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Seven Lies: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984879714
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - June 16th, 2020

A first-rate psychological thriller whose slow-burn comes not from the “thriller” portion of its genre definition, but the “psychological,” Elizabeth Kay’s debut is a soul searching look at women’s friendship.  Jane and Marnie have been best friends since they were eleven years old, through school and jobs, broken families, men and marriage, and so, so much death.  Who couldn’t forgive Jane for doing everything in her power to keep her best friend close?  Who wouldn’t find themselves asking what lengths they would go to for such a friendship?

Review by Deborah

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Burning Secret (Pushkin Collection) Cover Image
By Stefan Zweig, Anthea Bell (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781782274520
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Published: Pushkin Press - June 26th, 2018

Zweig here captures two striking truths. First, the transition from child to adult comes not by steady gradualism but in catalytic episodes in which the membrane between the two worlds thins by means of betrayal, violence (emotional and otherwise), and critical acts of independence. Second, a shocking number of life's Big Moments would entirely resemble cheap melodrama if not for the transmuting--almost alchemical--effect these moments initiate deep in the souls of innocent parties who are snared in the drama's orbit. A compulsive read!

Review by Adam

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Sometimes I Lie: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250144850
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 30th, 2018

Meet Amber. She's immobilized in a hospital bed, unable to move or speak but capable of hearing all that goes on around her. How she got here is the one thing she doesn't know. What don't we know about Amber? Everything.

And you'll have to read to the very end to find out if she's lying.

Review by Deborah

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Something in the Water: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524797676
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 9th, 2019

"Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave? Wonder no longer. It takes an age. However long you think it takes, double that."

Have you ever wondered what you will read this summer? Wonder no longer. This is the thriller of the year, it deserves to accompany you to the beach, the mountains, the airport. Put it in your travel bag and ENJOY.

Review by Deborah

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ISBN: 9781605981109
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Published: Pegasus Books - May 5th, 2014

Now a horror classic, Rosemary's Baby finds the titular character eager to start a family with her husband in their new NYC apartment. Unease sets in as their eccentric neighbors take a disturbing interest in Rosemary and her future child. Told from Rosemary's perspective, this brand of 'domestic horror' explores the potential terrors of pregnancy and the claustrophobic dread of 60's housewifery. A goreless and beautifully paced psychological thriller that has stood the test of time.

Review by Dean

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Gentlemen and Players: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060559151
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - December 26th, 2006

A diabolical chess match is underway between the venerable St. Oswald's school for boys and a ghost from its past bent on revenge. At stake is not only the reputation of the school, but the very lives of its staff and students. This is a quintessential British psychological thriller from a very unexpected source.

Review by Deborah