Category: *Psychological Thriller
The Dinner Guests by Kiersten Modglin
A lifetime of secrets.
One terrifying game.
When a group of friends receives unexpected invitations to a dinner party, they see it as a chance to finally meet the bizarre and reclusive new neighbor whose home is enshrouded in layers of security.
As the drinks are poured and dinner is served, the group begins to realize things are not what they seem. What starts out as an innocent night of fun soon becomes a seemingly calculated game filled with cryptic messages and chilling revelations.
With no way out, the guests are forced to play along in hopes of escape. Friendships fray, loyalties are tested, and the secrets they've kept from each other are revealed one by one.
Six friends walk into the house that night.
Will six friends make it out?
Tell Me the Truth by Kiersten Modglin
It’s not the first time Edith’s husband, Joe, has lied to her.
But it will be the last.
When she finds photos of a mysterious woman on her husband’s phone, the heartbreaking implications are all too familiar, and Edith sets out to discover her identity. What starts as a desperate search for answers quickly becomes a terrifying spiral of obsession and subterfuge.
With each new secret uncovered about her life, her marriage, and the man she loves, Edith is left with even more questions.
What exactly is Joe hiding?
Who is the woman in his photos?
Refusing to accept Joe's lies any longer, Edith soon finds herself living a double life, telling lies and keeping secrets of her own. When she uncovers a final piece of the puzzle, something darker and more gut-wrenching than even she could’ve anticipated, Edith is forced to make a choice about the future of her marriage.
The truth always comes at a price.
Sometimes, that price is your life
The Amendment by Kiersten Modglin
The dark, scandalous, and completely twisted sequel to Kiersten Modglin’s #1 bestselling domestic thriller, THE ARRANGEMENT…
First, there was the arrangement.
A simple, yet salacious fix to the problems looming in their marriage.
But when things took a tragic turn, Peter’s and Ainsley’s lives quickly fell into disarray.
Now, their secrets have been exposed.
They know the truth—about each other and their marriage.
As they struggle to move on from their past and the damage they’ve caused, new problems begin to surface.
Someone they love is hiding a catastrophic secret. The fragile ground they stand on is starting to crumble. Their family is being torn apart at the seams. And, maybe worst of all, a threat from the past is lurking, ready to unveil the things they’d kill to keep hidden.
They thought the nightmare they’d made it through was over, but the worst is just beginning…
Once, they vowed to do anything to make their marriage work.
Now, that vow will push every boundary they have left.
In order to survive, they’ll need to completely trust each other.
But can they?
Last time they did, things went terribly wrong…
This time, it might be worse.
If there’s one thing that’s certain, their secrets are too big to let anyone walk away alive.
The Reunion by Kiersten Modglin
Hotel Lilith holds terrible memories for Cait Du Bois.
The darkest night of her life happened within its walls.
Once, she vowed never to return to the place that reminds her of the horror she experienced. But when the hotel is chosen as the location for her high school reunion, Cait finds herself unable to resist the appeal of showing off her new life to the people who once made her existence miserable.
Cait is no stranger to being noticed in public, especially as a bestselling author with an enthusiastic fan base, but back at Hotel Lilith, she was once recognized for a completely different reason. With all eyes on her as she returns to the town she’s spent years running from, Cait finds it increasingly difficult to discern between her fans and foes.
Haunted by the memory of a night that torments her, she resolves to put the past behind her and move on.
No one knows the truth about what happened back then.
At least, that’s what she’s always believed.
Shortly after her arrival, strange things begin to occur. A mysterious package, strange calls, and frightening text messages seem to be just the beginning of the nightmare about to unfold.
Someone is determined to bring the truth to light. If they succeed, the life Cait has built based on secrets could come crashing down around her. And, if they want her to pay for what she’s done, her lies may be the least of her concerns.
Someone’s out for blood.
You Broke Me First by Lynda Throsby
Book 4 in The Pain Series - needs to be read as a series. Dark Psychological Thriller. Suitable for 18+ only, sensitive content.
Vidana was rescued from years of being tortured, drugged, and sex trafficked. Only having one sister with her after she was rescued, the not so trustworthy, Svetlana, she was soon abandoned, no surprises there. She had no one, she was all alone, the inevitable happened, and she relapsed. Poppy rescued her yet again, she was more of a sister than Svetlana could ever be. Vidana never thought she would or could fall for anyone after the hell she had been through, and she kept Ryker at arm’s length, only as a friend. Ryker, who had once been in love with her sister.
