Thrillers delve into family secrets

Family secrets, life changing moments and unreliable narrators are the theme of several new thrillers!

First loves and a missing woman is told in “Our Little Secret” by Roz Nay.

Angela Petitjean was an awkward teenager who was “rescued” by her best friend and all around cool guy H.P. But while romance never seemed to happen between the two of them, at least not until one fateful night, Angela always harbored feelings for him. Now years later, H.P. is a married man whose wife is missing and Angela has been taken in for questioning by the police. In order to tell what happened, she starts at the beginning, taking the police and the reader through a story of jealousy, loneliness and friendships that take a turn.

This is a cool thriller that will leave you guessing as Angela and the story weaves its dark tale.

“Our Little Secret” is published by St. Martin’s Press. It is $25.99 and 261 pages long.

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New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline tells the story of a woman who finally reconnects with her long-lost daughter and ends with some deadly consequences in “After Anna.”

Maggie has been estranged from her daughter, Anna, ever since she was a baby and had some mental health issues. Her ex took Anna and left Maggie behind. Now, Anna reaches out, a grown teenager living at a nearby boarding school. Maggie couldn’t be more thrilled to reconnect with her daughter and introduce her to her new husband, Noah, and her stepson. And while Anna seems like she is blending in well with the family, there are some odd things that happen. Before she knows it, Anna accuses Noah of wrong-doing and her whole world is turned upside down. Then Anna is murdered, and Noah is the prime suspect. But what is really going on?

This is a story that weaves between the trial and the back story, so the reader is always catching up with the story and getting new hints as to the real truth. It will keep readers on their toes until the very end.

“After Anna” is published by St. Martin’s Press. It is $27.99 and 388 pages long.

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Three women are connected through a senseless tragedy in “The Good Liar” by Catherine McKenzie.

Cecily was supposed to be in the building in Chicago that was torn apart by an explosion. Instead, her husband and best friend were inside. Her photo, taken while the building was going down and she watched, become a national symbol of loss. What was going on between the three of them? Franny was in search of her birth mother, and knew that she was inside the building when it went down. What has she lost? Kate, living in Montreal and working as a nanny, is haunted by the anniversary of the explosion. And worries that secrets from her past are coming back to haunt her. And while all three women are harboring secrets, one is harboring the worst of them all – she set off the explosion.

A story of secrets, lies and hurt, this is a thriller that will move you and relate to the characters.

“The Good Liar” is published by Lake Union Publishing. It is $24.95.

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Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com.

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