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4 Must-Read Novels if You Love True Crime

As I neared the end of my pregnancy, my insomnia was on a whole new level. I spent countless hours tossing and turning, looking at social media and making lists upon lists. Eventually, I decided to start reading and I had totally forgot how much I loved it! From the nail-biting suspense that will have you hiding under your covers and sleeping with one eye open to the twisted love stories, these four psychological thrillers will have you hooked until the very last page.

1. All the Missing Girls: A Novel by Megan Miranda

This nail-biting, must-read novel is what sparked my recent obsession with thriller/mystery books! From the very first page to the unpredictable and captivating ending, I was completely hooked throughout the entire story. Because it was told backwards, it was unlike any book I’ve ever read and I loved that each fact connected the case just a little bit more. No joke, I could reread this book over and over again!


It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

2. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

I had seen this book on a ton of roundups and it sat in my to-be-read pile for far too long. I’ll admit, the beginning was a little slow, but I’m so glad I continued reading – the ending will literally make your jaw drop! Plus, it’s a super fast and easy read!


In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read inThe Woman in Cabin 10—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.

This book takes psychological thriller to a whole new level! The relationship that unfolds is beyond disturbing and the anticipation of what’s going to happen next will have your heart pounding until the very end.


Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

4. Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin

If you enjoy Law & Order SVU as much as I do, then this is the perfect book for you! There were so many dynamic relationships in this novel and each one seemed to foster its own secrets. As the twisted story progressed, each relationship became more complicated and questionable. Every page revealed another unpredictable element in the shocking kidnapping cases that occurred thirteen years apart.


Olivia Shaw has been missing since last Tuesday. She was last seen outside the entrance of her elementary school in Hunts Point wearing a white spring jacket, blue jeans, and pink boots.

I force myself to look at the face in the photo, into her slightly smudged features, and I can't bring myself to move. Olivia Shaw could be my mirror image, rewound to thirteen years ago.

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I've spent a long time peering into the faces of girls on missing posters, wondering which one replaced me in that basement. But they were never quite the right age, the right look, the right circumstances. Until Olivia Shaw, missing for one week tomorrow.

Whoever stole me was never found. But since I was taken, there hasn't been another girl.

And now there is.


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