[Note from Frolic: We’re so excited to welcome author David Bell to the site today. He’s talking top summer thrillers. Take it away, David!]
It’s summer! Time to head to the beach or set off on that amazing vacation. Oh, wait…okay, maybe not. So maybe you’ll be spending more time at home, but the great news is that you can still find plenty of good stuff to read. You know, to entertain yourself and distract you from the world outside. Here are some great thrillers that will keep you turning the pages:
He Started It by Samantha Downing
Last year, Downing made a huge splash with her twisted marriage story, My Lovely Wife. Now she’s back with a thriller about a cross-country trip taken by three siblings pursuing an inheritance…and you just know none of it is going to end well. We’ve all been on summer road trips with our family. This one sounds like it might end up at the gates of hell. Buckle up and enjoy the fun!
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
Sager has turned out a string of creepy bestselling thrillers and Home Before Dark keeps his hot streak alive. And isn’t summer the perfect time to read a book about a house that might be haunted and a town that doesn’t want the truth to come out? As an added bonus, the book has a super cool glow-in-the-dark cover. What more could you ask for?
The Swap by Robyn Harding
What could possibly go wrong when consenting adults agree to trade spouses one night? The answer is, of course, that everything can go wrong. And it pretty much does in this thriller. But this one is enhanced by the presence of a teenager who knows all the secrets and uses them to her advantage. Wickedly suspenseful fun and sure to make you think twice if you come up with any…ahem…crazy ideas about how to spice up your marriage.
Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle
There’s nothing better than spending the summer by the lake…unless of course the lake holds some kind of deep, dark secret. Worse yet, the man you married might also harbor some deep, dark secret. And you have to figure out if the person you married is a killer. Kimberly Belle always delivers the suspenseful goods, and this one is no different. Just be careful when you go near the water…
This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf
I get it—some people like to go into caves. Not me, but some people. But what if the body of a teenage girl was found in a cave twenty-five years earlier? And now the secret of that long unsolved murder is coming to light in the present? Gudenkauf ramps up the suspense by cutting back and forth between the past and the present. A unique setting and a plot that delivers one surprise after another.
You Can’t Catch Me by Catherine McKenzie
What if you meet a person who has the same name and date of birth as you in an airport? It could be kind of funny, one of those odd coincidences that you can tell people about later. But what if you meet that person and then your bank account is empty. And your entire life is turned upside down by this one brief encounter. This one will keep you on the edge of your seat…and make you very reluctant to talk to strangers in airports.
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About the Author:
David Bell is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author whose work has been translated into multiple foreign languages. He’s currently a professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he directs the MFA program. This June 2020 he released his tenth novel, THE REQUEST.
The Request by David Bell, out now!
Ryan Francis has it all—great job, wonderful wife, beautiful child—and he loves posting photos of his perfect life on social media. Until the night his friend Blake asks him to break into a woman’s home to retrieve incriminating items that implicate Blake in an affair. Ryan refuses to help, but when Blake threatens to reveal Ryan’s darkest secret—which could jeopardize everything in Ryan’s life—Ryan has no choice but to honor Blake’s request.
When he arrives at the woman’s home, Ryan is shocked to find her dead—and just as shocked to realize he knows her. Then his phone chimes, revealing a Facebook friend request from the woman. With police sirens rapidly approaching, Ryan flees, wondering why his friend was setting him up for murder.
Determined to keep his life intact and to clear his name, Ryan must find the real murderer—but solving the crime may lead him closer to home than he ever could have imagined.