While working in a coffee shop one day, her life turned upside down on hearing that one voice. It was him, her savior, or was he?
Steve walked into her life and he knew immediately he had to have her. With her spunky attitude, spiky pink hair, and grungy look, he loved everything about her. He was Igor’s man at arms, but he had other businesses no one knew about, or so he thought. Would he be able to have Pink by his side and run his business? It’s what he wanted, and he usually got whatever he wanted, but she had other ideas.
Be Still My Heart by Emily McIntire and Sav R. Miller
Skelm Island, Maine has always been known for two things: lobsters and its broken lighthouse.
But when corpses start showing up in the water, the isolated town becomes the face of a cryptic investigation.
At the heart of which stands Lincoln Porter, a grumpy ex-SEAL whose lobstering business seems to attract more dead bodies than fish.
When homicide expert Detective Sloane is called in to assist with the case, she begins digging up skeletons; ones that Lincoln would rather stay buried.
Forced to work together, Sloane’s suspicious attitude and optimistic demeanor grate on the lobsterman’s nerves, resulting in a rivalry that’s as addicting as it is volatile.
But as everything unravels and they have no one else to trust, Lincoln and Sloane must depend on each other to figure out what secrets should be brought to light…
...and which secrets should stay hidden.
*Be Still My Heart is a full-length, complete standalone featuring mature themes and content that may not be suitable for all audiences. Reader discretion is advised.*
The Field of Wrongdoing by Lili St. Germain
How well can you really know someone?
The smallest towns hold the darkest secrets. And the people you least suspect are the ones you should fear the most.
When Cassie's friend disappears, Cassie knows all too well the tragic end Jennifer has probably met. After all, Cassie is the one who found the last murdered girl in the field on her boyfriend Leo's property nine years ago.
She never believed the love of her life was capable of such a brutal crime. Not even after Leo went to prison for an unrelated crime. But now he's back, released on parole, and another girl has gone missing . . .
USA Today bestselling author Lili St. Germain delivers a terrifying, unpredictable thrill ride that explores how far one woman is willing to go to discover the truth - and the brutal betrayals she unearths along the way.
Widow Falls by Kiersten Modglin
The last girl went missing…
Someone doesn’t want her to be found.
When Sloane takes a job at the infamous whitewater rafting camp, Widow Falls, she quickly learns that the camp has a reputation for more than just summer fun.
People go missing at Widow Falls.
The guide she’s replacing was just one of many. As Sloane settles into her new home—a one-room apartment she’ll be sharing with the five other guides—she can’t help asking questions and digging into the disappearances she’s heard about. Her new roommates tell her stories of dark legends and dangerous folklore surrounding the secluded camp but assure her there’s nothing to worry about. It’s all just superstition.
When Sloane stumbles upon a clue and a secret message hidden beneath the floorboards of their loft, she begins to realize there may be more to the myths than she’s been told.
The message gets her attention: Don’t trust anyone at Widow Falls.
As she follows clues to better understand the missing guide she replaced, Sloane can’t help noticing the similarities between the two of them.
What happened to the other girl?
Why won’t the others help her search?
Are they all in danger?
Whatever’s happening at Widow Falls, it’s clear someone doesn’t want her digging into it. As the seams of her reality are torn apart, making her question everything she sees, feels, and believes, Sloane will have to uncover the truth about the camp—and its occupants—before someone else goes missing.
Because this time…it might be her.
Breaking Conviction by Greer Rivers
The enemy is two steps ahead.
Every time we think we have answers,
We're left with only more questions.
I've made mistakes,
Hunted the wrong villains,
And now innocents are paying the price.
Naomi's found herself in the middle of it all.
She can't know how broken I am,
The rage that I keep buried inside,
Or that my past has become her nightmare.
Naomi fears she's a damsel trapped by her villain,
But she's my queen.
And it's time she breaks free.
The villain has me trapped.
Every time I think I can escape,
The chains strengthen and my hope fades.
I've made mistakes,
Trusted the wrong man,
And now I'm paying the price.
Snake wants me to run away from it all.
He doesn't know how caged I am,
The fears that keep me frozen in place.
Or that my dream has become my nightmare.
Snake worries he's a monster ruined by his past,
But he's my knight.
And it's time I break free.
