13 Thrillers With WTF Endings…Explained

Hello there, fellow bookworms. Today’s post will be dedicated to psychological thrillers or mysteries that have completely blew us away with some of the craziest endings! Isn’t that such an ideal way to make a book have a lasting impression on us? I will also be including a small explanatory paragraph on the ending under each summary/review, so if you’ve yet to read the book, just steer clear from the “Spoiler Alert” section. Alright readers, if this sounds appealing to you, then stick with me and let’s dive right in…

1. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David, the very married man she met and kissed at a bar the night before. And then Louise bumps into Adele, David’s wife. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong.

*sigh* Where do I start with this one? Behind Her Eyes will take you on – as one of the book’s characters said – a “mindf*** crazy” ride. You think you know what the plot is about, but you don’t.

The concept behind the ending of Behind Her Eyes is just so bizarre and mind-blowing. It tackles a very rare condition in which people suffering from night terrors and lucid dreaming have a kind of, um, “otherworldly” superpower (but not the kind that you think). It’s evil, believable and so darn insane. The gigantic WTF ending is one you won’t be able to forget.

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SPOILER ALERT

The big twist is that before Rob (Adele’s childhood friend) mysteriously died, he had actually switched bodies with Adele! He had met Adele’s husband David, killed himself (as Adele) then – in the final pages – killed David’s mistress Louise and switched bodies with her. By the end, David still thinks he got his happy ending with Louise, when it’s actually Rob who’s inhabiting her body, AND of course, who’s been narrating this entire book.

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2. I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney

Actress Aimee Sinclair comes home one day to discover that her husband is…gone. Leaving his wallet, keys and phone behind. Aimee, as you might’ve suspected, is the prime suspect. She claims she has nothing to do with it, and while trying to figure it all out, there’s a mysterious stranger that’s stalking her

This book has the creepiest, most unsettling, WTF twist ending you’ll ever read. Almost as similarly twisted as Behind Her Eyes. This is a book that you’ll race through. I still have goosebumps and feel dizzy from the entire experience!

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. Excellent writing quality, and the character development is on point. You guys need to read this one. Now let’s talk about that ending…

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SPOILER ALERT

This one’s a bit unsettling. Okay, here goes…

Aimee’s stalker turns out to be her husband, but wait for it – her husband is actually her own brother. When he was a child, he wasn’t happy with the fact that his sister abandoned him and went on to have a successful career. The creepier fact is that after marrying him, without her ever suspecting a thing, she got pregnant with – yep, you guessed it – her brother’s baby. After finding out about all this during the shocking ending, she seduces him for fear that he’s going to kill her, then soon cuts her psychopathic brother’s head and kills him for good. Yes. This book is DARK.

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3. Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf

For twelve-year-old Cora Landry and her friends Violet and Jordyn, it was supposed to be an ordinary sleepover–movies and Ouija and talking about boys. But then they decide to sneak out to go to the abandoned rail yard…Later that night, Cora is found on the tracks, bloody and clinging to life, her friends nowhere to be found. Soon their small rural town is thrust into a maelstrom. Who would want to hurt a young girl like Cora–and why?

The final pages of Before She Was Found were pretty traumatizing as we’re given a full account of what really happened on the night in question. I had to re-read the ending over and over again to believe it. The author uses the characters’ texts, diary entries and therapy sessions to tell the story. Those different formats made the experience much more addictive. Highly encouraging you to pick this one up, fellow readers. The reveal will blow you away.

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SPOILER ALERT

Well, who exactly attacked Cora, you ask? It was Cora herself! She’s a mentally ill teenage girl, and in the rail yard that night, she had experienced a mental condition called “depersonalization/derealization” – a psychological experience that makes you detach from your own body. That’s what Cora did that night, she depersonalized and began to see herself from the outside, stabbing herself with a knife and hitting her head repeatedly on the train tracks.

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4. Daisy In Chains by Sharon Bolton

In Daisy In Chains, a handsome surgeon is facing four counts of abduction and murder, and he will only talk to one particular lawyer: Maggie Rose. Except, Maggie will only take cases she will win. Will she take his?

This fascinating book is told through letters, psychiatric reports, in addition to draft snippets of the lawyer’s true-crime novel based on the surgeon’s case and three main POVs (the lawyer, the detective, the convicted surgeon); all of these elements made the story much more addicting and special. And that explosive ending, phew!! It was pure insanity. Just when you think the author is done providing you with the craziest twists, she adds another…and another!

(PS: If you’re looking for another Bolton novel to read, I can’t recommend Blood Harvest enough, it is so different from Daisy In Chains yet just as mind-blowing (creepy, gothic and disturbing too!) Also, if you’re in the UK, you can get Daisy In Chains for only 1.99£!!)

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Spoiler Alert

Maggie Rose does end up taking Wolfe’s case and for the entire book, we’re left guessing: did he indeed kill those three women? Well, as it turns out…he is innocent! So that’s all, you may ask? Well, he is not *entirely* innocent, because during college he belonged to a club called “The Fat Club” where he and his friends dated women who are overweight and made sex tapes with them without their knowledge, and “Daisy” – Wolfe’s girlfriend at the time – was one of them. She vanished after this discovery. Oh, and Daisy *is* Maggie Rose. She’s now slim, unrecognizable, and back for revenge. She killed all those women, framed her ex for their murder and now has him where she wants him. Towards the end, Wolfe escapes from prison! Through secretsYes letters that he and Rose have been exchanging while he’s been imprisoned, they’d agreed to meet inside a cave they’re both familiar with, and they do. Happy ending, right? Well, not so fast…it actually turns out that Wolfe, his mother, and the detective working the case have known about Rose’s crimes all along and have been gathering evidence while conspiring with Wolfe in order to turn her in. Suddenly, she’s trapped, surrounded by officers who are ready to take her in. Except, Rose is all too familiar with this cave…in one day swift motion, she turns, plunges into the river and escapes. She’s never caught!!

