Some readers prefer to spend their summers taking serene walks or going on a meditation retreat—others prefer to stroll around absorbed in audiobooks that make their pulses race and their faces sweat. Filled with high-octane adventures, these top-quality audiobook thrillers will completely capture your attention.
A seemingly coincidental encounter between well-known podcaster Alix Summer and the enigmatic Josie Fair on their shared forty-fifth birthday spirals into an unsettling narrative. Josie proposes Alix's life story as a gripping podcast subject, hinting at dramatic life changes. Alix is reluctantly captivated by Josie's complicated existence, uncovering a hidden, menacing past. As abruptly as she appears, Josie vanishes, leaving a dangerous aftermath that plunges Alix into the eerie center of her own true crime podcast, with her family's safety hanging in the balance. The burning question remains: Who is the elusive Josie Fair, and what has she done?
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author known for her “superb pacing, twisted characters, and captivating prose” (BuzzFeed), Lisa Jewell returns with a scintillating new psychological thriller about a woman who finds herself the subject of her own popular true crime podcast.
Celebrating her forty-fifth birthday at her local pub, popular podcaster Alix Summer crosses paths with an unassuming woman called Josie Fair. Josie, it turns out, is also celebrating her forty-fifth birthday. They are, in fact, birthday twins.
A few days later, Alix and Josie bump into each other again, this time outside Alix’s children’s school. Josie has been listening to Alix’s podcasts and thinks she might be an interesting subject for her series. She is, she tells Alix, on the cusp of great changes in her life.
Josie’s life appears to be strange and complicated, and although Alix finds her unsettling, she can’t quite resist the temptation to keep making the podcast. Slowly she starts to realize that Josie has been hiding some very dark secrets, and before she knows it, Josie has inveigled her way into Alix’s life—and into her home.
But, as quickly as she arrived, Josie disappears. Only then does Alix discover that Josie has left a terrible and terrifying legacy in her wake, and that Alix has become the subject of her own true crime podcast, with her life and her family’s lives under mortal threat.
Who is Josie Fair? And what has she done?
In Ukraine's battered borderlands, a Russian mercenary faction, composed of ruthless criminals from the darkest corners of Russia's prisons and mental institutions, has turned rogue. As the world's eyes are on the frontline, they carve a bloody trail through the heartland. Meanwhile, a Russian military team is on a Kremlin-sanctioned mission to pilfer valuable art and cultural assets. When American aid workers become collateral damage, America's elite intelligence officer, Scot Harvath, is thrust into the vast and chaotic landscape to neutralize the perpetrators. But will Harvath be able to locate and stop them before they strike again?
Lethal operative Scot Harvath is dispatched to avenge the killing of American citizens abroad in #1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Brad Thor’s new pulse-pounding thriller.
In the war-ravaged borderlands of Ukraine, a Russian mercenary unit has gone rogue. Its members, conscripted from the worst prisons and mental asylums across Russia, are the most criminally violent, psychologically dangerous combatants to ever set foot upon the modern battlefield.
With all attention focused on the frontlines, they have pushed deeper into the interior to wage a campaign of unspeakable barbarity. As they move from village to village, committing horrific war crimes, they meet little resistance as all able-bodied men are off fighting the war.
Simultaneously, a team of Russian soldiers has been dispatched by the Kremlin to loot truckloads of art and priceless cultural treasures hidden away in a host of churches, museums, and private homes.
When multiple American aid workers are killed, America’s top spy, Scot Harvath, is sent in to settle the score. But in a country so vast, will Harvath be able to find the men in question and, more importantly, will he be able to stop them before they can kill again?
The assassination of a rookie congressman 1980 Rhode Island sparks a chain of events still felt four decades later, as the world teeters on the brink of war, the United States grapples with inflation, political divide, and shocking political murders. Amid this chaos, a clandestine group of international power-players prepares to seize control. They believe the solitary confinement of the world's most formidable adversary paves their path to unchecked dominance, but they are mistaken. Unraveling secrets connecting Wall Street to political corridors from Washington, DC, to Moscow, ex-SEAL James Reece embarks on a generational mission. Armed and undeterred, Reece is a looming threat to all who stand in his way.
Navy SEAL James Reece faces a devastating global conspiracy in this high-adrenaline thriller that is ripped from the headlines—from the #1 New York Times bestselling author and “one of the top writers of political thrillers” (Bookreporter), Jack Carr.
In 1980, a freshman congressman was gunned down in Rhode Island, sending shockwaves through Washington that are still reverberating over four decades later.
Now, with the world on the brink of war and a weakened United States facing rampant inflation, political division, and shocking assassinations, a secret cabal of global elites is ready to assume control. And with the world’s most dangerous man locked in solitary confinement, the conspirators believe the final obstacle to complete domination has been eliminated. They’re wrong.