Breaking Conviction is the third novel in the Conviction series of interconnected standalones, which have an overarching plot throughout the series, but no cliffhanger for the couple in this book. Please consider reading the books in order for best enjoyment.
**While every book in the Conviction series has an HEA, the series should be read by mature readers only (18+) and contains sexually explicit scenes, along with descriptions of human trafficking, drugs, strong language, and physical, sexual, and domestic violence. Reader discretion is advised.**
Our Little Secret by Kiersten Modglin
Bad things don’t happen in Cason Glen.
The locals make sure of it.
So, when the residents of the town’s most exclusive subdivision discover one of their own is missing, it sends a wave of panic and discord throughout the neighborhood.
They are supposed to be safe.
But they quickly realize not everything is as it once seemed in their idyllic world.
Slowly, the cracks have begun to show, revealing the dark and devious truth behind their home, their neighbors, and the lengths some people will go to protect their secrets.
In a town full of masterfully woven webs, these six friends are about to watch their world unravel. And, if they’re not careful, one of them might be the next to disappear…
When everyone you know is a liar, how do you decide whom to trust?
The Missing by Kiersten Modglin
That was just the beginning.
When five strangers are abandoned on an island without any idea where they are or whom to trust, their nightmarish new reality begins to unfold.
Someone is lying.
Someone is hiding a terrible secret.
They’d all do anything to get home… Wouldn’t they?
As the group struggles to uncover the truth about their mysterious whereabouts, only one thing is certain: every choice they make on the island will affect the others.
And when they uncover a strange note with a chilling revelation, the group begins to question everything they thought they knew. If they want to make it off the island alive, they’ll have to discover who brought them there and why…before it’s too late.
Poppy’s Revenge by Lynda Throsby
Book 2 in The Pain Series. You need to read book 1 as this is a follow on.
After being left for dead, buried alive, Poppy’s alone with nowhere to go, no money, no ID, nothing. She’s a fighter, she knows she will survive.
She’s done terrible things to her twin sister, but now she needs to exact her revenge on Blaine once and for all, and that means Primrose gets hurt in the process. With the help from an unexpected source, she grows stronger by the dhttps://iscreambookblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Poppys-Revenge-by-Lynda-Throsby-cover.jpgay and puts action to her plan for revenge. Will she do it, will she get her revenge?
After watching Poppy strike her twin sister Prim from afar and leave her for dead, Blaine vows to get Poppy once and for all. He failed to kill her, he’s failed Prim twice now, failed to protect her from her own sister, Poppy. He doesn’t know what she’s got in store for him, but she’s out to get her revenge one way or another. He needs to watch his back and get her first.
Will it finally be over? If so, for who?
The Waking Place by Emerald O’Brien
From the author of Follow Her Home and What She Found comes a heart-clenching and atmospheric psychological suspense novel that will keep readers guessing until the final page.
Givers must set limits, for takers have none.
When Lane moves in with her beloved uncle Donnie after his dementia diagnosis, she drops everything to take care of him. After her sister arrives unexpectedly, Lane is hopeful for more help. Instead, she watches as Cece leads a carefree life despite their uncle's rapid deterioration, and resentment begins to fester.
As one sister grows bitter, the other harbours a dark secret. Cece's wild and spontaneous life is far from what it appears...
Fearing for Donnie's safety as he begins trying to leave the house after dark, Lane forces herself into a reckless pattern of sleepless nights. But a mistake leads to a series of disturbing events and a big decision for Lane.
When Uncle Donnie's menacing son gets word his father will be placed in long-term care, he returns to his childhood home with questionable motives.
And after a terrible accident, Lane is forced to turn to a sister she no longer trusts to hide the evidence, crossing lines they never thought possible.
This family's secrets are to die for...
But will they have to kill to keep them?
The Roommate by Kiersten Modglin
He thought his life couldn’t get any worse…
Wesley Gates is down on his luck.
He’s drowning in debt.
His demanding career isn’t letting up.
And, to top it all off, after years of ignoring their failing marriage, his wife has had enough.
Heartbroken and in desperate need of a place to stay while he gives his wife the space she’s asked for, Wes is shocked when he runs into a familiar face from his past. As they catch up, Wes quickly learns his old classmate has an extra room and a non-existent social life. He can’t help feeling grateful to spend time with someone who remembers who he was during their glory days, long before his life fell apart. So, when Elias offers to rent out his spare bedroom, it seems like the answer to all Wes’s problems. Wes takes his old friend up on the offer without hesitation.