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5. The Memory Watcher by Minka Kent

Minka Kent has officially restored my faith in domestic thrillers. I was absolutely not expecting this author to concoct an ending like *that*, the final chapters is where it gets so dark so quick!!

The Memory Watcher revolves around Autumn, a mother, who secretly moves next door to the “perfect” couple who adopted her baby years ago. This books reads like any other domestic thriller, featuring two intriguing women with big secrets, and a disturbed child in the midst. The pace is steady and holds your interest while making you feel that something is…not quite right, and then BAM! Out of the blue, the story twists into a direction you were never expecting. And guys, the author is currently writing a follow-up to this book and it’s called: The Watcher Girl, and she’s resurrecting a really important character!

(PS: The Memory Watcher is only 4.99$ on Kindle right now!)

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Spoiler Alert

The woman who moved next door to the couple is NOT the baby’s biological mother! Autumn is not even her name. Our protagonist turns out to have a been a patient at a psychiatric hospital where she’s been admitted 10 years ago. She had a roommate called Autumn. After they were both released, she had killed her roommate and assumed her identity because, twist: she’s been suffering from a mental condition called “Dissociative Identity Disorder”, which was due to the trauma of her brother’s brutal, merciless abuse.

It also turns out that…this woman is actually a missing person! Her parents have been looking for her all along, and she vanished because she cannot go back and face her brother’s abuse all over again. In the end, she’s re-admitted to the psych ward and soon makes a new roommate and, well, history might be repeating itself all over again…

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6. Between You And Me by Lisa Hall

One of the cleverest “domestic thriller” twists I’ve ever read! This is the kind of book where the less you know about it going in, the better. Basically, Between You And Me follows a married couple who are in an abusive relationship. Throughout the entire book, Sal stays at home, looks after their daughter Maggie and is constantly enduring Charlie’s frightening, physical and verbal abuse. Nothing is as it seems. The final twist really shows how we as readers are quick to assume!

It’s not until you get to the “reveal”, that you realize, “ohhh, so *that’s* what’s been happening all along!” I was so quick to assume and my expectations were completely wrong. But bear in mind, this book does contain scenes of physical, emotional and verbal abuse. If you’re triggered by that, then maybe it’s best if you steer clear. But I personally think that this is a must-read because it discusses an important subject matter in a *very* interesting way.

(PS: This one is also a Kindle deal this month!! Only for 1.99£ for UK readers. )

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Spoiler Alert

Sal, who stays at home, looks after the child, and is abused over and over again…is a man! Charlie is the abusive wife!!

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7. After All I’ve Done by Mina Hardy

After All I’ve Done revolves around a badly injured woman, Diana, who knows two things for certain:

1. She’s missing five months of her memory.

2. Her husband is cheating on her…with her best friend.

This book doesn’t come out until November this year but I had to include it because…what a unique, disturbing twist! At first, during the first 90%, you’d get the impression that this is just another one of those predictable thrillers where the amnesic protagonist’s husband is the obvious perpetrator, but the ending of this one will prove you wrong completely. Not only does the author make sure to keep us engaged from start to finish, but she also surprises us with a completely unsettling final revelation.

We have the POVs of the “Wife” and the “Other Woman”. The main mystery is…what exactly happened on the night of the accident? Did her car hit something or…someONE? She’s having a hard time remembering until… elusive newcomer Cole Pelham arrives, and Diana…well, she’s not exactly ready for what she’s about to remember.

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Spoiler Alert

There are so many twists here but the most shocking one is the fact that…Are you ready to be unsettled? Alright here we go: the married couple are siblings! Yes, the husband and wife are brother and sister, and it was all their mother’s plan. After all, she only wanted her family to be “close” again. The ending was total insanity where you realize your jaw is on the floor the entire time. Like I said, disturbing!!

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8. The Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine

Another Liv Constantine thriller, another character with psychopathic tendencies. Well Liv, you absolutely got me with that twist.

As an endeavor to start a new life, Piper Reynard moves to Westport and opens a Recovery Center. She soon meets the man of her dreams: Leo, who’s charming, charismatic and…well, married. To Joanna.

This book starts off at a slow pace and eventually picks up with aFatal Attraction” vibe, featuring the POVs of the wife and the “other woman”. And just when you think you’ve got everything figured out, the authors drop two big bombshells toward the end that will leave you completely speechless.

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Spoiler Alert

All throughout the book, we notice how Leo is basically acting like the worst husband towards his wife Joanna, who takes care of the kids and is nothing but loyal to him. Well, it turns out…Leo’s wife is actually dead! Joanna is not his wife, she’s his crazy assistant!

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9. 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 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.

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Spoiler Alert

The wife we’ve been rooting for – lo and behold – IS the psychopathic killer; her victims are all buried underneath the lawn of the house. The strange things that have been happening to her (objects being moved around in her house, falling asleep at unusual hours of the day, her “accidental” drowning…) were all her husband’s and sister-in-law’s wicked mind games to drive her into a state of insanity, so she’d be forced to confess to killing her husband’s first wife! Speaking of; the dead ex-wife, well…she isn’t really dead after all. She’s alive, and well and ends up killing the new wife in the final chapter.

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10. Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey

I’ve no idea how to articulate into words the way I feel about this book. At first, this feels like a heartrending story that delves deep into the complexities of family relationships, tragedy, sexual abuse – which it does! – with a touch of mystery, so I was given the impression I should be continuing on without focusing on the “thriller” aspect of the book; so I went, “that’s fine, we love a thought-provoking domestic drama” but then…that twist. That twist!

