Welcome to April! What better way to start off a new month (and a new season, hello spring!) with a fresh new reading list of captivating stories. Since the days are longer now and the darkness is delayed, I thought it would be the perfect time to start a new mysterious thriller. My favorite kind of mystery novels are the ones that I honestly can’t put down, making me stay up late into the night flipping to that last page and discovering the truth. So I rounded up my 5 recent favorites that left me completely confused and insanely curious until the last page… Here are 5 Mystery Thrillers That Will Keep You Up at Night:
Good As Gone by Amy Gentry
It’s not called “A Novel of Suspense” for nothing. This book completely freaked me out… keeping me up until 3am with the lights on trying to fall asleep. NOTE: It is dark and disturbing, and takes on some serious topics…so be prepared. Eight years ago, thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped right from her own bedroom as her sister watched from the closet. Over the years, the family found no leads of Julie and spiraled into grief and depression. Until one night, the doorbell rings and Julie is standing on their doorstep right before their eyes. Shocked and overwhelmed, the family can’t believe Julie has returned home after all these years… until they notice inconsistencies in Julie’s story and behavior. Clever and suspenseful, Good as Gone will have you questioning Julie’s story until the final page… then leaving you chilled to the bone with the actual truth.
The Girl Before by JP Delaney
The Girl Before is soon to be a motion picture… so you know the story is captivating. After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. She stumbles upon a dream rental opportunity: a beautiful, sleek house designed by a perplexing, yet seductive architect. However, after moving in, Jane realizes she must abide by a long list of strict rules and that the last tenant, Emma, died a mysterious death between the minimalist walls of the home. Jane begins to wonder if she is trapped in a terrifying re-run of the tenant before as Emma’s past and Jane’s present begin to interweave… Filled with suspense and psychological obsession, this novel will throw you off-guard with its twists and turns.
Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica
Author of global phenomenon A Good Girl, Mary Kubica knows how to write a novel that keeps one up into the late hours of the night, flipping the pages to find out more. Her third novel Don’t You Cry is no exception. A young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears without a trace from her downtown Chicago apartment. The only thing Esther left behind is a mysterious letter addressed to My Dearest, leaving her roommate Quinn to question where Esther is and if she isn’t the person she always thought she was. An addictive story of obsession and deception, Don’t You Cry will have you completely perplexed until the end, when the chilling truth is revealed.
The Perfect Girl: A Novel by Gilly Macmillan
Described as “literary suspense at its finest” by author Mary Kubica, The Perfect Girl is an addictive read following a cast of sketchy characters within an even sketchier plot. Similar to Girl on the Train, you will be constantly questioning the truth of each character and their backstory. Zoe Maisey is a seventeen-year-old musical prodigy with an incredibly high IQ. Three years ago, Zoe was involved in a tragic incident that left three of her classmates dead. Now, her mother Maria is determined to keep Zoe’s dark past a secret, even from her own husband, and start a fresh new life. One night at Zoe’s recital that Maria had been planning for months, Maria is found dead by the end of the night. As police and family try to piece together the mystery, Zoe knows from her past that the truth is not always so straightforward, and sometimes the people we are closest to are the ones we know the least…
Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner
Everyone gets chills thinking about someone dangerous standing right behind you (did anyone just look over their shoulder because I did…) Anyways… author Lisa Gardner’s new mystery thriller Right Behind You addresses this theme… Could danger be right behind you without you even realizing? Eight years ago, Sharlah’s older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat to save both of their lives. Now at thirteen-years-old, Sharlah has finally moved on from that dark day and is adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, who protects people from monsters for a living. Sharlah thinks she is finally safe, until the call comes in. A double murder occurs at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through Oregon. As Pierce Quincy races to the crime scene, he discovers mounting evidence: the shooter may be Sharlah’s older brother. Once upon a time Sharlah’s brother saved her life, but now as evidence builds up and the truth comes out, Sharlah begins to think: Was her brother a hero or a killer?