7 New Twisty Turny Thrillers That Could be This Year’s Gone Girl

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We all love a good thriller, and the genre has never been so popular. After Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl rewrote the genre we’ve seen so many exciting thrillers, often with strong female characters, all designed to make you change your loyalties from page to page, and that trend is continuing with some fantastic books released this year, filling the void perfectly.

There are hundreds of new thrillers out this year, but for this post we’re specifically featuring books that we think could be this year’s “Gone Girl”, the thriller that kept us all on a roller coaster ride before being made into a major movie.

Add these to your TBR, here are seven books we think could be the Gone Girl of 2017!

The Girl Before – J. P Delaney

Out earlier this year and described as an outstanding debut as good as The Girl on the Train is The Girl Before, following the story of Jane as she chases her dream life. Jane stumbles upon the rental opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to live in a beautiful home designed by an enigmatic architect on condition she abides by his rules, things aren’t what they seem!

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Every Last Lie – Mary Kubica

Every Last Lie was a new release for June and is the second novel from the bestselling author, Mary Kubica. Protagonist Clara Solberg’s world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident…until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon.

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A Simple Favor – Darcey Bell

This one, released in the spring really has echoes of Gone Girl and the madness that ensued within the pages. It all starts with a simple favour between friends, as one picks another’s child up from school but then someone goes missing. A Simple Favor is a gripping tale of psychological suspense and you’ll love it!

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The Lying Game – Ruth Ware

The Lying Game was released in June and tells the story of Isa who dashes back to her school days upon receipt of an eerie text message. As childhood games become adult nightmares, this rollercoaster of a novel will have you turning pages into the small hours.

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Into the Water – Paula Hawkins

If you followed Gone Girl with Girl on the Train then you have to put Into the Water on your TBR. Released in May, this is the second novel from the Girl on the Train author and is another tale of suspense, mystery and a search for the truth.

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The Secrets You Keep – Kate White

Out in March, the Secrets You Keep is the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author, Kate White. Protagonist Bryn Harper is an accomplished self-help author who suddenly finds her life spinning out of control. Then the brutal murders start and what follows is a gripping thriller.

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I See You – Claire Mackintosh

This one is actually from last summer but it’s still well worth a mention. When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classified section of the newspaper she’s determined to find out why it’s there. Her family are convinced it’s just someone who looks like her, but the next day a new photo appears of a new woman, and so it continues in what is a gripping, pageturner of a thriller.

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4 Brilliant Leon Uris Books

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Leon Uris (3rd August, 1924 – June 21, 2003) was an American author of historical fiction who wrote many bestselling books. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Uris was the son of Jewish American parents Wolf William and Anna Uris. His father was a Polish born immigrant, his mother a first generation Russian American.

Uris was six years old when he was first recognised for his literary skills when he wrote an operetta inspired by the death of his dog. He would go on to write many bestselling works, based around major political and historic events. Today we’re going to recommend four books you may like to try. Read More

FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: August

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Those who have been around a while will remember our Hit of the Lits feature, a top 20 of the books you’ve loved in the previous month. Well on popular request we’re giving this feature a reboot with a new name and a new layout.

Last month we created a poll in our reading group The Cwts, and that poll has run all month giving you the chance to add your favourite read from the last thirty days. With July now over we have our top 20 for August and here it is, the readers’ choice top 20 for August.

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Obama Reveals What He’s Been Reading Prior to Visiting Africa

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For the first time since he left office, the former President of the United States, Barack Obama, has returned to Africa where he spent time in both Kenya (his ancestral home) and South Africa. There he met 200 young leaders from all over the continent and made a speech to commemorate the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela.

Prior to his visit, Obama published a post on his official Facebook page where he wrote about his love for his ancestral home, and revealed what books he’s been reading in the build up to his trip. As you would expect, the books are from and about the continent of Africa and show what a diverse, historic, sometimes troubled, but also extraordinary continent it is. Not only has Obama recommended the books, but also provided a quick insight as to why he found them interesting. Read More

Sense8, Bookshops and Some Reading Recommendations

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Is anyone else really sad that Sense8 is over? The Netflix show was a science-fiction drama created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski (of Matrix fame) following the lives of eight strangers from around the world linked by a sense of mental and emotional telepathy.

While a science fiction show, the series was very grounded in real issues such as race, sex, gender, and religion featuring a multi-national cast, various sexualities and a transgender character, played by a transgender actor (yay!).

I absolutely loved it, and I know much of the team did too and brilliant storylines aside, I loved the fact that Amanita, played by Freema Agyeman worked at the City Lights Bookstore, meaning it was featured in various episodes. And if you were hanging out for more bookstore references there was a second one with a mention for Shakespeare and Co in the finale too! Read More

George R.R. Martin Gives Us His Book Recommendations

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George R.R. Martin has shot to fame in recent years after his gritty fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire was adapted into a TV show by HBO. Called Game of Thrones, the series has become one of the biggest shows on TV and has helped newcomers discover Martin’s equally great novels. Game of Thrones‘ final season is set to air next year, but we’re still eagerly waiting for the next installment in the Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter. If you can’t wait for the next book, then why not check out this list of books Martin has recommended?

As the New York Public Library reports, Martin has given us not one, but two lists of books he feels we should read, fantasy and general fiction, so there should be something for everyone here.

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Barack Obama Shares What Books He’s Been Reading

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It’s always interesting to learn what other people are reading, even more so when they happen to have been one of the most powerful people on the planet. If you’ve been wondering what former US President Barack Obama has been reading since he left office then you’re in luck. As Harper’s Bazaar reports, Obama recently took to his official Facebook page to share what he’s been reading.

“I’m often asked what I’m reading, watching, and listening to, so I thought I might share a short list from time to time,” he wrote. There’s so much good writing and art and variety of thought out there these days that this is by no means comprehensive – like many of you, I’ll miss The Americans – but here’s what I’ve been reading lately. It’s admittedly a slightly heavier list than what I’ll be reading over the summer.” Read More



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