If you loved Gone Girl or The Girl On The Train, you’ll LOVE this list!
Print it out and let these beauties see you through the cold winter nights!
1. Woman With A Secret By Sophie Hannah
Traffic on Elmhirst Road has come to a halt. The police are stopping cars, searching for something. Nicki Clements waits patiently, until she glimpses a face she hoped she’d never see again. It’s him—and he’s the cop checking each car. Desperate to avoid him, she makes a panicky U-turn and escapes.
But Nicki’s peculiar behavior did not go unnoticed, and now the police have summoned her for questioning. A resident of Elmhirst Road has been murdered—a controversial newspaper columnist named Damon Blundy. The detectives begin peppering her with questions. Why was she seen fleeing the scene? What is her connection to the victim? Why was the knife that killed him used in such a peculiar way? Why were the words “HE IS NO LESS DEAD” painted on the wall of Blundy’s study—and what do they signify?
One simple answer could clear her. But she can’t explain why she fled Elmhirst Road that day without revealing the secret that could ruin her.
Nicki isn’t guilty of murder. But she’s far from innocent. . . .
2. The Ninth Life of Louis Drax By Liz Jensen
Louis Drax, an accident-prone 9-year-old, is in a coma after a near-fatal fall into a ravine. As Louis lies unconscious, his doctor starts to fall in love with Louis’ mother — that is, until he starts receiving threatening notes in Louis’ handwriting. This spooky and mysterious book has a dark secret at its heart, and you’ll be desperate to figure it out. Grab this one before the film comes out later this year.
3. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Written by the author of Gone Girl, Dark Places introduces Libby Day as the sole survivor of a massacre in which her mother and two sisters were murdered by her teenage brother. Twenty-five years later, it’s not so clear what really happened…
4. The Behaviour of Moths By Poppy Adams
This novel sees two sisters reunited after 47 years in a crumbling old mansion, filled with the moths that one sister studies obsessively. There’s something seriously menacing about these sisters, and the mysteries just keep piling on..
5. Room By Emma Donoghue
Room is written from the point of view of 5-year-old Jack, who lives in a single room with his mother. The room, to his knowledge, is the whole world; his mother tells him that what he can see on the TV is purely make-believe. Midway through the book, the terrible truth of the room will hit you — and then you’re not putting this book down for anything.
6. Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
This is one of those books nobody can stop talking about, and for good reason. It turns the classic murder mystery on its head, by letting the reader see exactly who committed the murder, but with a massive gaping hole over why.
7. The Dead Heart by Douglas Kennedy
The Dead Heart is a very strange book. But it’s also completely bewitching, and pretty darn frightening. When Nick Hawthorne decides to road trip across Australia, he finds himself following a young woman to an isolated town whose inhabitants exist on sex and beer. Sounds like a dream — until he tries to leave.
8. The Dinner By Herman Koch
This tense novel takes place over the course of one uncomfortable dinner, attended by two brothers and their wives. The couples are there to discuss the terrible crime that their sons have committed, and how they intend to cover it up. As the night goes on, each character turns out to be more sinister than the last. You’ll want to rush through this one — partly to solve the intriguing mystery, and partly to get away from these awful characters.
9. The Bed I Made By Lucie Whitehouse
In The Bed I Made, Kate leaves London after her love affair with the enigmatic Richard falls apart, to hide herself away on the beautiful and remote Isle of Wight. Shortly after her arrival, a woman is thought to have drowned — and this prompts a series of flashbacks to reveal why Kate really fled from Richard. The glorious isolation of the Isle of Wight soon becomes horribly claustrophobic.
10. Little Face By Sophie Hannah
Little Face is about a woman who comes home to find a strange baby in her child’s crib. Her husband is convinced she’s just gone mad; the police investigation is conveniently obstructed. If that’s not gripping stuff, I don’t know what is.