Category: Crime & Mystery

Best in Mystery and Thriller!

It’s time to share the top fiction books of the week, and these books are perfect for mystery lovers. Who doesn’t love a page-turning mystery thriller? These five books will be great additions to your TBR and will be hard to put down once you dive into these amazing stories.



  1. The Wives by Tarryn Fisher


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The Wives follows Thursday, whose Husband has two other wives. Thursday knew of his marriages beforehand, but she didn’t care because she’s so crazy about him. Thursday is unable to see beyond her feelings for him, until one day she finds something that she never knew about her husband. Something so horrifying that it leads her down a crazy path filled with the most shocking twist you will ever read.


2. In the Dark by Loreth Anne White


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In the Dark, follows eight lucky people who believe they’re on their way to a luxurious vacation in the wilderness. A fierce storm approaches and everyone begins to question whether it’s a real vacation or a trap. Each guest has something to hide and now that they’re trapped they begin to fear each other. Cops, Mason and Callie, work together to save the eight guests, but they don’t know how to brave the mountains, leaving the eight guests vulnerable to be hunted and to fight to survive this game.


3. The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters


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The Dead Girls Club follows Heather Cole, who, back in 1991, was part of a club with her friends where they exchanged tales of murderers and imaginary monsters. One of the monsters they talked about was the Red Lady. One of the girls, Becca, believed the Red Lady was real, and she wanted to prove it. Becca’s search for the Red Lady ended in her death. Now thirty years have passed and Heather has never told anyone the truth about what happened with Becca and the Red Lady until she gets something in the mail. A necklace, Heather hasn’t seen that necklace since the night Becca died, the night Heather killed her. Someone knows Heather did it and wants her to pay.


4. Good Girls Lie by J.T Ellison


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Good Girls Lie is about a prestigious school, The Goode School, in Marchburg, Virginia. It is an elite school where the daughters of rich parents attend, only accepting the best and brightest students. Like most elite boarding schools, The Goode School has traditions and honor codes that are important for the students because it will prepare them for the Ivy League colleges and a bright future. However, when a stranger turns up at the school, things take a turn for the worse. Appearances are important to uphold and as long as no one steps out of line, no one will question how cruel the inner societies are, and the girls can basically get away with murder. When a popular student turns up dead, nothing can be ignored. People believe she was driven to suicide, but there is always truth, lies and of course the truth to what really happened.


5. Madness in Sunshine by Nalini Singh


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A Madness of Sunshine, follows the people in a town on the rugged West Coast of New Zealand. However, it is more than just a town. The adults are more than neighbors and the kids are not just schoolmates. One summer, when bodies begin to vanish, things begin to change. The trust shatters on the coast, which leaves broken friendships, and lots of whispers behind closed doors. The silent treatment takes reign in this town, but no one can really hide from the past for long. Eight years later a young woman vanishes and people begin to question their homes and if it hides something more dangerous than an unforgiving landscape. The past and present are close to colliding and exposing deadly secrets.



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Netflix’s You will be back with a Season 3!

Everyone’s favorite stalker is coming back for a third season! Netflix‘s hit series You, based on the novel of the same name by Caroline Kepnes, has been a staple for Netflix since it launched on the streaming service in December of 2018. The show was originally on Lifetime, but Netflix ended up picking up the series due to how well it was received by viewers.

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If you have never seen the show or read the book, then you don’t know that the series follows a young man, named Joe. Joe, who is played by Penn Badgley becomes obsessed with a girl who walks into his bookstore named, Beck. He starts to follow her around, steal her phone, and just do everything he can to get close to her, he even does criminal things, like murder and kidnapping. So, this show is pretty intense, but also really entertaining and a must-watch. The second season, which became streaming on December 26, is based on Kepnes’ second novel, Hidden BodiesSeason two featured a new character, Love, who is played by Victoria Pedretti and she will also be returning for season three, along with Badgley of course.



The show has been well received by critics and fans. It currently holds a 92% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Books three and four are currently in the works with Kepnes, so we can expect a season 3 release date for 2021. Yes, that’s way too long, considering the way season 2 ended. No spoilers! Just go watch!

You can stream the first two seasons in the meantime, right here.



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2020: Books To Look Out For

With all that is going on in the world today, it is always nice to have a space for total relaxation. I find that it always best to relax with a new novel. Leaving time for a cup of coffee and no distractions. These five new novels do just that. Empty some space on your bookshelves and fill them with these new thrillers.



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Sofia, Bulgaria, not to get confused with Sofia Vergara, is a landlocked city in Southern Europe. Soviet buildings are in shambles, leaving political protesters to flood the streets in song. In this turmoil, an American teacher “navigates a life transformed by the discovery and loss of love.” Preparing to leave his home, the teacher finds that he is unable to get away from the intimate encounters that he has made while abroad. Each reveals insights about what it means to seek connection.



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It has been 10 years since Thomas Argyle, Charlie Cooper and Livia Naylor set off a revolution that released Smoke on the world. They were all raised to think that Smoke was a sign of sin, but later learned that it was a means to control society. Smoke gave people the ability to dive into their emotions and connect. The trio believed that if they freed the Smoke, it would break down the control, creating a fair and open society. However, they were not prepared for the consequences that would fracture the world.


My Dark Vanessa

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Vanessa Wye, a naïve teenager, becomes involved in an affair with her manipulative teacher Jacob Strane. With Strane being forty-two and Vanessa fifteen, things get out of hand when Vanessa hears from a former student of Strane’s warning him of his sexual abuse. Vanessa is faced with a dilemma: believe the girl and report him or redefine herself. But how can she leave her first love behind after he transformed her into who she is now? Is it possible that there is more to him than the loveable man she knows?



