Thrills and Chills

These October releases will keep you on the edge of your seat as you read through tales of espionage, suspense, a little sleuthing and maybe even the supernatural.

1. The Last Sword Maker by Brian Nelson

U.S. Admiral James Curtiss is called to an emergency meeting at the Pentagon to discuss an outbreak spreading in Tibet. An American spy discovered it’s not a disease, but a new weapon developed by Chinese scientists that targets certain genetic traits. This story follows scientists Eric Hill and Jane Hunter as they try to catch up to the Chinese and work toward a breakthrough that will change how power in the world is balanced and how wars will be fought. In the process Hill and Hunter create something more powerful than they ever imagined.

”The Last Sword Maker is a techno-thriller that will make you nostalgic for the days when we only had to worry about nuclear annihilation, an all too plausible examination of how emerging technologies could be weaponized to horrible ends. I don’t recommend reading this one right before bedtime — unless you are prepared to stay up very, very late to finish it.” – Lisa Brackmann, New York Times bestselling author of Go-between.


2. The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

Recently widowed by the Vietnam War Carly Sears learns her unborn baby girl has a heart defect. Doctors tell her nothing can be done to help her child. However, her brother-in-law, a physicist with a mysterious past, suggests a way to save her baby. His suggestion will shatter her preconceptions and will require new strength, courage and an unimaginable leap of faith. The Dream Daughter is a breathtaking and unforgettable novel about one mother’s quest to save her child and believe in the unbelievable.

“Can a story be both mind-bending and heartfelt? In Diane Chamberlain’s hands it can. The Dream Daughter will hold readers in suspense until the last satisfying page.”―Therese Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of Z

“Chamberlain writes with supernatural gifts…fate, destiny, chance and hope combine for a heady and breathless wonder of a read.” ―Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale


3. Open Your Eyes by Paula Daly

Jane Campbell avoids confrontation and lets her bestselling author husband, Leon fight their battles. She’d rather focus on nice things such as being a good mother, wife, cat owner and creative writing teacher. After Leon is brutally attacked in their driveway, in front of their children, Jane realizes that not everything is nice. While Leon is in a coma, Jane must face the problems in her own life and discovers that secrets have been kept from her. Committed to finding out who’s behind the attack, Jane finally must confront the dangers and take matters into her own hands.

“An evenly paced thriller; Daly delivers just enough clues and twists, a little bit at a time, to keep the reader guessing . . .  A satisfyingly original thriller.”Kirkus Reviews


 4. Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

This novel places the reader in the mind and voyeuristic eyes of Frances Jellico.

In the summer of 1969, Frances is researching the architecture in the gardens surrounding a dilapidated English country mansion. While staying in the attic she finds a peephole to peer into the lives of her downstairs neighbors. Frances soon gets to know the couple, Cara and Peter, and they quickly become friends.

As the days move on, and as the summer heats up, Frances discovers that not everything is right between the couple. Cara’s stories don’t add up and Frances gets more and more caught up in the lives of this glamorous, hedonistic couple. Then a small crime brings on something much bigger and a terrible thing happens that will change them all forever.

“Like Daphne du Maurier’s RebeccaBitter Orange sings, enchants, haunts. If not for Claire Fuller’s stunning language and mastery of control, I’d have succumbed to the temptation to blaze through these pages just to see how the suspense resolves. A beautiful novel.” –Daniel Magariel, author of One of the Boys


 5. The Three Beths by Jeff Abbott

The Three Beths is a psychologically intense and emotionally gripping new suspense novel about a daughter’s desperate search for her missing mother – one that may lead her closer to home than she ever anticipated.

My mom would never leave me.
This has been Mariah Dunning’s motto. Her compass. Her belief. So when she glimpses her mother – who’s been missing for the past year – on the other side of a crowded food court, Mariah’s conviction becomes stronger than ever. Or is she losing her mind?

An unlikely coincidence? When Beth Dunning disappeared without a trace, suspicion for her murder-despite the lack of a body or any physical evidence – immediately fell upon Mariah’s father. Until Mariah stumbles upon two other recent disappearances from Lakehaven. And all three women had the same name: Beth.

Or a sinister connection? Mariah would give anything to find out what happened to her mother, and clear her father’s name. But the truth may be more devastating than she could have imagined. – Grand Central Publishing

“Jeff Abbott is a master…I am, and always have been, a devoted fan.”―Lisa UngerNew York Times bestselling author


I’m the library’s fiction selector and I’ve been suggesting new books to library and bookmobile customers for over 17 years. I keep up on all the new book reviews, and my favorite question is “What are you reading?” I love to talk about books and to read books. I like to tell library customers, “Try something new. If you don’t like it, at least the price is right!”