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Psychological fiction

  • Author:
    Foster, Sara
    Summary:

    Tom Carruso left home soon after Lizzie Burdett disappeared under a darkening cloud of suspicion, and now he's back for the inquest into Lizzie's disappearance, intent on telling his side of the story.

  • Author:
    Elias, Michael
    Summary:

    Nina is actually a tough Queens cop, an avenger on a mission. Her latest investigation involves Artemis, one of the city's battered women's shelters. A number of men connected to the women living there are ending up dead. Why? To find the answer, she's going undercover into the shelter as a brutalized woman. Though Nina is playing a victim, she's anything but. Yet this isn't her only secret.

  • Author:
    Dodd, Christina
    Summary:

    Eighteen-year-old Evelyn Jones lands a job in small-town Alaska, working for a man in his isolated mountain home. But she soon faces charges of theft, embezzlement, and a brutal double murder.

  • Author:
    Andrews, Alexandra
    Summary:

    Florence Darrow becomes the assistant to a celebrated-but-anonymous novelist. But when Florence wakes up in the hospital after a car crash and Helen is dead, she begins to imagine an "upgrade" into Helen's life.

  • Author:
    Hynes, Joel Thomas
    Summary:

    Scrappy tough guy and three-time loser Johnny Keough seizes an unexpected "clean slate" opportunity as a sign from above and embarks on an epic hitchhiking journey across Canada to deliver his girlfriend's ashes to a fabled beach on the outskirts of Vancouver. This is the story of one man's kicking-and-screaming attempt to recuperate from a life of petty crime and shattered relationships, and somehow accept and maybe even like the new man emerging from within, the one he so desperately needs to become.

  • Author:
    French, Nicci
    Summary:

    A group of housemates must determine the killer among them when a series of murders occur. As the difference between friend and stranger becomes vaguer, the line between attraction and danger thins.

  • Author:
    Macmillan, Gilly
    Summary:

    When mystery writer Lucy Harper's husband suddenly goes missing, his disappearance evokes dark memories that take Lucy back more than thirty years, to the day her brother vanished.

  • Author:
    Mofina, Rick
    Summary:

    Janie Klassyn was only fourteen when she made the blood pact with her friends. But twenty years later, she finds a threatening note on her car, and it becomes harder to keep up the deception.

  • Author:
    Fisher, Tarryn
    Summary:

    Juno was wrong about the Crouch family. She thought that they had the perfect life. But after overhearing a chilling conversation, she knows this could be her chance to make a few things right.

  • Author:
    Savage, Vanessa
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    Two girls went down to the woods... But only one came back. There's a lot from Tess's childhood that she would rather forget. The family who moved next door and brought chaos to their quiet lives. The two girls who were murdered, their killer never found. But the only thing she can't remember is the one thing she wishes she could. Ten years ago, Tess's older sister died. Ruled a tragic accident, the only witness was Tess herself, but she has never been able to remember what happened that night in the woods. Now living in London, Tess has resolved to put the trauma behind her. But an emergency call from her father forces her back to the family home, back to where her sister's body was found, and to the memories she thought were lost forever...

  • Author:
    Jackson, Joanne
    Summary:

    A year after the early death of his wife, John Davies comes hesitantly out of retirement to take a job at The Wheaton, a senior's residence. Having resisted 'getting involved' for his entire life, John is immediately out of his comfort zone. The Wheaton is a boundary-free environment, and he is immersed in the kinds of sticky matters he usually does his best to avoid. Surrounded by mortality and the ghosts of regret haunting many of the residents, John begins to do the unthinkable: relate to his fellow creatures and reconsider his past. After a life of being a selfish husband and a distracted absentee father, is it too late to try to make amends?

  • Author:
    Reid, Rebecca
    Summary:

    When a young woman embarks on what she thinks is the relationship of a lifetime, her new husband insists they follow one rule: they don't talk about the past. But it's a rule that has dangerous consequences.

  • Author:
    Harrison, A. S. A.
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    Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event.

