“In my mind knives plunge into skin, opening wounds; faces are twisted in pain.”

INTO THE NIGHT (Out Nov. 8th) by Sarah Bailey is an Australian-based police procedural that has an incredibly unique plot, and is definitely one of the best mysteries I’ve read in a long time.

After the shocking murder of a high-profile celebrity, Gemma Woodstock must pull back the layers of a gilded cage to discover who among the victim’s friends and family can be trusted–and who may be the killer.

This book contains a certain modern Agatha Christie vibe that I loved. As new characters begin to present themselves one by one, that is when the fun starts, because suddenly, they are all suspects and you find yourself flipping the pages backwards, looking for possible clues on who the perpetrator could be.

One of the main highlights in this book is protagonist Senior Detective Gemma Woodstock’s character: a flawed woman with an intriguingly dark past, and deals with daily unbearable guilt and never-ending anxiety over various aspects of her work and personal life. And I think readers will have the pleasure entering the mind of this fascinating protagonist.

When Gemma is given the lead on one of Melbourne’s biggest cases, she finds herself overwhelmed, and desperate to prove herself. However, this case is slowly taking a toll on her…

The killer still isn’t caught, and Gemma eventually comes to terms with the fact that the answers might be lying closer than she thinks.

In INTO THE NIGHT, Sarah Bailey delivers a carefully-structured suspenseful ending, accompanied by a heart-thudding cinematic atmosphere that readers will certainly find entertaining.

Fellow readers, brace yourself for a police procedural ride that is filled with so many gasp-worthy moments.

Is this book up your alley? Let me know your thoughts in the comments, fellow readers!

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LIES BETWEEN US – Ronnie Turner

Wow. This was an absolutely fantastic debut by Ronnie Turner.
If you love reading suspense novels about obsessive love, manipulation and murder, this read is definitely for you.
I was certainly amazed by the character development of all three protagonists, which was done exquisitely, and it all really gets interesting as we get acquainted with each of these characters’ point of views.

This is a psychological thriller that portrays the dark and disturbing elements so cleverly. It will leave you turning the pages quickly, right until a massive twist that you will not see coming.

I urge you to pick a copy of this novel, it’ll give you chills and keep you guessing until the very end!

Thrillers To Read On Halloween Night

Who doesn’t love to cuddle up with a good thriller on a chilly Halloween night?

Here are some spooky suggestions on what to read…
I ALWAYS FIND YOU – John Ajvide Lindqvist


I ALWAYS FIND YOU is a Swedish horror novel that I was completely intrigued by. It’s divided into three parts. The first third is mainly dedicated to the events and struggles leading up to the day where John Lindqvist (the author himself) got the urge to start writing horror stories; like getting a place of his own in a courtyard in Luntmakargatan 14 in Stockholm, endeavoring to win in the Nordic Championships and especially John’s desire to make his living as a magician.
But John knows that the only way the inspiration for his writing could begin was to reach out to his childhood demons.
Inside the book, the reader is given actual passages from the horror story that he’s writing.
What is most frightening in this read, among other scenes, were the consecutive mysterious phone calls. that John keeps getting from an elusive caller asking for a man he thinks he lives in John’s home. There’s also something both terrifying and beautiful in the way the author describes his emotions, thoughts and the heart-thudding events that are slowly haunting his life. Things get darker with every page and then you can’t help but wonder, ‘Is there a connection between the horror he’d witnessed in the shower room, the mysterious phone calls he keeps getting and the traumatic events he’d lived through during his childhood alongside the child in the forest?’
DEVIL’S DAY – ANDREW MICHAEL HURLEY


Like every other autumn, John Pentecost returns to the farm where he grew up in the Endlands only to find that his grandfather – The Gaffer – had died. Each year, in order to keep the sheep safe from the Devil, redraws the boundary lines of the village with pen and paper. But as the farmers bury the Gaffer, they begin to wonder whether they let the Devil in after all.
This is definitely one of those moody slow-paced reads that I love, where the suspense element is absolutely engaging.
JAR OF HEARTS – Jennifer Hillier


Jar of Hearts is about a girl named Geo who, for fourteen years, kept a horrible secret from the world: her high school boyfriend is the infamous serial killer (also known as 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.
This book 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 being invested in, and that keeps me deeply 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 intensely action-packed, and the readers will find themselves feeling breathless leafing through the final pages – which is a highly sought-out effect when diving into a cleverly-written work of crime fiction such as this one.
BLOOD UPON THE SNOW – Hilda Lawrence

Mark East is a private detective who takes a job as secretary to an archeologist, Joseph Stoneman. But it’s his talent at detecting that is really needed. Mr. Stoneman’s estate is quite large and there are several people staying there. A snowstorm isolates them from any outside contact … and the occupants start dying.
Do you guys have any additions to this list? Please share them in the comments!

THE SUSPECT – Fiona Barton


Fiona Barton has done it again! Only 100 pages in, THE SUSPECT (10 Jan 2019) still hadn’t ceased to keep me engaged. After that heart-wrenching twist in Fiona’s 2nd novel, I realized that I’ve actually enjoyed the author’s THE CHILD more than I did THE WIDOW, and I think that THE SUSPECT is definitely her best work!
This book is about two eighteen-year-old girls who went missing on their gap year in Thailand. Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, but she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years since he left home to go traveling. This time it’s personal.

