Recently I came across a few book covers that looked so similar that I ended up getting confused about which book was which! Inspired by my lovely friend Cait from PaperFury, who recently wrote a post on different types of YA covers, I decided to run with her idea and categorize some popular trends I see with thriller/mystery book covers!
28 years ago, Charlie’s life was torn apart. Some bad men were angry at her father, and took it out on his family instead. Charlie, her sister Samantha, and their mother were attacked in their house, and their mother was murdered. Now, almost three decades later, Charlie is still living in the same town, working as a lawyer, and trying to save her failing marriage. In a moment of weakness, Charlie has a one night stand, which sets up a series of events that lead Charlie to the local school where an active shooter is on campus.
Charlie has to navigate the most recent tragedy, but also has to deal with the resurfacing emotions and memories of the events that took place all those years ago. As secrets come to light, Charlie has to fact her past in order to move forward.
A year and a half after the death of his wife, Bill and his teenage daughter Samantha are trying are trying to piece their lives back together. Unfortunately, the worst is not over for Bill. When Summer and her best friend Hailey go missing, Bill is a wreck. Days later, two bodies are dumped in the local park, beaten beyond recognition. Summer is in a coma in the ICU, and Hailey is taken to the local morgue.
The more time Bill spends in Summer’s hospital room, the more he starts to question whether the girl in the hospital bed is actually his daughter. As more questions start to arise, Bill is determined to uncover who is behind these brutal attacks, and why.
Tom is happily married to Karen, and are still in the blissful newlywed stage. When Tom arrives home from work one day, he finds his house unlocked, but Karen is nowhere to be found. Her purse, ID, and cell phone are all still at home, and his gut tells him something is wrong. Shortly after he calls the police, he gets a knock on his door. Unaware that he’s just called to report his wife missing, the police show up at his house to inform him that his wife has been in a car accident and that she’s been taken to a local hospital.
Luckily, Karen is okay, however she has no memory of the night. She knows she was speeding recklessly and that she crashed her car into a pole in the middle of a bad neighborhood, but she has no idea why she would have been there, or why she was in such a hurry to leave. When a murder is reported and found to have taken place around the same time and place the police begin to question whether or not Karen was involved, Karen quickly realizes that she needs to recover her memory and prove that she’s innocent – especially when she realizes someone has been in her house and has been moving her things around.
Kate has just broken up with her high school boyfriend after a 10 year relationship, and all she wants is to have fun, and figure out what she’s like as a single woman. Unfortunately, recent murders in her hometown have her on edge. When she realizes that all of the murdered women look eerily similar to her, she begins to worry.
She especially starts to panic when she can’t shake the feeling that she’s being watched and followed. When he ex-boyfriend gets dragged into the investigation, she wonders if the murder is much closer to home than she ever realized. Will she be the next victim? Will her past come back to haunt her?