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Summer Thriller Book Recommendations & News from My Writing Studio

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I’ve been reading some really great thriller books recently: a gothic-inspired novel set in Morocco, a camp-based suspense novel full of family drama, and a domestic thriller. I’ve included the links here to Amazon but you can also look for them at Better World Books or your local library. 

#1: Tangerine, by Catherine Mangan–A gothic-inspired, slow burn novel of suspense, Tangerine is one that’s been on my mental TBR list for a long time. I remember seeing a lot about it when it first came out it sounded really interesting. If you’re a fan of gaslighting and want to feel as though you’ve traveled across the world without leaving the comfort of home, this is a mystery for you. 

Set in Tangier, in western Morocco in the fifties, the novel is a slow burn suspense. Alice Shipley is the “poor rich girl,” who may look like she’s led a very pampered life. However, the death of her parents at a young age coupled with the fact that she suffers from severe anxiety makes life difficult for her in Tangier where she moves with her new husband. And when her old college roommate, Lucy Mason, shows up on her doorstep, the world begins to fall out under Alice’s feet. 

#2: I’ll Never Tell, by Catherine McKenzie–Set on Lake Macaw in southern Canada, a family comes together following the tragic death of their parents. What will happen to the sleepaway camp which had been not only the family’s livelihood but life for the past 30 years? When the will is read, no one is prepared for the task ahead of them: to find out who was responsible for a horrible tragedy that happened to a camp counselor 20 years before. Nothing can be done with the property until the mystery is solved. 

The novel takes place in a “closed setting” which gives it an Agatha Christie feel and heightens the tension as those desperate to keep their secrets safe find the pressure increasing hourly. 

#3: The Mother-in-Law, by Sally Hepworth–Sure, Lucy Galloway didn’t have a great relationship with her mother-in-law. But she certainly didn’t kill her…did she? In this twisty domestic thriller, we’re introduced to the Galloway children–Ollie and Hettie–and their spouses, none of whom seem to have a motive for offing Diana Goodwin, the family’s matriarch. 

But when the police discover that Diana didn’t take her own life and that she never had a cancer diagnosis as she’d claimed, secrets start slithering out of dark places. 

Hope one or more of these will be a “win” for you.   

My Books Are Going Out of Print…

It struck me recently while doing my favorite at-home yoga program, Yoga with Adriene, that the instructor has done a fantastic job with branding her channel.

I realized what sets Adriene apart is that she keeps doing what she’s good at. She could change it up by adding in gymnastic moves or pilates exercises. But she doesn’t. 

She’s staying true to herself, her “brand”, and creating different videos to fit people of all levels and with different needs. 

What’s all this have to do with out-of-print books? 

When I first started my publishing journey, I was writing everything I loved. That meant a medical thriller and a couple of small-town PI books before I moved into my more gothic-inspired suspense novels. 

And I recognize that it’s time to let some of these older titles go.  

As of June 15th, the following books (print and ebooks) will no longer be available for purchase in any stores: 

Epidemic may or may not follow suit, but if it is culled it will be later this summer or perhaps in early fall. 

As always, thanks for reading. I’d love to hear what’s on your #TBR list this summer. Please leave a comment or tell me on Instagram.

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Published by jpchoquette

I am an author and lover of Gothic books and movies. I enjoy reading, spending time in old cemeteries, visiting junk shops and drinking hot beverages...just not all at the same time.

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