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Tall Poppy Review: “In Her Bones” Twists a Media Craze

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In Her Bones (Atria Books) by Kate Moretti picks up absolutely on the media’s obsession with serial killers. From Jack the Ripper to Charles Manson, the public devours all the information it can glean about the people among us who are capable of committing these inhuman acts. What caused the person to slip over the precipice of “normalcy” into the depths of depravity? Could a horrific childhood be to blame? An untreated mental illness? We want to understand what makes these people tick; perhaps in an effort to recognize the signs in others, or out of morbid curiosity. The same holds true for the victims of these heinous crimes. Was there a pattern in whom the killer singled out? Did…

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43 Thrillers: Everything You Need To Know For This Fall

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As a reviewer and insider, Ryan Steck has been called “the Godfather of the thriller genre.” In this first contributed piece to BookTrib, Ryan names every thriller hitting the bookshelves this fall that genre aficionados should know about. Visit Ryan at www.therealbookspy.com. With half of this summer’s biggest titles already in bookstores, we’re turning our attention to fall, which is shaping up to be action-packed and full of suspense. Anytime you get new books starring Mitch Rapp, Harry Bosch, James Bond, Jack Reacher, and Stephanie Plum over the course of just a couple months, you know it’s going to be a good time. Check out all the must-read thrillers coming out this fall below. Happy reading!   Red War(Atria)by Kyle Mills Release…

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Pretty Little Liars’ Sara Shepard on Her Latest Adult Thriller

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One of the books at the top of our must-read list for this year was The Elizas (Atria Books), which just seemed to have every element you want out of a thriller: a narrator who isn’t quite sure what’s going on but whom no one will believe; a case of identity confusion; a beautiful location; and last, but perhaps most important, a writer who really knows what she’s doing. Sara Shepard has a talent for writing some of the most complex and layered plots to ever hit the page, but she does so with what seems like little to no effort, and manages to explain everything out in the end in a way that has you berating yourself for not seeing it before.…

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Clinton, Patterson and June’s Seven Can’t-Miss Thrillers

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All the hype withstanding, The President is Missing (Little, Brown, Available Now), from the unlikely pairing of James Patterson and former president Bill Clinton, is an outstanding political thriller. The hero of the title, Jonathan Lincoln Duncan is the kind of president we only wished we had. Patterson and Clinton present a proactive leader willing to take matters into his own hands for the good of the nation, even if that means disappearing for a time. At the heart of his quest lies a computer virus that could take us back to the Stone Age the protagonist Duncan must disable, even as the world’s top assassin closes in on his trail. Politics aside, this is superb reading entertainment, an extraordinary…

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Jon’s Picks: 6 New Thrillers to See You Into Summer

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Having already rocketed to the top tier of action thriller writers, Matthew Betley makes a bid for the highest slot with Field of Valor (Atria, May 22). Betley adds a chilling political, Ludlum-esque direction to his proven skills, pitting series hero Logan West against a sinister, secretive cabal behind a massive global conspiracy. At its heart is a plot to wage geo-economic war intended to pit China and the U.S. against each other in a no-holds-barred battle. Of course, dollars signs and decimal points often lead to bullets and bombs, and it’s up to West to preempt the seemingly inevitable catastrophe. Like Brad Taylor, former marine Betley has lived in the world his work encompasses and, beyond that, his storytelling…

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Part One: BookTrib Q&A with Bestselling Author Lisa Gardner

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There’s something great about reading the next book in a series – it’s like an exciting new adventure with an old friend. You know all their secrets, passions and dreams; and, even though some time has passed since you were last together, when you open that book cover it’s as though you’d never been apart. This is what bestselling author Lisa Gardner accomplishes in her Detective D.D. Warren series: she has made it her specialty to take us to places we never thought we’d go. Look For Me, sees the return of both beloved Detective D.D. Warren and Flora Dane, the victim-turned-vigilante from Find Her and takes them on a case involving the brutal deaths of an entire family, with one teenager missing. It may…

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Part Two: BookTrib Q&A with New York Times Best Selling Author Lisa Gardner

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This is Part Two of our interview with Lisa Gardner. Click here to read Part One. New York Times best selling author Lisa Gardner’s latest novel in the Detective D.D. Warren Series sees the return of not only D.D., but also Flora Dane, the victim-turned-vigilante from Gardner’s previous bestselling novel, Find Her. Now, in Look For Me, D.D. is given a case where an entire family has been murdered, and the teenage daughter, Roxy, is missing. With a ticking clock on how much time is left, D.D. is confronted with one of the most complex cases of her career. BookTrib got to talk with Lisa Gardner about the research behind her novel, returning to old characters, writing kick-ass women and more.   BookTrib: As…

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Jon Land’s Year-End Picks: 6 Best Thrillers of the Season

