As the year comes to an end and the night continue to get colder, I thought I’d compile a short list of books to keep you entertained if you don’t fancy venturing out on the weekends until that warmer weather rolls around again.
The below list are books I flew through in record time, anything from 2-4 days, depending on my schedule. If you plan on spending a couple of nights in your pajamas with a big mug of hot chocolate, then these could be the perfect Winter reads for you!
FINAL GIRLS by Riley Sager
The term “Final Girl” is defined as follows “The final girl is a trope in horror films (particularly slasher films). It refers to the last woman alive to confront the killer, ostensibly the one left to tell the story.” This sums up the plot perfectly, however Sager gives us more than just one unexpected twist along the way, making for the perfect thriller with classic slasher feel to it.
Final Girls opens with the story being told from the perspective of Quincy Carpenter, a Final Girl. Before Quincy, there was Lisa and Sam, survivors of two separate massacres, one in a sorority house, the other at a motel. Quincy however, does her best to not be a ‘Final Girl’. With the help of some Xanax and the occasional bottle wine, Quincy has made as normal a life for herself as she can manage whilst being unable to remember the details of that fateful night in the woods. Insisting she has moved on from the events that saw her friends killed, she now runs a successful baking blog and lives with her almost fiancé Jeff… that is until the first Final Girl is found dead in her bathtub.
Both unexpected and incredibly satisfying, the ending was not what I expected and I’m so glad I bumped this one up my ‘to-be-read’ pile. If you’re looking for something to get you started on the build up to Halloween this Autumn, start here. As I’ve said before, as a fan of thrillers, horror’s and your classic 90’s slasher movie, this book was right up my alley. I couldn’t recommend it more to anyone else of the same like mind.
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ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen M. McManus
One of Us Is Lying tells the story of five high school seniors; Gossip Girl-esque Simon who runs a gossip blog, popular baseball player Cooper, serious and studious Bronwyn, loveable drug dealer Nate and pretty girl Addy. Each one finds themselves suddenly in detention after having a cell phone mysteriously placed in each of their bags. Whilst trying to convince the supervising teacher that none of the phones belong to them and that someone must be pulling a prank, they all suddenly hear the sound of a crash outside. Whilst the teacher and four of the students rush to the window to see what is going on, one student, Simon, hangs back and when they all return to their seats Simon begins to choke. As Bronwyn, Nate, Cooper and Addy all try to get help for Simon, unfortunately, it arrives to late and he is pronounced dead at the hospital – from anaphylactic due to a peanut allergy.
This novel takes you on a rollercoaster ride of some serious character development, highs and lows of emotion and an all-important final twist. It gave me a classic who-done-it scenario, all the of drama you would expect from a high school filled with rampant hormones, a newly budding romance, a secret romance and an incredibly satisfying finale. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a fast paced, addictive read, not to mention this is now set to become a tv series after being picked up by E!
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EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker
First off, I LOVED this book. From the high level of mystery and alternating points of perspective between Cass and Dr Winter, this novel was a compelling and fast paced story from start to finish. Cass our main character, whilst as mysterious as she was and at times a little suspicious, was easy to empathize and follow along with on her winding tale of what happened to both her and her sister whilst also revealing the sordid details of her family life. From a mother who will stop at nothing to gain the attention and love of those around her and a step brother and step father who are both equally as toxic as the other, Emma and Cass had it hard from the get-go.
After their mother and father divorce and they are moved in with their mother’s new husband and son, their lives slowly begin to go down and dark and twisted road. Emma, aware of her new step-brothers interest in her, proceeds to manipulate and engage in a back and forth war with him for many years. Hunter’s unhealthy interest in Emma, leads to Emma acting out and pushing them both to their limits within their personal and academic lives. Cass, remains a reluctant observer of Emma’s battles with their stepbrother and Mother, whilst slowly revealing the outcome of events slowly throughout the novel.
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THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
The Wife Between Us is a fast paced, addictive page turning novel telling the story of a jealous ex-wife who is obsessed with her new, younger replacement and stopping the upcoming wedding of her ex-husband, Richard.
I was absolutely ENTHRALLED with this book from start to finish that it in fact only took me two pages to make my way through it. From the deep and twisting emotions displayed by the characters, to the several unexpected plot twists, you really can’t ask for a better domestic thriller than this novel!
Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen have managed to tell a story of several truths that will leave your inner detective going crazy for answers. They present to us three different main characters, many clues, many stories and many lies.
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THE GIRLS by Emma Cline
Set in the late 1960’s, lovely teenager Evie Boyd spots a group of girls in the park and is instantly drawn to their carefree, aloof attitude and blatant disregard for rules. After another chance encounter with the girls and a quick effort to impress them, Evie catches the attention of Suzanne who invites her to meet their leader and become part of their ‘family’ (a soon to be killer cult). In her desperation to impress and be accepted as of the girls, Evie finds herself at odds with both her family and the law, inching closer and closer to a violence that knows no limits
I had read some pretty mixed reviews of this book and after reading it, can see where this problem comes from. It seems to be as though The Girls is a love it or hate it read. I personally, thoroughly enjoyed it. I would have been more than happy to read more about Evie’s time with the cult and a little more about how each main player became involved with the cult. A little of the aftermath wouldn’t have gone a miss either but it’s not something I would consider essential to the plot.