Psychological Thrillers for 2017

Psychological Thrillers for 2017

Some people like to be scared – in a controlled way.  The best psychological thrillers will hold you on the edge of  your seat and keep you turning the pages long into the night.  If you are more a warm and fuzzy, or romance novel reader, then stick clear of this list.

Psychological Thrillers

1. Apple Tree Yard – Louise Doughty

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Yvonne Carmichael has it all: a beautiful family, a husband who loves her and a career in a field in which she excels. Then an affair with a nameless man changes her life as something unexpected and horrible happens. When she is brought in for questioning, she tries to piece together what went wrong.

Yvonne doesn’t have only to figure out what happened but also to find herself. I loved this book because the characters are well developed and they reveal themselves and their internal struggle as the story progresses. It is beautifully constructed, full of suspense, a real psychological thriller.

2. Behind Closed Doors – B. A. Paris

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Jack and Grace are the perfect couple: elegant, charming, happy and always together. Or so it appears. But behind closed doors their story is very different. Behind Closed Doors explores the life of Grace, the quiet, jovial wife whose life is far from perfect.

B.A. Paris writes an emotional thriller full of turns and twists that keeps you wanting to know more with every page, as you discover the real story. The characters are beautifully revealed as the story progresses, which makes this book even more amazing.

3. The Grownup – Gillian Flynn

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The Grownup is a story full of ghosts. The main character, an aura cleanser, meets Susan Brooke an unhappy woman with a disturbed teenage son. When the psychic proposes a house cleansing, Susan jumps to the opportunity. And soon the three embark in a thrilling ride full of past demons and ghosts.

Gillian Flynn has a trademark: a woman who is manipulative and cunning and makes you feel sorry and root for her. And this book has it. Also, the characters are dark and have hidden agendas that won’t be revealed until the end of the story. The element of gothic horror added to this short story gives it an eerie air that supports and embellishes the mystery surrounding this thriller story.

4. Sister:A Novel – Rosemund Lupton

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Nothing compares to the relationship these two sisters have. When Beatrice finds out that her sister, Tess, is missing, she starts investigating on her own. Their bond is put to a test when she discovers that Tess’s life has changed from what she knew. When everybody accepts Tess’s loss, Beatrice doesn’t give up and digs for the truth to come out.

Sister is a psychological suspense thriller that is written with a fresh perspective. Tess and Beatrice’s diary entries give you a sense that they are communicating which thickens the plot. The sisterly bond theme is also interesting and well expressed. You feel yourself suffering the loss of a loved one. Follow Beatrice, as she tries to solve the mystery of her sister’s disappearance in this baffling thriller.

5. The Girl Before – J. P. Delaney

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One Folgate Street is an odd, minimalist house built by a peculiar architect who is looking for the perfect tenant who will submit to his rules about living there. Emma and Jane are both protagonists of this novel, each one with her point of view. They both move into this amazing house, although at different times. They both have their own story, that it begins the same: they need a fresh start and One Folgate Street seems the cheap and safest choice.

Jane discovers the fate of the house’s previous tenants and she starts investigating the cause of their death, as she lives the same terrors as the last tenants did. I loved this book. The journey of solving the mystery of this intelligent and also creepy house and its tenant’s death kept me glued to the pages.The bizarre concept of the rules of the minimalist house was intriguing and kept the atmosphere thrilling and engaging. This is more of a crime story, but the different points of view, the house and rules make it unique and earns it a place in this list of psychological thrillers.

6. The Secret Place – Tana French

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Detective Stephen Moran wants to join the Dublin Murder Squad. He gets his chance when sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey, a student at St. Kilda School, brings him a photo with Chris Harper’s dead body with the caption “I know who killed him”. Moran, along with the caustic detective Antoinette Conway, try to solve the mysterious murder as they go deep into life of high school cliques.

Tana French writes a dark novel about how dangerous high school life can be for those who attend. It puts emphases on how unimportant these games look from an adult’s point of view until they really listen and observe the young people’s lives. This mystery is like a maze full of unexpected situations, reigned by a gruesome murder. A combination crime novel and teen psychology thriller novel.

