love having the hair on the back of your neck stand up when you’re alone in the house, give this book a whirl!

Julie is missing, and no one believes she will ever return—except Elise. Elise knows Julie better than anyone, and feels it in her bones that her best friend is out there and that one day Julie will come back. She’s right. Two years to the day that Julie went missing, she reappears with no memory of where she’s been or what happened to her.

Along with Molly and Mae, their two close friends from college, the women decide to reunite at a remote inn. But the second Elise sees Julie, she knows something is wrong—she’s emaciated, with sallow skin and odd appetites. And as the weekend unfurls, it becomes impossible to deny that the Julie who vanished two years ago is not the same Julie who came back. But then who—or what—is she?

The Return is due out on March 24, 2020

 

 

I am super excited to Home Before Dark by Riley Sager! I think his books just get better and better and I will be eagerly awaiting this one when it comes out on July 7, 2020!

The plot is very intriguing, take a look:

What was it like? Living in that house.  Maggie Holt is used to such questions. Twenty-five years ago, she and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skepticism.

Today, Maggie is a restorer of old homes and too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father’s book. But she also doesn’t believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don’t exist. When Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall after her father’s death, she returns to renovate the place to prepare it for sale. But her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the past, chronicled in House of Horrors, lurk in the shadows. And locals aren’t thrilled that their small town has been made infamous thanks to Maggie’s father. Even more unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself—a place filled with relics from another era that hint at a history of dark deeds. As Maggie experiences strange occurrences straight out of her father’s book, she starts to believe that what he wrote was more fact than fiction.

I love the premise and there are so many directions this story can take. I know I am going to love Home Before Dark and you will too,I just wish it was out sooner than next summer!

 

 

The Donor by Clare Mackintosh sounds like it’s going to be a solid suspense. I love the premise which reminds me a little of a book I read this past year called The Heart Keeper by Alex Dahl.

Here the synopsis:

When Lizzie’s daughter Meg is given a life-saving heart transplant, Lizzie feels hugely grateful to the nameless donor. Then she receives a letter from the donor’s mother, Karen, asking to meet, and it seems like the least she can do.

But as soon as Karen is welcomed into their lives, Lizzie feels something isn’t right. And before long, she can’t help but worry that by inviting Karen in, she might have put Meg in danger . . .

Coming out on February 20, 2020

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