As a journalist writing for a travel magazine, Lo Blacklock has just received her first big professional break. She’s covering a new luxury cruise ship that has a handful of cabins while it travels around the Norwegian fjords for a week. Things get off to a rocky start when Lo meets a woman in cabin 10, which is next to hers, who’s less than excited to meet her. Then in the middle of the night after something awakens her, Lo hears a loud splash—like a body hitting water. She stumbles to her private balcony in an alcohol-induced haze and sees a dark, oily smear on cabin 10’s glass safety barrier. It looks a lot like blood. Lo’s attempts to have this mysterious event investigated while at sea leads nowhere, largely it appears, due to her self-medicating with alcohol—witnessed by many on board. It doesn’t help that word gets out she also takes anti-anxiety medication and has for years. Is something going on here or is it all in Lo’s mind? Filled with surprising twists and turns, this book will keep you guessing until the end.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Echoes from the Dead
“What happened, Jens?” is a question Julia continues to ask her son. The problem is her son is missing and Julia has been living with that unanswerable question for years. Julia has not recovered from receiving that devastating phone call from her father that Jens had vanished. On a foggy October night, Jens' grandfather, Gerlof, fell asleep in his chair while babysitting Jens, who must have left their beach house and disappeared into the ocean. Or did he? Twenty years after that fateful day, Gerlof receives one sandal in the mail. He calls his daughter, Julia, to inform her of this mysterious package. Could this be Jens' sandal? Father and daughter patch their strained relationship to pursue clues in search of an answer. This award-winning mystery is an excellent read.
The Fireman by Joe Hill
Dragonscale, a spore-induced, virulent plague, leapfrogs from city to city etching magnificent black and gold markings into people’s skin, causing them to combust when they least expect it. Fires erupt and spread with alarming frequency and speed. With Dragonscale so highly contagious and no cure or vaccine in sight, uninfected people are desperate to remain that way. To protect themselves, vigilante Cremation Squads arise to exterminate anybody they believe to be infected.
Harper Grayson, a volunteer nurse helping with infected hospital patients, learns she, too, is infected; she also is pregnant with her first child. And when she least expects it, a man called The Fireman comes to her rescue. Who is this mysterious man and has he really been driven crazy by his Dragonscale? Can Harper keep from bursting into flames? Can they stay ahead of the Cremation Squads? This exciting excursion into the unknown and what fear can do to people is entertaining and thought provoking.