The theme for the 2016 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge in January is #Whodunnit. Which mystery or thriller have you read lately that blew your mind? Here’s my list of 3 Thrilling Mystery Books With Gasp Inducing Plot Twists.
Salvation of a Saint, Keigo Higashino
When an author can tell you from the get-go who committed a crime – and then have you question whether that’s even true or not … well that’s THE indication for how amazeballs a book is. how the heck does Higashino do this to me book after book. We all knew who committed the murder, but HOW dammit – HOW did she do it?!
Yoshitaka, who was about to leave his marriage and his wife, is poisoned by arsenic-laced coffee and dies. His wife, Ayane, is the logical suspect—except that she was hundreds of miles away when he was murdered. The lead detective, Tokyo Police Detective Kusanagi, is immediately smitten with her and refuses to believe that she could have had anything to do with the crime. His assistant, Kaoru Utsumi, however, is convinced Ayane is guilty. So she does what her boss has done for years when stymied — she calls upon Professor Manabu Yukawa.
The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith
I didn’t see it coming – did you? I love the fact that I’m immune to subtle clues in books, because it means I almost never figure out who the culprit is before “the big reveal”. This book showed that JK Rowling is a bad-ass. She can write Harry Potter or not; she can change her name, gender and whatever else she can think of – but she will ALWAYS write like a bad-ass.
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. He’s down to one client, and creditors are calling. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that.
The Leopard (Harry Hole #8), Jo Nesbo
Every time I thought the mystery in The Leopard was solved, something else popped up and made me realize there was more to the story than I first thought. The entire Harry Hole series is fantastic – it doesn’t matter where you start, although I suppose it’s best if you read it in chronological order. It only gets better and better.
In the depths of winter, a killer stalks the city streets. His victims are two young women, both found with twenty-four inexplicable puncture wounds, both drowned in their own blood. The crime scenes offer no clues and the police are running out of options. There is only one man who can help them, and he doesn’t want to be found.
And here are 5 More Books With Plot Twists & Endings That I Didn’t See Coming. Which book have you read lately that made you gasp?