Chilling Thrillers

I found this feature on Parade magazine here and wanted to add to this list! Here is the full list from Parade along with my thoughts and a couple more books to add to your reading list!

 

She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell

The relationship between two twins is tested in this new novel by Michele Campbell. After moving to a new boarding school, Bel and Rose find that their rivalry is stronger than ever and when one of them is found brutally murdered, all eyes will be on her sister and the overeager teacher who seems overly suspicious.

*MY THOUGHTS: Loved this one and was glued to the pages!

 

Give Him Back by B.M. Hardin

Dutiful wife and mother Lava has done her best to get over her husband’s betrayal, but two years after his admittance of his discretion, he’s still seeing his mistress. Now taking matters into her own hands, she tracks down the other woman and finds she’s pregnant, leading Lava to begin a dangerous quest to take her down.

 

Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding

Harried mother Frances Metcalfe is doing her best to keep everything together for both herself and her misbehaving son. Having been accepted to a prestigious new school, she begins to feel at home when she meets fellow mother Kate Randolph—but one of these women is really a murderer living under a different name.

*MY THOUGHTS: Couldn’t put this one down. An amazing book by one of my favorite writers!

 

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Zoje Stage’s debut thriller takes readers into the mind of a twisted 7-year-old girl who is determined to take down her mother. From messing with her mom’s prescriptions to cutting off her hair, Baby Teeth brings about a chilling rivalry between mother and daughter and their fight to win over father and husband, Alex.

 

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

In this suspenseful debut, one woman will have to compete with a woman she never saw coming: her boyfriend’s mother. Having finally found a healthy relationship, Emily can’t imagine letting it slip away but her boyfriend’s mother disapproves of her and will do anything to make sure Emily is not the woman her beloved son ends up with.

*MY THOUGHTS: SO GOOD! Nice twist, I loved it!

 

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

Kit Owens and Diane Fleming were close in high school but after Diane let Kit in on a dark secret, the two went their separate ways. Years later, the two will run into each other once again and this time, they’re competing for a coveted research position, both prepared to do whatever it takes to land the job.

 

Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey

Fresh off a heart-wrenching breakup, Sarah Walker can’t help but instantly take interest in 5-year-old Emma when she sees her in an airport. Before she knows it, she’s kidnapping the child from her distracted parents and Emma’s mother will have to decide whether or not she wants her daughter back.

*MY THOUGHTS: Compelling read, kept me interesting from beginning to end. You will be asking yourself, “What would I do?”

 

The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger

After a flight mysteriously disappears in the Swiss Alps, one widow is left to consider what really happened to her husband who went down with the private plane. Meanwhile, a New York reporter takes interest in the accident and begins looking for answers. But what both women find is a truth far darker than they had ever imagined.

 

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

Five highly successful women have just agreed to star in a new reality show, but the excitement quickly fades when one of the show’s stars is found dead. Trying to figure out what happened to her, the women will have to accept that one of them had a role in her murder.

 

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan

Aisling Conroy’s boyfriend Jack has just been found dead in a local river, leading everyone to believe it was a suicide. But Jack’s sister is convinced there’s more to the story, pulling Aisling and an inquisitive detective into her quest for the truth and justice for her brother.

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

One couple gets the surprise of a lifetime during their honeymoon in this bestseller. Going on a scuba diving adventure in Bora Bora, the newlyweds find something they were never supposed to see and have to decide whether or not to tell others. But keeping it secret will have catastrophic results.

*MY THOUGHTS: I read this one before Reese Witherspoon announced it was a book club pick! I was so impressed with this debut novel, its one of my favorites of the year so far.

 

All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth

Teenager Charlie is still struggling with the disappearance of her mother as she finds her way at the illustrious boarding school she attends. Being initiated into a new group of popular girls at school, she must participate in a dangerous game that will bring horrifying secrets about her life to the surface.

 

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

When Finn’s girlfriend Layla disappeared at a gas station, he did what he could to move on, later proposing to Layla’s sister. Ten years later, he begins to receive phone calls and signs disclosing that Layla is still alive and as the threats turn ominous, he’ll have to own up to his role in her disappearance.

*MY THOUGHTS: B.A. Paris is one of those authors I have my eye on. I want to read everything she writes, as soon as she writes it!

 

Our House by Louise Candlish

Fiona and her ex-husband have created a new plan to co-parent their children by keeping them in one house and visiting during their respective times. But when Fiona shows up to the house to find that her family has disappeared and a new owner is moving into the house, she’ll have to fight to get them back.

*MY THOUGHTS: Suspense from beginning to end!

 

Tailspin by Sandra Brown

Rye Mallett has seen his fair share of problems as a seasoned pilot, but in Tailspin he’ll be thrown into new dangers. Assigned to deliver an unassuming black box, Rye suddenly finds himself under fire during his flight and will have to race against the clock to deliver the box safely and on time.

 

A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo

One Amish community is changed forever when a supposedly accidental fire brings about the death of a young boy. Suspecting the fire wasn’t an accident, young Kate does her best to find out the truth about the death and unearths the dark secrets of one religious community.

 

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

Shari Lapena’s latest novel follows the story of the guests in a secluded hotel and what unfolds when they lose power during a winter storm. Confined to the hotel due to an intense blizzard, the guests are prepared to wait it out until dead bodies start turning up and the panic sets in.

