Goodreads is my number one source for all things books. It’s the easiest way for me to find books out of my primary genres: contemporary fiction and romance. But it is nice to branch out of that box every so often and venture out, even if it’s not that far (baby steps). My favourite type of books to read when I’m cold and trying to get cosy are drama and mystery novels. I scare way too easily to dive into horror, so this genre provides the right about of thrill balanced with some levity and surprise. The weather is way colder, it’s darker, and the chances of me being wrapped in a blanket increase by 70% as soon as September begins. Because majority of my free time is spent now cocooning at home, I may as well have an addictive story in my hands.
Imagine you meet a man, spend six glorious days together, and fall in love. And it’s mutual: you’ve never been so certain of anything. So when he leaves for a long-booked holiday and promises to call from the airport, you have no cause to doubt him.
But he doesn’t call.
Your friends tell you to forget him, but you know they’re wrong: something must have happened; there must be a reason for his silence. What do you do when you finally discover you’re right? That there is a reason — and that reason is the one thing you didn’t share with each other?
This book is basically the perfect combo of mystery, romance and contemporary fiction. Each element works harmoniously to create a gripping story. It has it’s thrilling elements but isn’t dark and twisted in any way, the thrill is in the surprises, which makes it a really easy story to hold you attention but still feel cosy.
Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.
Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.
This suspenseful mystery got a lot of attention during its release and I really enjoyed the book. From the moment the main character begins to narrate, I was gripped. While it’s listed as a thriller, I’d say it’s way more suspenseful than thrilling. The story moves very slowly, but it paced really well. If you’re gonna read The Woman in the Window, I’d suggest grabbing a glass of merlot first.
It’s takes one minute to change everything…
Vivienne Shager has it all. A highflying job. A beautiful apartment. Friends whose lives are as perfect as her own. But on the afternoon of her 27th birthday, Vivi has a heart attack.
Now Vivi’s life shrinks back to how it begun, as she moves back to the small seaside town she grew up in. With her time running out, there is one thing she wants to know the truth about.
Some secrets are best left in the past…
Thirty years earlier, Shelley’s family home, Deerwood farm, bursts full of love and happiness. But one family member has hidden a secret for all these years. Until Vivi comes home demanding answers, and it takes just a moment to unravel the lie at their heart of their lives…
One Minute Later is the softest of the group, and includes a lot more romance compared to the rest of the titles in this list. This novel is a bit of a rollercoaster ride, and can easily be finished in one sitting. Although it isn’t categorised as a mystery and has more drama, there’s definitely an element of secrecy in this engrossing book.
Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.
So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.
A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
While this book wasn’t a five-star read for me, I’m a huge fan of Celeste Ng’s writing and immediately purchase anything she publishes. This book is a thought-provoking one, as it dives deep into the lives of a Chinese American family and their struggles. I found the story to be heart-breaking and beautifully written.
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia’s.
One of my favourite books of 2018, without a doubt. It has a brilliant air of mystery throughout. Little Fires Everywhere introduced me to Celeste Ng and ignited the obsession. To read this book, you have to have a lot of patience and an open mind to not only be able to follow the story, but allow the message to sink in. It’s a powerful and emotional ride!
What mystery stories are you reading this autumn?