Heart Pounding Suspense Novels


2019 is off to a great start for books! I have already read several excellent novels and cannot wait to keep reading. Be sure to follow me over on Instagram because I often talk about what I am reading, you can follow me here.

I am so excited to talk about these upcoming suspense novels that will have your heart pounding in fear! Clear your calendars because you won’t want to do anything but read once you get these books in your hands.

Between The Lies by Michelle Adams scared me. The main character wakes up in an unfamiliar place with people she doesn’t know and she doesn’t remember how she got there.  She’s been in a coma for a month and is the victim of a car crash. There are so many questions right from the get-go.

The people around her are strangers and she doesn’t trust them. So who are they? And what do they want with her?

I loved the premise for this book!

Here’s the official synopsis:

Chloe Daniels regains consciousness in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. She doesn’t recognise the strangers who call themselves family. She can’t even remember her own name.  As she slowly recovers, her parents and sister begin to share details of her life.  The successful career. The seaside home. The near-fatal car crash. But Chloe senses they’re keeping dark secrets – and her determination to uncover the truth will have devastating consequences.

What if the people you should be able trust are lying to you?

This novel is dark and creepy, a must-read for fans of thrillers and suspense.

Published on March 5.



I knew from page one that I would enjoy Pretty Revenge by Emily Liebert. Her writing is funny and descriptive, the story moves quickly and there is never a dull moment. I stayed up late last night to finish this because I had to know how the author was going to sew it all up.

Kerrie was wronged by a girl in her neighborhood when she was a little girl and she never forgot what Jordan did. So when she gets the opportunity to work for Jordan’s super successful wedding concierge business, she takes it. She can plot her revenge on Jordan, who now goes by Jordana, and set everything straight. She will ruin Jordana’s life just how her life was ruined. Only she didn’t expect to love the work and like Jordan. Still, after the horrible thing Jordan did, Kerrie knows she must seek revenge.

The chapters alternate between Kerrie, now Olivia, and Jordana who is not as completely evil as Kerrie thinks. The author did a great job of writing two sympathetic characters, you want them both to succeed in their goals.

Here are the official details:

Kerrie O’Malley, jobless and in an unfulfilling relationship, can isolate the singular moment in her life when things veered off course—the night she was irrevocably wronged by someone she looked up to. Eighteen years later, when Kerrie sees the very woman who destroyed her life on television, a fire ignites inside her. The stakes are high. The risks are perilous. But she’ll stop at nothing to achieve the retribution she deserves.

Jordana Pierson is a gilded New Yorker who appears to have it all: wealth, glamour, a successful and handsome husband, and a thriving wedding concierge business. Her record is spotless. Her business is flourishing. No one knows the truth about her and the dark shadows of her past. No one, that is, except Kerrie.

I highly recommend this novel, it was fun and entertaining. While it wasn’t a thriller with dead bodies piling up and weird events unfolding, it was definitely a book that captured my interest and I think its the perfect book to read over the course of an afternoon.


Out on July 2.


What happens when you attend your bachelorette party and wake up with a man in your bed? oops! And what if one of your friends was found murdered the next day? The man is your alibi but that’s not going to look good to your fiancee!

This is the premise for The Last Night Out by Catherine O’Connell.

After drinking too much at her bachelorette party, Maggie Trueheart wakes to find a stranger in her bed. To make matters worse, a phone call brings the devastating news that her friend Angie was murdered some time after they parted ways the night before.

Kelly Delaney, who left the party early, is the first of Maggie’s friends to face questions from Chicago homicide detective Ron O’Reilly. After taking a closer look at the other women who attended the party, O’Reilly concludes that at least some of them are lying.

As the clock ticks down to the wedding day and more shocking secrets are revealed, the murderer zeros in on another one of the girls. Can the killer be stopped before there is another victim?

This is a great page-turner that will keep you reading all night. It was a quick read with multiple people who could be the murderer. I love a book that keeps you guessing!

May 2, 2019.



Helen Fields is an amazing writer whose eye for detail makes the reader feel like they are part of the story. In Perfect Crime, she puts us right there with Stephen Barry as he plans to jump off a bridge, only he’s stopped by a man who quite literally, talks him down from the ledge. But soon after, he succeeds in ending his life but the circumstances surrounding his death don’t add up.