Living with someone you barely know is better than living with a stranger… Isn’t it?
But soon, Wes realizes moving in with Elias may have been a mistake.
Between the wild mood swings, strange occurrences, and total disregard for his new roommate’s privacy, Wes begins to wonder if Elias will be his savior or his worst nightmare.
When his wife reveals devastating news that destroys the final bit of shaky ground Wes was standing on, his new roommate may be all he has left.
Maybe that’s what Elias wanted in the first place…
Or maybe it’s all in Wes’s head.
Elias invited him in…
Will Wes ever be able to leave?
The Arrangement by Kiersten Modglin
Ainsley Greenburg is a fixer.
It’s what she prides herself on.
So, when she realizes her marriage is at its breaking point, she makes a decision to repair it, no matter the cost. Approaching her husband to propose the arrangement is supposed to be the hard part, but Peter agrees to the salacious plan almost immediately.
The rules are simple:
They will each date someone new once a week.
They will never discuss what happens on the dates.
Soon, though, the rules are broken, turning terrible mistakes into unspeakable consequences.
When the only person they can count on to keep their darkest secret is each other, new questions and deceits surface. Can they truly trust the person they share a life with, or will the vicious lies that have mounted over the years destroy everything they’ve built?
Once, Peter and Ainsley vowed to stand together forever, but as they push boundaries of deception, suspicion, and temptation, each begins to wonder if ’til death do us part may come sooner than they’d intended.
Every Last Secret by A.R. Torre
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Welcome to the neighborhood. Watch your husband, watch your friends, and watch your back.
Cat Winthorpe has worked hard to get what she has: a gorgeous home; social standing; and William, her successful, handsome husband. Then a friendly new couple moves into the estate next door. While cautious, a good neighbor like Cat greets them with open arms and warm hospitality.
Neena Ryder isn’t a fellow lady of leisure. A life coach with off-the-rack dresses, personal issues, and a husband who hasn’t delivered, she’s anxious to move up in the world. This beautiful new town is a step in the right direction. It’s also making Neena aware of what she doesn’t have. Namely, William. When Neena’s infatuation escalates into obsession, it’s just a matter of eliminating a few obstacles to get the life she wants. The life next door.
As Neena’s secret fixation grows, so does her friendship with Cat. But beneath their cordial interactions is a wealth of temptations, secrets, and toxic jealousy. For both women, the desire for a perfect life can turn perfectly dangerous.
By Dawn by Persephone Autumn
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If you woke in an unfamiliar house on broken furniture in a cloud of dust and cobwebs, what would you do?
For a pulse-pounding minute, you question if you are alone. Question who brought you here.
And in that micro-flash of time, every plausible fear ripples through you like a tornado.
Until you find a stranger passed out on the floor.
All from different walks of life.
Brought together for one purpose.
A reason they have yet to discover. A reason none will remember.
All in the name of a twisted little game.
After several failed attempts to break free, the strangers fear remaining captive.
With adjustments, fear shifts to anger.
Anger morphs to tolerance.
Tolerance leads to complacency.
Little do they know… they are not alone in the house.
Never have been. Never will be.
When the end comes, who will survive?
Mine (Back to Me, #2) by Brittany Taylor
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We were living in a state of ignorant bliss. Ready to move on, ready to heal.
Our plan was working until we found that small slip of paper inside our apartment. A promised message that I would never truly be free. Now, the life I thought I'd have with Logan was quickly becoming no life at all. Cutting ties with everyone I know; Logan and I decided to start a new life, hoping to leave the past behind us, along with that piece of paper.
Three thousand miles and one year later, Logan and I were still struggling with the choices we’d made. The guilt I had for leaving my best friend, Abby remained, devouring me from the inside out. But then, in a twist of fate, Abby came back into my life, offering a chance to mend our broken friendship.
But just like Abby’s unexpected return, the demons from my past quickly began to resurface. Pieces of my past continued to haunt me, forcing me to question whether the life Logan and I had built was real or whether everything wasn't as it seemed.
My past had returned, determined to prove my life wasn’t truly mine.
It never was.
***An all-new romantic suspense/psychological thriller coming soon. Mine is the second book in the interconnected Back to Me series and a complete standalone. Dissipate (Book 1) and Back to Me (Book 3) are now available.
The Perfect Getaway by Kiersten Modglin
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It was the trip of a lifetime…
until someone ended up dead.
