A Mystery/Thriller Roundup
Little Girl Lost by Wendy Corsi Staub (William Morrow, $7.99, 400 pages)
This classic two-story thread mystery/thriller that draws from events in 1968 and 1987 makes the most of what can happen when serious life choices are made. Author Staub combines smooth writing, some shocking violence and lurking evil to keep her readers’ attention.
Bleak Harbor: A Novel by Bryan Gurley (Thomas & Mercer, $24.99, 395 pages)
It’s a terrifying kidnapping of an autistic teenager at the center of this tale. The location is a small seaside resort on the Atlantic Coast where the year round families are deeply entrenched. Most of these folks accept the public personas of the neighbors they’ve come to know over the years. Guess again, danger is lurking!
Highly recommended. A stay up all night reading page-turner.
39 Winks: A Maggie O’Malley Mystery by Kathleen Valenti (Henery Press, $31.95, 296 pages)
A third-person narrator shocks the reader on the first page, a very gory first page. A cosmetic surgeon is found at the breakfast table, face down in a bowl of Life cereal. To make matters worse, he’s gluten-free. Quirky characters and plenty of pop culture references make the story feel connected to “the real world.”
Believe Me: A Novel by J P Delaney (Ballantine Books, $27.00, 352 pages)
You guessed it, another violent prologue and this one is a flashback. The author employs a unique form of dialogue that’s as if it is taken from a theatrical script. An undercover call girl, no pun intended, works for suspicious wives who want to catch their philandering husbands. The writing is beautiful with amazing timing that creates tension, anxiety and confusion; in other words, a true thriller.
Review copies were provided by the publishers.