Chill thrills for hot weather!


I don’t know about you, but when the summer weather hits, there’s nothing I like more than chilling out with a good book. And what better than a good thriller to keep the shivers running down my spine when it’s hot outside!

ice twins

Ice Twins– of course the clue as to why I picked this is in the title 😉 Evoking the cool atmosphere of wintry Scotland, this book definitely provides a thrill… or two!


Gone Girl– betcha you saw this one coming! Unlike everyone who read this book, cos that was quite the twist! 😉

woman in the window new

The Woman in the Window– on the topic of dark and twisted reads, this book, with its echoes of Hitchcock, will certainly keep you up at night.

big little lies

Big Little Lies– I especially appreciate the slow burn mystery when I’m feeling all lazy from the sun. 

all these beautiful strangers

All These Beautiful Strangers– I do love my summer mysteries and this one deserves some more love 😊

broken things

Broken Things– grim and tragic and utterly brilliant- this mystery will keep you on your toes!


Sadie– if your version of “chilling” is sobbing your heart out- cos it’s mine! 😉 I especially recommend the audiobook. Speaking of heartbreak…

we were liars

We Were Liars– I mean, I feel a little cruel putting this on here, cos it’s akin to kicking sand in your face and running off- that ending stings. Moving on to the last book of the list… 

the secret history

The Secret History– at the time of writing this list, I’ve just finished this book. And *wow*. I have to talk about this right away, because despite knowing the outcome from the start, it somehow managed to be one of the most riveting reads I’ve experienced in a while. A chilling story of elite students up to no good, this’ll have you breaking out in a cold sweat, even on the hottest of summer nights.

Alrighty then, that’s all for now! What do you think of these? And do you have any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments!

51 thoughts on “Chill thrills for hot weather!

  1. Fab list. I absolutely loved We Were Liars so am happy to see it on any list.

    I can’t make up my mind about whether to read Woman in the Window or not. The stories about the author’s behaviour make me reluctant to read his book.

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  2. You have some classics here! I haven’t read them all … but I loved Big Little Lies. I didn’t like Gone Girl much, but had to admit it was a page-turner and very well done.

    If you want to cool down, read Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin. The main characters literally travel across a glacier for part of the book. Besides which, it’s brilliant. 🙂

    Another chilling, tragic classic … Rebecca.

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    1. Thank you! Glad to hear it! Ah that’s fair!

      Oh I definitely need to try more of her work (I’ve only read some short stories) That’s really good to hear!

      Oh gosh that’s perfect! I love that book!! So silly of me to miss it out!!


  3. Awesome list! I liked most of these books. I was actually annoyed by the twist in the Ice Twins though! I loved The Secret History too. I read it at the same time we were reading Crime and Punishment in school (it just worked out that way!) and I felt like each one enhanced my appreciation of the other.

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  4. I’ve only read Gone Girl and I loved it. I’ve been wondering about Sadie and Big Little Lies but I get more easily scared now that I’ve had kids, and I have been reluctant to try them.

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    1. I wouldn’t read Big Little Lies if your kids are really small.

      When my kids were babies and toddlers, my heart was so tender I couldn’t stand to read or watch anything even remotely sad. I’ve gone back to my previous normal as the kids have gotten older and my hormones have evened out. At least, previous normal for consuming books and movies. Hopefully my heart is still more tender toward people IRL …

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  5. I am reading Big Little Lies right now. I loved the show and am on the second season but you get to know the characters so much more in the books!! I don’t know how anyone could prefer the movie over the book! I is like comparing a lake to an ocean! Thank you for the list, I needed a good recommendation for my next book.


  6. Another series I am really hooked on is by Lisa Gardner, the FBI profiler series. It starts with The Perfect Husband, about a police officer who turns into a serial killer and then escapes maximum security prison to kill his ex wife. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, all of her books seem to do that. I plan on reading them all.


  7. Slow burn mysteries are hard to find especially those that are genuinely thrilling! I’ve never heard of The Ice twins. It sounds interesting and chilling!

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  8. I totally agree about We Were Liars. But man did I love that book. It was a perfect summer read. I also really enjoyed the slow burn in Big Little Lies. I thought that book was so well done and interesting. I like Moriarty’s work but I feel like since reading BLL, I have been searching for that same style from her and coming up short.

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  9. Oooh, great recs here! I still need to read Sadie! I’ve been waiting for the Audiobook on Overdrive for over 4 months. Haha! I’m expected to have my loan this month or next, so I cannot wait to dive into it (and likely bawl my eyes out). Broken Things and We Were Liars were both entertaining reads, and I especially loved the twist in the latter one! ❤

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