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DR. GRETCHEN WHITE TRILOGY

Psychologist and criminologist Dr. Gretchen White is a specialist in antisocial personality disorders and violent crimes. She’s helped solve enough prominent cases for detective Patrick Shaughnessy that her own history is often overlooked: Gretchen is an admitted sociopath once suspected of killing her aunt.

Check out Bri's full psychological thriller bookshelf here.

“A Familiar Sight has everything I crave in a thriller: a shocking, addictive female lead, unexpected twists that snapped off the page, and an ending that made me gasp out loud. I never saw it coming, but it was perfectly in sync with the razor-sharp balance between creepy and compelling that Labuskes carries throughout the novel. This is a one-sitting read.

JESS LOUREY, BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF UNSPEAKABLE THINGS

THE LIBRARIAN
OF BURNED BOOKS

Inspired by the true story of the Council of Books in Wartime—the WWII organization founded by booksellers, publishers, librarians, and authors to use books as “weapons in the war of ideas”—The Librarian of Burned Books is an unforgettable historical novel, a haunting love story, and a testament to the beauty, power, and goodness of the written word.


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ABOUT BRI

Hi, thank you for stopping by my site! I’m Brianna–but call me Bri, everyone does–a thirty-something writer who loves reading, history, hiking, adventuring and breweries. I also love stories, and love telling them through multiple genres. 

My very first book that I published with a small house was a Regency-era romance novel. After that, I got a plot-bunny of an idea for a psychological thriller and it would not let me go. That became IT ENDS WITH HER, my first stand-alone mystery with Thomas & Mercer. I fell in love with the genre–and the way it allowed me to explore the darkest depths of humanity and at the same time find the light within it. Many of my books brush on dark topics such as self-harm, child abuse and violent tendencies, so please be gentle with yourself while choosing what to read.

Meanwhile, as a huge history nerd, I’ve always loved the WW2 era, and have devoured so many stories about unbelievable courage, hard choices, fear and evil and goodness and everything in between. When I heard about a program that helped get paperback books to soldiers stationed all over the world, I couldn’t help but write about it. Once I dove into research, I uncovered a wealth of joyful queer history from the 1920s and 1930s that I couldn’t help but include. My debut historical fiction novel THE LIBRARIAN OF BURNED BOOKS will be coming out in 2023 with William Morrow, and you can find more information about it on my Historical Bookshelf page.

Thank you so much for reading or just stopping by. Head over to my “Connect with Bri” page to find me on social media. I love hearing from my readers!


PRAISE FOR A FAMILIAR SIGHT

A strong plot and unforgettable characters make this a winner. Labuskes is on a roll.

Publishers Weekly on A Familiar Sight

As Labuskes cuts between the present and past segments from weeks, months, years, and decades before Claire’s death, it becomes disturbingly more and more clear that “genetics loaded the gun, environment pulled the trigger.” A horrific brew for readers willing to immerse themselves in it.

Kirkus Review of A Familiar Sight

“A Familiar Sight has everything I crave in a thriller: a shocking, addictive female lead, unexpected twists that snapped off the page, and an ending that made me gasp out loud. I never saw it coming, but it was perfectly in sync with the razor-sharp balance between creepy and compelling that Labuskes carries throughout the novel. This is a one-sitting read.”

Jess Lourey, best-selling author of Unspeakable Things

PRAISE FOR HER FINAL WORDS

“Labuskes offers an intense mystery with an excellent character in Lucy, who methodically uncovers layers of deceit while trusting no one.”

Library Journal review

Labuskes skillfully ratchets up the suspense. Readers will eagerly await her next.

Publishers Weekly review of Her Final Words

PRAISE FOR GIRLS OF GLASS

“In this excellent thriller … readers who enjoy having their expectations upset will be richly rewarded.”

Starred review from Publishers Weekly

Girls of Glass is a gritty, shocking, and impressively twisted psychological thriller that will keep you riveted until you turn the very last page. Brianna Labuskes writes stunning suspense, highly recommended for fans of intricately plotted, fast-moving mysteries.”

Melinda Leigh, WSJ and #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author.

“I was totally gripped by this dark and captivating book. Filled with secrets and lies, it held my interest from the very first page. A highly recommended read.”

Caroline Mitchell, USA Today Bestseller

PRAISE FOR IT ENDS WITH HER

“Once in a while a character comes along that gets under your skin and refuses to let go. This is the case with Brianna Labuskes’s Clarke Sinclair—a cantankerous, rebellious, and somehow endearingly likable FBI agent with a troubled past. I was immediately pulled into Clarke’s broken, shadow-filled world and her quest for justice and redemption. A stunning thriller, It Ends With Her is not to be missed.”

Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author

It Ends With Her is a gritty, riveting, roller-coaster ride of a book. Brianna Labuskes has created a layered, gripping story around a cast of characters that readers will cheer for. … Highly recommended for fans of smart thrillers with captivating heroines.”

Nicole Baart, author of Little Broken Things

“An engrossing psychological thriller filled with twists and turns—I couldn’t put it down! The characters were filled with emotional depth. An impressive debut!”

Elizabeth Blackwell, author of In the Shadow of Lakecrest
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