7. As Time Goes By – Mary Higgins Clark

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Start-up journalist, Delaney Wright is offered the opportunity to cover the trial of Betsy Grant, just as she is trying to discover who her birth mother is. Betsy Grant, who is accused of murdering her husband, doesn’t want to take the plea because she thinks a trial will prove her innocence. Meanwhile, Delaney’s friends, who offered to look into finding her mother, find a dark secret that now they don’t want to share with her.

Mary Higgins Clark is the queen of suspense novels, and this book makes this title more evident. The two mysteries: finding Delaney’s mother and finding the murderer of Betsy’s husband. Two intriguing and crossed paths with Delaney as the common denominator. The ending it is not what you would expect. Clark apparently wrote this book as two separate puzzles with different types of pieces but the same image. The characters are complex and until the end, everybody’s a suspect. The clues are contradictory so you will get a real thrill of guessing who might have done it.

8. The Loving Husband – Christobel Kent

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Fran and Nathan Hall are living with their two children on a farm at the periphery of Fen Edge. When Nathan goes missing, Fran starts looking for him. The findings are gruesome and puts her in the middle of a police investigation. As she tries to prove her innocence, she digs up more and more secrets about her husband. Leaving her to question if she really knew him.

The Loving Husband is a psychological thriller that centers on a wife who, after the death of her husband, finds secrets about the man she loved that make him out to be very different from what she knew. This thriller kept me glued to the pages because I was so curious what she would find next. The characters are well developed. The struggle to keep a good memory of a loved one is always present throughout the book, even though the facts are against it.

Political Thrillers: 7 To Read Before Election Day 2016

Political Thrillers: 7 To Read Before Election Day 2016

Political Thrillers seem appropriate this week. With the BIG DAY coming up soon, we can only guess at the behind the scenes intrigues, power plays and power deals going on.

But we can enjoy some of the best writers of political thrillers without being part of one.   We even feature the possibility of the first women President of the United States.  At we usually think of science fiction forecasting the future; but in this case… who knows.

1. A Devil Is Waiting – Jack Higgins

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As the President is coming to London, a mullah is inciting local Muslims to kill him. Sean Dillon, General Charles Ferguson and his gang, along with Sara Gideon, an intelligence Captain and Afghan war hero, are called to protect the most powerful man in the world.

“A Devil Is Waiting” follows Sara who tries to find the few people who answer the mullah’s call and stumbles into more and more tricky and dark situations. This is a fast paced novel, full of explosive scenes and interesting characters.

Jack Higgins gives us an insight on Muslim communities that is not as extremist as one may think. This book makes an amazing political statement on the war of terror and gives perspective to anyone who will hear it.

2. Executive Power – Vince Flynn

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CIA superagent Mitch Rapp is the leader of the squad who prevented Saddam Hussein starting a nuclear war. After the President congratulates him on his success, all eyes are on him. The media and also terrorist eyes. CIA director, Dr. Irene Kennedy decides that he should help the country from behind a desk rather than on the field.

Then Navy SEALs are ambushed trying to save an American family kidnapped by Islamic terrorists in Philippines, and Mitch Rapp goes to a secret mission to help them.

Vince Flynn is the master of political thrillers. So it’s no surprise that “Executive Power” is a fast paced and intriguing book. It presents without embellishments the geopolitical struggle with the war on terror. Also, the political and the life of covert operatives is drawn in a realistic light and makes you more aware of the world we live in.

3. Poisonfeather – Matthew FitzSimmons

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When Charles Merrick, a convicted hedge fund manager, admits that the FBI didn’t find all the victims’ money, a treasure hunt begins. Gibson Vaughn, a legendary hacker and marine, enters the race when he finds out that one of the victims, Judge Hammond Birk saved his life a long time ago.

But the promise of easy money hand garners attention from a lot of outlaws, who are all racing Gibson Vaughn to the grand prize, the offshore cache.

The road to the money is full of challenges, and “Poisonfeather”, a geopolitical secret, is the biggest one for the skilled hacker.
Matthew FitzSimmons gives us a glimpse of world of political secret operations with the thrilling “Poisonfeather”. Another fasted paced story, full of unexpected turns and political games that we loved at The second book in a great series.

