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    20 Mystery And Thriller Novels That'll Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat

    The best secrets are the most twisted.

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    1. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson - ₹319

    Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. Shortly after the school opened, the founder's wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history. True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell, a student of the academy will stop at nothing to solve the mystery behind these disappearances.

    This is the first book in the Truly Devious trilogy and the final book will be out in January 2020, so now's the perfect time to get started on this series! Get it here.

    2. The Woman In The Window by A. J. Finn - ₹239

    Anna Fox lives alone — a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna gazes out her window one night, and sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble — and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

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    3. A Murder On Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey - ₹300

    Bombay, 1921. Intrepid and intelligent, young Perveen Mistry joins her father's prestigious law firm to become one of India's first female lawyers. Her tumultuous past also makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women's rights. When Mistry Law is appointed to execute the will of Omar Farid, a wealthy mill owner, Perveen's suspicions are aroused by a curious provision that could disinherit Farid's three widows and leave them vulnerable.

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    4. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter - ₹549

    Twenty years ago, Claire Scott's eldest sister, Julia, went missing without a trace. The mystery was never solved and it tore her family apart. Now another girl has disappeared, with chilling echoes of the past. And it seems that she might not be the only one.

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    5. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides - ₹315

    Alicia Berenson lived a seemingly perfect life until one day six years ago when she shot her husband in the head five times. Since then, she hasn't spoken a single word. It's time to find out why.

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    6. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen - ₹493

    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.

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    7. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart - ₹350

    Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. A bad romance, or maybe three. A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her. A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

    This book is really mind-bending because it's told in reverse, so the events of Chapter 1 transpire after the events of Chapter 2 and so forth. Get it here.

    8. Night Film by Marisha Pessl - ₹546

    On a damp October night, the body of beautiful Ashley Cordova is discovered in a Manhattan warehouse. Though her death is ruled a suicide, investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. The last time McGrath got too close to the Cordova dynasty, he lost his marriage and his career. This time he could lose his mind.

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    9. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - ₹240

    Single mum Jane has just moved to town. On the first day of the school run, she meets Madeline - a force to be reckoned with, who remembers everything and forgives no one - and Celeste, the kind beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare, but is inexplicably ill at ease. They both take Jane under their wing - while careful to keep their own secrets under wraps. But a minor incident involving the children of all three women rapidly escalates: playground whispers become spiteful rumours, until no one can tell the truth from the lies.

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    10. The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson - ₹386

    On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about how his marriage is in shambles and later jokes about killing his wife. Things only take a turn for the worse from there.

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    11. The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware - ₹499

    Travel journalist Lo Blackwood has a chance to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse, and to work out what she wants from her relationship. As you can probably guess, things don't go according to plan. Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next-door cabin. But the records show that no one ever checked into that cabin and no passengers are missing from the boat.

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    12. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell - ₹399

    10 years ago, Ellie disappeared in the blink of an eye, but her mother, Laurel, has never given up hope of finding her. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet. But what really takes her breath away is when she meets his nine-year-old daughter, because his daughter is a splitting image of Ellie. Now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.

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    13. You by Caroline Kepnes - ₹641

    When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he is instantly smitten. But there's more to Joe than Beck realizes and much more to Beck than her perfect facade. And the obsessive relationship quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences.

    Read this book to refresh your memory before the second season of the Netflix adaptation starts in a couple of weeks. Get it here.

    14. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie - ₹190

    First, there were ten — a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal — and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one, they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

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    15. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan - ₹270

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, but after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest.

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    16. Final Girls by Riley Sager - ₹399

    Each girl survived an unthinkable horror. Now someone wants them dead. They were the victims of separate massacres. Grouped together by the press and dubbed the final girls, they are treated like something fresh out of a slasher movie. When something terrible happens to Lisa, put-together Quincy and volatile Sam finally meet. Each one influences the other. Each one has dark secrets. and after the bloodstained fingers of the past reach into the present, each one will never be the same.

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    17. Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson - ₹294

    Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle-aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories. Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more unbelievable it seems.

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    18. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier - ₹292

    The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realises how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives – presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

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    19. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane - ₹339

    US Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to find an escaped murderer named Rachel Solando. As a killer hurricane bears down on the island, the investigation deepens and the questions mount. How has a barefoot woman escaped from a locked room? Who is leaving them clues in the form of cryptic codes? And what really goes on in Ward C?

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    20. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn - ₹225

    A young woman is making a living faking it as a cut-price psychic. She makes a decent wage, mostly by telling people what they want to hear. But then she meets Susan Burke. Susan moved to the city one year ago with her husband and 15-year-old stepson Miles. They live in a Victorian house called Carterhook Manor. Susan has become convinced that some malevolent spirit is inhabiting their home. Though a non-believer, when the young woman enters the house for the first time, she begins to feel it too, as if the very house is watching her, waiting, biding its time...

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