Books Under The Tree: Books for Dark-Souls

Books Under The Tree: Books for Dark-Souls

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Modern Sherlock Holmes out there would love this selection of the most interesting books of 2016; spine tingling, mind gripping thrillers would be the perfect companion for readers with a dark soul. Today I share with you my favorites.


cover85443-mediumThe Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

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Disturbing as much as addictive, widely acclaimed by the critics, The Butterfly Garden is an exquisite read.

35,767 ratings on Goodreads#1 best seller in Serial Killers and 9,979 reviews on Amazon, this book is definitely having a big success among the readers community. Dot Hutchison has made quite an entrance in the literary world with a chilling, spine-tingling adult thriller that will give you nightmares.

Read my full review here.


51NEkcjDPuL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_The Whistler by John Grisham 

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John Grisham, America’s #1 bestselling author delivers a riveting story centered on an elaborate conspiracy involving an Indian reservation, an organized crime syndicate and a crooked judge skimming a small fortune from the tribal casino’s monthly haul (The New York Times Book Review).  

There isn’t much to say, you can’t go wrong with Mr.Grisham! he definitely found the perfect combination of mystery and thriller elements to keep the reader engaged since the very first page, and The Whistler is no different.

The most anticipated book of the year is definitely a must read.


cover98151-medium.pngSend in the Clowns. The Country Club Murders by by Julie Mulhern

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Much lighter read, Send in the Clowns is the fourth installment in the Country Club Murders Humorous Mystery Series, funny and impossible to put down.

Haunted houses are scary enough without knife-wielding clowns. Especially murderous knife-wielding clowns. So thinks Ellison Russell, single mother, artist, and reluctant sleuth. Now death wears a red nose and Ellison is up to the blood-stained collar of her new trench coat in costumes, caffeine, and possible killers.

Who stabbed Brooks Harney? And why? Money? Jealousy? Drugs?

41PSbJkKxhL._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgThe Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

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From one of the world’s bestselling authors –Stephenie Meyer– comes The Chemist, an extraordinary good novel.

An ex-agent on the run. Someone want her dead, and soon. When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous. Resolving to meet the threat head on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life, but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival.


41LZRicQS3L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgThe Sister by Louise Jensen

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The way Louise Jensen brought The Sister to life is pretty impressive -Jensen’s debut novel was part of a challenge at a writers’ group where she was given ten minutes and three words. What came next is a complex psychological thriller.

“I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me…”
Grace hasn’t been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie’s words, the last time she saw her, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie’s. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn’t know about her best friend. 

Read my full review here.


cover74240-mediumThe Passenger by Lisa Lutz

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An amazing psychological thriller that will keep any reader  glued to the pages.

Hopscotching from city to city while living off the grid, Amelia and her new friend Blue will do the unthinkable to let their past behind, but when you are chased by dark secrets this could be impossible to do.

Lisa Lutz delivers the breath-taking story of a woman who creates and sheds new identities as she crisscrosses the country to escape her past. It’s about resilience, strength and even vengeance.


518wwd6sorL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgThe Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

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One of the most hyped books of 2016. Does it worth it? Definitely yes! Original, well crafted and full of suspense,The Woman in Cabin 10 is a splendid read.

Set at sea, The Woman in Cabin 10 takes you on a luxury cruise, with elegant guests and sparkling parties. Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for travel magazine, enjoys the luxurious treats offered, then something tragic happens: a woman being thrown overboard.

Full of surprising twists The Woman in Cabin 10 is an intense read, fast paced and impossible to put down.


Unknown-1 7.17.09 AMThe Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

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Impossible to ignore, Lapena‘s The Couple Next Door is one of those books people can’t stop talking about. 22,934 ratings on Goodreads and enthusiast reviews on Amazon celebrate it one of the best books of 2016.

It might not be the most original plot ever but is definitely well written and somehow, you’ll find yourself unable to put it down. What happens to the Conti family, the kidnap of their newborn baby girl, is just the tip of the iceberg; dark secrets, betrayals and ultimate vengeance will turn the life of a young and loving couple around.


cover78858-mediumBeware That Girl by Teresa Toten 

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Any young reader passionate for mystery and thriller? Beware That Girl might be the perfect book, a powerful psychological thriller that will literally make your head spin!

Beware That Girl is a gripping story set in the mesmerising yet dysfunctional world of the extremely wealthy elite of New York City. Teresa Toten’s writing style is something I am absolutely fond of, clean and vibrant. Always one step ahead of you, she drags you deep into the story and keeps you fully engaged till the very last page!

Read my full review here.


cover84925-mediumTrue Crime Addict by James Renner

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Renner is probably one of the best true crime journalist I have ever read; his prose is honest, sincere and he’s not afraid to write the truth. True Crime Addict is the story of Maura Murray, a UMass student, went missing after wrecking her car in rural New Hampshire. During his investigation, James uncovers numerous important and shocking new clues about what may have happened to Maura, but also finds himself in increasingly dangerous situations.

James Renner delivers an absorbing, addictive accounting of one of the most complicated mysterious disappearance in America.

Read my full review here.


27969103.jpgBoy, 9, Missing by Nic Joseph

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Reading Boy, 9, Missing you would never say this is a debut novel, so accomplished and beautifully crafted –Nic Joseph works with a tangled plot, played by astounding characters.

Publishers Weekly called it “a page-turner with haunting, well-developed characters and tantalizing plot” and I couldn’t agree more. Fast paced and unpredictable, this book  captures your attention since the very first page, and takes you to a shocking ending you’ll never see coming.  One of the best ways for a book to make sure you remember it is to pull the rug out from under you just when you think you’ve got everything figured out. Everyone remembers a twist ending, right? To say why would almost ruin it, but suffice to say that this is a story in which revenge and guilt switch places repeatedly, building to a genuinely shocking conclusion.

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