Five gripping page-turners that are hard to put down

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While certain books are meant to be savored and enjoyed, other compulsively read books are intended to be devoured in a single weekend. So, If you are one of those who enjoy perplexing mysteries and spine-tingling thrillers this blog post is for you. These are my most favorite thrillers that contain twists I guarantee you won’t see coming.

1: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

You must be living on a different planet if you have never heard of The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. It is a gripping suspense book that kept me second-guessing myself until the very final page. The plot is deftly crafted, with twists and turns that keep readers on their toes, and the characters are multifaceted with unfathomable complexities. The main character Alicia Bernson who is a painter by profession seems to be leading a happy married life with her husband Gabriel who is an in-demand photographer. One day Gabriel returns home late from work and Alicia shot him 5 times in the face and never utters a word again. To know why she did that you have to read it yourself but I can assure you, you will not regret it.

2: Nothing Lasts Forever by Sidney Sheldon

Being a huge fan of classics and Sheldon I can proudly list this fast read in my favorites. Nothing Lasts Forever is a work of thrilling crime fiction which revolves around the lives of three family doctors who are friends who are trying to prove themselves in the male-dominated society. This book is a beautiful combination of crime and Patriarchy. The story begins with Dr. Paige Taylor facing trial for the death of a patient then flashes back five years, when Paige and two other female doctors meet as first-year residents at a San Francisco hospital. But to know how she ended up in this situation you need to head out to the library to read it yourself.

3: 10 minutes 38 seconds in this strange world by Elif Shafak

This book is very close to my heart and is a soothing Physiological fiction. This book is a perfect mixture of accuracy and thought. The story revolves around Tequila Laila a sex worker in Istanbul and when she died her brain stays active for 10 minutes and 38 seconds. This book makes you experience Leila’s life and her struggles. In those 10 minutes and 38 seconds, Leila’s brain revives her life in front of her eyes and her story reflects society’s barriers like race, sexuality, nationality, gender, class, etc. It is a very refreshing read for those who love a perfect mixture of love and pain.

4: What if your whole life was based on lies by T.M. Logan

It is a tense and gripping thriller that makes you feel like you are part of the main character Joe Lynch’s life. Joe Lynch was a respectable teacher, a loving father, and a happily married guy who resided in a wealthy London suburb. However, it was before he noticed his wife’s vehicle pulling into a hotel parking garage. She had a furious dispute with her best friend’s husband just before he witnessed it. A fight ensued between Joe and the other man before Joe left him for dead, bleeding, and unconscious.

Now Joe’s life is disintegrating. His wife told him lies. Their entire family is in danger as a result of her lie. The man she spoke with at the motel is missing. And when the police look into his disappearance, Joe comes under suspicion. From the very first page to the very last, this captivating psychological thriller will keep you turning the pages and have you wondering if we can ever truly trust the people we care about.

5: Twenty Years Later by Charlie Donlea

It is a gripping murder mystery about a TV reporter who is desperate to get the truth about a horrific homicide decades after the inquiry was given up. Avery Mason, a television host, is aware of what draws viewers in. However, her most recent novel, a murder mystery packed with scandal, tragedy, and betrayal, poses a serious threat. Avery learns that there are other players in the game who are interested in her own as she solves the bizarre riddle of the victim’s hidden past. And she has dedicated her entire professional life to keeping these truths a secret.

Summaiyya Qureshi is a journalist with Minute Mirror and writes about social issues besides geopolitics, foreign policy, and nuclearization. She can be reached at ( She is available on twitter at @SummaiyyaQ