The author throws a few revelations here and there and you go, “I knew it!” You think you know where the story is going…I’m telling you guys, you don’t! Lee and Grace are such fierce protagonists, they both join a few other friends for a weekend trip to unwind, then one of them ends up dead.

Because You’re Mine is thought-provoking, filled with tragedy, twisted and untrustworthy characters, and a twist you won’t forget. Pick this one up, guys. You’re definitely in for a bumpy, twisty ride.

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Spoiler Alert

As you can see in the synopsis, one of the women on the trip ends up dead: that would be Lee. Each and every one of her friends is shocked by the news, especially her best friend Grace, once the police show up the next morning, asking questions about Lee’s death. Who would want to kill her? That would be her “best friend” Grace. We find out that Grace has planned this entire trip. She kills Lee by pushing her off the cliff as a way to avenge her sister – whom Lee has tremendously wronged in the past – and in the end gets custody of Lee’s son. Except he’s not Lee’s son – he’s actually Grace’s sister’s son!

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11. Identical by Ellen Hopkins

In Identical by Ellen Hopkins, Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical twins. Behind the facade, each sister has her own dark secret that’s not meant to be kept, and that’s where their differences begin. Kaeleigh is adored by her father and neglected by her absent mother. Raeanne, however, thinks their father is playing a game of favorites – and she is losing.

It soon becomes clear that neither sister can handle the kept secret alone, and one sister must step up to save the other, but the question is—who?

This book is…different. It reads in verse, and alternates between the POV of each twin. Through the entire book, we’re aware of the fact that both sisters are harboring an ugly secret that they can’t bring themselves to divulge, all while describing the disturbed dynamics of their unsettled family state. The ending gains momentum and increases suspense while building up towards the “secret”, which turns out to be quite shocking!!

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Spoiler Alert

There is no twin sister; Ashleigh had been dead for years!! Raeanne assumed her sister’s identity, which is the consequence of her suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder ever since she was child, which had served as a defense mechanism for being sexually abused by her father.

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12. I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

In Iain’s I’m Thinking Of Ending Things, a girl and her boyfriend are on their way to a secluded farm to meet his parents. When the two take an unexpected detour, she is left stranded in a deserted high school, wondering if there is any escape at all. What follows is a twisted unraveling that will haunt you long after the last page is turned.

If you’re looking for a book that’s different from anything you’ve ever read, I’m Thinking Of Ending Things by Iain Reid might be the one for you. At first, I wasn’t sure where the story was going; there are entire chapters filled with incredibly deep conversations between a girl and her boyfriend about life, relationships…but the moody atmosphere of the book was so engrossing and the writing was compelling enough for me to keep cruising through, and then all of a sudden, a twist happened…and I freaked out! But that wasn’t all: all it took was ONE WORD in the final paragraph for me to question EVERYTHING I thought was true…it felt like a virtual slap across my face.

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SPOILER ALERT

So I’m Thinking Of Ending Things, in fact, deals with a mental condition called “Dissociative Identity Disorder” (the first clue was when the girl said, “this is a no-mirrors day for me”: it’s very well-known that people with this condition can easily dissociate or switch alters when they look in the mirror, and that was confirmed when she kept getting phone calls from herself). Afterwards, we’re led to believe that she’s trying to end things with Jake, her boyfriend. BUT, in the end we realize that this young woman wasn’t actually the narrator of the story at all. It was her boyfriend Jake all along. He has a split personality and he’s actually created an alter of the girl he never got to ask on a date (the “girlfriend”), and the road trip he was on was really just symbolic of his journey/quest to answer the question that keeps nagging at him: whether he should “end things”, meaning “end his own life”. In the end, we find that out that Jake is a suicidal school janitor who finally reunites with all of his alters, all of them agreeing that yes, he should take his own life.

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13. 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?!!

This one starts off with a bang: our protagonist Lowen Ashleigh witnesses something terrible happen right in front of her. Later on, we see that a man named Jeremy offers her the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to continue a book series written by his wife/successful author Verity Crawford, whose injuries have left her unable to move or speak. But, is pursuing this job offer 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 the author’s manuscripts that strange things start to happen around the house. Lowen is soon torn between her attempt to leave this house where she feels she’s going completely crazy, and her determination to unveil its secrets. Verity is going to disturb you, challenge your sanity and provide you with the most overwhelming experience.

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SPOILER ALERT

Miss Verity has actually been faking her injuries all this time. As as result, her husband kills her in a fit of rage after her found out. We later discover that Verity’s manuscript (which just shows what a horrible woman she is) was just a writing practice! The incredibly controversial ending left us with two questions: is Verity the psychopathic liar we think she is, like the manuscript claims? Or is she innocent after all?

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14. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

In Sharp Objects, 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, and it was surprising to see that the TV adaptation starring Amy Adams captured the core of the novel so well. Gillian Flynn accumulates all these dark, real-life aspects that other authors usually shy away from and tackles them in a chillingly brilliant way. The story’s very 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.

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SPOLER ALERT

It turns out that the actual twisted people in this story are Camille’s own mother and sister: while the mother was the one who poisoned Camille and her sister, almost killing them both, it was the sister who did all the killing, which we discover when we find out that the floor of her creepy dollhouse is in fact layered with actual human teeth.

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What do you think of these picks, fellow readers? Which book completely blew YOU away that you thought, “what the heck did I just read!”?

Today’s (US) Kindle Deals: Thriller/Mystery

Happy Sunday, friends. Here are today’s kindle deals! LOVED loved Beneath the Devil’s Bridge, this my favorite of Loreth’s books; a podcast thriller that kept me guessing until the final, twisted, original reveal! The Secret of Us is an unputdowable one with an addicting plot. Love LR’s books ❤️ Also really excited about Who Is Maud Dixon which released this year 🤩 It is being described as twisty and intense!! Let me know if you’ve read/loved any of these.

