Top 10 Thrillers Recommended by Reese Witherspoon

Hey fellow bookworms! Hope you guys are having a great start to the week so far!! Anyone else a fan of Reese Witherspoon? In today’s post, I thought I’d share a couple of thriller reads that have been recommended by the actress, who’s well-known for having launched a successful book club – Hello Sunshine – that is dedicated to elevating the voices of women writers in various genres.

If you’re a fan of thrillers, you might want to check out this list (click on the image above to see the titles!) of suspense novels – The Other Woman by Sandie Jones and The Last Mrs Parrish being two of my all-time favorites. If you guys have any titles from this list, let me know how you’ve enjoyed them!

New (US) Kindle Deals: Thriller/Mystery

Hey friends!! Sharing a couple more thriller titles that are discounted on kindle today! Defending Jacob and Emma in the Night are two of my all-time favorites. Have you guys read/ enjoyed any of these? As always, you can head to the store (by clicking on the image below) to check out the full list!! 📚😊

Today’s Kindle Deals: Bestsellers from Harlan Coben, Sarah Pekkanen, and more!!

Happy Sunday, friends! In this post, I’m sharing with you a couple of exciting e-book deals that just dropped today!! Titles such as Harlan Coben’s “The Boy From the Woods”, and “You Are Not Alone” by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen, among many others from various genres (click here or on the image below to see the full list), are all discounted for 1.99-3.99$ right now!

I just grabbed a few that have been high on my list (The Year of the Witching and Leave The World Behind; really looking forward to getting started on these). Let me know if you guys see any titles here that you’ve been meaning to read!! 📚☺️

Top 10 STEPHEN KING Recommendations

Confession: I’m not an avid reader of Stephen King’s books (will definitely be changing that soon!), BUT I’ve always found his recommendations stellar and on point. Almost every book that he’d recommended has been an instant 5-star read for me; so I thought I’d share these titles with you, fellow bookworms! See any titles here (click on the image below to see the full list) that you’ve read? Any that you’ve enjoyed? 📚😍

Here’s what Stephen King has to say about these books:

Behind Her Eyes: “You should read Behind Her Eyes…It’s bloody brilliant.” ―Stephen King

Sharp Objects: “An admirably nasty piece of work, elevated by sharp writing and sharper insights.”

The Shining Girls: “No, not the twins from the Kubrick movie, but the targets of a serial killer who finds a time portal in Chicago during the Depression and jackrabbits his way through recent American history, killing women and taking trophies. Until, that is, he encounters a tuff girl who’s not so easy to do away with. It’s the black-hole version of The Time Traveler’s Wife.”

Final Girls: “The first great thriller of 2017 is here: Final Girls, by Riley Sager. If you liked Gone Girl, you’ll like this”

By Reason of Insanity: “One of the finest novels ever written about perfect evil . . . I recommend it unreservedly.”

You: “Hypnotic and scary.”

Defending Jacob: “DEFENDING JACOB, the novel, is great. So are William Landay’s other two books, MISSION FLATS and THE STRANGLER. Does anyone know if he’s still writing?I’d love another one.”

And Then There Were None: “AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, byAgatha Christie. Lots of murders, but relatively bloodless. And a great mystery.”

Elevator Pitch: “Read Elevator Pitch as soon as possible. It’s one hell of a suspense novel.”

The Haunting of Hill House: “it seems to me that [The Haunting of Hill House] and James’s The Turn of the Screw are the only two great novels of the supernatural in the last hundred years.”

