We all know the story of Pretty Little Liars has become more horrifying than anyone could imagine (and not to mention twisted AF). If you’re addicted to twisted dramas just as much as ‘A,’ then these 11 books are sure to give you your fix.
‘The Good Neighbor’ by A.J. Banner
Sarah and her doctor husband, Johnny MacDonald, are finally settling down in the perfect town of Shadow Cove, Washington. Sarah could ask for nothing more than the quiet streets, beautiful scenery and welcoming neighbors. But one evening, Sarah faces a tragedy that shatters her world. As she and Johnny begin to piece their lives back together, Sarah realizes she has been horribly deceived. Soon, Sarah questions everything about her new home, neighbors, friends and even her marriage. Can she ever really trust anyone anymore?
‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins
This book has been all the rage this year, and we are so excited for the movie adaptation to hit theaters in fall 2016! If you haven’t already dived into this delicious read, it’s a twisted suspense novel that’s been referred to as “the next Gone Girl.” Rachel commutes on the same train every morning. She climbs aboard, takes her seat and watches the same stretch of quaint suburban homes pass her by. Each morning, Rachel waits for her favorite stop, in front of the home where she can watch “Jess and Jason” eat breakfast together. She doesn’t know the couple personally, but somehow she feels as though she’s a part of their perfect life. One morning, Rachel sees something shocking. It was only for a second, and the train kept moving, but in that moment, Rachel’s life is forever changed. Sharing what she knows with the police, she becomes intertwined in what happens next. The only question is: Has she done more damage than good?
‘Where They Found Her’ by Kimberly McCreight
In a perfect suburban town, a tragic discovery changes the lives of three women forever. As winter ends and spring begins to emerge, the town of Ridgedale, New Jersey, is hoping for a new beginning — but instead, the body of a newborn baby is found in the woods near campus. No one knows whom the baby belongs to or how she ended up in the melting snow. When journalist Molly Sanderson moves to Ridgedale, her first assignment is to cover the disturbing news. Unfortunately, the story is a little too close for comfort for Molly, as the loss of her own baby is what propels her severe depression. As Molly begins to uncover the mystery of the Ridgedale newborn, a history of secrets is exposed. What she finds out proves the white picket fences that surround Ridgedale are not as pure as they may seem.
‘How to Grow an Addict’ by J.A. Wright
Randall Grange grew up with the help of alcohol, tranquilizers and the influence of her abusive father and distant mother. She loves her life and hates it all at once. By age 23, Randall is an unapologetic drug addict that has been tricked into admitting herself into rehab. She may not be a party girl, but she is all too familiar with the power of chemicals. Drugs cannot cure Randall’s problems anymore, though, as she is in more trouble than ever before.
‘Black Velvet Coat’ by Jill G. Hall
Anne McFarland is a 28-year-old San Francisco artist who is struggling to create a one-woman show. Her self-doubt is propelled by the lack of confidence in everyone surrounding her. After buying a coat from a thrift shop, she finds a key in the pocket that begins to change her life. Strange, unusual and sometimes magical occurrences begin to happen. In 1963, about 50 years earlier, the original owner of the coat was the young heiress Sylvia Van Dam. At the time, Sylvia was struggling with her marriage and made a last-minute decision that changed the course of her life. When Anne and Sylvia’s lives cross paths, they are forced to face their problems together.
‘Somebody I Used to Know’ by David Bell
While browsing through the grocery store, Nick Hansen stops dead in his tracks. He sees a young woman who is identical to his college girlfriend, Marissa Minor, the love of his life and the girl who died in a campus house fire just 20 years earlier. As Nick approaches the young woman, she shies away and runs off. The next morning, police find Nick at his home and reveal to him that the woman from the store has been found dead, with Nick’s address in her pocket. Determined to find a connection between the two women, Nick recruits his old college friend to uncover the truth. Yet as the events leading up to the murders become clearer, the lies he always believed might end up being the truth.
‘Remember Me This Way’ by Sabine Durrant
A year after Zach’s death, Lizzie goes to lay flowers where her husband’s accident took place. Everyone is telling her that she has to move on, so she continues down the road, trying to remember Zach and the life they shared together. As she approaches the fatal spot, she sees something that stops her. A bunch of lilies tied to a tree, addressed to her husband. Someone else knew Zach or maybe even loved him. Unsure of what she has just seen, Lizzie begins to question if she ever really knew Zach — or what he might have done in the past.
‘Ask Him Why’ by Catherine Ryan Hyde
As young teenagers, Ruth and Aubrey watched their older brother Joseph get sent off to war in Iraq. But only three months later, Joseph returns from his tour in perfect condition. Although Ruth is relieved by his return, there is something that she cannot stop worrying about: Why was Joseph dishonorably discharged? Just when Ruth and Aubrey begin to uncover their brother’s secret, Joseph disappears. As the public learns of Joseph’s actions during his tour in Baghdad, Aubrey and Ruth must choose between accepting their brother’s betrayal or siding with the media’s opinion.
‘The Prettiest One’ by James Hankins
Caitlin Sommers has no memory of the past few months, yet she wakes up in a deserted parking lot, her clothes drenched in blood. This moment is just like the nightmares that have been haunting her for years, except this time, it’s real. As Caitlin attempts to discover what has just happened, her search for answers leads down a terrifying path. Leaving the quaint suburban life she used to know for an unfamiliar grimy small town, the truths from her past begin to reveal themselves in a very unpleasant way.
‘Crooked Little Lies’ by Barbara Taylor Sissel
Lauren Wilder comes shockingly close to striking Bo Laughlin, who was walking along the road’s edge one morning in their small Texas town of Hardys Walk. Although Bo seems fine, Lauren can’t be sure. Two years after the accident, Lauren’s brain remains in a delicate state, and Bo has vanished. As the police begin their search, they can’t help but pull Lauren in as a possible suspect. Lauren fears the police’s questions but fears her own memory more. As she begins her own research, Lauren finds it harder and harder to trust anyone — including herself. As the truth is revealed, Lauren and Hardys Walk are in for a horrifying turn of events.
‘The Hours Count’ by Jillian Cantor
The day Ethel Rosenberg was arrested, her two young sons had no idea it was the last time they would ever see her. Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed for espionage during the Cold War, becoming the only Americans put to death for spying. Three years earlier, in 1947, Millie Stein and her husband Ed move into the 11th floor of the Knickerbocker Village in New York, right next door to the Rosenbergs. As Millie and Ed struggle to care of their “abnormal” son David, an intelligent psychologist named Jake comes their way. Soon, Millie befriends Ethel and secretly begins to work with Jake. As the FBI begins to close in on the Rosenbergs, Millie is slowly thrown into a dramatic web of lies that has changed the course of history.
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