I'm three books into the Summer of Stevie, I'm super stoked about the IT trailer, and I just got the fourth and final Ermahgerd Merstery manuscript back from the editor; thriller, mystery, and horror has been on the brain. So, this week, it's all about thrillers.
Cari Mora, Thomas Harris
He's back, back, back again. We haven't heard from the creator of Hannibal Lector in a hot minute. Cari Mora lives in Miami, she works three jobs, and spends most of her time dodging ICE. A real creep show named Hans-Peter Schneider shows up in Miami looking for millions of dollars in cartel gold that is, supposedly, buried beneath a mansion. He takes a special interest in Cari Mora. However, much like Liam Neeson in Taken, she has a very special set of skills.
It's Thomas Harris, so you can expect to be, at the very least, mildly disturbed. I just hope that Hans-Peter puts the sunblock on his skin, lest he gets burnt again. Okay, that's a terrible Silence of the Lambs joke. I read that book many years ago, and it still scares the bejeezus out of me. It deserves a better joke than that, but that's all I have.
Something in the Water: Stories, Eddie Generous
I 100% picked this one because of the author's name. I absolutely did. Also, the cover is hella creepy and I'm naturally afraid of water. So, I really couldn't resist this one.
This collection of horror stories puts a twist on classic monsters; a demon hiding in a subdivision, humans acting out, a haunted farmhouse. I wasn't aware until now that a farmhouse would be considered a classic monster, but what do I know? Stephen King turned a car into a monster, so literally anything is possible. Binge read all thirteen - of course there are thirteen - or space them out to prolong the nightmares. It's up to you, I'm not your boss.
The Confessions of Frannie Langton, Sara Collins
This is a historical mystery set in London. I am all about old-timey London. There's just something to macabre, gothic, and creepy about it.
It's 1826 and Frannie Langton is on trial for the murders of Mr. and Mrs. Benham. The testimonies against her are not great and mostly character based - she's a slave (not her fault), whore (if true, likely not her fault), and a seductress (even if true, so what?), but she's a woman of color in 1820s London so the cards are stacked against her. Heck, they'd be stacked against her in 2019, which is just embarrassing, y'all. Anyway, her story begins in Jamaica where she learned to read and ends in the grand house of London. This debut novel has been called haunting and beautiful.
So, grab a thriller, any thriller - except Micheal Jackson's - and prepare to spend the summer scared. And be on the lookout for Summer: An Ermahgerd Merstery - coming to an Amazon near you on June 4!