At the start of summer I decided to read The Girl on The Train after a friend recommended it. From that point on, I have been hooked on reading thrillers. Since I normally non-fiction or cookbooks in my spare time, reading fiction over the past few months has been such a fun treat! So, with darker days, cozy sweaters, and book-weather upon us, I wanted to share my top 10 thrillers for fall.
1. The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
Have you read this yet? If not, go read it now; if so, go see the movie.
This story follows Rachel Watson, a divorced alcoholic, who commutes every day on the train to London, watching the houses and people go by. Rachel becomes particularly fixated on one couple (who happen to live down the street from her ex-husband and his new wife) and begins to make up names and a story about them. One day, the woman goes missing and although Rachel can’t remember the events of that evening, she begins to question what really happened and how she might be involved. Overall, this is an incredible read and you definitely won’t see the end coming.
2. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
This book is so, so good. It follows Leonora, a reclusive crime writer, who gets invited to a weekend getaway out-of-the-blue by an old classmate. As if her staying in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside isn’t creepy enough, she wakes up in a hospital 48 hours later without remembering anything that happened.
A few words of advice? You’ll probably have to look up some of the British lingo (note: hen party = bachelorette party) and don’t make the mistake of reading this when you’re traveling and staying in a hotel room by yourself. Trust me: you will not sleep well.
3. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
I started this book when I was in Chicago for a conference and if I’m being totally honest, I will admit that it made me pretty paranoid about being kidnapped. In short: One night, Mia Dennett enters a Chicago bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.
Lessons learned: 1) Don’t go to bars alone. 2) Definitely don’t leave bars with strangers.