The best crime novels with killer twists

Why am I passionate about this?

I hold degrees in law and psychology, and have a keen interest in behavioural science and forensic psychology. As a thriller writer and a reader, I love exploring the darker side of the human mind. I have always been more interested in why somebody commits a crime than in how they got caught. What causes the average person to commit a horrific crime? Do 'average' people even exist? Are some people just wired a certain way and can't help what they do? These are the questions I like to explore in the books I read as well as the ones I write.


I wrote...

The Artist

By Angelo Marcos,

Book cover of The Artist

What is my book about?

A serial killer is hunting actresses in the heart of London.  As footage of the murders is broadcast around the world, the killer’s MO becomes clear—the victims get their fifteen minutes of fame, but it will be the last performance of their lives.

Across town, struggling actress Kim goes to desperate lengths to get her big break, much to the dismay of her daughter Kaylin who fears her mum will be the next victim. Could the serial killer be Kaylin’s estranged father? And why is Kaylin being followed to school? The truth is more horrific than they could possibly imagine…

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of The Silence of the Lambs

Angelo Marcos Why did I love this book?

As a young author this book taught me how powerful a series of smaller twists can be. Everyone talks about one big twist at the end, but this book shows how powerful it can be as a reader to have the rug pulled from under your feet in a hundred different ways throughout the story. It’s also an incredibly tense and well-written psychological thriller, and I love the fact that a lot of the characters are based on real-life individuals – from the serial killers to the FBI agents.

By Thomas Harris,

Why should I read it?

19 authors picked The Silence of the Lambs as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

As part of the search for a serial murderer nicknames "Buffalo Bill," FBI trainee Clarice Starling is given an assignment. She must visit a man confined to a high-security facility for the criminally insane and interview him.

That man, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, is a former psychiatrist with unusual tastes and an intense curiosity about the darker corners of the mind. His intimate understanding of the killer and of Clarice herself form the core of Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs--an unforgettable classic of suspense fiction.


Book cover of Shutter Island

Angelo Marcos Why did I love this book?

This was a huge influence for me in writing my book, as it was one of the first books with a major twist in it which means you immediately want to go back and reread the entire book! It’s one of those books where the twist is incredible and, on second reading, almost feels inevitable even though you had no clue about it the first time. Another tense psychological thriller that I’d definitely recommend.

By Dennis Lehane,

Why should I read it?

7 authors picked Shutter Island as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The basis for the blockbuster motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Shutter Island by New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane is a gripping and atmospheric psychological thriller where nothing is quite what it seems. The New York Times calls Shutter Island, “Startlingly original.” The Washington Post raves, “Brilliantly conceived and executed.” A masterwork of suspense and surprise from the author of Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone, Shutter Island carries the reader into a nightmare world of madness, mind control, and CIA Cold War paranoia andis unlike anything you’ve ever read before.


Book cover of We Need to Talk about Kevin

Angelo Marcos Why did I love this book?

I studied psychology and have a keen interest in behavioural science and forensic psychology, so I found this study in criminality and its effects on an (innocent?) mother fascinating.  It’s very much a ‘the monster was inside the house all along’ horror story, but wrapped up in the genre of crime. It’s definitely a powerful book and had a big effect on me, both as a writer and as a human being. You won’t look at your nieces and nephews the same again..!

By Lionel Shriver,

Why should I read it?

10 authors picked We Need to Talk about Kevin as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2010

ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD

Eva never really wanted to be a mother; certainly not the mother of a boy named Kevin who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher who had tried to befriend him. Now, two years after her son's horrific rampage, Eva comes to terms with her role as Kevin's mother in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her absent husband Franklyn about their son's upbringing. Fearing that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son has become, she confesses to…


Book cover of Audition

Angelo Marcos Why did I love this book?

This book terrified me, mainly because I happened to read it just after getting out of a long-term relationship. The premise itself is pretty perverse, or maybe sad depending on your viewpoint – a widow who hasn’t moved on since the death of his wife holds auditions for a fake movie so that he can find his perfect mate. As you’ll see in my own novel, auditions can often be the perfect cover for something more sinister. In this case though, it’s the auditionee who gets the upper hand. Very creepy and with a great twist, Audition is definitely one to read.

By Ryu Murakami, Ralph McCarthy (translator),

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Audition as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In this gloriously over-the-top tale, Aoyama, a widower who has lived alone with his son ever since his wife died seven years before, finally decides it is time to remarry. Since Aoyama is a bit rusty when it comes to dating, a filmmaker friend proposes that, in order to attract the perfect wife, they do a casting call for a movie they don't intend to produce. As the resumes pile up, only one of the applicants catches Aoyama's attention-Yamasaki Asami-a striking young former ballerina with a mysterious past. Blinded by his instant and total infatuation, Aoyama is too late in…


Book cover of Gone Girl

Angelo Marcos Why did I love this book?

This is an interesting one, as the biggest twist really comes in about the middle of the book. I remember the first time I read this, I went into it cold knowing nothing about it so the twist really was a massive rug-pull. Funnily enough, this and Audition are almost warnings about relationships and being careful what you wish for – which is interesting as apparently it means relationships and crime fiction go quite well together…

By Gillian Flynn,

Why should I read it?

24 authors picked Gone Girl as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

THE ADDICTIVE No.1 BESTSELLER AND INTERNATIONAL PHENOMENON
OVER 20 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE
THE BOOK THAT DEFINES PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER

Who are you?
What have we done to each other?

These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren't made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on…


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What is my book about?

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By Carol Newman Cronin,

What is this book about?

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