Thriller Thursday: Linda Castillo’s A Gathering of Secrets

A lethal fire illuminates the darkness of the Amish community in the tenth installment of Linda Castillo’s New York Times bestselling Kate Burkholder series.

When 17-year-old Emma Miller committed suicide, the Amish village of Painters Mill, Ohio thought the worst had happened. However, six months later, a historic barn burns down, killing 18-year-old community pillar Daniel Gingerich. Though the incident appears accidental, Chief of Police Burkholder suspects murder.

Through her investigation, Kate discovers that Daniel had a dark side. He was a sexual predator whose victims were mainly Amish women too afraid to come forward, and he had been getting away with it for far too long. Now someone has stopped him, but who? Kate tries to get more information, but her Amish community refuses to hear or speak evil. Was Daniel tied to Emma’s death? What other secrets did he have? The mystery forces Kate to face her own devastating experiences, reshaping her view of the Amish world and herself.

Narrator Kathleen McInerney‘s steady yet spellbinding voice delineates the twists and turns of this utterly chilling audiobook, keeping listeners engrossed until the very last word. Hear for yourself!

Thriller Thursday: Paul Doiron’s Stay Hidden

In Paul Doiron’s new audiobook thriller Stay Hidden, the ninth novel in the Mike Bowditch series, a supposed hunting accident becomes a dangerously complicated murder investigation.

When Bowditch hears that a deer hunter has accidentally shot and killed controversial writer Ariel Evans, he thinks the story ends there. However, when he arrives on remote Maquoit Island, the shooting becomes mysterious. The hunter claims he did not kill Evans, and after taking a lie detector test, he’s cleared of any wrongdoing.

Evans, who was writing a book about a Hollywood insider turned hermit on the island, arrives on the weekly ferry, further shaking the townspeople. She is alive and wants to get to the bottom of her perceived murder, even if it turns the killer on Bowditch. She must first get around a secret community, who Bowditch suspects is hiding the killer’s identity.

With Evans still alive, it’s up to Bowditch to find out who is dead…

Return narrator Henry Leyva perfectly articulates the plot’s twists and turns, keeping listeners on edge long after the story ends. Listen to an excerpt now! 

Thriller Thursday: Linda Greenlaw’s Bimini Twist

 

As one of her community’s most eligible bachelorettes, everyone expects Jane to accept an invitation to the town’s exclusive summer soiree. But the last thing Jane wants to be is the belle of the ball. Instead, she’s focused on her work as an insurance investigator and part-time deputy sheriff. She works hard and is good at her job—too good. Jane is so efficient in the war on drugs that she’s drawn too much attention to the situation’s severity, and the community worries that this problem will turn away summer tourists. Her supervisor asks her to take a break from her investigation and take on a missing person case. Bianca Chirlac was a young woman working a the Bar Harbor who disappeared, and Jane is determined to find out what happened to Bianca before it’s too late. Narrator Tavia Gilbert uses her dynamic voice to capture the angst and suspense that linger throughout this gripping audiobook. Start listening now!

Thriller Thursday: B. A. Paris’s Bring Me Back

You can run, but the past will always catch up to find you.

Young couple Finn and Layla are returning from a romantic skiing trip in France when Finn pulls over to a secluded rest stop. When Finn returns to the car, Layla is nowhere to be found. A search takes place but Finn soon discovers he will never see Layla again. Or will he?

Ten years later, Finn and Layla’s sister Ellen are happily engaged when they receive a strange phone call that Layla has been spotted hiding in plain daylight. At the same time, Finn receives an email from someone claiming to be Layla, and relics from Layla’s past turn up outside of Ellen and Finn’s house. Is Layla still alive? If so, what does she want? Why is she contacting Finn and Ellen now?

Cathleen McCarron’s narration is the perfect balance between delicate and chilling, and narrator Kevin Hely captures all the raw emotion and utter regret that float throughout this gripping audiobook. Don’t miss out on listening to this summer hit! Hear an excerpt below!

Thriller Thursday: Jennifer Hillier’s Jar of Hearts

Even if you get away with a lie, how long can you live with it?

