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if I liked 'gone girl' and 'before I go to sleep'...

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Fictionlady Sun 08-Jun-14 00:25:31

What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman. So well written - character driven and complex. One of those books that you finish and immediately want to re-read when you know the twist!

SheSaid78 Fri 06-Jun-14 13:42:25

I would definitely recommend 'Into The Darkest Corner' by Elizabeth Haynes, 'Just What Kind Of Mother Are You' by Paula Daly and 'Tell Me No Secrets' by Julie Corbin - to name but a few.

I've recently finished 'The Telling Error' by Sophie Hannah and in complete contrast to her earlier novels, this latest offering was a very dull and difficult read. I had to force myself through it (I don't like 'abandoning' books), but I really struggled with this one. So I'd body swerve it confused

I'm an avid reader - with four children, it's my escape. And nothing beats a thriller that you just can't put down. I'd start with the Elizabeth Haynes. smile

TroyMcClure Thu 05-Jun-14 17:40:07

Her by harriet lane
Not out till June ?12 but ace

lavenderhoney Thu 08-May-14 07:55:09

Anything by Linwood Barclay.

sparrowcottage Thu 08-May-14 07:51:17

def dragon tattoo, also Kiss me first, lottie Maggoch? a much better read than gone girl.
harry hole doesnt do it for me as a protagonist.

RyvitaSesame Sun 27-Apr-14 19:05:58


Optimist1 Sun 27-Apr-14 19:04:30

I, too, liked the two books you mention, OP. Have just read Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, which was pretty good but not quite as engaging as I found Gone Girl. Agree with PPs who recommend Appletree Yard - it was an interesting slant on an unusual relationship. Not the same genre, but also very satisfying was The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald (but the subject - infant death - might be distressing for some). Thanks for starting this thread!

spababe Sun 27-Apr-14 18:22:57

I liked Dark Side apart from the ending. Not read Finders Keepers yet but it's on my list.

ilovecolinfirth Sun 27-Apr-14 15:13:41

Sister or Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton

BrianTheMole Sun 27-Apr-14 14:38:50

Marking my place!

DuchessofMalfi Sun 27-Apr-14 14:37:30

Blacklands is chillingly brilliant. It's the first of a series of three - the next two Dark Side, and Finders Keepers I thought were good too, but perhaps not quite as good as Blacklands.

spababe Sun 27-Apr-14 13:43:14

Blacklands by Belinda Bauer - read by my books group and given a good overall score. I really enjoyed it and went on to read Rubbernecker

KurriKurri Sun 20-Apr-14 12:16:19

Try The Playdate by Louise Millar, The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood, and The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne.

If you like psychilogical thrillers I;d also recommend The Magpies by Mark Edwards, and The Sacarificial Man and The Woman Before Me by Ruth Dugdall (these might be a bit gruesome for some tastes but they are page turners)

The Lewis Trilogy by Peter May is very good (first book is called The Black House) As is the Garnethill Trilogy by Denise Mina.

ballseditup Sun 20-Apr-14 00:48:37

I think jo nesbo is far superior to apple tree yard, gone girl and before i go to sleep which I thought were all dross - sorry!

have you read the dragon tattoo books? Sorry I forget the sequels names. very good.

pudseypie Sun 20-Apr-14 00:23:01

Definitely the Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo. Dh and I both read them

BertieBotts Sat 19-Apr-14 19:50:38

I liked Burning Man by Alan Russell.

oopsadaisyme Sat 19-Apr-14 19:39:21

'the unlikely pilgrimage of Harold fry' by Rachel Joyce -

I like the books you enjoy and was recommended this, was such a joy to read, just great

iheartpedropony Sat 19-Apr-14 19:28:15

I enjoyed those and the Nearest Thing to Crazy by Elizabeth Forbes.

hollyisalovelyname Sat 19-Apr-14 09:43:59

Anything by Minette Waters (or Walters)

Cheboludo Sat 19-Apr-14 08:52:14

They're both psychological thrillers so maybe early Sophie Hannah? (The later ones are nowhere near as good as the early ones) The Silent Wife and The Husband's Secret were both hyped as the next Gone Girl (I liked THS but was disappointed by SW) Laura Lippmann is very good too.
I've read that Erin Kelly and Louise Doughty are both excellent in this genre.
The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood isn't quite the same genre but is really interesting in looking at how the media can shape our perception of victims and perpetrators of crime.
Megan Abbott's The End of Everything isn't a psychological thriller but is beautifully written with a teenage narrator trying to figure out just what has happened to her best friend.
Sinead Crowley's Can Anyone Help Me? is out soon and is perfect for MNers - it's all about a woman with a young baby who turns to an online forum for help. It's all quite sinister and intriguing.

DuchessofMalfi Sat 19-Apr-14 07:25:27

Some more - Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes - very chilling. Tidelines by Penny Hancock, The Millennium Trilogy - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo etc by Stieg Larsson, The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey (old, but very good), The Woman in White and The Moonstone both by Wilkie Collins. Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole thriller series - not read, but heard they are good.

DuchessofMalfi Sat 19-Apr-14 07:12:23

I second Apple Tree Yard - very enjoyable read. Also, Just What Kind of Mother Are You by Paula Daly - read and enjoyed recently, The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith aka J K Rowling, A Commonplace Killing by Sian Busby. Will think of more and post later.

BigPawsBrown Fri 18-Apr-14 22:59:06

Apple tree yard

wuckfit Fri 18-Apr-14 22:57:08

can anyone recommend any other books? I like murder, mystery and thrillers


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