10 Thriller e-Book Deals This Week

New week, new deals! Anyone else can’t resist snagging a copy of their most anticipated read when it’s on sale? This is a crazy week in regards to e-book sales, including thrillers from authors such as Samantha Downing (yes, you read that right – My Lovely Wife is on sale right now!), Lisa Gardner, Kimberly McCreight, Harlan Coben, and more! If this sounds good to you, then join me in exploring these picks…

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

“Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.

We look like a normal couple. We’re your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.

We all have our secrets to keeping a marriage alive. Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.”

The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She has nothing left to lose.

Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, promises that won’t be kept and secrets leading up to a shocking murder.

A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight

Big Little Lies meets Presumed Innocent in McCreight’s new novel, A Good Marriage. Federal prosecutor Lizzie is working late at elite law firm Young & Crane when she gets the call. And then suddenly, everything falls apart…

The last thing Lizzie needs right now is a call from an inmate asking for help—even if he’s an old friend. But Zach is desperate: Amanda, his wife, has been found dead at the bottom of the stairs in their Brooklyn brownstone, and he’s the primary suspect.

As Lizzie is drawn deep into the dark heart of this case, she learns that Zach and Amanda are hiding secrets, that their marriage isn’t what it seems. In the end, she’s left wondering not only whether her own marriage can be saved, but what it means to have a good marriage in the first place.

The One by John Marrs

A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner: the one” you are genetically made for. That’s the promise made by Match Your DNA, except, the process has some…downsides.

Now five very different people have received the notification that they’ve been “Matched.” They’re each about to meet their one true love. But “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed for everyone. Because even soul mates have secrets, and some of them are deadly…

Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine

Dr. Kate English has it all: has a gorgeous husband and daughter, a high-flying career, and a beautiful home. She’s also the heiress to a large fortune.

But all that changes the night Kate’s mother is found brutally murdered in her home. Heartbroken and distraught, Kate reaches out to her estranged best friend Blaire who rushes to her side for the funeral, where the years of distance between them are forgotten in a moment.

That evening, Kate’s grief turns to horror when she receives an anonymous text: “You think you’re sad now, just wait. By the time I’m finished with you, you’ll wish you had been buried today.

The murderer could be anyone—friend, neighbor, loved one. But whoever it is, it’s clear that Kate is next. . .

Little Whispers by K. L. Slater

Janey Markham is thrilled to be moving with her family to the suburbs, where she soon meets Tanya, who takes her under her wing; and her teenage daughter Angel is amazing with Janey’s little boy. But then everything changes…In a weak moment over a bottle of wine, Janey finds herself telling her new friend her most shocking secret.

The following day, Janey sees Angel, with a man old enough to be her father, pushing someone into a car. The next day, a body is found and police appeal for witnesses – and share a picture of the same car…

When Janey tells Tanya she is going to the police, Tanya turns threatening. She’ll stop at nothing to defend her daughter, even though she’s guilty. If Janey says anything, Tanya will make sure that her dark secret gets out. Now what exactly is the smartest choice? Stay quiet about what she saw? Or speak up, and destroy the family she has worked so hard to protect?

Cracked by Louise McCreesh

Seven patients with a dark past reunite to investigate their psychiatrist’s brutal murder in McCreesh’s debut, Cracked.

Jennifer Nielsen has her life on track. Until she gets news that her former psychiatrist has been brutally murdered, and that she is implicated.

Now Jennifer needs to reunite with her former roommates from her darkest years spent at Hillside Psychiatric Hospital, because they are the only ones who know what really happened, about the secret that their psychiatrist kept for them all, and that this is not the first murder.

Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline

Twenty years ago, four teenagers spent a summer as closest friends. When a new boy looked to join them, they decided to pull a prank on him, convincing him to play Russian roulette as an initiation into their group. They secretly planned to leave the gun unloaded – but then, things take a dark turn…

Now three of the four reunite for the first time since that horrible summer. The guilt—and the lingering question about who loaded the gun—drove them apart. But after one of the group apparently commits suicide, their old secrets come back to bite them. Someone knows exactly what happenedbut who? And how far will they go to keep their secrets buried?

Guilt by Amanda Robson

When the body of a woman is found stabbed to death, the blame falls to her twin sister. But who killed who? And which one is now the woman behind bars?

Twin sisters Zara and Miranda have always supported each other. But then Zara meets handsome charismatic and dangerous Seb, who threatens to tear the sisters’ lives apart – but is he really the one to blame? Or are there deeper resentments simmering beneath the surface?

Soon afterwards, a traumatic incident in Seb’s past begins to rear its head and soon all three are locked in a psychological battle that will leave someone dead. The question is, who?

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

First, there were ten—a group of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a little private island. Their host…is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a dark past they’re unwilling to reveal—and a secret that will seal their fate.

A famous nursery rhyme is framed and hung in every room of the mansion. When they realize that murders are occurring as described in the rhyme, terror mounts. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. Who has choreographed this dastardly scheme? And who will be left to tell the tale?

