My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.
On the surface, Lydia has the perfect life: married to a respected judge, mother of a beloved son, living in the beautiful house where she was raised. However, that beautiful house holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son discovers it, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic, dark climax.
Imagine that you live on a picturesque communal garden square where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbors for years and you trust them. You think your children are safe, but are they really?
On a midsummer night, as a neighborhood party is taking place, preteen Pip discovers her thirteen-year-old sister Grace lying unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner of a rose garden. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?
One evening, a wife asks her husband a question: who else would you go for, if you could?
It is a simple question, and a wicked game that will destroy her life.
Carly and Rob are a perfect couple. They share happy lives with their children and their close friends Craig and Jenny. They’re lucky. But beneath the surface, no relationship is simple: can another woman’s husband and another man’s wife ever just be good friends?
Little by little, Carly’s question sends her life spiralling out of control, as she begins to doubt everything she thought was true. Who can she trust? The man she has promised to stick by forever, or the best friend she has known for years? And is Carly being entirely honest with either of them?
12 years ago, Jessica Williams escaped a cult. Thanks to the private detective who rescued her, she reintegrated into society, endured an uncomfortable notoriety, and tried to put it all behind her. Then, at an airport bar, Jessica meets a woman with an identical name…and birth date. It appears to be just an odd coincidence—until a week later, when Jessica finds her bank account drained and her personal information stolen.
Following a trail of the grifter’s victims, each with the same name, Jessica gathers players—one by one—for her own game. According to her plan, they’ll set a trap and wait for the impostor to strike again. But plans can go awry, and trust can fray, and as Jessica tries to escape the shadows of her childhood, the risks are greater than she imagined. Now, confronting the casualties of her past, Jessica can’t help but wonder…
I know what you did and I’m going to make you pay.
Somebody from Cassie’s past has found her and they want revenge for something Cassie did when Josh was just a baby. They want everyone to know just what kind of a woman Cassie really is. As Cassie tries to hide the message from her husband, there is a knock on the door of their perfect home. Herbiggest secret is about to be revealed. And you won’t believe what she does next…
See any titles that you’ve read or that are on your TBR list? Let me know!
In case you missed my previous post, I’ve counted down some of the most anticipated thrillers of the month and gave a little rundown on what each book is about. Today, I’ll also be including some of my thoughts on them and sharing my favorite ones vs the ones that, to me, weren’t as appealing as I had hoped. But of course, these are only my personal opinions, so you might end up enjoying some of these more than I did!
• You’re planning on reading it solely on the fact that it’s written by Ruth Ware. I loved everything I’ve read by this author in the past but, One By One, unfortunately, does not have her signature writing style and is definitely not as original or special as her previous novels.
• You’ve already read too many locked-room thrillers. If you’ve read Lucy Foley’s The Guest List; you won’t be missing out if you don’t read One By One, which is mostly characterized by a group of unlikable characters and a guessable culprit.
⁃ READ“Don’t Look For Me”, especially if you’re into:
• Abduction stories that are not extremely dark, but conclude with a solid, unpredictable ending. Here, we have a mother who goes missing one night, and – in an alternating POV – her 21-year-old daughter who embarks on a mission to find her.
• A thriller with unpredictable twists and turns. I was personally letdown to find that this one was completely lacking in surprises and ended with a rushed, underwhelming conclusion. However, I do recommend the author’s debut, The Perfect Son, which was well-crafted and cleverly led towards to a gasp-worthy final reveal!
⁃ READ “Surrender Your Sons”, if you’re looking for:
• An action-packed suspense thriller about a group of teenagers who are abducted and sent to an abusive conversion therapy island, led by a compelling, well-crafted protagonist that you’ll find yourself rooting for until the very end. How will Connor Major survive on this island? Will his escape plan even work?
• Small-town murder mysteries where almost every character has ugly secrets, and will accomplish the impossible to keep them hidden. This book wasn’t completely up my alley but I was surprised to find that I was enjoying it! The Lakehouse is entertaining, and a page-turner.
And that’s a wrap, fellow bookworms. Hope you guys enjoy this month’s releases, and if you have any of these on your TBR, let me know so we can discuss!!
