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And Then There Were None
Agatha Christie - Mar 29, 2011 (first published in 1939)
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The World's Bestselling Mystery"Ten . . ."Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen.""Nine . . ."At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead."Eight . . ."Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted b...
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Daphne du Maurier - Mar 01, 2018 (first published in 1938)
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Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes ho...
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The Silence of the Lambs
Thomas Harris - Feb 15, 1991 (first published in 1988)
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Hannibal Lecter. The ultimate villain of modern fiction. Read the five-million-copy bestseller that scared the world silent. The Silence of the Lambs. A young FBI trainee. An evil genius locked away for unspeakable crimes. A plunge into the darkest chambers of a psychopath's mind--in the deadly search for a serial killer. - back cover...
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Greg Iles
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Silent Patient
Alex Michaelides - Jan 01, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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Alicia Berenson lived a seemingly perfect life until one day six years ago. When she shot her husband in the head five times.Since then she hasn't spoken a single word.It's time to find out why....
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Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn - Apr 22, 2014
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Marriage can be a real killer.One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work draws you in and keeps you reading with the ...
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Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty - Jul 29, 2014
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From the author of Truly Madly Guilty and The Husband s Secret comes a novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.A murder...A tragic accident...Or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everythi...
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Elin Hilderbrand
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Stephen King - Jul 01, 2011 (first published in 1987)
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King's Classic bestseller about a famous novelist held hostage by his Number One Fan. Misery Chastain is dead. Paul Sheldon has just killed her - with relief, with joy. Misery has made him rich; she was the heroine of a string of bestsellers. And now he wants to get on to some real writing. That's when the car accident happens, and he wakes up in p...
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Devon Sawa
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson - Jan 06, 2009 (first published in 2005)
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The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the new book in the Millennium Series, is available now!Murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue combine into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her a...
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Imani Gandy
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The Shadow of the Wind
Carlos Ruiz Zafón - Jan 31, 2005 (first published in 2001)
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Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals from its war wounds, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer's son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julian Carax. But when he sets out to find the author's other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destro...
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The Shining
Stephen King - May 01, 1990 (first published in 1977)
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Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the...
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Stillhouse Lake
Rachel Caine - Jul 01, 2017
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Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse...
I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
Intensity by Dean Koontz
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
Long Bright River by Liz Moore
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
Killing Floor by Lee Child
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
Long Man by Amy Greene
Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy Deluxe Box Set by Stieg Larsson
Bones Don't Lie by Melinda Leigh
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Lilith's Brood by Octavia E. Butler
Divergent / Insurgent / Allegiant / Four 4 Volumes by Veronica Roth
Verity by Colleen Hoover
Sovereign by C. J. Sansom
A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais
Journey Under the Midnight Sun [Paperback] [Jan 01, 2015] Higashino, Keigo by Keigo Higashino
The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Institute by Stephen King
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
The Long Good-Bye by Raymond Chandler
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
The Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin
Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K Vaughan
The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver
The Fix by David Baldacci
If It Bleeds by Stephen King
Finding Rebecca by Eoin Dempsey
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
The 20th Victim by James Patterson
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
The Count of Monte-Cristo; Volume 5 by Alexandre 1802-1870 Dumas
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Tell No One by Harlan Coben
Double Indemnity by James M. Cain
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Mister Mottley Gets His Man by Ellen Seltz
Caught in a Web by Joseph Lewis
The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen by Tess Gerritsen
Phoenix Burning by Isabella Maldonado
Between a Rock and a Hard Place Publisher by Aron Ralston
Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
A Dangerous Crossing by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré
Memory Man by David Baldacci
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter
The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben
1st to Die by James Patterson
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Whisper Man by Alex North
The Son by Jo Nesbo
Alex by Pierre Lemaitre
A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee
The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
Killing November by Adriana Mather
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Rose Gold by Walter Mosley
A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty
The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker
Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
No Exit by Taylor Adams
Where Are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark
Friends Like These by Sarah Alderson
Exquisite by Sarah Stovell
I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall
Lights All Night Long by Lydia Fitzpatrick
The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey
The Secret in Their Eyes by Eduardo Sacheri
Giving Up the Ghost by Hilary Mantel
Hunting the Unabomber by Lis Wiehl
The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger
When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole