10 Fast-Paced Thrillers With A Twist

1. Something In The Water by Catherine Steadman

This one was very entertaining. It starts off with a heart-pounding scene featuring female protagonist Erin in the middle of the woods, digging up a grave to bury her husband.

Erin takes us to where it all started – to the moment she and her husband discovered a treasure at the bottom of the ocean.

Something In The Water is filled with suspense and continues to be an addictive page-turner all throughout. And it’s a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick!

2. Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald

If you can’t remember it, how do you prove you didn’t do it?

Behind Every Lie starts off with a cinematic, heart-thudding, bloody scene: Eva was struck by lightning, they tell her, but that isn’t the worst of it – Eva might’ve been the one who killed her own mother, and the police are highly suspicious of her.

Determined to clear her name, Eva returns home for answers and soon realizes that someone doesn’t want her to know the truth.

The author’s writing is taut and focused, writing more for suspense and atmosphere than speed – still managing to provide a pacy, entertaining story while exploring dark subject matters (sexual assault, domestic abuse, the intricacies of memory…). She crafts her characters in a way it’s easy for us to become familiar with them and their inner psyches, then instantly bond with them.

Especially Eva, whose past trauma has made her struggle with self-trust. Her journey will make you feel excitement, intrigue and fury, all the way towards the end where everything is wrapped up in a clever conclusion, like a puzzle coming together with a startling click!

3. A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena

He looks at her, concerned. “How do you feel?” She wants to say, Terrified. Instead, she says, with a faint smile, “Glad to be home.”

Karen and Tom Krupp are a happy couple living in a lovely home in upstate New York. One day, Tom returns home to find his wife has vanished—her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse—complete with phone and ID—behind.

There’s a knock on the door—the police tell him his wife has been admitted to a hospital after suffering a concussion from a car accident. And now she can’t remember…anything.

When Karen returns home with Tom, she realizes that someone’s been in her house. And the police won’t stop asking questions.

If you love pacy thrillers filled with twists and turns, you’ll highly enjoy A Stranger In The House. The writing is excellent and you won’t be able to put it down until the final, twisted reveal.

4. Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

The words I’d use to use to describe Little Secrets would be, “unputdownable” and “a page-turner”; Our protagonist Marin’s 4-year-old son just…vanished! What happens is a completely gripping story of domestic suspense that is elusively connected to this disappearance. There’s betrayal, affairs, and all the ingredients you usually find in an engaging, well-written domestic thriller.

Who took the child? What’s the motive behind the crime in question? I highly recommend Little Secrets, especially to fans of Sandie Jones and Robyn Harding.

5. The Perfect Son by Lauren North

“I cling to what I know. ONE—I’m in the hospital. I try to remember the rest, but it’s gone. How did I get here? How did it come to this?”

I was happy to find out that the author is a psychology student, and the by product of that definitely shows in The Perfect Son – a psychological thriller that grips you all the way through; ending with a well-crafted twist that’ll make you shudder.

The Perfect Son starts off with a bang – our protagonist, Tess, who finds herself on a hospital bed, knowing that her son is missing, and no one is listening to her! We’re given occasional short interviews at the hospital between a detective and the mother who’s desperate to find her son. What happened on the night of Jamie’s birthday? Who stabbed Tess that night? The answers to these are completely jaw-dropping.

6. A Stranger On The Beach by Michele Campbell

A woman whose marriage is falling apart turns to a mysterious stranger for comfort, and when her husband goes missing, things take a really. dark. turn. Two POVS. Both contradictory. Who’s lying? Who’s telling the truth? This was such a suspenseful journey with a dash of crazy!

7. The First Mistake by Sandie Jones

THE WIFE: For Alice, life has never been better. With her second husband, she has a successful business, two children, and a beautiful house.

HER HUSBAND: Alice knows that life could have been different if her first husband had lived, but Nathan’s arrival into her life gave her back the happiness she craved.

HER BEST FRIEND: Through the ups and downs of life, from celebratory nights out to comforting each other through loss, Alice knows that with her best friend Beth by her side, they can survive anything together. So when Nathan starts acting strangely, Alice turns to Beth for help. But soon, Alice begins to wonder whether her trust has been misplaced . . .

The first mistake could be her last.

This book is seriously making me question everyone around me. I’m suddenly becoming so suspicious of my family and friends…What are their real intentions?! With The First Mistake, you’ll be diving into an unsettling journey of paranoia.

When I say that this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end, that means that you’ll be racing through the final pages as if your life depends on them. You will not rest until you reach the VERY last gripping line. I’ve never looked forward to an epilogue as I have with this one.

I had a guess about what was going on, but I NEVER saw that twist coming. So many dizzying reveals, each one more gasp-worthy that the last. The characters are well-developped as they are thrusted into a sharply compelling plot.

Mark your calendars, readers! Sandie Jones will challenge your detective skills in this delicious psychological thriller.

8. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

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

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

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

9. What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

Two women. One is keeping the other chained up in the attic. What the heck is happening? Expect drama, trauma, and unexpected twists and turns. This story is mental!

10. 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.

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.

Which of these sounds up your alley, fellow readers? Let me know!

16 thoughts on “10 Fast-Paced Thrillers With A Twist

  1. This is such a great list, and they all sound so interesting! Something in the Water, and The Perfect Son really stood out to me so I’ll definitely be adding them to my TBR!

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