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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Black Star Rising: A Cybernoir Space Adventure by British author Peter Kalu, an award-winning playwright, is a standalone science fiction thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour’s Venture imprint.
This was originally published by 1998 by Nia / The X Press which seems to have been a small non-genre publisher specializing in works by black writers, and was reviewed in Interzone magazine.
The story has psychological thriller and noir elements, and is set in a dystopian space-exploring future where black astronauts have been sent to crew a space mission with no explanation, as pawns in a conflict where their lives are considered of little worth and they confront adversity as best they can in an untrustworthy environment controlled by a potentially unreliable on-board Computer.
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How I Lost You by Shropshire-resident British author Jenny Blackhurst is her standalone psychological thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline.
The story stars an amnesiac woman who becomes convinced she may not actually be guilty of a terrible crime that everyone around her has accused her of committing years ago, and that something odd is going on, where there is a chance the victim is still alive.
Offered in the UK, Europe, and other selected regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.
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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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Van Allen’s Ecstasy by Jim Tushinski, a filmmaker and novelist, is his literary fiction psychological thriller drama novel, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.
This was originally published in 2004 by Harrington Park Press. The story deals with themes of identity, family, and belonging, as an amnesiac gay man wakes up after a confrontation with his famous parents and begins a journey of self-discovery to uncover his past, including some unsettling revelations which may have prompted his breakdown to begin with.
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Brothers & Sisters by Irish author Adele O’Neill is her standalone police procedural psychological suspense thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.
The story takes place in Ireland, and explores the darker side of family relationships as a police detective becomes drawn into the secrets of an elderly brother and sister, when an investigation reveals that a recently-found body is that of their uncle, missing since the 1970s.
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The Society by Jodie Andrefski is her standalone YA teen drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Teen imprint.
The story takes place at an academy for wealthy students, and is centred around the elaborate plans one girl has for revenge upon an elite social clique, after having been wronged by years of their leader’s bullying.
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AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 literacy promotion for young adults has started, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).
This week’s two selected titles, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 4th, are as follows:
- The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, a YA psychological thriller novels involving the discovery of a diary revealing hidden secrets behind a tragic high school fire which took the lives of several students, from Hachette Audio
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, his classic novel of a mysteriously youthful man who has paid a dark price for his seeming agelessness, from Naxos Audiobooks
Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 4th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).
Secret Strangers by Thomas Tessier, a two-time recipient of the International Horror Guild Award, is his standalone horror suspense thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.
This was originally published in 1990 by Macdonald This is a psychological horror crime novel (apparently non-supernatural, despite having been filed as a paranormal) centred around a teenager who uncovers a secret about their neighbours which she and her boyfriend decide to use for blackmail, only to find the tables turning upon them as events spiral out of control.
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Manhattan Loverboy by Armenian-American author Arthur Nersesian, a recipient of the Anahid Literary Prize for Armenian literature, is his standalone contemporary literary identity thriller satire novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.
This is a darkly comedic literary/weird fiction thriller novel which is grouped under Akashic’s multi-author Urban Surreal series. The story is a Kafka-esque paranoid social satire taking the standard journey of self-discovery, and applying it to an urban orphan from New York City who travels the world seeking answers to his true identity, eventually confronting the corporate executive who seems to be behind his myriad strange woes.
Offered DRM-free through midnight December 23rd, available worldwide directly from the publisher as the final offering in their generous holiday advent calendar promotion.
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