2021 Thrillers To Add To Your Reading List

Hey friends, who else is excited for this year’s upcoming releases?! I put together a couple of the most highly anticipated thrillers (click on the image/e-store below to check out the titles!!) coming out this year and thought I’d share! Which releases are you guys most excited about? 📚😍

Titles included:

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

Survive The Night by Riley Sager

For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing

Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson

The Stranger In The Mirror by Liv Constantine

The Therapist by B A Paris

Finding Tessa by Jaime Lynn Hendricks

The Drowning Kind by Jennifer Macmahon

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes

The Other Emily by Dean Koontz

Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens

Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica

Wintry Thrillers to Read When It’s Snowing Outside

The days are getting colder and snow is starting to fall, which means it’s the perfect time to stay indoors and curl up with a good mystery or thriller! If you’re looking for a winter-themed thriller to cozy up with this upcoming season, then grab a hot cup of tea (or your favorite beverage 😉) and let’s browse through these chilling reads…☕️📚

⁃ Alone by Cya Balog

I don’t know about you, but a murder mystery taking place inside a creepy, isolated mansion (that’s pretty reminiscent of The Shining’s The Overlook Hotel, may I add) – to me – sounds like the perfect wintry book to curl up with!

When a single mother, her five children and a group of teenagers are snowed in at a mansion that used to be a hotel with a history of mysterious deaths, they decide to play a game – kind of a “murder mystery” game – that soon turns into a suspenseful-as-heck, deadly slasher where our teenage heroine (one of the siblings) must investigate the clues that point to the killer roaming inside this snowbound house, with the help of the new visitors, in order to get out alive.

I immensely enjoyed this gem by Cyn Balog and it creeped out me several times – which, of course, is a definite plus! The conclusion was an unexpected surprise that will undoubtedly leave you stunned, confused and will even make you re-read a couple of (earlier) pages in order to make sense of what had just happened. What was real? What’s the sinister truth to this chilling mystery?

⁃ I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

A man and his girlfriend are on their way to a secluded farm. When the two take an unexpected detour, she is left stranded in a deserted high school, wondering if there is any escape at all. What follows is a twisted unraveling that will haunt you long after the last page is turned.

I’m not kidding you guys when I say that the atmosphere in this book is downright creepy; it’s nighttime, snowy and stormy all throughout, accompanied with a sense of dread and unease that keeps you engrossed.

This weird, unique 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 chills!

⁃ An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway, but when a blizzard hits, no one is getting away. Within the snowed-in paradise, someone is killing the guests one by one. The remaining guests must figure out whoever’s behind these killings. All the way through, this one reads like any other whodunnit…until the final unexpected reveal.

⁃ No Exit by Taylor Adams

Four strangers are trapped in 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’d been holding my breath until I turned the last page, because I simply needed to know what was going on! This book was such a wild ride.

⁃ It Will Be Just Us by Jo Kaplan

There’s a scene here featuring our protagonist running – attempting to escape – on snowy ground; it was a chilling couple of heart-thudding chapters!

“Once this house has you, it doesn’t let go.”

This one reads like The Haunting Of Hill House, with Netflix’s style of production. The book is slow-moving while maintaining its literary-horror atmosphere after the first pages, but holds your interest with some intriguing mysteries…

What secrets lie in the room at the end of the dim hallway of the third floor in Wakefield Manor?

What’s the identity of the faceless boy only she keeps seeing commit disturbing acts?

This one is unraveled early on and made one heck of a twist.

Creepy occurrences start to happen in this house, and soon the house begins to have this elusive hold on our protagonist; it’s her ancestral home after all, and there’s evil lurking somewhere within her family that she must unravel.

I enjoyed one of the ending scenes where the protagonist is attempting to escape from great danger, I loved how the history of the spooky swamp played a role in her and the faceless boy’s fate. Definitely worth the read for Gothic haunted house horror fans.

⁃ The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel

”You had fair warning.”

The Familiar Dark is one of the sharpest depictions of how a small town murder mystery should be written. Amy Engel’s flair to create a realistically-dark environment and tie it to a world of infinitely flawed interpersonal relationships is evident as she maintains the same somber tone used in The Roanoke Girls, her previous standalone.

In this upcoming novel, a mother’s worst nightmare has come true, and Eve – the victim’s mother – won’t rest until her daughter’s killer is brought to justice. And she’ll be setting her own rules.

