It’s a big week for thrillers, women protagonists, fantasy and romance, whether in 2019 or 1300s England.
All titles below range in price from free to 99 cents, except for Scott Pratt’s best-selling legal drama. And our Indie Film of the Week is a gripping new drama starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.
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Crime fiction: Former cop Jack abandons her peaceful suburban life when it surfaces that despicable men who were supposed to be dead are very much alive — and an old friend is in need of rescuing. A gritty, propulsive thriller.
Legal thriller: Part of the 2 million copy bestselling series. A criminal court judge is found hanging from a tree. A young employee from the district attorney’s office goes missing. Joe Dillard finds himself in the middle of two volatile mysteries. Now with 3,000 mostly five-star customer reviews.
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Women’s detective fiction: On a flight from Africa to England, Dr. Mason Palmer is killed when his aircraft crashes in dense bushland. But is he really alive? His widow Nicole travels to Africa to find out … but everyone she turns to for answers ends up dead.
Thriller: When a lone little girl is abandoned outside FBI headquarters, agent Abby Kane’s investigation points to a human trafficking ring — and something even worse. A disturbing crime thriller.
Romance: Career-driven Scarlett has always kept things professional. But her sizzling chemistry with her bad-boy client Tarin might make her job a little more complicated. From a New York Times bestselling author.
Fantasy: After her mother’s death, Frey is sent to live in a small village — where she’s accused of using dark magic. Forced to flee with a ragtag gang of strangers, she soon discovers incredible new powers. “Frey” has more than 1,200 five-star ratings on Goodreads.
Young adult: The Momerath virus is spreading. If 16-year-old Alice can’t find a cure, her sister will succumb to its “un-deadly” effects. Her desperate search leads her down the rabbit hole and into perilous Wanderland in this dystopian twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic.
Science fiction: Geneticist Candice Harlow has just graduated from a prestigious Savant program. Unfortunately, she’s arranged to work with Elise Jackson, a crazed ruler seemingly more interested in Candy’s looks than her scientific aptitude. When their genesis is formed, the creation is shunned by their all-female society, leading to peril. A 2019 release.
Young adult: Sophie wakes up to a changed world where people have vanished, technology has ceased working, and fantastical creatures roam. Joining other survivors, she must fight for her life — and embrace her role as protector in this new magical realm.
Romance: While working in a small Oregon town, Stefan falls for his beautiful and mysterious co-worker Genevieve. But can he convince her to fully open her heart to him? From a USA Today bestselling author.
Time-travel romance: When her sister vanished without a trace, Melinda traveled to England to find out what happened. She never dreamed she’d end up in 1300s England where she’d meet the knight of her dreams. A clean, light-hearted romance.
Occult: Three strangers are bound by an ancient Egyptian prophecy. This fast-paced paranormal thriller takes you from England to the dunes of Egypt. Ellie, Ben and Gerhard strive to complete a mythical quest that puts them in the crosshairs of assassins determined to ensure the trio fails. Will they survive & uncover the gods’ secrets?
Nonfiction: You’d like the freedom and flexibility of being a freelancer. But you feel overwhelmed and crunched for time. Who has time to start a business? This step-by-step guide shares a year’s worth of actionable tips to start your business in just 15 minutes per day.
Indie Film Watch
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in “Everybody Knows.”
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem star in this domestic drama from indie filmmaker Asghar Farhadi. Shortly after Laura (Cruz) arrives from Argentina to visit to her family at their Spanish estate for a wedding, her teen daughter Irene (Carla Campra) vanishes from her room in the middle of the night. That leaves a frantic Laura at the mercy of Paco (Bardem). “Farhadi pushes the material into Agatha Christie territory — everyone’s a suspect, and everyone suspects someone else,” IndieWire writes.
Releases May 7 on Netflix and other streaming and DVD services