As always, you click on the photo above to see the full list!! 😊

Top 10 Favorite Thriller Reads of 2021 (so far)

If you could list five or ten favorite books that you’ve read this year, what would be they be? Here are mine 🤗📚

Just Married by Kiersten Mogdlin

“Trust me, babe. No one can see us out here.”
…how wrong I was.

I could never have seen those massive twists at the end coming!! This is a mind-blowing domestic thriller – about a couple experiencing genuine terror on their honeymoon in a secluded cabin – that gets even more heart-pounding in the final third!!

The prologue was definitely not what I made it out to be. There are some frightening moments throughout and the anxiety you feel at the end is palpable. Everyone needs to add this to their list!

Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney

“We are our parents’ echoes and sometimes they don’t like what they hear.”

This is it. This is the best book I’ve read this year so far. Alice Feeney, the queen of wild twists and clever misdirections is BACK with an explosive domestic thriller about a woman whose husband…can’t recognize her face.

It was a serious struggle for me to put this book down; every chapter ends with either a twist or a cliffhanger that will have you tearing through the pages until the massive, mind-spinning, twisty finale.

ADAM suffers from face blindness. He can’t even recognize his own wife.
AMELIA writes him a letter (on every anniversary) that she never lets him read.
There’s something very wrong with this marriage.
Can it be saved, with a weekend away to the Scottish Highlands?

There are many clues all throughout; but Feeney uses them cleverly. I thought I had them figured out but it wasn’t until about 75% in that the book takes a sudden 180 before you get to the Scottish Highlands?

There are many clues all throughout; but Feeney uses them cleverly. I thought I had them figured out but it wasn’t until about 75% in that the book takes a sudden 180 before you get to see the bigger picture. The second I finished, I had to re-READ the final chapters and only then did I spot the little clues hidden between the lines. It was honestly incredibly genius and I’m still thinking about it!!

In a nutshell, if you read one single book this year, make it Rock Paper Scissors. This is my fourth 5-star by Alice Feeney; I’m honestly so fascinated by the fact that this author manages to write an even more challenging thriller every year!

The Stalker by Sarah Alderson

“This isn’t a honeymoon, it’s a bloody nightmare.”

This was a highly enjoyable domestic thriller that puts a unique twist on the “stalker” concept. In the first ~140 pages, it reads like a horror film (with the all the Gothic/creepy island vibes), then it becomes utterly unputdownable midway in before delivering the most unexpected twists!!

Who’s stalking this innocent couple on their honeymoon?
What the heck is happening on this island?
Does it have anything to do with its sinister history?

Hairpin Bridge by Taylor Adams

“You came all this way, and now you’re running?”
“I’m not running, motherf***er.”

Taylor Adams’ upcoming “HAIRPIN BRIDGE” is another twisty, action-packed thriller that you cannot miss!!

It’s about a young woman who learns that her twin sister tragically died on “Hairpin Bridge” (a highway known for its supernatural activity), so she decides to drive to this remote bridge in order to reconstruct her sister’s final hours.

If you’re familiar with Taylor Adams’ thrillers, you know what you’re in for: shocking twists, action-packed suspense and a story filled with pure evil. Similarly to NO EXIT, the subject of psychopathy was conveyed in such a chilling, smart and compelling way that will provide you with the most anxiety-induced experience. Not to mention that the author has crafted – once again – one of the most badass heroines that you’ll ever meet!

The Girl on Gander Green Lane by MJ Hardy

Looking for an anxiety-inducing domestic thriller with an ending you won’t see coming? The Girl On Gander Green Lane by MJ Hardy is the book for you!! Fans of BEHIND CLOSED DOORS must give this one a read. Make sure your schedule is clear before plunging in because this is not the kind of book you’d want to put down. I also dare you to guess the twists and turns towards the end!

The Girlfriend by Sarah Naughton


“If I hear that you’ve been blabbing your f—ing mouth off to anyone at school again about what we do in the privacy of our own home, then that’s what’ll happen to you, you little b-tch. Do you understand me?”

This book was twisty and dark! It grabbed me from the very beginning and I didn’t guess ANY of the following twists and turns; which was what made this story unique. It alternates between two women and another little girl with such a dark backstory. There’s a character in a coma and we’re kept guessing what it was that happened to them. Would definitely recommend!

All the Lies by Nicola Sanders


This is the best psychological (domestic) thriller I’ve read this past April. I finished this in one sitting. A true, twisty, nail-biting rollercoaster that keeps you engaged from the very first chapter and doesn’t stop gripping until the end. Perfect for fans of Behind Closed Doors and a must read!!

The Cabin Below by NL Hinkens


This is an incredibly fun thriller about a married couple that decide to vacation on a cruise ship (where the entire plot takes place) after suffering a horrific loss. I’d recommend not reading the GR synopsis as it spoils some of the surprises that come up next.

If you love thrillers that take place on cruise ships (Woman in Cabin 10, All by Myself Alone, All the Lies…), I think you guys will have so much fun with this one. It is incredibly binge-worthy in the 1st half, suspenseful in the second and extremely twisty during the finale. The way it unfolded in the end was so cleverly intricate and unexpected. Will DEF be looking into the authors’ backlist.

The Midnight Wife by LG Davis


This one was traumatizing. The wife in this book faces nightmare after nightmare you’ll want to reach through your kindle (or paperback) and save her. Made my heart race all the way through. It was excellent.

Dear Anna by Katie Blanchard


This was such a surprising debut from Katie Blanchard! The writing is the BEST. You keep anticipating what would happen next at every turn. There are “Medeia’s Journal” chapters that are dedicated to the main character’s husband mistress…these parts are the most addictive. An absolutely unputdowable domestic thriller.

