The best crime novels with killer twists

Who am I?

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…

The books I picked & why

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The Silence of the Lambs

By Thomas Harris,

Book cover of The Silence of the Lambs

Why 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.

The Silence of the Lambs

By Thomas Harris,

Why should I read it?

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


Shutter Island

By Dennis Lehane,

Book cover of Shutter Island

Why 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.

Shutter Island

By Dennis Lehane,

Why should I read it?

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


We Need to Talk about Kevin

By Lionel Shriver,

Book cover of We Need to Talk about Kevin

Why 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..!

We Need to Talk about Kevin

By Lionel Shriver,

Why should I read it?

6 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…

Audition

By Ryu Murakami, Ralph McCarthy (translator),

Book cover of Audition

Why 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.

Audition

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…


Gone Girl

By Gillian Flynn,

Book cover of Gone Girl

Why 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…

Gone Girl

By Gillian Flynn,

Why should I read it?

13 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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