Are you familiar with these titles, fellow readers? Which one sounds up your alley?

Top 10 Thriller e-Book Deals This Week

1. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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, survive this homecoming and the unsettling aftermath.

2. Final Girls by Riley Sager

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone – she was the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre; she had run bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as “Him”. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, all those years ago…

3. The Other People by C. J. Tudor

Driving home one night, stuck behind a rusty old car, Gabe sees a little girl’s face appear in the rear window. She mouths one word: ‘Daddy.’ It’s his five-year-old daughter, Izzy. He never sees her again.

Three years later, Gabe refuses to give up hope, even though most people believe that Izzy is dead. Gabe is forced to confront events, not just from the night his daughter disappeared, but from far deeper in his past.

Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Because Fran knows the truth. She knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter.

His search leads him to a group called The Other People. If you have lost a loved one, The Other People want to help. Because they know what loss is like. They know what pain is like. They know what death is like.

There’s just one problem: they want other people to know it too.

4. Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.

5. The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney

Abbie awakens in a daze with no memory of who she is or how she landed in this unsettling condition. The man by her side claims to be her husband. He tells Abbie that she is a gifted artist, an avid surfer, a loving mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. He says she had a terrible accident five years ago and that, through a huge technological breakthrough, she has been brought back from the abyss. She is a miracle of science.

But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband’s motives–and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together forever? And what really happened to Abbie half a decade ago?

6. Lies by T. M. Logan

When Joe Lynch sees his wife driving into a hotel car park while she’s supposed to be at work, he’s intrigued enough to follow her in. And when he witnesses her in an angry altercation with family friend Ben, he knows he ought to intervene.

But just as the confrontation between the two men turns violent, and Ben is knocked unconscious, Joe’s young son has an asthma attack – and Joe must flee in order to help him. When he returns, desperate to make sure Ben is OK, Joe is horrified to find that Ben has disappeared.

And that’s when Joe receives the first message . . .

7. Mr Nobody by Catherine Steadman

A man lacking identification and unable to speak is found unconscious on a British beach and immediately draws national press as Mr. Nobody. But when neuropsychiatrist Dr. Emma Lewis is invited to assess him, she discovers that he knows something about her own past that no one else knows.

What happened to doctor Emma 14 years ago that she had to move and change her name? How does her patient know so much about her and her past?

8. The Disappeared by Sibel Hodge

The Disappeared…

Dr Palmer is tragically killed on a flight when the light aircraft he’s travelling on crashes and disappears in dense bushland.

The Widow…

Ten months later, Nicole Palmer receives a message from her dead husband, along with a photo of him.

The Secret…

But when Nicole tries to find out if Mason is really alive and what actually happened to him in Africa, everyone she turns to for answers ends up dead.

Determined to find the truth, Nicole uncovers a conspiracy that spans the globe, and discovers there are powerful people who are prepared to kill to keep her silent.

Who’s lying? Who’s watching Nicole? And can she expose their dark secrets before they catch up with her?

9. Her Last Lie by Amanda Brittany

Six years ago Isla was the only victim to walk free from Carl Jeffery’s vicious murder spree.

Determined to finish her book, Isla plans her final trip to Sweden, but after returning from Canada and meeting a man she never thought she would, her life is turned upside down.

Suddenly, Isla is plagued by the threat that the man who tried to murder her could be back, which causes her to question everything, and everyone around her.

10. The Swallows by Lisa Lutz

It starts with this simple writing prompt from creative writing teacher Alex Witt. When the students’ answers raise disturbing questions of their own, Ms. Witt knows there’s more going on the school than the faculty wants to see. She soon learns about The Ten–the students at the top of the school’s social hierarchy–as well as their connection to something called The Darkroom.

Ms. Witt can’t remain a passive observer. She finds the few girls who’ve started to question the school’s “boys will be boys” attitude and incites a resistance that quickly becomes a movement. But just as it gains momentum, she also attracts the attention of an unknown enemy who knows a little too much about her–including what brought her to Stonebridge in the first place.

Meanwhile, Gemma, a defiant senior, has been plotting her attack for years, waiting for the right moment. Shy loner Norman hates his role in the Darkroom, but can’t find the courage to fight back until he makes an unlikely alliance. And then there’s Finn Ford, an English teacher with a shady reputation who keeps one eye on his literary ambitions and one on Ms. Witt.

As the school’s secrets begin to trickle out, a boys-versus-girls skirmish turns into an all-out war, with deeply personal and fatal consequences for everyone involved.

See any titles that are on your TBR, fellow bookworms? Which one is up your alley?

Review: “A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder” & “Good Girl, Bad Blood” by Holly Jackson

Today’s post is dedicated to the new pulse-pounding mystery series: A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder. These books can completely be read as standalones as the sequel makes sure to give a quick rundown – early on – on everything that’s happened in the first book, but of course, if you decide to read them in order, that would provide much more entertainment. Now, without further ado, let’s dive into these reviews…

1. A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder

“When you ask people in town what happened to Andie Bell, they’ll tell you without hesitation: ‘She was murdered by Salil Singh.’ No allegedly, no might have, no probably…He did it, they say. Sal Singh Killed Andie.”