September is finally here, so what better way to celebrate the start of the month than with a stack of the most long-awaited, highly-anticipated thrillers of the year? This list includes some of the most exciting titles from authors like Ruth Ware, Wendy Walker, Jane Harper and more! If that sounds good to you readers, then join me in exploring these picks…
Getting snowed in at a beautiful mountain chalet doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world, especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a cozy fire, and company to keep you warm. But what happens when that company is eight of your coworkers…and you can’t trust any of them?
When an off-site company retreat goes utterly wrong when an avalanche hits, the corporate food chain becomes irrelevant and survival trumps togetherness. Come Monday morning, how many members short will the team be?
It’s up to Grayson Sykes to find her. Although she is reluctant to track down a woman who may not want to be found, Gray’s search for Isabel Lincoln becomes more complicated and dangerous with every new revelation about the woman’s secrets and the truth she’s hidden from her friends and family.
Featuring two complicated women in a dangerous cat and mouse game, And Now She’s Gone explores the nature of secrets — and how violence and fear can lead you to abandon everything in order to survive.
Connor Major’s summer break is turning into a nightmare.
His religious zealot mother had him kidnapped and shipped off to a secluded island. His final destination: Nightlight Ministries, a conversion therapy camp that will be his new home until he “changes.”
But Connor’s troubles are only beginning. At Nightlight, everyone has something to hide—from the campers to the “converted” staff and cagey camp director—and it quickly becomes clear that no one is safe. Connor plans to escape and bring the other kidnapped teens with him. But first, he’s exposing the camp’s horrible truths for what they are, and he’ll be taking this place down for good.
Sydney Green is Brooklyn born and raised, but her beloved neighborhood seems to change every time she blinks. Condos are sprouting like weeds, FOR SALE signs are popping up overnight, and her neighbors are disappearing. To hold onto her community’s past and present, Sydney channels her frustration into a walking tour and finds an unlikely and unwanted assistant in one of the new arrivals to the block—her neighbor Theo.
But Sydney and Theo’s deep dive into history quickly becomes a dizzying descent into paranoia and fear. Their neighbors may not have moved to the suburbs after all, and the push to revitalize the community may be more deadly than advertised.
When does coincidence become conspiracy? Where do people go when gentrification pushes them out? Can Sydney and Theo trust each other—or themselves—long enough to find out before they too disappear?
Michelle and Cliff Stage bought their isolated vacation cabin in the mountains of North Carolina with hopes of repairing their eighteen-year marriage. But when he disappears one night searching for the source of a mysterious light in the woods, Michelle’s life will change in unimaginable ways. After the sheriff’s department fails to find him, Michelle scrambles down the same dark mountainside alone, the strange, beckoning light her only guide.
What she discovers is a cabin, identical to theirs, housing a life she barely recognizes–and a husband she hardly knows. Cliff is a changed man. Now caring and considerate, no longer a manipulative womanizer, he is also missing a finger. He claims that Cassie, their teenage daughter, is dead, killed in a car accident over a year ago. Michelle knows that’s not possible–Cassie had phoned her from Atlanta only hours before. Even when shown Cassie’s grave, Michelle refuses to accept she’s gone.
The only clue to what has happened is a man named Pink. A real estate agent and the man who years earlier built Michelle and Cliff’s cabin, Pink was rumored to have killed his wife and buried her on the property then vanished never to be seen again. But in Michelle’s new reality, Pink and his wife still reside in town and Pink’s smile-splashed billboards are everywhere. To get back to the world where her daughter exists, Michelle must unravel the mystery of Pink while questioning her own sanity.
After being cleared of his wife’s murder, Todd Norman returns to her small Connecticut hometown in order to finish building their dream house by the lake. He is eager to restart his life and cast aside any remaining suspicious…but all of that is dashed when a young woman’s body washes up on the beach next door.
