10 Twist Endings That Will Make You Scream, “WTF!”

What’s a thriller without a crazy twist? Hey there fellow readers, today I’m sharing a list of thrillers with the most insane, most traumatizing twist endings that still haunt me to this day. I’ve also shared a blog post – a couple of months ago – featuring 6 thrillers with WTF endings that you might like to check out! Just like last time, I’ll be including a spoiler alert underneath each synopsis/review, so you can skip through the “Spoiler Alert” paragraph if you’ve yet to read the book! Now, without further ado, let’s dive in…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The following books I’ve already spoken about in a previous post, but still, I thought the list wouldn’t be complete without these two titles that contain the most explosive endings!!

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” power (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 using astral projection! He had met Adele’s husband David, killed himself (as Adele) and 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 who, of course, has been narrating this entire book.

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I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney

Actress Aimee Sinclair comes home one day to discover that her husband is…gone. And he’s left 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 who’s stalking her…

This book has the creepiest, most unsettling, WTF twist ending you’ll ever read. 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 exactly 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 of 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 to with an axe and kills him for good. Yes. This book is DARK.

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And that’s a wrap, fellow thriller addicts!

See any title(s) you’re familiar with? Any others you’d like to add to the list? Let me know!

Kindle Daily Deals: Thriller/Mystery (US)

1. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty (2.99$)

This book is being turned into a TV Series starring Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy! Nine Perfect Strangers is a suspenseful mystery set at a boutique wellness resort where nine stressed city dwellers go in an attempt to get on a path to a better way of living. The spa resort is run by Director Masha (to be played by Kidman), a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their minds and bodies, and Melissa McCarthy will play Francis, one of the nine.

2. The Woods by Harlan Coben (1.99$)

Now on Netflix!! A new dead body might be linked to a prosecutor’s sister’s disappearance 25 years ago.

3. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (2.99$)

Melinda is an outcast, hated by everyone; she’d become isolated until she stopped talking altogether. She won’t stay silent anymore…about having been raped that night at the party by a guy who still attends her school.

4. My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix (2.99$)

My Best Friend’s Exorcism is a supernatural thriller about a girl who starts acting strange after an evening of skinny dipping goes wrong. Her best friend starts investigating and reaches some bizzare discoveries.

Which one sounds up your alley, fellow bookworms?

Amazon First Reads: Thriller/Mystery (Aug. 2020)

Amazon First Reads for August are here!! A possibly-troubled five-year-old, a therapist haunted by an ugly past, a series of grisly Uni murders…if these sound up your alley, you might want to check out this month’s Amazon First Reads! AFR offers a list of titles that aren’t released yet; you can choose one of these titles for only 1.99$, but you can also get the e-book you want for free if you’re an Amazon Prime Member. Now, fellow readers, let’s browse through these picks…

*US title:

Girl Gone Mad by Avery Bishop

A therapist’s dark past comes back to haunt her (she and her friends had bullied the middle school “new girl” to a breaking point) when she realizes her friends start dying one by one 14 years later, and she starts seeing (or hallucinating?) a woman who looks exactly like the girl she’d bullied.

*UK title:

The Other Girl by C. D. Major

A 5-year-old girl was admitted to an asylum, and 15 years later, she survives the fire that destroys it. Is Edith mad, or are the “insane” stories she told as a child actually true?

*US/UK titles:

Deadly Waters by Dot Hutchison

Dead bodies of Uni students who had raped several women start showing up all over campus, and the main character – a journalism undergrad – is assumed to be behind all these killings.

Interference by Brad Parks

Interference is a sci-fi/medical thriller about a doctor who suffers from seizures and suddenly goes missing. Could this be related to his latest research?

Which of these sound(s) like something you’d like to read?

July Wrap Up (+ Top 5 Favorites)

Hello readers, how was your reading month? Discovered any new favorites authors or books? Today I’m sharing the books that I’ve read this month (shown above), and will be discussing my top favorite reads of the month!

⁃ Brother by Ania Ahlborn


“You look like an axe murderer, brother,” he said. “Like a goddamn horror movie, them elevators bleedin’ into the hotel lobby. Why don’t you get yourself cleaned up?”

19-year-old Michael Morrow isn’t like the rest of his family – a family that abducts and kills. This book is so twisted and will easily grab you from the very first chapter. It has a Gillian-Flynn-like atmosphere and it extraordinarily builds towards a clever, heart-wrenching plot twist, followed by an unforgettable, action-packed, haunting ending.