A mysterious, unsolved disappearance has rocked the town of Little Kilton. They all said that Sal did it, but our protagonist Pippa isn’t so sure, so she chooses this case as her school project and starts her own investigation into Andie Bell’s disappearance.

What really happened to Andrea Bell five years ago? Who’s responsible?

This book stayed true to its premise and delivered much more entertainment than I’d expected, especially due to the unique format, featuring interview transcripts, a “murder map”, diary entries, production logs, etc. I love all the research, detailed documentation and tremendous work that went into this book, which made for such an addictive plot. I had lots of fun following Pippa’s journey as she put on her detective hat to start an investigation into this chilling case.

This case had closed years ago, but there still are many gaps and inconsistencies. I was just as obsessed with the case as our teen protagonist was. I adored Pip’s character as much as the chemistry between her and Ravi (the suspect’s brother). I highly recommend this for readers who are looking for a poignant, compelling and well-executed mystery that will keep them engaged until the final page.

2. Good Girl, Bad Blood

This sequel is…intense, and darker than its predecessor. Expect trauma, rage, shocking twists, hatred, excitement, unfairness…And oh my, my heart is breaking for our teen protagonist: Pippa will never be the same after this demented journey!

In a nutshell, it’s safe to say I enjoyed Good Girl Bad Blood much better than I did A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder – I was shocked to see a whole new side to Pippa that I…wasn’t expecting, and the new case regarding her best friend’s brother’s disappearance completely intrigued me that I had to find out who’s responsible. The reveals were absolutely surprising.

To say that I’m excited for the next book in this series is an understatement, readers will feel the need to find out how Pip is going to move forward from this bombshell of a book! Get ready for one heck of a rollercoaster with Season 2 of A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder: The Disappearance Of Jamie Reynolds

Are you guys familiar with these books? Does this series sound up your alley? Let’s discuss!

These Mark Edwards Thrillers Are For Only 0.99$-1.99$ This Week!

Today’s post is a special one as we’re featuring one of the most celebrated thriller authors – Mark Edwards. He’s very well-known for his “The Magpies” series, as well as other terrifying standalones! If this sounds good to you, then let’s explore these Mark Edwards gems – which also happen to be on sale on this week!

1. The Magpies by Mark Edwards

In The Magpies, Jamie and Kirsty move into their very first home. The future, in which they plan to get married and start a family, is bright. The other residents of their building seem friendly: the horror writer and the middle-aged herbalist who live upstairs, and the Newtons, a married couple who welcome them to the building with open arms.

At first, the two couples get on well. But then strange things start to happen. Dead rats are left on their doorstep. They hear disturbing noises at night. After Jamie’s best friend is injured in a horrific accident, Jamie and Kirsty find themselves targeted by nightmarish terror.

As Jamie and Kirsty are driven to the edge of despair, the couple must fight backbut they have no idea what they’re really up against…

2. Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards

When Andrew Sumner meets beautiful, edgy Charlie, he is certain his run of bad luck has finally come to an end.

But as the two of them embark on an intense affair, Andrew wonders if his grasp on reality is slipping. Items go missing in his apartment. Somebody appears to be following him. And as misfortune and tragedy strike his friends and loved ones, Andrew is forced to confront the frightening truth…

Is Charlie really the girl of his dreams – or the woman of his nightmares?

3. The Retreat by Mark Edwards

Two years ago, Julia lost her family in a tragic accident. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughter, Lily, in the river near their rural home. But Lily’s body was never found—and Julia believes the little girl is somehow still alive.

Alone and broke, Julia opens her house as a writers’ retreat. One of the first guests is Lucas, a horror novelist, who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Lily. But within days of his arrival, the peace of the retreat is shattered by a series of eerie events.

When Lucas’s investigation leads him and Julia into the woods, they discover a dark secret that someone will do anything to protect…

What really happened that day by the river? Why was Lily never found? And who, or what, is haunting the retreat?

4. A Murder Of Magpies by Mark Edwards

Five years ago Jamie Knight lost everything: his home, his wife and their unborn child. But at least Lucy, the woman responsible, was in prison, and slowly Jamie was able to rebuild his life.

But now Lucy has been freed on appeal, and before long Jamie receives a message from a desperate stranger. Lucy is up to her old tricks—ruining lives for fun.

Jamie agrees to help. But once again, he has no idea what he is getting himself into…

5. Last Of The Magpies by Mark Edwards

Twelve months ago, Jamie Knight walked straight into Lucy Newton’s trap. Both Jamie and his ex-wife Kirsty barely survived. Now, with the police investigation into Lucy’s disappearance going nowhere, Jamie teams up with a true crime podcaster to track down his nemesis. Last Of The Magpies concludes with a shocking ending.