When Tracy Somerset, a divorced mother, meets a handsome stranger in a midnight Wal-Mart, she has no idea she is speaking with Todd Norman, the former Wall Street financier dubbed “The Banker Butcher” by the New York tabloids. The following morning, on the beach by Norman’s back-under-construction lakehouse, another young woman’s body is discovered. Sheriff Duane Sobczak’s investigation leads him to town psychiatrist Dr. Meshulum Bakshir, whose position at a troubled girls’ group home a decade ago yields disturbing ties to several local, prominent players, including Sobczak’s own daughter.
What September release(s) are you guys most excited for?
A single mother’s arrest. A grandmother with secrets. A detective searching for his missing brother…how are these connected?
Everyone in Raleigh, North Carolina, is talking about Norah Ramsey, the single mother accused of being a suburban madam. But Norah’s not the only one keeping secrets.
After her mother’s arrest, Norah’s teenage daughter, Violet, is devastated and alone. She has no one to turn to until her grandmother Polly arrives. Polly, long estranged from Norah, is running from her own troubles. Down the street, Bess, once Norah’s best friend, desperately tries to hide secrets while Casey, Bess’s daughter, flees college after a traumatic event, only to find that home isn’t the safe haven she expected. And Nico, the detective who has doggedly pursued Norah Ramsey in hopes that she will lead him to his missing brother, is drawn further into these women’s lives while facing his own domestic disturbance.
Scandal has brought each of them to a crossroads. Now, as they delve into Norah’s secrets, they must come to terms with secrets of their own—ones that still have the power to hurt or to heal.
A former detective had been fired, and now is hired by the wealthy parents of a girl who went missing. And then her boyfriend is found dead…
Former Chicago detective Ashe Cayne is desperate for redemption. After refusing to participate in a police department cover-up involving the death of a young black man, Cayne is pushed out of the force. But he won’t sit quietly on the sidelines: he’s compelled to fight for justice as a private investigator…even if it means putting himself in jeopardy.
When a young woman, Tinsley Gerrigan, goes missing, her wealthy parents from the North Shore hire Cayne to find her. As Cayne looks into her life and past, he uncovers secrets Tinsley’s been hiding from her family. Cayne fears he may never find Tinsley alive.
His worries spike when Tinsley’s boyfriend is found dead—another black man murdered on the tough Chicago streets. Cayne must navigate his complicated relationships within the Chicago PD, leveraging his contacts and police skills to find the missing young woman, see justice done, and earn his redemption.
A supernatural thriller about H. G. Wells, who finds an eerie wasteland inhabited by the living, the dead, and those stranded in between. He must battle with diabolical forces to save his sanity…
It’s 1914. The Great War grips the world—and from the Western Front a strange story emerges…a story of St. George and a brigade of angels descending from heaven to fight beside the beleaguered British troops. But can there be any truth to it?
H. G. Wells, the most celebrated writer of his day—author of The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man—is dispatched to find out. There, he finds an eerie wasteland inhabited by the living, the dead, and those forever stranded somewhere in between…a no-man’s-land whose unhappy souls trail him home to London, where a deadly plot, one that could turn the tide of war, is rapidly unfolding.
In league with his young love, the reporter and suffragette Rebecca West, Wells must do battle with diabolical forces—secret agents and depraved occultists—to save his sanity, his country, and ultimately the world.
Which of these picks sounds up your alley, thriller addicts? Let me know!
Now that August is almost over, it is time to reflect on what we’ve had the opportunity to read this month. My August reads have mostly been good ones (pictured below), but there were two particular titles that absolutely blew me away.
“When we get to the end, I’ll tell you everything.”
In In The Blood, a young woman is hired as a babysitter to care for a disturbed 11-year-old boy, who loves to play a twisted game of clues that she feels compelled to follow and that would lead her to an unexpected discovery.
I loved this book! It’s original, dark, with a little bit of “gothic”, and almost every single character is messed up – just my kind of thriller. It makes perfect sense that this was nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards the year it was released.
It’s a bit prolonged in some parts and I found myself confused a few times when the story would alternate from present to “flashback” past in the same chapter, but mostly, the story was completely engrossing, deliciously-dark, and reads like a movie!
Believe Me is about a woman who’s hired to entrap men who cheat on their wives and get evidence by secretly filming their unfaithful endeavors.
