Big thrills ahead in early 2019 releases

Catherine Coles
Coles Notes

If you are always on the lookout for something fresh and exciting to read, you may want to consider reserving one of the following thrillers to be released early in the new year.

From Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us, comes a new psychological suspense novel titled An Anonymous Girl. Jessica Farris has signed up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields thinking it will be a quick way to make some money, but it quickly becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments.

For fans of The Woman in the Window and Gone Girl, comes Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward, a twisted and addictive psychological thriller about a devoted wife, a loving husband and a chilling murder that no one saw coming.

From Toronto-based Andrew Pyper comes The Homecoming. This novel follows the Quinlan family who travel to a vast rainforest property in the Canadian Pacific Northwest to hear the reading of their absentee father’s will. In order to claim their inheritance, they must all remain at the estate for 30 days without any contact with the outside world.

The Quinlans soon come to learn their family has more secrets than they ever imagined – revelations that at first inspire curiosity, then fear. And what is out there pulling them into the dark heart of the woods?

The Au Pair by Emma Rous follows Seraphine, a young woman who stumbles upon a previously unseen family photo that makes her question who she really is. The photo shows her mother, who committed suicide not long after her birth, with one baby…but Seraphine has a twin. Where did the second baby come from? What unfolds is a mystery about dark family secrets, inheritance and adultery.

Alice Feeney, author of the popular Sometimes I Lie, is back in April with I Know Who You Are. When actress Aimee Sinclair comes home and discovers her husband is missing, she doesn’t seem to know what to do or how to act. The police think she’s hiding something and they’re right, she is – but perhaps not what they thought. Aimee has a secret she’s never shared, and yet, she suspects someone knows.

As she struggles to keep her career and sanity intact, her past comes back to haunt her in ways more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.

Freefall is a debut novel by Jessica Barry. With the intensity of Luckiest Girl Alive and Before the Fall, the story hinges on a plane crash that leaves a young woman determined to survive and a mother determined to find her.

The Lost Man is a new standalone novel from Jane Harper, author of The Dry. In it, two brothers search the remote Australian outback where the third brother is found dead. The brothers return to the family property, but discover the fragile balance of the ranch is threatened. Amidst the grief, suspicion starts to take hold, and the eldest brother begins to wonder if more than one among them is at risk of crumbling as the weight of isolation bears down on them all.

For fans of Ruth Ware and Tana French, The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley is a novel of psychological suspense in the tradition of Agatha Christie, in which a group of old college friends are snowed in at a hunting lodge and murder and mayhem ensue.

In Run Away, the latest domestic suspense novel by Harlan Coben, you have lost your daughter, and she’s made it clear that she doesn’t want to be found. But, by chance, you run into her at Central Park and you beg her to come home. Instead she runs, and you do the only thing a parent can do: you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed. Before you know it, both your family and your life are on the line. And in order to protect your daughter from the evils of that world, you must face them head on.

Don’t Wake Up is the debut thriller by Liz Lawler about a woman who awakens after an assault with no physical proof of the attack and who must try to convince everyone of what really happened.

E. G. Scott is a pseudonym for two New York City-based writers, one a publishing professional and one a screenwriter. Their debut novel, The Woman Inside is a fast-paced psychological thriller about a volatile marriage with multiple unreliable narrators that will make you wonder how well you really know your spouse. This novel is getting intense film buzz, and the next novel is already in the works.

Josh Malerman, author of Bird Box, introduces you to a tantalizing world of secrets and lies in Inspection, a story where boys are trained at one school for geniuses, girls at another. And neither knows the other exists — until now.

If you a thriller fan, consider reserving one of these 12 titles coming down the pipe line. You can place a hold at your local branch or online at

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