Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker is the 1st novel in the Beware the Wild series of young adult gothic suspense thrillers with dark fantasy/horror elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins.
This is B&N’s featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend. The series is marketed as Southern Gothic with a twist, set in a small Louisiana town where the swamp has strange, half-forgotten powers and creepy lore which has grown up around it.
This story stars a girl trying to rescue her brother who went missing in the swamp and townspeople’s memories, with no one believing in his existence or willing to help her besides a brooding loner who’s had his own eerie experiences with the swamp.
Offered in Canada & the US, available at multiple retailers.
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Final Girls by Riley Sager, a pseudonym for journalist and novelist Todd Ritter, is a standalone psychological suspense thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.
This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for May, is narrated by Erin Bennett & Hillary Huber and is being made free to help promote the upcoming release of the author’s next novel, The Last Time I Lied, due in July..
The story is centred around three women who were lumped together by the media as the last victims and sole survivors of assorted serial killers during their college years, two of whom are now finally meeting for the first time after the suspicious death of the third, as one struggles to separate truth from lies and recall what actually happened to her all those years ago as well as uncover what the other woman is really after, before it’s too late.
Offered worldwide until noon Eastern Time on May 24th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.
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My Sister’s Secret by Milton Keynes-resident British author Tracy Buchanan is a standalone contemporary psychological suspense thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Avon imprint.
This is apparently being made free to help promote the upcoming release of the author’s latest thriller, The Lost Sister, due in July.
The story stars a woman orphaned as a child, whose happy memories of her late parents and the aunt who subsequently raised her are brought into doubt by a mysterious photograph, which puts her on the search for the truth behind a tragic accident.
Offered in the UK and selected other countries worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.
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Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne is a standalone young adult mystery/thriller novel which also explores teen social issues such as bullying, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Fire imprint.
The story stars a high school student who begins receiving a mysterious note after the supposedly perfect, popular boyfriend with whom she had a secretly strained relationship dies in a car accident, with more bodies piling up as the killer begins to target others who have mistreated the student, while framing her for the murders as well.
Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.
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Prince of the Sea by Jon Michaelsen, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in the Mystery/Crime category, is a standalone m/m romantic suspense thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.
The story is set in the seaside community of Tybee Island, off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, starring a man whose attempt to rekindle a fading relationship with his long-term partner with a surprise romantic holiday getaway is derailed by meeting a seductive and perhaps dangerous stranger as a mysterious party attempts to expose long-buried island secrets at a deadly cost.
Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.
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The Drifter by Nick Petrie is the 1st novel in the Peter Ash series of mystery/suspense action thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.
This is their featured monthly free audiobook giveaway for February, and is read by TV actor Stephen Mendel. The series stars a returning US war veteran who finds himself investigating assorted crimes and nefarious plots he comes across, engaging in action-packed confrontations with dangerous opponents.
This story sets him up with an initial homecoming adventure, helping the widow of a former friend in the Marines, whose apparent suicide turns out to be more complicated than it seems.
Offered through February 24th at 12 PM Eastern Time, available DRM-free to worldwide directly from the publisher.
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The Good Mother by Karen Osman is a standalone psychological suspense thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint.
The story stars three separate women who begin taking risks to escape from the dull ordinariness in their daily lives, becoming ever more embroiled with dangerous obsessions as their paths intersect.
Offered in the UK only, available at Amazon.
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Love and Other Wounds by Jordan Harper is a collection of his literary thriller short stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster UK.
This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store. The collection contains short stories mainly exploring the human condition via crime themes, with an occasional touch of romance gone wrong.
Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.
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The Unquiet Spirit by the late English author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage standalone gothic-ish supernatural thriller novel, apparently with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ THe Odyssey Press imprint.
This was originally published in 1955 by Collins.
The story takes place at an English countryside home where all is not what it appears, when an old schoolfriend invited to stay for the weekend finds himself following a strange and spooky drama being played out, where local family conflicts apparently centred around an unusual child turn into a battle against supernatural forces.
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Little Boy Found by LJ Fox, a pseudonym for British author Christopher Fowler, perhaps best known for his award-nominated Bryant & May mysteries, is his standalone psychological suspense crime thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Quercus.
This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and is also being promoted in other countries worldwide. The story is the obligatory missing child case with a twist, as the true suspense apparently starts after the boy is found again.
Offered in the UK, Europe, and several other regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.
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