I was not expecting this one to impress me the way that it did! Believe Me by JP Delaney is exactly what I’d call a “twisty” thriller. During the first few chapters, I was skeptical, but 70 pages in, it starts getting extremely twisty.
Suddenly I’m frantically turning the pages, like, “Stop messing with head, Delaney, what the heck is going on?!” There’s murder, untrustworthy characters, a blurred line between fact and fiction…and when you least expect, there’s a twist, and another twist after that.
And then the protagonist is suddenly trapped in a twisted circle of “Paranoia vs Reality”: Nothing is making sense; and that’s when the author incorporates authentic psychological suspense, and *believe me* (pardon the pun) when I tell you that you’re not going to want to put this book down at this point; you know you have no choice but to keep going…racing towards the end where Delaney catches us off guard with the most unexpected twist!
What were your favorite reads this month, fellow readers?
Have you ever read a book that reminded you of a movie that you’ve watched and enjoyed? If you’re a fan thriller or horror movies, you might want to check out this list and hopefully, you’ll find a title that’s in the vein of of your favorite movie! Now, readers, let’s explore these picks…
These two have the exact same feel and almost the same plot: While Leo DiCaprio is sent to an asylum to investigate a mysterious disappearance in Shutter Island, the male lead in The Silent Patient is sent to a psych ward to investigate a mysterious patient. And don’t worry, if you’ve yet to read the book (or watch the movie), this comparison doesn’t spoil either of them as each has an entirely different ending from the other!
Among many other remakes, both of these are inspired by the 1898 classic horror novel, The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James, which follows a woman who applies for a job to care for two oddly silent children at a haunted house, and realizes that these kids have no fear of the evil that lurks in this place. In The Turn Of The Key – while it doesn’t exactly involve a “haunted house” – our female protagonist applies for the same job mentioned above, but at a technology-advanced house, so – without spoiling too much away – you can imagine what “complications” could result within this house if, say, a systematic glitch were to happen…
Yes, this house will generate all kinds of horrors without being a 100% haunted house story, but enough to provide a realistically-terrifying and gothic psychological thriller.
You might already be familiar with the characters Tom Ripley and Joe Goldberg, as these are some of the most well-known psychopaths in thriller fiction. You can expect all aspects of psychopathy in the book (or TV Series), YOU: there’s stalking, obsessive love, and – obviously – murder! If you were a fan of The Talented Mr Ripley, you might want to embark on another terrifying journey with You’s Joe Goldberg.
Remember the horror classic, The Haunting, from 1999? I’ve always considered this movie as the ultimate, most well-plotted haunted house story; and it starred Catherine Zera Jones, Liam Neeson and Lili Taylor, so you can always expect an exhilarating experience watching – or even re-watching – this horror gem. If you’re a fan of The Haunting, you’ll most definitely enjoy Home Before Dark as well, and since it’s written by the legendary Riley Sager, you know you won’t be disappointed!
In The Only Child, we’re introduced to a serial killer who – now that he’s locked in prison – requests a meeting with one particular criminal psychologist; he will talk to no one else. The premise instantly reminded me of The Silence Of The Lambs and I couldn’t help but picture the female lead as Jodie Foster. There’s even a reference to this movie in the book, which chilled me to the bone. Expect extremely-unsettling childhood flashbacks and authentic suspense from start to finish with The Only Child by Mi-ae Seo.
Just like with Scream’s infamous masked killer “Ghostface”, a killer named “The Osborne Slayer” is killing high school students, one by one, in There’s Someone Inside Your House. This will appeal to all admirers of slasher thrillers. Also, it would absolutely make a perfect Halloween read!
Honestly, is there a better classic thriller than Basic Instinct? If you were fascinated by the intriguing relationship between the detective and the intimating female suspect in this movie, I think you’ll love Last One To Lie. While this “romance” aspect exists in the book, it is definitely dark, and plays a major part within the suspense element. Now that we’ve put aside what this film and book have in common, bear in mind that Last One Last To Lie weaves an impossibly-twisted web of lies; there are crazy twists here that you won’t be able to guess and an ending that will give you major anxiety, and most importantly, stay with you long afterwards.
