Hey lovely readers!
You asked for it and here it is, 5 of my favorite crime fiction books!
Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman
“Two little girls banished from a neighborhood birthday party find an abandoned stroller with an infant inside on an unfamiliar Baltimore street. What happens next is shocking and terrible, causing the irreparable devastation of three separate families.
Seven years later, Alice Manning and Ronnie Fuller, now eighteen, are released from “kid prison” to begin their lives over again. But the secrets swirling around the original crime continue to haunt the parents, the lawyers, the police, and all the adults in Alice and Ronnie’s lives. And now another child has disappeared, under freakishly similar circumstances.”
This book has to be one of the best crime fiction books I have ever read. It messed me up, but in the best way. It was gritty and terrible, but OMG was it captivating as heck. This story is so beautifully told. The characters just draw you in and I can honestly say that I was shocked and amazed at the end. I literally read this in like 5 hours, it was that good.
Sworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder #1) by Linda Castillo
“When a serial killer strikes bucolic Painters Mill, Ohio, the killer’s signature -—Roman numerals ritualistically carved into each victim’s abdomen- —matches the MO of four unsolved murders from 16 years earlier. Police chief Kate Burkholder, who’s reluctant to dredge up the past, must keep secret that she knows why the old murders stopped. Not satisfied with the case’s progress, local politicos set up a multijurisdictional task force to assist, including a law-enforcement agent battling his own demons. The added scrutiny and the rising body count threaten to push the chief over the edge. Adept at creating characters with depth and nuance, Castillo smoothly integrates their backstories into a well-paced plot that illuminates the divide between the Amish and English worlds.”
If you guys didn’t already know, I’m fascinated by serial killers and so I loved this series. Awesome female policewoman solves murder mystery umm yes please! But seriously, this series just grabs you and doesn’t let go. I flew through it so fast and couldn’t stop telling people about it! I also like the peak into the world of the Amish and what it’s like for those that leave that world behind. Kate is just so smart and so brave, you can’t help but root for her.
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1) by Tana French
“As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children. He is gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.
Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox (his partner and closest friend) find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.”
Oh you guys this book drove me crazy. I was on the edge of my seat like what is
happening? I haven’t actually read the rest of the series and I don’t know that the books
are actually connected in any real way. But this first one was excellent. One thing to note
is that the ending is pretty ambiguous, so if you don’t like that this one’s probably not for you. The twist in this one was pretty crazy and the writing is so descriptive which is great for this genre. I swear sometimes I felt like I was there with the characters. Rob did bother me a bit, his attitude was annoying sometimes. But overall a really good story.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
“Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).
Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.
New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.”
So I know this one has been everywhere lately. And maybe all of you have read it or a t least heard about it, but I really wanted to include it anyway. And maybe I’m cheating because this one isn’t all about a crime, but it’s so good! I love that this book show women in such an honest way. And I love that you can find something to identify with in at least one of them. Jane is by far my favorite and so underrated as a character. But the things all of them do and go through is just so powerful. Women are not perfect, we have flaws we have problems, we lie, we cheat, and that’s just real life. I will say that I saw the twist coming in this one, but I didn’t even care because the story was so good. And the TV show was excellent as well!
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
“Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas. She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.”
My favorite on this list by far! I can’t even tell you how much I loved this book. I can’t say much because I don’t want to give anything away. But I will say Miss Flynn is the queen of twisted stories! It’s so frustrating, because I was never sure if I hated or loved Libby. She drove me crazy, but in the end I understood why she was the way she was. Sometimes when I think about this book I still can’t believe how it all played out. It’s amazing!
That’s it guys! I hope you find your next favorite read here!
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! ❤ Adrianna
*Cover and synopsis from Goodreads