But can Jamie persuade Kirsty to help? Can Kirsty forgive him for his past mistakes? And who will survive the final showdown?

Are you a Mark Edwards fan? Which novel is your favorite by him?

10 Best Young Adult Thrillers Of All Time

1. I’ll Never Tell by Abigail Haas (previously titled Dangerous Girls)

“Wouldn’t we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough?”

Dangerous Girls is by far the best YA thriller I’ve ever read. It’s nail-biting and doesn’t cease to keep you on edge for the entire ride.

Well, to sum it up, this book is a complete mindf***. I’ve read some pretty messed up thrillers last year but none of them had messed with my head like this one did.

Dangerous Girls follows a group of teens who are spending a weeklong vacation at a luxurious beach house when one of them ends up brutally murdered in her room. Another member of the group – Anna – is the accused murderer, and so we follow her perspective during the months leading up to her trial and the jaw-dropping reveal.

We’re taken back and forth between the days leading up to the murder and the present day (interview room questioning, coutroom scenes, etc). I can’t recommend this enough. I promise you, this book is all kinds of exhilarating and insane!

2. A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson

“When you ask people in town what happened to Andie Bell, they’ll tell you without hesitation: ‘She was murdered by Salil Singh.’ No allegedly, no might have, no probably…He did it, they say. Sal Singh Killed Andie.”

A mysterious disappearance has rocked the town of Little Kilton. They all said that Sal did it, but our protagonist Pippa isn’t so sure, so she chooses this case as her school project and starts her own investigation into Andie Bell’s disappearance.

What really happened to Andrea Bell five years ago? Who’s responsible?

This book stayed true to its premise and delivered much more entertainment than I’d expected, by featuring interview transcripts, a “murder map”, diary entries, production logs, etc. I loved all the research, detailed documentation and tremendous work that went into this book, and I had lots of fun following Pippa’s journey as she put on her detective hat to start an investigation into this chilling case.

This case had closed years ago, but there still are many gaps and inconsistencies. I was just as obsessed with the case as our protagonist was. I adored Pip’s character as much as the chemistry between her and Ravi (the suspect’s brother). I highly recommend this to you if you’re looking for a solid YA thriller that’ll keep you guessing and engrossed from start to end.

3. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

This book revolves around a girl named Cadence who’s trying to remember what caused her to wake up in the hospital with a brain injury due to a mysterious accident. For some reason, her family refuse to speak to her about that.

She must return to the island and unveil the hidden secrets of that mysterious summer.

This was a terrific thriller that will keep you guessing to the very end. What exactly happened to Cady that night on the beach? Fantastic plot, and excellent ending.

4. Love, Heather by Laurie Petrou

“Look at Heathers, for example. I mean, it’s hard to know who to root for, isn’t it?”

Stevie and and Lottie have been friends for a long time, but Stevie can’t deny the tension that’s growing between them over the last few days. Something’s going on and she knows it.

Why does Lottie seem so…distant? What is everybody not telling her?

Stevie only intends to do good, but her next move is met with brusk criticism and bullying from evil teenagers of Woepine High School. Suddenly, things get out of control. And Stevie’s life is changed…forever.

This book is rare on so many levels I feel like both teens and adults should read it. Everything has consequences. Be careful what you say to others. In some, it might be triggering in small, temporary doses. In others, it will manifest itself in the darkest, most monstrous way.

I surprised myself by devouring this read in two sittings. Every chapter is like an itch that makes you want to know what happens in the one that follows. Also, towards the end, there’s a big, crazy twist that will absolutely shock you. Thrilling, thought-provoking, with an action-packed ending. YA thriller admirers will not be disappointed with Love, Heather.

5. Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman

This is an original mystery that completely satiated my fascination with identical twins (monochorionic monoamniotic twins, to be exact), and let me tell you, the way these types of twins are connected, will freak you out! So when Rachel’s twin sister goes missing, she instantly knows something’s very wrong, and that her sister is in serious danger.

There were some splendidly-described WTF creepy moments, and some gasp-worthy twists. I loved the backstories of both twins when they were children – I was so engrossed as I read about how they had to move forward with their lives as orphans. The ending was suspenseful and gripping, with a final line that made me think, “Wow, how is it possible that twins could be connected like that?” Beautiful Lies is absolutely worth the read.

6. Keep This To Yourself by Tom Ryan

It’s been a year since the Catalog Killer terrorized the sleepy seaside town of Camera Cove, going on a killing spree before disappearing without a trace. 18-year-old Mac Bell, whose best friend Connor was the murderer’s final victim, finds a cryptic message from Connor, he is drawn back into the search for the killer.

Keep This To Yourself has so many elements that keep it unique: we have a clever, well-developed gay protagonist, an appealing seaside setting, a beautiful romance and a serial killer in the mix.

Now as protagonist Mac digs deep into the serial killer’s twisted mind, he can’t help but wonder, was it a random drifter? Or is it possible that the killer is still in Camera Cove? Mac has no option other than to put himself in his dead best friend’s (aka. the killer’s final victim) shoes, see the town from his perspective and get close to the victims’ familes.

