For Your Summer Reading List

 

I’ve been on a huge reading kick lately, and it’s literally all I want to do. There’s nothing better than finding a book so good you literally cannot stop thinking about it. I read on my lunch break and usually hit the couch to read again as soon as I get home. I’ve always loved to read, but this is unusual for me! It all started during my long distance relationship when I would have 4 hour flights and nothing to do. I found a series and haven’t stopped flying through them since.

My personal favorite genre is mystery/thriller, probably because I also love horror movies and crime shows. My dad introduced me to scary movies when I was little (like 7!) and now it’s our thing together! 

 

If you’re looking for a new genre to read, or love thrillers like me, check these out:

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

“Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.”

What I love about this one is how wrong I was. I thought I was sure about how the ending would unravel…NOPE! It’s a great psychological thriller, with all the twists and turns of Gone Girl, but a little darker.

Check out Gillian Flynn’s other two thrillers, Gone Girl and Dark Places.

 

Help for the Haunted by John Searles

“Sylvie Mason’s parents have an unusual occupation—helping “haunted souls” find peace. After receiving a strange phone call one winter’s night, they leave the house and are later murdered in an old church in a horrifying act of violence. A year later, Sylvie is living in the care of her older sister, who may be to blame for what happened to their parents. Now, the inquisitive teenager pursues the mystery, moving closer to the knowledge of what occurred that night—and to the truth about her family’s past and the secrets that have haunted them for years.”

This one gave me major Annabelle vibes and was truly scary at times. Another really great novel with a surprising ending and fearless female lead. I definitely recommend this one, especially if ghosts and creepy dolls intrigue you! 

 

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

“In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…”

OMG this one is insane. It completely messed with my head and is truly one of those “on the edge of your seat” books. This is the kind of story where you really feel the fear of your main character. I had no idea who she could and couldn’t trust and was shocked at the ending.

 

In the Woods (and all the other Dublin Murder Squad Series) by Tana French

“As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.”

I’m on number 3 of the Dublin Murder Squad Series, and I’m addicted. This is the series that keeps me reading during my lunch break and well past my bed time. What’s really cool about this series is that each book is based around a different character that you’ve already met. Book 2’s main character is Cassie Maddox, a character in book 1. Book 3’s main character is a man you meet in book 2. Tana French’s writing draws you in and every ending is a surprise. READ THESE! 

 

So those are my current favorite thrillers. I love a good plot twist. What about you? What’s your favorite genre?