The Trespasser, by Tana French

trespasserTitle: The Trespasser

Author: French, Tana (Author’s Website)

Genre: Police procedural, suspense

Bibliographic: Viking, 464 pages, Hardcover List Price $27.00, Audiobook List Price $38.50, Audiobook CD List Price $55.00 ISBNs 9780670026333, 9781524708672, 9780735221093

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

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

Appeal Factors: Psychological, first-person narrative, complex, fast-paced, suspenseful, compelling, dialect-filled

Why I picked it up: I’ve read the first five books in the series, and loved all but one of them.

S.I.A.S.: Antionette Conway must solve the murder of Aislinn Murray, but the facts aren’t quite lining up.

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The Obsidian Chamber, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

obsidianchamberTitle: The Obsidian Chamber

Author: Preston, Douglas, and Lincoln Child (Author’s Website)

Genre: Thriller

Bibliographic: Grand Central Publishing, 416 pages, Hardcover List Price $28.00, Mass Market Paperback List Price $9.99, Audiobook List Price $28.00, ISBNs 9781455536917, 9781455541676, 9781455536887

Publication Date: October 18, 2016

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

Appeal Factors: Suspense, intricately plotted, plot-driven, fast-paced, suspenseful, compelling, gritty

Why I picked it up: I’ve read (and loved most of) the other fifteen books in the series.

S.I.A.S.: With Aloysius Pendergast missing, a figure from his past returns to the lives of the people he loves.

SPOILERS BELOW.

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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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The Seventh Scroll, by Wilbur Smith

7thscrollTitle: The Seventh Scroll

Author: Smith, Wilbur (Author’s Website)

Genre: Adventure stories, thriller

Bibliographic: St. Martin’s Press, 752 pages, Mass Market Paperback List Price $9.99, Abridged Audiobook List Price $12.14 , ISBNs 9780312119997, 9780312945985, 9780312287566, 9780330449953, 9780786204823, 9780333583210, 9781466868229, 9780330450935

Publication Date: March 1, 1995

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

Appeal Factors: Exaggerated characters, character-driven, intricately plotted, fast-paced, dramatic, suspenseful, violent, compelling, descriptive

Why I picked it up: It was required for discussion for my readers’ advisory class. However, my dad was very excited that I am reading it as it’s one of his favorite authors.

S.I.A.S.: Royan Al Simma and Nicholas Quentin-Harper must race against time to uncover an ancient Egyptian tomb.

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The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown

lostsymbolTitle: The Lost Symbol

Author: Brown, Dan (Author’s Website)

Genre: Thriller, suspense

Bibliographic: Doubleday, 624 pages, Hardcover List Price $29.95, Paperback List Price $16.00, Unabridged Audiobook $39.93, Abridged Audiobook $23.93, Audiobook CD List Price , Mass Market Paperback List Price $9.99, ISBNs

Publication Date: September 15, 2009

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

Appeal Factors: Intricately plotted, plot-driven, fast-paced, atmospheric, suspenseful, descriptive, jargon-filled

Why I picked it up: I spent the last six years working as a tour guide in the Capitol, and people often asked questions about it (and got mad when I told them most of the historic and logistical information in the book is not true.)

Annotation: Robert Langdon must solve a series of clues to save his friend’s life.

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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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