4. Shall We Tell the President – Jeffrey Archer

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Finally, America has a woman as a president. No, we are not forecasting the presidential election; this is fiction in the person of Florentyna Kane. But for her is not an easy job. Between the political struggles she is facing, and trying to live up to the hype of being the first woman who runs the free world, she and her staff face life threats from extremist groups.

As an assassination attempt is diverted after a tip off by a reliable source, the FBI start to investigate. The plot thickens when merely an hour after the phone call that saved the President’s life, all but one of the investigating agents are dead. And FBI Special Agent Mark Andrews knows when the next hit will take place.

“Shall We Tell the President” is the third installment of the “Kane and Abel” series, with the first one published in 1977. Jeffrey Archer does offer a vision to what the future might hold for women, from a time when equality wasn’t a given.
We loved Archer’s strong and daring characters. And were astonished about how up to date this book is with the political agenda now. “Shall We Tell the President” shows that political thriller games can be timeless.

5. The Atlantis Plague – A.G. Riddle

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“The Atlantis Plague” is a dystopia that presents us with a pandemic, a virus that doesn’t kill but transform humans at a genetic level. So the human race, as we know it, is going extinct. As the chaos develops first world countries find a drug, Orchid, that doesn’t treat the virus, only the symptoms.

The main conflict of the book is not between the humans and the virus but between two organizations, Immari International that favors doing nothing, letting natural selection runs its course; and the Orchid Alliance which advocates for combating the pandemic.

Doctor Kate Warner is working to find a cure and begins a journey to get to know the history of the human genome that is now changing the world.
Enter the world of chaos where everything is changing, but the human nature to negotiate and to obtain the power remains the same.

6. The Fixer – Joseph Finder

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When investigative reporter Rick Hoffman’s life takes a turn to the worse, he moves into his miserable childhood home left decaying after his father suffered a stroke, 18 years ago. As he starts to renovate the house, he finds money stocked into the walls.

As he discovers bits and pieces about his father’s life, a man who hasn’t spoken for almost 20 years, the secrets become risky and intoxicating for the main character.

Follow Rick Hoffman in a story about corruption, Irish mafia, local politics and a 20 year old murder. Joseph Finder carefully crafts the perfect political thriller: fast paced, full of unexpected turns, old mysteries and smart characters.

7. The Whistler – John Grisham

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Judges are human, and when money is involved, they can turn a blind eye to the guilty. This is not the case for most judges, but there are some who will tip the balance to money rather than justice.

When Greg Myers, a disbarred lawyer with a new identity, claims that he knows a judge who was involved in an illegal casino construction on Native American lands, the file goes to Lucy Stoltz, a lawyer who investigates this type of accusations.

John Grisham is the master of legal and political thrillers. And this book has everything you need to keep you glued to the pages: feisty lawyers, an intriguing plot, corruption, gambling and the honor of the judicial system is at stake

Best John Grisham Books

Best John Grisham Books

John Grisham is a highly successful, best selling author of (mostly) legal thrillers. He draws on his professional life as an attorney, politician and activist. Best John Grisham books lists abound and vary wildly with personalities. This Best John Grisham Books list by WhyToRead is our list of  our favorites.

Lawyers turned rogue, crazy families, small towns, big towns and even a baseball rookie – these books have it all.

1. Sycamore Row (The Jake Brigance)

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For those who enjoyed Grisham’s A Time to Kill, Sycamore Row is sort of a loose sequel that brings back many of the characters from the earlier novel. The book started off with a bang: a wealthy man had committed suicide, leaving behind a hand written will that cuts out his family from his estate and makes his maid the beneficiary. With unexpected twists and dysfunctional characters that are typical of a Grisham legal thriller, this is a page-turner you don’t want to start reading if there are a lot of important things still unchecked on your to-do list.

2. Gray Mountain

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Samantha Kofer had a career at a prestigious Wall Street law firm, until she became part of the downsizing effort due to the recession. Her new job then takes her to a small coal mining town where people will kill to cover up secrets.  They are not at all keen on newbie Samantha being in town. Some Grisham readers consider Gray Mountain one of his weakest works, and Samantha among the least sympathetic protagonists.  We,  with many others rank it as a favorite. Either way, you are still in for an entertaining read that will have you turning pages. Whether you find the conclusion satisfactory is another matter.

