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Crime/Thriller Book Recommendations for Winter 2022

Crime/Thriller Book Recommendations for Winter 2022

As the days turn colder and the nights draw longer, we're finding ourselves reaching for darker reads. If you're looking for a good read to curl up with this winter, we've got some great crime/thriller book recommendations for you! Whether you're switching up from your normal reads, or looking to add to your collection, read on for...

The best crime/thriller book recommendations!

A Stranger's Game - Colleen Coble - R335

Even though Torie Bergstrom hasn't been back to Georgia since she was ten, she's happy to arrange a job for her best friend at one of the family properties on Jekyll Island.

But when Torie learns that her best friend has drowned, she knows it is more than a tragic accident: Lisbeth was terrified of water and wouldn't have gone swimming by choice.

Torie goes to the hotel under an alias, desperate to find answers. When she meets Joe Abbott and his daughter rescuing baby turtles, she finds a tentative ally.

The more Torie and Joe dig, the more elusive the truth seems. One thing is clear: someone will risk anything-even more murder-to keep their secrets buried.

The Yards - A.F Carter - R370

The rundown town of Baxter doesn't have a lot going for it, but there's always somewhere for single mum Git O'Rourke to cut loose and forget about her life. All she wanted was to put aside worried thoughts of her daughter, Charlie, and find a handsome stranger to spend the night with.

She just wanted to blow off some steam.

She never expected to be accused of murder.

Now Git is in deep trouble. She's just woken up in a dark hotel room with a strange man she can't seem to rouse, and surrounded by money and guns.

When the dead body is discovered with a bullet through its forehead, Officer Delia Mariola is one of the first on the scene. She knows the victim is connected to the mob, but something feels off - all signs point to a pick-up gone wrong. All signs point to Git.

Twelve Secrets - Robert Gold - R325

The day his older brother was murdered was the day Ben Harper's life changed for ever.

In one of the most shocking crimes in national history, Nick and his friend were stabbed to death by two girls their own age. Police called the killings random, a senseless tragedy.

Twenty years on Ben is one of the best true crime journalists in the country. He has left the past behind, thanks to the support of his close-knit hometown community.

But when he learns about a fresh murder case with links to his brother's death, Ben's life is turned upside down once more. He soon finds himself caught in a web of lies, one that implicates everyone around him. And on his quest for answers, Ben discovers one very important truth.

The Disappearing Act - Catherine Steadman - R230

Mia Eliot has travelled from London to LA for pilot season. This is her big chance to make it as an actor in Hollywood, and she is ready to do whatever it takes.

At an audition she meets Emily, and what starts as a simple favour takes a dark turn when Emily goes missing and Mia is the last person to see her.

Then a woman turns up, claiming to be Emily, but she is nothing like Mia remembers. Why would someone pretend to be Emily? Starting to question her own sanity, she goes on a desperate and dangerous search for answers, knowing something is very, very wrong.

The Trivia Night - Ali Lowe - R355

From the outside the parents of the kindergarten class at Darley Heights primary school seem to have it all.

Living in the wealthy Sydney suburbs, it's a community where everyone knows each other - and secrets don't stay secret for long.

The big date in the calendar is the school's annual fundraising trivia night, but when the evening gets raucously out of hand, talk turns to partner-swapping. Initially scandalised, it's not long before a group of parents make a reckless one-night-only pact.

But in the harsh light of day, those involved must face the fallout of their behaviour. As they begin to navigate the shady aftermath of their wild night, the truth threatens to rip their perfect lives apart - and revenge turns fatal.

The Lonely Ones - Hakan Nesser - R330

It begins in 1969. Six young people arrive in Uppsala, Sweden. Different circumstances push the three young couples together and, over the course of a few years, they become friends.

But a summer trip through Eastern Europe changes everything, and when their time at Uppsala University is over it also signals the end of something else.

Years later, a lecturer at Lund University is found dead at the bottom of a cliff in the woods close to Kymlinge. And chillingly, it is the very same spot where one of the Uppsala students died thirty-five years before.

Detective Inspector Gunnar Barbarotti takes on this ominous case of history repeating itself, and is forced to confront an increasingly grave reality.

A Flicker in the Dark - Stacy Willingham - R330

Chloe Davis’ father is a serial killer.

He was convicted and jailed when she was twelve but the bodies of the girls were never found, seemingly lost in the surrounding Louisiana swamps. The case became notorious and Chloe’s family was destroyed.

His crimes stalk her like a shadow.

Now Chloe has rebuilt her life. She’s a respected psychologist in Baton Rouge and has a loving fiancé. But she just can’t shake a tick-tick-tick of paranoia that, at any moment, it might all come crashing down.

It is the anniversary of her father’s crimes, and Chloe is about to see her worst fears come true – a girl she knows goes missing.

I Shot the Devil - Ruth McIver - R240

Over twenty years ago, the devil visited the woods around Long Island, claiming the lives of two boys. A local youth was charged with murder. Case closed.

Now Erin has been commissioned to dig deeper into the story, and is sent notes from someone long dead. And she has her own secret, too...



Do any of these crime/thriller recommendations sound intriguing? Let us know in the comments which ones you want to read!

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