7 Scary Books You Should Read If You Loved Gone Girl


If you’re like me, there’s nothing you love more on a weekend than curling up with a really engrossing thriller. Gone Girl was a pretty much perfect book for me, it had all the elements I enjoy and I couldn’t predict the ending. Shocks, twists and turns abound, I couldn’t actually put the book down until I had read it all. So, if you want to escape to a creepy world of heart-racing thrillers this weekend, you’re in luck. Here are 7 amazing books you need to pick up!

#1 Dark Places by Gillian Flynn


This list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention another masterful book by Gillian, Dark Places is about Libby Day (played by Charlize Theron in the film version!), the sole survivor of a family massacre. Her brother is in prison for it, and she’s happy enough with that, even if others believe he is innocent, but when she starts looking into the circumstances of the murders, she discovers some things that shock even her.

#2 Wreckage by Emily Bleeker 


This book is a little different, it focuses on Lillian Linden, who survived a harrowing plane crash, but she’s putting her story on the line by doing an interview on TV for the first time. The wreckage was never found, and she was missing for 2 years, but now with her carefully constructed story, who knows what will come to the surface.

#3 Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse


Hannah has the perfect marriage. She’s lucky. But one day her husband Mark doesn’t come home, and Hannah starts to worry. When she uncovers a few of his best kept secrets she starts to wonder how you define a perfect marriage, and when someone she looked into is mysteriously murdered, she decides she needs to find out.

#4 How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst


Susan Webster changed her name and served her time. She now goes by Emma Cartwright and she wants to put the fact that she murdered her 12-week-old son behind her. She can’t believe that she did it, but then suddenly she doesn’t have to anymore. When mysterious letters start arriving and she’s delivered a photograph of a toddler called Dylan, she needs to know if it’s possible that everyone could be lying to her?

#5 The Good Neighbour by A.J Banner


Sarah and her husband are blessed. They have a great house and amazing neighbours, but one night something devastating happens that changes her perception of the people around her. As she tries to pick up the pieces of her life, she realises things about not only her neighbours, but her husband, and she starts to wonder if there’s a killer amongst them.

#6 The Bones Of You by Debbie Howells

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18-year-old Rosie Anderson’s disappearance has sent the community into shock, no-one more so than Kate, a gardener who has a daughter of a similar age and who used to spend time with Rosie without her parents knowledge. When Rosie’s body turns up close to where Kate rides her horses, it seems like they’ll never find out what happened to her, but Kate knows that most murder victims know their killer.

#7 The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll


Ani FaNelli is pretty lucky, she has a perfect house, a perfect job, a perfect sense of style and a perfect fianceé, but she hasn’t always been Ani FaNelli, she was once TifAni, a working class girl trying to make it in the world of mean girls and private schools. Something happened in her past that made her close off and focus on materialism instead of emotion, and before she gets married she’s agreed to revisit it once and for all, on tape. Will she finally be free of her circumstances?



  • Ariane Kuijt

    I don’t read often, because I don’t make time for it. But this post makes me want to buy one of these books and curl up with it this weekend! I think I would like the book ‘How I lost you’ the most.

    • Hi Ariane! So glad to hear that! I have read and LOVED all of these books, real page turners. x

  • Cassie

    I LOVE Gillian Flynn! Gone Girl, Dark Places and Sharp Objects have got to be some of my highlights in books I have read in the past six months, so I’m going to enjoy going through the rest of this list and freaking myself out


    • YES! Totally agree, I would say that people hated on Luckiest Girl Alive as it’s marketed as a Gone Girl type read, but at the beginning the characters seem very vacuous and self-obsessed, stick with it though because their back stories are SO interesting x

  • Siobhán Harmer

    I’ve just added all of these to my Goodreads To-Read list, thank you!
    Sibby x | http://www.thereyouaresibby.co.uk

    • Ahh you’re welcome! I’m so glad :) x

  • Jen at Decorate the Soul

    The Girl on the Train should totally be on this list too. Great thrillers!


  • Alina Ermilova

    Thank for sharing those! I’m obsessed with Gone Girl and would also recommend Sharp Objects, The Husband’s Secret and Into The Darkest Corner.


    • Ooh, thanks Alina! I’m putting those on my list x

  • Demertria15

    I hated Gone Girl, the first book I ever threw in the trash.

  • Mara S. C. Sousa

    Thanks for the recommendations.
    ‘Dark places’ seems interesting! xo

    • You’re welcome! It’s such a good book x

  • JustRach

    Thanks for the recommendations, I’m definitely gonna pick up a couple of these, always looking for new great reads!


    • You’re welcome! x

  • Melanie@Toots + Dill

    I’m always up for a good book!! I read Dark Places and I literally devoured it in 2 days on my honeymoon!! It was so good because you could not guess what was going to happen next!! I keep seeing Before we met at Target…I might have to give that one a go!! =) Thanks for the recommendations!!

    • Ohh you’re like me then, I had to devour it! Try Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn too – I am such a fan of her work. x

  • Laura

    Disclaimer by Renee Knight should be up here as well, it’s next on my reading list! Supposed to be very like GG :)
    Laura / laretour.com

    • Ooh sounds amazing, haven’t heard of that one yet but it’s on my list! Thanks Laura x

  • Lisa Parker

    For me Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins should definitely be on the list as it was one of the best books that I have read in ages.

    • Hi Lisa! Yes, I love that book too, I tried to pick a few that might be new and a little less hyped than Girl on the Train but it is an amazing book and I’d definitely recommend it! x

  • Sarah Pratley

    I loved Gone Girl and deifnintely agree with some of the comments that The Girl on the Train should be on this list! i really want to read The Bones of You next :) x


    • Hey Sarah, yeah I’ve read (and loved) that one too, but tough choices I tried to pick things that might not have been heard of before! :) So glad you liked the list! x

  • Hannah Lucy

    Oooo this has got me excited!

    Hannah | Oh January

    • Yay! So glad Hannah x

  • Lauren

    Just added Wreckage to my To-Read list!! I’ve already got Dark Places on there!

  • Barbara Town

    I am OBSESSED with Gone Girl and still haven’t found a book to top it as one of my favorites! I wouldn’t call it scary, more thrilling and one I was unable to put down! I will definitely be looking into these 7. Thanks for the tip :)

  • Amy Rutter

    Love this and am bookmarking! x

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