3. The Racketeer

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Meet Malcolm Bannister, a lawyer jailed for a crime he didn’t commit and he is out for revenge. The Racketeer is a novel that requires the reader to set aside what they deem to be realistic for the sake of being immersed in a crafty story. Stop questioning the possibility of some of the main character’s actions and the overall plot, curl up and enjoy a fast and thrilling read.

4. Rogue Lawyer

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A lawyer who plays by his own rules, Sebastian Rudd is known for defending clients other attorneys would not take on.  He  even occasionally resorts to shady tactics to get what he wants. For those who enjoy a more character-centric legal drama, Rogue Lawyer is a great choice as far as Grisham’s books go. Rather than focusing on one court case, the plot revolves around Rudd as he works on case after case,  while going through a custody battle with his ex-wife. Shenanigans and antics abound in this one.

5. The Litigators

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Instead of suspenseful legal battles, The Litigators is about the lives of two less upstanding lawyers – Oscar Finley and Waly Figg, partners at their own tiny firm, Finley & Figg. Always looking to make the most out of each clients and situation, they are joined by the disillusioned David Zinc.   After a series of legal misadventures, the three ended up in a big courtroom battle against some formidable opponents. Overall, it is a fun-filled Grisham novel, peppered with complex characters.

6. Calico Joe

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Last but not least in our Best John Grisham Books list is his first baseball novel.  Centered on rise of a promising rookie player, Joe “Calico Joe” Castle, whose career was ended by a near fatal pitch thrown by a big leaguer, Warren Tracey. The novel is more than just a story about one of America’s favorite sport, but also of human drama. Told through the eyes of Warren’s 11 year-old son, the plot unfolds with how the events of a game had influenced the lives of those involved. The book is a departure from the legal thrillers Grisham is often associated with, but the story is just as engaging.

Best Sellers from Christmas 2015

Best Sellers from Christmas 2015

Here’s some more best sellers from Christmas 2015. Like the Top 5 Christmas Best Sellers this list features a majority of mystery/thrillers; but also a true story, and a romance to round out your entertainment.

But clearly, we all like nothing better than curling up with a good book and a good mystery or thriller is best of all.  Curl up and ignore the cold vortex with these popular picks.

Best Sellers 2015 Christmas

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6. Cross Justice (Alex Cross) – James Patterson

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As the 23rd entry of the Alex Cross crime novel series, Cross Justice is everything fans of the genre and series would expect; packed with action, drama, and crafty villains. The story follows the famous crime fighter trying to clear the name of his cousin, who was charged with a slew of crimes as part of a conspiracy. Long-time fans will also get a closer look into Cross’s background and upbringing, which will add more depth and dimension to the hero.

7. See Me – Nicholas Sparks

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He was a guy with anger management issue just getting his life together, while she was ambitious, hard working and the perfect daughter. Despite being total opposites, they met and fell in love. See Me is a classic tale of boy-meets-girl and opposites attract, with a touch of mystery and thriller. What makes it so easy to get hooked on this book is the memorable characters that you cant help but care about and want their romance to have a happy ending.

8. The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan

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Based on the actual 1943 Thai-Burma death railway construction by prisoners of war under the command of the Japanese army, The Narrow Road to the Deep North gives a poignant account of real horrors through the eyes of fictional characters. Although it is a work of historical fiction, the dehumanizing atrocities are grimly and realistically depicted. It is one of those entertaining and imaginative novels that are also eye-opening and haunting.

9. The Best American Mystery Stories 2015 – James Patterson & Otto Penzler

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We bet you will rediscover a love for short fiction with this anthology compiled by crime fiction author James Patterson (yes the same one at No6 above) and editor, Otto Penzler. This 2015 collection features 20 stories that cover the various extremes of criminal behavior imaginable, penned by masters of the genre. That is 20 fast-paced, surprisingly twisted mystery tales for some daily light reading.

