Edge of the Seat Picks by BCPL Staff

Boone County Public Library staff members share their favorite Suspense/Thriller novels. Suspense/Thriller novels are fast-pace stories with plot twists and often involve pursuit and escape. The novels force the reader to use their imagination while feeling anxious.  If you like to read on the edge of your seat, try one of the recommendations from BCPL staff.  Click on the book titles to see the books in our catalog.

Youth Services Associate Cayla Robinson recommends one of her favorite thriller novels, Marisha Pessl’s Night Film . It is about an investigative journalist named McGrath who has fallen out of favor due to his relentless investigation of a horror filmmaker named Cordova who hasn’t entered the public light in over 30 years. Cordova’s daughter turns up dead which reinvigorates McGrath to continue his investigation and finally expose Cordova for the evil man that he is. Cayla says this is the perfect thriller/horror/mystery novel that really gets you thinking. It is great to get you in the mood for Fall!


Youth Services Circulation Assistant Emily Woodruff recommends Jennifer McMahon’s The Winter People. Emily says, “This book is a beautifully written page turner. It’s a spooky tale that blends the story between the turn of the 20th century and the present day. West Hall, Vermont is a town where people go missing without explanation. This remote small town has its secrets and wants to keep it that way. Emily was eager to keep reading it to see what was going to happen!



Emily also recommends Caroline Kepnes’s You which is about a stalker and manipulator who meets his victim in a bookstore and learns all he needs to know about her through social media. The stalker will not let ANYTHING stand in his way. This eye opener to how exposed we are through social media is a new TV show premiering September 9 on Lifetime!




Early Literacy Specialist Ginger Stapp really likes Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train. It’s a psychological thriller with a lot of twists and turns and great characterization.  Ginger doesn’t want to give anything away, but found it compelling.  She listened to it through the Overdrive app and the narrator was wonderful. Ginger loved her English accent.



Page Supervisor/Public Service Associate Karen Helmle recommends Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s Shadow of the Wind.  Daniel, the son of a bookseller in 1945 Barcelona, is introduced to The Cemetery of Forgotten Books.  He must pick out one book and chooses The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax. After finishing the book, Daniel attempts to find other books by this author only to discover this may be the last book in existence by Carax. Someone else is also looking for the works of Carax, but destroying them as they are found.  Daniel begins a journey to find out who is destroying these books and why.





Can’t find the book you are looking for?

Ask us to borrow it for you through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)!

Have you ever searched through the Library’s catalog for a book you wanted to read but couldn’t find it? Did you know that if we don’t own the book you are looking for, you can ask us to search for it through interlibrary loan (ILL)? This service allows us to borrow books, music, DVDs, microfilm articles and even photocopies for you from other libraries across the country and occasionally even outside of the United States.

The interlibrary loan service is free to Boone County residents who are at least 18 years of age and have a library card in good standing. It’s easy to request a book through ILL. Go to www.bcpl.org/books and scroll down to Not in Our Collection. Click on Borrow a book from another library and fill out the form that appears.

Our ILL Department will first determine if the requested item should be added to the Library’s collection. If it is not a good fit for BCPL, our staff will begin the search for a library who owns the item. After compiling a list of libraries who own it, a borrowing request is placed, one library at a time, to avoid multiple copies being sent. When one of the libraries agrees to lend the item, it is shipped to us and we temporarily add it to our system, allowing it to be checked out. If we cannot find a library to lend the item, the search is stopped and you are contacted.  The ILL process can take up to six weeks from the date a request is submitted.

The lending library determines the item’s due date and whether or not there is a fee for borrowing the item. Most libraries don’t charge a borrowing fee. Fees are sometimes charged for photocopies, microfilm or when rare items are borrowed. If there is a fee, don’t worry, an ILL staff member will contact you first to see if you want to pay the fee or cancel the loan. If you agree to the fee, the fee is charged to your account and must be paid before the item is checked out. If an item is rare, the lending library can dictate that the item be labeled as “in-library use only” which means the item cannot be checked out, but can be used inside BCPL.

You can request a renewal of your interlibrary loan item, but it should be done at least five days before the current due date and must go through our ILL Department. You can reach ILL at 342-BOOK (2665), extension 8118 or by email at ill@bcpl.org.  When you are ready to return your ILL book, simply take it to any Boone County Public Library location and we will return the item to the lending library.

In addition to using interlibrary loan to borrow books, (and other items) we also use it to lend books to other libraries across the United States. Happy reading!