Calling All Suspense Lovers, Don’t Miss These Novels


So many great new suspense titles, can you stand it?  She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge caught my eye thanks to the plot involving a missing girl and the mystery surrounding her death.

I love the fact this story takes place a little 1980s, when I grew up.  The book flashes back to the night Aurora died when a group of teenagers were out partying, drinking and hanging out. The next day, however, one of them is missing.

No one could find Aurora and the case ultimately went cold. Until someone stumbled upon her bones in a random place not known to many people. One of her old friends may be the killer. So who was it?  This literary mystery promises to keep you up at night, trying to piece together what happened to young Aurora.


Six friends. One killer. Who do you trust? A teen girl goes missing after a night of partying; thirty years later, the discovery of her body reopens a cold case in a gripping thriller for readers of Tana French, The Woman in Cabin 10, and the Lynley series.

On a scorching July night in 1983, a group of teenagers goes camping in the forest. Bright and brilliant, they are destined for great things, and the youngest of the group—Aurora Jackson—is delighted to be allowed to tag along. The evening starts like any other—they drink, they dance, they fight, they kiss. Some of them slip off into the woods in pairs, others are left jealous and heartbroken. But by morning, Aurora has disappeared. Her friends claim that she was safe the last time they saw her, right before she went to sleep. An exhaustive investigation is launched, but no trace of the teenager is ever found.

Thirty years later, Aurora’s body is unearthed in a hideaway that only the six friends knew about, and Jonah Sheens is put in charge of solving the long-cold case. Back in 1983, as a young cop in their small town, he had known the teenagers—including Aurora—personally, even before taking part in the search. Now he’s determined to finally get to the truth of what happened that night. Sheens’s investigation brings the members of the camping party back to the forest, where they will be confronted once again with the events that left one of them dead, and all of them profoundly changed forever.


This book is due out in January 2019. Add it to your Goodreads list and pre-order from Amazon now.



Currently, only a few chapters in, Tell Me No Lies by Alex Sinclair has me anxious to start reading again. I was up late last night reading this and now I’ve been looking forward to picking it up later and continuing. All I can think about right now is relaxing on my bed with my dogs and reading!

The book begins with Grace and John celebrating their five year anniversary. After spending a few years building their careers, Grace feels that she’s ready to start a family and plans to discuss it with John when they get home from their anniversary dinner. Only things don’t go as planned.  John is hit by a truck and killed instantly.

Now Grace is the recipient of a one million dollar insurance payout, she didn’t have any idea that John had this policy. Now that he’s dead, she can’t help reflecting on some other things about John…how well did she really know the love of her life? And why is she seeing a stranger who looks just like him?

Here is the official synopsis:

Grace Dalton is trying to put her life back together after her husband John died suddenly in a hit and run. Her perfect world is collapsing around her, the home she hoped to fill with children is huge and empty, and she’s paralysed with grief.

But as Grace sorts through her husband’s belongings, she realises the man she loved was lying to her. There’s a mysterious list of names hidden among his things, a secret bank account, and a shocking revelation about his family that he kept from her since the day they met.

Who was John Dalton?

As Grace tries to identify the names on the list she realises something is wrong. She’s imagining things: seeing John in the faces of strangers and finding things in an entirely different place to where she’d swear she left them.

Is Grace losing her grasp on reality, or is someone trying to stop her finding out the truth about her husband?

I knew from the first page that I’d like this and I think my fellow readers will enjoy it as well. Bookouture is one of my favorite publishers, they are constantly putting out fantastic fiction. This one comes out on October 25.




This was another fantastic suspense that I enjoyed so much! Watching You by Lisa Jewell was a fun mystery and I wasn’t quite sure what direction the story would take the reader in. There were so many places we could go with this.

There is the handsome head teacher of the local school and the young school girls who have a crush on him, plus the newly married woman who has an intense attraction to him. There’s the woman who everyone thinks is crazy, who has her eye on him, remembering him from an incident years ago. There’s his pretty wife, the picture of beauty and health, always out running. Then there’s his son, a voyeur who takes notes and photos of what happens in their tiny community.

Here’s the plot:

You’re back home after four years working abroad with a brand new husband in tow. You’re keen to find a place of your own. But for now, you’re living with your big brother, camped out in his spare bedroom. And then – quite unexpectedly – you meet the man next door.

He’s the head teacher of the local high school. He’s twice your age. And he’s devastatingly attractive. Soon you find you’re watching him. All the time. But what you don’t know is that someone is watching you. Or that what has started as an innocent crush is quickly turning into an obsession as dark as it is deadly.

Through the book there is a running police investigation, there is a dead body in a pool of blood but who is the murderer? I thought this was put together very well and I really wasn’t sure which direction the story would take me in!

I HIGHLY recommend this one if you love a twisty novel full of suspense. This will be published in December.



The cover of this book caught my eye. Did someone drown? Is it about a swimmer? What is happening? And Then You Were Gone by R.J. Jacobs appeals to me thanks to an intriguing plot that combines mental illness with a mystery surrounding a death.

After years of learning how to manage her bipolar disorder, Emily Firestone finally has it under control. Even better, her life is coming together: she’s got a great job, her own place, and a boyfriend, Paolo, who adores her. So when Paolo suggests a weekend sailing trip, Emily agrees—wine, water, and the man she loves? What could be better? But when Emily wakes the morning after they set sail, the boat is still adrift…and Paolo is gone.

A strong swimmer, there’s no way Paolo drowned, but Emily is at a loss for any other explanation. Where else could he have gone? And why? As the hours and days pass by, each moment marking Paolo’s disappearance, Emily’s hard-won stability begins to slip.

But when Emily uncovers evidence suggesting Paolo was murdered, the investigation throws her mania into overdrive, even as she becomes a person of interest in her own personal tragedy. To clear her name, Emily must find the truth—but can she hold onto her own sanity in the process?


I am anxious to read this and see how the author weaves bipolar disorder into a murder investigation. I like a flawed, potentially unreliable main character with issues that may complicate things. This one looks so good, I can’t wait to read it.

Due out in March 2019.


This is how The Au Pair by Emma Rous is described:

A grand estate, terrible secrets, and a young woman who bears witness to it all. If V. C. Andrews and Kate Morton had a literary love child, Emma Rous’ The Au Pair would be it.

That is literally all I need to know. STOP. I want to read this and I know nothing about it. I think my ideal suspense/mystery/thriller would involve Hitchcock, Agatha Christie, and Patricia Highsmith but V.C. Andrews and Kate Morton is a good combination too.

Here’s what you need to know:

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny were born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle.

Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is beautifully dressed, smiling serenely, and holding just one baby.

Who is the child and what really happened that day? One person knows the truth, if only Seraphine can find her.

I love a tangled family mystery and have high hopes for The Au Pair. Its receiving awesome reviews so far and people are staying way up past their bedtimes to see what happens next, always a sign of an excellent story.

This is due out in January 2019.