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We’re excited to partner with Novel Suspects to make it easy for you to find your next audiobook. Here are our picks for three new do-not-miss mystery titles, plus three older listen-alikes that will keep you glued to your earbuds. Happy Listening!
Karin Slaughter; Kathleen Early (Read by)
Once listeners start Karin Slaughter's new mystery, stopping won't be an option. How well do we ever know our parents? Best-selling author, Slaughter, who starts a new mystery by thinking of a crime and wondering how her protagonists will respond, has written a doozy about a young woman who thinks she knows her mother—then something awful happens. Early's deftness at defining characters and her remarkable skill at revealing well-hidden emotions make the woman’s discoveries both stunning and satisfying.
Lauren Fortgang gives a supple and quietly dazzling performance of this gripping high-stakes family drama set in the world of competitive gymnastics. A family will do anything for their hugely talented gymnast-daughter, until an apparent hit-and-run accident shifts everyone’s perspective. The hidden costs of ambition and the messiness of parent-child relationships are addictively rendered in this edgy audiobook.
Max Karpov; Todd McLaren (Read by)
This timely and superb audiobook focuses on the efforts of Andrei Turov, a Russian who masterminds a plot to undermine democracy by faking the death of Vladimir Putin at the hands of American operatives. Journalist Max Karpov has fashioned an all-too-believable plot that a former acting director for the CIA calls a ‘must read’. Narrator Todd McLaren has made it a must listen by mixing accents, inflection, and intensity to provide unique personas for each character.
Olen Steinhauer; David Pittu (Read by)
Milo Weaver, a former CIA spy, is trying to get his life together when he’s strong-armed back into service to wreak revenge on the Chinese spy agency. But will he? Full of twists and turns made clear by Earphones Award-winning narrator David Pittu, who never lets the listener get lost in this labyrinthian, fascinating tale.
Alex Dahl; Sophie Amoss (Read by); Jenna Lamia (Read by); Mozhan Marno (Read by)
The three actors who voice Cecilia, a beautiful rich housewife, Tobias, an abandoned child, and Annika, a doomed junkie, are perfectly cast, have appealing voices, and do exactly what the story needs them to do in this twisty, addicting Scandi-noir set in Norway. Alex Dahl’s debut suspense novel asks—what would you do to preserve the life you’ve created? Just about anything? As you wonder, prepare to be mesmerized by this flawlessly executed audiobook.
Paula Hawkins; Clare Corbett (Read by); Louise Brealey (Read by); India Fisher (Read by)
Three talented narrators handle Hawkins’s debut British psychological thriller about what may or may not have been seen from a train window. For everyone who loves a twisty plot, unreliable protagonists, lots of lies, and a trio of terrific actors.
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