In all of my book enthusiast years, (which has, essentially, been my entire life), I have never spoken to a bookworm who doesn’t enjoy a good mystery every now and then. We all recognize and appreciate the classics such as The Sherlock Holmes series as well as our stylish, ever-intelligent Nancy Drew. However, the literary world has also been blessed with more than a couple of a wonderful mysteries. If you’ve been searching for a new one to get lost in, check out 8 of the best below!
1. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
A seemingly action-bound, exciting weekend takes a horrid turn for the worst in this page-turning thriller that’ll make you wonder which characters you can truly trust.
2. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
The author’s last name is Slaughter, (not sure if this is a pseudonym or not but it sure is a great one for a thriller writer) which adds to the dark theme of the novel before you even read the summary on the front flap. Pretty Girls is a haunting novel, filled with such twists and turns that will completely blindside those shifting through its pages. After reading this novel, you’ll never want even contemplate retaliation on your enemies.
3. The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
Sex, lies, and blackmail. What more could one want in a juicy thriller? Inspired by Patricia Highsmith’s classic thriller, Strangers on a Train, The Kind Worth Killing is a psychological read that will keep you gasping for air as you desperately try to discover the true intentions of the characters.
4. The Cartel by Don Winslow
A story that fully captures the gritty, often gruesome, and ruthlessness of being a part of an organized crime unit.
5. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Rebecca contains a largely Gothic theme which adds that much more depth of intrigue and mystery into its story. This classic page-turner also beautifully, and tragically, entwines romantic aspects that keep the reader swooning, though in fear of losing their minds while reading. The movie adaptation of Rebecca was also among filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock’s most esteemed movies.
6. Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
This is what I would consider to be the most chilling of novels upon this letter because it is based on the real events of the Manson Cult killings in the late 1960’s, led by the equally creepy and evil Charles Manson. Bugliosi actually served as the prosecutor in Manson’s 1970 trial, thus I believe that his accounts of what happened, as gruesome and merciless as these killings were, can be taken as true fact.
What’s a psychological novel that’s made you lose sleep?
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