Stephen Berry is about to jump off a bridge until suicide prevention counselor stops him. One week later, Stephen Berry is found dead at the bottom of a cliff. But did he take his own life…or was he pushed?  A spate of murders sweeps across Edinburgh, and to make matters worse for DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner, the victims seem random and entirely unconnected.

With no clear method for how the killer chooses their victims, Callanach and Turner are under more pressure than ever to identify the killer before it’s too late. But as a separate murder case rears its head and places Callanach as the prime suspect, it seems like this killer might just be uncatchable.

This is the fifth in a series about Luc Callanach. I hadn’t read any of the other books and you don’t really need to in order to enjoy this one.  Told from Ava and Luc’s point of view, its a classic who dunnit.

Due out April 18 2019.



I love Joy Fielding’s books, I think I started reading her novels since the ’90s! She has a new one coming out called All The Wrong Places. I am so excited to share this book, its a fun read and it will keep you entertained.

Online dating is risky—will that message be a sweet greeting or an unsolicited lewd photo? Will he be as handsome in real life as he is in his photos, or were they taken ten years and twenty pounds ago? And when he asks you to go home with him, how do you know it’s safe? The man calling himself “Mr. Right Now” in his profile knows that his perfect hair, winning smile, and charming banter put women at ease, silencing any doubts they might have about going back to his apartment. There, he has a special evening all planned out: steaks, wine, candlelight . . . and, by the end of the night, pain and a slow, agonizing death.

Driven to desperation—by divorce, boredom, infidelity, a beloved husband’s death—a young woman named Paige, her cousin and rival Heather, her best friend, Chloe, and her mother, Joan, all decide to try their hand at online dating. They each download an app, hoping to right-swipe their way to love and happiness.

But one of them unwittingly makes a date with the killer, starting the clock on a race to save her life.

The premise of this book is so timely! And it’s not hard to see how this could actually happen in real life, it’s very real. While the book deals with the scary aspects of online dating, its also about the relationships of the women with each other.  Definitely a book to put on your Must Read list.

Due out March 12.



The Second Wife by Sheryl Browne has a very intriguing premise.

Check it out:

She made her bed. You’ll lie in it. Rebecca and Nicole swore to be best friends forever. But three years after they last met up, Rebecca receives a phone call from Nicole’s devoted husband, Richard. Nicole is dead, a tragic suicide. Drowned in a river close to her family home, Richard was the one who pulled her body from the water. Now he can’t even speak about what happened.

While Rebecca reels from the news, she reads her friend’s last letters to her and begins to wonder if she knew Nicole at all. What secrets was she keeping from all the people who knew and loved her? As Rebecca gets closer and closer to Richard, things go too far and she begins to slip into Nicole’s old life – staying in her home, sleeping in her bed… But if she’s going to become the wife Nicole never was, can she keep herself safe?

The book is excellent, the writing is fantastic. I was engaged from beginning to end and I so admire an author who can weave a suspenseful tale. You will be so addicted to finding out what happened to Nicole that you might forgo all of your responsibilities!

Due out January 29.



Because I wrote a Young Adult suspense novel (The Blondes of Bel Air) with a murder mystery element, I am very intrigued with other YA books that are full of suspense! When I read the description of You Owe Me A Murder by Eileen Cook, I knew I had to get my little hands on it!

Here’s the synopsis:

17-year-old Kim never expected to plot a murder. But that was before her boyfriend dumped her for another girl. Now, Kim’s stuck on a class trip to London with him and his new soulmate and she can’t help wishing he was a little bit dead, even if she’d never really do that.

But when Kim meets Nicki, a stranger on the plane who’s more than willing to listen to Kim’s woes, things start to look up. Nicki’s got a great sense of humor, and when she jokes about swapping murders, Kim plays along—that is, until Kim’s ex-boyfriend mysteriously dies.  Blackmailed by Nicki to fulfill her end of the deal, Kim will have to commit a murder or take the fall for one.


If you love twisty, dark, thrillers set in London (I do!)  then you are going to love this book. I really enjoy an unreliable, unlikable narrator when done right and this is! A  must-read for fans of suspenseful YA.

Due out March 5.