1. BEFORE SHE WAS FOUND by Heather Gudenkauf
I still believe that readers should be talking more about this book. I categorized this one as “one the most mindblowing, twistiest mysteries I’ve ever read” because I really was taken by a moment of vertigo the second I finished.
What happened that night when teenager Cora is discovered on the tracks of the abandoned train yard, bloody and clinging to life?
I had to read the entire final lines of the ending over and over again, then go back to re-read the prologue, completely struggling to wrap my head around what I’ve just read! Highly encouraging you to pick this one up, fellow readers!
2. KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF by Tom Ryan
It’s been a year since the Catalog Killer terrorized the sleepy seaside town of Camera Cove, killing four people before disappearing without a trace. 18-year-old Mac Bell is trying to put that horrible summer behind him—easier said than done since Mac’s best friend Connor was the murderer’s final victim. But when he finds a cryptic message from Connor, he’s drawn back into the search for the killer. Sensing that someone is following his every move, Mac struggles to come to terms with his true feelings towards Connor while scrambling to uncover the truth.
Fellow readers, you have absolutely no idea what you’re in for with this one. I’m such a sucker for small town mysteries but it’s definitely been a while since I’ve read one with a creative spin on it. This book though has so many elements that keep it unique: we have a clever, well-developed gay protagonist, an appealing seaside setting, a beautiful M/M romance and a serial killer in the mix.
I loved the effortlessness of both the writing and chronology of events. The mystery felt gripping and believable. The author leads us down this path that’s filled with mystery and intrigue and then suddenly pulls the rug from underneath us with a final shocking discovery! This is an absolute must-read for YA thriller fans!!
3. ONE MORE LIE by Amy Lloyd
I loved both of this author’s books but One More Lie really blew my mind. It is a disturbing, sinister slow burn with deliciously increasing suspense that ends with a startling twist.
This book follows Charlotte, a woman who’s desperate to forget her past, forget prison and, most of all, forget Sean. Despite the ankle monitor she must wear as part of her parole agreement and frequent visits to her therapist, she’s already sliding back toward her old self. She’s also getting closer to the crime that put her in prison all those years ago. And that’s the one memory she can’t face. Until, one day, her worst nightmare comes true.
This book oozes so much talent. There was never a dull moment. The mystery and suspense remain perpetual and never let up.
4. DEGREES OF GUILT by HS Chandler
Oh, this one is coming in two days and it’s a surprising, powerful book written by the “Perfect” series author. I’m preparing an upcoming post for this one but for now, I recommend you pick this one up If you’re into legal thrillers (and especially loved Sarah Vaugh’s Anatomy of a Scandal), or someone who enjoys the show How To Get Away With Murder. The book starts off with the main event – what drove Maria to smash her husband’s head with a chair leg? The first chapter left me speechless. I’m not revealing any more than that so you can thoroughly enjoy it but I promise you, you’re in for a treat!
5. DATE NIGHT by Samantha Hayes
If you love murder domestic thrillers/mysteries where babysitters are involved, Date Night (out now) is for you.
Did Libby have something to do with 17-year-old Sasha Long’s disappearance? Why are we seeing her being transported in a police vehicle with blood under her fingernails?
I know I’ve posted about this read so to sum up my feelings about it I say, this was such a gem. The ending caught me off guard as I’d never seen it coming! I can’t stop recommending this one.
6. GOOD ME BAD ME by Ali Land
338 pages of page-turning goodness! This one was lyrical, daunting and skillfully written. We see the story through Milly, whose mother is a serial killer, and we’re kept on edge as she counts the days until her mother’s trial.
Milly doesn’t cease to astonish us. Her character is addictive. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a heroine that could easily put her mark on me like she did.
I, one hundred percent, recommend reading this book.
Are there any more titles you think should be added to the list? Let me know!
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