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Summer is perfect time for a thriller

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Last fall I found myself making back-to-back road trips in two consecutive weekends. To pass the time, I downloaded B.A. Paris’ “Behind Closed Doors” from the Iowa City Public Library’s audiobooks collection at icpl.overdrive.com.

The story centers on the seemingly-perfect couple: Jack and Grace. He’s a successful attorney and she’s the perfect homemaker. But all is not as it seems, as my teenage daughter remarked during our first rest stop. Actually, she demanded to know what was wrong with one of the characters.

We didn’t get the answer until we reached South Dakota.

Thanks to “Behind Closed Doors,” I’ve been on a psychological thriller kick for months. I devoured Paris’ second book, “The Breakdown,” and am currently on the library’s holds list for her newest title, “Bring Me Back.”

I’m not a patient person. Lucky for me, psychological thrillers are a popular genre, so if you’re waiting for the latest book by your favorite author, I have suggestions to keep you entertained in the interim.

• “Final Girls” by Riley Sager tells the story of Quincy Carpenter, the only survivor of a horror movie — scale massacre. She became the third member of a group of similar survivors known as the Final Girls. She’s never met the other girls — Lisa and Sam — and she’s fine with that. But then Lisa dies and Sam shows up unexpectedly.

• John Marrs’ “The One” sounds like a science fiction love story. Science has found a way to match people with their soul mate using DNA. Millions have taken the test, desperate to find their true love, even if it means destroying their current relationship status. Follow along as five more people meet their match — but remember, even soul mates have secrets.

• Warning: Do not pick up Aimee Molloy’s “The Perfect Mother” until you can guarantee uninterrupted reading time. This book about a group of new moms who get together for much-needed adult time will grab hold of you and refuse to let go until the final page.

Find these titles, and more, in the fiction stacks at the Iowa City Public Library.

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• Meredith Hines-Dochterman is public relations specialist at the Iowa City Public Library.

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