Great Reads: Prefer Something Suspenseful?

April 25, 2017 | Book Buzz

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Great Reads is a series of posts featuring recent books that are highly recommended by Toronto Public Library staff.

Looking for something suspenseful? This list will help you find the thrills your life is missing – whether you want a traditional mystery or something a little bit different.

   

  The bear  

The Bear by Claire Cameron

Five-year-old Anna is camping with her family in Algonquin Park when a black bear attacks. With their parents gone, Anna must fight for herself and her little brother's survival against hunger, the elements and a treacherous wilderness.

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Bellweather rhapsody  

The Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

A music festival may be the scene of a crime when a young prodigy goes missing. As a snowstorm strands everyone in the hotel, her roommate and a young woman who witnessed a murder in the same hotel room years before search for answers along with a bunch of memorably eccentric characters with secrets of their own.

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The cuckoo's calling  

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

This first volume in the series features a London-based private investigator, Cormoran Strike, who is also an Afghan war hero. Strike and his Girl Friday work together to solve the mystery of a supermodel's apparent suicide. 

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The girl with all the gifts  

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

A powerful and affecting thriller centred around a very special girl named Melanie. This novel is a bold new take on the zombie subgenre of post-apocalyptic fiction.

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Kiss me first  

Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach

An ingeniously plotted thriller about stolen identity, this is the story of a solitary young woman pulled into an ethics debate online. She is enticed by the forum's moderator into impersonating a glamorous but desperate woman.

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Lexicon  

Lexicon by Max Barry

Max Barry creates a world in which persuasion has been raised to a science by an influential and secretive nameless organization. Lexicon is a brilliant thriller that explores language, power, identity and our capacity to love – whatever the cost.

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The long way home  

The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

Armand Gamache has just settled into retirement in Three Pines, Quebec when neighbour Clara Morrow asks him to help her search for her missing husband. The tenth book in the award-winning mystery series.

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The longings of wayward girls  

The Longings of Wayward Girls by Karen Brown

The unsolved mysteries precipitated by a harmless prank resurface 20 years later when a boy from Sadie's old neighborhood returns to town.

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The never list  

The Never List by Koethi Zan

When Sarah's abductor is up for parole ten years after she escaped from his grip of sadism, she decides to confront her fears. Her journey uncovers horrors unimagined in this shocking and deeply disturbing thriller.

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The secret place  

The Secret Place by Tana French

One year after the murder of handsome student Chris Harper, an anonymous note claiming to know the identity of the murderer turns up at the girls' boarding school where the body was found. Dublin Murder Squad detectives Stephen Moran and Antoinette Conway must sort out the complicated relationships of eight teenage girls before they can solve the crime.

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The yard  

The Yard by Alex Grecian

In the aftermath of the unsuccessful Jack the Ripper investigation, D.I. Walter Day, the newest member of the Scotland Yard's "Murder Squad", partners with the Yard's first forensic pathologist to track down a killer who is targeting their colleagues.

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