This is a very heavy crime thriller with lots of suspense and gore. It opens up with a graphic scene, before diving into the main twisted mystery. This might not be for everyone due to the brutality, but it was incredibly well-plotted and it maintained the right balance between “psychological thriller” and “police procedural”. Here’s a quick run-down on what it’s about…
A psychopath is terrorizing Copenhagen, and he’s leaving a handmade doll at each of his crime scenes. The handmade doll (or “chestnut man”) is his calling card; it’s made of matchsticks and two chestnuts.
Examining the dolls, forensics makes a shocking discovery—a fingerprint belonging to a young girl, a government minister’s daughter who had been kidnapped and murdered a year ago.
A tragic coincidence—or something more twisted?
To save innocent lives, a pair of detectives must put aside their differences to piece together the Chestnut Man’s gruesome clues.
Because it’s clear that the madman is on a mission that is far from over.
And no one is safe.
This one ends with a crazy, sociopathic twist ending (!!), but bear in mind, The Wife Stalker is extremely controversial, which is possibly due to the fact that it had a bit of an unexpectedly slow pace, but the ending is totally shocking it will honestly catch you off guard. Here’s what this book is about…
Looking for a fresh start, Piper moves into the seaside paradise of Westport, Connecticut, and opens a rehab and wellness space. When she meets Leo, a handsome, successful lawyer, the wedding ring on his finger is the only thing she doesn’t like about him. And Leo is more than willing to leave Joanna behind.
Meanwhile, Joanna has been waiting patiently for her husband Leo to re-emerge from the severe depression that has engulfed him. She is soon shocked to discover that it’s not her loving support that’s sparked his renewed happiness—it’s something else.
Determined to find something, anything, to use against this woman who has stolen her life and her true love, Joanna digs deeper into the other woman’s past and soon unearths disturbing secrets . . . but when she confides to her therapist that she fears for the lives of her ex-husband and children, her concerns are dismissed as paranoia. Can she find the proof she needs in time to save them?
Teenage relationships can be deadly according to Miss Gudenkauf. She’s one of my favorite writers, and if you’re looking for an addictive mystery – with a compelling protagonist – that keeps you guessing, This Is How I Lied is the one for you.
(PS: If you’re looking for a Gudenkauf thriller that will absolutely shock you and grip you even more, you might want to try Before She Was Found!)
Twenty-five years ago, the body of sixteen-year-old Eve was found in the caves near her home in small-town Grotto, Iowa—discovered by her best friend, Maggie, and her sister, Nola. Without sufficient evidence, the case was closed.
For decades Maggie was haunted by Eve’s death and that horrible night. Now a detective in Grotto, and seven months pregnant, she is thrust back into the past when a new piece of evidence surfaces and the case is reopened. As Maggie reexamines the clues, secrets about what really happened begin to emerge. But someone in town knows more than they’re letting on, and they’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth buried deep.
One of my top favorite Agatha Christie mysteries alongside Murder On The Orient Express. Smart, surprising and the killer’s Identity is shockingly impossible to guess.
First, there were ten—a group of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a little private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal—and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. A famous nursery rhyme is framed and hung in every room of the mansion.
When they realize that murders are occurring as described in the rhyme, terror mounts. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. Who has choreographed this dastardly scheme? And who will be left to tell the tale? Only the dead are above suspicion.
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