⁃ Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

No other book by this author compares to this one. A real estate agent is abducted in broad daylight, and the trauma that follows is horrifying to watch. Who is the real culprit behind the kidnapping? Get ready for a wicked reveal.

⁃ The Memory Watcher by Minka Kent

A mother moves next door to the woman who adopted her baby years ago and starts stalking her. If you love “WTF” twist endings that make you gasp, The Memory Watcher is for you!

⁃ The Summer I Died by Thomas C. Ryan

The Summer I Died is the kind of book you can never come back from. This is a gory horror-thriller where two best friends face their worst nightmare when they hear a woman screaming in the woods, and end up being held captive by a psychopath. That bloody, victorious, fury-filled ending is one you’ll never be able to get out of your head.

⁃ Blood Harvest by Sharon Bolton

This is my second favorite book by Bolton after Daisy In Chains! A boy keeps seeing a creepy-looking child wandering in the village where he lives; and there’s a therapist with a dark past, in addition to a third intriguing POV. That ending unsettled the heck out of me.

What about you? What was your favorite book that you read this month?

These Were The Best Thrillers Of July 2020

As July draws to a close, I thought I’d share with you readers some of my favorite releases from this month. Let’s explore these titles!

⁃ Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Imagine if Riley Sager and the author of The Roanoke Girls wrote a book together => this book would be the result. Expect a creepy mystery, and a disturbing final reveal!

In Burn Our Bodies Down, a teenage girl stumbles upon a picture that points her home, to family she never knew existed. When she gets, she starts making the most jaw-dropping discoveries…

⁃ His & Hers by Alice Feeney

This book basically broke the record for MOST twists; after every few chapters, there’s a twist that makes you gasp. Feeney’s to provide twisty psychological suspense is absolutely incomparable.

A detective finds himself a suspect in his own murder investigation, and a woman must return home after the murder of her childhood friend. What the heck is going in? The final reveal is just so clever!

– He Started It by Samantha Downing

I’m still unsure about this one; it definitely won’t be for everyone but I admit – that ending caught me by surprise!

In He Started It, three siblings recreate an old road trip – that their grandfather took them on when they were kids – in order to claim their inheritance once they scatter his ashes at the end of the trip: those are his rules, but…

There’s something sinister hiding underneath the surface, and we never know what that is until the final, unpredictable, explosive ending that will leave you wanting for more!

What about you, fellow readers? What were your favorite releases from this month?

The 10 Best Psychological Thrillers About Twins

Who else is fascinated by “twin” stories? Some of my top favorite books are ones that revolve around twins, so I thought I’d share a list of “the best thrillers about twins” that I’ve had the chance to read. Some of these are out now, others are yet to be released, and I’ve made sure to include a couple of classic novels as well!

*Out Now

1. The Better Liar by Tanen Jones

“If I tell you how it happened, maybe you’ll remember me as well.”

The Better Liar is a quick, clever, mind-bending thriller about a young woman who must reunite with her twin sister and claim their joint inheritance, only when she arrives at her apartment, she finds her sister…dead.

The book starts off with this main perturbation, continues with slow-building suspense, leading all the way up to the cuckoo ending. That’s where the author ratchets up the suspense by using emotionally-charged aspects of the sisters’ fascinating backgrounds and then turns it into twisty bombshells when you least expect them..

The story ventures into a world that explores a complex side of twin sisterhood, and the meticulously explained topic of maternal drivehow is “maternal instinct” cultivated? All of this is narrated through the POV of the two sisters – two complex, fully-rounded characters, taking us to their awful, harrowing past. This was definitely a powerful debut thriller.

2. Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman

Oh, this one I’d definitely recommend. Beautiful Lies is the first, original book that introduced me to the mesmerizing world of identical twins: a very rare kind of identical twins, named “monochorionic monoamniotic twins”. I won’t spoil it for you, but 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 her sister is in serious danger.

There were some splendidly-described WTF creepy moments, and some gasp-worthy twists that shock you/leave you a bit confused – in a good way, if that makes sense. I loved the backstories of both twins when they were orphans, and 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?”

3. The Babysitter by Nancy Bush

There are 7-year-old twins and a masked killer named “The Babysitter Stalkerstabbing babysitters in Nancy Bush’s The Babysitter. Eighteen years later, the killer strikes again.

