SAM’S SPOTLIGHT – TRUE CRIME/THRILLERS

Have you watched all the true crime docs on Netflix? Are you (im)patiently waiting for the next one to come along? Our General Books Specialist, Sam, has some books for you to make your wait a little more bearable. 

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I know, I know, it has been a while since I, Sam, have posted a blog. I get it, you’ve missed me…or at least one person has.

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Trust me, I’ve missed y’all too, and we appreciate all our readers. If you have not taken the time, or have not read our previous blog posts, make sure to check them out. Some dear friends of mine have written some awesome things about some awesome books, and you don’t want to miss them. You also don’t want to miss the books we are about to discuss… but first, let’s get some background on what’s driving this post.

In the fall of 2014, Sarah Koenig, brought us Serial and introduced us to Adnan Syed. In 1999, Adnan was convicted of murdering his high school classmate, and ex- girlfriend Han Min Lee. Sounds like a pretty open and shut case, right!? Well, Sarah leads us in to some compelling evidence that this case may not be as simple as investigators thought. Now HBO is kicking of a 4 part docu-series, The Case against Adnan Syed, following updates on the case that left America wondering if Adnan had done it. Unfortunately, for those of you, who are itching to get back into this story like me, we have to wait until March 10th.

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Yes, I realize it’s not that long of a wait, but it’s s till a period of time I have to go without, so, if you love crime podcasts, crime shows, or just little too obsessed with true crime…

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..then let the AU Bookstore help you curb your appetite while you wait.

  1. The Axeman of New Orleans by Miriam C. Davis

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Thirty years before Jack the Ripper walked the streets of White Chapel, New Orleans suffered at the hands of a similar style killer. Davis expertly tells of the gruesome crimes that lead a city into panic.

(I mean, he is called the axeman for a reason) She poses theories as to “who done it” and how one man was wrongly convicted, much like our favorite podcasts. Plus we have signed copies!!!!

  1. Closed Ranks by Foster Dickson

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Why read this one? Well, because it happened pretty close to home.

On a chilly December afternoon in 1975, Bernard Whitehurst Jr., a 33-year-old father of four, was mistaken for a robbery suspect by Montgomery, Alabama, police officers. A brief foot chase ensued, and it ended with one of the pursuing officers shooting and killing Whitehurst in the backyard of an abandoned house.

Foster exposes the case, and nothing is as it seems. Corruption ensues and leaves a family searching for justice.

 

FICTION ALERT

The following books are fiction but, let’s be honest, suspense thrillers can be just as intriguing as the real deal.  

 

  1. All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

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Young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, struggles to pretend this horrific event did not touch her carefully constructed world. As Tom and Charlotte seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town – or perhaps lives among them – drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.

 

  1. Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

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Twenty-six-year-old Cat Kinsella overcame a troubled childhood to become a Detective Constable with the Metropolitan Police Force, but she’s never been able to banish these ghosts. When she’s called to the scene of a murder in Islington, not far from the pub her estranged father still runs, she discovers that Alice Lapaine, a young housewife who didn’t get out much, has been found strangled. Cat and her team immediately suspect Alice’s husband, until she receives a mysterious phone call that links the victim to Maryanne Doyle, a teenage girl who went missing in Ireland eighteen years earlier. The call raises uneasy memories for Cat—her family met Maryanne while on holiday, right before she vanished. Though she was only a child, Cat knew that her charming but dissolute father wasn’t telling the truth when he denied knowing anything about Maryanne or her disappearance. Did her father do something to the teenage girl all those years ago? Could he have harmed Alice now? And how can you trust a liar even if he might be telling the truth?

 

  1. The Death of Mrs. Westway by Ruth Ware

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If you are a fan of Agatha Christie, Ruth Ware is for you…

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

 

  1. Sisterhood by AJ. Grainger

 

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Now, this is not your Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants. If you like crime cases about disappearances then you will want to grab hold of AJ’s book.

Sixteen-year-old Lil’s heart was broken when her sister Mella disappeared. There’s been no trace or sighting of her since she vanished, so when Lil sees a girl lying in the road near her house she thinks for a heart-stopping moment that it’s Mella. The girl is injured and disorientated and Lil has no choice but to take her home, even though she knows something’s not right. The girl claims she’s from a peaceful community called The Sisterhood of the Light, but why then does she have strange marks down her arms, and what—or who—is she running from?

So now that you’ve added a couple of these to your to-read list, let me hit you with some good news. All general books are 20% off this week leading up to Spring Break (offer ends Friday, March 8). Stop by and check out these titles (and more!) and pick up your next beach read!

You can find all of these titles here or in our store.

That’s all for now! I’ll be back to talk more books soon!

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