Every Suspense Novel is Blue

It seems like only yesterday that intrepid trend-spotters realized the majority of films in the past 20 years have used orange and teal as the dominant colors in their palette. The same thing seems to have happened in the world of suspense novel cover design, where blue has become the go-to hue. Exhibit A, The Woman in Cabin 10, is one of the summer’s hottest titles. Exhibits B-Z: these similarly pigmented tales of suspense. (Look below the illustration to find a list of titles linked to their Booklist reviews.)

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Afterwards, by Rosamund Lupton

Before I Go To Sleep, by S.J. Watson

The Blue Hour, by T. Jefferson Parker

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin

Dark Places, by Gillian Flynn

The Dead Student, by John Katzenbach

The Drowned Boy, by Karin Fossum

The Foresaken, by Ace Atkins

A Game for All the Family, by Sophie Hannah

The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins

The Good Girl, by Mary Kubica

I’d Know You Anywhere, by Laura Lippman

House of Echoes, by Brendan Duffy

How to Be a Good Wife, by Emma Chapman

Just One Look, by Harlan Coben

I Let You Go, by Clare Mackintosh

Kill You Twice, by Chelsea Cain

1222, by Anne Holt

A Perfect Crime, by Peter Abrahams

A Pleasure and a Calling, by Phil Hogan

Precious Thing, by Colette Mcbeth

Ruin Falls, by Jenny Milchman

That Night, by Chevy Stevens

The Vanishing Year, by Kate Moretti

The Whole World, by Emily Winslow



About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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