If you’re anything like me, you always have a good book close by. I love psychological thrillers — even the ones that give me the goosebumps and prevent me from going to bed at a decent hour! And when I’m traveling, a good book is an absolute essential. I have a traveling black cloud that tends to bring snowstorms and plane delays, so being prepared is necessary. Here’s a list of my favorite authors and reads from this last year (including links to download & buy)!
Lisa Gardner is one of my absolute favorite authors — she’s my go-to when I’m at the library and I can’t decide what I want to read next. Her stories are psychologically thrilling and incredibly suspenseful. I keep finding myself saying, I’ll stop at the end of this chapter, and before I know it, I’m 50 pages deep. Quite a few of Gardner’s books follow Detective D. D. Warren, a detective from the Boston Police Department, who regularly finds herself mixed in with kidnappings and killings. Some of my favorite books by Gardner include Look For Me (my current read — taking the time to write this blog post took a lot of self-control to not pick up my book!); Right Behind You; Live to Tell; Find Her; and Catch Me.
Karin Slaughter’s writing style is very similar to Lisa Gardner — psychological thrillers that get under your skin and prevent you from falling asleep. Several of her books follow Will Trent from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation: expect suspense, messy romantic and working relationships, and murders, kidnappings, or high-profile crime. Some of my favorite books by Slaughter include The Good Daughter; Pretty Girls; The Kept Woman; and Broken. If you loved Gone Girl or Girl On The Train, Karin Slaughter is the author for you!
B. A. Paris
B. A. Paris will make you rethink every relationship and marriage you encounter. The books I’ve read thus far — Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown — follow two women with psychotic husbands. (There’s no other way to put it!) Is it the perfect marriage? Or is it the perfect lie? These stories are unsettling but addictive, and I promise, you won’t be able to stop reading. Bring Me Back is next on my list to read!
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
If you don’t follow the Reese Witherspoon Book Club on Instagram, follow her now! I found The Last Mrs. Parrish by following Reese, and oh man, her book recommendation did not disappoint. Between Amber, a manipulative woman seeking wealth and power, and Daphne, a seemingly innocent housewife with the perfect husband, children, and life, each dark secret and shocking turn will leave you wanting more and more.
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
When I finished reading Behind Her Eyes, I was speechless. With countless shocking twists, lies, and deception, I could have never imagined the book’s ending. I don’t have much more to say than read this book, and when you think you know and understand Louise, Adele, and David…think again. You’re in for a page turner!
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
Is anything ever what it seems? The perfect life, marriage, and family? Or, are there lies, secrets, and betrayal hidden beneath the surface? How far would you go to protect someone you love? These are all questions you will ask yourself when reading The Couple Next Door!
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
The Woman in Cabin 10 is the modern rendition of Agatha Christie — a whodunnit type story. Journalist Jo Blacklock knows there is a murderer aboard the ship, but as she pieces together clues and presses for answers, she finds herself falling deeper and deeper into trouble. This is a fast-paced, twisted murder mystery you won’t be able to put down!
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
No one ever thinks they’ll be abducted when going out for drinks in the city, but on that one off chance it does happen…it turns into your worst nightmare. Mia Dennett, an average 20-something year old is kidnapped and taken to a remote cabin in Minnesota. Mary Kubica tells the story in past and present perspective — before and after Mia is kidnapped. If this isn’t interesting enough, just wait until the very end, for one huge shocking surprise.