Dark and Twisty Thrillers to read this fall

Dark and Twisty Thrillers to Read this Fall

Dark and Twisty Thrillers to read this fallBooks like Gone Girl and Girl on the Train have given rise to an entirely new type of genre: Dark and twisty thrillers lead by unreliable narrators. These dark and twisty thrillers are characterized by shocking plot turns, incredible suspense, and mind-boggling character traits.

In short, the entire genre is one of the hottest to hit the bookstores in years, and fans have literally flocked to bookstores in order to get their hands on the newest releases. This fall, you can do the same. Before you head on over to Amazon, check out the list of books below, some of which are new releases, hot off the presses.

If you haven’t read them before, start with Gone Girl and Girl on the Train.
They’ve been a few of the most popular dark and twisty thrillers in recent years for a reason!

Are You Sleeping by Kathleen BarberAre You Sleeping: A NovelAre You Sleeping: A Novel

Are You Sleeping
by Kathleen Barber marries suspense with pop culture. Seemingly written with podcasts similar to Serial in mind, Barber has taken the reader behind-the-scenes into the lives of those affected by the rehashing of an old murder case.

As host Poppy Parnell digs more deeply into the murder, Josie Buhrman and her family find themselves questioning who really murdered Josie’s father. Soon, Josie’s world falls apart and she finds herself back in her hometown, confronting her family members, her past, and her lies, all in an effort to get to the bottom of what she once believed was a closed murder case.

Are You Sleeping is scheduled to be released on August 1, 2017. For a full review of the book, head over to Novelmom.com.


Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

Best Day Ever: A Psychological ThrillerBest Day Ever: A Psychological ThrillerBest Day Ever by Kaira Rouda tells the story of Paul Strom, a character who is truly easy to hate. Still, he’s as compelling as he is compelling, and I could not stop reading about him.

In her book, Rouda takes the reader along for an entire day as Paul shares his misogynistic thoughts and his chauvinistic views on the world, all while trying to rekindle the romance and create the best day ever for his wife, Mia.

Things don’t quite work out that way though, and it isn’t long before the reader discovers that Paul’s thoughts aren’t only dark, they’re entirely unreliable, as well. At times, his inner dialogue is totally consistent with a public figure we all know well—you’ll have to read the book to find out who!

Best Day Ever is scheduled to be released on September 19, 2017. For a full review, click here.

The Girl Before by JP Delaney

The Girl Before: A NovelThe Girl Before: A NovelThe Girl Before by JP Delaney has such a weird, antiseptic feel to the story right from the beginning. Immediately, the author creates a feeling of foreboding and mystery surrounding the house at One Folgate Street. The home is for rent, but only if the tenants agree to an extreme set of strange circumstances.

Still, despite the strange leasing agreements, Jane decides she wants to rent the house, and before long, she’s found that the house has changed her in ways she never expected. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that she’s developing similar habits as the woman who lived in the house before her, and Jane starts to wonder if moving into the house was her best decision, or her worst decision yet.

The Girl Before was released on January 24, 2017. For a full review of the book, head over to my book review website.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10The Woman in Cabin 10The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware kicks off with a discombobulated narrator who is simply unsure about everything happening in her life. After a late-night break-in, she finds herself in a vulnerable position, and because she’s unable to sleep, she opts to self-medicate with alcohol.

Before long, however, she’s offered a job as a traveling journalist aboard a cruise ship, which she thinks might just be her opportunity to get away from all the crazy happening in her life.

It’s not, and soon she finds herself at the center of a weird, twisted mystery. She’s in too deep, and now she must save herself before she disappears forever.

The Woman in Cabin 10 was released on July 19, 2016. Find a full review on novelmom.com.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water: A NovelInto the Water: A NovelInto the Water by Paula Hawkins is marked with dark imagery, surprising twists, and a satisfying ending.

The story begins with the mysterious death of Nel, a single mother, who left behind her 15-year-old daughter. Investigators have ruled the death to be accidental or suicidal, but there are others in the town who question if there wasn’t some foul play involved.

It’s not the first time that a woman has drowned in the local river, and some question whether Nel’s death will be the last. Those closest to the Nel and her surviving daughter are on a quest to find out what exactly happened to Nel, before the river claims someone else. They’re receiving push back along the way, however, because Nel seemed to have a strange obsession with the water.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins was released on May 2, 2017.

Dare Me by Megan Abbott

Dare MeDare MeDare Me by Megan Abbott can be summed up with a sentence from the middle of the book. There, Abbott wrote “There’s something dangerous about the boredom of teenage girls.”

Dare Me is a one of those dark and twisty thrillers written about a high school girls cheer leading team—one that recently got a new coach who is not much older than the girls on the squad. Their new coach is a married woman, but something about her demeanor belies the darkness hiding just beneath the surface of her adult veneer.

The new coach isn’t the only ominous character in this book, however. Before too long, an apparent suicide takes place, and Addy, the main character, finds herself at the middle of the investigation. She, it appears, is the lynch pin to finding the truth.

For a full review of Dare Me, head on over to novelmom.com. This one was released in 2012.

Looking for more by Gillian Flynn? Consider checking out one of the books below.

Sharp ObjectsSharp ObjectsDark PlacesDark PlacesThe Grownup: A Story by the Author of Gone GirlThe Grownup: A Story by the Author of Gone Girl

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