Plano Reads: Chilly January Titles

Mystery, suspense, thrillers, and lots of drama – these winter titles for adults will send chills down your spine! 

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty – The Delaney family love one another dearly—it’s just that sometimes they want to murder each other . . . If your mother was missing, would you tell the police? Even if the most obvious suspect was your father? This is the dilemma facing the four grown Delaney siblings in Liane Moriarty’s newest novel. LP | Print |eBook |eAudiobook |CD/Play 

Defending Jacob by William Landay – Attorney Andy Barber and his wife Laurie are devastated when their teenage son Jacob is accused of a terrible crime. How far are they willing to go to defend their awkward, secretive child? A suspenseful and shocking classic. Print |Large Print |CD/Play

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – Lydia, the middle and favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill dreams they were unable to pursue. When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the balancing act that has kept the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront long-kept secrets. LPPrint |eBook |eAudiobook |AWL CHI 

The Girl From Widow Hills by Megan Miranda – As a child, Arden Maynor was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm. Found alive days later clinging to a storm drain, the girl from Widow Hills was a living miracle. Now a young woman living hundreds of miles away, Arden has changed her name to Olivia. With the twentieth anniversary of her rescue approaching, the media will inevitably renew its interest in her. Then she begins sleepwalking again. One night she jolts awake in her yard– and at her feet is the corpse of a man she knows from her previous life. Print |eBook |eAudiobook  

Gone at Midnight: The Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam by Jake Anderson – A fascinating nonfiction account of the strange, still-unexplained death of Canadian student Elisa Lam at the infamous, “haunted” Hotel Cecil in downtown Los Angeles. It’s so spooky that it’s almost impossible to put down. Print 

Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke – Texas Ranger Darren Matthews is on the hunt for a boy who’s gone missing – but it’s the boy’s family of white supremacists who are his real target. Darren has to battle centuries-old suspicions and prejudices, as well as threats that have been reignited in the current political climate, as he races to find the boy, and to save himself. Second in an acclaimed new series. LPPrint |eBook |eAudiobook 

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones – Lala lives on the beach with her husband, Adan, a petty criminal with endless charisma whose thwarted burglary of one of the Baxter Beach mansions sets off a chain of events with terrible consequences. A gunshot no one was meant to witness. A new mother whose baby is found lifeless on the beach. A woman torn between two worlds and incapacitated by grief. And two men driven by desperation and greed who attempt a crime that will risk their freedom — and their lives. Print |eBook |eAudiobook

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley – During Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together at an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands. The trip begins innocently enough, but after a decade, the weight of secret resentments has grown too heavy. Now, on New Year’s Day, one of them is dead . . . and one of them is a killer. Print |eBook |eAudiobook 

The Hunting Wives by May Cobb – Sophie O’Neill left behind an envy-inspiring career and the stressful, competitive life of big-city Chicago to settle down with her husband and young son in a small Texas town. It seems like the perfect life with a beautiful home in an idyllic rural community. Then she meets Margot Banks, an alluring socialite who is part of an elite clique secretly known as the Hunting Wives. Sophie finds herself completely drawn to Margot and swept into her mysterious world of late-night target practice and dangerous partying. When the body of a teenage girl is discovered in the woods where the Hunting Wives meet, Sophie finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and her life spiraling out of control. Print |eBook 

The Labyrinth of Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón – In this haunting new novel, Carlos Ruiz Zafón proves yet again that he is a masterful storyteller and pays homage to the world of books, to his ingenious creation of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, and to that magical bridge between literature and our lives. Print |eBook |AWL SPA  

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam – Leave the World Behind explores how our closest bonds are reshaped—and unexpected new ones are forged—in moments of crisis. Amanda and Clay head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation, but a late-night knock on the door breaks the spell. Ruth and G. H. are an older couple—it’s their house, and they’ve arrived in a panic. They bring the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city. But in this rural area—with the TV and internet now down, and no cell phone service—it’s hard to know what to believe. Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple—and vice versa? Print| eBook |eAudiobook

The Lost Key by Catherine Coulter – An FBI thriller with agents Nicholas Drummond and Mike Caine racing to solve a puzzling murder and put a stop to a dangerous criminal genius. Print |eBook |CD/Play 

The Lost Man by Jane Harper – Two brothers meet for the first time in months at a fence line separating their two properties in Australia’s Outback—and a third brother lies dead at their feet. Has someone forced him to his death? In this remote country, who can possibly be a suspect? A compelling mystery set in a forbidding landscape. Print |eBook |eAudiobook |CD/Play 

One By One by Ruth Ware – A group of coworkers is snowed in at a luxurious ski chalet in the French Alps …each with something to gain, something to lose, and something to hide. Soon, a devastating avalanche leaves the group cut off and as each hour passes without any sign of rescue, panic mounts and the group dwindles further, one by one. Print |eBook |eAudiobook |CD/Play |Large Print 

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris – Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and microaggressions, she’s thrilled when Harlem-born and bred Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. They’ve only just started comparing natural hair care regimens, though, when a string of uncomfortable events elevates Hazel to Office Darling, and Nella is left in the dust. But as Nella starts to spiral and obsess over the sinister forces at play, she soon realizes that there’s a lot more at stake than just her career. Print |eBook |eAudiobook |CD/Play 

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffith – English teacher Clare loses a close friend to murder, and becomes more frightened when that crime seems linked to ‘The Stranger,’ one of her favorite stories. This modern gothic novel won the Edgar Award for Best Mystery in 2020, and is the first in a new series. Print|CD/Play 

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena – After a woman is involved in a suspicious accident, the unsettling questions that emerge when she can’t account for herself threaten to tear her life apart, starting with her marriage. LPPrint |eBook |eAudiobook | AWL SPA 

Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering – An obsessive, addictive love story for fans of Lisa Jewell and The Wife Upstairs. Skye Starling is overjoyed when her boyfriend, Burke Michaels, proposes after a whirlwind courtship. Though Skye seems to have the world at her fingertips—she’s smart, beautiful, and from a well-off family—she’s also battled crippling OCD ever since her mother’s death when she was eleven, and her romantic relationships have suffered as a result. But now Burke—handsome, older, and more emotionally mature than any man she’s met before—says he wants her. Forever. Print |eBook 

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole – Sydney Green is Brooklyn-born and raised, but her beloved neighborhood seems to change every time she blinks. Condos are sprouting like weeds, FOR SALE signs are popping up overnight, and the neighbors she’s known all her life are disappearing . . . When does coincidence become conspiracy? Where do people go when gentrification pushes them out? Can she solve the mystery before she herself disappears? Print |eBook |eAudiobook

While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams – Drawing on her astute inside knowledge of the court and political landscape, Stacey Abrams shows herself to be not only a force for good in politics and voter fairness but also a major new talent in suspense fiction. Print |eBook |eAudiobook 

There are so many more titles to add! But these were some of our staff favorites. What chilling favorites have you discovered in the library? Feel free to add them in the comments!

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