Murder She Wrote: Female Thriller Writers We’re Dying to Read

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From Gone Girl to The Girl on the Train, female thriller writers like Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins have become cornerstones of the suspenseful fiction market. Female thriller writers so dominate the genre, in fact, that some male authors have started adopting female pseudonyms in order to sell their novels more effectively. We’re all for celebrating genres where women kick ass, which is why we’ve rounded up 10 upcoming thrillers by female authors that we can’t wait to get our hands on.

Hello Again, Brenda Novak (October 3, 2017)

Hello Again Brenda NovakNovak continues her bestselling Evelyn Talbot Chronicles with a novel that connects prison psychiatrist Evelyn with an inmate who specializes in ice-pick murders. But the supposed serial killer is also a brilliant doctor, making Evelyn question whether or not he’s actually guilty of the crimes. When another ice-pick murder occurs, Evelyn must try and get to the truth about a case that seems strangely tied to a dark trauma from her past.

Keep Her Safe, Sophie Hannah (September 19, 2017)

Keep her Safe Sophie HannahWhen Cara Burrows takes a spontaneous vacation, she never expects to catch a glimpse of Melody Chapa, a famous teenage murder victim making headlines all over the country. But that’s exactly what happens in Hannah’s latest novel, with Cara trying to decide what risks she’s willing to take in order to get to the truth.

Lies She Told, Cate Holahan (September 12, 2017)

Lies She Told Cate HolahanThe author of The Widower’s Wife returns with a novel about Liza Cole, a thriller writer whose life starts to mirror that of her ill-fated heroine, Beth. When Liza’s husband is accused of murder – the same exact type of murder that Beth commits in the book – the writer must come to terms with the truth of her own story.

The Blackbird Season, Kate Moretti (September 26, 2017)

The Blackbird Season Kate MorettiAfter thousands of starlings suddenly fall from the sky onto Mount Oanoke, Pennsylvania, national attention turns toward the quiet community. But there are bigger secrets at play, like what’s really going on between the basketball coach and his young student, Lucia. When she turns up dead, it’s up to fellow teacher, Bridget, to figure out what really happened to the troubled teen.

Every Breath You Take

Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke (November 7, 2017)

Every Breath You Take Mary Higgins ClarkTwo talented thriller writers for the price of one! Higgins Clark is synonymous with tightly written suspense, and she’s teaming up with Alafair Burke for the 4th book in their Under Suspicion series. This time, television producer Laurie Moran is investigating a Met Gala murder that happened 3 years ago, and the glittering NYC elite who may be responsible for the crime.

Mind Game, Iris Johansen (October 24, 2017)

Mind Game Iris JohansenBestselling author Johansen takes us back to the Scottish Highlands in her latest thriller that branches off from her popular Eve Duncan series. Focusing on Jane MacGuire, Eve’s adopted daughter, Mind Games is the story of Jane’s hunt to find a hidden treasure and deal with the mysterious young girl who won’t stop haunting her dreams.

The Last Move, Mary Burton (September 19, 2017)

The Last Move Mary BurtonIt’s all about potential copycat killers in The Last Move, which introduces us to FBI agent Kate Hayden. She’s spent a long time running from her past, but she’s forced to confront it when she’s called back to San Antonio to catch a serial killer whose MO is identical to a killer Kate already caught years ago.

Life of Lies, Sharon Sala (September 26, 2017)

Life of Lies Sharon SalaRomance meets suspense in Sala’s latest, about starlet Sahara Travis and ex-army ranger Brendan McQueen. Sparks – and bullets – fly when he’s hired to catch the fan who has become a little too obsessed with the famous young star. But with several murder attempts, a complicated past surfacing, and plenty of family secrets, the case isn’t as simple as it seems.

Killing Season, Faye Kellerman (October 17, 2017)

Killing Season Faye KellermanWhen 16-year-old Ben sets out to find his sister’s killer, no one could predict the events that would follow. Except, perhaps, Ben himself. A mathematical genius, his obsession with justice might just be what will lead him to a killer – or his eventual downfall.

I Am Watching You, Teresa Driscoll (October 1, 2017)

I am Watching You Teresa DriscollElla Longfield will always regret the day that she saw two young girls flirting with older men on a train and didn’t step in to stop them. Especially after one of the girls is killed and the other goes missing. Now Ella is getting threatening messages, even as she realizes that there’s much more to the disappearance than she first suspected.


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Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.

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