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Summer Thrills

This season's hottest thrillers and crime novels!

Playlist Tags: Strand Book Store genre: Mystery & Thriller topic: epic reads thriller crime mood: summer true crime

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The Quiet Boy

By Ben H. Winters
Narrated by: William DeMeritt
Length: 12 hours 41 minutes

From the bestselling author of Underground Airlines and Golden State, this sweeping legal thriller follows a sixteen-year-old who suffers from a neurological condition that has frozen him in time—and the team of lawyers, doctors, and detectives who are desperate to wake him up.

In 2008, a cheerful ambulance-chasing lawyer named Jay Shenk...

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Madam

A Novel

By Phoebe Wynne
Narrated by: Nathalie Buscombe
Length: 13 hours 52 minutes

Madam

“On a remote peninsula in Scotland sits Caldonbrae Hall, exceedingly elite girls’ boarding school for Britain’s most powerful and wealthy, plus a few others. When Rose enters this gothic castle, she has no idea what awaits her. Caldonbrae of the 1990s seems stuck firmly in the previous century, with its ancient traditions closely guarded. As Rose slowly learns the traditions and secrets of the school, she becomes more appalled and more trapped in its powerful web. As the classics teacher, Rose focuses her lessons on the women and goddesses of ancient Greece, and some of her students begin to crave these stories of strong women, and to wonder about the possibility of a life beyond that prescribed by Caldonbrae Hall. A sort of Jane Eyre meets Mean Girls, this captivating novel carries us into an eerie institution where all are imprisoned in one way or another with little hope of escape.”

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Impostor Syndrome

A Novel

By Kathy Wang
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Length: 10 hours 34 minutes

A sharp and prescient novel about women in the workplace, the power of Big Tech, and the looming threat of foreign espionage from Kathy Wang, “a skilled satirist of the northern California dream” (Harper’s Bazaar)

In 2006 Julia Lerner is living in Moscow, a recent university graduate in computer science, when she’s recruited by Russia’s largest...

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Falling

A Novel

By T. J. Newman
Narrated by: Steven Weber
Length: 8 hours 26 minutes

Falling

Falling is an absolute masterclass in unique suspense fiction. From the first few lines, I could tell this was going to be a stunner, and boy, was I right. I'll be anxiously waiting until Newman releases her next novel!”

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We Begin at the End

By Chris Whitaker
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 10 hours 30 minutes

We Begin at the End

We Begin at the End is dramatic storytelling at its best, full of layers of intrigue and complex personalities set around the murder of the book’s most vulnerable character. The stoical, 13-year-old Duchess Day Radley takes center stage, and her heartbreaking life unleashes a hero within: self-proclaimed outlaw, bold and courageous, though to her peril not always wise beyond her years. Chris Whitaker has created a character for the ages and an extraordinary reading experience. By turns amusing, frightening, and exhilarating.”

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The Damage

A Novel

By Caitlin Wahrer
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 11 hours 46 minutes

“[One of the] buzziest new books arriving this season… [a] rollercoaster of terror, marked by whip-fast twists and turns.”—New York Times
 
“Pulled me in from the first page... put this one high on your summer list.”—Stephen King
 
When a small-town family is pushed to the brink, how far will they go to protect one of their own? An edgy,... Read more »

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Silver Tears

A novel

By Camilla Läckberg
Narrated by: Tanya Cubric
Length: 8 hours 54 minutes

From the internationally bestselling author of The Golden Cage comes a bold, mesmerizing thriller of seduction, deceit, and female power, in which a woman’s secret cannot stay buried forever.
 


Faye Adelheim is living a delicious lie. She is wealthy beyond imagination, she is the Chairman of her self-made global cosmetics brand, and her... Read more »

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Winter Counts

A Novel

By David Heska Wanbli Weiden
Narrated by: Darrell Dennis
Length: 8 hours 17 minutes

Winter Counts

“Weiden’s book is a thriller with an important social and political message. Following a Lakota ‘enforcer’ who enacts extrajudicial punishment to fill the gaps in the legal system, Winter Counts is a twisty new addition to the growing Indigenous literature canon. While some of the action may fall into somewhat predictable territory, Weiden’s exploration of the injustices of reservation life are vital.”

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While Justice Sleeps

A Novel

By Stacey Abrams
Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo & Stacey Abrams
Length: 14 hours 54 minutes

While Justice Sleeps

“Highly recommend this legal thriller! I was pleasantly surprised by Ms. Abram's writing style and talent. She kept me engaged and on my toes throughout the entire book. I couldn't figure out what was coming and the reveal came as a surprise.”

