Confession time: I am a bossy book reader. I read books and then force people around me to read them make subtle and kind recommendations to others.
I cannot help it, I want to share the book love. I want to chat about what I’ve read.
Hence, why I started my “Hey, You! Read This!” feature. This feature hones in on books I have read and would recommend in different genres and subgenres. Last time I did this feature, I focused on abduction thrillers.
Today, I figured I would take a look at another one of my favourite thriller subgenres: DOMESTIC THRILLERS. One of my favourite things about domestic thrillers (or marriage thrillers, as I have heard them called) is how close to home they can feel (see what I did there?). There is nothing like reading a story about the possibility of our nearest and dearest having some brutal secrets or behaviour.
Now, the classic domestic thrillers that come to mind are Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. These are sort of the “OG” domestic thrillers that rebooted the genre and got everyone in a tizzy, so, for the sake of redundancy, I am leaving them off my list.
Interested to see what I did decide to throw on my list?
Keep reading to see what made my top picks….
HEY, YOU! You Want to Read Something That Actually Feels like Gone Girl?
Then check out…..
Lie to Me by J.T Ellison
One of my biggest pet peeves, when I open a domestic thriller, are the ones that claim to be “for fans of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train”. I understand this marketing technique, but, they usually end up being a huge bust. However, Lie to Me was one of the first books with this claim that truly felt like it had a Gone Girl vibe.
HEY, YOU! You Want A Domestic Thrill That Also Gives You A Chick-Lit/Beach Read Vibe?
Some of my favourite domestic thrillers are the ones that also feel light enough to bring to the beach and binge read while relaxing.
If you like this too, check out…..
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty or The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
I am a big fan of all Moriarity’s work but these two are on the darker domestic thriller vibe while still being perfect to lounge about and binge read while at the beach or cottage. They feel like summer, the prose will keep you hooked and you’ll be compelled to keep turning the pages. Yes. Please.
I also really liked It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell. This one was a twist on the classic domestic thriller and it had me reading late into the night during summer vacation, drinking wine and loving life.
HEY, YOU! You Want Something That You Will Not Be Able to Put Down?
Of course, you do! Who doesn’t when they are reading a domestic thriller? The following were books that I picked up and ended up binge reading late into the night. Addictive plots, compelling characters and twists and turns will have you on edge, just like a good domestic thriller should!
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J Watson
This book was actually one of the first domestic thrillers I had ever read and I have loaned it out again and again. I actually am a fan of all of Watson’s work. This novel is fast-paced and full of twists and turns that will have you on edge and second-guessing the relationship at the center of the plot.
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
The novel at the crux of the WTF that ending hashtag that floating all over Twitter and social media at the beginning of the year, this one will truly blow your mind at the conclusion. Love it or hate it, no one can deny that the ending of this novel is one of the most unexpected twists!
Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens
Chevy Stevens has an amazing narrative style and this book was no exception. I binge read this novel in a single day and was blown away by how captivated the plot had me. This one is a classic domestic thriller (sort of like the movie Enough starring J Lo).
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
This book got me back into reading after a two-year long reading slump. As far as I can say, this one is perfection. I am a sucker for Peter Swanson and he is able to weave a fantastic, twisted story within this novel.
The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle
The entertainment value of this one cannot be beaten. It will have you on edge.