EXCLUSIVE: Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver’s ‘Choose Me’ Set for July 2021 Release (with Details)

On July 1, 2020, Choose Me, the highly-anticipated new thriller from Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver, will finally hit bookstores, and Book Spy readers are getting an exclusive first look at the stunning cover art.

Pitched as a “sexy murder mystery about a reckless affair and dangerous secrets,” #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci calls it a “chilly, creepy, nuanced, layered, a puzzler of the first order.” That’s some high praise, and will no doubt leaver readers even more excited to get their hands on this one. And for good reason.

The story itself is centered around the death of a college senior named Taryn Moore, who appears to have committed suicide. That’s up to Detective Frankie Loomis to figure out, but as she digs into Moore’s past, she finds more questions than answers . . . leading her to investigate a college professor who may or may not be capable of murder.

“Every affair has two sides to the story,” said Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver in an exclusive statement to The Real Book Spy, “and who better to tell that story than two different writers?”

“As friends for 25 years, we teamed up to write a mystery, told from both the man’s and the woman’s points of view, about just such an affair—an affair that ends in murder.  One of them is dead, but who is the real victim?”

Check out the cover art and plot details below.


From New York Times bestseller Tess Gerritsen and acclaimed thriller writer Gary Braver comes a sexy murder mystery about a reckless affair and dangerous secrets.

Taryn Moore is young, beautiful, and brilliant…so why would she kill herself? When Detective Frankie Loomis arrives on the scene to investigate the girl’s fatal plunge from her apartment balcony, she knows in her gut there’s more to the story, especially after the autopsy reveals that the college senior was pregnant. It could be reason enough for suicide—or a motive for murder.

To English professor Jack Dorian, Taryn was the ultimate fantasy: intelligent, adoring, and completely off limits. But there was also a dark side to Taryn, a dangerous streak that threatened those she turned her affections to—including Jack. And now that she’s dead, his problems are just beginning.

After Frankie uncovers a trove of sordid secrets, it becomes clear that Jack may know the truth. He is guilty of deception, but is he capable of cold-blooded murder?


International bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career: it wasn’t until she was on maternity leave from her job as a physician that she began to write. Since then, she’s written twenty-eight suspense novels, with more than thirty million copies sold. Her books have been translated into forty languages, and her series featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the hit TNT television series Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. Gerritsen now writes full-time and lives in Maine.

Gary Braver—pen name of college professor Gary Goshgarian—is the bestselling author of eight critically acclaimed mysteries and thrillers, including Gray Matter and Flashback, the first thriller to win the Massachusetts Book Award. His work has been translated into several languages; two have been optioned for film, including Elixir. As Gary Goshgarian, he teaches science fiction, horror fiction, bestsellers, and fiction writing at Northeastern University. He lives with his family outside Boston. Learn more at http://www.GaryBraver.com.

Fans looking to pre-order Choose Me ahead it’s summer 2021 release, can now do so here or anywhere else books are sold.



Praised as “One of the hardest working, most thoughtful, and fairest reviewers out there” by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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