Psychological Thrillers for a Page-turning Summer

Finally! The sun is here! Beach chair, floppy straw hat and quality sunscreen are purchased! The Second-Beach pool plans are scheduled for Sunday! Now… what to read while lazing about the pool?

I have found that intelligent psychological thrillers are my go-to genre for fast-paced summertime page turning. The following are a few stellar examples:

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Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn:  The story of a wife who goes missing told by her husband, interspersed with the wife’s diary entries leading up to her disappearance. Vividly told and ultra-twisty and turny.  This summer release has been heaped with praise by reviewers, from the New York Times’s Janet Maslin, who called it “Ice-pick-sharp… Spectacularly sneaky… Impressively cagey…,” to Entertainment Weekly’s Jeff Giles, who called it “an ingenious and viperish thriller…(that) is going to make Gillian Flynn a star.”

Before I Go to Sleep, by S.J. Watson:  Like Gone Girl, last summer’s breakout psychological thriller Before I Go to Sleep also played on themes of marriage, identify, and the question of how well people actually know each other. The main character is a woman suffering from a rare form of amnesia in which she can only form short term memories that last until she goes to sleep. As she begins to discover clues about the accident that caused her amnesia and chronicling them in her daily journal, she uncovers terrifying truths about herself and her marriage.  I read this book in one sitting!

Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane:  Is it a ghost story? A murder mystery? A noir police procedural? You won’t really know until the end – that’s why they call it a psychological thriller!

 

 

So, what will you be reading at the beach this weekend?

–Heidi

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