  • Author:
    Raabe, Melanie
    Summary:

    Ruth Ware meets Shari Lapena in this internationally bestselling psychological thriller about the inescapable pull of destiny and revenge.
    Norah Richter has recently moved from Berlin to Vienna, hoping to put her old life behind her. While walking to her new office one morning, Norah is approached by an elderly woman who utters these chilling words:
    On the eleventh of February, you will kill a man called Arthur Grimm …
    With good reason. And of your own free will.
    Norah is unnerved — many years earlier, something terrible happened to her on February 11 — but she chooses to shrug off the encounter as mere coincidence, until a few days later when she meets a man named Arthur Grimm.
    Soon Norah begins to have a dreadful suspicion: Does she have a good reason to hate this man she’s never met? Could he be responsible for the tragic event in her past? And can Norah make sure that justice is done without committing murder?

  • Author:
    Goodman, Carol
    Summary:

    Tess has worked hard to keep her past buried, where it belongs. Then one more morning, Tess gets a call from the headmistress of her son, Rudy's, school: Lila Zeller, her son's girlfriend, has been found dead on the beach, not far from where Tess found Rudy just hours before. As the investigation escalates, Tess learns that this isn't the first blemish on the school's record, and realizes that not all skeletons will stay safely locked in the closet.

  • Author:
    Kane, Darby
    Summary:

    Elisa Wright is convinced her brother-in-law is a murderer. Every woman Josh dates has wound up missing or dead. But when she talks with Josh's new girlfriend, she starts to question her own sanity.

  • Author:
    Camus, Albert
    Summary:

    In the small coastal city of Oran, Algeria, rats begin rising up from the filth only to die as bloody heaps in the streets. Shortly after, an outbreak of the bubonic plague erupts and envelops the human population. Albert Camus' The Plague is a brilliant and haunting rendering of human perseverance and futility in the face of a relentless terror born of nature.

  • Author:
    Lent, John
    Summary:

    The Path to Ardroe is an exploration of friendship and its limits, life changes, and the challenges and aspirations of writers. Peter Chisholm wrestles with his craft just as his writer friend Rick Connelly does; so too does the novice Melissa, the daughter of their friends Ronnie and Carol. Trapped by his own deceptions, Peter finds himself at forty-two without direction and so it seemed an eerie coincidence to him that unplanned events had conspired to place him in Lochinver, Scotland, developing his next novel and seeking out his former lover. He has gone there to seek a solution to his restlessness and his self-imposed fakery, but he has no idea of the fearful ghosts he will conjure. In various states of introspection Peter’s friends are also coming to terms with their own life-changing moments. For emerging writer Melissa Picard, on a six-month trip to Strasbourg, France, it will be her struggle with the past criticisms of her writing. Through a budding friendship with a celebrated writer and a transformative affair with an artist, she begins to understand that her challenges are not unique, and that to write with a simple purity, the way Derain painted, she must finally listen to her own voice. Rick Connelly is also at a creative crossroads of self and meaning. Struggling with the control of his writing voice and intently floundering in his need to show what his father meant to him, he seeks the solitude of nature to reshape his instincts about himself and the life path he has chosen. Finally there is Tania, who lost her mother too young and whose immigrant roots shape her in ways that she is only beginning to understand. Faced with her own immanent death from pancreatic cancer, she is stripping her life bare of all pretense while taking stock of the people and events who have made her who she really is. But it will be Peter Chisholm at the novel’s end, who in a profound epiphany, will discover the fulcrum that balances private compromises with the artistic quandaries of the literary life, and it will not be the revelation he assumed.

  • Author:
    McCormack, Eric
    Summary:

    Learning of a horrifying family crime from his grandfather, journalist Ezra Stevenson tries to verify the story by tracking down four brothers and sisters, alleged victims of abuse. "Full of death and suffering, the novel exhilarates rather than depresses, its stark dourness vivifying rather than dulling the reading appetite," concluded PW. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Incorporated.

  • Author:
    Calder, Marie Donais
    Summary:

    Johann doesn't know how to find the joy in life in Eddie's absence. His world is shrouded in sadness. There is only one place he can go to in order to find even a shred of comfort. But then the Polish return reigniting terror within him and his family.

    Ed is finally home with Frances and their three little boys so why is he feeling so deatached from life? What can he do to reclaim his life? Who can he talk to? Just when he begins to feel a sense of normalcy, devastating news about a plane crash near Estevan, Saskatchewan sends him into a downward emotional spiral.

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