What to Read After The Girl on the Train

What to Read After The Girl on the Train

Into The Water – Paula Hawkins

What could be better to follow up GOTT than the next book by its author Paula Hawkins? Although Into the Water isn’t due out until 2 May, we’ve already pre-ordered our copies to make sure they’re top of our reading pile come May.

Nel was obsessed with the drowning pool and the many ‘troublesome women’ who met their end there. Now that she’s one of them, it’s up to her sister Jules to get to the bottom of what happened. Before Nel died, she reached out and called her sister… but Jules didn’t pick up the phone. And now Jules must go back to a place she hoped she’d never have to see again to help pick up the pieces. Is there something sinister behind these women’s deaths? And is Jules putting herself in danger by asking too many questions?

The Perfect Girl – Gilly MacMillan

Zoe Maisey is a musical prodigy and a child genius. But three years ago, Zoe was tangled up in the tragic deaths of three of her classmates. Now that she’s served her time, her mother hopes that they can all move past Zoe’s past.

But is hiding the event from her new husband and the people in their new life a mistake? Could those around her begin to follow the breadcrumbs to lead them to their troubled past? Often, the closer you are to something, the harder it is to see it clearly.

Lying in Wait – Liz Nugent

Lydia Fitzsimons has it all. A perfect house, a loving husband, a beautiful son. There’s just one thing missing. But as she begins to chase the missing piece, is it possible that it will lead to murder? Lying in Wait explores the depths of a mother’s love and shows that some parents will stop at nothing to get the best for their children.

With people-puppeteer Lydia propelling the plot, this book’s greatest triumph is its portrait of the dark side of motherhood. Peak ‘domestic noir’, this book will have you hooked from cover to epilogue.

We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

The Sinclair family spend their summers on a private island (lucky them!). And every summer Cadence is reunited with her fellow ‘Liars’ – Johnny, Gat and Mirren. As is so often the case, things are not always as perfect as they seem on the surface, and one summer tragedy strikes.

When Cadence returns from a summer away, the events of Summer Fifteen (so called because that was Cadence’s age at the time) begin to surface. When her family and friends start acting secretively, and the details of that fateful summer begin to come back in dribs and drabs, Cadence and those responsible must finally face up to what really happened – and unearth a horrifying secret.

The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena

This razor-sharp book recounts every parent’s worst nightmare. A couple leave their baby asleep while they have dinner at the house next door. When they get home, they find their baby gone and the front door wide open. Flying at breakneck pace, this book doesn’t skip a beat when it comes to conveying the urgency of the situation.

Addressing serious themes such as postnatal depression and what it means to be a good parent, it’s a warrior in an army of female thrillers that are more than capable of holding their own.

The Missing – C. L. Taylor

When her teenage boy goes missing, Claire blames herself. But six months later an appeal for information uncovers new leads – could it be a light at the end of the tunnel? Could Billy still be alive? All families have secrets, but could the ones this family is hiding have played a part in Billy’s disappearance?

The Missing makes you feel as though you’re walking down a dark street full of twists and turns in the black of night. But what will you find when you reach the final corner?

Behind Closed Doors – B.A. Paris

This short novel has a lot to say for itself. Seemingly perfect newlyweds Jack and Grace Angel have it all. But as the cracks in their relationship begin to show, could it be that things aren’t as they seem?

They say you never really know what goes on behind closed doors, but could this saying be more sinister than you first think? Grace is essentially a prisoner in her own home. But how will she escape? Blurring the past and the present, it’s the monologues from sociopath Jack that chill us to our very core.

The Mistake I Made – Paula Daly

When push comes to shove, how far would you go to pay your bills? When single mother Roz finds herself struggling to make ends meet, an opportunity to set things right appears on the horizon. But are there some decisions that can’t be undone?

Roz, a physiotherapist whose business has gone under, is waist-deep in debt. Having just had to explain to her son why their furniture has been taken away, she’s at her wits’ end when the promise of a way out makes a timely appearance. Set in the Lake District, this harrowing novel of a desperate woman with a difficult choice will resonate for anyone who has gone through tough times.

