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Sunday, 12 April 2020

5 Twisty Thrillers To Read During Lockdown


Since at least a quarter of the world's population are currently in some form of lockdown, I thought I'd start a new four part series sharing five films, books, games and TV shows my readers might enjoy whilst stuck at home. Anything to pass the time, right? And we're continuing the series with books! Shall we begin?

1. Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson. This is quite an old book, but experienced something of a revival a few years back when it was made into a film. Equal parts creepy, chilling and horrifying, this is the perfect thrilling read!

"Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle-aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories.


Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more unbelievable it seems."


2. You by Caroline Kepnes. Another oldie but a goodie. This one has been made into a TV series streaming now on Netflix and just renewed for a third season. This book, written from the point of view of the psychopathic killer, will leave you reeling for days.

""When a beautiful aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.


There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.



As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder." 


3. The Widow by Fiona Barton. This one took an interesting turn, telling the story of the wife of someone accused of horrifying crimes. Full of plenty of twists and turns, this book will keep you up all night! 

"When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen...


But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.

The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything… "

4. A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena. Shari Lapena is one of the best authors for twisty, gripping thrillers. I'll buy anything she releases, because I've loved everything I've read by her so far. Including this one! 

"He looks at her, concerned. “How do you feel?” She wants to say, Terrified. Instead, she says, with a faint smile, “Glad to be home.”



Karen and Tom Krupp are happy—they’ve got a lovely home in upstate New York, they’re practically newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished—her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse—complete with phone and ID—behind.



There's a knock on the door—the police are there to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town.



The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes. Still, she’s mostly okay—except that she can’t remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good.



Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something’s been moved. Something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in her house. And the police won't stop asking questions.



Because in this house, everyone’s a stranger. Everyone has something they’d rather keep hidden. Something they might even kill to keep quiet."

5. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris. Another author who has an adoring fan in me. There's too many of her books I've read and loved in the past to choose from, so I recommend them all. But if you held a gun to my head and asked me to pick the best one, it'd have to be this one. 

"Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.



You’d like to get to know Grace better.



But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.



Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows."



Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie."

Let me know your book recommendations in the comments section below! 

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