10 great new thrillers to pack in your vacation suitcase this year

The perfect beach reads.

If you’re already planning your summer vacation or have a long weekend booked for the near future, you may have already started thinking about which books to pick up at the airport before boarding the plane.

I know for me it’s one of my favorite pre-flight rituals, that’s for sure.

And right now, after reading quite a few reads this spring, I can’t recommend these 10 thrillers highly enough – trust me, you won’t be able to stop thinking about them or even put them down until you finish the last page :

1. Missing local woman

By Marie Kubica

When a local mother and her six-year-old daughter, Delilah, suddenly disappear, their close-knit suburban community is rocked by fear and suspicion. How could such a terrible thing happen in their small town?

Then, eleven years later, Delilah shockingly reappears. Everyone wants to know what really happened to him. But there are secrets deeply hidden in the past – and when the truth about those missing years begins to surface, no one is prepared for what they are about to discover.



By Stacey Willingham

When Chloe Davis was twelve years old, six teenage girls went missing in her small town in Louisiana. By the end of the summer, her own father had confessed to the crimes and been sidelined for life, leaving Chloe and the rest of her family to wrestle with the truth and try to move on while facing the consequences. Now, 20 years later, when one local teenager goes missing, and then another, that terrifying summer returns, with Chloe at the center of the mystery.


3. The last thing he said to me

By Laura Dave

Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to get a word out to his new wife, Hannah: protect her. Hannah knows exactly who Owen needs her to protect – her teenage daughter, Bailey, who tragically lost her mother as a child. And who wants absolutely nothing to do with his new mother-in-law.

As her desperate calls to Owen go unanswered, her boss is arrested for fraud, and the police begin to question him, Hannah realizes that her husband is not who he claimed to be. And that Bailey may hold the key to discovering Owen’s true identity and why he disappeared. Together, they set out to uncover the truth. But as they begin to piece together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize that their lives will never be the same…



By Sarah Pearse

A beautiful, eerie hotel in the Swiss Alps, recently converted from an abandoned sanatorium, is the last place Detective Elin Warner wants to be. But her brother has invited her there for his engagement party, and she feels she has no choice but to accept.

Arriving in the middle of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge. And things only get worse when they wake up the next morning to find his brother’s fiancee missing. With access to the hotel cut off, customers begin to panic.


5. Dear child

By Romy Hausmann

A windowless cabin in the woods. Lena’s life and that of her two children follows the rules set by their captor, the father: meals, bathroom visits, study time are strictly scheduled and meticulously observed. He protects his family from the dangers that await the outside world and ensures that his children will always have a mother to take care of them.

One day, Lena manages to escape – but the nightmare continues. It seems that his executioner wants to recover what is his. And then there’s the question of whether she really is the woman called “Lena”, who vanished without a trace over thirteen years ago. The police and Lena’s family desperately try to piece together a puzzle that doesn’t seem quite right.


6. The Dilemma


It’s Livia’s 40th birthday and she’s throwing the party of her life to make up for the wedding she never had. Everyone she loves will be there except her daughter Marnie, who is studying abroad. But although Livia loves Marnie, she’s secretly happy not to be at the party. She has to tell Adam something about their daughter, but she’s waiting for the party to be over so they can have that last happy moment together.

Adam wants everything to be perfect for Livia, so he secretly arranged for Marnie to come home and surprise her on her birthday. During the day, he learns terrible news. He has to tell Livia, because how can the party go on? But she’s so happy, so excited – and the guests are about to arrive.

The dilemma – how far would you go to give someone you love their last hours of happiness?


7. The couple at No. 9

By Claire Douglas

When pregnant Saffron Cutler moves into 9 Skelton Place with her boyfriend Tom and begins renovations, the last thing she expects is for the builders to discover a body. Of them bodies, in fact.

Coroners say the bodies were buried for at least thirty years, leading police to question the cottage’s former owner – Saffy’s grandmother, Rose. Rose’s Alzheimer’s disease means her memory is increasingly muddled. She can’t help the police – but it’s clear she remembers something.

As Rose’s fragmented memories resurface and the police dig deeper and deeper, Saffy worries that she and the cottage are being watched. . .

What happened thirty years ago?
What role did her grandmother play?
And is Saffy now in danger? . . .


8. Missing Girl

By Carla Kovatch

Five-year-old Cally waits in her pretty pink bedroom for the sound of the front door opening and her mother’s soft voice in the hallway. But when the doorbell finally rings and Cally slips out of bed to look through the banister, a tall man in uniform is all she sees. His mother disappeared…

Teacher Annabel Braddock was last seen drinking at the local pub with her best friend, Jennifer. Witnesses saw tears rolling down her cheeks and friends say she was having trouble with a colleague at work and her marriage had broken down.

But as the two women hugged goodbye, neither noticed the car hurtling towards them. As the dust settled, Jennifer lay unconscious on the floor and Annabel was nowhere to be found. She would never give up on her little girl, so did someone take her away?

As the family huddles around Jennifer’s hospital bed, hoping she will wake up, the police visit Annabel’s home and her inconsolable daughter, Cally, tells them she saw a man outside looking into her bedroom as she climbed into bed that night. Was it his childish imagination, or had someone been watching Annabel’s house?


9. Family vacations

By Shalini Boland

The whitewashed Italian villa is perfect. I thought it might seem strange living in a stranger’s house for the summer, but as my husband and kids swim in the infinity pool, I begin to relax. And then, at the bottom of a cupboard, I find a photo that breaks everything…

Sparkling green eyes, square jaw, smirk. A young man with his arm around a beautiful woman. The photo is old and faded but I would recognize it anywhere. The man is my husband.

But we never met the family we swapped homes with and my husband swears it’s not him in the picture. He lies. We argue on the balcony with the sun setting behind us and I storm out.

When I’ve finally calmed down enough to return to the villa to confront him, I find him lying on the veranda…dead.


10. The Creek

By Alice Clark Platts

Welcome to Turtle Cove.

A luxury resort surrounded by crystal clear sea and the dense beauty of the jungle, it is the perfect escape from the stresses of life and work. For couples Lou and Adam, Eliza and Noah, a few days spent relaxing on the beach, while their children are happily distracted, is just what they need.

But appearances can be deceiving.

There is a strange tension simmering in the resort, with relations between the hotel and the locals threatening to escalate into violence. However, this is nothing compared to the tense atmosphere between the two families. They haven’t been friends for long and begin to realize that they don’t really know each other at all.

Except for one of them. One of them knows another very well.


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