5 Thrilling Books To Read Past Your Bedtime

These five books by women are thrillers that'll keep you reading late into the night,

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Thrilling Books To Read Past Your BedtimeThe Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine
Narrator: Barrie Kreinik, Dylan Moore
Published by HarperCollins on May 7, 2019
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense, Psychological, Women
Pages: 320
Format: ARC, eARC
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9780062868831
Goodreads
three-stars

“Thrilling. . . . a must-read!” — Mary Kubica “Masterful.” — Wendy Walker “I couldn’t put it down.” — Joseph Finder

In a world of wealth and privilege, a killer is hiding . . .

The internationally bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish follows that success with an addictive novel filled with shocking twists about the aftermath of a brutal high-society murder.

Dr. Kate English has it all. Not only is she the heiress to a large fortune; she has a gorgeous husband and daughter, a high-flying career, and a beautiful home anyone would envy.

But all that changes the night Kate’s mother, Lily, is found dead, brutally murdered in her own home. Heartbroken and distraught, Kate reaches out to her estranged best friend, Blaire Barrington, who rushes to her side for the funeral, where the years of distance between them are forgotten in a moment.

That evening, Kate’s grief turns to horror when she receives an anonymous text: You think you’re sad now, just wait. By the time I’m finished with you, you’ll wish you had been buried today. More than ever, Kate needs her old friend’s help.

Once Blaire decides to take the investigation into her own hands, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems in Baltimore high society. As infidelity, lies, and betrayals come to light, and tensions rise to a boiling point, she begins to alienate Kate’s friends and relatives with her relentless, accusatory questions, as she tries to find Lily’s killer. The murderer could be anyone—friend, neighbor, loved one. But whoever it is, it’s clear that Kate is next on their list. . .

In The Last Time I Saw You, Liv Constantine takes the lightning pace of The Last Mrs. Parrish and raises the stakes, creating an exquisitely tension-filled and absorbing tale of psychological suspense in which innocent lives—and one woman’s sanity—hang in the balance.

The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine is essentially a rich people thriller. The book opens up with a murder, the main character’s mother. What follows through the rest of the story is Dr. Kate English trying to figure out who murdered her mother while also dealing with some psychological terrorism. It seems as though Kate can trust no one. It’s too bad, because Kate has everything – wealth, a gorgeous husband, a wonderful daughter and a fulfilling job. The Last Time I Saw You is an enthralling read despite some characters that are hard to relate to.

So, when Kate’s mother’s funeral happens, her former best friend Blaire attends. She has not spoken to Blaire for fifteen years. However, Blaire picks up right where they left off and it is like an immediate closeness again. Meanwhile, Kate has received a couple dead animals and nursery rhymes. She’s scared that she’s about to be murdered next but has no idea who is doing it and so trusts no one, not even her husband. Actually, she does trust Blaire though.

Okay, so this book does read very, very fast. Like, it is the kind of book you could read in a day, if not a single sitting (where are all my fast readers at). However, I really did find it hard to connect or care that much for either Kate or Blaire. I guess it was a case of rich people problems, I could not care less. Focusing specifically on just the who committed the murder/big secrets being revealed/all that glitters is not gold aspects though, The Last Time I Saw You is so compelling. I like a good down fall and some good gossip. This book basically is like rich people gossip at certain parts. So if you’re into things like controversies, you’d definitely enjoy those parts.

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Thrilling Books To Read Past Your BedtimeYou Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
Narrator: Barrie Kreinik, Dylan Moore
Length: 11 Hours 1 Minutes
Published by St. Martin's Publishing Group on March 3, 2020
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense, Women, Domestic, Psychological
Pages: 352
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9781250202048
Goodreads
five-stars

One of Newsweek's Most Anticipated Books of 2020One of SheReads Most Anticipated Books of 2020One of PopSugar's Most Anticipated Books of 2020One of HelloGiggles’ Most Anticipated Books of 2020One of Marie Claire’s Best Fiction by Women in 2020One of Woman’s Day’s Best Fiction Books Coming Out in 2020
The electrifying #1 New York Times bestselling authors of THE WIFE BETWEEN US and AN ANONYMOUS GIRL return with a brand new novel of psychological suspense.
Shay Miller wants to find love, but it eludes her. She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end. She wants to belong, but her life is increasingly lonely.
Until Shay meets the Moore sisters. Cassandra and Jane live a life of glamorous perfection, and always get what they desire. When they invite Shay into their circle, everything seems to get better.
Shay would die for them to like her. She may have to.

You Are Not Alone by Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendricks is everything I want a thriller book to be. It’s thrilling, OBVIOUSLY. The characters are compelling. I had an oh shit, SHIT shit SHIT moment while reading – which is just the best. I was so absorbed in this story. Now I feel like I do not need to write thrillers off as a genre. Plus, I am excited that there’s another book by this duo that I have yet to read – The Wife Between Us.

