Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers with a twist have made Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn a recent bestseller. Gone Girl tells the story of Nick and Amy Dunne, a young married couple about to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary when Amy suddenly disappears. Nick becomes the prime suspect after Amy’s friends tell the police that she was afraid of Nick and kept secrets from him. Readers learn that Nick has lied…but is he a killer?
Find Gone Girl and other novels with similar themes or styles at the Lititz Public Library.
The End of Everything by Megan Abbott
The last person to see a missing teenage girl is her best friend, a thirteen-year-old who decides to pursue clues she believes the police have missed.
Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
A retired private investigator tries to track down the biological parents of a woman who was adopted as a child, a case that intersects with a series of crimes committed in the 1970s.
The Damage Done by Hilary Davidson
A travel writer living in Spain is called back to New York at the news her sister, a heroin addict, has been found dead in the bathtub, but is shocked to discover the body belongs to someone she’s never seen before.
Line of Vision by David Ellis
To protect his lover, a man confesses to the shooting death of her abusive husband and ends up on trial for murder.
Catch Me by Lisa Gardner
A 28-year-old police dispatcher asks a Boston homicide detective to investigate her expected murder.
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
In 1907 Wisconsin, a woman sees a path to riches when a well-to-do rural businessman advertises for a mail-order bride.
The Dead Lie Down by Sophie Hannah
A woman’s horror turns to confusion when she learns her new boyfriend believes he killed someone years ago, but she knows that person is very much alive.
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
Four years after a brutal attack, a young woman is terrified when she learns that the assailant is about to be released from jail.
Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
A struggling lawyer suspects a woman he saved from drowning is tangled up in a murder with connections to some of Houston’s business and political elite.
Garnethill by Denise Mina
A troubled woman awakes one morning to discover her boyfriend tied to a chair in the living room with his throat slit.
In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O’Brien
Following a devastating media exposé, a once-promising senate candidate becomes a murder suspect when his wife disappears.
Watch Me Die by Erica Spindler
A young woman mourning the loss of her husband in Hurricane Katrina becomes the chief suspect in the chain of murders.
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
A happy and content young realtor is kidnapped and enslaved by a young man who attends an open house.
The Birthday Present by Barbara Vine
Two unacquainted narrators chronicle the rise and fall of a self-indulgent British politician whose career collapses due to a tragic stroke of bad luck.
The Breaker by Minette Walters
Police investigate three suspects to the brutal murder of a greedy, social-climbing woman found strangled and with her fingers broken.
Originally published on April 12, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.