Both Gone Girl and Girl on the Train set the stage for a new era of psychological thriller—one with a female lead who is imperfect, strong and often dangerous. This trend has our shelves filled with books to devour in a weekend (if not a day!) and we can’t. Get. Enough.
They’ll keep you on the edge of your seat, they’ll challenge everything you thought you knew and you most certainly won’t be able to sleep until you’ve reached the—often dark, yet always surprising—ending.
Here’s our round-up of the latest wave of thrillers you won’t be about to put down.
The Woman In The Window
A J Finn
Already dubbed the one of the hottest books of 2018, and becoming the first US debut novel in 12 years to come onto the NY Times Best Seller List at number one is The Woman In The Window. It tells the story of Anna, who is a recluse who suffers from agoraphobia who spends her days drinking wine, watching movies, thinking of happier times and spying on her neighbours. One night she sees something but when she attempts to report it, the line between what is real and what is not becomes blurred. Short, sharp and delightfully thrilling, forget about sleep until this book is finished!
The Wife Between Us
Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
A jealous ex-wife, a beautiful and young new fiance. Sounds simple enough. But The Wife Between Us is not the book you were expecting to read at all. In this face-paced story, Vanessa lives in an alcoholic haze, following a break-up with her husband Richard. Nellie loves her job as an early childhood educator and is becoming increasingly uncertain about her upcoming marriage. Thrust into a web of lies and uncertainty, how far will someone go to create the perfect life? One thing is for sure: trust nothing.
Into The Water
Back for her second novel, Paula Hawkins shows she’s a master of the genre with Into the Water. Jules doesn’t pick up to answer a call from her estranged sister Nel and now Nel is dead and Jules finds herself back home—the one place she didn’t want to go—looking after Nel’s teenage daughter. The mysterious Drowning Pool holds pain and secrets that Jules must face. Told from multiple points of view, Into the Water is a thrilling ride.
A simple paragraph in a newspaper passes unnoticed by most people, but for three strangers, it sets in motion a wave of events that won’t stop until an answer is found. An old house is demolished and in it, the body of a small child is discovered. For journalist Kate Waters, this is a story worth pursuing. For Angela, whose baby disappeared from a maternity hospital in 1970, it’s hope that she’s finally found her lost child. And for Emma, it brings back memories she would rather remain hidden. Three women, three compelling stories that weave together to discover the truth behind the tiny bones.
The Girl Before
Another domestic psychological thriller is The Girl Before. Edward Monford is a famous architect who rents his gorgeous, minimalist apartment for minimal rent with the proviso that the rentee must follow some 200 very specific rules. This book tells the story of Emma (before) and Jane (after) as they navigate this bizarre world. But when Jane discovers that Emma died in the apartment, questions start building around the strange landlord—a man they both fall in love with. Is Edward a killer? What is going on in this strange, yet seemingly perfect house? Get ready for a roller coaster ride!
Since We Fell
Since We Fell tells the story of Rachel Childs who is an excellent investigative journalist, covering the extremes of humanity. One day she has a meltdown on air and in the age of social media, becomes a sensation for all of the wrong reasons. A virtual recluse, she meets the oh-so perfect Brian who seems to embrace her and is willing to help her through her issues. But when Rachel stumbles upon a secret, her past unravels and she discovers that Brian isn’t the man she thought and doesn’t know if she ever really knew him at all. Piece by piece the puzzle comes together in spectacular fashion.
The Marsh King’s Daughter
The Marsh King’s Daughter asks the question: If you were raised in total isolation, would you know anything was wrong? For Helena, it’s a reality. Born two years into her mother’s abduction, she was raised by her increasingly violent father in the middle of nowhere. Now, some 20 years later, she has two children and a husband that doesn’t know her past. Now, her father has escaped from prison, killing two guards and police have begun a manhunt. But in reality, who better to find the man than the woman who knows him the best?
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