As bibliophiles, we can't help but want to buy every book in sight—even if our TBR pile is starting to look like the Empire State Building. But when we get the books for great, affordable prices (and when they're ebook deals that don't take up any more space on our already-crammed bookshelves), we don't have to feel so bad about it!
The Apple Books store, formerly known as iBooks, has thousands of free and discounted titles that'll help you fill your digital library without emptying your wallet. Browse the following list for a taste of some of their best free iBook—we mean Apple book—deals, from gripping mysteries and thrillers to novels by bestselling authors like Margaret Atwood and Tom Clancy.
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If She Knew
If you’re looking for a new thriller mystery series, If She Knew is an excellent place to start. Kate Wise is a 55-year-old woman who’s just retired from her job as an FBI agent when a new case pops up, and this one hits close to home. Her friend’s daughter has been murdered in a home invasion—and when asked to help, Kate knows there’s no way she can say no.
Before she knows what she’s gotten herself into, more bodies are turning up—each one a suburban mom in a seemingly happy marriage—and Kate is leading a manhunt for the serial killer stalking the small town. The more Kate digs, the more secrets and lies she discovers—but the killer is always one step ahead, and if Kate’s not careful, she may be the latest victim.
Before He Kills
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As the only young female on her local police force, Mackenzie White sticks out like a sore thumb among her colleagues. But despite their many differences and misunderstandings, even the male detectives know they cannot solve their latest case without her: A woman was just found hanging from a pole—and nobody can find the culprit. Along with the FBI, Mackenzie and her team must work together to follow the trail of a human monster before more innocent lives are taken...But with her own personal demons and a growing crush on one of the agents, can Mackenzie manage to assemble the pieces of this gruesome puzzle without falling apart herself?
A Cold Dark Place
New York Times bestselling author Toni Anderson has crafted a romantic thriller that’s sure to leave you wanting more. Former FBI agent Alex Parker now works for a secret government organization that aims to take out known serial killers and pedophiles before they’re arrested for their crimes. Alex doesn’t relish being an assassin, but he is excellent at his job.
FBI Special Agent Mallory Rooney has spent years tracking down the man who kidnapped her twin sister almost two decades ago. While she’s working on another serial killer case, she begins to suspect someone is executing their targets before they can be arrested. As soon as she starts asking questions, Alex is ordered to watch her—and sparks fly. But his secrets could destroy them both...especially when the man Mallory’s been tracking for so long puts her in his crosshairs.
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Criminal defense lawyer Josie Baylor-Bates left her job at a major firm for a calmer, smaller practice of her own. But when a friend’s daughter is charged with murdering a chief justice of the Supreme Court, Josie can’t resist taking on the high-profile case—especially when it seems that 16-year-old Hannah is destined for an adult prison. Josie's success hinges on her ability to uncover Hannah’s motives—is she simply an impulsive teenager, or is there more to the story?—though politics, family dramas, and her client’s uncooperativeness make securing a victory all the more difficult.
A Throne for Sisters
Orphans Sophia, 17, and Kate, 15, are both sisters and best friends. They want nothing more than to leave the horrific orphanage they’ve grown up in—even if it means living on the streets in their rough city, Ashton. Their aspirations for life outside of the orphanage couldn’t be more different: Sophia wishes to find a place at court and fall in love with a noble; while Kate dreams of becoming a warrior and battling dragons. But despite their differences, they’ll always be linked by their secret paranormal ability to read one another’s minds.
A Throne for Sisters is the first book in this young adult fantasy series filled with love, heartbreak, magic and heart-pounding suspense. Be warned—once you read the first one, you may find yourself hooked.
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If you like to read the book before seeing the movie, you’re in luck! This September, a Tom Clancy thriller is becoming a movie starring Michael B. Jordan—so if you’ve never read the first John Clark novel, this is the perfect opportunity.
If you’re already familiar with the Jack Ryan series, you know John Kelly, A.K.A. Mr. Clark, is Jack Ryan’s “dark side.” In Without Remorse, Clancy takes readers back to the beginning, showing them the tragic events that turned Mr. Clark into the perfect assassin—a man who can take out the enemy without remorse.
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On a remote Quebecois island, an unnamed (and unreliable) narrator enjoys a week-long vacation with her boyfriend and their married friends. But for her, this isn’t simply a relaxing getaway—it's an opportunity to prove her allegedly-dead father is, in fact, still living in the area. The recovery of childhood memories soon drives a wedge between herself and the others, drawing Atwood's protagonist deeper into the Canadian wildness while also loosening her grip on reality. Surfacing is a lot of things—a mystery, a psychological thriller, and an exploration of men vs. women, humans vs. nature—but, first and foremost, it's an enthralling read from one of our greatest storytellers.
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This New York Times best seller was released in 2018, and quickly shot to the top of just about every “must read” list in the industry. Touted as the perfect book for fans of Celeste Ng (Little Fires Everywhere) and Donna Tartt (The Goldfinch), it’s a “captivating family saga” (NYT Book Review) that asks a big question: If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?
In 1969, in New York’s Lower East Side, a psychic claims the ability to tell anyone the date of their death. Four siblings each seek out their death day, then live their lives in very different ways. The Immortalists explores the gray areas between reality and illusion, choice and fate, and living and dying.
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We Have Always Lived in the Castle
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You likely know Shirley Jackson from her most famous work, The Haunting of Hill House, or her short story The Lottery, which garnered some shocked reactions upon its publication in 1948. Unsurprisingly, this short gothic tale written by the horror master is also well worth reading.
The novel is narrated by Mary Katherine “Merricat” Blackwood, who lives with her sister and uncle on his Vermont estate. Six years ago, a tragedy occurred that left the three of them isolated from the rest of their village...and if that sounds ominous, that’s because it is.