Some Wanna Fill the World with Silly Love Songs . . .

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| By Thorndike Press Staff |

. . . And what’s wrong with that, we’d like to know? (You’re welcome for the earworm.) We love love songs and love stories as much as the next romantic, but we’ve found many readers prefer plots that twist, turn, and sometimes terrorize. With summer wrapping up, consider these picks to cause some breathless book bingeing. We’ve got a thriller at a self-storage facility (always creepy vibes); bullet train (caught the flick yet?); a true take on a ruthless world leader (any guesses?); a deadly dose of toxic fame (hot nights, cold corpses); and finally, what appears to be a love story is soon on shaky ground (visions and voices go bump in the night).  

Metropolis by B. A. Shapiro

A New York Times Bestselling Author
An Indie Next Pick
An Amazon Editor’s Pick

This masterful novel follows a cast of characters whose lives intersect when an accident occurs at the Metropolis Storage Warehouse in Massachusetts. But was it really an accident? Was it suicide? A murder? Six mysterious characters who rent units in, or are connected to, the self-storage facility, must now reevaluate their lives. The characters have a variety of backgrounds: They are different races; they practice different religions; they’re young and they’re not so young; they are rich, poor, and somewhere in the middle. As they dip in and out of one another’s lives and try to discover the details of the accident, Shapiro builds tension to an exciting climax.

Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka

An Amazon Editor’s Pick

“Isaka keeps the suspense high throughout. Fans of intricate action fiction will be enthralled.” — starred, Publishers Weekly

Satoshi—The Prince—looks like an innocent schoolboy, but is really a stylish and devious assassin. Kimura’s young son is in a coma thanks to The Prince, and Kimura has tracked him onto a bullet train to exact his revenge. But Kimura soon discovers that they aren’t the only dangerous passengers on board. Nanao, the self-proclaimed “unluckiest assassin in the world,” is put on the bullet train by his boss, Maria, to steal a suitcase full of money and get off at the first stop. The lethal duo of Tangerine and Lemon are also traveling to Morioka, and the suitcase leads others to show their hands. Why are they all on the same train, and who will make it off alive?

Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin’s Wrath by Bill Browder

A New York Times Bestseller
An Amazon Editor’s Pick

When Bill Browder’s lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, was beaten to death, Browder made it his mission to go after his killers. The first step was to uncover who was behind the tax-refund scheme Magnitsky was killed over. As Browder tracked the money, he discovered that Vladimir Putin was a beneficiary of the crime. Putin hired process servers to chase Browder, and enlisted lawyers and politicians in America to bring him down. Freezing Order is a morality tale about how one man can take on one of the most ruthless villains in the world—and win.

The Club: A Novel by Ellery Lloyd

An Instant New York Times Bestseller
A Reese’s Book Club Pick

“The payoff is completely satisfying. Fans of Ruth Ware’s One by One will be riveted.” — starred, Publishers Weekly

The Home Group is a glamorous collection of celebrity members’ clubs dotted across the globe, where the rich and famous can party hard, far from the prying eyes of fans and the media. The most spectacular of all is Island Home, and its three-day launch party is the most coveted A-list invite of the decade. But behind the scenes, the ambitious and expensive project has pushed the Home Group’s CEO and his team to their limits. As tempers fray and behavior worsens, as things get more sinister and the body count piles up, some of Island Home’s members will begin to wish they’d never made the guest list. Because if your name is on the list, you’re not getting out.

The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas

A LibraryReads Selection
An Amazon Editor’s Pick

“Debut gothic thrills appropriately billed for fans of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic and Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer.” — Library Journal

When Don Rodolfo Solórzano proposes, Beatriz ignores the rumors surrounding his first wife’s demise, choosing instead to seize the security that his estate in the countryside provides. But Hacienda San Isidro isn’t the sanctuary she imagined. Something is wrong with the hacienda. Desperate for help, she clings to the young priest, Padre Andrés, as an ally. No ordinary priest, Andrés will have to rely on his skills as a witch to fight off the malevolent presence haunting the hacienda, and protect the woman for whom he feels a powerful, forbidden attraction. But even he might not be enough to battle the darkness. Far from a refuge, San Isidro may be Beatriz’s doom.

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