Jonathan Kellerman’s “psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix” (Los Angeles Times), and this intensely thrilling blend has never been so powerful as in the acclaimed author’s new novel of murder and madness among the beautiful dreamers, seductive predators, and doomed innocents adrift in the glare of Southern California’s eternal sunshine.
A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant’s body, buried sixty years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor’s vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough to cut down to the bone of this chilling case—and draw out the disturbing truth.
If you enjoyed Jonathan Kellerman’s Guilt, check out these indie thrillers and chillers.
Looking for Liberty Wild by T.C. Conrad is the story of a young man’s quest to save his best friend from imminent disaster.
Dale Raintree and Liberty Wild grew up together in a Minnesota town with a whopping population of eight humans, one horse and three dogs. When they went off to college, Liberty went missing and Dale’s left searching for clues.
Along the way, Dale becomes infatuated with two gorgeous women, one much older, and one young and sexy with a bad attitude and an even badder boyfriend. Dale must stay focused to find his friend… before something bad happens.
The Uninvited by Jonathan Daniel is an unexpected and rather terrifying adventure in an exotic locale.
While on vacation in Thailand in 2004, Owen Decker lost his wife to a tsunami and barely escaped with his own life. From that moment on, he has been deathly afraid of the water. Then he receives an invitation to attend a company retreat on the CEO’s private island in the Bahamas. Owen sees it as an opportunity to move on, to confront his fears and conquer them once and for all. But something is waiting on the island; an evil beyond comprehension. Once again, Owen is running for his life. And on this island, there aren’t many places to hide.
The Killing Moon by V.J. Chambers explores a different kind of creepy action, but will keep your heart pumping as you turn the pages.
Six months ago, werewolf tracker Dana Gray barely escaped from Cole Randall, the wolf serial killer who kept her in his basement torturing her. Toying with her. He almost killed her, but he couldn’t. He let her live.
Now, she finds herself obsessed with Cole. His voice haunts her, hypnotic and liquid, flowing through her, both horrifying and arousing. She can’t shut him up. At her job, she struggles with a bewildering case in which rehabilitated werewolves are going astray and killing again.
From his maximum security cell, Cole claims he has all the answers. But he’ll only talk to Dana. Maybe Cole knows something. Maybe he doesn’t. Dana doesn’t know. She only knows she’s grateful for the excuse to go to him. And once she hears his voice again, she’ll do anything to see him, whether it helps the case or not.
Wait for Me by Elisabeth Naughton (#1 on IR’s List Where Indies Count and #3 on The New York TimesBest Seller List for Fiction eBooks!) is a stunning tale of deception
Kate Alexander finds her life thrown into a whirlwind when she discovers that Jake, the man whom she believed to be her husband of seven years and the father of her young son, is an imposter and the life she has led has been a lie.
Author Elizabeth Naughton credibly conveys Kate’s struggles to reconcile her newly discovered past life with her lack of memory and the innate familiarity she feels for a stranger who appears to be part of the mystery behind her disappearance.
Bad Games by Jeff Menapace has been called “an intense psychological thriller, Bad Games has the dark, mind-bending chills of The Bad Seed combined with the primal, fish-out-of-water dread of Deliverance.”
The Lambert Family is heading to Crescent Lake, a rural cabin community in western Pennsylvania, for an idyllic weekend getaway. Some fishing, some barbecue, some games…
The Fannelli brothers are heading to Crescent Lake too. Some stalking, some kidnapping, some murder, definitely some games…though not necessarily the type of games the Lamberts had in mind. But it doesn’t matter. The Lamberts are going to play whether they like it or not. Read on if you dare!
Another Man’s Treasure by S.W. Hubbard unearths some interesting loot.
On a snowy Christmas Eve, a beautiful young mother goes out to buy a few last minute gifts and never returns… thirty years later, her daughter picks up her trail.
As the owner of an estate sale business, Audrey Nealon knows a lot about art, antiques, and the unlikely places old people hide their treasures. But the shabby home of an elderly widow holds alarming surprises: street drugs in the silverware drawer, a trunkful of jewels in the attic, and the distinctive ring Audrey’s mother was wearing the night she disappeared. Believing the truth will bring her peace, Audrey relentlessly pursues clues to her family’s troubled history. But each fact Audrey uncovers drags her further away from the love she craves, and puts her on a collision course with people more determined, more ambitious, and more dangerous than she can fathom. Ultimately, some truths are too awful to bear, and too terrible to share.
One Blood by Qwantu Amaru provides a tale that takes us back in time and also enthralls us in the current day. This is one of my favorite indie thrillers and a winner of the IRDA for Horror.
In this intricate tale of intrigue and family drama, it seems like every time you think you’ve figured the whole story out, there is more! Not only is One Blood an amazing narrative, told from the perspectives of various characters stretching from slavery to present day, but it builds upon these characters with plot twists aplenty. Amaru mentions that this book was a twelve year project, and that the world changed greatly in between. However, the story seems to have gotten better and better.
Chance in Hell by Michael Seaver (a Noah Chance Mystery) is a smooth debut novel that sets a pace that will have you reading into the night.
“Well, the book on you is that you’re an alchy, a loser without a lot of promise. A man without redemption.”
Ten years ago, Noah Chance lost everything: his son, his wife, his career. Since then, he has been sinking deeper into alcoholism and self-destructive behavior, picking fights he cannot win. Just when he’s down and almost out, the phone rings….
Ann Walsh lies dead on her dining room floor and all fingers point to her estranged husband, Lt. Owen Walsh, LAPD. Brought in to establish a credible alibi for Walsh, Chance promises only one thing: to chase down all leads until he discovers the truth. What he finds will place his life in danger, test both his tenacity and his integrity, and give Chance a chance, at last, to escape his private hell.
If you enjoyed Guilt and fancy another literary thrill ride to curl up with this week, these should fill up your Kindles quite nicely. Bring a sweater for the chills you will likely get, and don’t forget to charge up that Paper-White, it’s gonna be a long night!
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