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Jennifer was born in Toronto, which is where she spent the first three decades of her life. When her husband was offered a transfer to Seattle, she didn't know which would be worse: leaving Canada or moving to the West coast. She spent her first few months on American soil bemoaning her existence and writing her first novel. Now nicely settled in the Pacific Northwest, the only thing she misses other than family and friends is snow.A member of International Thriller Writers, she's always been drawn to dark fiction, even though she sleeps with the lights on when her husband isn't home.
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
The Night of the Flood (2017) (with others)
Jennifer Hillier recommends
The New Couple in 5B (2024)
"Lisa Unger never misses, so it's no surprise that I loved her newest thriller. The New Couple in 5B is dark, atmospheric, and addictive from the first page right up until the shocking ending. An absolutely riveting read from one of the genre's best--just remember to breathe."
What Remains (2023)
"I couldn't put this book down once I started. Thoroughly enjoyable from the first page to the shocking conclusion, Wendy Walker's What Remains is an addictive, immersive, propulsive thriller. Not only is Walker at the top of her game, she is absolutely one of the genre's best."
Fit to Die (2023)
"Timely and relevant. Exposing the dark side of the wellness industry, this electrifying, ripped-from-the-headlines thriller will keep your heart racing from the first page to the very last."
No Home for Killers (2023)
E A Aymar
"E. A. Aymar's No Home for Killers is a breathtakingly paced thriller; a character-driven journey of rage and justice that will leave you pondering the subtleties between good and evil, and right and wrong. Violent yet sensitive, Aymar's command of the noir thriller is on full display here, in what is absolutely his best book yet."
Blackwater Falls (2022)
(Detective Inaya Rahman, book 1)
Ausma Zehanat Khan
"Ausma Zehanat Khan's Blackwater Falls is a novel you will read in one sitting; a compelling, tense thriller from one of the most exciting, authentic voices in suspense fiction. This masterful series debut will leave you impatiently waiting for the next installment."
The Last Housewife (2022)
"It's not every day I finish a novel and decide right then and there that the author is now an auto-buy. While I was anticipating a great story from Winstead, I wasn't expecting to inhale her new book in one breathless read. The Last Housewife is a propulsive, unputdownable thriller with a dark, beating heart. It chilled me to the bone, and I'm still recovering. Ashley Winstead, I bow down."
"Dead bodies are turning up in Sedona's upscale wellness community? Sign me up! I loved everything about Kismet, Amina Akhtar's sharply observant, funny thriller. Gleeful and gripping, Akhtar has knocked it out of the park with this wickedly entertaining, twisty novel."
The Devil Takes You Home (2022)
"A brutal and brilliant novel. Brace yourself for the ride-this is his best work yet."
Dead Drop (2022)
(Detective Nathan Parker, book 1)
"A suspenseful and utterly gripping novel that doesn't shy away from the terror of drug cartels and border violence, James L'Etoile's Dead Drop is a well-researched, expertly written police procedural with twists that will leave you breathless. This one is not to be missed."
In the Dark We Forget (2022)
Sandra SG Wong
"In the Dark We Forget is a terrifying journey through one woman's nightmare as she struggles to remember who she is while unlocking her family's dark secrets. Wong's brilliant prose will keep you riveted until the very last, shocking page. An outstanding psychological suspense."
Watch Out for Her (2022)
Samantha M Bailey
"An addictive read from start to finish, Samantha M. Bailey's talent and skill are on full display in this well-crafted domestic thriller. Watch Out for Her will have you second-guessing everyone you meet and rooting for characters you don't trust--and there is nothing more fun than that. Absolutely riveting."
Like a Sister (2022)
"I can't say enough good things about Kellye Garrett's highly anticipated new novel. Like A Sister is a smart, twisty, timely thriller that kept me guessing the whole way through. Garrett is a rising star, and a refreshing, standout voice in crime fiction."
The Photographer (2021)
Mary Dixie Carter
"Why create the perfect life when you can just insert yourself into someone else’s? Mary Dixie Carter’s The Photographer is You meets Parasite, and I inhaled every dark, twisted moment of this brilliant thriller. Sharply observant, tense, and totally hypnotic, The Photographer is the most addictive suspense novel I’ve read in years."
The Dead Husband (2021)
"A rich family with shocking secrets in an affluent small town, Carter Wilson's THE DEAD HUSBAND is SUCCESSION meets BIG LITTLE LIES, and I loved every bit of it. This marvelously crafted thriller is the perfect escape, so find a quiet spot and sink in-you'll be glad you did."
Every Last Fear (2021)
"Jaw-dropping. Every Last Fear is a powerful, standout thriller. Finlay is a masterful storyteller, seamlessly shifting perspectives and timelines to add layers of emotional depth and suspense to this fast-paced, expertly plotted, utterly engrossing novel. Hands down the best thriller I've read this year."
The Last Thing to Burn (2021)
"This outstanding thriller by Will Dean might be the best book you read this year. THE LAST THING TO BURN is intense, dark, and utterly chilling I felt this one in my bones."
"I should know better than to pick up a new Jess Lourey book, thinking I’ll just peek at the first few pages and get then back to the book I was reading. Six hours later, it’s three in the morning and I’m racing through the last few chapters, unable to sleep until I know how it all ends. Set in an idyllic small town rooted in family history and horrific secrets, Bloodline is Pleasantville meets Rosemary’s Baby. A deeply unsettling, darkly unnerving, and utterly compelling novel, this book chilled me to the core, and I loved every bit of it."
