THE SUICIDE HOUSE
“...Rory maintains a firm grip on our interest, mainly because “the mysterious and unexplained intrigued her” as much as it does us. "
—The New York Times Book Review
“Charlie Donlea’s latest bristles with intrigue and suspense. . . . [R]eminiscent of Jeffrey Deaver’s work, especially his Lincoln Rhyme novels, and Stephen King’s excellent Bill Hodges trilogy.”
—Mystery Scene Magazine, Hank Wagner
“Charlie Donlea’s newest thriller is a sensationally creepy novel, a gruesome and bloodcurdling mystery that will shock you to your core."
—Better REading (AU)
“Best Mystery Thrillers for Summer Reads 2020."
"Best Books of August."
“...Author Charlie Donlea’s compelling crime fighters are fascinating and endearing characters we loved spending time with. As the mystery deepens, things get grisly, but the repartee between Rory and Lane made us chuckle even when we were chilled to the bone."
—Apple Books Review
“Multiple intertwining storylines keep the pacing brisk and the tension high throughout.“
“...the book’s real strength is the idiosyncratic Rory, who suffers from OCD and is on the autism spectrum, deeply developed character readers can’t help rooting for. Hopefully, she’ll be back soon.”
"12 Novels Featuring Protagonists on the Autism Spectrum."
SOME CHOOSE DARKNESS
“Donlea’s cinematic style puts readers squarely into the scenes, and his skillful prose takes his work to a higher level.”
—NY Journal of Books
"In Donlea's skillful hands, this story of obsession, murder, and the search for truth is both a compassionate character study and a compelling thriller.”
“Donlea smoothly mixes red herrings and genuine clues...readers who relish a good puzzle will be rewarded.”
“Part 1970s serial-killer thriller and part contemporary Chicago crime novel, this deceptively quick read has something for everyone.”
"Named one of the most anticipated thrillers of Summer 2019."
“A harrowing ride full of twists and turns.”
DON’T BELIEVE IT
"[Y]ou can’t blame Charlie Donlea if the ending of his novel makes your jaw drop. The title alone — DON’T BELIEVE IT — is fair warning that his characters are no more to be trusted than are our initial impressions of them."
—The New York Times Book Review
"Fast-paced, gripping and addictive, this one will feed your true crime obsession and then some."
—POPSUGAR Book Club: 5 of May's Best New Reads
"[A] timely thriller that builds into a shocking conclusion. Don’t Believe It is sure to appeal to fans of true crime docu-dramas, along with readers of Mary Kubica or Shari Lapena.”
"Donlea’s framing of the story as documentary research proves an effective device, and his work reads like the best nonfiction: clear, crisp, and fast-moving.”
"This novel is a page-turner, and that accolade carries to the very last page and the very last line of the story.”
—New York Journal of Books
"[N]ew York producer Sidney Ryan, the heroine of this riveting…novel from Donlea, is producing a documentary TV series. Donlea splices Sidney’s investigation with excerpted scenes from the documentary and jury room, creating a fast-paced narration. A risky late plot twist will frustrate some readers while thrilling others."
"A perfectly executed and entirely satisfying read, Don’t Believe It is a gripping thriller that will blow readers away, from the first page right up to the very last words. Charlie Donlea’s best book yet!”
—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl and Every Last Lie
"[I]mmediately compelling. Don't Believe It isn't your average police or detective procedural. [I]t focuses on the creation of a true-crime documentary series...a lot of the appeal is of the verisimilitude that Donlea manages to pull off."
—RT Book Reviews
THE GIRL WHO WAS TAKEN
"A fast-moving page-turner. . . . Donlea skillfully maximizes suspense by juggling narrators and time all the way to the shocking final twists.”
"Well worth the read."
“Donlea’s sophomore effort is solid. He keeps the reader guessing and second-guessing until the end, thanks to an expertly crafted abundance of potential suspects.”
"An exciting debut, with all the right touches, captivating from the first page to the last. There’s a bright future ahead for this newcomer to the thriller genre—definitely a talent to watch.”
—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
"Donlea keeps readers guessing throughout. The whodunit plot is clever and compelling . . . for fans of nonstop mysteries with a twist.”
"Horrible things happen in Donlea’s…debut, starting with the murder of first-year law student Becca Eckersley."
"A gem of a mystery, fast‑paced and suspenseful.”
—Catherine Coulter, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Fans of contemporary suspense will enjoy this brisk read.”