I loved the effortlessness of both the writing and chronology of events. The mystery felt gripping and believable. The author leads us down this path that’s filled with mystery and intrigue and then suddenly slips the rug from underneath us with a final shocking discovery!

7. One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus

One Of Us Is Lying revolves around the murder of a teenage student at detention, with four other students present. The victim, Simon, is the founder of a gossip app that shattered most of other students’ personal lives, and that makes every student at Bayview High have a motive for killing Simon, especially the last ones to see him alive.

This book was so well-executed and very fun to read. A perfect read for fans of locked rooms mysteries.

8. Good Girls Lie by J. T. Ellison

“How do you kill a narcissist?”

In Good Girls Lie, a 16-year-old’s body is found dangling from the gates of an all-girls boarding school one morning.

The first half of the book brims with menace, but only lightly so as to prep the right amount of tension that will eventually burst at any instant towards the end. But here’s what boosts the thrill of the events: the murder victim is our main protagonist. The reader is compelled to want to know what happens next.

The gothic feel to the school, the hauntings surrounding its premises, the strange occurences in its hallways and rooms, a secret passageway, a deadly staircase, a past murder…All of this provides a great deal of thrill and excitement for the reader. The author introduces us to the special Goode girls. They’re innocent. They’re culpable. They’re victim to their own upbringing. A fire is engraved within them and it gives birth to a crooked path towards survival. This path is devious. Dangerous. The ending was…whew, a swerving road!! So many twists.

Someone is plotting, conspiring in the shadows. But surely, these girls are good. They’re the Goode girls. Goode girls don’t lie. Do they?

“Welcome to Goode. You’re going to love it here.”

9. The Lies They Tell by Gillian French

The Lies They Tell is an engaging, slow-paced novel that’s almost in the vein of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

About six months ago, The Garrisons were shot and taken by a fire that killed them inside their home, except for one family member who remained alive: Tristan Garrison, the son.

How that happened remains a mystery, throughout which Pearl, the protagonist, starts to gradually unravel the mystery of the fire, leading her to the discovery of a final unsettling reveal.

The Lies They Tell is a quick, entertaining read, with a slew of twists that makes it a page-turner.

10. Stranger With My Face by Lois Duncan

”Are you the one with my face?” I whispered.

“I came first.” She answered with a little laugh. “It’s you who has my face.”

Imagine waking up at night with the feeling that someone’s in your room…watching you...

Laurie was at home, but her boyfriend swears he saw her on the beach with another guy. Her family insists they see her coming and going in the house when she’s been outside for hours. Who–or what–is taking over Laurie’s life?

This is a suspense thriller that follows 17-year-old Laurie Stratton whose world is rocked by the arrival of a new mysterious stranger into her life. It’s best not to go into more details with this one because the less you know about it the more you’ll enjoy it. But let me tell you, Stranger With My Face is original, scary, wicked and nothing like you’ve ever read before. The story is so well-plotted and even the setting is so captivating: a house perched on a cliff with stunning views across the sea. It comes as no surprise that this book was such a big hit back when it came out in the early 80’s.

Are you a fan of young adult suspense? Which of these are you familiar with?

What Lies Between Us by John Marrs: Review

4.5/5 stars.

“Nina, you’re scaring me. Why are you doing this?”
“You can pick a reason. There are plenty to choose from.”

Well, when Renee Zellweger feels this book is “something that could be brought to life” on screen, and Sarah Pinborough highly praises it…you know it’s a book you don’t want to miss. Also, one of our protagonists is a librarian, likes to stream ABBA’s music in her house and…she’s also keeping her mother chained up in to the attic.

What Lies Between Us (out today) is a quick, fast-paced thriller with a dark premise. The book, while having stunning bouts of heart-thudding suspense, tends to lean towards domestic drama midway through before diving again into darker territory, and offers chilling twists all throughout, leading towards the biggest twist of all – what exactly happened that night, 25 years ago?

The story shifts between the present day, where 36-year-old Nina is keeping her mother captive, and the past, which generally highlights all the reasons as to why this is happening. We are offered both of their perspectives.

I liked the fact that our unlikable characters have compelling reasons for being the way they are. The point of this book is not to root for these people, but to bring awareness to some important mental health problems, and the complexities of trauma, memory and dysfunctional family relationships.

I really enjoyed the ending, and the final page puts everything into perspective; I had to read it twice before I had the big “a-ha!” moment because the author was describing something very powerful about a topic I’m so fascinated by, and which also is the actual heart of the story. John Marrs, that was incredibly smart.

If you’ve been meaning to read this author’s work, I highly suggest starting with this one. It’s already getting glowing reviews from readers and I think it’ll definitely keep getting more powerful reactions…

Does this sound up your alley, thriller readers? Are you a fan of this author’s work? Let me know!

