Readers who love thrillers know that it’s dangerous to start one after dark. Not only do you risk spooking yourself, you also end up turning pages late into the evening because you simply can’t go to bed before knowing how it ends. Here are six new and upcoming books—packed with psychological thrills and heart-pounding suspense—certain to keep you up past your bedtime.
And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall
Thriller Award finalist Rachel Howzell Hall returns this summer with a book readers won’t be able to put down. Los Angeles private investigator Grayson Sykes is tasked with finding the missing Isabel Lincoln, though Gray isn’t certain there’s anything sinister about the woman’s disappearance. As Gray begins to dig, she uncovers a secret that Isabel’s boyfriend, physician Ian O’Donnell, tried to hide that could have given Isabel a reason to run. As the case begins to resonate with Gray, reminding her of her own past, she becomes determined to find out the truth of what happened.
The Last Flight by Julie Clark
Clair Cook is a New York socialite looking to escape from her abusive husband. At the airport on her way to Puerto Rico, she meets Eva James, a newly widowed woman on her way to California, who is also seeking a fresh start. The two swap tickets, hoping it’ll give them the chance they need to begin again. But when the plane to Puerto Rico crashes and the media believes Clair died along with the other passengers, she’s forced to assume Eva’s identity to survive, never imagining the dark past Eve was running from might catch up to her.
White Fox by Sara Faring
Mireille Foix disappeared ten years ago, leaving behind her husband and two daughters, Manon and Thaïs. When the sisters are invited back to the Mediterranean island where they spent their childhood for an event honoring their mother, they discover a screenplay she left behind. Manon and Thaïs are certain that “White Fox” holds the key to discovering what happened to their mother, and begin to uncover the clues within it. Sara Faring’s second YA novel explores grief and sisterhood while drawing readers into an eerie mystery about long-buried family secrets.
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
If you’re counting down the days until Halloween, you won’t want to miss this haunted house tale from Riley Sager. Baneberry Hall rose to fame when Ewan Holt chronicled the three weeks he and his wife and daughter spent in the supposedly spirit-filled home. Twenty-five years after that fateful stay, Maggie returns to renovate the hall and bring it back to its former glory. She doesn’t believe a word of her father’s book on their time there as a family, though she was too young to remember much. But even she’s unsettled by the sense that the house is hiding dark secrets.
After She Wrote Him by Sulari Gentill
Sulari Gentill’s suspenseful tale explores the thin line between creator and creation. Madeleine d’Leon is enchanted by Edward, the hero of her latest book. Edward McGinnity finds he can’t stop thinking about his newest heroine, Madeleine. Gentill’s premise will leave readers questioning everything they know: Who is the author and who is the character? Could both be real? Could both be fiction? You won’t want to stop reading until you’ve solved the mystery.
The Companion by Katie Alender
Sixteen-year-old Margot is the sole survivor of a car crash that killed her parents and sisters. Without anywhere else to go, she accepts an offer from John Sutton, a law school friend of her father who needs someone to serve as a companion for his daughter Agatha. Margot moves out of her group home and into Copeland Hall, where she quickly learns that not everything is what it seems. YA readers can find Katie Alender’s gothic novel on shelves now.