#StrongWomenRead: Meet the Women of Suspense + Giveaway!

In When the Lights Go Out, Mary Kubica’s latest page-turner, a woman embarks on the simple task of registering for college and is thrust into a shocking mystery about her identity, her past and the people in it. It’s a chilling story of secrets and lies but also love and protection, and at the heart of it all is a young woman who must navigate the unsettled waters of her life and everything she thought she knew about it.

There’s a recent trend in the psychological thriller genre to cast women as unreliable narrators and as manipulators of their own story, but what When the Lights Go Out and so many others do, is take the razor-sharp narrative and place the protagonist right on the edge of it. From that vantage point, we can see her strength, her resilience, her cunning—and the shift in the story’s momentum when we realize, she’s got this.

Take a look at these four other suspense novels that feature unforgettable women who will be our guide on a literary thrill ride.


A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux

When romance author Sara Medlar returns to Lachlan, Florida to write and remodel a stately home she always loved, she instead finds herself embroiled in a world of old secrets, deadly grudges and maybe even murder. Sara, together with an improbable group of friends, becomes determined to uncover the truth about a mystery that everyone else wants to keep under wraps.


Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison

Mindy Wright is a superstar skier in the making, taking the slopes by storm, until a crash sends her to the hospital with serious injuries and surgery determines that there is an even bigger threat to Mindy’s life. As she searches for a stem-cell donor, everything Mindy knows about her life and her family is suddenly called into question—and it seems like somebody will go to great lengths to ensure that she does not uncover the answers.


The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Since she gave birth six months ago, Anne Conti can barely keep her head above water, so when her husband convinces her that it will be fine to leave their sleeping baby while they attend a dinner party next door, Anne agrees. But when the evening takes a terrifying turn, Anne must conquer her fear, grief and anger to find out what happened that night and who she can trust.


Under My Skin by Lisa Unger

A year after her husband’s violent death, Poppy is still struggling to move on. When her nightmares and periods of blackout return, she is sure that they will lead to answers about the motive—and perpetrator—of her husband’s death. But first she must face the truth of where she has gone and what she has been doing in those unknown periods.


Have you read a great thriller lately? Tell us about it!


Giveaway! Tell us the name of the last thriller read you picked up for your chance to win a bunch of seriously suspenseful books:

When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux

Tear Me Apart by JT Ellison

Under My Skin by Lisa Unger

Open to residents of the US and Canada, excluding Quebec. Contest closes September 23, at 11:59 p.m. ET. One (1) winner will be selected from all eligible comments on September 24. For full official rules, click here.

Update this contest is now closed.

    Karen Green

    Karen Green is a freelance writer and big city ex-pat now living in rural Ontario. She writes for numerous print and online publications, and considers her library card to be one of her most valuable possessions.

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    36 Responses to “#StrongWomenRead: Meet the Women of Suspense + Giveaway!”

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      Becky Espinosa

      The last thriller I read was an ARC of Lies by T.M. Logan. If you like a book that surprises you then this is the book for you. Loved how the author took me on a ride of suspense and then threw a curve ball at the end.

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      Renee Mylander

      I’m currently reading “The Skin Collector” by Jeffery Deaver. The author keeps you on your toes trying to help Lincoln Rhyme the retired office who is a quadriplegic work with his team to solve crimes.

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