Arrivals: Five domestic thrillers you won’t be able to put down

Arrivals: Five domestic thrillers you won’t be able to put down

A gripping handful of the latest domestic thrillers, each guaranteed to keep you flipping the pages.

Woman on the Edge, Samantha M. Bailey

Here’s a debut by a Toronto writer that’s tough to resist. Social worker Morgan is standing on a subway platform when she’s approached by a dishevelled, wild-eyed stranger with a baby. After the briefest of exchanges, the woman thrusts the infant into Morgan’s arms and pitches herself in front of the oncoming train, departing with the words, “Love her for me, Morgan.” Morgan is stunned, plus she has problems of her own, foremost among them the death by suicide of her husband under shameful circumstances.

Here to Stay, Mark Edwards

After a possibly too-brief courtship, Elliot, a nerdy science teacher, marries beautiful Gemma, and takes her to live in the home he has lovingly restored in Cuckoo Lane (the name of the street foreshadows what’s to come). It’s not long before the arrival of Gemma’s thoroughly dreadful family – father Jeff, mother Lizzy and Gemma’s young sister, Chloe. They are returning from a long stay in France and come to stay “just for a few weeks,” until they find a place. But they do not leave, nor show any intention of doing so. This is a deliciously insidious tale of in-laws from hell. Mark Edwards is a British writer and this is his eighth thriller.

The House of Brides, Jane Cockram

Disgraced social-media influencer Miranda flees Australia for Barnsley House, the British estate where her late mother grew up and made famous through her bestselling “The House of Brides,” a book chronicling the accomplished women who married into the Summer family. Without revealing her connection to the house, Miranda signs on as new nanny to her uncle’s three children, determined to discover why her mother fell out with her brother and, more immediately, the mystery surrounding Daphne, a celebrity chef and the latest Barnsley bride.

Reputation, Sara Shepard

Aldrich University’s computer system has been hacked and everyone’s emails are suddenly public. Among the reputation-ruining scandals that emerge is an exchange between a surgeon at Aldrich Hospital and a woman who signs herself Lolita. Within days, the doctor is knifed to death in his swank kitchen. “Reputation unfolds from the vantagepoints of five women who were connected to the departed doctor. Filled with unexpected twists and naughty dalliances, which combine for a satisfying resolution. Available Dec. 3.

Seven Days, Alex Lake

Maggie was kidnapped when she was 15, kept in a basement and repeatedly raped by her captor. Seb was her first child. On his third birthday — Maggie has been keeping track of her days as best she can — the man took Seb away. She soon became pregnant again, this time with Leo, who was taken on his third birthday. Now her third son, Max, will turn three in seven days. Maggie is determined the this time she will save her child. Alex Lake is the pseudonym of a British writer who lives in the American northeast.

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Sarah Murdoch

TORONTO STAR

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