10. Point Blank (Sisterhood) – Fern Michaels

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The sisterhood is a group of female vigilantes who always stand together. In Point Blank, the daughter of a Sisterhood member goesmissing from her school in China, and the other members and the men in their lives band together to find her. Michaels’s Sisterhood series always delivers on exciting action and adventure-filled plot, with strong female characters – even if they are a little reality-defying and over the top. Nonetheless, the book is entertaining escapism reading; just suspend reality for a moment and enjoy the thrill ride.

Christmas 2015 Best Sellers

Christmas 2015 Best Sellers

The 2015 Best Sellers from Amazon over Christmas were a mixed bag of books. At WhyToRead we wonder how many were for gifts, and how many were self-gifts. We certainly indulged in some self-gifting of books from our to-read list (to appear on a list in due course).

So, if you didnt get these or havent read these 2015 Best Sellers, then hopefully you have some Christmas money left over to indulge. Curl up by a warm fire and see what popular choice has chosen for you to read.  (Hint, 4 are mystery/thrillers).

Top 5 Christmas 2015 Best Sellers

1. The Girl With No Past: A gripping psychological thriller – Kathryn Croft

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Leah Mills was a fugitive on the run from something in her past, until she met Julian and they both built a normal life together. Years later, Leah’s past return to haunt her; someone who knew her secret was threatening to destroy everything she had. Base in London, The Girl with No Past is a psychological thriller that promises enough plot twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. Croft masterfully tells the story by unraveling the events of 14 years earlier, yet keeping the readers in the dark on what actually happened…until the end.

2. The Good Neighbor – AJ Banner

2015 Best Seller

Sarah settled into a peaceful neighborhood with her beloved new husband. Everything seemed perfect, until tragedy led her to discover a shocking secret that forced her to question everything she knew about the world around her – neighbors, friends and ever her marriage. The Good Neighbour builds on the premise of ‘all is not as it seems’, and true enough, you may just find yourself lost in the mystery and read this book into the night. Besides the multi-layered suspense-filled plot, Banner also constructed solid believable characters with redeeming qualities that readers can relate to and sympathize with.

3.The Silent Girls – Eric Rickstad

2015 Best Seller

A series of mysterious disappearances of teenage girls in a rural Vermont town brought private investigator, Frank Rath face-to-face with a case that brought back demons from his days as a homicide detective. Rickstad’s tale is an intense and complex psychological thriller, with some horror and intriguing twists thrown in for good measure. Dark in premise, vividly descriptive and filled with fascinating characters, The Silent Girls will have readers enjoying the suspenseful build-up while also craving the resolve.

4. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

2015 Best Seller

Set in occupied France, during World War II, The Nightingale is a story of how sisters Isabelle and Viann braved unimaginable circumstance in a tumultuous period in history. For readers who enjoy wartime stories, this novel offers a fresh perspective of what women do in dangerous times, not just as survivors, but also as rescuers when the men are away. Beautifully descriptive, with well-rounded and strong female characters that readers can root for, this is a page-turner begging to be adapted into a movie.

5. The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

2015 Best Seller

Rachel was a divorced alcoholic who indulged in constructing a fairy tale love life for a couple she observed from a train window. Little did she expect that she would be entangled in a murder investigation due to what she saw on her daily commute. The Girl on the Train is a dark and depressing thriller, told from the viewpoints of three women, each with something to hide. The characters are self-serving, deceitful and unsympathetic, but one can’t help being engrossed in their dirty little secrets. Nevertheless, there are enough intrigues to make a reader want to devour the book in one sitting and get to the bottom of the mystery.

11 Best Adult Vampire Books

11 Best Adult Vampire Books

These are the best adult vampire books, meaning they are worth reading as apposed to the majority of the books which fall into the vampire horror genre. These vampire books are not marketed to the young adult audience and either a part of a series of a single book.

11 Best Adult Vampire Books

1. ‘Salem’s Lot – Stephen King

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Stephen King introduces the reader to the town in a way that it makes one feel as if he had actually been there. The reader will get to know many of the residents, some all too well. Some are likable, some are loathsome, and some are described so well that the reader will actually mourn their passing.

As the dark cloud of vampires spreads across the town, there are a few residents who figure out what is going on.

