Awards & Recognition July’s LibraryReads Are Filled With Chills and Suspense

Add chills to the heat of the summer with these LibraryReads! From WATCH ME DISAPPEAR to FINAL GIRLS, your patrons will be enthralled with the mysteries that are in store for them. Make sure to put these titles up front to remind your patrons that LibraryReads also make great listens!

Don’t forget to check out the full list of July LibraryReads picks here. Check out our LibraryReads Make Great Listens collection to see all of our BOT LibraryReads picks (since the program began).

By Janelle Brown
Read by Kaleo Griffith and Tavia Gilbert


LibraryReads review: “Billie is a beloved and loving wife and mother to Jonathan and Olive – or so they believe. Her disappearance while hiking dredges up secrets about Billie’s radical past, doubts about how well either of them knew the woman around whom their lives revolved, and questions about whether Billie is even dead…or simply vanished. Hand this one to fans of domestic thrillers like The Woman in Cabin 10 or The Couple Next Door. They won’t be disappointed.” – Donna Maturri, Pickerington Public Library, Pickerington, OH

Why try the audio? Listeners looking for a heart-racing summer thriller will be kept on the edge of their seats by the story of tragic loss and secrets that cause a father and daughter to question everything. Brown, the author of the bestselling All We Wanted Was Everything, keeps tensions high until the very end. Kaleo Griffith and Tavia Gilbert provide compelling narration and conveys the pain these characters experience when they discover that the wife and mother they knew had not been honest with them.

Advance praise for WATCH ME DISAPPEAR:

“Clever and compelling, this ricocheting tale reveals that, even in the closest families, how little we know of the ones we love, and how our own secrets are often the hardest to bear, can cost us dearly in the end.”—Lisa Gardner, author of Right Behind You

“A riveting, seductive read about the secret, protected places within even the most intimate relationships . . . Janelle Brown has written a novel that provokes thought as her story twists and turns. I loved it.”—Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants

“Watch Me Disappear is at once a riveting page-turner and a thoughtful meditation on what it means to know other people—and ourselves.”—Edan Lepucki, New York Times bestselling author of California

“I devoured WATCH ME DISAPPEAR in one sitting. In this poignant and captivating story of a missing woman and the family she left behind, Brown deftly peels away the layers of a loving marriage to reveal a haunting mystery and a devastating truth: that no matter how much you love someone, you can never truly know them.”—Laura McHugh, author of The Weight of Blood

“The real magic of WATCH ME DISAPPEAR is Brown’s gift for evoking familial love in all its mad permutations—and the more intensely for the high stakes of what has been taken, and what is yet to be found. This is a story you simply don’t want to end—but then, lord, what an ending!”—Tim Johnston, author of Descent

By Michelle Richmond

LibraryReads review: “Newlyweds Jake and Alice are understandably nervous about starting married life together. So, when given the opportunity to join the exclusive group known as “The Pact” –whose stated goal is to keep married couples happy and together forever, they jump at the offer. However, things quickly take a sinister turn and readers will be hooked as Jake and Alice struggle to find their way out.” – Becky Bowen, Kenton Public Library, Independence, KY

Advance praise for THE MARRIAGE PACT:

“Riveting psychological suspense! This book will keep you up all night, while making you second-guess everything you know and everyone you’ve ever loved.”—Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Right Behind You

“A truly chilling thriller . . . It ranks with The Stepford Wives and Gone Girl as a terrifying look at what it really means to say ‘I do.’”—Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Guilty Minds

“ THE MARRIAGE PACT is a tense, twisting, quirky novel of growing dread—and a love story with a richly imagined relationship between a wife and husband. Michelle Richmond looks with a gimlet eye at our therapy-obsessed culture and wonders if the experts who claim to have all the cures might themselves need therapy.”—Dean Koontz, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Corner

“Michelle Richmond is, simply put, a great storyteller. And THE MARRIAGE PACT, without gimmicks or tricks, is a twisting, suspenseful, keep-you-up-all-night thriller.  But it’s more than that, too. It’s a deep, insightful, nearly voyeuristic view into modern marriage—what brings us together, what keeps us together, what tears us apart. A smart, engrossing, scary read!”—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of The Red Hunter

“A brilliant premise for a novel of psychological suspense, taut plotting, and deft writing, THE MARRIAGE PACT shows in gripping detail just what could go wrong when we try too hard to protect the love we cherish most.”—J. P. Delaney, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before

“Clever and original—as smart as it is scary.”—Gin Phillips, author of Fierce Kingdom

“This sometimes disturbing, always thought-provoking stunner of a novel will keep you reading far too late into the night.”—Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King’s Daughter

By Riley Sager
Read by Hillary Huber and Erin Bennett


LibraryReads review: “When Quincy Carpenter survived a massacre while the rest of her friends were murdered, the press labeled her a “Final Girl”- part of a group that consisted of two other women who were the only ones to survive their own tragedies. Quincy has no desire to claim this label and wants to move on. But when one of the final girls dies, and the other confronts Quincy, claiming that a killer might be targeting them, Quincy’s new life unravels. Readers will be invested in seeing if Quincy can retain her status as the last one standing.” – Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library, Huntington, NY

Why try the audio? Sager’s debut is a vividly set, breath-of-fresh-air thriller that shatters protagonist Quincy’s sense of survival ten years after a killer’s bloody massacre of four of her friends. The remaining “Final Girl” must revisit the details of that tragic night as her horror story once again takes over her life as she tries to find the truth. Experienced narrators Erin Bennett and Hillary Huber accentuate the nonstop pace of the story and the cinematic setting that comes to life throughout.

Advance praise for FINAL GIRLS:

“The first great thriller of 2017 is almost here: FINAL GIRLS, by Riley Sager. If you liked Gone Girl, you’ll like this.”—Stephen King

“The FINAL GIRLS need you. You must sit down with this book, you must read. You must start flipping pages, faster, faster, faster. The FINAL GIRLS are tough, everything survivors should be. But the new threat is clever, ominous, even closer than you suspect. You are about to gasp. You might drop the book. You may have to look over your shoulder. But you must keep reading. This is the best book of 2017, the FINAL GIRLS need you.” —Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Find Her

“A fresh voice in psychological suspense.” – Kirkus Reviews

By Eve Chase
Read by Clare Corbett and Emilia Fox


LibraryReads review: “In 1959, the Wilde sisters spend the summer at Applecote, a country manor, with their aunt and uncle who are still reeling after the disappearance of their daughter Audrey. The spirit of Audrey is everywhere and the sisters’ close bonds are tested with secrets and jealousies revealed. Fifty years later, Jesse and her family move back to Applecote, hoping for a fresh start. Their transition is not smooth and they are swept up into the old mystery. A page turning, suspenseful novel with richly created characters, a twisting plot, and a gothic setting. A delicious, shivery tale!” – Judy Sebastian, Eastham Public Library, Eastham, MA

Why try the audio? Chase takes listeners to Applecote Manor in the English countryside, the home of the four Wilde Sisters, where a mystery that surrounded their summer there remains fifty years later. Clare Corbett and Emilia Fox are able to capture the spirits of two families that find their lives remarkably changed by this seemly picturesque home. As in her debut novel, Black Rabbit Hall, Chase creates a haunting setting for these families to discover just how powerful secrets can be.

Advance praise for THE WILDLING SISTERS:

“An enthralling story of secrets, sisters, and an unsolved mystery.” —Kate Morton

“A bewitching gothic tale of sisters and secrets.” – Kirkus Reviews

See all ten of July’s LibraryReads 2017 picks on the LibraryReads site.

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