I have been in such a reading mood lately, I swear I’m going through at least a book a week and I’ve practically lived inside of Barnes and Noble (surviving solely on artichoke chicken flatbreads from the Starbucks Café inside). Through my adventures, I have found some GREAT books and some complete time wasters. Here, my friends, are three that you just have to read.
- Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris. This was a psychological thriller so intense that I had to put it down and step away from it a few times. It’s about a married couple, Jack and Grace, that seems to have the perfect life, but the husband is actually a psychopath. The plot skips back and forth between the past and the present, making it easy to be manipulated, much like Grace, into having kind feelings towards Jack when he seems to be normal, but then quickly bringing you back to reality when he shows his true self again. Paris so expertly drew me into this story, I couldn’t put it down.
- The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. Another thriller (can you see what genre I gravitate towards?), this book takes you on board the Aurora Borealis alongside travel writer, Lo Blacklock. She sees a mysterious woman, then when she hears someone being thrown overboard, no one seems to believe her. Everything goes downhill from there (and really, from the very first chapter when Lo’s flat is broken into) and I really can’t tell you any more without spilling too much. Just know I was literally yelling at certain characters at one point because I shared in Lo’s frustration. A must-read.
- The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon. It was on sale at Barnes and Noble for like, seven bucks, so how could I not? It ended up being surprisingly awesome. This one is more of a monsters and creatures thriller, and much less psychological. It follows a cursed family who runs the Tower Motel located in London, Vermont, and two sisters as they search for the answers to strange things that have happened. It has some major Alfred Hitchcock Psycho details in it. The plot jumps back and forth between two generations and three different points in time, and is just incredibly captivating. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a HUGE fan of the ending, but that wouldn’t stop me from reading it again!
If you read one of these and love it, let me know! And, feel free to drop any other suggestions in the comments, I’d love to read some new stuff.
Until next time!