2018 Staff Picks: Mystery and Thriller
Our expert staff take a look back at the year and share their favorite titles.
2018 by Rader-Day, LoriGet this item
I stayed up all night to figure out who the murderer was in this disturbing and twisty Agatha Christie-like story set in a dark sky park in Upper Michigan. If you like atmospheric, surprising, well-written mysteries set in original locations, this book is for you. Recommended by Megan.
2018 by Lippman, LauraGet this item
Both a masterful homage to James M. Cain and a great story of relationships, revenge, and damaged people, I loved every second of this psychological thriller. Polly is right up there with Amazing Amy (Gone Girl) for her complexity, wit, and charm. Lippman is at the top of her game with this standalone novel. Recommended by Lynnanne.
2018 by Abbott, MeganGet this item
Like her contemporary Gillian Flynn, Abbott understands female rage, female friendships, and the bad choices of desperate people. She builds the tension slowly until the surprising twist. Abbott is a must read for me and I loved this one. Recommended by Lynnanne.
2018 by Hendricks, GreerGet this item
This book fools you repeatedly into making assumptions about the characters. The author manages to pull the rug out from under you repeatedly while avoiding leaving you with the feeling of being tricked. I found this book so compelling I lost sleep because I had to finish it in one day. Recommended by Katy.