You Are Not Alone is about a young woman named Shay Miller who witnesses the suicide of another young woman named Amanda who leaps from a subway platform. She goes to Amanda’s funeral for closure but finds herself drawn to the sleek world of Cassandra and Jane. The sisters are glamorous and Shay really wants them to like her, as she is lonely and they are so cool. Unfortunately, them liking her may lead to her doom.

Thanks to Libro.fm, I had a copy of the audiobook to listen to as well as the eARC from Netgalley. Listening to the audiobook was an amazing experience. It is well produced. There are two narrators, Barrie Krenik and Dylan Moore. I was unsure which narrator was who – one was used for the Shay chapters and the other voiced all the other chapters for the other characters. The audiobook is 11 hours long basically and it goes by quick. I listened to this at 1.25 and 1.5 speed and LOVED it. If you want a good commute or road trip or exercise listen, grab You Are Not Alone. It’s absolutely excellent. I can’t wait for more from Pekkanen and Hendricks.

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5 Thrilling Books To Read Past Your BedtimeMirror Image by Sandra Brown
Published by Grand Central Publishing on February 26, 2013
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense, Romance, Political
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9781455546343
Goodreads
two-half-stars

A Globe and Mail bestseller When a TV reporter is injured in a Dallas-bound jet crash, she enters a world of mistaken identity and political intrigue in this action-packed romantic suspense novel.
The crash of a Dallas-bound jet isn't just a tragedy for TV reporter Avery Daniels; it's an act of fate that hands her a golden opportunity to further her career. But it also makes her the crucial player in a drama of violent passions and deadly desires.
After plastic surgery transforms her face, Avery is mistaken for the glamorous, selfish wife of Tate Rutledge, the famous senatorial candidate and member of a powerful Texas dynasty.
As she lays helpless in the hospital, Avery makes a shattering discovery: someone close to Tate planned to assassinate him. Now, to save him, she must live another woman's life -- and risk her own.

Mirror Image by Sandra Brown was QUITE the ride, I’ll tell you. When I cracked open this re-issue of the book originally published in 1990 I was expecting something along the lines of the movie Face Off, but truly I did not know what I was in for. This was my first thriller by Sandra Brown and I am absolutely on the fence about if I’ll read more by Brown.

Mirror Image is about Avery Daniels who is the victim of a plane crash. She survives but is mistaken for Texas Senatorial Candidate Tate Rutledge’s wife, Carole Rutledge. As Avery can’t speak or write she is unable to stop the facial reconstruction surgeon from giving her Carole’s face. While recovering in the ICU, someone comes into her room and says something about their plan to kill Tate on election night. So, Avery decides to just keep being Carole in order to protect Tate.

I do have to hand it to Brown, this book was very hard to put down. The plot has so many twists and turns. I could not guess who the assassin/master mind of the plot would be. And there’s a couple things that happen totally out of left field. On the other hand, I did find the slurs for people who are gay in this book to be distasteful. There’s also some racism towards Mexicans and Indigenous Americans. I feel like if you’re going to reissue a book from 1990, maybe clean that up a little? It’s not as though this is a book with classic commentary on anything serious, so I think it’s okay to edit that stuff.


I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Thrilling Books To Read Past Your BedtimeI’ll Be Watching You (previously published as Watching You) by Leslie A. Kelly
Published by Grand Central Publishing on March 13, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Contemporary, Women
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9781538761205
Goodreads
two-stars

In the first book of a thrilling new romantic suspense trilogy, USA Today bestselling author Leslie A. Kelly shows just how hot - and how dangerous - Hollywood can be.
In the shadows, someone is always watching Aspiring screenwriter Jessica Jensen grew up on movies starring heartthrob Reece Winchester, the eldest brother of a Hollywood dynasty. She never thought she'd meet the man in person, though. Actor, director, millionaire, and gorgeous mystery man--he's every woman's fantasy.
Reece wants Jessica the moment he sees her, and he's a man who always gets what he wants. At first he was only after a night in her bed, but as he comes to know the smart, confident woman beneath the stunning exterior, he realizes once will never be enough.
Unfortunately, Jessica's real-life Cinderella story is about to take a deadly turn...
Reece's world is filled with fierce ambition and dark family secrets the Winchesters desperately want to hide. But he and his brothers aren't the only ones who know those secrets. Someone else is out there, waiting to strike. Waiting-and always watching.
When danger finally steps out of the shadows, Reece will have to face his past. And Jessica will have to decide just how far she can trust the man she loves with her heart...and her life. "Kelly hits all the right notes here and balances the romance with suspense to very nice effect, making this a must read for readers who like a bit of danger with their love story. Recommended." --Library Journal "The romance between this pair was hot and exciting, but it was the ending that I really liked because it had me on the edge-of-my-seat. ...I would recommend Watching You by Leslie A. Kelly, if you enjoy romantic suspense, the opposites attract trope, or books by authors Susan Stoker, Cora Brent, Kaylea Cross and Laura Kaye." -- Harlequin Junkie

I don’t even know how to begin this review of I’ll Be Watching You by Leslie A. Kelly except to say that was a real page turner. Despite being about 400 pages, I consumed this book in about 4 hours – all in one day. I did not quite love this book and again, I don’t know if I chalk it up to the genre or me. I am trying very hard to get more into the thriller genre, but more books are duds for me than fits.

