The 5 MUST-READ Books for ‘the Crime Junkie’


If you are anything like me, then you are OBSESSED with thrillers and suspense books. If that is the case, then these five books are FOR YOU!! I can honestly say I read these books within a day or no more than four days! They are THAT GOOD.

These books will make you think you are watching Lifetime movies, Law and Order, or any of those channels that you are probably obsessed with watching.

I don’t only suggest these books because they are right up my alley! I also suggest them because they are SO GOOD and will have you invested IMMEDIATELY! You need to read these NOW! ONLY one of these books is less than five stars!! That’s pretty good in my opinion!

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Book Description: Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all- a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story. Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years. What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family- a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

I purchased this book from Target in the summer! It is actually the book that got me back into reading and I read it in ONE DAY! I started it by the pool and stayed up extremely late finishing it. It had me obsessed within the first few chapters.

When you read this book, you WILL NOT expect the ending. I thought I knew, but once I really knew, it was NOTHING I had expected and I mean NOTHING. I have 0 cons when it comes to this book or any reason that you shouldn’t read it! This is 100% a ‘add to cart’ book. I would give it 5 stars over, and over, and over.

I can’t say much about this book without giving away what is really happening in it. You just have to read it!

The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Book Description: Sarah Morgan is a successful and powerful defense attorney in Washington D.C. at 33 years old, she is named partner at her firm and life is going exactly how she planned. The same cannot be said for her husband, Adam. He is a struggling writer who has had little success in his career. He begins to tire of his and Sarah’s relationship as she is constantly working. Out in the secluded woods, at Adam and Sarah’s second home, Adam engages in a passionate affair with Kelly Summers. Then, one morning everything changes. Adam is arrested for Kelly’s murder. She had been found stabbed to death in Adam and Sarah’s second home. Sarah soon finds herself playing the defender for her own husband, a man accused of murdering his mistress.

This is a book I purchased on Amazon early on when I got back into reading! I am HUGE into thrillers and suspenseful books and this was on my must-read list. I bought this for ONLY 9!!! It is worth WAY MORE. As this is not an extremely short book, it still only took me a few days to read!

This is another one that you WILL NOT expect the ending until the very end! Unless I just don’t predict things very well, I NEVER knew what was going to happen.

Some things to think about while reading: Is the husband, Adam, really guilty? Why is he making SUCH BAD DECISIONS? Why is the wife, Sarah, trying to help him? Why is everyone around them involved in some way? What is up with Adam’s mom? Who REALLY killed Kelly?

This truly is a 5 STAR book! I had my mom and grandma read it and they agree! I will say, they also didn’t expect the ending! So, I guess it wasn’t just me!


The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Book Description: Meet Jane. Newly arrived to Birmingham, Alabama, Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates- a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded tchotchkes and jewelry off the side tables of her well-heeled clients. Where no one will think to ask if Jane is her real name. But her luck changes when she meets Eddie Rochester. Recently widowed, Eddie is Thornfield Estates’ most mysterious resident. His wife, Bea, drowned in a boating accident with her best friend, their bodies lost to the deep. Jane can’t help but seen an opportunity in Eddie- not only is he rich, brooding, and handsome, he could also offer her the kind of protection she’s always yearned for. Yet as Jane and Eddie fall for each other, Jane is increasingly haunted by the legend of Bea, an ambitious beauty with a regs-to-riches origin story, who launched a wildly successful southern style brand. How can she, plain Jane, ever measure up? And can she win Eddie’s heart before her past- or his- catches up to her?

Of these five books, I read three of them on the Libby app (a library app service to read books on the Kindle). If you don’t know much about this app or what a Kindle is, I have a blog post coming! This is one that I read through my Kindle! Honestly, thank goodness I did because I was done in three days!! That would’ve been a lot of money for three days of reading just to go back on my bookshelf! If you don’t have a Kindle, yet again, I suggest buying this book through Amazon. With this link, it will take you straight to Amazon to purchase for $15!

I SWEAR that this book is like a Lifetime movie! It is almost like Lifetime has made one similar to this or something because I just kept thinking it while I was reading! The nice homes, rich families, family drama, mystery, it was all TOO similar.

I will just go ahead and tell you, the title gives the main event of the book away, BUT everything else that happens in this book is what makes it. Yes, there is a woman upstairs in Eddie’s home. No, Jane doesn’t know it. You just have to read to know what all comes about of this! It is WILD. EVERYONE is hiding their own secrets and I mean EVERYONE.

When I say everyone is hiding secrets, I mean it. Why did Jane go somewhere that no one would know her REAL name? Who is Bea and how did she REALLY die? What does Eddie not want to tell Jane? Why did Eddie immediately take Jane in?

Ladies, just remember those red flags! Rich man, dead wife, with nothing in his home to show of his wife that just died not too long ago?!

The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Book Description: She tried to run, but she can’t escape the other Mrs… Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor Morgan Baines if found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie. But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. And as the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of what really happened that dark and deadly night. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.

This is another book that I read through the Libby app! If you don’t have this app, I suggest purchasing this book through Amazon for the fastest shipping AND the best price! Books are EXPENSIVE. With this link, the book is ONLY 10!!!! That is a great price for a great book!!

This book is making its way to Netflix! Through my research, it is not on there yet! I looked through my Netflix and did some researching, but couldn’t find much. I am interested to see how it compares to the movie and will be on the lookout for more information!

When you begin this book, you will be obsessed the minute you read the first page! A neighbor is found dead and this couple, Sadie and Will, hear the sirens in the middle of the night. Now, everyone will be a suspect. Of course, since it is a small town!

There are SOOOO many suspicious people when you are reading. As I don’t want to give anything away, I’ll just say a few things. Why does Will, Sadie’s husband, not think the girl they moved in with is guilty? WHY does this girl they move in with act so strange? What happened in her past before her mother died? What is going on with the older couple on the street? Could the little girl have killed her mom?

When I was nearing the end of this book, I just kept thinking, WHAT THE HECK?! The turn of events is REAL. I always share good books with my mom and grandmother and it is always funny to hear what they were thinking! Even after reading, I sat there thinking about what happened throughout the book to add all the pieces together. It is CRAZY. Possibly the best on this list for many reasons.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Description: When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement- a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing.

I also read this book through the Libby app. If you don’t have this app, I suggest buying this through Amazon to get the BEST price! Using my link, you can get this on sale for $9.99 instead of $16.99!!

This is the ONLY book on this list that took me a little while to get into. All of the other books I was instantly obsessed with and couldn’t put down. This one, I would read a few chapters and come back to it. I will say, once you get to a certain point in the book, you will keep reading! This the ONLY con I can think of for this book!

When you read the book description, it literally makes you already confused! I will say, you will still be confused in some way when you are reading! I had NO CLUE the first few chapters that my thoughts and assumptions would be changing, but THEY DO. You know NOTHING. You think you know, but you don’t. You truly don’t know a THING until you read the entire book.

I would give this book four stars for a few reasons! It is hard to get into, for one thing. I mean, pretty hard, BUT maybe it was only hard to get into for me! Secondly, it is just kind of confusing. Again, this could only be for me, but I would say it was quite confusing. Lastly, I just didn’t LOVE the storyline and the way the book was written. I think it could’ve been written in other ways that would’ve made it WAY better.

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