I always look forward to this time of the year. The crisp fragrant breeze and warm sunshine make the perfect setting for some eerie, spooky reads.
December is the best time to grow your stash of horror and thriller books. So complementing the continued Halloween feel, here are my recommendations.
7 Best Thrillers to keep you up all night
1. Before I go to Sleep – by SJ Watson
Before I go to Sleep is a story of Christine who after an accident cannot remember her past, she cannot even remember yesterday. In her search to find who she is she starts keeping a journal in which she writes every day before going to sleep. The story unfolds revealing a lot of hidden truths that will make Christine’s life more terrifying.
The story is fresh, nothing like what I’ve read before. It does drag in some places which you don’t want in a thriller. But overall it is something that’ll keep you guessing till the end page.
2. Sharp Objects – by Gillian Flynn
Sharp Objects has all the ingredients that a thriller should have – killings, psychos, tension and of course lots of blood being the highlight! It is a compelling read. If there is one word that describes this book – Disgusting (in the most perfect sense).
Reporter Camille Preaker returns to her hometown to cover murders of two preteen girls. She’s daunted by her own demons and past, yet must unravel the puzzling psychological killings.
I remember this one giving me the worst book hangover ever. It just holds you. You can’t do anything except think about how can something be so gruesomely captivating. After ‘Gone Girl’ my expectations were sky high and happy to say this exceeded them!
3. Salvation of a Saint – by Keigo Higashino
The story revolves around a husband and wife. Husband is killed due to arsenal poisoning, wife is the prime suspect but she was hundreds of miles away at the time of the murder. So who murdered him and how?
By the end of chapter 1 you’ll know who the murderer is. But it’ll take more than 300 pages to find out how the murder happened. It is indeed a page turner and the perfect pick for an all-nighter.
If you’re somebody who has never read Japanese literature and want to start, Salvation of a Saint is my recommendation.
4. The Girl on the Train – by Paula Hawkins
Looking for a fast paced psychological thriller? This is what you should be picking. The story traces Rachel who travels by train every day and watches this one couple on their deck almost every day. She thinks she’s made a connection with them, until one day when she sees something shocking. She goes to the police, but soon is deeply tangled in the investigation and her life.
Love how it keeps on the edge and plays with your mind. It has all the elements of a thriller in place. It was also the winner for 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards in Mystery & Thriller Category.
5. And Then There Were None – by Agatha Christie
When talking about best thriller books, I cannot miss Agatha Christie. I thoroughly enjoyed And Then There Were None. So many characters, so much happening, but you still don’t lose the grip. It is classic Agatha Christie, thrill and adventure in right measures. It keeps you guessing and holds the suspense till the last page.
It is about these 10 people who are summoned to an island as weekend guests. The host is unknown to them all and is nowhere to be found. What’s common in these 10 people is their wicked past. One by one they fall prey and by the end of the weekend there will be none.
6. The Snowman – by Jo Nesbo
Jo Nesbo is a renowned name in Scandinavian literature. The premise is of a bone chilling thriller. It is set in Oslo during winters. A little boy Jonas, wakes up to find his mother missing. Out of the window he sees a snowman with his mother’s pink scarf draped on it. Police investigator Harry Hole starts the investigation and what follows is beyond words.
And now that I’m writing about the brilliance that Jo Nesbo puts out, I’m all charged up to add some of his other amazing books to my TBR. If you’ve read any Jo Nesbo that you enjoyed a lot, lemeeee know.
7. The Silence of the Lambs – by Thomas Harris
Like always, saving the best for the last. Absolutely love this one! Creepy, eerie, and quite horrifying, The Silence of the Lambs would be the perfect pick for this winter if you’re looking for some intense reading.
The premise is of a serial killer and a trainee investigator who’s looking into the case. But the worst part is that the only person who can help in the case is in the asylum, the much dreaded Hannibal Lecter. This book is equal parts gripping, dark and thrilling!
Hope you enjoy these recommendations. And if you have a favorite thriller, the comments section is waiting for you.
I’ll see you super soon, bye!