While The Roanoke Girls remains the book that left me emotionally scarred, this one stands out most through its rather startlingly rattling conclusion, bringing an unforgettable end to Eve’s challenging journey of hunting down the killer in Missouri’s cold and snowy “Barren Springs”.

Amy Engel is a special author, her atmospherically-moody stories seem to continuously contain a protagonist with a distinct voice that makes the reader want to get sucked into their world and become drawn to them and their journeys. The Familiar Dark is a perfect example.

⁃ The Wicked Sister by Karen Dionne

“Watch the flowers bloom and the leaves turn and the snow fall, and through it all, always, always in the front of my mind and deep in my heart burns this terrible truth: I am the reason my parents will never see, smell, taste, laugh, or love again. My parents are dead because of me.”

26-year-old Rachel had spent fifteen years in a psychiatric ward for thinking she killed her mother with a rifle when she was eleven, 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?

This captivating thriller takes place inside a wilderness lodge in the middle of the woods. This place is filled with *dark* memories, as well as some mesmerizing aspects, like Rachel’s strange/unpredictable connection to the the wilderness.

The Wicked Sister 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-thudding question, “Will Rachel survive?” The writing is strong and modest and brims with the most engaging mysteries…

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

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

⁃ The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni

“We never found the bones of our children though. The children just disappeared.”

This thriller/monster horror book takes place in December, a few days before Christmas, which makes it the perfect holiday read!

Imagine receiving a letter saying that you’re the last descendant of your family line; that you’re the heir to an ancestral castle in the mountains of Northern Italy. 28-year-old Bert had two choices once she got the news, either to ignore it, or take action and go visit her ancestral home. Bert makes the decision of choosing the latter.

This is a story where you find yourself instantly connecting with the protagonist. The Ancestor tackles the “monster horror” category and blends in the right creepy undertones. I also felt like the concept of motherhood is the heart of this story, and it is explored in such a compelling way. The plot moves smoothly with great pacing, it is a bit of a a slow-burn: the engaging kind, and it continues to surprise the reader at the end of every chapter.

I enjoyed the remoteness of the village where the events take place. It really highlighted what it is like to live far away from civilization – to live in the mountains instead.

There are memoirs of one of our protagonist’s ancestors included in the story, which gave it a really entertaining “book-within-a-book” vibe. Excellent writing and execution. I’m definitely looking forward to what Trussoni writes next!

And that’s a wrap, friends! See any titles here you think would make the perfect wintry read? Let me know!

New Kindle Deals: Thriller/Mystery (US)

His & Hers by Alice Feeney

When a woman is murdered in Blackdown, a quintessentially British village, newsreader Anna Andrews is reluctant to cover the case. Detective Jack Harper is suspicious of her involvement, until he becomes a suspect in his own murder investigation.

Someone isn’t telling the truth, and some secrets are worth killing to keep.

Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

Owen Pick’s life is falling apart. In his thirties and living in his aunt’s spare bedroom, he has just been suspended from his job as a teacher after accusations of sexual misconduct—accusations he strongly denies. Searching for professional advice online, he is inadvertently sucked into the dark world of incel forums, where he meets a charismatic and mysterious figure.

Across the street from Owen lives the Fours family, headed by mom Cate, a physiotherapist, and dad Roan, a child psychologist. But the Fours family have a bad feeling about their neighbor Owen. He’s a bit creepy and their teenaged daughter swears he followed her home from the train station one night.

Meanwhile, young Saffyre Maddox spent three years as a patient of Roan Fours. Feeling abandoned when their therapy ends, she searches for other ways to maintain her connection with him, following him in the shadows and learning more than she wanted to know about Roan and his family. Then, on Valentine’s night, Saffyre disappears—and the last person to see her alive is Owen Pick.