Oh how how completely engrossed I was by the writing and addictive plotline of this book. The author leaves a few clues all throughout the book but you can never piece them together until the perfectly wicked reveal in the very last paragraph. The clues include occasional passages featuring the killer’s point of view, which are absolutely chilling.

There are three mysteries that are unraveled here:

Who attacked Emma 18 years ago while she babysat the Ryerson twins?

– How is this former attack connected to the current ones?

– Why was Jamie, the victim’s sister, summoned to her childhood home in the first place? (—> This one shocked me the most).

This book is so well-executed, it wows the reader constantly, doesn’t try to be something it’s not, reads like a movie, and oh, this would make one heck of a Halloween read!

4. Guilt by Amanda Robson

Robson writes words that pierce right through you in Guilt. Each one of her characters has such an interesting set of characteristics that wholly differentiate them from the other; we’re kept on edge as each of the twin sisters take turns to tell the story from their point of view. One sister is murdered. The other is awaiting trial.

One thing you should be sure you’ll be getting from this author’s books is extremely well-plotted suspense, which increase insanely during the courtroom scenes in the last chapters.

As evil as this story was -mostly due to a certain heavy subject matter, this book was really about the sinister impact that tragedy can have on people, in addition to the intricate bond of sisterhood. I’m definitely curious to see what this author writes next.

5. Identical by Ellen Hopkins

In Identical by Ellen Hopkins, Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical twins. Behind the facade, each sister has a 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!

*Coming Out This Summer/Fall:

6. The Wicked Sister by Karen Dionne (Aug. 4th)

“…with a clarity that is almost frightening, suddenly, I remember everything.”

This is one of my top 10 favorite books this year so far, and boy was I mesmerized by this sinister, flawless and terrifying work of psychological suspense.

In The Wicked Sister, 26-year-old Rachel had spent fifteen years in a psychiatric ward for thinking she killed her mother with a rifle when she was 11 years old, until…she stumbles upon new information that makes her question everything she thought she knew: had she really been living a lie for more than a decade?

Buckle up readers, and get ready to be transported into Rachel’s horrifying story, taking place in her late parents’ wilderness lodge (which I thought was the perfect setting for this crime thriller), filled with wicked memories as well as some mesmerizing aspects – including Rachel’s strange connection to the the wilderness. That’s where I applaud the author for using unusually beautiful elements that entirely bend the rules of an average psychological thriller.

This book studies psychopathy and trauma in a very layered way, and you feel compelled to root for the protagonist and follow her journey with the heart-pounding question, “Will Rachel survive?” The writing is strong and modest and brims with the most engaging mysteries…

What’s the mystery behind Rachel’s strange two-week disappearance?

What secrets motivated her wildlife biologist parents’ strange decision to move far away from civilization?

Rachel is not an easily-forgettable character and nor is her story. Mark your calendars fellow readers, August 4th!

7. The Girl In The Mirror by Rose Carlyle

Think of The Girl In The Mirror as a twisted version of The Last Mrs Parrish if the two female leads in it were twins, while Something In The Water lies in the background; there’s indeed “something” lying at the bottom of the ocean that’s causing problems for our main protagonist.

Psychopathy, murder, identical twins with the “most extreme case of mirroring the doctors had ever seen”? That‘s certainly not an easy plot to concoct for a debut! Yes, you might not tell these twins apart but, there are some slight differences that might…creep you out!

Now, what to expect from this debut? “Money” is the main factor that drives this book: a particular inheritance, to be specific. The story, which takes place on a yacht in the first quarter, builds up slowly at first while featuring the twins’ backstories, moving towards a really great “twist”. Afterwards, we’re offered an ending where the tension and the suspense are ratcheted up: this was my favorite part.

Did this book provide entertainment? Did it provide insight? Was it a well-executed novel for a debut? The Girl In The Mirror checks all those boxes.

*Classics:

8. 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.”

I can see why this book was such a big hit back in the early 90’s. It’s original, scary, and so wicked! There are stunningly-executed paranormal scenes and a gorgeous setting – a house perched on a cliff.

Stranger With My Face is a suspense thriller that follows 17-year-old Laurie Stratton whose world is rocked by the arrival of this new mysterious stranger into her life…

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 when she’s been out of the house for hours. Who–or what–is taking over Laurie’s life?

