10 Books That Could Be the Next ‘Girl on the Train’
By Sarah Bracy Penn
Spellbinding. Haunting. Riveting. A high-intensity, psychological thriller. These are just a few of the oft-used words to describe some of the summer’s most anticipated mystery novels. Hoping to trump Paula Hawkins’s Girl on the Train and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, fast-paced thriller stories have become a literary sensation. The Chalk has rounded up 10 of the most promising page-turners to fill your summer reading list.
- Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry
Nora arrives at her sister’s country home and finds her the victim of a grisly murder. An unsolved assault case from her past only fuels her distress, as she can’t trust the police to find her sister’s murderer. What unfolds is a story of grief, obsession and the power of the past from newcomer Flynn Berry.
Under the Harrow (Penguin Books) will be available June 14.
- Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner
Follow the story of Manon Bradshaw, a dedicated and esteemed detective, who is on the hunt for missing Cambridge University student Edith Hind. It’s a race against the clock to find the beautiful Edith, who is the daughter of the surgeon to the Royal Family. As she searches for the missing girl, Bradshaw discovers her personal life is intertwined with the case—and there are serious consequences that follow.
Missing, Presumed (Random House) will be available June 28.
- Security by Gina Wohlsdorf
Welcome to the Manderley Resort, a breathtaking new hotel on the coast of California. The luxurious hotel offers unparalleled security for its wealthy, high-profile clientele. But the staff hasn’t a clue that their every move is monitored, and over the next 12 hours, each will be murdered, one at a time.
Security (Algonquin) will be available June 7.
- All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
After her best friend Corinne goes missing, Nic flees their hometown. A decade later, she returns only to be thrown back into the drama of her friend’s disappearance. Meanwhile, Nic’s neighbor Annaleise vanishes. The story, told in reverse from the day Annaleise goes missing, follows Nic’s psychological and emotional journey to find the truth about Corinne.
All the Missing Girls (Simon and Schuster) will be available June 28.
- The Trap by Melanie Raabe
Bestselling author Linda Conrad never ventures outside of her home, as she’s haunted by her sister’s unsolved murder. She can’t shake the memory of her sister, found in a pool of blood, and the face of the murderer as he ran away. When Conrad sees news coverage of the murder of television, she plots her next novel to create a trap for the man who killed her beloved sister.
The Trap (Grand Central Publishing) will be available July 5.
- The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
As a young child, Elka was wandering in the wilderness, hungry and afraid, when she was rescued by a hunter named Trapper. She learns how to survive in the frozen, desolate landscape with Trapper as her teacher and guide. Now, she’s learned the truth—Trapper is a grisly murderer. Armed with the skills he taught her, Elka must flee from the hunter before she becomes his next victim.
The Wolf Road (Crown) will be available July 5.
- I Am No One by Patrick Flanery
When Jeremy O’Keefe returns to New York from a decade abroad in England, he wanders the streets feeling like he could instantly disappear and no one would notice. Strange boxes filled with his internet search history begin to appear on his doorstep, and Jeremy feels like he’s being followed. As his past is literally put in front of him, Jeremy wonders if he is actually “no one,” or a heinous traitor to his country and his companions.
I Am No One (Tim Duggan Books) will be available July 5.
- All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage
George Clare, a college professor, returns to his home in upstate New York to find his wife murdered and his three-year-old daughter left abandoned in her bedroom. The police immediately suspect George is the killer. When the orphaned brothers who were raised in George’s home become involved in the case, a complex psychological mystery unfolds.
All Things Cease to Appear (Knopf) is available now.
- Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica
When Esther Vaughan disappears from her Chicago apartment, her roommate Quinn’s only clue is a note addressed to “My Dearest.” Meanwhile, a mysterious woman arrives at a coffee shop in a nearby Michigan town and charms the dishwasher, Alex. As Quinn adamantly searches for answers and Alex falls for the young woman, we find that the truth will always reveal itself, no matter how far we run.
Don’t You Cry (MIRA) will be available May 17.
- Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet
When Anna flees her ruthless and unfaithful husband, Ned, with their six-year old daughter, he launches a cross-country chase to bring them back. While Ned has just begun his first campaign for political office, Anna and their daughter go into hiding in a dingy motel. The more Ned searches for them, the less likely he will be elected, as he takes drastic, criminal measures to find his wife and child.
Sweet Lamb of Heaven (W.W. Norton & Company) is available now.