There are a lot of familiar authors in the Best Mysteries & Thrillers of May. There are some new voices in the genre as well. Here's a sampling.
Sycamore by Bryn Chancellor - Sycamore is a debut novel about a girl whose remains have been found in a canyon. I'm not giving out any spoilers here: much like in Celeste Ng's memorable Everything I Never Told You, we know the girl is dead from the beginning of the story. The book contains a mystery about how she died, but there's so much more. In the words of Amazon's Vannessa Cronin, "This quietly affecting novel builds up a picture of an ordinary teen, in an ordinary town, and how her disappearance and the very town itself have become inextricably bound in ways that speak to our ability to navigate love, betrayal, deception, desire, and secrets."
A Single Spy by William Christie - A Russian boy is forced into the spy trade, inserted into Nazi Germany, and eventually receives the directive to arrange for the assassinations of Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin? It's stories like this--when a single soul holds the fate of the world in his hands--that give international espionage novels their good name.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins - Could another novel this year have been more anticipated than Paula Hawkins' follow-up to her mega-best selling The Girl on the Train? People who've been around the book business for a while always cringe/eagerly await second novels like this--because the customer response is usually as divided as our most recent presidential election. A check of the customer reviews on Amazon tells that tale.
Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane - In this novel, Lehane takes a damaged woman and puts her through the wringer again. Following an on-air meltdown, Rachel Childs is living as quietly as she can out on the edge of life when life comes rolling full-force right back at her. It's fascinating to watch Lehane break her down and then give her reasons to build herself back up. This is something different from Mystic River, but as a card carrying Lehane fan, I was happy to go along for the ride.
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