Case 39 is a chilling horror movie about a social worker who gets caught up in the troubles of a seemingly abused 10-year-old girl who isn’t what she seems to be. If you‘re fascinated by stories about disturbed children, you must pick up In The Blood by Lisa Unger – it’s a deliciously-dark, original psychological thriller where a young woman is hired as a babysitter to care for a disturbed 11-year-old boy, who loves to play a twisted game of clues that she feels compelled to follow and that would lead her to an unexpected discovery. This is one of my top favorite Lisa Unger books and it’s just as gripping and suspenseful as Case 39!
You can definitely say that The Woman In The Window was inspired by Hitchcock’s celebrated film, Rear Window. In fact, there are many references in this book to this director’s classic movies. The book is led by an agoraphobic woman (to be played by Amy Adams in the adaptation) who witnesses a murder in the house across of hers. Was what she saw real? Or is it paranoia?
Any titles you’d like to add to this list? Was there a book that reminded you of a movie that you’ve watched?
As August nears to an end, I thought I’d share some of my favorite Thriller releases from this month. I love that there’s something for everyone within these picks; whether you like domestic thrillers, serial killer thrillers, horror thrillers, or thrillers about mysterious disappearances and creepy woods, you can find that here in this list! Without further ado, let’s browse through these titles…
In The Nothing Man, we are sucked back into the early hours of January 14, 2000. A woman named Eve Black had survived her family’s massacre when she was 12. For some reason, the creepy, masked serial killer decided to single her out as the sole survivor of the Black family murder. Why? So now she has written a true-crime memoir about her family’s killer in hopes of leading the police to his identity. When the killer finds out about the book, he is enraged. He needs to read it in order to plot his next move, but Eve is already one step ahead of him. The question is, who will catch who first?
Let me begin by saying that Catherine Ryan Howard is tremendously skilled at telling a story. Every single chapter delivers. You’ll easily be able to connect with and root for the protagonist.
The book alternates between the killer’s POV and Eve’s true-crime memoir that he’s reading: The Nothing Man. So if you’re a fan of that book-within-book element, you’re in for a treat. And I appreciate that the author, instead of turning the book into a police procedural, focused primarily on the cat-and-mouse chase between these two characters and their sides of the story.
There’s a really good twist at the end, which leads to a solid, suspenseful conclusion!
”If you thought that was all it would take to break me, you thought wrong.”
If Liv Constantine and Caroline Kepnes wrote a book together, When I Was You by Amber Garza would be it.
Imagine meeting a woman who shares your first and last name, lives in the same town as you, and takes her kid to the same doctor. That’s what’s about to turn Kelly Medina’s life upside down. What really makes this book stand out is that it keeps surprising you at several turns, in addition to the excellent execution, the chilling atmosphere and especially the shocking way things unfold in the second half.
And heck yes to that ending! You’ll literally lean forward in your seat during some final scenes and go, “is this really happening?” I also enjoyed how the author navigated the mother-son relationship, I found myself thoroughly invested in that aspect. I definitely recommend checking out this dark and twisty domestic thriller!
“Come on, she says, beckoning me into the trees. Come into the woods. Let’s finish the story. I shake my head and back away, turning and running back towards the house. No, I can’t do it. Not the woods, not the woods, never the woods.”
I don’t know about you but mysteries surrounding disappearances and murders in the woods tend to unsettle the heck out of me, and yet I still find myself gravitating to them. Vanessa Savage did a terrific job providing a spine-chilling description and an eerie feel to the woods where our protagonist’s sister Bella died 10 years ago in an “accident”. Except…Ella is now haunting her sister’s dreams, trying to convince her otherwise, willing her to “remember”…
Why do teenage girls keep getting murdered in the forest surrounding Dean House?What memory is our main character trying to expunge?
You don’t have to get to a certain page for things to get interesting; the author makes sure to entertain the reader every step of the way. And that final short chapter…it will send a chill through your spine.
I appreciated how the author flawlessly built up the sisters’ characteristics by meticulously exploring their pasts and giving them distinct voices that made them unforgettable. I absolutely loved Vanessa Savage’s vision in The Woods and I can’t wait to read more by her!
