Reporter Camille Preaker is facing a troubling assignment: she must return to her childhood home to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.
Sharp Objects is probably the creepiest thing I’ve ever read. Gillian Flynn accumulates all the dark, real-life aspects that other authors usually shy away from and tackles them in a chillingly brilliant way.
The story’s well-executed and there’s always a bit of unease that pulls you in deeper and deeper the more you turn the pages. And brace yourself for the most sinister, unexpected ending you’ve ever read, and the scariest part is, the evil and psychopathy that leads to the shocking aftermath is in fact completely realistic! Get it, get it!
*sigh* Where do I start with this one? Behind Her Eyes will take you on – as one of the book characters said – a “mindf*** crazy” ride.
The concept behind Behind Her Eyes is bizarre and mind-blowing. It tackles a very rare condition in which people suffering from night terrors and repetitive lucid dreaming have a kind of, um, supernatural superpower. But not the kind you think. It’s evil and believable and so darn insane.
There are so many shocking discoveries all throughout this domestic thriller, and two gigantic twists at the end. The second one being more jaw-dropping than the one that precedes it. The kind that gives you WTF-just-happened vertigo.
To sum it up, this might the best domestic thriller you’ve ever read. This isn’t like anything you’ve ever read.
I promise you.
This book has the creepiest, most unsettling, WTF twist ending you’ll ever read. Almost as similarly twisted as Behind Her Eyes and Before She Was Found (See Book N* 5 below). This is a book that you will RACE THROUGH. I still have goosebumps and feel dizzy from the entire experience. Whew! Now let’s dive into this review…
Actress Aimee Sinclair comes home one day to find her husband…gone, with his wallet, keys and phone left behind. Aimee, as you might’ve suspected, is the prime suspect.
So Aimee takes us back to when she was five, and my oh my, the things she has gone through. The things she has seen!! Those terrifying flashbacks make the plotline even more absorbing. The entire time, I felt both afraid of and in love with this woman!
The writing quality is so gripping. Character development is on point.
There’s also so many fascinating quotes in this book, and the author does this thing where she presents us with the most unsettling scenes and follows them with a thought-provoking saying so that it easily sticks into the mind of the reader. What a read! Still absolutely shocked and traumatized by that ending!! Fellow readers, You need to read this.
“I looked behind me at Roanoke. When strangers drove past…they probably thought it was an insane asylum…To me, it looked like a ship, strong and unsinkable, afloat on a wild sea of wheat.”
As it’s clearly felt in the beginning of this read, there is something terribly wrong with the Roanoke household because everyone in the family seem to run away, go missing or die unexpectedly.
The storytelling feels real from the very start in a way you’re absorbing every character’s emotion and its division into two time periods – then and now – creates the right amount of a suspenseful atmosphere.
It’s pretty calm in the first 200 pages, giving the reader the opportunity to let the facts sink in – describing the crooked and dysfunctional Roanoke family and also the weight of the dark secrets it holds- and then in the final ones, it becomes a real heart-thumping thriller, with heartbreaking discoveries and twists fired one after the other.
I think The Roanoke Girls was very well written and it sheds a light on a heavy subject matter so beautifully and I can’t wait to read more from this author’s work. Watch out for Amy Engel’s next book, The Familiar Dark which, while it doesn’t capture the magic of The Roanoke Girls, it is a gripping mystery that is both family-driven, dark and memorable. You can catch my full review here in case you’re interested to read the author’s upcoming novel!
If Fiona Barton, J. P. Pomare and Sara Shephard wrote a book together, Before She Was Found would be it.
In this chilling mystery, right off the bat, we get a glimpse into what happened on that bloody night, we instantly get to know our characters and then instantly plunge into the heart of the story, which is narrated through text messages, journal entries and multiple POVs.
Particular things that I loved:
1) The addition of the “urban legend” element.
2) Psychiatrist Madeline’s character: her character felt very real and I always looked forward to her POV as she helps the injured teenage victim recover from the trauma, and investigate who the perpetrator could be.
3) The sessions between Dr. Madeline and Cora: These sessions are one of the things that gripped my attention the most.
A “what if?” possibility about the outcome of the book kept niggling at me all throughout, but I just thought it would be too creepy (and impossible!) to happen. However, the author proved herself and challenged all of my expectations, leaving me stunned in the process.
The final pages were pretty traumatizing as we’re given a full account of what happened on the night in question.
This book made me re-read the entire final lines of the ending over and over again, then go back to re-read the prologue and struggle to wrap my head around what I’ve just read.
I’m categorizing this one under “one of the most mindblowing, twistiest endings I’ve EVER read.“
Highly encouraging you to pick this one up, fellow readers!
This was such a surprising read about a couple who decides to fight the boredom in their marriage by committing murder and getting away with it. How wild does that sound?!
I would describe My Lovely Wife a as boundary-breaking work of domestic suspense. Such a creative but challenging premise, yet it succeeded to come to fruition, beautifully.
This book took me on quite a rollercoaster of emotions!
A deadly secret coming back to haunt its keeper. Brutally killed victims. And a serial killer on the loose.
Jar of Hearts is about a girl named Geo who, for fourteen years, had been keeping a horrible secret from the world: her highschool boyfriend is the infamous serial killer, The Sweetbay Strangler, who murdered her former best friend Angela in the most gruesome way.
Fourteen years later, while Geo was doing her time, she finds out The Sweetbay Strangler escaped from prison, and dead bodies start to show up, in the same frightening way Angela was found killed years ago.
Our female protagonist Georgina Shaw’s character is evident from the very beginning; she’s so complex and riveting that you can’t help but be immediately drawn to her.
The author dives right into piquing the reader’s attention with the very first pages, and it only just gets more and more addictive from then on.
Jar Of Hearts has all kinds of dark and nasty bundled within its page and for some twisted reason, that’s just the kind of read I love to be invested in – one that keeps me thoroughly engaged. It’s a brilliant work of fiction that perfectly portrays how one’s past can influence their future in the most unexpected way possible.
The ending was incredibly action-packed, and the readers will find themselves breathlessly leafing through the final pages.
Are you fan of Jennifer Hillier? Have you read and enjoyed her work on Jar Of Hearts? Then make sure not to miss the author’s upcoming thriller, Little Secrets, coming out in April!
The Last Time I Lied introduces us to Emma Davis, who was once a first-time camper at Nightingale Camp where she shared a cabin with three other teenage girls: Vivian, Allison and Natalie. They used to play a game called TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE. But the games stopped when the girls disappeared without a trace.
Fifteen years later, Nightingale Camp reopens and Emma considers it as an opportunity to go back as a counselor and find out what really happened to those girls…
I have to say, this book was incredibly engrossing, unputdownable and also filled with chilling unexpected twists all throughout!
Even as I tend to compare THE LAST TIME I LIED to the author’s debut, I find that both of Riley Sager’s books are as mind-blowing as you could imagine, each one with a unique atmosphere that delivers the right amount of suspense.
With The Last Time I Lied, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. It was filled with a non-stop claustrophobic feel, aiming towards shocking explosive twists – the very last one being the most shocking of them all.
What do you guys think of these choices? Any other gems you’d like to add to the list? Let me know!