12 Most Anticipated August Releases 2021

Hey, fellow bookworms! Here are this month’s most anticipated psychological thrillers!! Which ones are you most excited about? Any other titles to add to this list? 🕵🏻‍♂️📚

03 August

⁃ The Guilt Trip by Sandie Jones

They went away as friends.
They came back as suspects.

Rachel and Jack. Paige and Noah. Will and Ali. Five friends who’ve known each other for years. And Ali, Will’s new fiancée.

The three couples travel to Portugal for Ali and Will’s destination wedding. Arriving at the gorgeous clifftop villa, the weekend away is a chance to relax and get to know Ali a little better. A newcomer to their group, she seems perfectly nice and Will seems happy after years of bad choices.

⁃ The Turnout by Megan Abbott

With their long necks and matching buns and pink tights, Dara and Marie Durant have been dancers since they can remember. Growing up, they were homeschooled and trained by their glamorous mother, founder of the Durant School of Dance. After their parents’ death in a tragic accident nearly a dozen years ago, the sisters began running the school together, along with Charlie, Dara’s husband and once their mother’s prized student.

Marie, warm and soft, teaches the younger students; Dara, with her precision, trains the older ones; and Charlie, sidelined from dancing after years of injuries, rules over the back office. Circling around one another, the three have perfected a dance, six days a week, that keeps the studio thriving. But when a suspicious accident occurs, just at the onset of the school’s annual performance of The Nutcracker—a season of competition, anxiety, and exhilaration—an interloper arrives and threatens the sisters’ delicate balance.

⁃ Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens

Hailey McBride calls Cold Creek home. . A teenage orphan, Hailey lives with her aunt and uncle, the most feared police officer in town, who uses his badge to control her. Desperate to escape she vanishes into the mountains, never anticipating that everyone will think she’s been taken by the murderer. 

One year later, Beth Chevalier arrives in Cold Creek. Estranged from her parents and seeking closure, Beth takes a waitressing job at the local diner, just as her sister Amber did before she became the most recent victim of the highway killer. Beth’s search for answers about Amber’s death puts a tar­get on her back – and threatens to reveal the truth behind Hailey’s disappearance . . .

⁃ In My Dreams I Hold A Knife by Ashley Winstead

Ten years after graduation, Jessica Miller has planned her triumphant return to her southern, elite Duquette University, down to the envious whispers that are sure to follow in her wake. Everyone is going to see the girl she wants them to see—confident, beautiful, indifferent. Not the girl she was when she left campus, back when Heather Shelby’s murder fractured everything, including the tight bond linking the six friends she’d been closest to since freshman year.

But not everyone is ready to move on. Not everyone left Duquette ten years ago, and not everyone can let Heather’s murder go unsolved. Someone is determined to trap the real killer, to make the guilty pay. When the six friends are reunited, they will be forced to confront what happened that night—and the years’ worth of secrets each of them would do anything to keep hidden.

⁃ Did I Say You Could Go by Melanie Gideon

When Ruth, a wealthy divorcé​e, offers to host the Hillside Academy kindergarten meet-and-greet, she hopes this will be a fresh start for her and her introverted daughter, Marley. Finally, they’ll be accepted into a tribe. Marley will make friends and Ruth will be welcomed by the mothers. Instead, the parents are turned off by Ruth’s ostentatious wealth and before kindergarten even begins, Ruth and Marley are outcasts.

The last guest to arrive at the meet-and-greet is Gemma, a widow and a single mother to her daughter, Bee. Ruth sets her sights on the mother-daughter duo, and soon the two families are inseparable. Ruth takes Gemma and Bee on Aspen vacations, offers VIP passes to Cirque du Soleil, and pays for dinners at Michelin-starred restaurants. For Gemma, who lives paycheck to paycheck, Ruth’s largesse is seductive, but as the years go by, she can’t shake the feeling that she’s accruing an increasingly unpayable debt. When Ruth’s affair with a married Hillside dad is exposed, and she’s publicly shunned, Gemma uses it to sever ties with Ruth.

Six years later, when Gemma finds herself embroiled in a scandal of her own—Ruth comes to her defense. Their renewed friendship rehabilitates their reputations, but once again, Gemma starts to feel trapped as Ruth grows more and more obsessed with their relationship.

⁃ We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz

Emily is having the time of her life—she’s in the mountains of Chile with her best friend, Kristen, on their annual reunion trip, and the women are feeling closer than ever. But on the last night of the trip, Emily enters their hotel suite to find blood and broken glass on the floor. Kristen says the cute backpacker she brought back to their room attacked her, and she had no choice but to kill him in self-defense. Even more shocking: The scene is horrifyingly similar to last year’s trip, when another backpacker wound up dead. Emily can’t believe it’s happened again—can lightning really strike twice?

Back home in Wisconsin, Emily struggles to bury her trauma, diving headfirst into a new relationship and throwing herself into work. But when Kristen shows up for a surprise visit, Emily is forced to confront their violent past. The more Kristen tries to keep Emily close, the more Emily questions her motives. As Emily feels the walls closing in on their cover-ups, she must reckon with the truth about her closest friend. Can Emily outrun the secrets she shares with Kristen, or will they destroy her relationship, her freedom—even her life?

05 August

⁃ The Plot by Jean Hanff

When a young writer dies before completing his first novel, his teacher, Jake, (himself a failed novelist) helps himself to its plot. The resulting book is a phenomenal success. But what if somebody out there knows?

Somebody does. And if Jake can’t figure out who he’s dealing with, he risks something far worse than the loss of his career.

10 August

⁃ The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding

Thomas and Viv Adler are the envy of their neighbors: attractive, successful, with well-mannered children and a beautifully restored home. 

