Our Little Secret by Roz Nay. Published by St. Martins

They met in high school. He was the  Big Man on Campus, she was the shy girl who walked the halls alone. Somehow they clicked and fell in love, but when she went away to college, distance and another woman came between them. Now, Angela is being questioned by police about the disappearance of the wife of her old boyfriend H.P. Saskia has vanished into thin air,  leaving her husband and child behind. Angela can’t understand why the police suspect her, it’s been almost eight years since she split with H.P. Why would she want to hurt Saskia? Nay pens a sly, atmospheric thriller that will have you guessing right up until the end


In the Vines by Shannon Kirk. Published by Thomas & Mercer

Mop (Mary Elizabeth Pentecost) has returned to the New England ocean side compound owned by her aunt Liv. She’s seeking answers about the unexplained death of her mother two years earlier. But she finds more questions than answers as her family’s dark secrets roil beneath the surface of their picture perfect lives. Kirk presents a modern Gothic masterpiece. If you loved Victoria Holt or Phyllis Whitney, you’ll love this 21st century equivalent

Just a Breath Away by Carlene Thompson. Published by Severn House

Kelsey March’s world comes crashing down when her sister is murdered in front of her eyes. It would appear the person stalking her has taken the ultimate step to control her forever. But as Kelsey tries to piece together the events that led up to her sister’s death, she finds that not everything is as it seems. Thompson is a pro at creating a plot that she then twists and distorts so much that readers will find their heads spinning. Hidden motives and secrets are my favorite and Thompson delivers

The Girl in the Woods by Patricia Macdonald. Published by Severn House

Blair Butler has reluctantly returned home to say goodbye to her terminally ill sister. She’s blown away when her sister share a secret she’s been keeping for 15 years.  Celeste confesses that the man who killed Blair’s best friend Molly is not the man who has been jailed for the crime. Following her sister’s last wish, Blair sets out to uncover the truth about what happened to Molly, not knowing the answer will shake the foundations of her world. A tense, nail biter that readers of the genre will enjoy

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews. Published by St. Martins

I can always count on Mary Kay Andrews to pull me out of whatever bad mood I might be in. Attorney Brooke Trappnell gets a note from the mysterious and reclusive Josephine Bettendorf Warrick requesting Brooke’s presence on the heiress’ Talisa  Island. Josephine is 99 and wants Brooke to protect the beautiful, unspoiled island she calls home after her death and she also wants her to do something else. She wants Brooke to track down the descendants of the women she once called her best friends, the High Tide Club, and to make amends for the times Jospehine failed her friends. Brooke is left arranging a get together for a group of women who have never met, but that will soon discover they are sisters under the skin. Bight, beautiful and bubbly like champagne

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier. Published by St. Martins

When this story opens, Georgina (Geo) Shaw is being arrested from her high-end Seattle job for concealing the murder of her best friend 14 years earlier. Geo works out a deal with prosecutors that will give her a reduced five-year sentence for covering up the murder, dismemberment and burial of her friend, Angela, who was murdered by Geos’ then boyfriend. Calvin Jones has been arrested for a series of murders and dismemberments, Geo’s testimony helps put him away for good. But half way through Geo’s prison term, Calvin escapes and it soon appears he’s off on another killing spree. He’s also interested in picking up where he left off with Geo when she’s released from prison. The question is… why? Geo still has a secret about the terrible night when Angela died and Calvin knows what it is. Don’t plan on doing anything else once you start this book because you won’t be able to stop. One of the best thrillers I’ve  read this year

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan. Published by Putnam

Aisling Conroy’s boyfriend Jack is dead. The police are calling his death in the river Corib a suicide, bu Aisling has a hard time believing it, but it isn’t until Jack’s sister turns up saying she knows her brother would never kill himself, that Aisling sets out to find out the truth. Cormac Reilly is the overworked, jaded cop in charge of the investigation and he has reason to believe Jack’s sister may have killed her own mother. this is a complex Irish mystery/police procedural that put me in mind of Tana French’s novels, with a slow steady build up and an emphasis on character development.