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Dark And Twisted Thrillers For Fans Of ‘Gone Girl’

September 22, 2014 9:00 AM

You stayed up all night finishing Gone Girl and immediately devoured Sharp Objects and Dark Places—yet your appetite for Gillian Flynn’s brand of whip smart, deeply troubling fiction remains unsatisfied. Well, fear not because our sister company Simon & Schuster has the twists, turns, and unreliable narrators to keep you wrapped up in knots.

You
By Caroline Kepnes

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A chilling account of unrelenting passion, this is Gone Girl with an erotic edge. When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the New York City bookstore where Joe works, he’s instantly smitten. She is everything he has ever wanted: gorgeous, razor-smart, and as sexy as hell. Joe needs to have her, and he’ll stop at nothing to do so. You is a psychological thriller about love, sex, and a dark obsession that quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences…

One of Us
By Tawni O’Dell

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The go-to forensic psychologist for the Philadelphia D.A., Dr. Sheridan Doyle can’t escape his past as the bullied kid from a blue-collar mining family. When a dead body is discovered in his hometown of Lost Creek, he realizes that it has an eerie connection to a notorious wealthy family who own the local mines. As he circles ever closer to the killer, he comes dangerously close to discovering long buried truths about his family’s tragic past and the secrets that haunt Lost Creek. Told with dark humor, a pulse-pounding plot, and a serial killer whose powers of manipulation rival those of Amazing Amy, One of Us is evidence that in a small town, everybody has something to hide.

Under Your Skin
By Sabine Durrant

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Do you remember how you simply couldn’t put Gone Girl down? Brace yourself because Under Your Skin has the same “It’s 2 a.m. but I have to be up for work in four hours but I just need to read one more page!” quality. When Gaby Mortimer discovers the dead body of a young woman near her house, she has no idea that this chilling discovery will send her seemingly happy, charmed life into a sickening free fall. All of the evidence seems to lead back to her and the police are sure she’s guilty. You’d be foolish to trust a soul in this dark, suspenseful thriller.

The Next Time You See Me
By Holly Goddard Jones

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Ronnie Eastman is fiery, hard-drinking, and unpredictable. When her dead body is found in the woods, it’s not just her secrets that threaten to surface. The events that follow expose the ambitions, prejudices, and anxieties of the residents of her rural Kentucky town. They are connected in ways they cannot imagine, and their stories converge in a violent climax that reveals not just the mystery of Ronnie’s death, but all of their secret selves. The Next Time You See Me vividly captures the intricacies and dark underbelly of a small Southern town.

The Hidden Girl
By Louise Millar

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The perfect house, the perfect life, the perfect trap. When Hannah and her husband move to a rustic estate in the countryside, it seems to be the perfect home for the family she’s always longed for. When a sudden snowstorm traps Hannah alone in the idyllic mansion, she can’t stop obsessing about the donkey she knows is being neglected next door. But the whining, scraping creature locked inside the shed is not a donkey at all. The Hidden Girl is a gripping psychological portrait of guilt, atonement, and the secrets that lurk behind the most perfect facades.

The Butcher
By Jennifer Hillier

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A rash of grisly serial murders plagued Seattle until the infamous “Beacon Hill Butcher” was hunted down and killed by police chief Edward Shank in 1985. When Shank’s grandson Matt, is renovating their rambling Victorian family home some thirty years later, he makes a gruesome discovery. Meanwhile his girlfriend, Sam, has always suspected that her mother was murdered by the Beacon Hill Butcher—two years after the Butcher was gunned down. As she relentlessly pursues every clue, Sam heads into a collision course with Matt’s terrible secret. The Butcher is a taut, fast-paced thriller about lethal secrets that refuse to die–until they kill again.

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