6 Twistiest Thrillers You Can Listen To For Under 2$

⁃ The Sleep Tight Motel by Lisa Unger

A woman on the run finds refuge in a isolated motel at the edge of the woods, with plenty of vacancies.

Eve has a fake ID, a .38, and a violent lover receding in the rearview mirror. He’ll never find her at the motel. But if Eve is the only guest, whom does she keep hearing on the other side of the wall? Eve won’t get a good night’s rest until she finds out.

⁃ The Torment of Rachel Ames by Jeff Gunhus

Suffering from writer’s block, novelist Rachel Ames escapes to a lake cabin to calm her mind and regain a sense of herself. The location is perfect. Isolated. Beautiful. Inspiring. It even comes with a good-looking landlord who shows an interest in her. But she can’t shake the sense that something terrible has followed her to the lake.

When strange things start to happen around her, she wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake. As the darkness that’s followed her manifests itself in inexplicable ways, she realizes nothing at the lake is what it seems. As she fights to survive with her sanity intact, she understands too late that the location she’s chosen for herself is horrifyingly deadly.

⁃ Rabid by Paul Doiron

Many years earlier, a mysterious woman had called Charley – then a young game warden – for help. She claimed that her badly bleeding husband had been attacked by a rabid bat. But in the succeeding days, despite her husband’s increasingly erratic and aggressive behavior, his wife resisted Charley’s attempts to help, arousing his suspicions that more was going on than met the eye.

Was the husband the victim of rabies, or was he suffering from post traumatic stress disorder? The situation finally erupted into horrific violence, leaving everyone involved deeply scarred. In the devastating finale to Rabid, Charley reveals to Mike how he uncovered the awful truth about what actually happened in their home so many years before.

⁃ The 7th Month by Lisa Gardner

In her seventh month of pregnancy, D.D. accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial killer film shooting in Boston. D.D. figures she’ll be useful to someone for at least one night, serving as a police expert and making a little extra money in the bargain.

It seems like a simple task—until the previous film consultant is found beaten to death. Suddenly D.D.’s date with Hollywood gets serious. Extremely pregnant, on the trail of a killer, and surrounded by a hundred murder suspects in the middle of a graveyard, D.D. must quickly unravel a tangled web of lies. As another cast member is attacked, D.D. realizes that, like it or not, her priorities have changed—and her last desperate hope is that she can catch the killer before she and her unborn baby face mortal danger.

⁃ The Victim’s Club by Jeffrey Deaver

At an off-campus party, University professor Rose Taylor is drugged, undressed, and photographed on a burner phone. In seconds her humiliation is uploaded, all throughout the internet. But why would someone target her? She has no vengeful exes, no stalkers or unhinged students.

Detective Jon Avery is determined to find out who’s behind this horrific invasion of privacy. But soon he runs into a wall of silence at Preston College—an academic mecca whose reputation one doesn’t dare tarnish. The message is clear: if he pursues the case, he’ll pay for it.

⁃ Ricochet Joe by Dean Koontz

Joe Mandel is a perfectly ordinary guy from a perfectly ordinary town—a college student and community volunteer who dreams of one day publishing a novel. When a series of strange intuitions leads him to a crime in progress, Joe jumps headlong into danger without hesitation. In the aftermath, he wonders about the uncanny impulse that suddenly swept over him.

Until new friend Portia Montclair, the strangely wise daughter of the local police chief, explains to him what sent him ricocheting around town so suddenly. Portia tells of another reality, a reality more thrilling—and terrifying—than Joe ever imagined. Timeless, elemental forces of good and evil have come to the quiet town of Little City: a cosmic entity capable of infecting human beings, and the seeker who has chosen Joe to find it.

To stop the malevolent invader, this average Joe must be braver than he ever thought possible, and face the hardest decisions of his life…

Which of these sounds up your alley, fellow readers?

Cover Reveal: A Brand New Thriller From JP Delaney, PLAYING NICE

Imagine discovering that the son you’ve been raising…isn’t yours.

In The Girl Before author’s new thriller, Playing Nice (out August 6th), Pete Riley opens the door one morning to a stranger, Miles Lamberts, who breaks the devastating news that…Pete’s son, Theo, isn’t actually his son–he is Miles’, switched at birth by an understaffed hospital while their real son was sent home with Miles and his wife.

The two families, reeling from the shock, decide to entwine their very different lives in the hope of becoming one unconventional modern family. But a plan to sue the hospital triggers an investigation that digs up some disturbing secrets about the night their children were switched.

How much can they trust the other parents–or even each other? What secrets are hidden behind the closed doors of the Lamberts family? Stretched to the breaking point, Pete and Maddie discover they will each stop at nothing to keep their family safe. They are done playing nice.

This book is now available to request on Netgalley!

Does this sound up your alley? Are you fan of JP Delaney’s work? Let’s discuss!!

9 Thriller e-Books On Sale This Week! (0.99$-1.99$)

– Verity by Colleen Hoover

“Somewhere up there is the house, and somewhere inside of that house lies Verity Crawford.”

