This is one of my most requested ’5 Things’ posts – I’m always being asked about the books I read so I knew I had to get this post together eventually. I’ve always been a big reader but it’s usually for the story, I’m not really one to appreciate great literature – I just prefer books to films, I find them more compelling and gripping and I could easily read a book in a day and a half. I get sucked in.
Into The Darkest Corner
This has got to be one of the most thrilling, gripping and heart-wrenching books I’ve ever read – it’s completely consuming. I read it a while ago so excuse my foggy memory (perhaps it’s time to read it again?). The story flicks between what seems like two different characters, one carefree and full of life and the other, a woman who struggles to commit to daily life due to terrible OCD. You soon find out that they are one and the same, before and after an incident. I won’t give too much away (slash my memory is shit) but it’s just incredible – I guarantee you will read this in no time, I couldn’t put it down. It’s quite tragic at times, and could be a bit much for some – but I highly recommend it. It’s written so well and you just become hooked on the suspense.
I only recently got in to Michael Robotham but he’s just amazing, his stories contain so much detail and I’m constantly reading other books in the series just to catch up with everyone (that’s pretty sad actually, isn’t it?). These novels are probably filed under ‘crime fiction’ but they’re so much more than that, I promise that they are incredibly gripping and full of suspense. There a number of books which feature Joe O’Loughlin, a psychologist, as the main character and a few more which centre around the other characters from the books – I prefer the former.
I would recommend reading the books from the start (The Suspect) but if not, pick up Shatter – it starts with a woman who is about to jump from a bridge. Joe is asked by the police to talk her down, but he quickly works out that something isn’t right. As with all his reads, it really packs in a powerful story and there’s so many twists and turns – I can never put these books down they’re just too good! I also like the way he writes about illness – mental and otherwise, I feel like he deals with facts and not stereotypes. No doubt you will see what I mean if you pick this up.
Ahh this has to be one of my favourite books ever, if you’re a Palahniuk fan you may have already given this a read – I think it’s one of his best. Of course, it’s a truly unhinged story – I read that he went to publish this before Fight Club but it was rejected due to it being too disturbing. Sounds about right. I can’t even begin to tell you the synopsis of this book… it involves a model who is disfigured in a car accident and… more. Read it!
Valley Of The Dolls
This is actually my all time favourite book (yep, above the above), I have read it cover to cover more times than I can remember – and I rarely read a book twice. I first got through this at school (by choice, it was not chosen for us!) and I’ve loved it ever since. It’s set in the 50s and tells about the lives of three glamorous ladies in the Hollywood circuit – there’s constant ups and downs, so much scandal and, as the name suggests, rather a lot of prescription drugs. Some parts are truly harrowing so again, not for the faint of heart. But it’s a cult classic, and I do think everyone should read it – I get so in to it despite having read it so many times, I swear it breaks my heart still when I read it now!
Before I Go To Sleep
Now I’ve come to an end here, I want to write so much more! I will have to do a part two of this as I feel there should be so many other reads in my list here but alas, I can only include five. Before I Go To Sleep is one of those books you start reading at 8pm in bed and then find yourself still under the covers, unwilling to close the book come 4am. It’s kind of like Into The Darkest Corner in that you feel so much sorrow for the main character, you just don’t know how she could have possibly got herself in to such a tragic situation. I love these psychological thrillers and I was pleased to hear that this is being released as a film this year starring Nicole Kidman who I happen to be a fan of.
Christine wakes every day remembering nothing of her past, which is a result of an accident years before. She is cared for by her husband, but immediately we realise that something isn’t right there – she’s not meant to trust him for some reason, despite him being such a devoted man. Christine keeps a journal to help her remember, which we follow with the book. I am aware I don’t make it sound all that thrilling but I promise you will be heavily addicted to this one!
Have you read any of these? Do you have any recommendations for me? Please?