Until one morning, when they wake up to find their porch has been pelted with eggs. It’s a prank, Thomas insists; the work of a few out-of-control kids. But when a smoke bomb is tossed on their front lawn, and their car’s tires are punctured, the family begins to worry. Surveillance cameras show nothing but grainy images of shadowy figures in hoodies. And the police dismiss the attacks, insisting they’re just the work of bored teenagers. Unable to identify the perpetrators, the Adlers are helpless as the assaults escalate into violence, and worse. And each new violation brings with it a growing fear. Because everyone in the Adler family is keeping a secret—not just from the outside world, but from each other. And secrets can be very dangerous….

⁃ Such a Good Wife by Seraphina Nova Glass

Melanie Hale is a devoted mother to her two children, a diligent caregiver to her ailing mother-in-law and a trusted neighbor in their wealthy Louisiana community. Above all, she’s a loving partner to her wonderful husband, Collin.

Then there are the parts of herself that Mel keeps hidden. She’s exhausted, worried and unfulfilled. So much so that one night, after a writers’ group meeting, Mel begins an affair with a successful local author named Luke. Suddenly she’s transformed into a role she doesn’t recognize—a woman who deceives with unseemly ease. A woman who might be capable of just about anything.

When Mel finds Luke’s dead body in his lavish rented house, she realizes just how high the stakes have become. Not only does she have to keep her affair a secret in order to preserve her marriage, but she desperately needs to avoid being implicated in Luke’s death. But who would want to kill him? Who else in her life is keeping secrets? And most terrifying of all, how far will they—and she—go to keep those secrets hidden?

17 August

⁃ 56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard

56 DAYS AGO
Ciara and Oliver meet in a supermarket queue in Dublin and start dating the same week COVID-19 reaches Irish shores.

35 DAYS AGO
When lockdown threatens to keep them apart, Oliver suggests they move in together. Ciara sees a unique opportunity for a relationship to flourish without the scrutiny of family and friends. Oliver sees a chance to hide who – and what – he really is. 

TODAY
Detectives arrive at Oliver’s apartment to discover a decomposing body inside. 

Can they determine what really happened, or has lockdown created an opportunity for someone to commit the perfect crime?

⁃ The Family Plot by Megan Collins

At twenty-six, Dahlia Lighthouse is haunted by her upbringing. Raised in a secluded island mansion deep in the woods and kept isolated by her true crime-obsessed parents, she is unable to move beyond the disappearance of her twin brother, Andy, when they were sixteen.

After several years away and following her father’s death, Dahlia returns to the house, where the family makes a gruesome discovery: buried in their father’s plot is another body—Andy’s, his skull split open with an ax.

Dahlia is quick to blame Andy’s murder on the serial killer who terrorized the island for decades, while the rest of her family reacts to the revelation in unsettling ways. Her brother, Charlie, pours his energy into creating a family memorial museum, highlighting their research into the lives of famous murder victims; her sister, Tate, forges ahead with her popular dioramas portraying crime scenes; and their mother affects a cheerfully domestic facade, becoming unrecognizable as the woman who performed murder reenactments for her children. As Dahlia grapples with her own grief and horror, she realizes that her eccentric family, and the mansion itself, may hold the answers to what happened to her twin.

31 August

⁃ A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

When a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women who knew him. Laura is the troubled one-night-stand last seen in the victim’s home. Carla is his grief-stricken aunt, already mourning the recent death of yet another family member. And Miriam is the nosy neighbor clearly keeping secrets from the police. Three women with separate connections to the victim. Three women who are – for different reasons – simmering with resentment. Who are, whether they know it or not, burning to right the wrongs done to them. When it comes to revenge, even good people might be capable of terrible deeds. How far might any one of them go to find peace? How long can secrets smolder before they explode into flame?

Look what you started.

Which would of these are you guys most excited about?

Review: “Every Vow You Break” by Peter Swanson

The Woman in Cabin 10 meets Intensity in this terrifying thriller!

If you love those “I know what I saw” kind of thrillers, you guys are in for a treat with Every Vow You Break! This one actually made me feel the terror of what it’s like to be stuck on an island filled with evil. Even though it doesn’t focus on being “twisty”, it really nails that edge-of-your-seat “what’s going to happen next?! effect. Also, the main character was clever and a badass!!

However, my one criticism is that the plot doesn’t grip you immediately, not until about a 100 pages in; the first slow-paced chapters could’ve definitely been reduced to 5-10 pages. But don’t let that deter you; when the suspense element kicks in later on, you won’t be able to put this gem down!

I think this is the first time I’ve stumbled upon a thriller where the author really knew how to use a “locked room” setting to create genuine terror, and I tremendously applaud Swanson for that!!

Have you guys read this one yet? Is it on your TBR?

11 Most-Anticipated Thrillers Coming This Spring

Anyone else excited to add even more books to their TBR this season? This spring’s releases include some of the most anticipated psychological thrillers of the year, from highly-celebrated authors like Mary Kubica (Local Woman Missing) to must-read debut authors like Jaime Lynn Hendricks (Finding Tessa, which halfway plot twist will absolutely take you by surprise)!! Without further, let’s check out these exciting titles…

Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica (May 18th)

People don’t just disappear without a trace…

Shelby Tebow is the first to go missing. Not long after, Meredith Dickey and her six-year-old daughter, Delilah, vanish just blocks away from where Shelby was last seen, striking fear into their once-peaceful community. Are these incidents connected? After an elusive search that yields more questions than answers, the case eventually goes cold.

Now, eleven years later, Delilah shockingly returns. Everyone wants to know what happened to her, but no one is prepared for what they’ll find…

You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes (April 6th)

Joe is done with the cities. He’s done with the muck and the posers, done with Love. Now, he’s saying hello to nature, to simple pleasures on a cozy island in the Pacific Northwest. For the first time in a long time, he can just breathe.

