Suspenseful Debut Novels

I love reading debut novels because they always hold the hope of discovering a new author or a new voice. The only problem in finding a good one, though, is having to wait for more! The following debut novels offer a double whammy with stories full of psychological suspense and the suspense of waiting for the next book.

Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves examines a world where illegally tapping into the electricity grid brings all types of hardships to Roscoe and the people in his life. This look into the past is still relevant today with the core themes of hard labor, broken dreams and racism paired with hope and honest work.

Work Like Any Others is available in other formats.

You may be familiar with Bill Clegg's memoirs that deal with addiction, but in his well acclaimed debut novel Did You Ever Have A Family, he looks at tragedy, loss and grief, and its effects on a lone survivor in an emotionally complex way. Although sad and painful this debut also offers inspiration.

Did You Ever Have A Family is available in other formats.

My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh follows an unfolding mystery, but this debut is so much more than the mystery. This timely novel explores how quick judgments are not always accurate and the nostalgia of a lost childhood.

My Sunshine Away is available in other formats.

In this gripping thriller Try Not to Breathe, multiple perspectives tell the story of a girl in a coma and an alcoholic journalist and how their lives intertwine. It is perfect for anyone who enjoys crime investigation with a dash of disorder.

Try Not to Breathe is available in other formats.

What are some of your favorite debuts?

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