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Book Cover Image. Title: Room, Author: Emma Donoghue

Room

Emma Donoghue

At first, I thought the conceit was too much to carry a full-length book. This is a lesson in never underestimating an author as talented as the woman who brought us Slammerkin.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Garnethill (Garnethill Series #1), Author: Denise Mina

Garnethill (Garnethill Series #1)

Denise Mina

The first in a trilogy about a nasty, damaged woman who is unlikable at times, but always has you rooting for her. Denise Mina excels at modern, psychological suspense.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher Series #13), Author: Lee Child

Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher Series #13)

Lee Child

Jack Reacher is a manly man, but he's also a feminist. The women in his life tend to be smart, strong and capable of going shoulder-to-shoulder against the bad guys.
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Book Cover Image. Title: The Treatment (Jack Caffery Series #2), Author: Mo Hayder

The Treatment (Jack Caffery Series #2)

Mo Hayder

If someone asked me to teach a masterclass in plotting a thriller, this would be the only textbook I'd need. But, please don't ask me to do that.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Catch Me (Detective D. D. Warren Series #6), Author: Lisa Gardner

Catch Me (Detective D. D. Warren Series #6)

Lisa Gardner

I love stories where secrets from the past reverberate into the present. I've been a fan of Lisa Gardner's for a while now, and can honestly say her latest hits all the right notes.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Void Moon, Author: Michael Connelly

Void Moon

Michael Connelly

This was the first book by Michael Connelly that I ever read, and it made me want to read everything he's written before or since. There are a handful of authors who never disappoint, and Michael is one of them.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Behind a Mask:  The Unknown Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott, Author: Louisa May Alcott

Behind a Mask

Louisa May AlcottMadeleine B. SternMadeleine B. Stern

There's a hat-tip to Louisa May Alcott's racier side in Little Women, where Jo makes fun of S.L.A.N.G. Northbury, an obvious reference to Alcott's contemporary, E.D.E.N. Southworth, who is considered the most widely read author of the antebellum period. This is how Alcott put food on the table while she was working on Little Women.
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Book Cover Image. Title: The Dead Letter and the Figure Eight, Author: Metta Fuller Victor

The Dead Letter and the Figure Eight

Metta Fuller Victor

It pains me that Metta Fuller Victor's name is lost to history. She is credited with writing the first American detective novel (Poe wrote the first short story) and was not only a prolific writer across all genres, but a very successful publisher.
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