5 murder mystery books to give you goosebumps this summer

Sometimes there's nothing better than a thriller.

The mysteries, the clues, the suspects… As much as we love a good TV series, reading a mystery novel can be extremely captivating.

So, if you fancy reading a few crime novels throughout the summer months, take a look at this list. There's some frighteningly good ones in there.

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

The River at Night only made its debut this year, but it's being hailed a a total page-turner.

Wini Allen has just been through a series of personal tragedies, so she takes some time off with her BFFs.

The three friends head away on a hiking trip, but they end up stranded and fighting for their lives.

The women then stumble across a fire-lit camp, but they have no idea of the true intent of their new found companions.


The Dry by Jane Harper

You can bet this book is going to be good as Reese Witherspoon's production company has just secured the film rights to it.

During an awful drought in Australia, three members of the same family are brutally murdered.

Police suspect the father killed his wife and child, before himself, but as a new police officer arrives in town, secrets become unearthed. Who really killed the Hadler family?


Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia

This dark novel takes place in an American high school and centres around the last year of Hattie Hoffman's life.

Hattie is a senior in the school and her life comes to an end when she is brutally stabbed on the opening night of the school play.

A teacher and the local sheriff become the main suspects.


The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

This book is based on a psychopath… or is she a psychopath?

An ex-cop is found in a pool of blood, but it turns out the blood is not his – it's another woman's. Will they find the other victim? Did she kill the cop?

As the mystery ensues, an officer becomes entangled in the web of lies the victim leaves behind.

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The Break Down by B.A. Paris

This book begins by meeting the main character Cass, who sees a women sitting in a parked car during a downpour.

That woman later turns up dead and ever since, Cass keeps forgetting things; where she parked her car, her alarm code, whether or not she has taken her pills.

But she can't forget the woman. And is somebody watching her?