2. Dracula – Bram Stoker

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(As featured in 8 Outstanding Classic Books Which Are Easy To Read)

You may have seen every Dracula movie ever made, but you do not know the real Count Dracula until such time as you have read Stoker’s book. Eerie, horrifying and genuinely mysterious, Dracula is undoubtedly the most striking and unique vampire novel yet penned.

3. Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice

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With Interview With the Vampire, Anne Rice completely rejuvenated the genre which is horror’s most important, primal, and soul-stirring; the legend of the vampire.

4. Dark Lover  – J.R. Ward

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J.R. Ward artfully combines action, romance and the supernatural in a way few authors of this genre can. Her new vampire world is a delicious addition to the sub-genre of vampire fiction. Her story is a little dark, and little erotic, and a whole lot entertaining.

5. The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova

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This debut novel from Kostova contains elements from many of my favorite genres – thriller, suspense, mystery, historical fiction, and vampire lore. The Historian is an epic work of historical fiction that sweeps across Europe during the four decades between 1930 and the mid 1970s. It just also happens to involve the Dracula myth and a good dose of suspense.

6. Guilty Pleasures – Laurell K. Hamilton

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When we meet Anita Blake, she already has a reputation as as Executioner. She’s someone who legally kills vampires. In the world Ms. Hamilton has created, the undead have some legal rights in the US meaning one can’t just kill them at will. Not surprisingly, most of them know of, and can’t wait to get their hands on Anita Blake.

7. Halfway to the Grave – Jeaniene Frost

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Halfway To The Grave is the first book in a series from Jeaniene Frost, and it is incredible! Jeaniene Frost has put a new spin on the vampire hunter theme with this spectacular urban fantasy.

8. Let the Right One In – John Ajvide Lindqvist

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Let the Right One In, by John Ajvide Lindovist. has one fantastic element: vampires. It’s set in a suburb of Stockholm, on a social housing development that has become a sink estate. It’s a sad place, full of aimless people. The people with responsibility – teachers, policemen, parents, are, for the most part, trying to do the right thing.

9. Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris

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Sookie Stackhouse lives in a world like ours – except for one difference. 4 years ago the Vampires came out of the coffin and are now a legal part of USA society.

10. Sunshine – Robin Mckinley

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As with any vampire novel, Sunshine is not for everyone. It is well suited for those who enjoy beautiful writing, a fantastical plot and atmosphere, a good tale and a good subtle moral under story.

11. I Am Legend – Richard Matheson

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(As featured in 6 Books With Incredible Endings)

I am Legend is arguably the greatest short horror novel ever written, and its influence on the horror genre has been profound. It is a short novel that can be read in one sitting; it is hard to put down, building in intensity from start to finish.

The 10 Most “Mind Fuck” Books Ever Written

The 10 Most “Mind Fuck” Books Ever Written

Mind altering, state shifting, world shaking books that leave you with an eerie feeling about the world and everything that you knew about it. These books will mess with your mind and induce a heavy dose of a mind fuck.

1. The Illuminatus! Trilogy – Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson

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Illuminatus! is pershaps one of the most wonderful books you will read. The combination of occultism, anarchism, and outright strangeness carries the reader through the most mind altering conspiracy theory ever dreamt of. This book will make you laugh, rage, and probably cause you to become a bit paranoid.

2. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski

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This book could be described as the book of The Blair Witch Project. Danielewski’s genius is his deft mix of great storytelling, insightful emotional reckoning, and playful word games. “House of Leaves” is a book that’s bigger on the inside than it is outside. It isn’t a book to be read from the first page to the last and is very frightening.

3. Naked Lunch – William S. Burroughs

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This book is truly a trip to the dark side. Dream, hallucination, reality and drug visions blend and merge and disperse. Naked Lunch allows you to put yourself inside the tormented and confused mind of a drug addict as he loses lucidity and visits demons.

4. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

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The Wasp Factory describes murders of young children and torture of small animals. And in all of this it manages to be a very captivating novel with an air of mystery that only resolves itself at the end of the book. Narrated by a psychopathic 16 year old boy, Banks takes the reader on a tour of a family with a psychotic past, a town where no one’s dog is ever safe, and the mind of a killer.