The Silent Conspiracy (2020)
(Jack Logan, book 2)
L C Shaw
"Shaw's deft plotting and breakneck pacing set the standard for the modern political thriller."
The First to Lie (2020)
Hank Phillippi Ryan
"The First to Lie is a masterfully twisty tale full of all my favorite things: interesting women, family secrets, and well-plotted revenge. Start reading early, because you will tear through the pages of this breathless, keep-you-up-all-night thriller."
Blacktop Wasteland (2020)
S A Cosby
"Powerful, gritty, and lyrical, S. A. Cosby’s Blacktop Wasteland is the unflinching portrayal of a man who’s deeply aware he needs to make a better life for himself and his family, but can’t ? or won’t. This story is an emotional gut punch, and you’ll find yourself rooting for Beauregard while he’s ripping your heart out. Cosby is a mesmerizing new voice in crime fiction you won’t soon forget. This is literary noir at its finest."
The Wife Stalker (2020)
"Keeps you riveted from the first page to that explosive, jaw-dropping twist."
The Sun Down Motel (2020)
Simone St James
"Spooky, unsettling, and brilliantly written, The Sun Down Motel is mesmerizing from the first page. A breathlessly suspenseful supernatural mystery that will hook you early, and never let go."
Follow Me (2020)
"Who hasn’t stalkedI mean, looked upan old flame, friend, or celebrity on social media? Follow Me is a sharp look at the downfall of inventing better online versions of our own realities. Absorbing, utterly addictive, and possibly the most riveting book I’ve read this year."
Behind Every Lie (2020)
"Christina McDonald’s Behind Every Lie is a layered, gut-wrenching domestic thriller that explores the complexities of mothers and daughters and the secrets families keep. Smart and intense, and with more than enough twists to give you whiplash, McDonald’s beautiful, emotional storytelling will leave you breathless. I don’t think I exhaled until the end."
One Night Gone (2019)
"There is so much to love in Tara Laskowski's One Night Gone. At its core, it's a mystery, and a perfectly paced, well-plotted one at that. But it's also a beautifully lyrical coming-of-age story that depicts the socioeconomic divide of small beach town life, with all the 1980s flavor to go with it. Laskowski is a truly gifted storyteller with that 'X-factor' you look for-but rarely find-in a debut author. Spectacular."
I Know Everything (2019)
(Adler and Dwyer)
"A page-turner from beginning to end. Take a deep breath, and hang onthis relentless thriller will keep you guessing until the very last masterful twist."
The Arrangement (2019)
"Pretty Woman meets Fatal Attraction, with a twist . . . or three. A riveting look into the world of sugar dating, Robyn Harding's The Arrangement is deliciously seductive from start to finish. Hang on for the ride, because this tantalizing thriller will knock you sideways."
One Small Sacrifice (2019)
(Shadows of New York, book 1)
"I tore through this book! Hilary Davidson is at the top of her game with this masterful and twisty new novel that’s jam-packed with suspense. Filled with wonderfully diverse characters, breakneck pacing, and surprises at every turn, this modern mystery will thrill even the most old-school crime fiction lovers. This book satisfied me on so many levels."
Dear Wife (2019)
"Kimberly Belle's DEAR WIFE is a powerhouse psychological thriller, filled with all the twists and turns of a woman crafting herself a new identity while escaping an abusive marriage. Masterfully written, Belle has outdone herself with this thrilling and emotionally complex tale. This one shines."
The Prisoner in the Castle (2018)
(Maggie Hope, book 8)
Susan Elia MacNeal
"Smart, addictive, personal, and propulsive, The Prisoner in the Castle had me riveted from the first page."
The One That Got Away (2018)
"It’s not often that I read a top-notch thriller with layers of emotion buried within each page. On the surface, Joe Clifford’s story of a young woman who survived a kidnapping and returns to her hometown to investigate a seemingly similar disappearance is compulsively readable, but when you dig a little deeper, you discover there’s so much more to unpack. The On That Got Away is by far Clifford’s best and most fully realized novel to date, and might well be the most rewarding thriller I’ve read this year."
In the Vines (2018)
"Flowers in the Attic meets 'The Tell-Tale Heart' with a dash of Psycho, Shannon Kirk’s In the Vines is as dark, tangled and twisty as the title would suggest. A fascinating portrayal of madness, wealth, and decaying family legacy, Kirk’s superbly crafted gothic thriller will have you gasping the entire way through. This is an insanely good ride into the mind of a madwoman just remember to hang on, lest you not make it back out."
Find You in the Dark (2018)
"One heck of an addictive thriller. Find You in the Dark by Nathan Ripley is an original, inventive take on what happens when you go looking where you shouldn’t."
Watch Me (2018)
"Jody Gehrman's WATCH ME is a mesmerizing, intimate, and utterly terrifying journey inside the mind of a psychopath and his prey. Sam's obsession with Kate will make you uncomfortable, but you won't be able to look away. Sharp, twisted, and seductive, Gehrman has written the ultimate cat-and-mouse thriller."
A Beautiful Poison (2017)
"The perfect blend of mystery, history, and science, Lydia Kang’s A Beautiful Poison is an entertaining read from beginning to end. A classic whodunnit with a touch of dark humor, Kang’s first adult novel will hopefully not be her last."
(Joe Goldberg , book 1)
"Intense and deeply disturbing, You is a dark story told in a fresh voice, and an addictive read from beginning to end. Being inside Joe Goldberg’s head was both a thrill and a nightmare, and yet I didn’t want to wake up. I look forward to more from the very talented Caroline Kepnes."
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