5 Thrillers That'll Keep You Up Late

A good thriller, like a man, can be hard to find. It has to have the right amount of predictability – it can't be random. But it can't be too predictable – it still needs to surprise you. (Who says women are demanding?)

Good thrillers toy with your emotions and intelligence. For instance, in Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, just when you think you've worked it out… BAM. You haven't. And all the signs were there! (That line seems to apply to good books and bad relationships.) They have a way of turning the most unlikely of people into people who'll read while peeing because they can. not. put. it. down.

So if thrills give you chills (sorry) then you’re in for a treat. Here’s 5-to-try:


1. Buried by Kendra Elliot


If you’re a thriller-er and you haven’t read Kendra Elliot, well then I have to question your thriller-ness. While I’m doing that, you should read this.

Reporter Michael Brody desperately wants to know what happened to his brother, Daniel, who disappeared twenty years ago along with a bus full of school kids. Yet, when the children's remains are discovered, Daniel’s aren’t there.

There was one survivor that day, Chris Jacobs. Michael decides to find Chris in attempt to get the answers he needs. But locating Chris isn’t easy – he's spent his life in hiding since the kidnapping. The only way is to convince Chris’ sister, Jamie, to help. (And Jamie isn't all that keen on helping.)

The best bit about this book? Once you've finished it, Kendra Elliot has over 10 more for you to read.


2. A Criminal Defense by William L. Myers Jr.


You’re very much in a love / hate relationship with narrator, Mick McFarland (more hate than love). Mick is a criminal lawyer who has no choice but to defend his friend David Hanson, a wealthy businessmen, who's accused of killing a young reporter. A young reporter who reached out to Mick for legal help, only hours before her murder.

This case hits close to home for Mick – meaning he has no choice but to ensure David Hanson is acquitted.

While slow to start, it ends dramatically. In the last 20% of this book, there is a new revelation on every page. Make sure you hang on till the end.


3. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware


Travel journalist, Lo Blacklock, is on assignment aboard a luxury cruise ship for a week. There is only a handful of exclusive guests and it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime.

They set sail off into the beautiful North Sea, and it feels like a dream. Until one night, Lo witnesses someone throw a woman overboard. A nightmare.

The only problem is that all the passengers are accounted for – no one is missing. So the ship sails on, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to find who ended up in the cold, dark sea.

Trust me – this book will throw you into the deep end.


4. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll


Ani FaNelli is on track to achieving the perfect life. She has the glamorous job, an expensive wardrobe and the handsome finance, who brings with him wealth and status. She seems to be 'the luckiest girl in the world'.

But Ani experienced something as a teenager. A public humiliation that turned everyone against her. At first Ani seems shallow and self-serving, but is it really her fault? What else could she do?

This book is not what you expect. It’s a thriller that uses tragedy to examine the pressures on women ‒ and the unfairness of it all.

Like Gone Girl, Luckiest Girl Alive has a deeper meaning than 'who dun it?'


5. The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle


This book isn't at all what I expected. It tells the story of conman Roy Courtnay who is about to pull of his final heist on a wealthy widow.

Sure enough, Betty plays right into Roy’s hand and allows Roy move into her mansion. Everything seems to be going to plan. It won’t be long until he’s running away with Betty's life savings. Except that Betty’s grandson, Stephen, is asking questions. He wants to know who Roy really is. We, the reader, want to know the same thing. Who really is Roy?

The story travels between the past and present to tell the true story – a story of how we can fool ourselves.