5. A Scanner Darkly – Philip K. Dick

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Bob Arctor is a junkie and a drug dealer, both using and selling the mind-altering Substance D. Substance D(eath), gradually splits the user’s brain into two separate halves, corroding the interaction between the hemispheres and rendering one a split-personality veering chaotically close to schizophrenia. A Scanner Darkly is a melancholic and mad masterpiece.

6. From Hell – Alan Moore

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From Hell is the story of Jack the Ripper, perhaps the most famous serial killer of all time. Moore takes an interesting twist on the story – and one he himself admits that he believes is false – but the point of the book isn’t so much a whodunit as a treatise on the combining of fact and fiction into myth, and the nature of sensationalism in the 20th century.

7. The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield

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Vida Winter, England’s most famous and reclusive writer, is nearing the end, and before she goes she wants her life story to be recorded. For this, she engages a lonely young biographer, Margaret Lea, who has a few secrets of her own. When these two women meet, the stage is set for a series of shocking surprises.

The back inside flap of the book jacket promises that Setterfield will, “in the end, deposit you breathless yet satisfied back upon the shore of your everyday life”. She keeps her promise.

8. Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut

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Slaughter House Five follows a young man, Billy Pilgrim through his life. Billy believes aliens have abducted him. We assume that it’s through these aliens that he learns to time travel, a skill he frequently uses. He bounces around time to all the various portions of his life, many times returning to World War II where he was captured, taken prisoner, and held in slaughterhouse five in Dresden, Germany.
The story of Billy Pilgrim is enjoyable to read, and contains more than dry philosophy that some antiwar novels are filled with.

9. Blindsight – Peter Watts

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Blindsight tells of an expedition to investigate the arrival of aliens in the Solar System. A ship, crewed by four strangely enhanced humans arrives in the far Oort cloud, and discovers an unusual and environmentally hostile object.

The book throws out conventional views of first contact and posits human self awareness as a costly evolutionary misstep. It dispenses with the idea that alien life needs to be anthropomorphic, or even care about us.

10. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace

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Infinite Jest is a book about a movie that is so addictive that anyone who starts watching it has no choice but to keep watching it forever – foregoing food, water, and sleep, and suffering as much pain as is necessary to keep watching.

The book’s length will discourage all but a few readers, but it handsomely rewards the patient.

6 Gripping Page Turners You Won’t Be Able To Put Down

6 Gripping Page Turners You Won’t Be Able To Put Down

A major part of the success of these books is how gripping they are. We wanted to make a book list that showcased the books that made you forget to eat, forget to sleep and forget to pick up your kids from school. This is the list we came up with.

6 Gripping Page turners You Won’t Be Able To Put Down

1. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

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Don’t hate us for including this one. If you haven’t read it, you must do before watching the movie. In fact, give the movie a miss. Its pointless and the book is far better. There’s no denying its success and Dan Brown will keep you turning those pages until there are no more pages to turn.

2. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

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Another gripping page turner, The Time Travelers Wife will keep you going just to figure out whats going on. The romantics will enjoy the relationship between the two main characters, and everyone else will enjoy the time travelling storytelling.

3. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

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A book which tells of the horrors of living under Nazi control, told from the perspective of a young book thief who befriends a Jewish man, before he is sent off to a concentration camp.

4. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen

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A phenomenal story told from the perspective of an orphaned and penniless, Jacob Jankowski. He joins the circus for an adventure and an adventure is exactly what he gets, albeit with more danger than he could have anticipated.

5. The Road – Cormac McCarthy

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A beautifully written post apolocalyptic story told from the perspective of a father and son in search of food, warmth and ultimate survival. What they encounter along the way is shocking and an indication of what people will do to survive.

6. Animal Farm – George Orwell

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If like me you were forced to read this in high school and therefore hated it, I urge you to read it again. George Orwell found an incredible way to show how the power structures of the world work, how revolutions come about and how absolute power can corrupt, absolutely.

Halloween Scary Books List: 6 Most Frightening Novels Ever

Halloween Scary Books List: 6 Most Frightening Novels Ever

Do you want a book to scare the hell out of you? Are you looking for really scary books to creep you out?

