Not Much Just Chillin' - 10 Summer Thrillers to Help You Escape

Chill Sure, you've got your Stephen Kings, your Michael Crichtons, and if you go back far enough, your Peter Benchleys.

But what if you've already read all the summer chillers they've written? How will you keep a cool chill running down your spine during the dog days ahead?

Here's a recent assortment of novels to keep us looking over our shoulders and checking the locks on our doors all summer long.

 

 

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Helena Pelletier is living a good life. She has two daughters, a loving husband, and a thriving country grocery store. But when you're in a novel called The Marsh-King's Daughter, you can expect things to get a little creepy. The Marsh King is Helena's dad, and he was the kind of dad you might imagine a marsh king to be. Maybe even worse. When Helena learns that he's escaped from jail, it sends a chill down her spine. And down ours, too.
 

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When Jane Hawk's husband kills himself, he leaves behind these chilling words: I need to be dead. As Jane seeks to understand his death, she learns that people have been committing suicide in surprising numbers. When Jane seeks to learn why, she becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America. Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important—so terrifying—that they will exterminate anyone in their way.
 

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Dewey Andreas finds himself in the middle of a chilling conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government. When he is sent to Paris to provide an extra layer of security for the Secretary of State, the secretary winds up dead, shot by Dewey's own gun. Mon Dieu! Now he is on the run, trying to uncover the plot before he, and millions of others, are consumed in a deadly power grab. This is a fast-paced and believable conspiracy thriller.
 

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Is there anything more chilling than a serial killer? An unsub is what the FBI calls an unknown subject, and in this case that subject is The Prophet, a killer who terrorized the Bay Area in the 90s and drove Caitlin Hendrix's father to the brink of madness. Caitlin's father is detective Mack Hendrix, the lead investigator who was unable to crack the case of The Prophet. After eleven linked murders, the case remained cold and The Prophet remained at large. Now Cailtlin is beginning her career as a detective, and it appears the Prophet is back.
 

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When Clara Solberg's husband is killed in a car crash, it's ruled an accident. But Clara begins to suspect foul play when their four-year-old daughter, who was also in the car with her father, begins to suffer chilling night terrors. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out—and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit. 
 

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Fiona Barton made a name for herself with her chilling debut The Widow, a novel that involved a child in jeopardy. In her new novel The Child, a child in jeopardy takes center stage as well. In this case, workmen make a chilling discovery in an old London house that is being demolished: the bones of a young child. It's a discovery that attracts the attention of journalist Kate Waters, and as she unspools the thread of a story, it takes her to places she never expected.

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How about a good ghost story to raise your pulse? When Charlie Parker is assigned to track down a missing private detective, he learns that the detective was tracking a series of murders and missing persons linked to reports of chilling hauntings. (Yes, this is a real ghost story.) What he discovers is a criminal empire, but not just any criminal empire--this is organized crime with a supernatural element.
 

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I don't know why, but a killer in Amish country seems especially chilling. A "fallen" Amish man named Joseph King--a convicted murderer--has escaped from prison and returned to his uncle's farm, where he takes his own five children hostage. He's a man who feels he's got nothing to lose. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder grew up with King, and when he unexpectedly asks her to help him prove his innocence, she finds herself in a bind. Her own fellow cops think he did it; she's not so sure. 
 

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The press has dubbed them Final Girls--sole survivors of events that led to multiple murders. In Quincy's case, she went on vacation with five friends and was the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. This is not a good club to belong to, and Quincy is doing her best to put her life in order. But when Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead, and the second Final Girl, Sam, shows up on Quincy's doorstep, we have the chilling realization that being a Final Girl is about to get a whole lot worse.
 

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With novels like The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark, Dark Wood, you could say that Ruth Ware is a chill master. In her latest novel, a woman is walking along the coast with her dog when she makes a chilling discovery. The next day, three friends in London receive a text they hoped never to get. I need you. Let the Lying Game begin.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Posted by: Rosemary Armbruster | Thursday July 13, 2017 at 3:44 PM

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