9. Flowers In The Attic by V. C. Andrews

This is what survival looks like! I’m never going to get over the evil in this book. I mean…that final reveal? It was shocking. Heart-wrenching. BUT, I loved how, during the ending, the author still made sure to emphasize the uplifting side to this story, so then you kind of find yourself smiling once you reach the final line.

After their father’s death, four children (a brother and sister and two twins) are locked up in the attic of their evil grandmother’s house, and throughout the entire book, we get to see these kids grow, take care of one another, endeavor to understand their sexualities and desires, and endure the torment that is inflicted on them.

First of all, the writing is close to perfection. Heck, it is perfect! So perfect I didn’t want the book to end. The story and actions of our characters are portrayed so realistically that you feel like you’re reading a true story. The tight bond between the twins and their elder brother and sister, the way they stick for each other, the cleverness of the 12-year-old girl, the realistic and chilling behavior of the characters…it’s all so captivating. And boy am I excited to read the next book in the series (would you guys recommend continuing with the series?)

10. The Other by Thomas Tryon

“Twins? With different birthdays? How unusual.”

Well, wasn’t this a creepy gem! If someone asked me about the creepiest book I’ve ever read, The Other would be the answer. No hesitation. I mean, sure, the pacing wasn’t perfect but, this book definitely wins the best, most disturbing twists I’ve ever read, and more importantly, Thomas Tryon just knew how to create this unsettling sense of unease inside of me through his words.

Without spoiling anything away, if you’re looking for a classic, creepy (non-supernatural) horror novel about twins, The Other is for you. So many sections in this book could’ve been edited out but surprisingly, now that I know what’s been going on all along, I also feel like I need to re-read the book to pick up clues that I must’ve missed. Honestly, apart from the slightly-bizzare execution, this was absolutely genius.

What do you think of this list, folks? Any other “twin” books you’d like to recommend?

5 Most Terrifying Thrillers About Mental Illness

Anyone else find books that revolve around mental illness particularly intriguing? In today’s post, I’m listing my top favorite thrillers (that absolutely *terrified* me) where the protagonist(s) deals with a serious psychological condition. If you have any book suggestions you think should be added to the list, please let me know!

1. Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

“It’s like watching a horror movie over and over again, without ever becoming immune to the terror.”

This is a dark psychological thriller that meticulously explores what it’s like to live with Obsessive Compulsive Behavior, and suffer through domestic abuse in a frighteningly realistic way. There’s also a really good backstory that explains where our protagonist’s psychological condition stems from.

If you’re looking to understand this illness, and/or usually gravitate to plots with the theme of obsessive love, Into The Darkest Corner is definitely the book for you. A bit towards the ending, there’s a terrific action-packed scene where our protagonist must escape the perpetrator; that particular scene is so, incredibly entertaining!

2. Lock Me In by Kate Simants

“You want to know fear? Imagine someone there, every day when you wake. Imagine knowing, without even opening your eyes, that someone is watching you.”

This was one heck of a debut with plenty of twists, and there are massive final revelations that are truly disturbing.

In Lock Me In, Simants writes an edge-of-your-seat thriller where a young girl named Ellie suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder; she deals with what she calls “fugues”, and there’s a mysterious disappearance that she thinks she’s responsible for. We follow two POVs (Ellie + the detective) and Ellie’s sessions with her psychotherapist. And nothing is as it seems.

This psychological condition was portrayed in such a chilling, believable way in this book and I was completely engrossed by the originality and insightfulness that were provided.

3. The Eighth Girl by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung

This was written by a real-life psychotherapist! Dissociative Identity Disorder is the heart of this book and in this book, we get to explore it through the eyes of a psychotherapist and patient with dark backstories. The patient, Alexa, soon becomes a trigger for her psychotherapist, Daniel.

The Eighth Girl also delves into the topics of abuse, trauma, memory and in addition to major aspects of suspense, which is ratcheted up during the last pages, there’s a huge twist that will make you gasp!

4. The Woman In The Window by A. J. Finn

Anna Fox lives alone, a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother and their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, witnesses a murder, her world begins to crumble. Was what she saw real? Or did she imagine it?

The Woman In The Window is an enjoyable whodunnit mystery where the main character suffers from agoraphobia. The writing is different, and a bit slow during the first half, but it eventually picks up afterwards and leads up to a satisfactory ending. What’s most fascinating about this book is how the author navigated the protagonist’s condition in a such a raw way!

