The thriller Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins took Pioneerland Library System patrons by storm when it jumped to the top of the high demand list just as the book was released. The story centers around Rachel who takes the same commuter train every morning and night, allowing her to watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She thinks this couple has a perfect life, a life she once led, and feels she starts to know them, even going so far as to give them names: “Jess” and “Jason”. The lives of “Jess” and “Jason” appear perfect, until one day on her commute, Rachel sees something shocking. Rachel soon finds herself entangled in the lives of everyone involved, as well as, embroiled in a police investigation.
Kris Jones, Hutchinson young adult librarian, has compiled a list of “read-alike” books for Girl on the Train, as described in the Novelist Plus database.
The Collector by Nora Roberts
Witnessing an apparent murder-suicide during a job, professional house-sitter Lila Emerson is recruited by the alleged perpetrator’s brother, talented artist Ashton Archer, to help uncover what really happened. By the best-selling author of Whiskey Beach.
Losing You by Nicci French
Preparing to leave for a vacation, Nina Landry awaits the return of her fifteen-year-old daughter, Charlie, who had spent the night at a friend’s house, but Nina begins to worry when Charlie does not come home and no one takes the disappearance seriously.
Let the Dark Flower Blossom by Norah Labiner
Orphaned twins Sheldon and Eloise Schell must each remember the horrible events of their past after their friend, the rich and scandalous Roman Stone is found stabbed in the heart.
The Other Woman’s House by Sophie Hannah
A murder seems to have been committed in a house about which a woman named Connie is obsessing. Once Connie discovers the house has been put up for sale she visits it constantly on the real estate website, and during one visit, she sees a body and the bloody evidence of a murder in the house, but, the police cannot find any sign in the house that a murder took place there.
The Burning Air by Erin Kelly
Old wounds and long-buried family secrets come crashing down on the seemingly untouchable MacBride clan not long after matriarch Lydia MacBride dies. Connecting everything is a mysterious confession in Lydia’s extensive diaries and an outsider bent on exacting terrible revenge on the MacBrides.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
When beautiful Amy Dunne disappears from her Missouri home, it looks as if her husband Nick is to blame. But though he protests his innocence, it’s clear that he’s not being entirely truthful. Gone Girl is not only the story of a disappearance, but a truly frightening glimpse of a souring marriage.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
This brilliant and heartbreaking novel tells the story of a prestigious family living on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts. Full of love, lies, secrets, no shortage of family dysfunction, and a shocking twist that you won’t see coming. Though this book is written for teens, it shouldn’t be overlooked by anyone looking for a fantastic read.
The Perfect Ghost by Linda Barnes
Em Moore, silent half of a writing team, is determined to finish the biography of film director Garrett Malcolm after the death of her co-author (and lover) Teddy Blake. Slowly but surely, she becomes spellbound by Malcolm’s charismatic personality, despite foreboding signs of dark family secrets and professional troubles.
The First Prophet by Kay Hooper
When her home is destroyed by fire, Sarah Gallagher, who woke from a coma with psychic abilities she cannot control, finds an ally in novelist Tucker Mackenize, who is the only one who can help her stop a mysterious enemy from eliminating her and everyone she loves.