He gets a job at the local library—he does know a thing or two about books—and that’s where he meets her: Mary Kay DiMarco. Librarian. Joe won’t meddle, he will not obsess. He’ll win her the old-fashioned way . . . by providing a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand. Over time, they’ll both heal their wounds and begin their happily ever after in this sleepy town.

The trouble is . . . Mary Kay already has a life. She’s a mother. She’s a friend. She’s . . . busy.

True love can only triumph if both people are willing to make room for the real thing. Joe cleared his decks. He’s ready. And hopefully, with his encouragement and undying support, Mary Kay will do the right thing and make room for him.

The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon (April 6th)

Be careful what you wish for.

When social worker Jax receives nine missed calls from her older sister, Lexie, she assumes that it’s just another one of her sister’s episodes. Manic and increasingly out of touch with reality, Lexie has pushed Jax away for over a year. But the next day, Lexie is dead: drowned in the pool at their grandmother’s estate. When Jax arrives at the house to go through her sister’s things, she learns that Lexie was researching the history of their family and the property. And as she dives deeper into the research herself, she discovers that the land holds a far darker past than she could have ever imagined.

In 1929, thirty-seven-year-old newlywed Ethel Monroe hopes desperately for a baby. In an effort to distract her, her husband whisks her away on a trip to Vermont, where a natural spring is showcased by the newest and most modern hotel in the Northeast. Once there, Ethel learns that the water is rumored to grant wishes, never suspecting that the spring takes in equal measure to what it gives.

Hairpin Bridge by Taylor Adams (June 15th)

Three months ago, Lena Nguyen’s estranged twin sister, Cambry, drove to a remote bridge sixty miles outside of Missoula, Montana, and jumped two hundred feet to her death. At least, that is the official police version.

But Lena isn’t buying it.

Now she’s come to that very bridge, driving her dead twin’s car and armed with a cassette recorder, determined to find out what really happened by interviewing the highway patrolman who allegedly discovered her sister’s body.

Corporal Raymond Raycevic has agreed to meet Lena at the scene. He is sympathetic, forthright, and professional. But his story doesn’t seem to add up. For one thing, he stopped Cambry for speeding a full hour before she supposedly leapt to her death. Then there are the sixteen attempted 911 calls from her cell phone, made in what was unfortunately a dead zone.

But perhaps most troubling of all, the state trooper is referred to by name in Cambry’s final enigmatic text to her sister: Please Forgive Me. I couldn’t live with it. Hopefully you can, Officer Raycevic.

Lena will do anything to uncover the truth. But as her twin’s final hours come into focus, Lena’s search turns into a harrowing, tooth-and-nail fight for her own survival—one that will test everything she thought she knew about her sister and herself…

The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman (June 8th)

Once a year, actors from across the globe descend on the smog and sunshine of Los Angeles for pilot season. Every cable network and studio is looking to fill the rosters of their new shows, enticing a fresh batch of young hopefuls—anxious, desperate, and willing to do whatever it takes to make it. Careers will be made, dreams will be realized, stars will be born. And some will be snuffed out.

British star Mia Eliot has landed leading roles in costume dramas in her native country, but now it’s time for Hollywood to take her to the next level. Mia flies across the Atlantic to join the horde of talent scrambling for their big breaks. She’s a fish out of water in the ruthlessly competitive arena of back-to-back auditioning. Then one day she meets Emily, another actress from out of town and a kindred spirit. Emily is friendly and genuine and reassuringly doesn’t seem to be taking any of it too seriously. She stands out in a conveyor-belt world of fellow auditionees. But a simple favor takes a dark twist when Emily disappears and Mia realizes she was the last person to see her. And when a woman knocks on Mia’s door the following day claiming to be Emily and isn’t the woman Mia remembers at all, Mia is deeply troubled.

All Mia has to go on is the memory of a girl she met only once . . . and the suffocating feeling that something terrible has happened. Worse still, the police don’t believe her when she claims the real Emily has gone missing. So Mia is forced to risk the role of a lifetime to try to uncover the truth about Emily, a gamble that will force her to question her own sanity as the truth goes beyond anything she could ever have imagined.

The Perfect Daughter by DJ Palmer (July 6th)

Penny Francone, age sixteen, is a murderer. Her guilt is beyond doubt: she was found alone in the victim’s apartment, covered in blood, holding the murder weapon. The victim’s identity and her secret relationship to Penny give her the perfect motive, sealing the deal. All the jury needs to decide now is where Penny will serve out her sentence. Will she be found not guilty by reason of insanity? Or will she get a life sentence in a maximum-security prison?

Already reeling from tragedy after the sudden passing of her beloved husband a few years before, now Grace is on her knees, grateful that Massachusetts doesn’t allow the death penalty.

As Penny awaits trial in a state mental hospital, she is treated by Dr. Mitchell McHugh, a psychiatrist battling demons of his own. Grace’s determination to understand the why behind her daughter’s terrible crime fuels Mitch’s resolve to help the Francone family. Together, they set out in search of the truth about Penny, but discover instead a shocking hidden history of secrets, lies, and betrayals that threatens to consume them all.

Finding Tessa by Jaime Lynn Hendricks (May 11th)

Jace and Tessa appear to be a young couple in love with nothing to hide. But looks can be deceiving.

When Jace Montgomery comes home late from entertaining clients, he discovers that his wife Tessa is missing. There’s broken glass at the back door. Clumps of her hair. Blood. The cops in their small New Jersey town have him pegged as a suspect, especially after he explodes at a reporter during a press conference. Jace maintains his innocence despite the mounting evidence against him, but when a coworker he’s accused of having an affair with also disappears and a search warrant turns up an illegal gun in Jace’s home, all signs point to him as the culprit. What is he really hiding?

