Getting all cosy with a dark and thrilling book has become one of my favourite pastimes lately, which is definitely not something I would have said a couple years ago (quite the contrary). I never really enjoyed reading because I found it difficult to become absorbed in a book, but that was before discovering psychological thrillers (my favourite) with the most gripping story lines. Here’s 5 recent favourites to cosy up with.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
I love a Gillian Flynn novel, and this one is no exception. You may recall her from the later book and movie, Gone Girl, however Sharp Objects was her debut novel in 2006. A brilliant psychological thriller about the tale of a journalist, fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, who heads back to her tiny hometown to cover a bizarre series of murders.
The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins
Another psychological thriller novel by British author Paula Hawkins. You might’ve heard about this book after it’s climb to number one on the best seller charts. This novel deals with the treacherous dynamics of marriage, and the damaging effects of misogyny. The girl on the train is Rachel, a lonely alcoholic, and her narration is often painful to read, but utterly compelling.
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
This is not a story, it’s the diary kept by a young Jewish girl for the two years she was forced to remain in hiding by the Nazi. Her feelings, her emotions, and her thoughts, as well as the events that happened to her, are all in the diary which her father had given her as a 13th birthday present. Apart from being an ordinary teenager who loved movie stars, boys, and cats, it’s also a vividly terrifying description of what it was like to be a Jew, and in hiding.
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani schoolgirl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban on the bus ride home from school, with few expecting her to survive. Instead, Malala’s recovery saw an incredible journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. It’s an inspiring tale of a family fighting for the education of women.
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
This book follows Jenna Gray after a tragic accident, who moves to a remote cottage desperately trying to escape her past. It starts off at a slow pace, pulling at your heart strings but soon becomes very dark and menacing. You’ll be avidly turning the pages to find out the truth of the matter, with a killer twist at the end you wont see coming.
What books are currently on your reading list?