Thrillers | Prepub Alert, May 2024 Titles

Linwood Barclay, Alex Finlay, Abir Mukherjee, and more offer readers tense pacing, twisty plots, and fraught atmospheres.








Barclay, Linwood. I Will Ruin You. Morrow. May 2024. 368p. ISBN 9780063276314. $30. THRILLER

Best seller Barclay (The Lie Maker) offers a tense read as a teacher saves his school from a suicide bomber, only to be drawn into the web of a blackmailer and a drug gang. As he struggles to survive, he discovers himself surrounded by secrets from those he knows best.

Donlea, Charlie. Long Time Gone. Kensington. May 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781496727183. $28. THRILLER

In international best seller Donlea’s (Those Empty Eyes) newest, DNA proves deadly as Dr. Sloan Hastings discovers that she is in fact Charlotte Margolis, the famous subject of a missing-baby investigation decades earlier. Seeking to understand what happened, Sloan unlocks a string of deadly secrets.

Finlay, Alex. If Something Happens to Me. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. May 2024. 320p. ISBN 9781250863799. $28. THRILLER

With a TV series in development for Every Last Fear, Finlay returns with another of his character-rich twisty thrill-fests. Ryan Richardson has slowly gotten his life back after he was attacked, and his girlfriend abducted. That is until the police finally find his girlfriend’s car, with two dead men inside, and a note in her handwriting. With a 75K-copy first printing.

McPhillips, Fiona. When We Were Silent. Flatiron. May 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781250908230. $28.99. THRILLER

Working-class Louise heads into the fraught atmosphere of an elite private school, determined to unearth its secrets. She ends up with a dead body at her feet. Decades later, a lawyer comes calling. Irish journalist McPhillips’s debut was a runner-up for the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger. With a 150K-copy first printing.

Mukherjee, Abir. Hunted. Mulholland. May 2024. 320p. ISBN 9780316260213. $30. THRILLER

Mukherjee, winner of the CWA Endeavour Dagger and Wilbur Smith Awards and known for the best-selling “Sam Wyndham” historical crime series, turns to the present day with a taunt, twisty political thriller about lost kids, a determined father, and a conspiracy designed to tear the United States apart.

Robards, Karen. Some Murders in Berlin. Mira: Harlequin. May 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780778305514. $28.99. THRILLER

Robards’s (The Girl from Guernica) newest WWII-set thriller sees psychological profiler Dr. Elin Lund summoned by the Nazis to Berlin, ordered to investigate a serial killer’s brutal crimes. Detective Kurt Schneider is also ordered to solve the case; if he fails, it will be at the cost of his life.

Romano-Lax, Andromeda. The Deepest Lake. Soho Crime. May 2024. 384p. ISBN 9781641295604. $26.95. THRILLER

Romano-Lax (The Spanish Bow; Annie and the Wolves) takes up the suffocating world of writing workshops when a mother goes undercover in Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, to find out why her aspiring-author daughter drowned, and what her death had to do with the retreat’s charismatic leader.

Rosenblum, Emma. Very Bad Company. Flatiron. May 2024. 272p. ISBN 9781250906557. $28.99. THRILLER

Best seller Rosenblum (Bad Summer People) offers a send-up of corporate culture as the top executives of a tech startup gather for their annual retreat in Miami. It’s all stock shares and team building until one of them goes missing, threatening the elite status of them all. With a 200K-copy first print run.

Tyree, Omar. Control. Dafina: Kensington. May 2024. 320p. ISBN 9781496748041. $28. THRILLER

Winner of NAACP Image and Phillis Wheatley Literary awards, Tyree returns after a seven-year break, setting his newest in the music and entertainment center of Atlanta, where a psychologist working with six toxic clients finds herself in way over her head as they, and she, struggle for control. Then events turn deadly.

Whitaker, Chris. All the Colors of the Dark. Holt. May 2024. 656p. ISBN 9781250759696. $28.99. THRILLER

Best seller Whitaker (We Begin at the End) offers a decades-long odyssey whose two characters, Patch and Saint, believe in and love each other, as they meet and diverge multiple times while Patch hunts for missing girls, and Saint hunts for Patch. With a 200K-copy first print run.

White, Kate. The Last Time She Saw Him. Harper. May 2024. 304p. ISBN 9780063247390. pap. $18.99. THRILLER

Kiki Reed gets in way over her head when she decides to investigate the shooting death of her ex. The police rule it a suicide, but Kiki is skeptical and pieces together the sinister truth—putting her own life on the line in best seller White’s (Between Two Strangers) newest.

Forthcoming Series Titles

Andrews, Brian & Jeffrey Wilson. Tom Clancy Act of Defiance. Putnam. (Jack Ryan Novel, Bk. 24). May 2024. 560p. ISBN 9780593422878. $32. THRILLER

Du Brul, Jack. Clive Cussler The Heist. Putnam. (Isaac Bell Adventure, Bk. 14). May 2024. 400p. ISBN 9780593713587. $32. THRILLER

Iles, Greg. Southern Man. Morrow. (Penn Cage, Bk. 7). May 2024. 752p. ISBN 9780062824691. $28.99. THRILLER

Patterson, James & Maxine Paetro. The 24th Hour. Little, Brown. (Women’s Murder Club Thriller, Bk. 24). May 2024. 400p. ISBN 9780316403085. $30. THRILLER

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