My first thought the moment I finished this book was: What the heck did I just read?!!

Lowen Ashleigh is given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to continue a series written by successful author Verity Crawford. But she shake the feeling that this job offer isn’t such a good idea, considering the mysterious history of tragedies that Verity’s family has known, the elusiveness of why Lowen was really picked for the job, and the coincidental horrifying occurrence that she had to witness at the beginning of the book.

Lowen moves into Verity’s home, and it’s not until she stumbles upon one of her manuscripts that Lowen finds herself thrusting into this author’s elusive mind as strange things start to happen at the house. The dialogue kept me on edge. And the things that are about to be revealed about this woman will just leave you breathless.

The author challenges everything we think we know about the characters, while our main character Lowen is torn between her attempt to leave this house where she feels she’s going completely crazy, and finding out the truths it hides.

Verity is going to disturb you, challenge your sanity and provide you with the most overwhelming experience.

Our House by Louise Candlish

Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her own house. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern co-parenting arrangement: bird’s nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children. But the system built to protect their children ends up putting them in great danger.

Now, her husband and children have vanished, and as events spiral beyond her control, Fiona will discover how many lies her husband is hiding. Except, Bram’s not the only one with things to hide, and some secrets are best kept to oneself, safe as houses.

The Suspect by Fiona Barton

When two 18-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families become frantic with worry.

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen since he left home two years ago. This time, it’s personal.

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

Perfect Prey by Helen Fields

In the midst of a rock festival, a charity worker is sliced across the stomach, and no one saw his attacker. The following week, the body of a primary school teacher is found in a dumpster in an Edinburgh alley, strangled with her own woollen scarf.

Detectives Ava and Luc Callanach have no motive and no leads, until…words describing each victim are graffitied on buildings around the city.

It’s only when they realise the words are appearing before rather than after the murders, that they understand the killer is announcing his next victim

Follow You Home by Mark Edwards

It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, a final adventure before settling down.

In Follow You Home, a couple is thrown off a night train in the middle of nowhere. To find their way back to civilisation, they must hike along the tracks through a forest…a haunting journey that ends in unimaginable terror.

Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow to never talk about what they saw that night. But as they try to fit back into their old lives, it becomes clear that their nightmare is just beginning…

The Bad Place by M. K. Hill

The newspapers called it The Bad Place: a remote farm where six children were held captive for two weeks. 20 years ago, five of them got out of it alive. Now adults, they meet up annually to hold a candlelit vigil for their friend who died. The only rule is that no one can talk about what happened the night they escaped.

But at this year’s event, one of them witnesses a kidnapping. A young girl, Sammi, is bundled into a van in front of their eyes. Is history repeating itself? Is one of them responsible? Or is someone sending them a twisted message? Detective Sasha Dawson is certain that the key to finding Sammi lies in finding out the truth about The Bad Place. But she also knows that with every second she spends trying to unlock the past, the clock ticks down for the little missing girl.

The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney

When a woman’s body is discovered in a cathedral, and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the victims are connected, but how?

Suddenly the case just got personal, because the investigation leads Lottie to St. Angela’s, a former children’s home, with a dark connection to her own family history.

Soon, two teenage boys go missing, so she must close in on the killer before they strike again, without putting her own children in danger. Lottie is about to come face to face with a twisted soul who has a very warped idea of justice.

What Remains True by Janis Thomas

When five-year-old Jonah is killed, the seemingly-perfect Davenport family starts to unravel, little by little.

Told from multiple points of view—including Jonah’s—the family struggles to cope with an unthinkable loss. But as they face their own dark secrets about that terrible day, they must make a choice

We Were Mothers by Katie Sise

Devoted mother Cora O’Connell has found the journal of her friend Laurel’s daughter—a beautiful college student who lives next door—revealing an illicit encounter. Hours later, Laurel makes a shattering discovery of her own: her daughter has vanished without a trace.

Over the course of one weekend, the tragedies of two close families are about to trigger a chain reaction that will expose a far more disturbing web of secrets. Now everything is at stake as they’re forced to confront the lies they have told in order to survive.

See any title that’s on your TBR, fellow bookworms? Let me know!

Top 10 Psychological Thrillers With A Jaw-Dropping Twist

Looking for a domestic thriller with a twist? You’ve come to the right place. These picks go beyond the “the husband did it” concept and proceed to surprise us, even unsettle us, with the most breathtaking twists we don’t see coming. If this is a sub-genre that you’re into, then stick with me and let’s explore these unique domestic suspense titles, shall we?

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

This was such a shocking 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. Terrific plot twists all throughout. My Lovely Wife is an absolute must-read!

⁃ The Other Mrs by Mary Kubica

The Other Mrs is not only a binge-worthy, unputdownable domestic thriller but it also concludes with a very shocking twist. This is the kind of book where you go, “what the heck is going on?”, keeping you on edge until the final breathtaking revelation.

In The Other Mrs, Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when Morgan – their neighbor – is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie.

