Anticipated Debut Thrillers 2020

These exciting reads will keep the pages turning next year.

By Jessica Dukes

There’s nothing like escaping into the psychological twists and turns of a well-written thriller. In 2020, political infighting, unsolved murders, ruthless masterminds, and dystopian nightmares will be the stories that keep us up at night. Here are a few of the titles we don’t want to miss.

Long Bright River by Liz Moore

Long Bright River by Liz Moore

Kacey is an addict living on the streets of Philadelphia. Her sister, Mickey, is a beat cop investigating the murders of homeless people in the city, hoping her sister isn’t among the victims. They haven’t spoken in years, but love is still there, buried under years of drug abuse and heartache. (January 7)

The Look-Alike by Erica Spindler

The Look-Alike by Erica Spindler

Years ago, Sienna’s mother was brutally murdered at home. Ever since, Sienna has been unable to shake the idea that she, not her mother, was the real target. The reason: their uncanny resemblance to each other. Now, signs point to the killer’s return, and Sienna has to convince everyone that she’s in danger. (January 28)

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

More than 30 years ago, Carly’s Aunt Viv was a night clerk at the Sun Down Motel in upstate New York. Viv’s dreams of living in the big city came to an abrupt end when she mysteriously disappeared. Now, Carly moves to the scene of the crime looking for clues and finds herself in the same danger that faced her aunt. (February 18)

The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

Sadie and Will move to a small town in Maine, seeking simplicity and a place to put down roots. When their neighbor is murdered, all eyes turn to them, the new family in town. Sadie begins asking questions, a tragic human error. The murdered woman has dark secrets of her own, and now that Sadie has exposed them the town, and her family may never be the same. (February 18)

Please See Us by Caitlin Mullen

Please See Us by Caitlin Mullen

Clara, a sham psychic in Atlantic City, is surprised by sudden visions about two missing girls. Enter Lily, a troubled woman who works at a casino spa. Together, they reassemble the puzzle pieces of the missing girls, whose number has now grown to three. Can they get anyone to believe them, or will they be the next two victims? (March 3)

The Body Double by Emily Beyda

The Body Double by Emily Beyda

Hollywood starlet Rosanna Feld needs to escape the public eye, so Max, her handler, hires a body double. The unnamed stand-in leaves her entire life behind for a large sum of money, and begins her life as Rosanna. Over time, she begins to wonder: Where’s Rosanna? And is she ever coming back? (March 3)

The Eighth Girl

The Eighth Girl by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung

Alexa Wú suffers from multiple personality disorder — a secret only a few people know, including her best friend Ella, who charges great sums as an escort. When Ella gets in trouble, Alexa runs to London to rescue her. The biggest hurdle isn’t the powerful men she’ll have to fight, it’s her own personas who materialize with terrifying consequences. (March 17)

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben

As a boy, Wilde survived in the woods alone with no memories of being abandoned. Now, a young girl has gone missing, and Wilde is asked to help with her search. Unfortunately, this means returning to the community that betrayed him, exposing corruption that puts everyone’s life on the line. (March 17)

The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian

The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian

On a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Vietnam, Austin vanishes, leaving his girlfriend Alexis, the FBI, and his family to deal with the mystery. Amid a sea of misdirection and lies, Alexis, an emergency room doctor, discovers a scheme more sinister than she ever imagined, and it has been happening in her presence all along. (March 17)

Pretty Things by Janelle Brown

Pretty Things by Janelle Brown

Nina and her boyfriend, Lachlan, are accomplished con artists. Vanessa is a spoiled rich girl and an Instagram influencer. The three cross paths at Stonehaven, Vanessa’s family retreat, where Nina has a secret past that’s about to explode into revenge. (April 21)

The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell

The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell

Years after their summer affair, Tabitha and Connor are finally reunited after his wife commits suicide. Tabitha enjoys a luxurious life with the man of her dreams, right up to the moment that she finds his ex’s diary. In it, the ex-wife blames her death on Conner … and Tabitha. As the search for truth unfolds, Tabitha’s fairy tale crumbles before her eyes. (June 9)

The Unwilling by John Hart

The Unwilling by John Hart

Jason is a Vietnam veteran and ex-prisoner trying to reconnect with his only remaining brother, Gibby. A day at the lake goes sideways when a nearby prison bus riot leads to the murder of a local woman. Jason is suspected, and Gibby immediately tries to clear his brother’s name but first must face the truth about his brother’s past, and his enemies. (June 23)

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