UNSETTING CIRCLE

The Sisters By Claire Douglas

When one sister dies, the other must go to desperate lengths to survive. After a tragic accident, still haunted by her twin sister’s death, Abi is making a fresh start in Bath. But when she meets siblings Bea and Ben, she is quickly drawn into their privileged and unsettling circle. When one sister lies, she must protect her secret at all costs. As Abi tries to keep up with the demands of her fickle friends, strange things start to happen, precious letters go missing and threatening messages are left in her room. Is this the work of the beautiful and capricious Bea? Or is Abi willing to go to any lengths to get attention? When the truth outs, will either sister survive?

AUTHOR: CLAIRE DOUGLAS

TITLE: THE SISTERS

GENRE: Mystery, Thriller

TWENTY TWO MINUTES MEMORY

Damage Done By Amanda Panitch

Twenty-two minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after. Before, Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend. After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and memories of those twenty-two minutes that refuse to come into focus. At least, that’s what she tells the police. Now that she’s Lucy Black, she’s able to begin again. And her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to protect her. But when someone much more dangerous also takes notice, Lucy’s forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind. One thing is clear, The damage done can never be erased. It’s only just beginning. 

AUTHOR: AMANDA PANITCH

TITLE: DAMAGE DONE

GENRE: Thriller

THE HITMAN

The Killing Kind By Chris Holm
Michael Hendricks kills people for money. That aside, he’s not so bad a guy. Once a covert operative for a false-flag unit of the US military, Hendricks was presumed dead after a mission in Afghanistan went sideways. He left behind his old life and beloved fiancée and set out on a path of redemption or perhaps one of willful self-destruction. Now Hendricks makes his living as a hitman entrepreneur of sorts he only hits other hitmen. For ten times the price on your head, he’ll make sure whoever’s coming to kill you winds up in the ground instead. Not a bad way for a guy with his skill-set to make a living but a great way to make himself a target.
AUTHOR: CHRIS HOLM
TITLE: THE KILLING KIND
GENRE: Thriller

HIGH STAKES

Friction By Sandra Brown

Crawford Hunt wants his daughter back. Following the death of his wife four years ago, Crawford, a Texas Ranger, fell into a downward spiral that left him relegated to desk work and with his five-year-old daughter Georgia in the custody of her grandparents. But Crawford has cleaned up his act, met all the court imposed requirements, and now the fate of his family lies with Judge Holly Spencer.
Holly, ambitious and confident, temporarily occupies the bench of her recently deceased mentor.

With an election upcoming, she must prove herself worthy of making her judgeship permanent. Every decision is high-stakes. Despite Crawford’s obvious love for his child and his commitment to being an ideal parent, Holly is wary of his checkered past. Her opinion of him is radically changed when a masked gunman barges into the courtroom during the custody hearing. Crawford reacts instinctively, saving Holly from a bullet. But his heroism soon takes on the taint of recklessness. The cloud over him grows even darker after he uncovers a horrifying truth about the courtroom gunman and realizes that the unknown person behind the shooting remains at large and a threat.
Catching the real culprit becomes a personal fight for Crawford. But pursuing the killer in his customary diehard fashion will jeopardize his chances of gaining custody of his daughter, and further compromise Judge Holly Spencer, who needs protection not only from an assassin, but from Crawford himself and the forbidden attraction between them.

AUTHOR: SANDRA BROWN

TITLE: FRICTION

GENRE: Thriller, Fiction, Suspense

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ROLLING WALL OF DEATH

Last Ragged Breath By Julia Keller

To the struggling citizens of Acker’s Gap, West Virginia, it seems like an answered prayer: A development company wants to build a resort just outside town, complete with elegant hotel and spa, golf course, hiking trails. Most landowners happily sell their property except for Ballard McCoy. He inherited fifty acres in Raythune County from his father, who was killed along with Ballard’s mother and 117 others in the Buffalo Creek disaster of 1972.

Ballard was only two when the slag dam burst, sending millions of gallons of water rushing through the narrow valley. Ballard has always thought his father died trying to save his wife and child. But the development company’s president, Melinda Henninger, says otherwise: she says Micah McCoy abandoned his family in his haste to survive. If Ballard doesn’t sell, Henninger threatens to expose his father’s cowardice. When Henninger is found murdered, the most likely suspect is Ballard McCoy. Would a man kill just to protect his father’s reputation? That’s what county prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins must find out. But her investigation is complicated when she realizes her ex-husband, Sam, an attorney, used to represent Henninger’s development company. Bell must carve a path between the past and the future, between cynicism and hope, even as she searches for the truth about what really happened on Feb. 26, 1972, when the black water rose in a rolling wall of death. 

AUTHOR: JULIA KELLER

TITLE: LAST RAGGED BREATH

GENRE: Crime, Thriller