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Tis’ the season… for a good thriller! From some of the best known thriller writers come some great suggestions you don’t want to miss, like unforgettable novels by James Rollins and Lisa Gardner. No matter what adventure you’re looking for them to take you on, here are some suggestions for every thriller lover: The Demon Crown, James Rollins James Rollins, the master of the speculative thriller, never fails to deliver. But his latest, The Demon Crown, threatens to rewrite the rules of a sub-genre he practically invented. All the usual Rollins staples are firmly on display right from the start: a massive threat to mankind, the stalwart Sigma Force’s desperate attempts to stop it, and a cunning villain determined to thwart…

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The 10 Best Science Thrillers Ever Written: Jon Land’s Picks

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So my latest Caitlin Strong thriller, Strong to the Bone, is heavily based in science, particularly bio-engineering, after clinical trials for a groundbreaking anti-rejection drug go horribly wrong. That results in bad guys, really bad guys, ending up in possession of what could be the ultimate weapon. So I got to thinking about the genesis of thrillers at least reasonably grounded in scientific principals, and I came up with a list of books to which I can only hope Strong to the Bone, to be published on December 5, 2017 by Forge Books, will be compared favorably. The Andromeda Strain, Michael Crichton What can I say? This is the grandfather of the entire genre by the man who practically invented…

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Cold Weather Thrillers You Absolutely Have to Read This November

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This November, the weather is getting cold and we’re ready to sit down and read some favorites. Thrillers are a hit right now, so we have some suggestions for you to help you pick up the next novel for your bookshelf. The Midnight Line, Lee Child Jack Reacher, the best series hero in thrillers today, seems even bigger than usual in Lee Child’s mesmerizing The Midnight Line, in which he finds himself embroiled in a high stakes criminal conspiracy that raises the stakes considerably from his past adventures. The set-up is pure gold, with Reacher typically stepping off a bus to stretch his legs and happening upon something that sets the story off to the races. In this case, it’s…

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Write What You Love: A Look Into the Writing of Steve Berry

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Steve Berry calls himself the poster boy for persistence. He refused to give up—although he thought about it a few times. But his persistence resulted in worldwide fame and an annual trip to The New York Times bestseller list. He has written stand-alone thrillers as well as his famous “Cotton Malone” series. Steve Berry was a successful small town lawyer in the 1980s, dealing with the typical array of cases for a litigator—everything from murder and rape to evictions and personal injury—not to mention the everyday stuff like drafting wills and real estate closings. For at least a decade he had a nagging feeling he couldn’t shake. A voice in his head kept telling him he needed to write. This…

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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) Novak 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…

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Thrills and Chills: 6 Hauntingly Good Reads for September

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Are you looking for thrills this September but you aren’t quite sure where to look? With October fast approaching, everybody is looking for some jumps, and these thrillers sure pack the punch! Harlan Coben vacates the comfortable suburban world he’s often made so uncomfortable for a trip into crime noir with his typically superb Don’t Let Go. We’ve never met the book’s anti-hero New Jersey homicide detective Napoleon Dumas before, but he feels familiar for all the right reasons. Haunted by the murder of his twin brother Leo and Leo’s girl friend since high school, Dumas’ life takes a shocking turn when the fingerprints of his own long missing girlfriend Maura turn up in a murder investigation in the present.…

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When Hollywood Comes Knocking: Turning a Thriller Into a Major TV Event

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Now that my military thriller The Red Line has reached the bookstores and people are becoming aware, Hollywood is working on turning it into a major television event.  Since then, I’ve been frequently asked: ‘what gives a thriller the potential to become a great movie or television series? From what I can see, the answer is actually a simple one— the same thing that makes it a novel people can’t put down. Relentless, edge-of-your-seat action and interesting, compelling characters are what draw in reader; the same will also draw in viewers. Fortunately, at least according to the critics, that’s exactly the book we’ve written.  The Red Line contains characters you fall in love with and exceptionally visual action that never stops. So we’re…

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We All Have a Dark Side: 8 Thrillers from Joyce Carol Oates

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Few authors have been as prolific as literary powerhouse Joyce Carol Oates. Since publishing her first book in 1963, she’s written over 40 novels, nabbed every award imaginable, and earned a coveted endorsement from Oprah Winfrey—all the while experimenting with different formats and genres. One such genre is psychological suspense, for which she frequently writes under the nom de plume “Rosamund Smith.” In Oates’ hands, the darkest corners of humanity are brought to life, turning our worst nightmares into page-turners and New York Times bestsellers. From sex and vengeance to murder and obsession, the Joyce Carol Oates books below are a taste of the National Book Award winner’s most chilling works. And if you love them as much as we…

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Turn Up the Heat with These 6 Must-Read Summer Thrillers

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If you’re a lover of thrillers, then you know it’s always time for a thrill – especially on those heated summer nights or sitting by the poolside! We have some suggestions for you that will knock your socks off! C.J. Box gives his stalwart series staples Joe Pickett and Nate Romanowki a book off, but Cassie Dewell proves to be every bit their equal in the perfectly plotted Paradise Valley.  Cassie is lead investigator for the Bakken County Sheriff’s Department, located in the hinterlands of western North Dakota, a sleepy area until oil bubbled to the surface and drastically changed its landscape, literally and figuratively. Those changes include the presence of a serial killer known as the “Lizard King,” who’s claimed, among…

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