Even with the many, many books on our must-read list, we just can’t stop devouring thrillers. Here’s a small sampling of what’s on our nightstands lately.
CODENAME VILLANELLE (Mulholland Books) by Luke Jennings
The book that inspired the buzzy BBC America TV series Killing Eve starring Grey’s Anatomy’s Sandra Oh, is a sexy, fast-paced and utterly impossible-to-put-down international spy drama. Villanelle, who works for a powerful, secretive criminal organization, is one of the world’s most skilled and ruthless assassins. But when she kills an influential Russian politician in London, she attracts a relentless foe: former MI6 operative, Eve Polastri, who is tasked with capturing or killing the person responsible for the murder.
BELIEVE ME (Ballantine Books) by JP Delaney
Following on the heels of last year’s best-selling thriller The Girl Before, which was snapped up for the big screen by director Ron Howard, JP Delaney’s twisty new book follows an out-of-work British actress trying to make a brand new start of it, so to speak, in New York. In the meantime, to pay the rent, she puts her considerable acting skills to use as a decoy for a detective agency, hired to entrap straying husbands. But when the police investigate one of her targets for the murder of his wife – and ask her to lure the suspect into making a confession – things get considerably more complicated (read deadly).
TRANSCRIPTION (Doubleday Canada) by Kate Atkinson
An ex-spy’s assumed identities during the Second World War come back to haunt her when, while working as a BBC radio producer in 1950s London, she runs into a mysterious man from her past, an encounter that pulls her back into the life of espionage she thought she left behind. Interestingly, the latest book from the award-winning British novelist may be a case of truth inspiring fiction: a release of documents from Britain’s secret service to the National Archives about an ordinary bank clerk who infiltrated circles of fascist sympathizers in the U.K. provided fodder for the story.
I KNOW YOU KNOW (William Morrow) by Gilly Macmillan