“Quinn looked to the horizon as the cornstalks swayed with the breeze. The corn itself could have been waving hello, or it could have been breathing.”
Admirers of the Scream franchise (or the slasher-thriller sub-genre in general) will devour this terrifying “killer-clown” horror novel!
Quinn and her father move to small, sleepy town Kettle Springs for a fresh start. What Quinn is about to find out is that there’s a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat in this town, who – in order to “make Kettle Springs great again – goes homicidal and starts getting rid of the kids in this town, one by one.
I enjoyed how perfectly-paced, action-packed and filmic this book was. Secondly, I absolutely loved the main character Quinn Maybrook – she’s a strong heroine: a teenager who’s attempting to survive the clown/corn horrors of Kettle Springs, which was brilliant – and terrifying – to witness.
I love how everything wrapped up in the end; there was this small surprise that left me speechless, and then there’s the unsettling/unpredictable final chapter, which concluded the story perfectly! This would make a perfect Halloween read, and it’s awesome to see the tempting cover is as fantastic as the content of the book. Adam Cesare provides readers with a pacy, intelligent plot that will leave you breathless!
“…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 including 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.
Which of these sound(s) appealing to you, folks? See any that are on your TBR? Let’s discuss!
I think we can all agree that one of the worst things to experience, as readers, is a reading slump. So I thought I’d share list of thrillers that have easily helped me get out of a slump, and hopefully they’ll be just as helpful for you too. These thrillers vary from a psychological and action-packed, to gothic, creepy and disturbing. Let me know which book got YOU out of a reading slump…
The Silent Patient is an entertaining, stay-up-all-night mystery debut. The plot and the setting and the main characters’ backstories all played a part in keeping me engrossed in this tangled mystery where a psychotherapist feels compelled to treat and investigate a woman who shot her husband and refuses to speak again.
The twist towards the end is surprising and might even make you gasp because a) there are no clues throughout the book and b) there’s *full* omission of truth; meaning one of the characters is straight-up lying to the reader, so if you re-read the book you won’t find a clue that makes you go, “oh that makes perfect sense!”
All in all, this was an enjoyable debut and I applaud the author for writing a tremendously compelling and gripping novel! A solid 4-star read.
What the—?! This was absolutely genius!! You can always count on Alice Feeney to provide you with the best of twists; I’d recommend any of her books – I Know Who You Are might be my favorite of hers because of how boundary-breaking and crazy it is, but His & Hers and Sometimes I Lie I find to be equally-special 5-star thrillers.
Let’s start with that ending: It’s been two days since I’ve finished reading this one and I’m still trying to come up with theories about who’s behind that little wicked shock in the last chapter. I love that the ending leaves room for discussion and keeps you thinking about it long after reaching the final phrase.
Will this book keep you hooked with every chapter? Absolutely, and that’s not something I encounter very often (there are no slow parts or nonsense dialogue here); the girl’s dark backstory is what captured me the most. The author nailed that! I instantly felt connected to the protagonist as a result.
Also, did anyone get vertigo from that massive twist about 3/4 in? Four words that threw everything I thought I knew out the window!
Riley Sager just out here sending girls to creepy camps, spooky cabins, mysterious buildings and slaying us with yet another chilling thriller in Lock Every Door. I love that sense of adventure in this author’s books. Riley’s girls are not to be messed with. And Jules is no exception, she knows the truth might cost her her life and she still walked through fire. Literally.
What would you do if you were offered twelve thousand dollars to stay at a luxurious apartment for three months? There’s no such thing as leaving an apartment unoccupied in the Bartholomew building. From the start, we feel the danger that lurks in the rooms and hallways of this mysterious Manhattan building where Jules accepts her new job as an apartment sitter. Little does she know that this place has the most horrifying past, and escaping might not be an option.