But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. And as the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of what really happened that night. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light…

⁃ A Stranger On The Beach by Michele Campbell

A one-night stand leads to murder in this crazy, twisted psychological thriller. The craziest thing with this plot is: the POVs of both the main character and “the stranger” regarding the same events, are ridiculously different.

Which makes it clear that one of them is a psychotic, manipulative liar, and the other is telling the truth. The author knew how to use the setting, the violent weather and the well-crafted characters’ twisted minds in order to create perfect action-packed suspense. This book perfectly portrays the “nothing is as it seems” concept; you simply won’t see the twist coming with A Stranger On The Beach.

⁃ The Starter Wife by Nina Laurin

Claire can’t help but feel like she’s living under the shadow of her husband’s first wife, Colleen, who died under very strange circumstances. This woman was reported to have jumped into the water one night, presumably as a suicide attempt. However, her body…it just vanished.

The Starter Wife is not your typical domestic thriller, it sure starts out as one and then BAM!…completely catches you off guard with that horrifying twist at the end.

The first half gives us major “The Wife Between Us/The Breakdown” vibes, and the second half -where it seems like the protagonist’s attempt to learn the truth might bring her to a sinister end – is just a pack of explosive revelations, one after the other. The book suddenly veers off into a direction you were never expecting.

⁃ The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Greene

This is exactly how you write a psychological thriller!

A seemingly perfect marriage…

A note shows up on the couple’s door, “I Know Who You Are.”

One of them is lying…

This is all you really need to know before you venture into this twisty suspense thriller.

In The Perfect Liar, readers are ambushed by a shocking occurrence early on (about one quarter in), that’s completely unpredictable – one that compels you to keep turning the pages until you reach the final page.

Who is the secret note sender? Who exactly is the “perfect liar”?

The characters are deeply flawed in the most shocking way, and the terrible things they’ve done in the past will come back to bite them. Get ready for a unique work of domestic suspense, and brace yourselves for a huge, breathtaking twist.

⁃ The Perfect Wife by J. P. Delaney

The Perfect Wife by J. P. Delaney is about a woman who wakes up with no memory of who she is, and there’s a man next to her who tells her he’s her husband, that she’s a gifted artist, an avid surfer and the perfect wife.

As Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband’s motives, and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together forever? And what really happened to Abbie half a decade ago?

This book explores so many interesting topics such as autism, motherhood, obsessive love, before wrapping up with an epic twist, followed by a dark, emotionally-charged ending!

⁃ Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

“I remember being held under water, my face just inches under the surface, eyes bulging and air so close and inviting that I opened my mouth to breathe…”

This book opens with a bang: The Day of The Killing, featuring the main event, where a heart-pounding 911 call is made by a mother who is urging her child to “go hide upstairs” and the police officer on the other line to come to her rescue, right before her phone clatters to the floor and the line dies.

In Beautiful Bad, Maddie, Ian their son are living the perfect life in a suburb in Kansas City. But when a mysterious accident while camping in Colorado leaves Maddie with a traumatic brain injury, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears for the safety of her young son, Charlie. Is there more to her “accident” than she believes?

This isn’t just another domestic thriller, this book is also a strong portrayal of the dark aspect of parent-child relationships, friendships and mental health issues. I can’t recommend this book enough. This is the kind of read that stays with you. Get ready for stay-up-all-night, hard-to-forget revelations and a crazy, bone-chilling ending.

⁃ Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

If you’re familiar with Hillier’s previous work, you’d know that her books are dark and usually revolve around serial killers (Jar Of Hearts is an exceptional example), but now the author is out with a powerful, fast-paced domestic thriller that’s perfect for fans of Sandie Jones or Robyn Harding. There‘s betrayal, lies, affairs…and behind the scenes lies the story of our protagonist’s 4-year-old son who has been abducted 16 months ago…

Brave yourself for a suspenseful ride with Little Secrets!

⁃ Date Night by Samantha Hayes

Did Libby have something to do with her 17-year-old nanny‘s disappearance? Why are we seeing her being transported in a police vehicle with blood under her fingernails? Does her husband’s alleged affair have something to do with all this?

The first few chapters of Date Night will give you the impression that this is just another one of those domestic thrillers/mysteries where the killer is “closer than you think”, but the ending proves us wrong in the most shocking way! And the fact that the author thought of wrapping up this mystery with that unexpected conclusion is absolutely brilliant.

⁃ Degrees Of Guilt by HS Chandler

If you’re into legal thrillers, or someone who enjoys watching those jaw-dropping courtroom scenes from How To Get Away With Murder, Degrees of Guilt is for you. Part courtroom thriller, part domestic thriller, this book starts off with the main event – what drove Maria to smash her husband’s head with a chair leg?

This was brilliant. The last pages though…oh boy. I wasn’t expecting that twist ending! And that title? Degrees of guilt; I can’t imagine a more perfect title for this story. Honestly, get this book and buckle up for an exhilarating journey!

Are any of these picks on your TBR? Which domestic thriller were YOU a big fan of?