When You Can’t Tell Who the Bad Guy Is #WickedGoodReads

Hi all. Kim here with some more thriller recs perfect for fall reading! I love a book where the main character is surrounded by a bunch of people deemed ‘safe’ but then we find out that at least one of them can’t be trusted and may even be a killer. An author is especially successful when they actually make the reader trust the ‘bad guy’ only to rip your heart out in the end. Here are 4 books I’ve read recently with this theme…

Small Favors, Erin Craig

This super creepy horror books has elements of fantasy woven within it’s plot and it’s just the perfect combination. Our main heroine, Ellerie Downing, falls in love with a mysterious traveler. I was on an emotional rollercoaster the entire book trying to figure out if he had ulterior motives or not!

Ellerie Downing lives in the quiet town of Amity Falls in the Blackspire Mountain range – from which the early townsfolk fought off the devils in the woods. When a supply party goes missing, some worry that the monsters that once stalked the region have returned. As fall turns to winter, more strange activities plague the town. They point to a tribe of devilish and mystical creatures who promise to fulfill the residents’ deepest desires, however grand and impossible, for just a small favor. But their true intentions are much more sinister

Survive the Night, Riley Sager

This one ended up feeling a bit far fetched for me in the end. Despite that I still found it to be a page turner. Imagine you need a ride. Would you accept one from a stranger? How desperate would you be to trust someone you’ve don’t know? That’s a sure fire way to get yourself killed if you ask me!

Josh Baxter, the man behind the wheel, is a virtual stranger to Charlie. They met at the campus ride board, each looking to share the long drive home to Ohio. Both have good reasons for wanting to get away. For Charlie, it’s guilt and grief over the murder of her best friend, who became the third victim of the man known as the Campus Killer. For Josh, it’s to help care for his sick father. Or so he says. Like the Hitchcock heroine she’s named after, Charlie has her doubts. Halfway through the ride, she begins to wonder if she’s accepted a ride from the serial killer himself.

Hairpin Bridge, Taylor Adams

We find out pretty early on that we can’t trust the detective in this book. But we’re not exactly sure what that really means. We know he’s lying but we don’t know about what and we don’t know why. This one turns freaky and deadly and kept me on the edge of my seat!

Three months ago, Lena Nguyen’s estranged twin sister, Cambry, drove to a remote bridge sixty miles outside of Missoula, Montana, and jumped two hundred feet to her death. At least, that is the official police version. But Lena isn’t buying it. Now she’s come to that very bridge, driving her dead twin’s car and armed with a cassette recorder, determined to find out what really happened by interviewing the highway patrolman who allegedly discovered her sister’s body.

The Burning Girls, C.J. Tudor

Man, Tudor really knows how to weave suspicion in every character! Everyone is acting strange, even the main characters. Everyone has secrets. It’s a small town and gossip travels like wildfire.

Welcome to Chapel Croft. Five hundred years ago, eight protestant martyrs were burned at the stake here. Thirty years ago, two teenage girls disappeared without a trace. And two months ago, the vicar of the local parish killed himself. Reverend Jack Brooks arrives in the village hoping to make a fresh start and find some peace. Instead, Jack finds a town mired in secrecy and a strange welcome package: an old exorcism kit and a note quoting scripture. And then her daughter starts seeing ghosts. 


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