From the firms of Wall Street to the corridors of power in Washington, DC, and Moscow, secrets from the past have the uncanny ability to rise to the surface in the present.
With the odds stacked against him, James Reece is on a mission generations in the making. Unfortunately for his enemies, the former SEAL is not concerned with odds. He is on the warpath. And when James Reece picks up his tomahawk and sniper rifle, no one is out of range.
From “a master novelist” (Ballistic Magazine), “quintessential hero James Reece is exactly what’s needed in today’s chaotic political milieu” (K.J. Howe, author of Skyjack).
Hired by companies to break into buildings and hack security systems, Jack and her husband, Gabe, are the best penetration specialists in the business. But after a routine assignment goes horribly wrong, Jack arrives home to find her husband dead. To add to her horror, the police are closing in on their suspect—her. Suddenly on the run and quickly running out of options, Jack must decide who she can trust as she circles closer to the real killer in this unputdownable and heart-pounding mystery.
The New York Times bestselling “new Agatha Christie” (Air Mail) Ruth Ware returns with this adrenaline-fueled thriller that combines Mr. and Mrs. Smith with The Fugitive about a woman in a race against time to clear her name and find her husband’s murderer.
Hired by companies to break into buildings and hack security systems, Jack and her husband, Gabe, are the best penetration specialists in the business. But after a routine assignment goes horribly wrong, Jack arrives home to find her husband dead. To add to her horror, the police are closing in on their suspect—her.
Suddenly on the run and quickly running out of options, Jack must decide who she can trust as she circles closer to the real killer in this unputdownable and heart-pounding mystery from an author whose “propulsive prose keeps readers on the hook and refuses to let anyone off until all has been revealed” (Shelf Awareness).
In this haunting tale, a high school senior, Charlotte, decides to babysit the Wilbanks twins on the eve of her SATs and Halloween. Despite her past near-tragedy involving a sleepwalking child, she is resolute to remain vigilant. As the twins delight in their holiday costumes, Charlotte is drawn into a web of unsettling noises and cryptic secrets tied to the house. An incident from eleven years ago, involving a mother submerging her child into scalding water, casts an ominous shadow and Charlotte soon discovers the unnerving reality: they are sharing the house with an unseen presence.
Only on Audio! A new horror novel from the bestselling author of The Only Good Indians and My Heart is a Chainsaw.
A mother carries her six-year-old daughter into the tiled bathroom where the bathtub is already running, is still running, is overflowing, and for a moment the girl calms, seeing her little brother floating facedown in the water, his hair a golden halo around him, but then this mother is guiding her face-first down into that water, that, as it turns out, isn’t just water but scalding water, and eleven years later her scream is the drawer screeching out of the counter by the sink.
When high school senior Charlotte agrees to babysit the Wilbanks twins, she plans to put the six-year-olds to bed early and spend a quiet night studying: the SATs are tomorrow, and checking the Native American/Alaskan Native box on all the forms doesn’t mean jack if you choke on test day.
But tomorrow is also Halloween, and the twins are eager to show off their costumes—Ron is a nurse, in an old-fashioned white skirt-uniform, and Desi has an Authentic Squaw costume, complete with buckskin and feathered headdress. Excitement is in the air.
Charlotte’s last babysitting gig almost ended in tragedy, when her young charge sleepwalked unnoticed into the middle of the street, only to be found unharmed by Charlotte’s mother. Charlotte vows to be extra careful this time. But the house is filled with mysterious noises and secrets that only the twins understand, echoes of horrors that Charlotte gradually realizes took place in the house eleven years ago. Soon Charlotte has to admit that every babysitter’s worst nightmare has come true: they’re not alone in the house.
The Babysitter Lives is a mind-bending haunted house tale from the Jordan Peele of horror literature, Stephen Graham Jones.
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Summoned to investigate remains supposedly struck by lightning, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (Tempe) delves into a larger case related to the peculiar disappearances of tourists on the Turks and Caicos islands. The first victim was found seven years ago with a severed hand, and since then, others have vanished and recent leads have surfaced that only Tempe can decipher. Victims share no commonalities, except the bizarre locations of their bodies. Are these disappearances connected to the islands' violent gang culture? Tempe uncovers evidence suggesting global implications as a ticking clock looms and she finds herself in the crosshairs.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs returns with her twenty-second high-stakes thriller featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan who, following a series of bizarre disappearances on the islands of Turks and Caicos, enters a sinister labyrinth in which a new technology may wreak worldwide havoc.
