This has certainly been a trying year that everyone I know has been looking forward to seeing the end. Before we say goodbye to 2020, there are more notable new books to read! Especially, if like me, you plan on ringing in the New Year buried under blankets with a stack of thriller books.
James Patterson is probably most known for his page-turning thrillers, but he also writes true crime. He takes on one of the most noted assassinations in The Last Days of John Lennon. The book takes readers into the famed singer-songwriter's final days and his assassination, and also contains exclusive interviews with friends, including Paul McCartney.
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Thriller suspense fans can look forward to The Last to See Her: a missing woman story filled with secrets. I love watching the secrets spill. After divorcing her cheating husband, Gen takes a trip to meet up with her sister in New York for a getaway, but instead, Gen ends up disappearing…
FBI agent Bree Ryan’s latest mission is personal. She’s posing as a waitress at the Black Diamond strip club, the same club where her estranged half sister worked until she turned up dead. When Bree’s undercover assignment is compromised, she turns to the only man she knows who can help her: Connor Pierce, a too-sexy-for-his-own-good, rule-breaking cop with a knack for solving cold cases.
Aya de Leon
For fans of undercover agents/spies, Aya de León is giving you a social thriller. Yolanda Vance is a new FBI lawyer, hired after she refused to go down with the firm she was working for during a raid. But it isn’t legal work the FBI wants her for. Instead, they send her undercover into Red, Black, and Green!, a teen activist group the FBI has labeled as extremist. Vance is gonna end up doing a lot of soul searching, and some falling in love, while trying to complete this mission...if it doesn’t literally kill her first.
For fans of mystery thrillers, here’s a wedding that goes very, very wrong. Reality star Erin Easton disappears from the wedding reception leaving behind a bloody dress. Luckily, NYPD Red Detective Kylie MacDonald is there as a plus-one and gets to work. Unlucky for everyone, the “proof of life" video gets aired publicly, which makes everyone on the guest list both a suspect and possible next victim…
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Maybe you want to finish off the year with some Scandinavian crime? In the seventh book starring Detective Joona Linna, the case becomes very personal when two victims of a serial killer—who is murdering criminals—have ties to Joona. Looks like a villain from Joona’s past may be back…
Like your crime novels to star a hitman? Here’s the fourth novel following Michael Shaeffer, who is retired in England until someone tries to murder him at his wife’s annual summer party. Except we also get to see into his past life, where he ended up pitting two mafia families against each other to eliminate the competition. So maybe it's karma?
Now if you’re looking to start a new series and want an armchair trip to Alaska, Wrong Alibi is your read. Evelyn Jones is 18 and on the run because she's been accused of the crimes of theft, embezzlement, and double murder. All because her boss is missing! So she's in hiding, waiting for the day she can find her boss and she can claim her life back. Hello, revenge.
Let's finish things off with the thriller writer who created Dexter. In Fool Me Twice, his sequel to Just Watch Me, the master of disguise and thieving, Riley Wolfe, is back. He's currently kidnapped by an arms dealer who wants him to steal a painted wall in Rome. And it's definitely a challenge accepted for Wolfe!
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Jamie Canavés is a Book Riot contributing editor and Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator. She writes the Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter, never says no to chocolate or ‘80s nostalgia, and can hold a conversation using only gifs. Tweets: @Oh_Dinky.