Get Thrilled With ApTHRILL

In the beginning of the year, I decided to try a reading challenge, and chose the Popsugar one, because it had a lot of different topics to get me out of my comfort zone, and help me get to know a lot more books outside my beloved thriller, mystery and sci-fi genre.

I didn’t want to overwhelm myself though, so I haven’t really picked up any other challenge on the way.

Until now, that is. Kathy’s April challenge is right up in my alley! I mean, I’d be reading thrillers and scary stuff anyway, and I thought this would be a good opportunity to pick up some of those books I have collecting on my shelves, virtual or real, and tackle a few books from my list on NetGalley.

I’m really bad at deciding in advance what I’m going to read, but I do have some books I’m itching to get around to.

Let’s see what I’ve picked for ApTHRILL…

Sunburn by Laura Lippman

They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he’s also passing through.

Yet she stays and he stays—drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other—dangerous, even lethal, secrets that begin to accumulate as autumn approaches, feeding the growing doubts they conceal

My Husband’s Lies by Caroline England

Do you really know your friends?

On the afternoon of Nick and Lisa’s wedding, their close friend is found poised on a hotel window ledge, ready to jump.

As the shock hits their friendship group, they soon realise that none of them are being as honest with themselves – or with each other – as they think.

And there are secrets lurking that could destroy everything.

The Good Twin by Marti Green

Mallory Holcolm is an unfulfilled waitress and aspiring artist living in a Queens boardinghouse when she learns something astonishing about her past: she has an identical twin sister named Charly she never knew existed.

Charly is a Princeton graduate, a respected gallery owner, and an heiress married to her handsome college sweetheart, Ben. Charly got everything she ever wanted. Everything Mallory wanted, too. And now it might be easier than Mallory ever imagined. Because Ben has reasons of his own for wanting to help her.

It begins with his startling proposal. All Mallory has to do is say yes.

Suicide Forest by Jeremy Bates

Just outside of Tokyo lies Aokigahara, a vast forest and one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in Japan…and also the most infamous spot to commit suicide in the world. Legend has it that the spirits of those many suicides are still roaming, haunting deep in the ancient woods.

When bad weather prevents a group of friends from climbing neighboring Mt. Fuji, they decide to spend the night camping in Aokigahara. But they get more than they bargained for when one of them is found hanged in the morning–and they realize there might be some truth to the legends after all.

Sweetpea by C.J. Skuse

The last person who called me ‘Sweetpea’ ended up dead…

I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcoholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

Are you in? What’s on your hit list?

If you decide to join, head over to Books and Munches for more details.


    1. Fingers crossed! What i found most intriguing about the book, that this suicide forest thing actually exists in Japan. Aokigahara is a popular spot for suicides but it’s also a pretty nature reserve/forest.

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        1. Oooo! I’ve been looking for some good horror movies lately anyway (watched 3 so far and they were all meh), so i’ll check that out. Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. Oooh, good to hear! I have to admit, the cover was that first got my attention and the blurb sounded different from other thrillers, so i did have high hopes for it.

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  1. !!! OOHHH this challenge is right up my alley aswell !! It’s been since January that I havent picked a thriller ;-;

    also, really good choices in books !! I added almost all of them into my virtual wanna read (only left suicide forest behind)

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  2. All these sound pretty interesting. Suicide Forest sounds scary. Not a genre that I usually read but I am so curious it. I also got an ARC of My Husband’s Lies. Good luck with the challenge. Happy reading.

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  3. Ooh this does look like an epic list! I confess I don’t read a lot of thrillers 😭 but I have Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein on my TBR right now and I’m sooo excited or it. I hope you find some new favourites from this challenge. 😀

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  4. I love thriller/horror stories so much but I feel like I never read them because so often they are just cheesy.

    Suicide Forest is on my TBR and I am super keen to see what you will think! Kinda wish I’d been more organized to do ApThrill this year, but I’ll just hang out for October instead.


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