Meanwhile, Tessa finally feels safe, having set up her husband to take the fall for her disappearance—and someone close to him is helping her put him away. Breaking her lifelong pattern of bad men is only one hurdle she has to overcome. The other is outrunning her secret past while trying to stay alive, especially when those in her new life aren’t who they appear to be.

Jace’s lies don’t add up and the authorities are closing in. Will Tessa’s old life catch up to her and drag her back to a life of abuse before justice is served?

The Lost Village by Camilla Sten (March 23rd)

Documentary filmmaker Alice Lindstedt has been obsessed with the vanishing residents of the old mining town, dubbed “The Lost Village,” since she was a little girl. In 1959, her grandmother’s entire family disappeared in this mysterious tragedy, and ever since, the unanswered questions surrounding the only two people who were left—a woman stoned to death in the town center and an abandoned newborn—have plagued her. She’s gathered a small crew of friends in the remote village to make a film about what really happened.

But there will be no turning back.

Not long after they’ve set up camp, mysterious things begin to happen. Equipment is destroyed. People go missing. As doubt breeds fear and their very minds begin to crack, one thing becomes startlingly clear to Alice:

They are not alone.

They’re looking for the truth…

But what if it finds them first?

Come find out.

What You Never Knew by Jessica Hamilton (April 13th)

Idyllic Avril lsland, owned by the Bennett family, where their hundred-year-old cottage sat nestled in acres of forest. Forty-year-old June Bennett believed that the island had been sold after the summer of her father’s disappearance when she was only twelve years old. It’s months after the shocking death of her older sister May in a fatal car accident, that June finds out that the cottage was never sold. Avril Island is still owned by the Bennett family and now it’s hers.

Still reeling from the grief of losing her sister, June travels back to Avril lsland in search of answers. As she digs, she learns that the townspeople believe her father may in fact have been murdered rather than having abandoned his family in the dead of night, as she was led to believe by her mother. And that’s when she begins to notice strange things happening on the island–missing family possessions showing up, doors locking on their own, unexplained noises in the night, shadowy figures disappearing into the woods. It takes June no time at all to realize that her childhood summers were not at all what they had seemed to be.

The Last One Home by Victoria Helen Stone (March 30th)

Lauren Abrams wants nothing to do with her damaged mother, whose spurious testimony sent Lauren’s father to prison for murder years ago. After a serial killer’s confession to the crime restored justice, Lauren chose to live with her father and grandmother. Now an adult, Lauren has come home to the Sacramento family estate for good, her mother’s lies be damned…

It’s been decades since Donna made her cheating boyfriend pay, but she hasn’t forgotten the past. She knows her estranged daughter has made a terrible mistake by returning to the estate. There’s more to the story of the welcoming old homestead—and her childhood—than Lauren knows.

As Lauren settles in, she is haunted by the questions of what really happened with her father, what her mother might be hiding, and what secrets the family ranch holds. It’s getting so dark, Lauren may not be able to see the truth to save her life.

Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone (April 20th)

Cat lives in Los Angeles, far away from 36 Westeryk Road, the imposing gothic house in Edinburgh where she and her estranged twin sister, El, grew up. As girls, they invented Mirrorland, a dark, imaginary place under the pantry stairs full of pirates, witches, and clowns. These days Cat rarely thinks about their childhood home, or the fact that El now lives there with her husband Ross.

But when El mysteriously disappears after going out on her sailboat, Cat is forced to return to 36 Westeryk Road, which has scarcely changed in twenty years. The grand old house is still full of shadowy corners, and at every turn Cat finds herself stumbling on long-held secrets and terrifying ghosts from the past. Because someone—El?—has left Cat clues in almost every room: a treasure hunt that leads right back to Mirrorland, where she knows the truth lies crouched and waiting…

All the Little Things by Sarah Lawton (March 25th)

Rachel has made poor decisions in the past, but she has always tried her best for her daughter. When Vivian needed a fresh start, Rachel didn’t hesitate to move them far from London. She just wishes she could shake the nagging doubt that Vivian is hiding something.

Vivian isn’t like other teenagers. On the surface she seems the same as her friends, but she knows she is different. When enigmatic Alex takes an interest in her, Vivian’s cool demeanour hides an intensity of feeling she has never known before. His touch sets her skin on fire.

Mother and daughter are both keeping secrets. But just how dangerous are they? As lust and anger give way to violence Rachel will have to decide: is she prepared to give up everything for her child? Even her own life?

And that’s a wrap, fellow readers!! Which suspense title(s) are you most excited to read this spring?

Today’s (US) Kindle Deals: Thriller/Mystery

Happy Thursday friends, here are the newest kindle deals!! “You” and “The Undoing” were such deliciously addictive reads (the TV adaptation of the latter was fantastic)!!

I’ve also immensely enjoyed The Marsh King’s Daughter; it’s a slow-burn thriller but a REALLY engaging one (it’s optioned for film as well, which is awesome)!

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Book Review: “The Girl On Gander Green Lane” by MJ Hardy

Looking for an anxiety-inducing domestic thriller with an ending you won’t see coming? The Girl On Gander Green Lane by MJ Hardy is the book for you!! Fans of Behind Closed Doors *must* give this one a read. Make sure your schedule is clear before plunging in because this is not the kind of book you’d want to put down. I also dare you to guess the twists and turns towards the end!

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Sarah Standon is living the dream, at least that’s what everyone tells her. She is the wife of a successful solicitor. They live a Stepford existence and appear to have it all. Then, one fateful night, everything changes.

A terrible accident leaves Sarah alone to deal with a situation so frightening she starts to question her grip on reality. Her perfect life has been exposed as the lie it always was and she loses everything.

She thought that was the worst that could happen…

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Does this book sound up your alley, fellow bookworms? Is it on your TBR? Let me know what you think!!