This year has been a year of thrillers so far with great new authors breaking out from the surface and some veterans charming us again. Big on thrillers? Catch these five books from the first half of the year for a weekend full of goosebumps and thrill.
The Woman in the Window
A Gillian Flynn fan? You might just have a new author to add to your favorites. The Woman in the Window has been of the biggest thriller release of the year so far and guess what? It’s already been signed for a movie.
The protagonist is Mrs. Fox, a lady who spends her time drinking wine and procrastinating. Things are blur and boring at her end until the Russells move next door. A father, a mother and a son – a family like any other you would think unless one day Anna Fox spots something in their window that she shouldn’t have.
The Woman in the Window is going to make you question everything you come to believe – its diabolical in every sense of the word. If a spine-chilling thriller is your thing, this has got to be your next read.
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
You read the title and saw the cover. You think it’s one of those books that involves a troubled marriage -a wife, an extramarital affair or an angry ex-girlfriend maybe. Put them aside because this story takes not one predictable turn. Every sane cell in your body will tell you that it’s a love triangle you can predict from cover to cover but the book defies all your cells.
The Wife Between Us is as twisted and complex as it can get. It leaves the reader with the lesson that even the most successful of marriages come with baggage and how ignoring the ugly truths in order to let love survive is dangerous. Don’t lose track of the lies and don’t let yourself make assumptions.
The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor
Thrillers become much more than just stories when childhood stories become a part of them. In this relentlessly spooky tale, a childhood game goes out of hand and things take an ugly turn. Any assumptions made while reading this book are often very far from the bullseye.
The story begins in the late 1980s with a group of adolescent boys trying to find some thrill amidst the laziness of a countryside village. They cycle around, leaving tiny figures of chalk in the form of a man for each other – a code only the gang can decode. The thrill begins when they end up near a brutally sliced body following one of their chalk symbols. They end up in different cities as they grow old and have put the event from their teen days behind them until Eddy receives a letter with a single chalk man drawn on it. Things become more serious when others from the group receive the same letter and one of their friends ends up dead. Finding the mystery behind the uneventful day from their adolescence is the only way to stay alive.
The Chalk Man leaves you satisfied through and through with a new twist of suspense awaiting at each bend. The story moves between past and present knitting together the events of both incidents. Each mystery gets its due surprise outcome and nothing about the story is forced, thus making it surreal.
The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani
Dependence often ends rendering one of the two parties either hurt or paralyzed. The Perfect Nanny is about how a helping hand
Miriam, a lawyer by profession, is ready to get back to the courtroom and to do so, the couple needs a trustworthy nanny to look after their two kids. When they find Lousie, it’s like a god sent gift. She’s charming, polite, organized and warm towards the kids too. Unlike other helpers, Louise also contributes to maintaining their family home in a posh Paris locality and works extra time without complaining. However, as their dependence on each other grows, their mutual worker-employer admiration gets sour and resentments, malice and doubt start festering. You first discover harmony, domesticity and life post motherhood, then you see the power, money and class difference driven working of the society. This book tightens its grip on you with every page you turn. A thoroughly riveting and revealing account, this book deserves every accolade that comes its way.
Tangerine by Christine Mangan
The worst kind of enmity comes from having a history with your foe. In Christine Mangan’s Tangerine, two long lost friends are reunited when one of them moves to Tangier with her husband. Lucy and Alice were once inseparable until an accident in Bennington ended their friendship. New in Morocco, Alice is skeptical but pleased with Lucy’s attempts to patch things between them and finds it easy to move amidst the sweaty, mortifying crowd of the city,
Overwhelmed once again by Lucy’s commanding attitude, Alice starts feeling controlled and cornered. To make it worse, Alice’s husband, John goes missing and Alice is convinced it is in some way linked to her friendship with Lucy. She starts questioning her own sanity and her decisions. What once seems sheer paranoia gradually starts to make sense.
Full of precision and neatly knitted web of events, Tangerine is an exotic tale of all that can happen under the ‘Good Friends’ radar.
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