The Mother-in-law by Sally Hepworth

From the moment Lucy met her husband’s mother, she knew she wasn’t the wife Diana had envisioned for her perfect son. Exquisitely polite, friendly, and always generous, Diana nonetheless kept Lucy at arm’s length despite her desperate attempts to win her over. And as a pillar in the community, an advocate for female refugees, and a woman happily married for decades, no one had a bad word to say about Diana…except Lucy.

That was five years ago.

Now, Diana is dead, a suicide note found near her body claiming that she longer wanted to live because of the cancer wreaking havoc inside her body.

But the autopsy finds no cancer.

It does find traces of poison, and evidence of suffocation.

Who could possibly want Diana dead? Why was her will changed at the eleventh hour to disinherit both of her children, and their spouses? And what does it mean that Lucy isn’t exactly sad she’s gone?

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

How far will you go to protect your family? Will you keep their secrets? Ignore their lies?

In a small town in Virginia, a group of people know each other because they’re part of a special treatment center, a hyperbaric chamber that may cure a range of conditions from infertility to autism. But then the chamber explodes, two people die, and it’s clear the explosion wasn’t an accident.

A powerful showdown unfolds as the story moves across characters who are all maybe keeping secrets, hiding betrayals. Was it the careless mother of a patient? Was it the owners, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? Could it have been a protester, trying to prove the treatment isn’t safe?

See any titles here that you’ve meaning to read? Let me know!

Review: “The Girl In The Mirror” by Rose Carlyle (out now!!)

This spectacular thriller debut comes out today!! 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, with a dash of Something In The Water; there’s indeed “something” lying at the bottom of the ocean that’s causing problems for our main protagonist…

So what is The Girl In The Mirror about? We have two identical twin sisters with the “most extreme case of mirroring the doctors had ever seen”. One of them (Iris) is insecure and envious of what her sister has: mainly, her husband Adam. So the main event is: Iris is helping her sister sail the family yacht and suddenly…she finds herself all alone: her twin just vanished in the middle of the Ocean! Where could she have gone? When Iris makes it to land, Iris allows herself to be swept up by Adam, who assumes that she is his wife.

Somewhere along this insane journey, there’s a hundred-million-dollar inheritance to be competed for. Also, just what exactly happened to her twin sister on the yacht?

This is certainly not an easy plot to concoct for a debut! I was fascinated by so many of this book’s aspects, especially these twins whom you can’t tell apart, yet their slight differences might *seriously* creep you out.

Now, what to expect from this debut? The story takes place (mostly) on a yacht. The plot builds up slowly at first while featuring the twins’ backstories. Afterwards, the action picks up, and you find yourself frantically flipping through the page because you just *have* to know what’s going to happen next. And then during the ending, where the tension and the suspense are ratcheted up: this was my favorite part.

In a nutshell, this book provides so much entertainment, and it adds the right amount of originality that just makes this a spectacular debut. I’d highly recommend this to fans of Liv Constantine and Nina Laurin.

Is The Girl In The Mirror on your TBR? Does it sound your alley?

7 Books Guaranteed To Scare The Crap Out Of You

“They always come back for one last scare.”

Who doesn’t love to curl up with a good thriller/horror book on a chilly Halloween night? Here are some *spooky* suggestions on what to read!

⁃ Twisted by Andrew E. Kaufman

Okay, it is very rare when a thriller genuinely messes with my head, but Twisted by Andrew Kaufman? Well, this book really knocked that out of the park.

In Twisted, a psychologist starts experiencing strange things once a patient who’s killed ten children (whose bodies have never been found) arrives to the psychiatric ward where he works.

I have three things to say this book:

– “Creepy”: I’m talking scenes that bring you actual psychological terror.

– “Mental!”: I never thought spending time in a (fictional) psych ward would make me go out of my mind!

Keeps you guessing: No, really. You’ll find yourselves coming up with multiple guesses but no theory to support them, well…until the finale, which never crossed my mind.

If you’re looking for a crazy psychological thriller set inside a psychiatric hospital, this is the one!!

