A thriller isn’t just a catch-all term that encapsulates aspects of crime fiction, mystery and its adrenaline-pumping hybrids—it’s a state of mind. Or rather, states of mind. A page-turner that induces feelings of anxiety, suspense, impatience and incredulity—sometimes all at once—these are the defining characteristics of the binge-iest of all literary genres.
With those qualities in mind, here are nine new fall thrillers guaranteed to put you through the gamut of emotions.
One Night Gone, by Tara Laskowski
After an ugly divorce and embarrassing career misfire, former meteorologist Allison Simpson is looking to press reset on her life. Hoping to turn things around, she takes a job housesitting in a posh beach community outside Philadelphia called Opal Beach. Before she’s unpacked her bags, however, she’s pulled into a decades-old cold case involving a missing girl. The first novel from the award-winning Virginia-based short story writer, Laskowski’s debut bears all the hallmarks of a spicy whodunit with enough twists and turns to make you wonder if the book should come with a GPS.
Out now. Harlequin Books.