Thrillers | Prepub Alert, April 2024 Titles

Thrillers from David Baldacci, Alyssa Cole, and Mary Kubica, plus debuts and series titles. 








Baldacci, David. A Calamity of Souls. Grand Central. Apr. 2024. 480p. ISBN 9781538765029. $30. THRILLER

Best seller Baldacci (Simply Lies) tries something new here, a thriller set in the 1960s in his hometown of Richmond, VA, during desegregation. The plot is being kept under wraps, but the publisher suggests that the story will attract a new readership while still offering fans a fast-paced ride. With a 1 million–copy first printing.

Cole, Alyssa. One of Us Knows. Morrow. Apr. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780063114951. pap. $18.99. THRILLER

Edgar winner Cole (When No One Is Watching) returns to crime fiction with a 100K-copy first printing. Diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, Kenetria “Ken” Nash and her other identities get a job as caretaker of an island estate. As a nor’easter begins to brew, a murder also storms in, washing Ken up as the main suspect. She and her alters must both survive and solve the case.

Garrett, Kellye. Missing White Woman. Mulholland. Apr. 2024. 336p. ISBN 9780316256971. $29. THRILLER

Multi-award-winning Garrett (Like a Sister) offers a buzzy, twisty domestic thriller in which Breanna wakes up on the last day of vacation, confronted with two missing-persons cases: her boyfriend has disappeared, and the body of a woman whom the entire Internet and the police have been searching for is in her foyer.

Hepworth, Sally. Darling Girls. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2024. 368p. ISBN 9781250284525. $29. THRILLER

LibraryReads Hall of Famer Hepworth (The Soulmate) offers the next in her long list of best-selling domestic thriller rides as three women, bonded during childhood when they endured the strictures of their foster mother, are called back to the farmhouse where they grew up; bones have been found, and the police have questions. With a 300K-copy first printing.

Koffi, Sara. While We Were Burning. Putnam. Apr. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9780593714959. $28. THRILLER

Putnam wanted debuter Koffi’s twisty uplit social thriller badly enough to offer a preempt. Race, class, and revenge intersect in Memphis as two women search for answers. Elizabeth, a white woman, wants to know why her best friend is dead. Brianna, a Black woman working for Elizabeth, wants to know why the police killed her son.

Kubica, Mary. She’s Not Sorry. Park Row: Harlequin. Apr. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780778308065. $30. THRILLER

Kubica (Just the Nicest Couple) made LibraryRead’s Hall of Fame with her clever, tense domestic thrillers. This time, an ICU nurse becomes embroiled in a deadly situation when she gets drawn into the life of a patient brought in with traumatic brain injuries—did that woman jump from a bridge, or was she pushed? With a 200K-copy first printing.

McHugh, Laura. Safe and Sound. Random House. Apr. 224. 3o4p. ISBN 9780593448854. $29. $39. THRILLER

McHugh, an LJ Best Book winner, returns to her rural Ozark landscape of choice, this time with the story of two sisters trapped in a small town with little on their horizon. Their cousin had found a way out, until someone made her disappear. As the sisters investigate what happened, they find terrors. 

Miranda, Megan. Daughter of Mine. S. & S./Marysue Rucci. Apr. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9781668010440. $28. THRILLER

Reese Witherspoon Book Club choice and LibraryReads Hall of Famer Miranda (All the Missing Girls; The Last House Guest) pings on a popular trend, the “return home” novel. When Hazel Sharp moves back to Mirror Lake, she finds the water levels dropping—revealing evidence of what happened when her mother disappeared years ago.

Mofina, Rick. Someone Saw Something. Mira: Harlequin. Apr. 2024. 368p. ISBN 9780778305439. pap. $18.99. THRILLER

A six-year-old goes missing while walking with his stepsister in Central Park in multi-award winner and best seller Mofina’s (Everything She Feared) newest page-turner. It’s soon evident that there’s nothing clear about the case—or the family. Secrets and questions swirl, along with blackmail and conspiracy theories, as the shocking allegations pile up.

Nguyen, K.T. You Know What You Did. Dutton. Apr. 2024. 384p. ISBN 9780593473856. $37 THRILLER

Debuter Nguyen’s glamorous psychological thriller mixes crime with intergenerational trauma as Vietnamese American artist Annie Shaw gets drawn into a nightmare after her mother’s death, an art patron goes missing, and she wakes up next to a dead body. Annie’s OCD, questions from the police, and the urgent need to protect her daughter crescendo.

Panowich, Brian. Nothing but the Bones. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Apr. 2024. 336p. ISBN 9781250835246. $28. THRILLER

ITW Thriller and Southern Book Prize winner Panowich pens his fourth country noir set in McFall County, GA. This time the spotlight falls on Nails McKenna, enforcer for the local crime lord. He defends a woman in a bar one night, and when that dust settles, the two find themselves in a car headed for escape. With a 75K-copy first printing.

Preston, Douglas. Extinction. Forge. Apr. 2024. 384p. ISBN 9780765317704. $29.99. THRILLER

Best-selling juggernaut Preston gets a 250K-copy first printing for his latest solo endeavor, a new take on Jurassic Park, this time with woolly mammoths and others from the Pleistocene. When murders mount on the hundred-thousand-acre resort, two agents go on the hunt through the vast landscape—and it’s not clear what they are searching for.

Sherwood, Kim. A Spy Like Me. Morrow. (Double O, Bk. 2). Apr. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780063236578. $30. THRILLER

The “Double O” espionage trilogy expanding the world of James Bond continues (after Double or Nothing) as MI6 operatives search for the missing Bond and investigate a grim terrorist-funding scheme—which just might lead them to their missing agent. Sherwood (A Wild & True Relation) adds to the 007 canon and gets a 100K-copy first printing.

Tudor, C.J. The Gathering. Ballantine. Apr. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780593356593. $29. THRILLER

ITW Thriller awardee Tudor, raking in adaptation deals, takes up vampires. Deadhart, AK, is home to both humans and creatures. When a boy is found with his throat torn out, Detective Barbara Atkins and Sheriff Jenson Tucker investigate. As the cold and snow draw the nights down ever darker, they wonder what kind of being they’re hunting.

New Series Titles

Graham, Heather. The Reaper Follows. Mira: Harlequin. (Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Bk. 4). Apr. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9780778369738. $30. THRILLER

Winslow, Don. City in Ruins. Morrow. (The Danny Ryan Trilogy, Bk. 3). Apr. 2024. 400p. ISBN 9780063079472. $32. THRILLER

CORRECTION: The first print run for A Calamity of Souls by David Baldacci has been corrected.

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