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Survive the Night

A Novel

By Riley Sager
Narrated by: Savannah Gilmore
Length: 9 hours 1 minutes

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

One of New York Times Book Review's "summer reads guaranteed to make your heart thump and your skin crawl"; An Amazon Best of the Month Pick; Named a must-read summer book by The Washington Post, USA Today, Vulture, BuzzFeed, Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, CNN, New York Post, Good Housekeeping, E!, PopSugar,...
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Who is Maud Dixon?

A Novel

By Alexandra Andrews
Narrated by: Therese Plummer
Length: 9 hours 10 minutes

Who is Maud Dixon?

“I really liked this book until the ending, and then I absolutely loved it. You will ask yourself several times who is the victim and who is the villain.”

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These Women

Sunday Times Book of the Month

By Ivy Pochoda
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin & Frankie Corzo
Length: 8 hours 59 minutes

'These Women is full of resilient and undaunted characters that society often doesn't give a second look to. But Ivy Pochoda does and in these pages she gives us the small story that grows so large in meaning and emotion as to transcend genre. It tells us how to look at ourselves and at what is important.' Michael Connelly

The dancer. The mother....

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The Woman in the Purple Skirt

A Novel

By Natsuko Imamura
Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
Length: 3 hours 55 minutes

“A taut and compelling depiction of loneliness and obsession.” --Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train
 
“[It] will keep you firmly in its grip.” --Oyinkan Braithwaite, bestselling author of My Sister, the Serial Killer
 
“The love child of Eugene Ionesco and Patricia Highsmith.” --Kelly Link, bestselling...
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The Sanatorium

A Novel

By Sarah Pearse
Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
Length: 11 hours 58 minutes

The Sanatorium

“A chilling and atmospheric thriller that is just brimming with atmosphere! The Sanatorium finds a troubled detective trapped in a resort hotel that used to be a sanatorium, searching for a would be serial killer amidst a snowstorm that has cut them off from civilization. Elizabeth Knowelden gives great voice to Elin and the rest of the characters, making this a definite recommendation on audio!”

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Razorblade Tears

A Novel

By S. A. Cosby
Narrated by: Adam Lazarre-White
Length: 12 hours

“Superb...Cuts right to the heart of the most important questions of our times.” —Michael Connelly,
#1 New York Times bestselling author

A Black father. A white father.
Two murdered sons. A quest for vengeance.

Ike Randolph has been out of jail for fifteen years, with not so much as a speeding ticket in all that time. But a Black man with cops at...

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One by One

By Ruth Ware
Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 13 hours 7 minutes

One by One

“Even when the world gets back to normal, you'll never trust your coworkers again. Snoop, a hot tech company that gives music fans the ability to follow along with what others are listening to in real time, is built around the pleasures of voyeurism. But what if the person you think you know has a hidden past? When an avalanche hits and confines these coworkers to a fancy chalet, they'll be picked off one by one as the killer fights to keep their secrets hidden from peering eyes.”

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The 22 Murders of Madison May

By Max Barry
Narrated by: Helen Laser
Length: 10 hours 23 minutes

From the critically acclaimed author of Jennifer Government and Lexicon comes mind-bending speculative psychological suspense about a serial killer pursuing his victim across time and space, and the woman who is determined to stop him, even if it upends her own reality.

"I love you. In every world."

Young real estate agent Madison May is shocked... Read more »

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Palace of the Drowned

A Novel

By Christine Mangan
Narrated by: Emily Pennant-Rea
Length: 10 hours 11 minutes

Palace of the Drowned

“Bridging the gap between genre and literary fiction with enormous skill and agility, Mangan has again given us an electrifying yarn full of menace and atmosphere. With a mesmeric sense of place, Palace of the Drowned is a fully transportive experience.”

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The Maidens

By Alex Michaelides
Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith & Louise Brealey
Length: 9 hours 18 minutes

The Maidens

“Alex Michaelides approaches The Maidens with a skillful hand and an eye for the mystery/thriller novel while expertly intertwining dark academia and psychological influences. This is one that will keep you invested until the very end.”

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The Disappearing Act

A Novel

By Catherine Steadman
Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
Length: 9 hours 30 minutes

From the New York Times bestselling author of Something in the Water and Mr. Nobody comes “an unputdownable mystery about the nightmares that abound in the pursuit of Hollywood dreams” (Caroline Kepnes, author of the You series).

“Stylish, riveting, hugely atmospheric—I couldn’t put it down.”—Lucy Foley, author of The Guest List

ONE OF THE... Read more »

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