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Shari Lapeña


Shari Lapena was a lawyer and English teacher before turning to writing fiction. Her work has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards and in 2004 she won the Great Toronto Literary Project. Things Go Flying was shortlisted for the 2009 Sunburst Award. She has been featured in The Dalhousie Review, The Globe and Mail and is an alumnus of the Humber School for Writers. She makes her home in Toronto.

Genres: Mystery, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Shari Lapeña recommends
Fierce Kingdom (2017)
Gin Phillips
"Fierce Kingdom is a bold exploration of the ferocity of a mother’s love - riveting and beautiful, and all too real. You’ll find yourself asking, what would I do? It’s brilliant."
Need to Know (2018)
Karen Cleveland
"I raced through this gripping tale of domesticity and deceit. Cleveland deliciously ratchets up the tension at every turn . . . you won’t be able to put it down until the final, stunning page!"
The Rumour (2018)
Lesley Kara
"An intriguing premise, a creeping sense of dread, and a twist you won't see coming! Everyone is going to be talking about The Rumour."
The Paris Diversion (2019)
(Expats, book 2)
Chris Pavone
"I tore through The Paris Diversion, completely caught up in the thrilling story of one remarkable day in Paris. With its twisting, high-stakes plot, all-too-human characters, and unrelenting tension, I couldn’t read it fast enough! I absolutely loved it—highly recommended!"
The Island (2019)
(Hulda, book 2)
Ragnar Jónasson
"Dark, chilling and utterly gripping, The Island is Nordic noir at its best, and is destined to become a classic of the genre. I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to read the rest of the Hulda series!"
The Nanny (2019)
Gilly MacMillan
"With its buried secrets, shifting allegiances, and creeping sense of dread, The Nanny pulses with tension until its shocking conclusion. I absolutely loved it!"
Their Little Secret (2019)
(Tom Thorne, book 16)
Mark Billingham
"Their Little Secret is a cracking read! It features one of the most twisted relationships I've ever read. I couldn't put it down!"
The Turn of the Key (2019)
Ruth Ware
"Will hold you captive until the brilliant ending."
Framed (2020)
S L McInnis
"Fast, twisty and totally unexpected. A riveting read."
The Memory Wood (2020)
Sam Lloyd
"I was pulled into The Memory Wood from the very first page?it grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let you go. It’s an intense, atmospheric, and truly original thriller. Put everything else aside when you enter the Memory Wood, including your expectations…"
The Second Wife (2020)
Rebecca Fleet
"An engrossing tale of sexual obsession, secrets and lies. . . . Chilling."
The Closer You Get (2020)
Mary Torjussen
"Torjussen knows how to deliver a teasing, suspenseful, and twisty read!."
Seven Lies (2020)
Elizabeth Kay
"A dark, gripping story with one of the most interesting and compelling narrators I've ever encountered. Highly recommended."
The Other Passenger (2020)
Louise Candlish
"A smart, twisty thriller that explores how money can warp relationships and destroy lives. A compulsive read that builds to an unimaginable climax. I couldn’t put it down!"
The Finder (2020)
Will Ferguson
"Ferguson’s trademark wit abounds in this exuberant, entertaining and unconventional novel."
The Damage (2021)
Caitlin Wahrer
"A complex, suspenseful story about the shocking and unexpected consequences of a sexual assault... a brilliant debut. One of the best books you'll read this year."
Hostage (2021)
Clare Mackintosh
"A nail-biter of a thriller with an unexpected gut-punch at the end-a fantastic read!"
The Man Who Died Twice (2021)
(Thursday Murder Club, book 2)
Richard Osman
"The tonic we all need."
Last Girl Ghosted (2021)
Lisa Unger
"Chilling… You won't be able to stop turning the pages!"
Reputation (2022)
Sarah Vaughan
"Sarah Vaughan has done it again. Superb."
Twelve Secrets (2022)
(Ben Harper, book 1)
Robert Gold
"Utterly absorbing."
The Favor (2022)
Nora Murphy
"A thrilling debut-I couldn't put it down!"
Local Gone Missing (2022)
Fiona Barton
"Fiona Barton is a brilliant storyteller, a master of plot and character. I absolutely loved this smart, twisty novel!"
The Life She Had (2022)
K L Armstrong
"Smart, tough and relentlessly fast."
The Things We Do in the Dark (2022)
Jennifer Hillier
"Things We Do in the Dark is a superb novel--expertly plotted and written, utterly authentic. Unputdownable."
A Death at the Party (2023)
Amy Stuart
"What a mad delight this book is - so seductive and twisted. Highly recommended!"
Strange Sally Diamond (2023)
Liz Nugent
"My God what a brilliant book!"
The Revenge List (2023)
Hannah Mary McKinnon
"A highly original protagonist and a gripping story make The Revenge List unputdownable."

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