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2017 books I need to get my hands on part 2: mystery/suspense!

Back in January I spent a week sharing the 2017 novels from the first half of the year that I couldn’t wait to read (non-fiction, sci-fi/fantasy, contemporary, historical, and mystery/suspense). This week I’ll be sharing the novels from September-December that have me all starry-eyed, beginning with yesterday’s peek at historical fiction! Today is all about mystery and suspense novels!!

The Visitors by Katherine Burns | September 26, 2017
Marion is a woman in her fifties who lives with her older brother John in a decaying townhouse. The shy, timid spinster still sleeps with teddy bears and knows to avoid whatever her brother is doing down in their cellar. That is, until the day John has a sudden heart attack. Marion is forced to go down into the basement and face her brother’s gruesome secret. I don’t know much about this one, but it sounds like it could be deliciously creepy and dark!

Mabel Opal Pear and the Rules For Spying by Amanda Hosch | October 1, 2017
Mabel’s parents are spies, so when they suddenly disappear without a word, she’s not overly concerned. However, Aunt Gertie is unexpectedly arrested for leading a smuggling ring and another aunt and uncle descend upon the family’s museum – things aren’t quite adding up for Mabel. Determined to find her parents, she gets to work, using a spy handbook she personally wrote. Middle Grade mysteries are always so, so fun!

The Breathless by Tara Goedjen
One year ago, Roxanne’s body was found on the beach. That was also the night her boyfriend Cage took off and hasn’t been seen since…until now. He shows up unannounced at the door asking for her, seemingly without any memory of the past year – for Cage, Roxanne was alive and well the day before. Then Roxanne’s sister discovers a little green book, a book full of dangerous secrets that are better left to the dead.

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis | October 10, 2017
This one sounds like it could wind up being totally bonkers. Sasha has worked her entire life to ensure her future is headed exactly where she has planned: the Oberlin Conservatory where she’ll be a star musician. She’s at the top of her class with a straight-laced boyfriend…so why is she suddenly finding herself staring at Isaac, a boy who practically screams trouble? With gaps in her memory – and memories of things she knows she certainly didn’t do with Isaac, Sasha soon learns her clear-cut, carefully planned life didn’t begin quite so nicely: she absorbed her twin in the womb. Yep, definitely crazy and I have a feeling the twin is still inside Sasha, explaining all those gaps in time perhaps?

Ruby and Olivia by Rachel Hawkins | October 24, 2017
Although Ruby is besties with Emma, she most definitely is NOT friends with Emma’s twin sister Olivia. Unfortunately for the two of them, Emma is away for the summer, leaving Ruby and Olivia stuck together at camp. When the campers are tasked with cataloging the contents of an old mansion, strange things begin to happen and in order to solve the mystery Ruby and Olivia will need to put aside their differences and work together. I adore Rachel and this one sounds lovely.

The Silent Fountain by Victoria Fox | October 31, 2017
Hollywood, 1978, a trouble film starlet finds herself in the arms of a charming Italian and she’s convinced her fortunes have finally changed. That is, until she meets his sister and discovers her new husband has a dark past. In present day Tuscany, a woman needs to disappear, but the crumbling villa she finds herself in isn’t exactly the secluded haven she hoped for. There are strange noises in the attic, the villa’s owner refuses to meet her in person. I love dark secrets, grand old houses, and dual narratives – this book has my name written all over it!

Penelope March is Melting by Jeffrey Michael Ruby | November 14, 2017
A town on top of an ice berg. A mom who vanishes. There are sea monsters and an ancient mystery and though I don’t know much about this one, I am SO. THERE.

Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda | November 14, 2017
I’ll read anything Megan writes at this point. Though this one doesn’t sound all that original – a girl discovers her ex-boyfriend wasn’t exactly who she thought he was – I have read enough of Megan’s work to know she’s an absolute master at what she does and I’m positive this will be fantastic and super twisty!

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