None of my lists are ever going to be complete without Gillian Flynn. I’m so absolutely obsessed with her writing. In my mind, it shouldn’t take more than a year to get over a book. Sadly, it has been two years and I’m still not over it.
On the day of their fifth anniversary, Amy, Nick Dunne’s beautiful and intelligent wife disappears. What looks like an abduction from their Missouri home soon unravels a series of Nick’s dirty secrets when the detectives start investigating. The story follows two narratives, one from the point of view of Nick Dunne, the other is a diary that Amy Dunne kept. Nick’s lies, inappropriate behaviour, and evasive nature doesn’t do him any favours. But could he really have killed his wife?
Dark Places tells the story of Libby Day, a seven year old survivor of “The Satan Sacrifice” murders of Kinnakee, Kansas, where her mother and two sisters were brutally murdered. As the sole survivor, Libby’s testimony implicates her fifteen year old brother, Ben, as the killer. Twenty five years later, Libby is located by the Kill Club- a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes, in hopes of finding details from her that may prove that Ben Day is after all innocent, and free him. Libby, who is already quite broke and in need of money, decides to turn a profit off her tragic history. She’ll reconnect to her past and report her findings to the club for a particular amount of money.
I promise this will be the last book by Gillian Flynn on this list. Specially because she hasn’t given us anymore books yet.
Carefully carved words into her flesh in every inch of her body is a roadmap to Camille Preaker’s disturbed past. After her brief stay at a psych facility, she now works as a journalist at a small and un-prestigious newspaper. Camille comes to her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri, to cover the murder of a preteen girl and disappearance of another. Here she reconnects with her estranged mother, Adora and half-sister, Amma.
Prepare for a deeply unhealthy experience while reading this book. Some horrific portrayal of women, here in no way are they damsels in distress. Flynn doesn’t shy away from showing what harm women are really capable of.
After the beautiful Guinevere Beck walks into the bookstore that Joe Goldberg works in, he does what anyone would do- Googles the name on her credit card. Soon Joe plants himself in Beck’s life and gets closer to her with the help of her online presence. Beck has a public Facebook account and tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know about her. Joe obsessively orchestrates a series of events that ensure Beck finds herself in his arms. It is easy for him to transform himself to Beck’s perfect man while quietly removing all obstacles that comes between them. Even if it means murder.
Rachel takes the same commuter rail to and from London every day for work. Every day she passes a stretch of suburban homes, and stops at a signal in front of a home where she conjures up a perfect fantasy life for one couple she gets obsessed with. A life unlike hers. Rachel calls them Jason and Jess. Everything was picture perfect, until today when she sees something shocking. It’s only a moment that she sees it until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now that everything has changed, unable to keep it to herself, she goes to the police. But she isn’t a reliable source because of her own character flaws that doesn’t do her any favours. Soon she becomes entangled not only with the investigation, but also the twisted lies and deception of every other lives involved.
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”
The book follows a young girl whose name we actually never learn. This young girl meets a slightly older man, Maxim de Winter who has recently been widowed, and Rebecca is the name of his first wife. This young girl and Maxim de Winter, who appears to be quite an important figure in the society, end up getting married. When they arrive at his massive country estate, she realises how big is the shadow of Rebecca that has been left behind after her death. Everything in Manderley is still being haunted by the presence that was Rebecca, threatening to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.
This book is about three kindergarten mothers- Celeste, Madeline, and Jane. The three ladies are very different from each other. Madeline is funny and mordacious. She remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beauty that makes the world stop and stare. Celeste and her husband may look like royalty, but is everything that beautiful on the inside? New to town, Jane is a young single mother. She is sad beyond her years and harbours her own secret. While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, little do they know that Jane’s arrival will drastically affect them all.
I wouldn’t categorise this book strictly as a thriller. Though it was suspenseful and unputdownable, so it makes the list.
Christine is a middle aged woman who has amnesia after meeting with some kind of accident, where she goes to sleep at night and forgets everything that occurred that day. The protagonist here is an unreliable narrator because every time she goes to sleep her memory resets. Memories define us. Her name, identity, past, even the people she loves are all forgotten overnight. And the one person she trusts may be telling her half the story.
Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future. The Shining Girls is a masterful supernatural twist on a serial killer tale.
Beautiful serial killer, Gretchen Lowell, kidnaps and tortures Detective Archie Sheridan for ten days. But instead of killing him she mysteriously decides to let him go and turn herself in. Now that Gretchen has been locked up, Archie is in his own private hell- addicted to pain pills, unable to get back to his old life, he is damaged. Gretchen gives up the whereabouts of her victims once a week when Archie comes to visit her in the prison. When another killer haunts the streets of Portland, Archie needs to pull himself together to lead the new task force.