Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters

fingersmithTitle: Fingersmith

Author: Waters, Sarah (Author’s Website)

Genre:  Historical fiction, crime fiction, LGBTQ fiction

Bibliographic: Riverhead Books, 582 pages, Paperback List Price $17.00, Audiobook List Price $28.04, ISBNs 9781573222037, 9781573229722, 9781860498831, 9781101057025

Publication Date: October 1, 2002

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Books to TV, first person, Gothic, literary fiction, multiple perspectives, character-driven, intricately plotted, atmospheric, suspenseful, descriptive

Why I picked it up: A close friend told me it was one of her favorite books and I needed to read it ASAP.

S.I.A.S.: Susan Trinder is going to pull a con on Maud Lilly, but there’s too much information she doesn’t know.

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Thr3e, by Ted Dekker

thr3eTitle: Thr3e

Author: Dekker, Ted (Author’s Website)

Genre: Christian fiction, Christian romantic suspense

Bibliographic: Thomas Nelson, 400 pages, Paperback List Price $16.99, Mass Market Paperback List Price $7.20, Unabridged Audiobook List Price $24.49, Abridged Audiobook List Price $15.11, Audiobook CD List Price $34.99, ISBNs

Publication Date: June 1, 2003

Rating: ★★☆☆☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Plot-driven, fast-paced, suspenseful, compelling

Why I picked it up: Genreflecting identified it as a “must read” Christian novel, and my library had a copy available.

S.I.A.S.: Kevin has been given three minutes to confess his sin or suffer the consequences, and that’s just the beginning.

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Fractured, by Catherine McKenzie

fracturedTitle: Fractured

Author: McKenzie, Catherine (Author’s Website)

Genre:  Thriller, suspense.

Bibliographic: Lake Union Publishing, 362 Pages, Hardcover List Price $24.95, Paperback List Price $14.95, Audiobook List Price $10.49, Audiobook CD List Price 9.99, ISBNs 9781531863494, 9781477817940, 9781503937826

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Authentic characters, intricately plotted, suspenseful, compelling

Why I picked it up: I was browsing for suggestions of good audiobooks to listen to before leaving for work, and this is the one that I had open on my browser when I ran out of time and had to go.

S.I.A.S.: After moving cross-country to escape a stalker, Julie’s new neighbors are anything but welcoming.

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Good as Gone, by Amy Gentry

goodasgoneTitle: Good as Gone: A Novel of Suspense

Author: Gentry, Amy (Author’s Website)

Genre: Suspense

Bibliographic: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 288 pages, Hardcover List Price $23.00, Audiobook LIst Price $20.99, Audiobook CD List Price $24.99, ISBNs 9780544920958, 9780544916074

Publication Date: July 26, 2016

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Multiple perspectives, flawed characters, intricately plotted, suspenseful, compelling

Why I picked it up: It was one of the October selections for the Book of the Month Club, and I am an absolute sucker for stories inspired by Martin Guerre.

S.I.A.S.: Eight years ago, Julie was kidnapped from her bedroom at knifepoint, but now she’s home — if it’s really her.

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The Devil in Silver, by Victor LaValle

devilinsilverTitle: The Devil in Silver

Author: LaValle, Victor (Author’s Website)

Genre: Horror, Psychological Suspense

Bibliographic: Spiegel & Grau, 412 pages, Hardcover List Price $27.00, Paperback List Price $16.00, Audiobook List Price $34.99, ISBNs 9781400069866, 9780812982251, 9780679604860

Publication Date: August 21, 2012

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♥♡♡(The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Fast-paced, disturbing, melancholy, compelling

Why I picked it up: I got it as a part of a surprise subscription box, and thought the combination of an actual monster with the powerlessness of a mental institution would make a good mix of things to discuss.

S.I.A.S.: Pepper doesn’t belong in this mental institution, and will do almost anything to escape the monster inside.

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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin

crookedletterTitle: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Author: Franklin, Tom (Author’s Website)

Genre: Mystery, Psychological Suspense, Southern Gothic

Bibliographic: Harper Collins, 304 pages, Hardcover List Price $24.99, Paperback List Price $14.99, Audiobook CD List Price $29.95, ISBNs 9780060594664, 9780060594671, 9781410435019, 9780062048745

Publication Date: October 5, 2010

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Atmospheric, moody, stylistically complex

Why I picked it up: A podcast I listen to described it as being very well-written, with imagery evocative enough that the setting — rural Mississippi — almost became another character.

S.I.A.S.: Larry Ott always claimed he didn’t murder that missing girl, but now someone else has disappeared.

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In a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware

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Title: In a Dark, Dark Wood

Author: Ware, Ruth (Author’s Website)

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Bibliographic: Simon and Schuster, 353 pages, Hardcover List Price $26.00, Paperback List Price $16.00, Downloadable Audiobook List Price $17.00, Audiobook CD List Price $19.99, ISBNs 9781501112317, 9781501112331, 9781410484987, 9781501112324, 9781594139918

Publication Date: August 4, 2015

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♥♥♥ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Intricately plotted, fast-paced, menacing, compelling

Why I picked it up: I got the author’s second novel from the Book of the Month Club, devoured it, and immediately went out and got this, her first novel.

S.I.A.S.: Nora attends Clare’s bachelorette party, even though they haven’t spoken in years, and things go from strange to sinister.

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