⁃ Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon

Dismantled has a really complex plot with a series of weird, creepy occurrences.

The story alternates between the “summer of the dismantlers” – The dismantlers being a group of close friends who used to hike the woods, and…basically do some crazy, bizarre stuff there; they believe in creating chaos as a way of “creating a balance” – and the present, where we get to explore the POVs of two of these friends who are now married, and haunted by a dangerous stalker.

This book is descriptive and slow-paced, but the fact that it’s slow is perfectly worth it as every chapter ends with a chilling revelation that makes you shudder; naturally, this was my favorite part, and it kept me completely invested all throughout.

⁃ The Turn Of The Key by 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.

This 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 weirdest 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 while providing chilling moments as Rowan settles in at this new house for her nannying job – the spookiness is real: there are creaking sounds above her room, her belongings are going missing, and the house itself has a spooky history – one that will keep you up at night, turning the pages until you’ve reached the last. So. Dang. Good…and scary.

⁃ It Will Just Be Us by Jo Kaplan

“Once this house has you, it doesn’t let go.”

It Will Just Be Us reads almost like The Haunting Of Hill House, with Netflix’s style of production. It‘s slow-moving, while maintaining its unsettling atmosphere, and holds your interest with some intriguing mysteries…

What secrets lie in the room at the end of the dim hallway of the third floor in Wakefield Manor?

What’s the identity of the faceless boy only she keeps seeing commit disturbing acts?

This one is unraveled early on and made one heck of a twist.

When creepy things starts to happen in this house, it becomes quite clear that the main character literally has nowhere else to go, and getting out will soon not be an option. As she she deals with her pregnant sister who’ll soon be giving birth, she starts noticing that the house has this elusive, mysterious hold on her; it’s her ancestral home after all, and there’s evil lurking somewhere within her family that she feels compelled to unravel.

This is a definite must read for Gothic haunted house horror fans!

⁃ 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 just…incredibly wicked. This is a suspense thriller that follows 17-year-old Laurie Stratton whose world is rocked by the arrival of a mysterious stranger in her life.

There are stunningly-executed spooky paranormal (and non-paranormal) scenes with a chillingly gorgeous setting – a house perched on a cliff overlooking the sea. I enjoyed every second of this brilliant classic.

⁃ Clown In A Cornfield by Adam Cesare

“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 sub-genre in general) will devour this terrifying YA, “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 who live there.

Clown In A Cornfield is perfectly-paced, action-packed and filmic. I absolutely loved the main character Quinn Maybrook; Quinn is a strong heroine – she’s a teenager attempting to survive the corn horrors of Kettle Springs, which was brilliant (and terrifying!!) to witness.

I love how everything wrapped up in the end; there was a wonderful surprise in the final chapter that left me speechless, and then there was an other shocking discovery 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.

⁃ Theme Music by Marie Vandelly

“I like this one,” I said. “It feels like home already.”

Theme Music is obscure, unapologetic and knife-wielding. The author’s writing is extremely sharp it terrified me.

Welcome to the Wheeler House…

The layout of this spooky place is so wonderfully detailed throughout the story; sometimes it would feel like this house has a life of its own.

From Dixie’s recollection, this is the house where her father brutally murdered her family with a axe at the breakfast table as Badfinger’s Baby Blue played in the background. Little does she know that coming back to her childhood home, twenty five years later, will dredge up sinister memories and, most importantly, the awful truth of what really happened on the day of her family’s massacre.

This book is truly boundary-breaking. It just knew how to be a thriller and a horror novel. In her debut, Vandelly proves herself as a master of both. The horror element explains the aftermath of our heroine’s past trauma and how it psychologically affects her in the present.

What was also interesting was the horror of the ways Dixie’s guilt -as to her father singling her out as the sole survivor of her family’s murder – manifested itself in the present. What is more terrifying than our worst nightmares infiltrating themselves into our real lives?

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