Loved “Gone Girl”? 10 More Thrilling Beach Reads!

Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you can’t have missed folk everywhere reading Gone Girl.  At a lunch with girlfriends in March, one of them mentioned it and then bam! I saw it ALL the time: people reading on the tube or train; talking about it at work; the book itself sitting pretty in every bookstore’s ‘best sellers’ shelf.

I’m sure you’ve read it. But just in case you haven’t…

The premise: ex journalist Nick Dunne wakes up on the morning of his 5th wedding anniversary to find his beautiful wife Amy making pancakes. Within hours she has vanished. To Nick’s horror, he becomes the police’s number one suspect. But what did happen to Amy? Will Nick discover the truth, before the net closes in?

Told from two perspectives, it is a fascinating insight into a seemingly perfect marriage and all the dark undercurrents that bubble beneath the surface.

Who to believe?

I certainly couldn’t put it down. Confession: I cancelled a friend coming round for dinner with the lame excuse of being ill, when actually I just wanted to finish the book! Every night I’d glance at my bedside clock, eyes drooping, gutted that it was midnight and I really had to put it down.  When I finally finished it, I felt a bit gutted. What to read now? What book would fill the void?

So, without further ado, I give you 10 cracking thrillers that will have you burning the midnight oil, but you JUST CAN’T PUT THEM DOWN. Gripping, suspenseful page turners – they all are worthy of the description ‘must read.’

Enjoy folks!

 

  • The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes 1 of 10
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    This book is meant to be the 'next big thing' of 2013...

    In Depression-era Chicago, a drifter named Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women who burn with potential. He stalks them through their lives across different eras until, in 1989, one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and starts hunting him back...

     

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  • The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison 2 of 10
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    Jodi has been with Todd for 28 years and they live the perfect affluent Chicago life. But beneath this happy exterior lies deep cracks: Jodi has always had to turn a blind eye to Todd's serial philandering. However when Todd starts sleeping with his best friend Dean's daughter (who is 20 years his junior), things begin to turn very bitter between Todd and Dean indeed. This book is a chilling psychological thriller portraying the disintegration of a relationship - to the point where murdering your husband suddenly makes perfect sense...

     

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  • In the Woods by Tana French 3 of 10
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    Detective Rob Ryan is assigned to a case where the body of a young girl is found at the site of an archaeological dig. To Rob's horror he realizes that it is the exact place where, twenty years earlier, his two best friends disappeared and were never seen again. Rob had been found with his back pressed against a tree and his shoes filled with blood. When a hairclip is found at the crime scene, he recognizes it as having belonged to his missing childhood friend, and wonders if there could be a connection between that old unsolved crime and this latest one...

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  • Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson 4 of 10
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    It has been known for reviewers to describe this book as 'quite simply the best book I have ever read.' The premise: Christine wakes every morning in a strange bed next to a strange man, with no recollection of how she got there. It transpires that due to an accident when she was 29, when Christine goes to sleep every night her memory is completely erased. Her caring husband patiently explains her situation to her every day, as her doctor tries to unlock whatever is keeping her memories hostage in her brain.  Christine begins to keep a journal to record her memories, and through this discovers all is not what it seems...

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  • Tell No One by Harlan Coben 5 of 10
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    I have to confess, I saw the film before I read the book. It was nothing short of amazing. It was full of great twists and turns with a wonderful love story underpinning it.

    Alexandre Beck is a doctor who has slowly been putting his life back together after his wife Margot was murdered by a serial killer eight years previously.  When two bodies are found near where the corpse of Margot was dumped, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes suspect again. The same day, Alex receives an e-mail that appears to be from Margot, which includes a link to a surveillance video clip that features his late wife looking alive and well. The message warns Alex that they are both being watched...

     

     

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  • The Neighbour by Lisa Gardner 6 of 10
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    The third book in the Detective D.D. Warren series from Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner. From a house in suburban Boston where a perfect family reside, the pretty, young mother Sandra Jones suddenly goes missing. The only witness?  Her four-year-old daughter. It appears that all is not as idyllic as her neighbors would believe... As Detective D. D. Warren delves deeper into the fabric of the Jones' lives, she discovers the darkness therein. Is Sandra' s husband struggling to protect his way of life or fighting to cover his tracks?

     

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  • The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood 7 of 10
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    One summer morning, three little girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, two will be charged with murder.

    Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside town, when her investigation leads her to interview funfair cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day when they were just children. But with new lives - and families - to protect, will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

     

     

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  • Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight 8 of 10
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    Kate is in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from Grace Hall, her daughter's exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Amelia has been suspended, effective immediately, and Kate must come get her daughter now. But Kate's stress over leaving work quickly turns to panic when she arrives at the school and finds it surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, and an ambulance. By then it's already too late for Amelia. And for Kate. An academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that is the story Grace Hall tells Kate. And clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one she forces herself to believe. Until she gets an anonymous text: She didn't jump.

    The novel is about secret first loves, old friendships, and an all-girls club steeped in tradition. But, most of all, it's the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn't save.

     

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  • Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach 9 of 10
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    Leila has never met Tess, but she now knows more about Tess than anyone in the world. She's read all of her emails, researched her past, and asked Tess for every detail about her friends and family. Tess has never met Leila. But if she wants to slip away from the world unnoticed, she needs to trust Leila with her life. At first, Leila finds it easy to assume Tess's identity, and no one has any reason to distrust her. But as Leila is soon to discover, there is much more to a person than the facts, and there are things about life you can learn only by living it...

     

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  • Dead Scared by S.J. Bolton 10 of 10
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    When a rash of suicides tear through Cambridge University, DC Lacey Flint is recruited to go undercover as a student to investigate. Although each student's death appears to be a suicide, the psychological histories, social networks, and online activities of the students involved share remarkable similarities, and the London police are not convinced that the victims acted alone. They believe that someone might be preying on lonely and insecure students, and either encouraging them to take their own lives or actually luring them to their deaths.  Lacey must convince in her role of a vulnerable young woman, so she may be able to put a stop these deaths, but is it just a role for her?  Is she drawing out the killers, or is she herself being drawn into a deadly game where she's a perfect victim?

     

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