5. Cracked by Louise McCreesh

Readers are pulled deep into the intertwined webs of seven patients’ dark secrets in Louise McCreesh’s debut, Cracked, which explores multiples mental illnesses.

What mainly keeps the reader eager to turn the pages in this book is the mystery of main character Jenny’s secret from her darkest days as a patient in Hillside psychiatric hospital 9 years ago. The story goes back and forth between the past, which takes place at the hospital, and the present, where our protagonist is on edge after her former psychiatrist is brutally murdered.

So now, she must reunite with her former roommates to find out who the killer might be and why is he/she sending them threatening messages, warning them to keep quiet. There are many twists and turns here, and through protagonist Jenny’s point of view, we understand that everyone has a secret, and given the various mental illnesses which our characters suffer from (schizophrenia, etc), their accounts of what had been happening at the hospital tend to be unreliable, making it harder to know who to trust.

Are you guys familiar with the titles on this list? Any other ones nyou’d like to add?

Kindle Daily Deals: Thriller/Mystery (US)

Happy Sunday fellow readers! Here’s a list of some terrific titles that are on sale today!! Rebecca and Necessary People, especially, are on sale for today only so make sure to grab a copy before the deals end. Happy reading!

⁃ Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

A young woman marries a widower, settles in his house, only to discover that the house is haunted by the memory of his late first wife.

⁃ Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak

Two best friends are striving for success in Necessary People; each one intending to destroy the other in the process.

⁃ The Thirst by Jo Nesbo

A serial killer is targeting Tinder daters—a murderer whose MO reignites the detective’s hunt for a nemesis of his past…

⁃ Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin

A woman comes across a poster of a missing girl who looks exactly like her…from 13 years ago.

⁃ In Her Eyes by Sarah Alderson

This is a chilling story that starts right off with a realistically-terrifying home invasion. A woman is walking down the stairs of her home when she sees a dark figure on the landing: a man had broken into her home!! Later on, the woman must guess who the perpetrator is, and she can’t trust anyone. Not herself, and not even her family. I’d definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a solid, fast-paced psychological thriller with twists and a well-plotted ending!

See any titles that sound appealing to you? Let me know, friends!

Review: Brother by Ania Ahlborn

Holy—, HOW have I waited so long to read this?! Brother is…twisted. As heck! A family of serial killers that abducts and kills, and there’s a boy named Michael (the brother) who suddenly finds himself wrapped up in the midst of this unspeakable evil. It’s the first chapter that instantly grabbed me and convinced me that I’d be having a hard time putting this book down.

The writing is excellent, and cinematic, with a Gillian-Flynn-like atmosphere which runs through the course of the entire book, featuring frighteningly captivating family dynamics – especially the wonderfully crafted, wicked relationship between the two brothers – and the most intense slasher scenes. The final chapters in this horror thriller are action-packed, and powerful. The ending as a whole is just…a rollercoaster of realistic TERROR!! You won’t be able to look away.

That twist ending broke my brain…so utterly shocking and fascinating and gut-wrenching I gasped! Edge-of-your-seat suspense. And that. final. paragraph! It still haunts me. Now excuse me while I go sit in a corner and process what I’d just read. Instant five stars!

The atmosphere in this book is strongly reminiscent of Theme Music by Marie Vandelly (you can check out my 5-star review of this terrifying thriller here!) and also of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects and Dark Places, so if you’ve enjoyed any those crime novels, you’ll most likely enjoy Brother as well – and it’s on sale on Kindle today!

Have you guys read Brother by Ania Ahlborn? What did you think?

Kindle Deal Alert: “Call Me Evie” by J. P. Pomare (Review)

In Call Me Evie, we’re instantly plunged into a realm of domestic suspense. You read Page One and go, “Woah, what the heck is happening? I need to know what’s happening!‘ while racing through the opening scene where a man who has a teenage girl captive is forcefully shaving off her head inside an isolated cabin. However, nothing is as it seems.

This man is trying to convince Evie that she’s done something bad. Is he trying to protect her or lie to her about what happened *that night*?

The author meticulously details our protagonist Evie’s unsettling childhood and sharply portrays our protagonist her attempt to escape, in a way that makes your heart thump unstoppably all the way to the final page where, just when you think all has been revealed, the author drops the most unbelievably heart-thudding, shocking twist!!

I also need to mention that Call Me Evie is a tremendously meaningful account of all the ways a child’s psyche can be affected, in addition to the complexity of memory and trauma, and the terrifying things they’re capable of.