I’ll Be Watching You is about this director Reece Winchester who sees Jessica Jensen through the security camera of his aunt’s art gallery and decides he simply must have her. Based on that line, you’d assume he is the stalker bad guy. Nope, he’s actually the romantic lead and the good guy. Reece and Jessica have this growing attraction but they end up getting shot at. There’s also a fire before all these events really take place. Oh and there’s stalking. There is revenge. Don’t forget the shady Hollywood characters with gross proclivities.

I left this feeling like the characters were a bit one dimensional. It would have been more appealing to me if we had gotten more of Jessica’s backstory. And maybe more interaction between Jessica and her sister Liza. Instead, there’s all these adult time scenes between Reece and Jessica which, okay, great, but that doesn’t lead to an interesting character driven suspenseful thriller. It’s just adult times. That’s all. I do appreciate that I’ll Be Watching You was such a fast paced book, but I don’t know that I’ll be returning to check out the other books in this series.


I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Thrilling Books To Read Past Your BedtimeThe Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen
Published by Random House Publishing Group on October 1, 2019
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Supernatural, Women, Psychological
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9781984820969
Goodreads
three-stars

A woman trying to outrun her past is drawn to a coastal village in Maine—and to a string of unsolved murders—in this novel of romance and psychological suspense from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen.
“Suspenseful, sexy, and soulful.”—J. R. Ward, bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series
After an unspeakable tragedy in Boston, Ava Collette flees to a remote village in Maine, where she rents an old house named Brodie’s Watch.
In that isolated seaside mansion, Ava finally feels at peace . . . until she glimpses the long-dead sea captain who still resides there.
Rumor has it that Captain Jeremiah Brodie has haunted the house for more than a century. One night, Ava confronts the apparition, who feels all too real, and who welcomes her into his world—and into his arms. Even as Ava questions her own sanity, she eagerly looks forward to the captain’s ghostly visits. But she soon learns that the house she loves comes with a terrible secret, a secret that those in the village don’t want to reveal: Every woman who has ever lived in Brodie’s Watch has also died there. Is the ghost of Captain Brodie responsible, or is a flesh-and-blood killer at work? A killer who is even now circling closer to Ava?
Praise for The Shape of Night
“Gerritsen is at her atmospheric best in this spine-tingling tale of a lone woman, an old house, and all the secrets everyone tries to hide.”—Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author   “With a twisty mix of dangerous passion, obsession, and suspense, Tess Gerritsen reinvents the Gothic novel, giving it a razor-sharp, modern edge.”—Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author of Untouchable   “Curl up in your favorite reading chair and let Tess Gerritsen whisk you away to a coastal town reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier’s best settings. You are in for a dark and sexy night, and you will be up very late with Tess’s twisted, haunting tale.”—Iris Johansen, #1 New York Times bestselling author

The cool thing about being a new reader to the thriller, mystery, suspense genre is that there’s this whole cadre of authors that I have yet to sample and now it feels like a buffet where there is so much I have not tried. Tess Gerritsen is an author where I have heard of her and absolutely have seen her books around. Plus there’s a TV show based on her Rizzouli and Isles books. So, when The Shape Of Night crossed my desk, I was eager to get to it. Apparently, not that eager, as I’ve had it for months and am just now reading it.

The Shape Of Night is a suspenseful book about a cookbook author named Ava who is spending the summer and a bit of fall staying in Tucker’s Cove. She rents this house called Brodie’s Watch at a steal because the previous tenant left very suddenly. Ava spends the summer working on her new cookbook that she will call The Captain’s Table while also trying to heal from a traumatic event that occurred New Year’s Eve back in Boston. Meanwhile, Ava is visited at night by the ghost of Captain Brodie and it gets very steamy. A bit too steamy for me.

The book gets suspenseful as we try to figure out if the ghost is real, what the traumatic event was with Ava and what happened to the previous tenant. Also, Ava may just be in danger herself. The Shape Of Night is a very quick and compelling read. The ghost bits were weird and just I was not into that at all. However, the sense of place – of Maine and Tucker’s Cove was fantastic. I thought Gerritsen really excelled with the setting. I did not care all that much for Ava or really her ending. And the whole danger bit was a little rushed for me. On the whole though, I did like this book and will be reading more from Gerritsen – especially when I need a book that is suspenseful with a fast pace.


three-stars
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Comments

  1. ohhhh, YOU ARE NOT ALONE is totally on my audiobook TBR already!!! I’m very into thrillers right now… they’re the only thing that can really keep my attention during all of this (for some reason).

  2. Ooo these are all new to me and i”ve been looking for a thriller! You are Not Alone sounds like a winner, and something I”d like to try on audio.

  3. I have been seeing The Last Time I Saw You everywhere on Instagram. I love your review and I might try it out.
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