In Lock Every Door, I couldn’t stop turning the pages fast enough. There are so many shocking twists and turns here. And I applaud the author for adding in the creep factor, with a dash of gothic suspense. I felt fully addicted to and invested in Jules’ journey as she endeavored to unravel the Bartholomew’s dark past, and the suspense does not let up when we’re given occasional snippets from the present day – where the protagonist is in the hospital, in the process of recovering from a mysterious accident…
No one writes a twist like Ruth Ware.If you love horror-inspired, creepy-home-based thrillers, or just someone who’s enjoyed Ruth Ware‘s books in the past, you’re in for a treat in The Turn Of The Key. In a nutshell, the book is in the form of a letter where a nanny is writing to an attorney, pleading with him to see that she’s innocent – she certainly did not kill that little girl. Or did she?
The Heatherbrae house is the strangest place you’ve ever seen, and I love how the author put it – a house with a “luxurious split personality.” Have you ever felt like shaking a protagonist and getting her to “get the heck out of that house!!”? This is that kind of book. Suspense builds progressively in the first half of the book, providing us with many chilling moments once Rowan settles in at the Heatherbrae house for her job as a nanny – the spookiness is real: there are creaking sounds above her room, her belongings are going missing, and the house itself hasa spooky history – one that will keep you up at night, turning the pages until you’ve reached the last. So. Dang. Good!
“But she’d seen it. There was no unseeing it. She stepped away, leaving a handprint on the door…There’s . . .There’s a child locked inside this van.”
Four strangers are trapped inside a rest stop during a snow blizzard, and one of them is a psychopath. It’s up to Darby to uncover which one has a kidnapped child inside their vehicle.
Where did the kidnapped child come from? What is the perpetrator planning to do with her? What I love about No Exit is that it picks up from the get-go: it’s action-packed, suspenseful and twisty as heck; which makes it the ultimate psychological thriller. I fell in love with the main character Darby from page One and I didn’t realize I’ve been holding my breath until I turned the last page because I needed to know what’s going on. This was a wild ride!
35 years ago, Viv Delaney used to work as the night clerk to pay for her move to New York City. But something was never right at the Sun Down – a rundown roadside motel – and before long she’s determined to uncover all of the secrets hidden. In the present time, Carly – Viv’s niece – takes a job at the same creepy motel and starts an investigation into her aunt’s disappearance. She uncover the Sundown’s secrets before it’s too late.
This was a unique “haunted motel” story. A young woman, Viv, went missing while working a night shift in 1982 and it seems that no one put that much effort into looking for her. 35 years later, nearly everyone is afraid to speak about the woman’s disappearance. Viv’s niece feels that something doesn’t sit right with all of this, so she starts an investigation of her own.
The writing is clear and descriptive, and I thought the author really perfected the dialogue style, and the final chapters had a clever conclusion to the mystery behind the disappearance, which made for a brilliant, perfect ending.
The Girl Before is soon to be a major motion picture directed by Ron Howard!
”Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.”
Emma: Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece, but there are rules made by the enigmatic architect who designed it: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The house is intended to transform its occupant – and it does.
Jane: After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street, she is instantly drawn to the space – and to its seductive creator. Moving in, she soon learns about the mysterious death of the girl before her – the previous tenant who bears a striking resemblance to her. Jane tries to follow the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror as the girl before.
This book was fantastic. It will especially appeal to you if you love slow-paced psychological thrillers that keep you guessing. This one is entertaining, provocative and so well-executed!
The Kind Worth Killing is sort of amodern retelling of Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers On A Train. It has the same “folie à deux” premise as it tells the story of a man who, on a night flight, meets a woman who helps him plot the murderof his wife, who’s having an affair with her contractor.
There’s psychopathy, people getting away with murder, a daring plot with a big twist halfway through and a very clever conclusion! I particularly enjoyed the character “Lily”; she has the most fascinating backstory, which gave the plot more depth and originality. I thoroughly enjoyed this and hope to read more of Swanson’s books in the future!
My first thought the moment I finished this book was: “What the heck did I just read?!!”
This onestarts 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 shestumbles 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.
On the day she was abducted, Annie – a 32-year-old realtor – had three goals – sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all. She was wrong.
Still Missing interweaves the year Annie spent as the captive of a psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfold through sessions with her psychiatrist, with a second narrative following the events after her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.