Before I Let You In – Jenny Blackhurst

Sometimes a single loose thread can quickly unravel to expose something more sinister. This gripping novel from Kindle bestselling author Jenny Blackhurst explores the fears we experience when we let someone into our life and things begin to go wrong.

Psychiatrist Karen is someone who fixes problems. And with her friends Eleanor and Bea at her side, she could take on anything. That is, until Jessica appears and reveals details about Karen that she couldn’t possibly know.

Dear Amy – Helen Callaghan

Margot Lewis, agony aunt at The Cambridge Examiner, is confident when it comes to solving people’s problems for a living. But one day a different type of letter falls into the mailbox of her ‘Dear Amy’ column.

“Dear Amy,
I don’t know where I am. I’ve been kidnapped and am being held prisoner by a strange man. I’m afraid he’ll kill me.
Please help me soon,
Bethan Avery”

The only thing is: Bethan Avery went missing twenty years ago. But could her disappearance be connected to the recent disappearance of a young girl? The plot thickens with each turn of the page in this psychological suspense novel that will keep you guessing.

Dangerous Girls – Abigail Haas

Where better to spend spring break but Aruba? It’s the trip of a lifetime. But things quickly start to fall apart. When Elise is found dead, someone must be held responsible. And suddenly Anna finds the finger of blame pointed her way. As she waits to hear the judge’s decision, she realises that even those closest to her are questioning her innocence. But who do you turn to when you don’t know who you can trust?

This YA novel will have you hooked from start to finish.

Don’t You Cry – Mary Kubica

The author of bestseller The Good Girl is back with another tightly plotted gem. When Esther Vaughan vanishes one day from her apartment in downtown Chicago, it’s up to her roommate Quinn Collins to retrace her steps. At the same time in a harbour-side town a few miles away, teenage dishwasher Alex Gallo encounters a mystery woman. Could what starts as a harmless crush become something more sinister?

As the narration jumps between Quinn and Alex, you’ll feel like these characters are trains approaching each other at full pelt – destined to collide. A welcome reminder that there can be more to things than meets the eye.

The Loving Husband – Christobel Kent

From the author of The Crooked House, this book asks you the most upsetting question of all: can you trust the people you love?

Fran Hall lives in an idyllic farmhouse with her husband and two kids. One night she wakes up to find her husband Nathan gone. As she searches the house to find clues about his disappearance, she makes a horrifying discovery. As Fran begins to question everything she once took for granted, she must ask herself: was her husband really the person she thought he was? With the questions mounting, and the police turning suspicion on her, it becomes clear that Nathan isn’t the only one keeping secrets. But what has Fran got to hide?

Before I go to Sleep – S J Watson

We know that the second you picked up GOTT people started throwing copies of Before I go to Sleep at you like confetti (except heavier), but we couldn’t leave this unforgettable thriller off the list.

What if every time you woke up you remembered nothing from the day before? Would every day be fresh, exciting, and new, or could something more sinister be going on? For Christine this is a reality. Each day she uses her journal to try and recover her memory. Problem is: if you remember nothing, how do you know if the people you love are telling the truth?

Made into a compelling film featuring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth; 50 First Dates collides with Memento in this reverse chronology thriller. If you loved GOTT, then you’ll love the dark intensity of this page-turner.

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

We know that everyone has been banging the ‘Gone Girl’ drum for years now, but we couldn’t help but reinforce the connection. If you loved GOTT then you really will love Gone Girl so don’t miss out. Released in 2012, this tale of marriage gone awry gives gender roles a run for their money.

On the morning of Nick Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary, his wife Amy has disappeared. And as the police start to probe, new questions begin to come to light. Perhaps things are not all they seem. As Amy’s friends confess that she was afraid of him and a police search of their computer reveals an unusual search history, Nick quickly realises that he might not know his wife as well as he thinks. But, more importantly, where is she now?

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