Reviews and Blog Posts: Suspense

Passage of arms

by Eric Ambler

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With Passage of Arms (1959), British crime writer, Eric Ambler weaves a thriller that combines suspense and exoticism with a disciplined attention to detail and procedure.  Ambler began his writing career in the late-1930s, specializing in the kind of wrong-man and amateur detective narratives that are often associated with the...

The night she disappeared

by April Henry

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When beautiful pizza delivery driver Kayla never returns from a delivery, the police declare her dead.  Her co-workers Gabbie and Dave don’t believe she can be dead, particularly because the mystery man who ordered the pizza had asked for Gabbie instead. The two teens set out to solve the mystery...


by Jenny Valentine

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Chap has been living on the streets of London, avoiding social services, when he is spotted and recognized as a missing boy from a newspaper. While he knows that isn't him, everyone else is convinced, so Chap decides to escape his troubles by taking on the other boy's identity. Now...

Still Waiting for Gone Girl?

Gone Girl

One of the summer's hottest books was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. That title still has a hefty holds list, but if you're looking for other suspenseful reads/studies in character for now, check out one of these:

Before I Go to Sleep, S.J. Watson

Still Missing, Chevy Stevens

Drowned, Therese Bohman

Playing Dead, Julia Heaberlin

The Lifeboat, Charlotte Rogan

Recommended Summer Reads

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All signed up for Summer of Reading but aren't sure what to read to earn those prizes? Check out these hot recently published titles that are sure to make those hours of summer reading fly by!

  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo - Two friends, orphaned by war, join the battle against flesh-eating monsters. This book is gripping and hard to put down!
  • A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan - Full of romance and suspense, this book features mathematical eighteen year old genius, Digit, who is recruited by the FBI to foil a terrorist plot.

Shirley Jackson Award Nominees Announced

The Shirley Jackson Awards honor outstanding achievement in writing psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. Try out some of the nominees if you dare! And make sure to check out some books by the awards' namesake, Shirley Jackson, while you're at it!


  • Dark Matter, Michelle Paver
  • A Dark Matter, Peter Straub
  • Feed, Mira Grant (I really enjoyed this one--the 2nd book in the series, Deadline, is coming soon!)

Stephen King's Summer Book Picks

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Entertainment Weekly asked Stephen King for some hot summer reading suggestions, many of which are already on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

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Chilling Films

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Heat wave got you down? Cool off with these chilling, thrilling, spine-tingling films. 

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