By now you know exactly how much I love to read. Anything and everything, but if I had to pick, my favorite genre has to be mysteries. (Or maybe my favorite genre right now.) I love trying to figure out the “whodunit” of a good mystery. But what I really like are the warped minds of the people involved. I know I probably shouldn’t admit this because now you are probably thinking that I am a crazy person.
And you are probably right. I think I may have a warped mind myself when it comes to these books. I am not really sure that I like them more for the resolution of the problem or for getting into the minds of the bad guys. I promise I am not harboring a secret desire to be one of these people. I am just intrigued by the idea that there are people in the world who actually have this type of depraved minds.
On that note, there are a few that I have read that have actually left me a little freaked and made me check over my shoulder a time or two. These are the books that make you lose a little bit of sleep listening to the things that go bump in the night. If you are faint of heart and very easily scared, you may want to bypass these!
Big Little Lies – Lianne Moriarty
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Pirriwee Public’s annual school Trivia Night ended with one parent dead and the community in an uproar of he said/she said. Told from alternating points of view, at times humorous, at times very sad, Big Little Lies* (click for my full review) is amazing. While it isn’t very scary, it will keep you up because you fall in love with the characters, the writing style and you will find that you must know what happens next.
Dark Places – Gillian Flynn
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in what came to be called “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas”. Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing snow and later testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben is still in prison, and Libby is living off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long since forgotten her. Dark Places,* from Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, is just as macabre as it’s predecessor and the ending almost as twisted.
Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Moving between the building of the 1893 World’s Fair and the cold and calculating serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death, The Devil in the White City tells a true story. The research into the history, along with suspenseful storytelling, Erik Larson has written this tale that reads like fiction and leaves you at times terrified as well as educated about things that we have and use to this day because of that event. The things that will keep you up, however, are the gruesome acts of the serial killer who found himself with hundreds of victims at the same time in the same place.
The Grant County Series by Karin Slaughter
Set in the fictional town of Heartsdale, Georgia, (in the fictional Grant County) This series, which consists of 7 books, including Blindsighted, Kisscut*, A Faint Cold Fear, Indelible, Faithless , and Beyond Reach. The seventh book in the series is Broken, which is the 4th book in the Will Trent series (discussed below). There are 3 main characters: Sara Linton, the town’s pediatrician and part-time coroner; her ex-husband, Jeffrey Tolliver, who is chief of police; and detective Lena Adams.
All of these books keep you on the edge of your seat hoping that you never run into anyone as atrocious as the villains portrayed here!
Just What Kind of Mother Are You – Paula Daly
Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly
Lisa Kallisto is not-so-perfect, and an absolutely realistic model of the modern woman. In Just What Kind of Mother Are You?* one chaotic day Lisa takes her eye off the ball for a slight moment and her world caves into a living nightmare. Not only is her best friend’s thirteen-year-old daughter missing, but it’s Lisa’s fault. In a world where we all sometimes find ourselves with too much on our plates, this book sends chills down your spine as you think, “This could be me.” Trust me, it is one of those things that will keep you awake worrying about all of the people involved.
Pretty Baby – Mary Kubica
Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica
What begins as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated. When Heidi Wood, a woman who works for a nonprofit and takes in stray cats catches sight of a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old Pretty Baby* stranded in the rain, she cannot resist the need to take them in, as well. What comes after will rip your heart out and stomp on it a few times. Your lack of sleep, however, is well worth the read.
Pretty Girls – Karin Slaughter
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Claire, the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. Julia, the sister who disappeared. In Pretty Girls* Julia, the sister of Claire and Lydia, is the only tie that Claire and Lydia still share. But when horrific events bring Claire and Lydia face-to-face, they very well may have to bury the issues that separate them in order to stay alive. Just when you are ready to put this book down and go to sleep, everything you thought you knew is thrown upside down and rendering you unable to put it down.
The Will Trent Series by Karin Slaughter
The Will Trent series takes place in Atlanta and with Will Trent as the lead character. Trent is a GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) special agent. The series also features his partner Faith Mitchell and Angie Polaski. The first two books in the series are Triptych and Fractured. In the third book of the series Sara Linton (from the Grant County Series) joins the series that also includes Undone, Broken, Fallen, Criminal, Snatched, a novella that is included with Criminal, Busted, a novella included with Unseen. Broken can also be categorized as the 7th book in the Grant County series.
You by Carolyn Kepnes
You – Caroline Kepnes
For Joe Goldberg and Guinevere Beck, it is love at first sight. Only “Beck,” as she is known to her friends, doesn’t know it yet.
in this amazing book, You*, Joe inconspicuously and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he succeeds in bringing Beck into his waiting arms. Transforming from stalker to boyfriend, Joe morphs himself into becoming Beck’s perfect man, even though sometimes he must remove the obstacles that stand in their way. You’ll be awake long after you finish this one checking all of your social media and examining your online status to make sure no one like Joe has found you the least bit attractive.
If you are looking for really good books with a bit of spine-chilling suspense, any of these books should do the trick. By way of murder and mystery, these are some of my absolute favorites. I hope you enjoy them!
*Denotes original book reviews previously published on Propensity to Discuss.
Do you have a favorite I need to read? Let me know. I am ready for another scary night!
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