February was such a short month for reading. This month, I was craving some suspenseful reads. I’m not a fan of television and needed some beautiful distraction from the craziness of the world. I found some gripping thrillers that kept my mind busy and kept me up late many nights. All of these books were 5 star rated on Goodreads and appeared on many of the must read book lists. If thrillers are your thing, I believe you’ll find something here that you’ll like. I enjoyed each of them and highly recommend you check them out.
Imagine if your husband of seven years, who you are still madly in love with, flies off for a business trip to Florida. Next thing you know you receive a call from the airlines that he was a passenger on a plane headed for Seattle that has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board. This is the premise of this fast paced book.
Iris and Will are happily married when her world is shaken to its core. Iris refuses to believe Will is dead, or for that fact that he was even on that plane. The book follows her on her quest to find out the truth about what happened. She learns more than she bargained for about her seemingly perfect husband. All in all a quick, enjoyable read.
Abigail seemingly has the perfect life. Handsome, devoted husband and beautiful baby Izzy. Suddenly, she starts feeling like something is off in her world. She starts suspecting she’s losing her mind and someone is trying to kidnap her daughter. She receives threatening texts and begins to doubt her life is as perfect as she once thought. Unfortunately, she is hiding a dark past from her husband so she has nowhere to turn for help.
The plot of this book is told in alternating chapters centered around an investigator, DI Robyn Carter, trying to solve the murder of an actor and find a missing teacher. The narrator of the other chapters is setting the back story for us of a little girl abused. You wonder if she is Abigail as you try to connect these story lines.
DI Robyn Carter starts to delve deeper and her investigations into both cases lead her back to Abigail. Robyn’s instincts tell her there’s a connection between these deaths. This was a fast paced read. Every time I thought I had it solved it took another twist. Very enjoyable read.
When 30-year old Dawn returns from her Getaway.com booked vacation, she fails to receive her deposit back. She contacts the homeowner to inquire when it will arrive and receives word it should be coming shortly. Then she gets another email that tells her she will get her deposit back, minus $200 to replace the stained sheets. Dawn is insulted and angry at what she perceives as dishonest practices. She contacts Miranda, the homeowner, about this deduction and soon the two are locked in a battle of wills.
The emails between the two women set the stage for the alternating chapters. I loved this book. The backstory of each women really carried me through quickly. Each of these women had secrets they were keeping and real deep rooted reasons for their actions. They continue to battle right up until the end. Be prepared to read this in one setting and be totally surprised that it’s about more than just the back and forth between these two stubborn women.
Three years ago, Toni’s five year old daughter went missing. She has never been found and seems to have vanished without a trace. The book opens with a stroke victim lying in the hospital trapped inside her body. Everyone thinks she is brain dead and plans are being made to pull the plug. But this woman is very much alive. As she struggles to let them know she is alive, we are taken back in time to the days before Evie’s abduction.
We soon learn that Toni was struggling with drug addiction following the death of her husband in Afghanistan. As we begin to piece together the story of the past, we realize that Toni’s mind is trapped in a world of silence and her only chance to save herself is to find a way to make herself heard. She must find Evie.
This one has a nice twist toward the end that I didn’t see coming. I was pretty shocked by it and realized after that the clues were there. A thriller that kept me turning the pages until I was finished. A one day read that is perfect for fans of thrillers.
I wonder what genre I’ll be binge reading in March. I love my psychological thrillers, but maybe it’s time for some historical fiction. So many books, so little time! Enjoy and if you read any of these titles I’d love to hear what you thought.