Called in to examine what is left of a person thought to have been struck by lightning, Tempe traces an unusual tattoo to its source and is soon embroiled in a much larger case. Young men—tourists—have been disappearing on the islands of Turks and Caicos. Seven years earlier, the first victim was found in a strange location with his left hand hacked off; subsequently, two other visitors vanished without a trace. But, recently, tantalizing leads have emerged and only Tempe can unravel them.
Maddeningly, the victims seem to have nothing in common—other than the odd places where their bodies turn up, and the fact that none seems likely to have been involved in criminal activity. Do these attacks have something to do with the islands’ seething culture of gang violence? Tempe isn’t so sure. Disturbingly, she discovers evidence that what’s at stake may actually have global significance.
It isn’t long before the sound of a ticking clock grows menacingly loud. Then Tempe herself becomes a target.
Adina Walker, a scholarship student at the elite Edgewater Academy, faces expulsion and the loss of her Ivy League dreams after one fateful fight. Her redemption lies in The Finish, a high-stakes contest where twelve promising young women compete in enigmatic events for the patronage of the powerful Remington family: the Ride, the Raid, and the Royale. However, the Remingtons and the competition seem ominously off-kilter. The prize promises unprecedented opportunities but at a devastating price. With the odds perennially against her, Adina realizes that her survival might depend on rewriting the rules of this deadly game.
A Black teen desperate to regain her Ivy League acceptance enters an elite competition only to discover the stakes aren’t just high, they’re deadly, in this searing thriller that’s Ace of Spades meets Squid Game with a sprinkling of The Bachelor.
You must work twice as hard to get half as much.
Adina Walker has known this the entire time she’s been on scholarship at the prestigious Edgewater Academy—a school for the rich (and mostly white) upper class of New England. It’s why she works so hard to be perfect and above reproach, no matter what she must force beneath the surface. Even one slip can cost you everything.
And it does. One fight, one moment of lost control, leaves Adina blacklisted from her top choice Ivy League college and any other. Her only chance to regain the future she’s sacrificed everything for is The Finish, a high-stakes contest sponsored by Edgewater’s founding family in which twelve young, ambitious women with exceptional promise are selected to compete in three mysterious events: the Ride, the Raid, and the Royale. The winner will be granted entry into the fold of the Remington family, whose wealth and power can open any door.
But when she arrives at the Finish, Adina quickly gets the feeling that something isn’t quite right with both the Remingtons and her competition, and soon it becomes clear that this larger-than-life prize can only come at an even greater cost. Because the Finish’s stakes aren’t just make or break…they’re life and death.
Adina knows the deck is stacked against her—it always has been—so maybe the only way to survive their vicious games is for her to change the rules.
This July Must-Listen Pick for Apple Books tells the story of Sarah Taylor, a new entrant at the elite St. Ambrose School whose modest attire and hidden lithium bottle only scratch the surface of what makes her different from her classmates. Greta Stanhope, the school's reigning despot, soon targets Sarah, tormenting her with ruthless hierarchy reminders. Yet, Sarah finds solace in her rebellious roommate Strots and the captivating RA, Nick Hollis. Despite battling bipolar disorder, enduring cruel pranks, and juggling academic pressures, Sarah vows not to crumble under Greta's onslaught. But an unexpected scandal and death threaten to shatter her world, making St. Ambrose an unforgettable journey of survival and growth.
A CrimeReads Most Anticipated Book of the Summer
Heathers meets The Secret History in this thrilling coming-of-age novel set in a boarding school where the secrets are devastating—and deadly.
When Sarah Taylor arrives at the exclusive St. Ambrose School, she’s carrying more baggage than just what fits in her suitcase. She knows she’s not like the other girls—if the shabby, all-black, non-designer clothes don’t give that away, the bottle of lithium hidden in her desk drawer sure does.
St. Ambrose’s queen bee, Greta Stanhope, picks Sarah as a target from day one and the most popular, powerful, horrible girl at school is relentless in making sure Sarah knows what the pecking order is. Thankfully, Sarah makes an ally out of her roommate Ellen “Strots” Strotsberry, a cigarette-huffing, devil-may-care athlete who takes no bullshit. Also down the hall is Nick Hollis, the devastatingly handsome RA, and the object of more than one St. Ambrose student’s fantasies. Between Strots and Nick, Sarah hopes she can make it through the semester, dealing with not only her schoolwork and a recent bipolar diagnosis, but Greta’s increasingly malicious pranks.
Sarah is determined not to give Greta the satisfaction of breaking her. But when scandal unfolds, and someone ends up dead, her world threatens to unravel in ways she could never have imagined. The St. Ambrose School for Girls is a dangerous, delicious, twisty coming-of-age tale that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
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