It was hard not to be jaded when you worked homicide. Laura had seen things that ere sickening, depraved, cruel. The worst of the worst people can do to each other, but this girl had touched a nerve. This case rattled her. – An excerpt from Conceptus by Brian Herskowitz
Isabella Steel brings forth a huge scoop of politics, conspiracies, murders, and media-jungle in Revenge is Reason Enough. When Congress shut down the government, they indirectly signed the murder warrant of the loved ones of many families. One such family were of Alex Conway. Having lost his wife a while back, his daughter was everything to him. When she fell ill, he rushed to the hospital, only to be informed that due to the shutdown, CHIP insurance was stopped. CHIP insurance would have provided the necessary treatment to his dying daughter. Subsequently, she passed away, leaving Alex burning with fury and vengeance. So, when a twist of fate offered him unlimited resources, he planned the best revenge for the untimely death of his daughter. Washington DC was burning with not only Alex’s revenge-plan, but also by the corruption, insensitivities, and follies of an incompetent President. Not just his staff but the whole country had become a laughing stock, courtesy of President Glass.
The Liar Next Door by Nicola Marsh begins with Francesca, aka Frankie, and her perfect life. At the outset, her life with her husband, Andre, daughter, Luna, and her successful vlog career appears perfect. Once the audience manages to peek through the many layers of perfection, at the core, none of it is perfect. Andre had cheated on her, and although she took him back, in her heart, she is unable to trust him completely. With that suspicion lurking inside, the cost of keeping a flawless front for the world is taking a toll on her. Unaware of her internal conflicts and turmoil, her new neighbor, a single mother named Celeste, envies Frankie for her lifestyle. For the sake of her daughter, however, she attempts to bond with Frankie. It’s crucial for her that her daughter, Vi, forms a connection with Luna. Nevertheless, when Frankie learns about Celeste’s dark past, she finds herself conflicted about allowing this friendship to blossom. Unbeknownst to both of them, another scandal is on the brink of revealing itself. Their neighbor, Saylor, both married and pregnant, is finding herself in a very peculiar situation. As much as she loves her husband, she cannot deny the strong feelings she has for one of her neighbors. One thing is common amongst them all: none of them seem to trust Celeste completely.
Primed for Vengeance by Gill D Anderson is a nail-biting Crime Thriller, cleverly entwined with human psychology and intriguing suspense. Butch is a sadist who finds joy in petrifying people by his horrid actions and formidable looks. To a stranger, he resembles a devil’s minion. Although he enjoys projecting this persona, he cannot waste precious time indulging in this hobby of his; mainly because he is on a mission to kill a woman he called “Heartbreaker.” Since this is his only mission in life, he wishes to formulate a plan that will ensure maximum pain to the “Heartbreaker,” and consequently, a paramount satisfaction to him.
A cocktail of Sci-fi, Thriller and Paranormal genres, The Daemon’s Wish by Chris Wright is a fascinating murder mystery. The story is set in the year 2410. By this year, humans have habited Mars and Europa as well. The peaceful life of Europa is shattered when a killer goes on a murderous streak. Each gruesome murder is a scene from hell, with the victim’s organs splashed in the stream of their own blood. Detective Johnson and Detective Thomas seek the help of a psychological profiler, Noah Peterson, who had proved instrumental in throwing several criminals behind the bars. Solving these murders, however, will not prove to be an easy feat as the crime scenes do not have any DNA other than that of the victims. As bodies begin piling up, the race to catch the killer, who leaves no human trace, ensures many several nights and quick thinking. At this crucial time, Noah has his own demons to face. His health conditions — migraine and epilepsy — have deteriorated overnight. But, the seizures are the least of his worries; he is having serious memory gaps that seem to coincide with the time of the murder. Moreover, his appearance at every sight of the murder makes him a suspect too.
She’s Mine by A.A. Chaudhuri is a psychological thriller that explores the dark side of marriage, infidelity, and motherhood. For the world, Christine had it all: a good and devoted husband, a successful career, and stunning looks. However, there was a void that only her lover, who was not her husband, could fill. The physical attraction between Christine and her lover was so strong that she could not resist this raw magnetic attraction. Although she knew it was wrong, she continued the affair even after giving birth to her first child — a beautiful daughter named Heidi. Then, one day, this bundle of joy, her daughter, was abducted while she was busy talking to her lover on the phone.
Alter Ego by K.A. Masson is a domestic noir thriller that provides the readers front-row seats to witness the agonizing, steamy, delicious, and heartbreaking drama in the life of Alexandra Kendrew (aka Alex). In her forties, the most cumbersome thing for Alex was to maintain a balance between dating and parenting. As she browsed through the websites, she realized online dating had a big chunk of incompatible and intolerable middle-aged men looking for way younger women to date. At the same time, once in a while, if you were lucky, you might land a gem. Mal, for her, was just that: a gem amongst an ocean of losers.
The Society by C.G. Abbot, the first in Elizabeth Grant Thrillers series, unveils a shocking conspiracy led by a group of influential and powerful white supremacists fanatical about shoving their agenda down the throats of everybody in the US. The group worked under the title of The Society for a Restored America and carried out their unlawful acts silently. Little did they know that an apparently harmless woman named Elizabeth Grant would turn out to be their worst nightmare. Unaware of her significance, Elizabeth was suffering from the loss of her best friend, Loralie. Seven years ago, on a fateful night, Loralie went missing, never to be found.
Truth of the Shadows by Slade Templeton is a psychological thriller/horror fiction that revolves around Dr. Joseph Hoffman. He was a head psychiatrist at Cottage Grove Hospital who relied on logic and his vast knowledge seconded by science. In front of his patients, who talked about furniture moving at its own will, their dead son coming back to be with her, hallucinations of angels, etc., Joseph was the calm and composed psychiatrist who had a logical explanation for their delusional paranoia. However, underneath his confident demeanor resided an ever-consuming guilt and sorrow.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn is a psychological thriller that keeps the wheels turning in the heads of the readers. Anna Fox, the protagonist, had been cooped inside of her home for ten months. She was an agoraphobic who shivered at the mere thought of stepping outside. So, her window was literally…