This time last time I would usually be curled up on the sofa or in bed reading a festive chick-lit novel and don’t get me wrong, every now and again I do love a Christmas-themed read. However, for me, this year has been the year of the thriller novel and I’ve worked my way through some amazing, gripping stories throughout 2015, including You by Caroline Kepnes, The Never List by Koethi Zan and The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins.
So don your onesie or winter pjs, make a nice hot cup of tea and curl up on the sofa with one of these books that I guarantee you won’t want to put down.
Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton *
What’s the worst thing your best friend could do to you? Admittedly, it wasn’t murder. A moment’s carelessness, a tragic accident – and two children are dead. Yours. This is the first line of the blurb and I know, it sounds intense but bear with, bear with. This book wasn’t exactly what I expected, of course there is murder and death involved but it’s not all entirely as sinister and evil as it first seems which I rather quite liked as it’s a little different to your standard murder mystery.
Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger
Sometimes your best friend can be your worst enemy. Ian and Priss have been friends since they were children playing in the woods outside their small town. But Ian knows there’s a darkness to Priss. Bad stuff seems to occur when she’s around. Fires start. People die. Still, Priss is his best friend, and best friends are forever.
This is a weird one. Like Little Black Lies, Crazy Love You isn’t everything it seems and I similar to You by Caroline Kepnes, this book is written from a male point of view which can be refreshing to read every now and again. This is pretty much a creepy-ass story of a girl who can’t let go of her male best-friend Ian and that can make things a little itty bit difficult when said male friend meets a girl who makes him want to change for the better. Unfortunately for Ian, Priss doesn’t like change. At all…
The Lie by C.L. Taylor
Jane Hughes has a loving partner, a job in an animal sanctuary and a tiny cottage in rural Wales. She’s happier than she’s ever been but her life is a lie. Jane Hughes does not really exist. Five years earlier Jane and her then best friends went on holiday but what should’ve been the trip of a lifetime rapidly descended into a nightmare that claimed the lives of two women.
This book is gripping from the get-go which is amazing because we all know how much it sucks to hear great things about a book from other people but not be able to get past the first chapter yourself. You’re instantly thrown into the story when ‘Jane’ receives a letter at work from someone who knows her name isn’t Jane and it’s in fact Emma. There’s so much going on in this novel that I can’t elaborate on the blurb any more without giving SO much away.
The theme and nature of this story is something that genuinely creeps me out a little which made for such a good read!
Disclaimer by Renee Knight *
Imagine coming across yourself in a novel, a novel that exposes your darkest secret. A secret you thought nobody knew. When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine’s bedside table she curls up and begins to read. But as she turns the pages she is sickened to realise the story will reveal her darkest secret.
I’m only half-way through this one at the moment but really wanted to include it in this post because so far I love it. It’s a little bit slow-moving but the general premise of the novel interested me so much that I’m going to persist because now we’re getting to the juicy stuff and slowly beginning to discover who wrote the book about Catherine although we haven’t uncovered the details of the dark secret she is trying so hard to conceal.
What are you reading this winter? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me over at @laurenfell
*These books were gifted to me by Transworld Publications.