*MY THOUGHTS: I was waiting and watching for a review copy to become available, I was so anxious to read this book and I was not disappointed! I absolutely loved it.

 

Providence by Caroline Kepnes

Chloe’s best friend has just shown up after disappearing for four years, yielding new powers they have to learn to control together. Meanwhile, healthy college students are turning up dead in Providence, Rhode Island and it’ll be up to one detective to find out what or who is behind these mysterious deaths.

*MY THOUGHTS: I really don’t like anything that is science-fictiony in the least BUT though this has a science fiction element to it, I was captivated by this authors ability to tell a story.

 

Liar, Liar by Lisa Jackson

Didi Storm once took the Vegas Strip by storm but in Liar, Liar, it seems her supposed death is the best publicity she’s ever gotten. As investigators look into her apparent suicide, they’ll find the dead body is not actually Didi, beginning a thrilling investigation with a surprise ending not even her daughter saw coming.

 

The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen

Former journalist Christine Thorne has just boarded an old-fashioned cruise to enjoy life the way passengers would have a century ago. But before she knows it, cracks in the cruiseliner’s exterior become apparent and as those onboard begin to feud, she finds it isn’t the idyllic cruise she had anticipated.

 

Here are the thrillers I have on my immediate TO READ list:

I was hooked from the very beginning and stayed up past my bedtime reading this. I didn’t want to put it down and want to spend the rest of the day reading it. This suspenseful book has a bit of a horror element to it. Watch The Girls by Jennifer Wolfe will be finding its way on to everyone’s bookshelves because its a stand out story. I’m really liking it though I am a little scared.

Here’s the premise:

SOMEONE IS WATCHING
Washed up teen star Liv Hendricks quit acting after her beloved younger sister inexplicably disappeared following a Hollywood party gone wrong. Liv barely escaped with her life, and her sister was never heard from again. But all this time, someone’s been waiting patiently to finish what was started…

FOUR MISSING GIRLS
Now fifteen years later, broke and desperate, Liv is forced to return to the spotlight. She crowdfunds a webseries in which she’ll pose as a real-life private detective–a nod to the show she starred on as a teen. When a mysterious donor challenges her to investigate a series of disappearances outside a town made famous by the horror movies filmed there, Liv has no choice but to accept.

FOLLOW THE WHITE WOLF
Liv is given a cryptic first clue: Follow the white wolf. And now a darker game is about to begin. Through social media, someone is leaving breadcrumbs to follow. As Liv makes increasingly disturbing discoveries, her show explodes in popularity. A rapt internet audience is eager to watch it all–perhaps even at the cost of Liv’s own life…

I think I have it figured out… and I will be very happy if I am wrong!

 

 

A heart-stopping psychological thriller? That’s my kind of book! The Pupil by Dawn Goodwin promises twists and turns and I LOVE THAT promise. I have been reading some reviews and everyone agrees, this book is complex and gripping!

Check it out:

Literary agent Viola Matthews is sure she’s met Katherine Baxter before. So when her husband and bestselling novelist Samuel Morton introduces Viola to the quiet, unassuming woman he has offered to mentor, she knows their paths have crossed before. The question is where?

As their worlds collide and the bond between Samuel and Katherine deepens, Viola realises she must take control.
If Viola is right, then Katherine needs to pay for something that happened twelve years ago.

 

I love having loads of books lined and up ready for me to read. Can’t wait to jump into this one!

 

 

I was instantly intrigued upon reading the synopsis of A Double Life by Flynn Berry.  Take a look:

Claire is a hardworking doctor leading a simple, quiet life in London. She is also the daughter of the most notorious murder suspect in the country, though no one knows it.

Nearly thirty years ago, while Claire and her brother slept upstairs, a brutal crime was committed in her family’s townhouse. The next morning, her father’s car was found abandoned near the English Channel, with bloodstains on the front seat. Her mother insisted she’d seen him in the house that night, but his powerful, privileged friends maintained his innocence. The first lord accused of murder in more than a century, he has been missing ever since.

When the police tell Claire they’ve found him, her carefully calibrated existence begins to fracture. She doesn’t know if she’s the daughter of a murderer or a wronged man, but Claire will soon learn how far she’ll go to finally find the truth.

Loosely inspired by one of the most notorious unsolved crimes of the 20th century – the Lord Lucan case – A Double Life is at once a riveting page-turner and a moving reflection on women and violence, trauma and memory, and class and privilege.

 

I knew I needed to read this book since its inspired by an unsolved crime. I love seeing how an author’s mind works and puts together a story based on something that happened in the past. This promises to be chilling and maybe a little creepy and a tad scary too!

 

 

 

You’d think I’d be sick of reading so many thrillers/suspense novels but NOPE. Keep them coming, authors! My Husband’s Lies by Caroline England sounds like just the right mix of suspense and intrigue with a hint of domestic life.

Told in alternating points of view, each person has well-hidden secrets and as the book moves on, slowly things are revealed.

Here’s the official synopsis:

On the afternoon of Nick and Lisa’s wedding, their close friend is found poised on a hotel window ledge, ready to jump.  As the shock hits their friendship group, they soon realise that none of them are being as honest with themselves – or with each other – as they think.

And there are secrets lurking that could destroy everything.

Makes you wonder about the people you know and what kind of secrets they hold close!

 

Other awesome, chilling, must-read books:

The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas

Our Little Secret by Roz Nay

 

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