Gone Girl the book (a well as the film) came with mixed reviews. There were a large percentage of readers who loved the book and a fairly large number who were bored by the narrative. I hang mid-way, and was neither completely impressed, nor did I reject it as a useless read. The book is the story of Nick and Amy. What may seem to be a ‘lived happily ever after’ love story, in reality turns out to be anything but that. In their seemingly perfect life, Amy disappears on their 5th anniversary day. What really has happened to her? Is she killed? Kidnapped? As clues begin to unravel, hidden beneath are things one would least expect to find. A thriller of sorts it is, and if you loved Gone Girl and are looking for similar reads, here are three more thrillers that are worth your time.
The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn
A debut novel by the author, this book is a sure page turner. With ample twists and turns, it keeps you hooked and, well, sort of addicted too, because you surely want to keep reading it till that last page. The book is the story of Anna, a psychologist by profession who lives all by herself. Ten months since she left home and in a new neighborhood, her days are spent in loneliness, watching old movies, drinking wine, counseling patients through an online portal. She suffers from agoraphobia (the fear of open spaces), thus restricts herself to the four walls of her home. Her window to the world is the real window of her home. Every day Anna stands by the window, watching the world go by. She knows her neighbors-their daily routine, what they do and where they go. Soon the Russell’s move in across the street and Anna from the very beginning is drawn to them. It all seems so perfect, until the evening when she hears it- a scream that gives her the shiver down the spine. She sees it all, witnesses something that’s surely not to be seen. There are secrets she isn’t supposed to know…
This is a Young Adult thriller that took me by storm. Three characters were all that was required to write this tale of friendship, love and jealousy. Simple in every way, yet when their lives entangle, the complexities that arise are hard to straighten out. And sometime a single error could trigger a ripple effect and cause devastation. Sasha and Xavier have been friends for over a year. They seem to be perfect in each other’s company, enjoying the little joys of life, until Xavier begins to date Ivy. Ivy is the cool and sassy spoilt kid, who has a certain aura around her. Popular in every way, her follower account on Instagram always on the upward curve. She doesn’t care much when she cheats on Xavier. Xavier on the other hand, takes the cheating seriously, to end up with depression. Sasha, helps Xavier come out of it all, falling in love with him in the process. However, Ivy soon decides get back to Xavier. Sasha realizes she needs to protect the gullible Xavier and hatches a plan to keep her away from him, until it all backfires. What ensues is a twist of fate, and Sasha has to carry with her a grave secret, the burden of which becomes too heavy for her.
The Girl On the Train By Paula Hawkins
I shall never get tired of recommending this book. I loved the thrill factor that it comes with. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day it’s the same route, moving past cozy suburban homes, and stopping at the signal that allows her to catch a glimpse of the same couple. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough for everything to change. Soon she is deeply entangled, in her own life as well as in the lives of many others. I wouldn’t want to divulge too much on the plot, but similar to other thrillers its best for readers to dive in on their own. The plot was cinematic indeed with vivid descriptions that played on my mind.
Do you have any more similar books in mind?