Mystery Playground book reviewer, Sharon Long, has picked her top three books of the year....
1) Behind Closed Doors, a debut novel by B.A. Paris -Jack and Grace Angel appear to have the ideal fairy tale life. Grace is the charming wife and hostess and Jack is handsome and wealthy. They live in the perfect house and appear to have the perfect marriage, or so it seems to the outside world. The reader is the only other person who really knows happens behind closed doors. This book is suspenseful, chilling and a true psychological thriller. The writing is remarkably real, throwing the reader into the middle of this gripping, heart-stopping novel. It is impossible to not want to read this in one setting. I read this book in the summer and still this story haunts me.
2) Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben - Maya sees Joe, her husband, on the nanny cam playing with their two-year old daughter while she is at work. The problem is Joe was murdered and buried two weeks ago. Maya wants to believe her eyes but how can she when she was at the funeral and knows Joe is gone. Maya sets out to find the truth which is sometimes stranger than fiction. This is a thriller that keeps the reader guessing until the end when everyone finally knows the shocking truth. I devoured this page turner and the ending is absolutely not to be missed. If you love a mystery where you are sure you have it all figured it but are stunned to realize you were dead wrong, this is definitely the book for you.
3) The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware - Lo Blacklock, a journalist for a travel magazine, finally gets her big break to cover a luxury cruise with only a few cabins. The ship sets sail for the voyage to the North Sea. Lo realizes she forgot her mascara and goes to the nearest cabin, # 10 to knock on the door. A woman answers and Lo ask if she can borrow her mascara. The woman gives it to her and shuts the door. In the middle of the night, Lo hears a noise from that same cabin and rushes out on the balcony just in time to see a woman go overboard. The next morning, Lo is telling the crew about the woman from cabin 10 going overboard. However, no one believes her because cabin 10 is empty for this voyage. The suspense continues to build as Lo is threatened, hears and sees strange things and made to believe she dreamed it all. Or did she. This is a captivating read and the ending is unbelievable. Whenever I think about this book, I still get an uneasy feeling.