• The cover of the book Our House

    Our House

    This is a stylish novel with a beautiful hook: you arrive home one day to find somebody moving into your house. Only you didn’t sell it. What it’s really about, though, is the slow descent into criminality the feckless but loveable male lead undergoes, and whether the heroine ever triumphs.


  • The cover of the book The Witch Elm

    The Witch Elm

    A brutal attack leaves previously sunny and optimistic Toby damaged and vulnerable. When a skull is found in his family’s garden, Toby must reassess what he thinks he knows about himself. This book has one of the best endings I’ve ever read—perfectly bread-crumbed: what French gives with one hand, she takes with the other, until at the end, you realize it could only ever have concluded in one way.


  • The cover of the book Sister


    I feel as though Lupton pioneered the domestic noir genre, which is why I have led with her debut, one of my all-time favorite novels, here. Sister is part mystery, part love story, part revenge story with a breathtaking twist.


  • The cover of the book The End of Her

    The End of Her

    A woman from your husband’s past appears and makes a shocking allegation about him—what do you do? Lapena is the queen of suburban noir, and this novel is no exception. More than the mystery of the husband, I was most interested in the emotional development the heroine underwent.


  • The cover of the book A Spark of Light

    A Spark of Light

    A tour de force of a novel, a lone gunman, an abortion clinic, and a story told chronologically backwards. Picoult’s prose is velvet perfection and she has a lot to say on punishing crimes both big and small, too.


  • The cover of the book The Wicked Sister

    The Wicked Sister

    A woman has been cut off from society for a crime she committed as a child—but did the experts get it right? And, if they didn’t, whoever shot and killed her mother is still out there.