Nobody suspected that pharmaceutical executive and big shot Georgina Shaw was behind Angela Wong’s death. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school. After all, Angela was the most popular girl in high school and Geo’s best friend. Now fourteen years later, Brody—now a Seattle PD detective —linked Calvin James to Angela’s death. James murdered at least three other women and interestingly enough, was Geo’s first love.

After Geo gets discovered, arrested, and sent to prison, more bodies that were killed in the same way as Angela turn up. The story behind that fateful night becomes further exposed, revealing the consequences of lies and the danger of karma.

Narrator January LaVoy perfectly depicts this thrilling audiobook’s intensity and keeps listeners engaged throughout this spine-chilling story.

Start listening below!

Thriller Thursday: Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: For Honor

The US is in danger, and only the Op-Center can save us!

During the climax of the Cold War in 1962, the Soviet Union sent missiles to Cuba which almost ignited World War III. Some of those missiles didn’t make their way to Cuba and several ships dispatched to a Soviet frontier with the remaining missiles. There, a silo was made near Alaska and it remained untouched and forgotten for over sixty years.

Iranian scientists go into talks with a Russian agent and his estranged father to direct the missiles to Tehran. An intel officer at the Op Center gets wind of the deal and tries to stop it. Now the government’s classified unit must decide if the data from an Iranian traitor is credible, while a lone Op Center agent travels to Havana to find a woman who might know the whereabouts of the silo. Reader Jeff Gurner’s calm yet captivating voice keeps listeners absorbed in the action of this exhilarating narrative experience. Listen to an excerpt of the excitement now!

Summertime Listening!

Listen and Lounge

Summertime brings poolside listens, long leisurely strolls, and great audiobooks to keep you company. Listen to these excerpts of summer’s most anticipated audiobooks!

Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris, read by Kevin Hely and Cathleen McCarron

Finn and Layla are on vacation when Finn stops at a gas station to use the restroom. When he comes back Layla is gone. Ten years later Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen. Errie signs of Layla keep popping up. Has Layla been hiding in plain sight all this time?

So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know by Retta, read by the author

Laugh out loud while Retta narrates the story of her rise from roaches to riches. Her performance is so animated and personal that it feels like you’re best friends catching up.

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage, read by Gabra Zackman

Sweetness can be deceptive… Hanna absolutely adores her dad but we can’t say the same thing for her mother Suzette. She’ll do anything to get rid of Suzette and to keep her away from her beloved father, permanently.

Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky, read by Mary Stuart Masterson

Before and Again is a story of the relationships we find ourselves in—mothers and daughters, spouses and siblings, true companions and fair-weather friends—and what kind of sacrifices we are or aren’t willing to make to sustain them through good times and bad.

How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson, read by Poppy Miller

Kate Reddy is turning 50 and is trying to juggle her teenage children, mother and in-laws, husband facing a mid-life crisis, and jumping back into the workforce? I mean… how hard can it be?

Thriller Thursday: Araminta Hall’s Our Kind of Cruelty

Gillian Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl, calls Our Kind of Cruelty “one of the nastiest and most disturbing thrillers I’ve read in years.”

But this is a love story. Isn’t it?

Before he met Verity Metcalf, Mike Hayes lived a peaceful, albeit lonesome, life. His childhood was brutal, and it was one he had to fight his way out of. After he met V, though, his perspective shifted: V taught Mike about love, partnership, and respect. In return, Mike has dedicated his life to making her happy. He found the perfect job, bought the perfect home, and sculpted himself into the physical ideal of V’s perfect man. How could anyone turn Mike down?

It doesn’t matter that V hasn’t been returning his calls. Or emails. It doesn’t matter that she’s marrying someone else.

It’s a part of their secret game ‒ a twisted and seductive game V named the crave. Mike just needs to keep a close eye on V and he’ll surely see the signs. He’ll know exactly when to come to her rescue.

Narrator Nick Hendrix’s range is astounding! His calm and charming voice captures the heartache and intrigue of the story, while building tension and anxiety that depicts Mike and V’s depraved relationship. Listen to Mike describe the rules of the crave below!

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