Books I’ve Read and Loved

One of my favorite things to do is to get totally lost in a great book. I love podcasts and good TV shows, but if I could only have one of those things for the rest of time, I would choose a good book, no question. Based on my TV/podcast preferences, it should be no surprise that I usually opt for thriller/suspense novels. I typically read a few chapters before I go to sleep (reading puts me to sleep!), and if the book is really good, I’ll pick it up on a Saturday afternoon. I’ve recently read some great ones, so I thought I would share, in case you’re in the market!

Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes 
I read this on our honeymoon and it was so good. A total page-turner! One of my favorites out of this list, for sure.

The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
This was the first one that I read when I got back into reading a lot several months ago. It was so intriguing with its twists and turns – I didn’t want it to end!

In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Clearly, I’m a fan of this author! Another good one that kept me on my toes the entire time.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
This one took a little while for me to get into, but ended up being a good one!

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Admittedly, this one was a little outside my normal style with the sci-fi angle, but it was thrilling. Plus, it was set in Chicago (part of the time), which was fun to read about!

A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena
Another twisty, a little bit dark, thriller, where you’re not quite sure what is going to happen.

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
Admittedly, the first half of this was pretty slow to me. I fought my way through it, wanting to give up a few times, because it had good reviews. I’m glad I stuck with it because it ended up being interesting and entertaining.

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
I read this in three days while we were in Mexico in January. It was incredibly good and easy to read. It’s the only book that, when I got to the last few pages, I got physical chills and teared up with how it ended!

The Woman In The Window by A.J. Finn
I just finished this one and, oh my goodness. It was the first of these books that actually spooked me a little bit, but in a good way. There’s a twist that comes that caused me to want to skip over a couple of pages because I was creeped out!

I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll
I’m currently reading this one and am enjoying it! Similar to the others, it has its twists and turns and is told from the perspective of several different people.

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  1. 3.22.18
    Amy Earl said:

    We have the exact same taste in books, I've read almost all of those. And I know what you mean about the chills at the end of Behind Closed Doors! Just thinking about that almost last line of the book still gives me goosebumps and makes my blood run a little cold!

  2. 3.22.18
    Tara said:

    I always love your book recommendations because your taste is just like mine! I’ve either read or have all of these on my to read list! Woman in the Window was so so good, and I love Ruth Ware!

  3. 3.22.18
    Julie S. said:

    I just bought Behind Closed Doors and Into the Darkest Corner. Can't wait to read them!

    • 3.23.18

      Those are two of my absolute favorites! Enjoy!

  4. 3.22.18
    Jocelyn said:

    Add Find Her by Lisa Gardner to your list. I'm half way through and it is a page-turner, for sure!

  5. 3.22.18

    Add The Dry to your list! I think it's in your wheelhouse

  6. 3.22.18

    I've read about half of these and they were all so good! I understand what you mean about The Lying Game, it was harder to get into that her other books. I recently read The Good Daughter by Karen Slaughter and it was one of the best mystery/suspense ones I've read in a while. It is not an emotionally easy read, but I loved it.

    • 3.23.18

      Ohh I may have to add that to my list – thanks!

  7. 3.22.18

    Hey Lauren,

    We love your taste in books and have a similar flair for suspense as you! Also, your comfy outfit looks super cozy for those days at home! This LA rain definitely has us wanting a day off to read.


  8. 3.23.18

    The Dry by Jane Harper is such a good read! I try to read but find it difficult to find something that will catch by attention but I flew through this one in 3 days!!

    • 3.23.18

      Good to hear! Definitely adding it to my list!

  9. 3.23.18
    Felicity said:

    I loved Stranger in the House! I read it in a day because I just couldn't put it down, I needed to know what happened! I'm so glad you mentioned the plot twist in Woman in the Window. I've been trying to read it for two months now and just cannot get into it! Now I have something to look forward to though so hopefully I can finish it.

    Felicity |

    • 3.23.18

      It's definitely worth sticking though, in my opinion!

  10. 3.23.18
    Mandie said:

    I love these recommendations as I too like books with lots of twists & turns. I think that I'll be checking some of them out. Thanks! 🙂

  11. 10.1.18
    kristine said:

    Love book recommendations! I recently read The French Girl. It is similar to these books so you'd probably like it!

  12. 1.28.19
    Meagan Brackeen said:

    You and I have the exact same taste in books! Most of these I’ve read and loved, the others I just reserved 🙂 Behind Closed Doors was probably one of the best/darkest books I’ve ever read. The last 2 lines gave me goosebumps.

    • 1.28.19
      Lauren said:

      Yes! The final few sentences in that book were worth the entire read!!

  13. 1.3.20
    Robin Dickson said:

    I am so glad I found your books list. Your taste is right in line with mine and so excited to read some that you have suggested. Thanks so much♥️

  14. 5.24.20
    Kim said:

    Have you read any of Louise Penny’s books about Inspector Gamache? It’s soon to be turned into a series. I’m on book six of the series and they are good! Also, recommend Tana French’s murder mysteries. I feel like you would enjoy both authors based on your list here.