Seven Books That Left Me Reeling…

It is rare for me to read a book that stays with me long after I read the final sentence, however, lately I’ve found a few that deserve an honorable mention.

Please note:  None of these great reads are in any particular order.  I recommend all of them equally.  Also, if you click on the covers, within this blog post, you will be taken to Amazon, where you can order your very own copy.


First up is A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay.  Holy, moly!  I don’t know why I waited so long to read this amazing book!  This read was published in the summer of 2015.  The book reads almost like a true “Exorcist”-style story, however, the ending is like none other, and kept me thinking for days on end.  I still cringe when I think about how Mr. Tremblay decided to end this amazing novel!  Stephen King has been quoted saying, “A Head Full of Ghosts scared the living hell out of me, and I’m pretty hard to scare.”  You know when King is freaked out, then it’s definitely a must-read!  Mr. Tremblay also released a new book last summer called, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, which I can not wait to read!  I will be sure to let y’all know what I think after I read it.  So, if you enjoy horror, like I do, then run out and pick up this book!  You will not be disappointed!


Next on my list is The Dry by Jane Harper.  This book was a Bestseller in Australia before it was released in the US back in January.  The Dry is a murder mystery/thriller set in the countryside of Australia.  For a basic synopsis – an entire family, except a small infant, is murdered in the dead heat of summer.  The murder scene, at first glance, appears to be a murder-suicide by the patriarch of the family.  Once the detective starts digging into the case he finds things aren’t always as they seem, and this case is a massive tangle of webs.  The writing style of Jane Harper is amazing!  Her descriptive word use pulled me into the story and made me feel every bit of the summer heat in Australia, even though I read this in the middle of a Kansas winter!  Below is a little taste of just the first few paragraphs…

Excerpt from the First Page of The Dry:

It wasn’t as though the farm hadn’t seen death before, and the blowflies didn’t discriminate.  To them there was little difference between a carcass and a corpse.

The drought had left the flies spoiled for choice that summer.  They sought out unblinking eyes and sticky wounds as the farmers of Kiewarra leveled their rifles at skinny livestock.  No rain meant not feed.  And no feed made for difficult decisions as the tiny town shimmered under day after day of burning blue sky.

These opening words hooked me and was able to drag me into an amazing story.  It left me breathless and wanting more.  I read somewhere that a movie is in the works and Reese Witherspoon is directing it.  I can not wait!


Third on my list is The Girl Before by JP Delaney.  This book was one of major mystery.  I have to admit I had no idea where Delaney was going with the story until I was at the end.  It was an ending I never saw coming, which is very rare for someone, like me, who reads mostly in this genre.  So basically, the novel starts off with a couple looking at a very modern home located in London.  The home was built by a famous minimalist architect and has lots of rules that must be followed, if you pass the test and are allowed to sign the lease.  Within the next few chapters you find the story alternating between past and present, with a new woman viewing the same home.  You start to wonder what happened to the past couple.  Where did they go?  Why would they leave such an amazing place?  The story captivated me and the twists and turns were extraordinarily exciting.  I loved this book and, especially, the ending!  Phenomenal read!  Highly recommend!


Number four on my list is The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon.  Ms. McMahon has quickly become one of my favorite authors.  I have been on a quest to read all of her books since reading The Winter People last year (which I also recommend, so maybe this post is actually eight books I enjoyed).  Jennifer McMahon is an amazing writer and The Night Sister was no an exception.  I love how the book has a mysterious, mystic feel.  I would classify this book as a mystery with some horror aspects.  It was, yet another, phenomenal read that kept me awake late into the night.  The story flowed so well that I lost track of time.  Amazing read!




The fifth book on my list is Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.  This book was one big mind game.  I absolutely loved Mr. Crouch’s descriptive language.  This book would be considered more of a Science Fiction read, with emphasis on Physics.  Being a Chemistry nerd, this book was right up my alley!  I enjoyed every moment of it! Please know you don’t necessarily need to be a science nerd to enjoy this novel.  Blake Crouch does an amazing job of using laymen terms and wonderful explanations for Physical Phenomena.  Great news for my readers is this book has just been released in paperback, so run out and pick up your affordable copy.




The sixth book on my list is one I have recommended to so many people within my circle.  I can not believe I have never blogged about it here!  It is probably one of my favorite books of all time.  Night Film by Marisha Pessl is the absolute BEST book I have ever read.  This book sucks you in with the use of underground websites, magazine articles, and newspaper clippings found within the pages.  These additions add to the mysterious aspects of the story.  I can not stress how much this book blew me away.  I can not even write a synopsis because I am afraid to spoil absolutely any of the story for you.  If you love mysteries and suspense, then please give Night Film a try.  I usually recommend that any book can be listened to as an audiobook, but this one is an exception.  It is available through Audible, but I don’t recommend purchasing it.  Instead read the actual physical or electronic copy of this novel.  You will not be disappointed!


Last, but not least, is The Widow by Fiona Barton.  This book was amazing!  It starts out with the accidental death of a man who has been accused of sexually assaulting and murdering a child.  A reporter, on a mission to further her career and get an exclusive interview with the widow, finds a way into the deceased man’s home.  The Widow is told in alternating perspectives from the reporter, the widow, and the detective who has worked the case.  This book has also has an amazing surprising ending, one I never saw coming.  I am in love with Fiona Barton’s writing style; this book was very easy to devour in a sitting.  On a side note: recently I was given the opportunity to read Ms. Barton’s newest novel, The Child (releasing in late June), and it is equally amazing.  Please look for my review of this new novel sometime in June.



My hope is this little list of my favorites will help you add to your TBR List.  If you know of any other great reads that fall within this category, then please, please, please recommend.  I am always on the lookout for great reads to add to my own TBR List (which is longer than most phonebooks!)

Until next time!




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