Category Thrillers

Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

Here and Gone follows the story of Audra Kinney. Audra is running away from her abusive husband to San Fransico with her two children. In Arizona, she gets pulled over by the local sheriff who charges her with possession of marijuana. But when she gets to the station, her kids are gone, and the sheriff […]

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

I was made a fool by the jacket of The Woman in Cabin 10! With its compelling premise, I was sure to find myself immersed in the book, but wow, no such luck for me! Lo Blacklock, in her early thirties, is a journalist for the travel magazine Velocity. The story starts with Lo getting […]

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan

The day after Jon Casey and Wailer Curtin got married in 1980, the newlyweds decide to visit the abandoned ruins of Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary at night with four of their college friends; Rachel Steinberg, Maisie Lenfest, Tripper Pennypacker, and Quentin Pheaney. Benny, Masier’s brother, and Nathan Krystal, an old teacher also tag along with […]

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

For Jason Dessen life as he knew it changed the day his girlfriend of few months, Daniella told him she was pregnant with his child. They were young in their late twenties, not looking to start a family. So when they decided to get married anyway and go through the pregnancy, it changed the trajectory […]

Under the Influence by Joyce Maynard

Joyce Maynard is not an entirely new author to me. While I have not read any of her books before, I have watched the film adaptation of Labor Day. I am not sure if it remains faithful to the book, but I enjoyed the plot in Labor Day, and that made me interested in Joyce Maynard’s books. In Joyce […]

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (Book vs. Movie)

We Need to Talk About Kevin is one of the darkest books I have read in awhile. Kevin, Eva and Franklin’s first-born has killed eleven people while he was in high school and now serving time at a boys correctional facility. The story, which is likely to be one of every parents’ nightmare scenarios, is told […]

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

I looked like a girl you’d expect to see on a city bus, reading some clothbound book from the library about plants or geography, perhaps wearing a net over my light brown hair. You might take me for a nursing student or a typist, note the nervous hands, a foot tapping, bitten lip. I looked […]

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

I am writing this at the behest of my advocate, Mr Andrew Sinclair, who since my incarceration here in Inverness has treated me with a degree of civility I in no way deserve. My life has been short and of little consequence, and I have no wish to absolve myself of responsibility for the deeds […]

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

My head leaning against the carriage window, I watch these houses roll past me like a tracking shot in a film. I see them as others do not; even their owners probably don’t see them from this perspective. Twice a day, I am offered a view into other lives, just for a moment. There’s something […]

The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin

She wished: that they would be happy in Stepford. That Pete and Kim would do well in school, and that she and Walter would find good friends and fulfillment. That he wouldn’t mind the commuting – though the whole idea of moving had been his in the first place. That the lives of all four of […]