Books Similar To MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS by Agatha Christie

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Queen of crime Agatha Christie surely had amazed all us crime fiction readers, especially when it came to her brilliant masterpiece, Murder On The Orient Express.

                         *A bit about this book*

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Simon Ratchett is found dead in his compartment, stabbed multiple times, his door locked from the inside. This is when Detective Hercule Poirotis determined to find the murderer before he strikes again.

I loved the concept behind this mystery, and it usually revolves around a group of people who embark on a journey of travel that turns into something shockingly sinister. And through some of my latest reads, I’ve encountered a slew of mysteries that tackle this very same concept…

  *The Woman In Cabin 10 by RUTH WARE*

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Plot: Travel journalist Laura Blacklock is offered a trip on the luxurious cruise liner The Aurora Borealis, which will hopefully allow her to recover the horrifying experience of a break-in that traumatized her to the core.
One night, Laura is woken by a scream and she looks over her window to witness a body being thrown overboard from the cabin next door. But…the records show that no one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.
Did Laura make a mistake, or is she trapped on a boat with a murderer?

*All By Myself, Alone by MARY HIGGINS CLARK*

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Plot: Celia Kilbride, in hopes of escaping public attention concerning the arrest of her husband-to-be, proceeds to lecture on a luxurious ocean liner. On the brand new cruise ship Queen Charlotte, Celia meets Lady Emily Haywood -the owner of a priceless emerald necklace.
Three days later, Lady Emily is found dead – and her necklace is missing.

Each passenger has a dark secret they’re afraid might come out. So when an accident and then a murder occur, it’s hard to pinpoint which one is the guilty party.
Alvirah is one of the passengers. She’s very good detective and a very entertaining one also. She and Willy make it their mission to find out who the killer is before they reach Southampton, their final destination- hopefully alive.

 *And Then There Were None by AGATHA CHRISTIE*

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Plot: One weekend, ten strangers are summoned as guests to a private island by their host Mr. Owen, who’s unknown to all of them.
Before the weekend comes to end, the guests’ lives are taken one by one; a mysterious killing spree that’s inspired by what’s been called, ‘the ten indian boys tale.’

How do you feel about these books? Have you read them?
Are they up your alley?

Let’s discuss in the comments, fellow readers!

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45 Pounds of Flesh – SANS EMMERT

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Damon was raised by a good family. Even the fights his mom and dad get into always pleasantly end with laughter. Until Damon’s father took away his own life…

Laura decides her son needs grief counseling and so takes him to a psychologist. But this isn’t Laura’s main concern: she hadn’t told Damon the whole truth about his father – that her son is the result of a rape of which she’d been a victim a long time ago.
In a matter of time, Damon meets Kammy- his very first girlfriend, an intern at the hospital where he also works.
Damon cares a lot about Kammy, more than she does him. He loves her deeply. Kammy, however, has other entirely different relationship and future plans.

Daily, Damon would find himself immersed in both his perseverance to get Kammy back and his work on writing the right scripts for movies he dreams of making in the future.
After several struggles on his part, Damon and Kammy agree to marry and soon are blessed with their firstborn JonDamon.

In the second half of the book, we’re taken through Damon’s emotional torture because of Kammy’s endeavors, as he tries to balance between his work in construction from where he earns his income, coming up with a decent movie script and taking care of his baby.

Damon would take his writing very seriously, he would buy an unloaded gun and a noose he’d put around his neck to figure out the true feelings of the characters in his script.

Soon enough – as Damon described it, ‘life imitated art.’
In Damon’s mind, there’s a blurred boundary between fiction and reality. His movie scripts would collide with his real life’s predicaments, and from there things escalate to a much darker level.

How will Damon face the issues at hand? Will he mimic his father’s behavior? Are there other dark secrets that will drive him to do something more sinister?

The writing is very compelling as the author introduces us to the dark psychological trauma highlighted by the complexity of nature vs. nurture.

This book is certainly not for the faint-hearted.

Readers of Patricia Highsmith (one of my personal favorites) might truly appreciate the way Sans Emmert dives into this genre.

***A big thank you to Sans Emmert and BooksGoSocial for providing me with a copy of 45 POUNDS OF FLESH in exchange for an honest***

ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL – Sarah Vaughan

 

In Anatomy Of A Scandal, Kate Woodcroft specializes in prosecuting sexual crimes. She does not believe in defending in these cases. She does not only aim to win. She seeks the truth.

Kate had just lost a case when her clerk comes into her office, with the most life-changing case she’d ever come upon…
Minister James Whitehouse is accused of a terrible crime, of which his wife Sophie believes he is innocent but Kate Woodcroft is certain that James is guilty and therefore sets on making him pay for what he did.

Early on, the author takes us into the mind of Sophie – with a detailing of every chilling thought that occurs to her- as James, her husband, breaks to her a horrible secret that will alter her life forever.

Will Kate succeed in winning James’s case? How will Sophie cope with the public shame and humiliation due to her husband’s endeavors?

The author occasionally takes us back to the 90’s, featuring Holly, an Oxford student who represents an important puzzle of the past of the main characters in the story, especially James and Sophie’s.

The story isn’t just about a case a prosecutor is endeavoring to win. The reader is eventually acquainted with the characters’ motives and the connection that ties them in a horrifically twisted way.

