Andrea Bartz is a Brooklyn-based journalist and coauthor of the blog-turned-book Stuff Hipsters Hate (Ulysses Press, 2010), which The New Yorker called "depressingly astute." Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Women's Health, Martha Stewart Living, Redbook, Elle, and many other outlets, and she's held editorial positions at Glamour, Psychology Today, and Self, among other titles.
Andrea Bartz recommends
The Other People (2020)
C J Tudor
"Chilling, moving, and disquieting, The Other People proves C. J. Tudor is a force to be reckoned with. With nuanced characters and a satisfying, intricately braided slow-burn that builds to a heart-pounding finish, this novel gripped me, surprised meand stuck with me long after the final page."
The New Girl (2020)
"With elegant prose and complex, vivid characters, The New Girl is a delicious slow burn of a thriller. Harriet Walker has an impressive hold on how women really think, and she sweeps the reader into the book’s suspenseful world, skillfully capturing both the sparkly mania of the fashion world and the strange bell jar of new motherhood. I can’t wait to read more from her."
All the Broken People (2020)
"This fast-paced but nuanced thrill ride grabbed me on the first page and didn't let go. With spare, haunting prose, a tense and richly wrought setting, intricate plotting, and twists that would make Hitchcock himself gasp, All The Broken People is a masterful debut. Thriller fans, meet your new favorite author."
Everyone Knows How Much I Love You (2020)
"Ever since I finished Everyone Knows How Much I Love You, I haven't stopped thinking about it: how the prose pops and fizzes; how the characters reside in my mind still like ants in a terrarium; how McCarthy masterfully articulates aspects of the female experience I've always intuited but haven't seen in print. It's a stunning, evocative, unflinching debut, and I can't wait to read whatever she writes next."
Behind the Red Door (2020)
"Taut, provocative, disturbing--Megan Collins' sophomore novel is more than a thriller; it's a dark and deeply compelling examination of the knife's edge between trust and fear. With muscular prose and richly wrought characters, Behind the Red Door grabbed me, startled me, and didn't let go until I'd torn through every chilling word."
They Wish They Were Us (2020)
"A juicy, fast-paced, addictive tale that's more than a mystery--it's a timely exploration of ambition, loyalty, and how far we'll go to belong. I couldn't put it down."
If I Disappear (2021)
Eliza Jane Brazier
"Subtle, surprising, and genuinely scary...an unflinching exploration of our obsession with true crime and the darkness marbling our psyches. With sinewy prose and nuanced observations about the female experience, this debut marks a ferocious new voice."
The Girls Are All So Nice Here (2021)
Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
"Juicy, twisty, and relentlessly unsettling, THE GIRLS ARE ALL SO NICE HERE is more than a thriller; it's a masterful portrait of the complexities of female friendships and the raw yearning to fit in. With characters unflinchingly wrought in all their vulnerability and a setting so real, I felt I'd visited the Wesleyan campus myself, this book is a brilliant and wickedly wild ride. I couldn't put it down."
Just One Look (2021)
"Bitingly modern and totally addictive, Just One Look is a juicy entry into the unhinged-women canon. I loved itit’s propulsive, surprising, and deeply creepy. With wry prose and deliciously wicked twists, Lindsay Cameron’s suspense debut is the freshest take on stalker fiction since You."
In My Dreams I Hold a Knife (2021)
"Beautiful writing, juicy secrets, complex female characters, and drumbeat suspensewhat more could you want from a debut thriller? I'm Ashley Winstead's new biggest fan. If you liked Marisha Pessl's Neverworld Wake or Laurie Elizabeth Flynn's The Girls Are All So Nice Here, trust meyou will love this."
The Mother Next Door (2021)
"If the women of Big Little Lies were the moms of East Coast high schoolers, they'd be right at home in The Mother Next Door--a witty, wicked thriller packed with hidden agendas, juicy secrets, and pitch-perfect satire of the suburban dream."
The Ballerinas (2021)
"Kapelke-Dale's debut comes roaring out of the wings with all the grace and strength of a prima ballerina. Deftly constructed and crackling with tension, THE BALLERINAS is a stunner of a novel, with electric prose and careful observations on loyalty, ambition, power, and rage within the crucible of intense female friendships. I tore through this unforgettable thriller--and I'll never look at professional dance the same way again."
The Maid (2022)
"A charming, clever, and wholly original whodunit. I cheered and felt deeply for Molly the Maid - a complex and masterfully drawn protagonist I won't soon forget."
Real Easy (2022)
"With gorgeous prose, well-drawn characters, and crackling suspense, Real Easy is an unforgettable thriller that stuck with me long after the last page. Beneath the drum-tight plot is a brilliant examination of femininity, safety, and the roles women play. I couldn't put it down."
Smile and Look Pretty (2022)
"Darkly funny and bitingly modern... [A] 9 to 5 for the Instagram generation."
Watch Out for Her (2022)
Samantha M Bailey
"Creepy, surprising, and relentlessly tense, Watch Out for Her is so much more than a thriller; it's an unflinching exploration of the roles we allow women to fill. With dark secrets and cliffhangers galore, this thrill ride will keep you up long past your bedtime. I couldn't put it down."
Just Like Mother (2022)
"Heltzel's novel bursts onto the scene with all the power and gore of a home birth. With unforgettable characters and details that will haunt your dreams, Just Like Mother is set to be one of the year's most talked-about books. I tore through this urgent, timely, and deeply disturbing tale....and I'll think of it every time I field an uncomfortable question about my own childless status."
My Summer Darlings (2022)
"MY SUMMER DARLINGS sizzles with small-town secrets, backstabbing besties, and the year's darkest take on 'summer romance.' This sultry, soapy thriller just might be the perfect poolside read."
An Honest Living (2022)
"A witty, observant debut that's as much a love letter to New York as it is a slick noir."
Some of It Was Real (2022)
"Fresh, surprising, and compulsively readable, Some of It Was Real sucked me right in with its rich characters, sparkling wit, and captivating story arc. This debut is more than a page-turner; it's an unflinching exploration of identity, trauma, and transcending the past, and it kept me riveted all the way up to its jaw-dropping conclusion."
The Goddess Effect (2022)
Sheila Yasmin Marikar
"Fresh, bitingly modern, and laugh-out-loud funny, The Goddess Effect is more than a page-turner - it's also razor-sharp commentary on the cult of wellness. I can't wait to read more from this talented debut author."
Murder on the Spanish Seas (2022)
(Jessie O'Hara, book 1)
"Clever, transportive, and laugh-out-loud funny, MURDER ON THE SPANISH SEAS is the perfect book to read poolside--just not on the deck of a luxury ocean liner. I can't wait to read more from this wickedly entertaining new voice."
The House in the Pines (2023)
"Reyes' debut is a gripping, intelligent thriller that chilled me to the bone. With its intricate plotting, gorgeous prose and complex, richly drawn characters, The House in the Pines is that rare book that you live inside from the first page to the last. I didn't want it to end - and I can't wait for readers to discover my new favorite author."
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