WATCH: Our Top 3 Picks for Thrilling Reads That’ll Keep You Up All Night

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April 28 2020
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Fellow murderinos
can sniff out a good thriller as efficiently as the best police canine can
track down a suspect, but in the spirit of collegiality, we’ve done some of the
sleuthing for you. We’ve canvassed far and wide—through winding woods and dark
alleys—to uncover the best thrillers to keep you up reading all night. These
three recommended reads have everything you know and love, from enticingly confounding
crime scenes to twists that’ll have you reeling, but they also bring new,
delightfully sinister treats to the table.

Ready to add more investigations to your caseload? Watch the video below for a quick briefing on the heart-pounding thrillers we recommend, then read more about why we chose them!

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Woman on the Edge
by Samantha M. Bailey

Morgan Kincaid is just standing on a subway platform, idly awaiting the train, until—right as it’s barreling into the station—a perfect stranger addresses her by name, hands over her CHILD, and jumps. And that's just where this story begins. With every new chapter comes a new twist and questions continue to swirl in Morgan’s mind. How did a woman she had never met know her name? And why did the stranger beg Morgan to take her baby, to "keep her safe"? Was she paranoid? Suffering from postpartum psychosis? You’ll be on the edge of your seat, devouring this book.

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Woman on the Edge
Samantha M. Bailey

A moment on the subway platform changes two women’s lives forever—a debut thriller that will take your breath away.

A total stranger on the subway platform whispers, “Take my baby.”

She places her child in your arms. She says your name.

Then she jumps...

In a split second, Morgan Kincaid’s life changes forever. She’s on her way home from work when a mother begs her to take her baby, then places the infant in her arms. Before Morgan can stop her, the distraught mother jumps in front of an oncoming train.

Morgan has never seen this woman before, and she can’t understand what would cause a person to give away her child and take her own life. She also can’t understand how this woman knew her name.

The police take Morgan in for questioning. She soon learns that the woman who jumped was Nicole Markham, prominent CEO of the athletic brand Breathe. She also learns that no witness can corroborate her version of events, which means she’s just become a murder suspect.

To prove her innocence, Morgan frantically retraces the last days of Nicole’s life. Was Nicole a new mother struggling with paranoia or was she in danger? When strange things start happening to Morgan, she suddenly realizes she might be in danger, too.

Woman on the Edge is a pulse-pounding, propulsive thriller about the lengths to which a woman will go to protect her baby—even if that means sacrificing her own life.

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The Tenant
by Katrine Engberg

The Tenant is a Scandinavian crime drama (a.k.a. Nordic Noir) moody enough to rival The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Killing, and Marcella. In Katrine Engberg’s debut novel, translated from her native Danish, veteran Copenhagen police partners Jeppe Kørner and Anette Werner examine an exceptionally gruesome crime scene, but the truly bizarre part begins when they discover that the eccentric upstairs landlady, who also happens to be an author, included details of the murder in her unfinished manuscript. Is Esther the landlady involved, or is something else going on? The twists and turns of this bizarre case will keep you guessing until the end.

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The Tenant
Katrine Engberg

#1 international bestseller

An Indie Next Pick
An O, The Oprah Magazine Titles to Pick Up Now
A People Book Pick
A New York Post Best Book of the Week
A theSkimm Best Book to Read This Winter
A BookPage Top Ten Books for February
A Parade Most Anticipated Books of Early 2020
A Bustle Most Anticipated Books of January 2020
A CrimeReads Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020
A She Reads Most Anticipated Thrillers of 2020

An electrifying work of literary suspense from international bestselling author Katrine Engberg, this stunning debut introduces two police detectives struggling to solve a shocking murder and stop a killer hell-bent on revenge.

When a young woman is discovered brutally murdered in her own apartment, with an intricate pattern of lines carved into her face, Copenhagen police detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner are assigned to the case. In short order, they establish a link between the victim, Julie Stender, and her landlady, Esther de Laurenti, who’s a bit too fond of drink and the host of raucous dinner parties with her artist friends. Esther also turns out to be a budding novelist—and when Julie turns up as a murder victim in the still-unfinished mystery she’s writing, the link between fiction and real life grows both more urgent and more dangerous.

But Esther’s role in this twisted scenario is not quite as clear as it first seems. Is she the culprit—or just another victim, trapped in a twisted game of vengeance? Anette and Jeppe must dig more deeply into the two women’s pasts to discover the identity of the brutal puppet-master pulling the strings in this electrifying literary thriller.

Hailed as “inconceivably thrilling” (Fyens Stiftstidende, Denmark), The Tenant is a work of stunning originality that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

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Follow Me
by Kathleen Barber

Fans of You will love Follow Me for its chilling blend of self-obsession gone too far, mysterious neighbors, rabid online Instagram followers, and an ominous broken door lock. In this suspenseful novel, Audrey Miller works relentlessly at all hours—Smithsonian employee by day, Instagram influencer by night. But when she takes her online sharing a bit too far, a stalker follows her from platform to platform, trying to make her fall in love with him IRL. Having newly arrived in Washington, D.C., Audrey’s only friends are an ex-boyfriend and a sorority sister who doesn’t like to share her past. With nowhere and no one to turn to, how will Audrey escape when the stalker accomplishes his goal? A gripping thriller for the digital age.

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Follow Me
Kathleen Barber

From the author of Truth Be Told (formerly titled Are You Sleeping)—now an Apple TV series of the same name—comes a cautionary tale of oversharing in the social media age for fans of Jessica Knoll and Caroline Kepnes’s You.

Everyone wants new followers…until they follow you home.

Audrey Miller has an enviable new job at the Smithsonian, a body by reformer Pilates, an apartment door with a broken lock, and hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers to bear witness to it all. Having just moved to Washington, DC, Audrey busies herself impressing her new boss, interacting with her online fan base, and staving off a creepy upstairs neighbor with the help of the only two people she knows in town: an ex-boyfriend she can’t stay away from and a sorority sister with a high-powered job and a mysterious past.

But Audrey’s faulty door may be the least of her security concerns. Unbeknownst to her, her move has brought her within striking distance of someone who’s obsessively followed her social media presence for years—from her first WordPress blog to her most recent Instagram Story. No longer content to simply follow her carefully curated life from a distance, he consults the dark web for advice on how to make Audrey his and his alone. In his quest to win her heart, nothing is off-limits—and nothing is private.

With “compelling, suspenseful” (Liz Nugent) prose, Kathleen Barber’s electrifying new thriller will have you scrambling to cover your webcam and digital footprints.

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