It's nearly the end of summer-- take a look at the Editors' picks for the best Mysteries, Thrillers & Suspense novels of August and try to make your summer reading last just a little longer. You can go here to see all of our Best of the Month picks.
Friction by Sandra Brown
Texas Ranger Crawford Hunt's search for a killer may jeopardize his efforts to get back custody of his daughter.
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
A cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware's suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.
Badlands by C.J. Box
Detective Cassie Dewell has been assigned as the new deputy sheriff of Grimstad--now the oil capital of North Dakota. With oil comes money, with money comes drugs, and with drugs come the dirtiest criminals hustling to corner the market.
Eileen by Ottessa Mosheegh
A lonely young woman working in a boys' prison outside Boston in the early 60s is pulled into a very strange crime, in a mordant, harrowing story of obsession and suspense.
Devil's Bridge by Linda Fairstein
The Manhattan waterfront offers the most magnificent vistas, boasting both the Statue of Liberty and the George Washington Bridge, the world's busiest span for motor vehicles. It is here that Detective Mike Chapman will take on his most personal case yet: the disappearance of Alex Cooper.
Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
For fans of Laura Lippman and Gillian Flynn comes a new novel of psychological suspense.
Last Words by Michael Koryta
Ten years ago, a teenaged girl disappeared inside an elaborate cave system. Days later, Ridley Barnes emerged carrying Sarah Martin's lifeless body. Barnes has claimed all along that he has no memory of exactly where -- or how -- he found Sarah. Tired of living under a cloud of suspicion, he says he wants answers -- even if they mean he'll end up in the electric chair.
In the Dark Places by Peter Robinson
It's a double mystery: Two young men have vanished. As Banks and his team scramble for answers, the inquiry takes an even darker turn when a truck careens off an icy road in a freak hailstorm. In the wreckage, rescuers find the driver, who was killed on impact, as well as another body"”a body that was dead well before the crash.
The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips
In a windowless building in a remote part of town, the newly employed Josephine inputs an endless string of numbers into something known only as The Database. As the days inch by and the files stack up, Josephine feels increasingly anxious in her surroundings. When one evening her husband Joseph disappears and then returns, offering no explanation as to his whereabouts, her creeping unease shifts decidedly to dread.
Woman with a Secret by Sophie Hannah
Nicki Clements has secrets, just like anybody else"”secrets she keeps from her children, from her husband, from everyone who knows her. Secrets she shares with only one person: A stranger she's never seen. A person whose voice she's never heard.
Trust No One by Paul Cleave
Recently diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's at the age of forty-nine, Jerry's crime writing days are coming to an end. His twelve books tell stories of brutal murders committed by bad men, of a world out of balance, of victims finding the darkest forms of justice. As his dementia begins to break down the wall between his life and the lives of the characters he has created, Jerry confesses his worst secret: The stories are real.
The Blue by Lucy Clarke
Lana and her best friend Kitty leave home looking for freedom"”and that's exactly what they find when they are invited onto The Blue, a fifty-foot yacht making its way from the Philippines to New Zealand. This is exactly the escape they are looking for and the two quickly fall under its spell, but they begin to discover that they aren't the only ones with secrets they'd rather run from than reveal.
The Eternal World by Christopher Farnsworth
The Fountain of Youth is real, guarded by the Spanish conquistadors who discovered it hundreds of years ago. When the source of the fountain is destroyed in our own time, the loss threatens its discoverers and the powerful, shadowy empire of wealth and influence they have built. For help, they turn to David Robinton, a scientific prodigy who believes he is on the verge of the greatest medical breakthrough of all time.
Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer
"The dead can't speak to us," Professor Madoc had said. But that is a lie. The body Patrick Fort is examining in anatomy class is trying to tell him all kinds of things. Life is already strange enough for Patrick"”being a medical student with Asperger's Syndrome doesn't come without its challenges. And that's before he is faced with solving a possible murder, especially when no one believes a crime has even taken place.
Darkness the Color of Snow by Thomas Cobb
Like No Country for Old Men and Snow Falling on Cedars, a haunting, suspenseful, and dazzlingly written novel of secrets, corruption, tragedy, and vengeance from the author of Crazy Heart"”the basis of the 2009 Academy Award-winning film"”an electrifying crime drama and psychological thriller in which a young cop becomes the focal point for a community's grief and rage in the aftermath of a tragic accident.