My Personal Favorites:

    • My favorite crime fiction series. Follows troubled detective Harry Hole (pronounced "Hoo-lay") as he battles his inner demons and the criminals of Oslo, Norway. Atmospheric, addictive, and gritty—no one writes crime fiction better than Jo Nesbø. My personal favorite: THE SNOWMAN. Find it here: Amazon • Barnes & Noble
  • THE CROW GIRL by Erik Axl Sund
    • The Swedish trilogy hits the US spring 2016 as one massive tome. The most intelligent, layered, jarring exploration of mental health I've ever read, and arguably my favorite book of all time. Not for the faint of heart, and not to be missed. Find it here: Amazon • Barnes & Noble
  • THE DINNER by Herman Koch (Hogarth, 2013).
    • A misanthropic narrator grants the reader a glimpse into a dysfunctional family covering up past crimes. This biting read is structured to mirror the dinner at which it occurs; readers will love the story but hate the family it follows. Find it here: Amazon • Barnes & Noble

Psychological ThrillerS:

  • THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware (Gallery Books, 2016).
    • A modern twist on a locked room mystery: a travel writer's trip on a luxury cruise through Norway's fjords goes horribly awry when she witnesses a woman being thrown overboard. Immersive and just-plain-fun to read. Find it here: Amazon • Barnes & Noble
  • BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris (St. Martin's Press, 2016).
    • An addictive and sinister domestic thriller that examines the dark secrets kept between husband and wife. How well do we ever really know our neighbors, or our friends? Or our spouses? "Popcorn reading" at its most addictive! Find it here: Amazon • Barnes & Noble
  • THE GOOD SON by You-jeong Jeong (Penguin Books, 2018)
    • Readers looking for a truly unique and under-the-radar psychological thriller will love this twisted and shocking story of a young man who wakes up to discover his mother's body, brutally murdered in his childhood home. But there's one other problem: he has no memory of the night beforeFind it here: Amazon • Barnes & Noble
  • LIE TO ME by J.T. Ellison (MIRA, September 2017). 
    • The relationship between a bestselling author and his wife is thrown under the microscope when the wife goes missing. What dark secrets could this picture-perfect literary couple be hiding? This is "popcorn reading" in the best possible way - addictive and binge-worthy. Find it here: Amazon • Barnes & Noble
  • THE GIRL BEFORE by JP Delaney (Ballantine, January 2017).
    • "Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life." So begins the application to move into the home at the center of this novel. For two women who apply to live here, the consequences of this move will be devastating. A fresh take on psychological suspense with a dark romance element. Find it here: Amazon • Barnes & Noble


Looking for Nordic Noir recommendations? Head to my Nordic Noir-specific blog section for a whole page dedicated to finding the perfect Scandi crime read for you!

Cops vs. Killers:

  • THE D.I. HELEN GRACE SERIES by M.J. Arlidge (Berkley)
    • Above and beyond my most-recommended series for fast-paced, addictive cops vs. killers action. Follow Detective Inspector Helen Grace as she faces off against killers in her city, and demons from her own past. Book 1: EENY MEENY. Find it here: Amazon • Barnes & Noble
  • THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN by Dot Hutchison (Thomas & Mercer)
    • A dark, twisted story exploring the fallout of a hideous series of crimes. A man has been kidnapping young women and keeping them in his "garden" - and, following the infiltration by police of his gruesome home, the FBI learns about his crimes through interviews with a survivor. Find it here: Amazon • Barnes & Noble
  • THE FOURTH MONKEY by JD Barker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, June 2017).
    • A unique twist on the serial killer thriller. This book begins with the serial killer dying, and follows his development as we read through the entries in a journal he left behind. Simultaneously, detectives race to rescue his final victim, who is being held in an unnamed location. Violent, twisted, and addictive. Find it here: Amazon • Barnes & Noble