And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think.

A little earlier into the book, readers are already informed of what happened to the missing girls, and what remains is the mystery behind what happened after the disappearance, and is Kate’s family in any way connected to the girls?
What will Kate do once she discovers that the story she’s working on is more personal than she could ever imagine?
THE SUSPECT definitely feels like a mystery once you’re acquainted with what the story is about, but after getting to the last reveal, I realized that this was less of a mystery and more about a mother’s love for her child.
When you’re about to dive into this book, try not to focus on the solving of the mystery, because this read is NOT about that. The purpose of this book is to experience the heartbreak a mother goes through to protect her child, watch the unsettling events the missing girls have lived through when abroad, and meanwhile see a new side of Kate Waters that Barton’s readers have never seen before.

Do you think this book is up your alley? Let me know in the comments, fellow readers!

I ALWAYS FIND YOU – John Ajvide Lindqvist

I ALWAYS FIND YOU is a Swedish horror novel that I was completely intrigued by. It’s divided into three parts. The first third is mainly dedicated to the events and struggles leading up to the day where John Lindqvist (the author himself) got the urge to start writing horror stories; like getting a place of his own in a courtyard in Luntmakargatan 14 in Stockholm, endeavoring to win in the Nordic Championships and especially John’s desire to make his living as a magician.

But John knows that the only way the inspiration for his writing could begin was to reach out to his childhood demons.
Inside the book, the reader is given actual passages from the horror story that he’s writing.

What is most frightening in this read, among other scenes, were the consecutive mysterious phone calls. that John keeps getting from an elusive caller asking for a man he thinks he lives in John’s home. There’s also something both terrifying and beautiful in the way the author describes his emotions, thoughts and the heart-thudding events that are slowly haunting his life. Things get darker with every page and then you can’t help but wonder, ‘Is there a connection between the horror he’d witnessed in the shower room, the mysterious phone calls he keeps getting and the traumatic events he’d lived through during his childhood alongside the child in the forest?’

This read is very different from anything I’ve ever read before and in fact I’m a big fan of authors whose works are encapsulated with originality and the courage to take their writing to a whole new chilling level.

I ALWAYS FIND YOU keeps getting creepier with every page: mysterious phone calls from a caller asking for a Sigge, an elusive dark force possibly dwelling in the shower room, bizarre neighbors seemingly conspiring towards something unpleasant, etc. This read – being a semi-autobiography – focuses more on the obstacles faced by the protagonist to make his living as a magician than on the horror element, which is delivered in consecutively increased portions throughout the book and in its entire intensity in the last pages.

With that being said, I do think that fans of horror will devour this read and appreciate the way the author delves into this genre.

THE FAIRFAX INCIDENT – Terrence McCauly

Protagonist Charlie Doherty is a private investigator, who finds himself endeavoring to solve a case of suicide that is in fact not as simple as it seems, one that is actually more mysterious and sinister than he could imagine.
After being hired by a widow to investigate the elusive death of her husband who’s a wealthy businessman, Charlie realizes that he’s embarking on a journey he wasn’t quite expecting, and it’s then that the plot thickens and gets more engaging.
This may be a work of fiction but it is also a thought provoking read.
The events are absolutely entertaining, along with the impeccably written dialogue and the atmosphere in which these two elements take place.
Fantastic plot and huge unexpected bombshells.
I cannot wait to see what this author comes up with next!
If you’re a big fan of crime/historical fiction and espionage thrillers, I highly recommend you read this.

FORGET MY NAME – J. S. Monroe

“I can’t remember my own name.”

This book might just be one the most talked-about thrillers this month! Without further ado, here’s what this read is about…

FORGET MY NAME (Oct. 4th) is about a woman who has no memory of who she is. When she arrives at a train station one morning, she realizes that her bag was stolen. When she tries to report the theft, she discovers that she…can’t remember her own name.
In no time, this mysterious woman with no name is the talk of the town, and her presence is causing a great deal of disturbance in the community.

About 1/3 into this book, the suspense element is already in motion. For instance, earlier in the book, there’s already suspicion that our protagonist possibly shares a name with a former mental institute patient who’d murdered her best friend right after warning the police that she’d commit the murder. Is it a coincidence that our main character also used to have a friend who died, under circumstances that are currently unknown?
The reader is constantly put into multiple ‘but how?‘ confusion moments as new revelations are learned, which makes this read THE perfect page-turner that you can’t put down!

The suspense increases as we watch this woman run for her life, afraid of what she could be – is she the sort of person who’d commit such a horrible murder? – and frustrated as to whether she could succeed to find out her real identity. Nevertheless, an explosive plot twist in the middle of the book occurs, and it’s after that that things start to get more active and the reader begins to question the characters’ motives – who to trust and who not to.
It’s that kind of read where you think you know what’s going on when there are ugly truths that are yet to be revealed.

So, who’s the mystery woman with no name?
What secrets could the couple living in her house possibly hide?
Why are certain characters strongly interested in our protagonist?
Will she possibly get out of this rollercoaster alive?

The ending gives such deeply disturbing and gasp-worthy revelations, then succeeds to offer a conclusion that is absolutely satisfying for the reader.

Are you excited to get your copy? Is this book up your alley? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!