These 6 novels will do just that. These are the best books for Halloween to scare you and your friends.

Halloween Scary Books List: 6 Most Frightening Novels Of All Time

1. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski

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Johnny Truant, a tattoo parlor employee, has come into possession of a trunk full of bizarre scraps of paper once owned by an old blind man, Zampano who is now dead. The papers comprise of an exploration of a cult film called “The Navidson Record” and its sub-films, documentaries about an ever-expanding house that’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside and which consumes the lives of anyone who enters its dark hallways or watches the tapes.

2. The Shining – Stephen King

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The Shining remains a visceral, gripping read that showcases Stephen King’s powers to hypnotize and terrify readers.

3. The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson

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The Haunting of Hill House remains one of the most important horror novels of all time and certainly one of the most singular haunted house tales ever written. It is certainly worth mentioning that at no time do we or the characters actually see any sort of visible ghostly manifestation; the phenomena are limited to cold spots, spectral banging on the walls and doors, messages written on walls, and torn, blood-spewed clothing in one room.

4. The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters

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This is a haunting and frightening story about how one’s childhood desires and expectations never truly diminish, in fact if left unchecked, they can grow to such a horrifying proportion that they take on a life and soul of their own.

5. Hell House – Richard Matheson

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Hell House” has enough twists and turns to satisfy, and enough really scary, disgusting stuff to possibly haunt your dreams.

6. The Road – Cormac McCarthy

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Set in the post-apocalyptic hell of an unending nuclear winter, Cormac McCarthy writes about a nameless man and his young son, wandering through a world gone crazy; bleak, cold, dark, where the snow falls down gray; moving south toward the coast, looking somewhere, anywhere, for life and warmth.

Audio book Best Sellers: 5 Best Selling Audio Books Of 2014

Audio book Best Sellers: 5 Best Selling Audio Books Of 2014

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Audio books give people the ability to download and listen to digital audio books on their iPhones, Android devices, Kindle Fires or MP3 players. There are hundreds of thousands of audio books available, and because they can be listened to at anytime and anywhere, they have become very popular.

Audible has become a leader in the industry, and as part of the Amazon group, their audio book collection is the largest in the world.

Audio book sales reached $1.6 billion in 2013 and are set to rise by around 10% in 2014. With such a rapid rate of growth, we are starting to focus more on audio books as well as e-books and published hard copy books.

So here are the most popular audio books based on sales kin 2014.

5 Best Selling Audio Books Of 2014

1. The Grand Sophy [Unabridged] – Georgette Heyer

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This book was voted one of the 400 best novels ever to come out of the 20th century; chosen out of Heyer’s entire oeuvre to represent the best of her work. They made the best choice. Heyer invented a genre, that of the Regency Romance.

The main character, Sophy, is so confident, fun and extremely likeable – she is almost irresistable. It is also one of Heyer’s more complex plots with a number of problems, mostly romantic to be resolved – and it is only in the last few pages that all is made clear.

2. Gone Girl: A Novel [Unabridged] – Gillian Flynn

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“Gone Girl” is the kind of book that compels you to read even when you DON’T have time. If you appreciate skillful writing, it will hook you like an addiction. You will resent distractions, ignore the phone, postpone making dinner in order to stay with it. It’s that much fun to read, I promise.

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3. A Nail Through The Heart: A Poke Rafferty Thriller [Unabridged] – Timothy Hallinan

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This an excellent book and has something for everyone over 18, especially males. This book captures all of the exotic ambiance of Bangkok– the good, the bad, and the ugly– while taking you on a world class thrill-ride. It pulls you in from page one and leaves you hanging at the end of the bonus material, waiting with baited breathe for the pending release of the next book in the series.

4. The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1 [Unabridged] –  James Dashner

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The book will keep you guessing and even at the end when you think its all resolved you will want to go to the next book just to see what happens.

5. Burn [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition] – James Patterson

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James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge have again teamed up to create another Michael Bennett thriller, Burn. This installment may very well scorch the Patterson fans’ avid appetite, as this rousing novel follows two intense cases.