Ok, I’m going to hold up my hands and say it – horror is one of two genres I cannot stand. I don’t like them whatsoever. I’ve tried to get into them, but it just doesn’t happen so I’ve retired from trying to persuade myself that they are for me. Halloween is approaching, and I usually like to read something spooky around this time – when I say spooky, I mean a good thriller. I want something that keeps me guessing and on my toes. It is a genre I gravitate towards to a lot, so I thought I’d share my five picks.
Ugh, this was one of my favourite thrillers of last year, and I still recommend it to this day. It is my first of J.T Ellison’s work, and I hope to read her latest offering, Tear Me Apart, in November once my excruciating October book ban is finally over. Domestic psychological thrillers are her area of expertise so Lie To Me is a testament to that. Sutton and Ethan appear to be the perfect couple, but all is not as idyllic as it seems. With quarrels over professions and money woes, Sutton suddenly disappears, and Ethan is the centre of the blame. But what really happened to Sutton? Has she been killed? Has she merely run off? Fans of Gone Girl will love this, and it has an even BIGGER twist than what I saw coming.
I’m not going to say too much about this book because I wrote a review on this but, it is one of my favourite reads from the last couple of months. It is labelled as a young adult novel, but I personally would say it is for all ages. If you love gritty fiction, books where the character is seeking revenge with a different spin – a podcast format, then this is one for you. I’d recommend reading my full review for more info.
Ever read a book that caught you completely off guard? Well, this happened to me with this beauty. I thought I had it sussed but of course, I didn’t. It is also one of my five-star reads of this year as I practically inhaled this book it was so good. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and Emma Davis attend Camp Nightingale over the summer – but only three girls make it out alive. Emma still wonders what happened to her three friends she watched sneak out their cabin, never to be seen again. After a frantic search, the camp was closed. Twenty years later, Emma is working as a successful artist in New York and her work has been noticed by Francesca Harris-White, the wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale who is opening the camp for one last summer and invites Emma to come along. She sees this as a chance to find out the truth about what happened to her friends. But is all at Camp Nightingale what it seems? I loved this book and again, have recommended it to so many people. If you read this – you’ll be in for a Halloween trick AND treat.
There are many people out there who rave about the book YOU – told via the eyes of a stalker named Joe transfixed by a girl who enters his bookshop. I did enjoy this book but sadly, I read Our Kind of Cruelty before, and it didn’t live up to Hall’s writing at all for me. Mike is a stalker, infatuated with his ex-girlfriend Verity. They are no longer together after a strange relationship that involved a sexually deviant game. Want to know more about this stalker creepy read? Then you can read my full review here.
One of my summer reading picks, The Woman In The Window is probably one of the most talked about thrillers of 2018. It is one of my favourites from this year, and it was a no-brainer to include this in my top five as I think most people will love this. Anna Fox is a recluse living in New York who enjoys watching old movies, drinking wine and watching his neighbours from her window. A new family move in across the road, The Russell’s, who seem like the perfect family. While Anna watches them from her window, she thinks she has seen something awful happen to Mrs Russell. But did she really see what she thinks she did? A thriller with Hitchcock/The Girl On The train vibes, this is a book you’ll struggle to put down.
These are all a little diverse as I didn’t want to include too many who done it style books or anything that was repetitive. I recently received a few mystery thriller books from St Martin’s Press, including the much anticipated An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen – SO EXCITED to read this one, so that is on my thriller list for the next few days. I hope you enjoy all of these suggestions and if you have any of your own, please share them below! I’d love to hear them and I’m sure others looking for inspiration would too.