Thrillers | Prepub Alert, August 2024 Titles

New thrillers from best sellers Sarah Pekkanen and Jesse Q. Sutanto along with several suspenseful debuts; plus a list of forthcoming series titles.








Bamford, Emma. Eye of the Beholder. Gallery/Scout. Aug. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9781982170394. $28.99. SUSPENSE

Bamford follows her big debut, Deep Water, with a story inspired by Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Maddy Wight is ghostwriting the memoir of a cosmetic surgeon at her remote and disturbing estate in the Scottish Highlands. There Maddy meets Scott, only to be devastated months later by his death—but then she thinks she sees him in London.

Brown, Lauren Ling. Society of Lies. Bantam. Aug. 2024. 384p. ISBN 9780593723357. $30. SUSPENSE

This debut from Princeton grad Brown was acquired in a pre-empt. A decade after she graduated, Maya returns to Princeton University for a reunion and her sister Naomi’s graduation. Then the police call to say that Naomi has died in an accident but, knowing that her sister had joined the Sterling Club, Maya is sure the death wasn’t accidental.

Downes, Anna. Red River Road. Minotaur. Aug. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9781250868015. $28. SUSPENSE

In Downes’s (The Shadow House) new thriller, Katy Sweeney is looking for her sister, who disappeared without a trace in the Australian outback while on a solo road trip. Using her sister’s social media posts as a map, Katy retraces her steps and searches for clues. With a 125K-copy first printing.

Flynn, Laurie Elizabeth. Till Death Do Us Part. S. & S. Aug. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9781982144661. $28.99. SUSPENSE

Flynn (The Girls Are All So Nice Here) returns with a story set in Napa Valley. A decade after her husband, Josh, drowned on their honeymoon—his body never found—June is ready to move on with Kyle, but then she sees Josh, who seems to be alive and the owner of a winery in Napa, where she goes looking for answers.

Gauntlett, A.E. The Stranger at the Wedding. Holt. Aug. 2024. 288p. ISBN 9781250343369. $28.99. SUSPENSE

Annie and Mark connect at a group counseling session for trauma survivors and quickly fall in love, but on their wedding day, Annie stands at the altar and spots a stranger—and realizes that her life isn’t going to have a happily-ever-after. UK literary agent Gauntlett’s debut receives a 100K-copy first printing.

Mara, Andrea. Someone in the Attic. Viking: Pamela Dorman. Aug. 2024. 368p. ISBN 9780593831434. $29. SUSPENSE

Best-selling Irish author Mara makes her U.S. debut with this psychological thriller. Anya is enjoying a bath when she sees the attic hatch open and a masked person emerges—then she’s dead. Meanwhile, Anya’s friend Julia sees an online video of a masked figure climbing out of an attic—inside her own house. Who could be after them?

Maxwell, Jessa. I Need You To Read This. Atria. Aug. 2024. 288p. ISBN 9781668008034. $27.99. SUSPENSE

Maxwell follows The Golden Spoon with a story about an advice columnist caught in a dangerous web. After Alex Marks’s childhood hero, advice columnist Francis Keen, is murdered, Alex applies for the columnist job and gets it, but soon she’s searching for Francis’s killer and worrying about her own secrets being revealed.

Mejia, Mindy. A World of Hurt. Atlantic Monthly. Aug. 2024. NAp. ISBN 9780802163110. $27. THRILLER

In Mejia’s sequel to the best-selling To Catch a Storm, drug trafficker Kara, still reeling from her girlfriend’s death, is pressured by the DEA to become an informant. Police officer Max isn’t happy to find out he’ll be babysitting Kara on the DEA task force, but they’ll have to work together to survive.

Montague, Eugenie. Swallow the Ghost. Mulholland. Aug. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9780316568067. $29. THRILLER

Montague’s debut considers public identities and private realities through interlocking stories told from multiple perspectives. Jane Murphy, who works at a social-media marketing startup, helps Jeremy Miller pen a viral internet novel, told through fake social media accounts. Then tragedy strikes, and Jane’s image begins to unravel.

Pekkanen, Sarah. House of Glass. St. Martin’s. Aug. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9781250283993. $29. THRILLER

In best-selling Pekkanen’s (Gone Tonight) latest, eight-year-old Rose, whose parents are in the middle of a contentious divorce, witnesses the death of her nanny. Attorney Stella Hudson is appointed to serve as Rose’s representative in the custody case, but she finds a whole house full of secrets—and suspects. With a 150K-copy first printing.

Richter, Morgan. The Divide. Knopf. Aug. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9780593685679. $27. THRILLER

Richter draws on her knowledge as a TV and film producer in her debut. Jenny St. John lands the lead role in an indie film with Serge Grumet, but the movie tanks. Decades later, when Serge is murdered and his ex-wife goes missing, Jenny is pulled into the case because she looks like the missing woman.

Sutanto, Jesse Q. You Will Never Be Me. Berkley. Aug. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780593546949. $29. SUSPENSE

Best-selling Sutanto (I’m Not Done with You Yet) returns with her second suspense novel, with film rights already optioned. Mom-fluencer Meredith Lee helped fellow mom Aspen Palmer grow her social media reach but found herself ditched as soon as Aspen hit it big. Retaliating, Meredith manages to disrupt Aspen’s perfect image, but Aspen is determined to get her life back—no matter what.

Forthcoming Series Titles

Ledwidge, Michael. No Safe Place. Hanover Square. (Michael Gannon, Bk. 4). Aug. 2024. 384p. ISBN 9781335000415. $30. THRILLER

Preston, Douglas & Lincoln Child. Angel of Vengeance. Grand Central. (Agent Pendergast, Bk. 22). Aug. 2024. 368p. ISBN 9781538765708. $30. THRILLER

Rollins, James. Arkangel. Morrow. (Sigma Force, Bk. 18). Aug. 2024. 528p. ISBN 9780062893161. $30. THRILLER

Slaughter, Karin. This Is Why We Lied. Morrow. (Will Trent, Bk. 12). Aug. 2024. 400p. ISBN 9780063336728. $30. THRILLER

Woodward, M.P. Tom Clancy Shadow State. Putnam. (Jack Ryan Jr., Bk. 12). Aug. 2024. 384p. ISBN 9780593717943. $32. THRILLER

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