Death in Her Hands

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An elderly widow’s life is turned upside down when she finds a cryptic note while on a walk in the woods. After having moved from her longtime home with the death of her husband, she finds herself obsessed with the note, trying to figure out who is the woman that was killed and how she ended up this way. Knowing only a few people, it becomes easy for her to get caught up in the thrill of the chase. Diving headfirst into the mystery, she is faced with the past of her late husband and further explanation that she wasn’t ready for.


The Book of V: A Novel

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Lily is a mother, daughter, and a second wife. Stuck between her life as a writer and a mother, she finds it hard to grabble with her sexual desires. Vivian Barr is portrayed as the perfect political wife, who has dedicated her life to her husband’s success. Barr’s husband demands a humiliating favor, but she does not comply forcing her life to completely change. Esther is an independent woman in Persia who lived in her uncle’s tribe outside of the palace walls. Making a terrible decision has forced her to be offered up as a sacrifice to the king, in hopes to save them all.


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The Thrillers to Start 2020 With

As we make headway into the new year, it is time to spice up the shelves with new thrillers of 2020. Each one with its own taste of mystery, scandal and bloodthirsty crime. These five crime novels will have you turning the pages into a new world.


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  1. The New Husband

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Nina Garrity thought she knew her husband, Glen. She soon finds out that the man she knew and loved, was leading a double life with another woman. But Glen has disappeared, and she has no way of finding out the truth behind his affair or anything else that he may have neglected to mention. After going a year and a half without any sign of him, Nina calls herself a widow. Caught by sudden feelings for Simon Fitch, a teacher at her daughters’ middle school, Nina finds herself in a predicament that she can not shake. She’s in love. But something is not right. The lies Nina uncovers only leads to misery and the destruction of her family.



  1. Eight Perfect Murders

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Malcolm Kershaw, a bookseller, and mystery aficionado has put together a list of the most unsolvable murders, those that are impossible to crack. Calling them the Eight Perfect Murders. Mal is surprised one day when an FBI agent knocks on his door looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that match his list. Little did Mal know that the killer was constantly watching his every move, waiting to be revealed.


  1. Before Familiar Woods

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Ruth Fenn’s son was blamed for the deaths of boys and the disappearance of their fathers. For three years, Ruth has been forced to accept that her lot is a pariah. Focusing on her sick mother and the children left in her care by struggling single parents. When her husband unexpectedly passes, she is left with, as the blurb states, “no choice but to overcome the darkness or be consumed by it.” As the truth vastly approaches, she digs up secrets that would have been better off buried.



  1. The Better Liar

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Leslie’s sister,Robin, is dead. If Leslie would have been there earlier, she would have been able to rekindle the relationship they should have had. After Robin ran away from home as a teenager, Leslie was forced to stay home and take care of their sick father, while also creating a family of her own. Now that their father is dead, Leslie had hoped to see her sister so that they could both receive the inheritance that their father left. With Robin dead, Leslie is unable to gain her half of the money, and she needs it more than anyone would know. Leslie will do anything to get what she wants, no matter the costs.


  1. No Bad Deed: A Novel

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While driving home on a rainy night, Cassie Larkin sees a man and a woman fighting on the side of the road. Without thinking too much about it, Cassie calls 911 and makes her way out of her minivan to save the woman. She chases after the violent man but is met with a decision she did not expect to make. Cassie must choose to leave the woman to die, or she will be forced to take her place.



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‘You’: More Than a Netflix Series

There is nothing worse than reaching the end of a show and having nothing else to look forward to. The same can be said about your favorite book.

One of the most popular shows on Netflix, You, is an adaptation of Caroline Kepnes thrilling series. The beginning of this captivating series was originally published in September, 2014. Two years later, the sequel, Hidden Bodies, was published, jump-starting the streaming adaptation that came out in 2018.


You depicts a story about a bookstore owner, Joe Goldberg, who becomes infatuated by a beautiful aspiring writer that strides in one day. After finding her name on her credit card, Joe makes it his job to scope out who this Guinevere Beck. All her social media accounts are public, which makes it easy for Joe to find out where she lives. Joe slithers into her life by obsessing over her friends and where she is at all hours of the day. From stalker to boyfriend, Joe becomes the perfect man for Beck. There is nothing that will come between their happiness, even if it means murder.


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According to Variety, the co-writers of the series, Sera Gamble and Greg Berlanti, wanted to make sure that they were able to represent the inner monologue of Joe as the book is told in Joe’s perspective. In the show, however, the audience can see how Joe interacts with others, his inner thoughts and the battle between his words and actions.

Like many adaptations, it is hard to stay true to the book. There can be added details that weren’t there before and even some details removed. The show does just that by ensuring that Joe’s intensity for Beck is less creepy in order to be semi-appropriate for the audience.



For example, in the book, Beck is seen wearing a sweater and jeans when she walks into the bookstore. For her to appear to be different from the other women that stride inside, Gamble decided to provide her with jangly bracelets to show that Beck wants to be looked at.


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Now that season two has emerged, readers have begun to seek out any differences to Hidden Bodies, as the thrill continues. Although we have just begun to dive deep into the show, Kepnes has finished the third book and is hinting at a deal for the fourth.

I can’t wait to read what Kepnes has in store and hope Gamble will be able to depict the mystery that comes along with it.


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