When four couples receive invitations to try out a luxury island resort, they are excited for a week of relaxation and reconnecting.
For some, it’s the honeymoon they never had the chance to take.
For others, it’s a last-ditch attempt to save their crumbling marriage.
But when one of the group members ends up dead on the night of a terrible storm, what was once a paradise soon becomes a prison.
Trapped on the island with no cell phone service and no means of escape, the couples fear the worst. What exactly happened to their friend? And could they be next?
Determined to learn the truth, the couples search for answers, but only discover more secrets. Friendships, loyalties, and marriages are put to the ultimate test as they grapple to decide who to trust and who could be a threat.
Will they make it off the island? Or will the perfect getaway turn into their last?
The Smile and Other Stories by Nina G. Jones writing as Cyn Nightly
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The Smile and Other Stories by Cyn Nightly*
This collection contains a diverse mix of horror genres with familiar backdrops: a cabin in the woods, an isolated hike, a car on a lover's lane. However, these stories are not your typical slashers, they are horrors of the mind. While there is no shortage of gore, the true terrors in this collection are the demons we all may face at some point in our lives: betrayal, grief, the loss of a loved one, sexual assault, revenge.
Most of the stories center around a woman's POV and tackle familiar issues through the lens of the macabre. These thrilling stories will keep you thinking—and perhaps have you double-checking the locks on your doors—long after you've read them.
What Came With The Storm: After the unexpected passing of her father, Carlie and her fiancée, Arielle, plan to spend some alone time in his cabin. On the first night, an unexpected guest appears.
The Smile: What happens when two evil men cross paths and you are stuck in the crossfire?
Where They Go: A woman tries to find her way back home after a cursed hike.
The Wingman: Rav, a self-proclaimed pickup artist has to cut some corners to maintain his reputation. One night, the tables are turned and it's Rav who finds himself to be the object of someone else's desire.
The Moonlit Bridge: A devastated woman gets the rare chance to bring her lover´back to life. She thinks the price she paid upfront will cover the cost, but she soon learns that there is a much larger balance due.
*Cyn Nightly is the horror pen name for bestselling dark romance/erotica author Nina G. Jones
Follow Her Home by Emerald O’Brien
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She’s desperate to leave the past behind her. But fear has a way of following.
Lynda McGowan knows all about stalkers. Her father, a jaded musician with local acclaim, was brutally killed by his—she can still sometimes feel the blood on her hands. She hung on his every word, so when he told Lynda she wasn’t cut out for a career in music, she gave up on her singer-songwriter dreams.
When a friend begs her to play a few shows with his band after their lead singer’s sudden departure, she can’t resist the opportunity. Though her father’s words whisper from the back of her mind, Lynda never feels more complete than when she’s writing music—sharing her songs could help her through her grief.
But it isn’t long before she senses she’s being watched, and soon she’s facing a series of mysterious and disturbing events; events with circumstances similar to her father’s murder. Still, Lynda forces herself to refute the connection—after all, his killer is dead. But that doesn’t stop the chilling sensation from raising the hairs along her spine when she’s alone.
Is she paranoid? Or is she being followed as part of a dangerous game? And how far must things go before someone believes her?
But if someone is stalking her, Lynda has one advantage her father didn’t.
She knows they’re coming.
Follow Her Home is an edge-of-your-seat psychological suspense novel. If you like atmospheric stories, determined characters, and spine-tingling twists, then you’ll love Emerald O’Brien’s new page-turner.
Includes a downloadable original song by singer-songwriter Adrienne Ashley that features in the story.
My Husband’s Secret by Kiersten Modglin
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On the day of Lucas Martin’s funeral, his wife, Naomi, learns he was hiding a devastating secret.
One that may have cost him his life.
When two strangers approach her, Naomi realizes they could be hiding important clues as to what actually happened the day her husband died.
Was it an accident? Or something more sinister?
Determined to learn the truth, Naomi initiates another meeting with the strangers, in hopes that she’ll uncover the missing puzzle piece from the mysterious last day of her husband’s life.
As more secrets and lies begin to become clear, Naomi and the strangers find out they’re in a much more tangled web than they could’ve ever imagined. If she can trust them, she may be able to find the answers she so desperately seeks.
The only problem? Any one of them could be lying...just like Lucas was.
The biggest question is: who?
The Pain they Feel (The Pain Series, #1) by Lynda Throsby