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Beachy reads, women’s fiction, romance….these tend to be the types of books most readers reach for while soaking up the sun on the beach or by the pool in the summer. I have nothing against the books in these categories; but this collection of titles is for readers who are looking for a little more edge to go with their pool-side margarita.
In these next few weeks leading up to the start of summer in June, I am releasing a different installment of one huge “Summer is for Thrillers” reading list. Paired with each category is a fun summer snack recipe, matching that particular brand of thriller. The categories are:
Week 1: Edge of Your Seat, Truffled Popcorn
Week 3: Downright Scary, Blood Orange Sherbet
Week 4: Dark and Twisty
Week 5: Tried and True Classic
I am coming up on week four of this series, and I have to say, as thrillers go, the books on this list have it all. They are creepy with unforeseen twists and dark themes that take you from your sedate happy life into a world of murder and mayhem.
The only accompaniment that will do for these insane books is a cocktail. Sip on this blood red Watermelon Mint Champagne Cocktail when the twists and turns are just too much.
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Beautiful Bad is a psychological thriller whose name and cover mostly earned it a spot on this list. Told in multiple POVs (I love that) and jumping back and forth in time, it starts with a frantic 911 call and reportedly has an explosive ending. I am ready!
The Au Pair is one I have actually finished and enjoyed. It is really creepy and grabs you from page one. The end was pretty unbelievable and also maybe a little soap opera silly, but I don’t mind that for an entertainment read such as this one.
Before She Knew Him I am excited to read this thriller that inevitably makes you ask yourself the question: how well do you know your neighbors?
An Anonymous Girl is about a woman who signs up for a psychology study and gets more than she bargains for. Can she finish the study, collect her money and be on her way or will she get sucked into the mysterious doctor’s weird world and manipulations?
Run Away Having your child sucked into a world of drugs, gangs and basically the dark underworld of society is every parents’ nightmare. How far would you go into this world to help your child? This book explores this question and takes you on a crazy ride along the way. Update: I finished this one in early June and really loved it. The perspectives switch around, the characters are flawed but complicated and it delves into a pretty dark and twisty world. I can’t wait to read more from this author.
All is Not Forgotten starts with a woman who is raped at a party and then given a controversial drug to erase her memory of the traumatic event. But as the title says “all is not forgotten.” I am intrigued at the premise and even though this one has been out for awhile (I am mostly keeping this list releases from the past year or so), trusted readers tell me it is one of her most dark and twisty books.
In the Vines is said to be a dark gothic psychological suspense and is about on old world New England family and their long-held secrets. It might have been better categorized under downright scary, but a few trusted sources suggested it is so crazy that it really defies labels. I typically love books like that.
The Fourth Monkey This book (along with the next one, My Lovely Wife) might delve a little farther into the dark and twisty realm than I am willing to go, but I have heard so much about them that I am willing to give them a try. About a demented serial killer and the detective who is chasing him, the premise is familiar but also so compelling for me.
My Lovely Wife is one that has been all over Instagram. It seems like a natural pick for this list although I have to admit, I am a little gun shy after a few of my friends mentioned it is maybe TOO dark and twisty. Does that make it more intriguing? Maybe.