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Anatomy Of A Scandal is an elegantly well-written novel that thrusts into the psychology of these flawed characters and divulges the cruelest intentions and immeasurably dark emotions encaged inside of all of them. The reader comes face to face with a shocking twist that intensifies the need to read more about what will happen next.
It’s also beautiful how all of the puzzles fall into place progressively before the verdict and more intensely afterwards, where predicaments arise and the book becomes a strongly engaging just-one-more-page experience.

I highly recommend reading Anatomy Of A Scandal for fans of the legal and domestic thriller genre.

However, for those who are sensitive to difficult topics such as rape, proceed with caution. In a courtroom scene, the details are told rather explicitly.

DARK PLACES – Gillian Flynn

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What was the vilest, goriest, most disturbing novel you’re ever read?
DARK PLACES is surely one of them for me. I agree that Sharp Objects was insanely creepy, but this book has passages I could never get out of my head…
“I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ. Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you could stomp on it.” What spiked my interest in this read was the fact that even though the characters’ traits aren’t very likable, I still find myself rooting for and sympathizing with them.
This is by far one of the most excellent works of murder mysteries.
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What about you, guys? Share your creepiest read(s) ever OR your thoughts about this particular book in the comments below!

THE LIES THEY TELL – Gillian French

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The Lies They Tell is a beautifully slow-paced novel that would be especially appealing to YA readers. The story does contain an element of mystery , and you can say it’s almost in the vein of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

About six months ago, The Garrisons represented a truly flawed family– there’s cheating, bullying and a kind of injustice, before they were all shot and then taken by a fire that killed them inside their home, except for one family member who remained alive. Tristan Garrison, the son.

 

How that happened remains a mystery, throughout which Pearl, the protagonist, continues to gradually unravel puzzle after puzzle, leading her to the discovery of a final unsettling reveal, one that is divulged in the very last pages of the book.

The Lies They Tell is quite an entertaining quick read, and the teasingly small insights discovered throughout the book are what makes the read a page-turner. So if you think this book is up your alley, make sure you get it once it comes out on on May 1st!

***Thank you to Gillian French, HarperCollins and Edelweiss for providing me with my copy of The Lies They Tell in exchange for an honest review***

THE REVOLVER – Peter Kim

The Revolver begins with a thrillingly atmospheric scene, where Lester Keats – a father who lost his daughter Abigail due to a traumatizing and cruel event- makes his first acquaintance with a peculiar-looking man- ‘The Nameless Man’.

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Little does Lester know that The Nameless man knows everything about him, not to mention that he has the perfect cure for this poor man’s misfortunes.
‘Will Lester Keats accept this stranger’s help?’
‘Will he go through whatever it takes to right wrongs and rid himself of the guilt that is constantly haunting him, no matter the consequences?’

The author takes us on a journey where Lester begins to witness things he could never grasp, and eventually become someone he never thought he could be.

The Revolver is a clever thriller, well-written and eerily suspenseful.

***A big thank you to Peter Kim for providing me with an advanced reading copy of The Revolver in exchange for an honest review***

THE RETREAT – Mark Edwards

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⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

In The Retreat, Mark Edwards does not only delve into the thriller genre but also thrusts the right amount of horror into his writing. No chapter goes by without an insanely shuddering scene featured within its pages.

The Retreat follows the story of horror novelist Lucas Radcliffe, who goes back to his childhood hometown- beddmawr, where he plans to settle at a writers’ retreat in hopes of getting his dose of inspiration to work on his new novel.
Let me introduce to you the remaining guests of the Retreat:

Karen Holden is a luxurious-looking woman in her fifties who loves cannabis and entertains the reader with the most hilarious conversations. My personal favorite character.

Max Lake is a literary fiction writer. He is almost always found accompanied by another guest…

Suzi Hastings, a young blonde woman who spends her writing time with Max in order to help her work on her own very first novel.

Julia. She’s the owner of the house. She’s an ex-illustrator for children’s books. She is haunted with the guilt and shame provoked by her daunting past- a tragedy that took away her entire family. Her young daughter Lily, had disappeared two years ago and everyone keeps convincing Julia that her daughter is dead. But does she truly believe that?

Things begin to get a whole lot more interesting when- as the author put it, ‘strange occurences’ start happening inside the house: a voice humming Welsh songs in the middle of the night, echoes of creepy whispers ‘you’re not welcome here’, Lucas’ belongings disappearing from his room, doors opening on their own, and more traumatizing events caused by an old scary tale of ‘The Red Widow’ – a witch who comes back to town every thirty-five years to claim a child.

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And so what begins as a writing opportunity for Lucas turns into a journey of seeking the truth and uncovering the mysteries behind the sinister happenings of the town of Beddmawr.

‘Is Julia’s daughter Lily dead as everyone claims, or might she still be alive?’
‘Is her spirit wandering around the house and haunting the guests of the Retreat?’
‘What’s exactly in the numberless room and the basement which Julia anxiously keeps off limits?’

I loved how, even when things are finally figured out, some particular characters still had some loose ends to take care of, leading to an insanely suspenseful and deliciously plotted ending.

Brilliantly written, The Retreat represents the spookiest book I’ve read this year. It’s terribly sinister and twisted, and therefore my favorite read of 2018.

The book comes out May the 10th!

***Thank you to Netgalley, Mark Edwards and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a copy of The Retreat in exchange for an honest and unbiased review***