The 5 best new thrillers and mysteries to read in August

(Soho Crime; Blackstone; William Morrow)
(Soho Crime; Blackstone; William Morrow)
Shari Lapena and Karin Slaughter are among the authors delivering satisfying suspense.
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Shirley Jackson’s letters reveal the droll voice of an aggrieved working mother

A new collection of personal writings by the author of such classics as “The Lottery” is a little angry and a lot sad.
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Niall Leonard is E.L. James’s husband, but his new novel shows he’s more than a plus-one

Leonard’s ‘M, King’s Bodyguard” is an atmospheric, tightly plotted mystery set in Edwardian London
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Washington Post paperback bestsellers

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The 5 best new thrillers and mysteries to read in August

Shari Lapena and Karin Slaughter are among the authors delivering satisfying suspense.
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In ‘Nightbitch,’ a listless mother turns feral

Despite an outlandish conceit, Rachel Yoder’s debut is a reminder of the shared experiences of motherhood.
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‘What Strange Paradise’ is a visceral account of a refugee’s desperation

Omar El Akkad’s novel about a Syrian boy’s panicked flight is a testament to the impossible predicament confronted by millions of people.

A new Trump book is disturbing but entertaining — and maybe that’s a problem

Michael Wolff details the end of Trump’s term while feeding readers’ appetite for spectacle.
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A homegrown garden of mind-altering substances

Michael Pollan cultivates his own opium and mescaline, and takes on U.S. drug policy.
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We’re at home among trees — which might be able to sense our presence

Humans and plants are more alike than we realize, writes Peter Wohlleben.
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How Juul found success: Innovation and addiction

The e-cigarette-maker promised a safer product but got teens hooked, Jamie Ducharme writes.
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