It’s National Swim a Lap Day, an unofficial holiday that is all about moving your body in some cool chlorinated water. (Or, if you’re feeling up to it, some salty beach waves). No matter what you choose, a lap can be over pretty quickly. You’ll be out of the water before you know it. So why not pair that with a quick book you can read and finish after your swim? Let’s move our minds and bodies for this special day.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Anne Fox has agoraphobia and lives alone in her New York home, with her days consisting of drinking wine and watching old movies. And watching her neighbors. It isn’t until the Russell family moves in one day that Anna sees something she thinks she shouldn’t have. Then, everything breaks down as she begins to question what’s real or not.
While this thriller sits at 464 pages, the story absolutely flies by. You’ll have finished the book and not realize that it’s already morning. It’ll just leave you wanting more.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
“Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him…” Synopsis via Amazon.
This suspenseful novel keeps you going for one main reason: you have no clue what the answer is. Readers just want to figure out the mystery. It also helps that Michaelides writes in short chapters, making it effortless to finish.
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
“One night, after the first snowfall of the year, a boy named Jonas wakes up and discovers that his mother has disappeared. Only one trace of her remains: a pink scarf, his Christmas gift to her, now worn by the snowman that inexplicably appeared in their yard earlier that day. The case deepens when a pattern emerges: over the past decade, eleven women have vanished—all on the day of the first snow.” Synopsis via Amazon.
Though part of a book series, this novel can be read as a stand-alone and it will still creep you out just as much. You switch narratives between the killer and its victims, all while seeing Inspector Harry trying to solve the crime. And you won’t see the end coming, both literally and figuratively.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
“Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: She must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful 13-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story – and survive this homecoming.” Synopsis via Amazon.
Another novel over 400 pages, the mystery of these small town murders has readers on the edge of their seats. You think it’s one person, then another, and so on and so on. But there’s something missing that’s not revealed until the very end.
Selected Stories by Fritz Leiber
Though not exactly a novel, this collection of short stories changes the horror genre for readers. Especially if you decide to make this your nightstand book. Leiber writes narratives with fictional monsters and villains that’ll constantly have you looking over your shoulder.
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