I’ve always been fascinated by abduction stories – how the victim would escape their captor and survive the torment and the emotional and physical trauma. And even though I’ve come across a number of books revolving around this subject, I still find them hard to read. Still Missing was no exception. The main character is so compelling that you can’t help but care deeply for her, and the author did such a terrific job portraying the psychopathic traits of her abductor.
The first half, which was dedicated to the time of the protagonist’s abduction, was so well-plotted and so suspenseful it will make you gasp at the most unexpected moments. The second half is about the solving of the mystery, and let me tell you, the identity of the perpetrator was so clever – evil and twisted, but clever!
Which of these sound up your alley, fellow readers? See any that you’ve read and enjoyed?
Am I the only one who gets overwhelmed when new Kindle Deals are announced? I’ve trimmed down the list to a couple of titles I’ve had on my TBR for while; so under each title, I’d include a quick rundown on what the book is about. If you see any here that you’ve read and/or would recommend, let me know!
I loved the twist in Between And Me so I’m very curious about this one! The Perfect Couple follows a woman who applies for a job as a housekeeper for a widower. Everything goes smoothly at the house, until she learns about what happened to his first wife…
Looking for thrillers that compare to Gillian Flynn’s creepy, bizarre, disturbing and completely addictive novels? Today’s list features a couple of books that you might want to check out if you love a Gillian-Flynn-like atmosphere in your psychological thrillers. If you have any more suggestions to add to this list, don’t hesitate to share!
This book is absolutely twisted. The writing is very impeccable and compelling, as the story – as it alternates between 1982 and 2008 – explores a wicked father-son relationship, in the most terrifying way.
In 1982: we have a fascinating setting: mountains, glacial ponds, rock cliffs…where three friends—Patrick, Matthew, and Hannah—are bound together by a horrific crime.
In 2008: we’re taken to New York City, where the three friends – living new lives – meet again, but this time, the past comes back to haunt them, and the consequences are deadly.
“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?”
This is the book that instantly made me go, “am I reading a Gillian Flynn book?” as I was reading the first chapter; it has the same addictive, moody, unsettling atmosphere in her other books – Dark Places and Sharp Objects, especially.
Brother is twisted as heck. There’s a family of killers that abducts and kills, and a boy named Michael 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 I’ll be having a hard time putting the book down.
The writing is…superb, and sort of cinematic, with a Gillian-Flynn-like atmosphere, which runs through the course of the entire book, featuring frighteningly captivating family dynamics and the most intense slasher scenes…until the final, action-packed and powerful chapters. The ending as a whole is just…a rollercoaster of realistic terror!! You won’t be able to look away.
That twist ending is so utterly shocking and fascinating and gut-wrenching I gasped! Edge-of-your-seat suspense. And that final paragraph…it still haunts me!
While reading this book, it almost feels as if the more you near the ending, the more you’re convinced that it’s highly inspired by GillianFlynn’s writing – because it’s at that point that it dares get extremely disturbing, and dark.
We have three girls. One went missing 25 years ago, and now the two surviving sisters must unravel the truth of what had happened because a recent brutally murder – of the husband of one of the sisters – might hold the key to this 25-year-old disappearance.
This gem has a Netflix adaptation releasing in September! I’m not kidding you guys when I say that the atmosphere here is downright creepy: the sun does not shine in this book, ever. It’s nighttime, snowy, stormy, and there’s a sense of dread and unease that accompanies the plot all throughout.
This weird, different and completely unsettling book follows the story of a girl and her boyfriend who are on a road trip to see his parents, and at one point, when they reach their destination, we realize that the parents live in a farm. Yes, fellow readers, remember those bizarre “farm” scenes in Dark Places and Sharp Objects? Well, something extremely similar happens here in I’m Thinking Of Ending Things. Expect to get the chills!
Think of I Know Who You Are as Gone Girl’s evil twin. Yes, believe or not, the ending of this book is even crazier than Flynn’s debut. A woman comes home and her husband is nowhere to be found. He’s left all of his belongings behind. What’s going on? Why is she a suspect? And who’s her creepy stalker? The ending will leave your jaw on the floor.
See any title that sounds up your alley? Any more books you think should be added to this list? Let me know!