5 Dark and Thrilling Books to Cosy up With


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?

  • All of these are going in my ‘saved for later’ box on Amazon, I really am trying to get the reading bug back again!

    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

    • Let me know if you get to any of them! Definitely worth a read :) x

  • Malala’s book and the Diary of Anne Frank have been on my reading list for a while now… (I actually own them, and just need to get around to reading them!) I haven’t heard of the others though. As n vid reader, this post made me so excited!

    Akino | akinokiki.blogspot.ca

    • They’re incredible books! So glad you liked it! :) x

  • I read Sharp Objects a few months ago and it definitely stayed with me! She is such a good author, it ends up taking me a while to shake off the scary vibes. Thanks for the recommendations!

    Hustle & Whoa

    • Oh it took me a while as well haha, she’s seriously amazing! x

  • Loved gone girl, i never read the book, but i couldnt stop talking about the film after i saw it! I will definetly be putting sharp objects on my reading list!


    • Amazing film as well! I think Sharp Objects is also being made into a movie :) x

  • I’ve just started reading sharp objects and I’m hooked! I loved gone girl so I can tell it’s going to be great. Have you read Dark Places by her too? That’s what I have to read next!


    • No I haven’t read Dark Places yet! Definitely on my reading list though :) x

  • Aliya Hussain

    Great list, I’m going to be adding these to my own reading list!

    Aliya x | thecatandthegirl.blogspot.co.uk | https://www.bloglovin.com/people/thegirl09-10150959

    • I hope you love them too! x

  • rae

    Thanks for the recommendation this is a great list – although some of these are definitely very heavy reads and you really have to be in the right mindset to read them. I have wanted to check out “The Girl on the Train” for a while now. Love these photos as well. They are so cozy.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • Totally agree! They are quite heavy reads, but definitely worth a read! If you’ve read or seen Gone Girl, you’d love The Girl on the Train! x

  • I love Sharp Objects and The Girl on the Train! I can’t wait to check out the others!

    xo, Liz


    • I hope you like them! Those two are my favourites :) x

  • I loved Gone Girl so might try out her other novel and loved The Girl on the train! Definitely have the same taste in books so going to give the others a try! Thanks for sharing :))

    Ashleigh x

    Being Ashleigh – Lifestyle, Food, Photography and Fashion blog ♡

    • If you loved those, you’ll surely love Sharp Objects! It’s also being made into a movie! x

  • Alison Lutz

    Three of these have been on my “to read” list for a while. I think Girl on the Train is the next one for me.

    A DIY Blog

  • Diana Maria

    The Girl On The Train was such an amazing thriller! I’m currently reading Sharp Objects, and have a few more on my to read list. This list is great! xo

    My Lovelier Days

  • I love a good book, i’m currently reading The Death House by Sarah Pinborough. The Girl On The Train is also on my list for this season! x


  • Rachel

    have my eyes on Diary of Anne Frank and I let you go! Thanks for sharing!

    Rachel x

  • Melanie

    I read Sharp Objects back in June and wow it was chilling!!! I still can’t believe how it turned out!! Just as good as Gone Girl! =)

    Melanie | Toots & Dill

    • I was wondering how similar it would be to Gone Girl (which I loved!) – I definitely want to read it now!

      Sam xx
      http://www.smart-twenties.com – how to make the most of your twenties

  • Have you read A Thousand Splendid Suns? It’s incredible and I think you’d love it dear :) x